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Santa Monica firm says it has found a way to salt away electricity, literally

In the energy world, the ability to store electricity at an affordable price is the treasure sought by utility engineers and financial wizards.<p>SolarReserve believes it has found a solution.<p>The Santa Monica company recently completed what it touts as a first-of-its-kind solar power plant that stores …

Israel’s desert city of Beersheba is turning into a cybertech oasis

Dennis Mitzner Contributor<p>Dennis Mitzner lives in Tel Aviv and writes about startups and technology trends.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Magic Leap goes to Finland in pursuit of Nordic VR and AR talent<br>• Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Barak bets big on emergency app Reporty<p>Israel’s first prime …

Cyber-attacks

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Oculus founder explains why some people get sick when using his product

But virtual reality will have to overcome one very big problem before it takes off: it makes some people sick.<p>This was one of the big knocks against the Oculus Rift, one of the first modern VR headsets, when it first started demonstrating its product in 2014, but the company (now owned by Facebook) …

Virtual Reality

President Obama and Misty Copeland Open Up About Race

When Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States, many saw it as the dawn of a new era of American race relations. During his …

Race Relations

Marine archaeologists discover rare artefacts at 1503 shipwreck site

British-led team off coast of Oman find the Esmeralda, the earliest wreck ever found from the European ‘Age of Discovery’<p>A British-led archaeological expedition has uncovered the 500-year-old wreck site of what it claims is the earliest ship ever found from Europe’s “Age of Discovery”, a Portuguese …

Archaeology

Russia looks to buy five dolphins with perfect teeth and killer instinct

Government website reveals plan to revive Soviet-era use of marine mammals for combat operations<p>Russia’s defence ministry is looking to buy five dolphins, the government has revealed, as the country strives to revive its Soviet-era use of sea mammals for military tasks.<p>The military has opened the …

Russia

Universal Studios Japan will have the world's first Nintendo-themed park

Universal Studios and Nintendo are slowly revealing details about their partnership announced last year.<p>The two companies announced on Saturday that …

FunimationNow brings streaming anime to your phone

I love watching some anime. From old favorites like Berserk, Elfin Lied, DBZ, and Neon Genesis to newer stuff like Sword Art Online, I enjoy the sort …

Anime

The world's best cities for millennials

From affordable housing and transport to thriving job markets and culture, here’s our pick of the hottest spots for a good life<p><b>Affordability</b><p>Millennials are a boomerang generation. The number of 20- to 34-year-olds living at home with their parents increased by 25% between 1996 and 2013 in the UK. …

San Francisco

Edward Snowden would be willing to return to US for fair trial

Former NSA contractor tells supporters he would present public interest defence if he appeared before American jury<p>Edward Snowden has told supporters he would be willing to return to the US if the government could guarantee a fair trial.<p>The former National Security Agency contractor, who has been …

Surveillance

NASA's next space telescope sees 100 times more than Hubble

As much as the Hubble Space Telescope has done to shine a light on the darkest corners of the universe, it doesn't hold a candle to what's coming next. NASA has started work on WFIRST (Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope), a space observatory with a field of view 100 times larger than that of …

Top 10 Best New Manga in 2016

Manga, or Japanese comics, are a form of art and storytelling that originated hundreds of years ago, and has since then gained much popularity in the …

15,000 Australians protest against Sydney's controversial nightlife laws

While many people in Melbourne, Australia slept in after the city's all-night art event, White Night, residents of Sydney took to the streets to …

Black History Month reading list: the best books this February

From rediscovered greats by Octavia Butler to the sixth novel from a prodigious talent, there’s a lot to get excited about this month<p>What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi<p>It’s hard to believe, but What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is Helen Oyeyemi’s sixth book and she is still only 31. The …

Black History

Awesome Art Picks: Wonder Woman, Deadpool, Rey, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won't see in actual comics. The reason you won't is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites …

Comics

Why American Students Are Flocking to Germany — and Staying

BONN, Germany — How do you say "sign me up" in German?<p>The number of Americans studying in Germany has risen sharply, recent figures show, driven in part by the low cost of higher education compared to the United States.<p>More than 10,000 U.S. students are presently enrolled in the country’s higher …

College & University

'The Great Reset': Venture capitalists and startups have shifted from greed to fear

Investors have already labeled this period "The Great Reset." Why?<p>There wasn't a single IPO in January for the first time since September 2011.<br>• As the public market has slashed the value of tech companies like LinkedIn and Tableau almost in half, their private counterparts look oversize.<br>• The industry …

Venture Capital

Apple is being sued over its pressure-sensitive screen

Immersion filed complaints against Apple (as well as AT&T) in the US District Court and with the US International Trade Commission (ITC), The Next Web reports.<p>At stake is 3D Touch and Force Tech — tech introduced into the iPhone 6, 6s, and the Apple Watch that detects how hard a user presses the …

Intellectual Property

AT&T gets ready to test 5G technologies in 2016

AT&T has been working on possible 5G technologies, such as millimeter waves, for years. Now that it's time to get serious, it's teaming up with Ericsson and Intel to ramp up its development in the lab in the second quarter of the year. After that, it's moving its 5G endeavors out of the lab and …

take a trip to tokyo's weird and wonderful cafes

Dean Kissick goes on an adventure through all the strange and frightening cafes Tokyo has to offer.<p>In a plain white stairwell in Harajuku I join a queue of small Japanese children and their parents. We're waiting outside the recently opened Kawaii Monster Café that was dreamt up by artist and …

Japan

Super Bowl ads: the very best and the very worst

From a mysterious Intuit ad to a Zack Ryder promoting Doritos, the Super Bowl ads this year were high-concept, often ridiculous, and packed with celebrities<p><b>T-Mobile featuring Drake</b><p>Drake’s just a natural pitchman. That smile. Those pearly white teeth. That turtleneck. He looks like he should be …

Paul Rudd

Graphene Shows Promise For Brain Implants

Graphene, the super thin carbon material that’s been exciting scientists in the decade+ since single-atom thick graphene crystallites were successfully extracted from the bulk material, continues to give hints of a promising future blending electronics and biology.<p>In a new study, conducted by …

Graphene

Apple has started selling the View-Master virtual-reality headset

Shoppers can pick up a View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack on Apple's online store for $30, although it's not available in Apple's physical retail stores. It's the first VR product that Apple has sold in recent memory.<p>Yes, it's the same View-Master that made the famous red goggles we all …

Virtual Reality

Welsh home installs UK's first Tesla Powerwall storage battery

Battery could revolutionise UK energy market by enabling people to store excess energy generated from rooftop solar panels<p>The setting is decidedly modest: a utility room in a red-brick house at the end of a cul-de-sac in Wales. But if the hype turns out to be right, this may be the starting point …

Clean Energy

Microsoft is carrying out a massive social experiment in China — and almost no one outside the country knows about it

In a report for Nautilus, the researcher, Yongdong Wang, outlined what the company was doing with Xiaoice — pronounced "Shao-ice" and translated as "little Bing" — in China.<p>The Turing test, created by British scientist Alan Turing, is a test that looks to see if a human can detect whether the …

Artificial Intelligence

Harvard Report Debunks Claim Surveillance Is “Going Dark”

Since the 2013 Snowden disclosures revealed the extent of government surveillance programs it’s been a standard claim by intelligence agencies, seeking to justify their push for more powers, that their ability to track suspects using new technologies is under threat because of growing use of …

Surveillance