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'Ideal' energy storage material for electric vehicles developed

The energy-storage goal of a polymer dielectric material with high energy density, high power density and excellent charge-discharge efficiency for …

Energy Storage

You might soon be able to log in with sound from your skull

Fingerprint readers and iris scanners are great for authenticating people in buildings and on mobile devices. The next big thing in biometrics might lie under our skin.<p>Researchers at the University of Stuttgart, the University of Saarland and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany are …

Mark Zuckerberg is the ultimate startup bro in this wild 2005 interview

"I think Facebook is an online directory for colleges," said Mark Zuckerberg in 2005, sitting on a dingy couch, clad in a white T-shirt and gym shorts, and holding a red Solo cup filled with beer. "A lot of people are focused on taking over the world. I really just want to see everyone focused on …

Silicon Valley

The floodgates are about to open in a critical sector for Amazon, Microsoft, and Google

But that's about to change, potentially opening up a huge market for the largest public-cloud players, according to a Deutsche Bank note published on Thursday.<p>The note says that it's been hearing that "most" US financial firms will be evaluating the public-cloud model starting in the second half of …

Apple says it has the 'most effective security organization in the world'

Apple engineers pull back the curtain on iPhone security<p>Apple said in a press briefing earlier today that it has the "most effective security organization in the world," and discussed multiple layers of iPhone security on both the hardware and software side to underscore this point.<p>The press …

Like it or not, Mark Zuckerberg is now Silicon Valley's ambassador to the rest of the world

The company's main product announcement, its attempt to turn Messenger into a hub little programs for businesses to chat with customers, was greeted by puzzlement from users and skepticism from the developers who were the main audience for the show.<p>Some of the demos, like a virtual reality selfie …

Codecast Makes it Easy to Create Code Tutorial Videos

We recently talked about how watching people code could be the next big thing in online video. Developer Karim Amrani believes in the trend and has built a simple tool to make it easy for coders to create tutorials in a single browser window.<p>Codecast lets you code HTML and CSS and view the output …

What Should I Charge? How to Justify Your Freelance Rates

When I first started freelancing, I thought I knew how to price myself. I charged $50 an hour because, well, it’s what my equivalent hourly rate was …

Here's the one thing everyone learning to code should do, no matter what

When learning a new programming language (maybe even your first!), you’re going to have feelings of dread and despair. At some point, you won’t understand what’s going on with anything, and everything will make you want to flip your desk over and quit.<p>You can make it easier on yourself by doing one …

Four Pretty Pigs and a Pug Nestle Cozily Inside a Cart While Their Human Shops for Birthday Supplies

Steve Onotera aka samuraiguitarist, who is a talented musician in his own right, offered a heart-wrenching list of guitarists who have overcome …

Future Solar Panels Will Generate Energy From Raindrops

<i>A new solar cell prototype developed by a team of scientists in Qingdao, China may change the way we use solar panels in the not so distant …

Deal Alert: Fly from the US to Europe for Under $200 Roundtrip - Points Miles & Martinis

Looking to head to Europe this year without spending a whole lot of money? Then, you’re in luck, since there are some super cheap fare from the <b>US to</b> …

The Science of Memory: How to Effortlessly Boost Your Retention and Recall

There's an easy way to improve your memory, but don't take my word for it - here's the research.<p>Have you ever had trouble remembering names? I know I have. There's nothing more embarrassing than having someone who "knows you" start a conversation while you're running through your mental Rolodex and …