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Whoa! Scientists Grow A Brain In A Dish

It may not be same shape as a 9-week-old embryonic human brain, but it's got a lot of the same functional organization.<p>Researchers from the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna, Austria, have grown a three-dimensional, self-organizing model of a developing human brain in the lab using …

Self-driving cars and ocean colonies: revisit Isaac Asimov's vision of 2014

Isaac Asimov has detailed countless visions for what the future could look like, most with a clear label of "fiction" on them. But in 1964, while reflecting on that year's World's Fair, Asimov described in <i>The New York Times</i> what he believed the 2014 World's Fair would really look like. He predicted …

The One Thing Behind Tesla's Success

All hail the Model S.<p>The all-electric sedan from Tesla Motors is a winner. The Model S outsold Porsche, Fiat, Buick, Jaguar, Land Rover and five other companies in California, according to a report in QZ. It also outscored every other car in tests conducted by Consumer Reports. And just recently, …

The Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography

On the morning of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Yahoo's interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, still believed he was going to be named permanent CEO of the company.<p>He had just one meeting to go.<p>That meeting was a board meeting, to be held that day in a room on the second floor of Yahoo's Sunnyvale, Calif., …

Google is laying the groundwork to build its own self-driving car—without a major auto manufacturer as partner

Once again, Google is apparently working on its own version of hardware at the same time that it’s partnering with mainstream manufacturers of the same kind of device. But this time, it’s a car.<p>A report by Amir Efrati includes details of Google’s exploration of what it would take to build its own …

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Apple's Plan to Change How You Watch TV Forever

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Years of halting negotiations with cable companies haven’t gotten Apple much closer to its grand …

Is Voyager 1 really out of the solar system?

It's 36 years since Voyager 1 was dispatched in 1977 on a mission to send back images of Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere and volcanic eruptions on one of its moons, Io. Then it was due to travel on to Saturn to examine that planet's intricate system of rings and moons. But after travelling more than …

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Google went down today. The Internet went bananas.

We wouldn’t normally write about a mere few minutes in down time, but when it’s Google, it’s notable.<p>Google.com, Google’s search product (you may have heard of) went down between 23:52 and 23:57 BST according to Search Engine Land. Not since 2009 has Google Search experienced any downtime.<p>“The most …

Federal Judge Rules Bitcoin Is Real Money

Trendon Shavers is accused of being the Bernie Madoff of Bitcoin. The SEC is going after him for allegedly running a Bitcoin Ponzi scheme from 2011 to 2012. Through his Texas-based “Bitcoin Savings & Trust,” he, under the name “pirateat40,” took in 700,000 Bitcoin — worth $4.5 million at the time — …

For Struggling PC Market, It's PC Gamers To The Rescue

IDC Insights Research dropped some doom and gloom earlier this year, reporting that Q1 2013 PC shipments were down a drastic 13.9% globally, compared to the same period in 2012. This represented the worst decline in the US since 2006, despite Windows 8 and some inspired hardware to accompany it …

Sleek hydroponic terrariums are like picture frames for plants

In the wild, plants are part of a larger environment, or at the very least anchored firmly in the ground or a body of water. To some extent, an ordinary terrarium creates a micro-environment in which a plant or animal can live. By contrast, Japanese brand [10¹²] Terra turns the terrarium into a …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of neural activity in the human brain, and the numbers are …

John Carmack's private space program 'in hibernation' after progress stalled

Armadillo Aerospace, the private rocket-building enterprise founded by gaming godfather John Carmack, is being put on hold. At QuakeCon, Carmack told <i>New Space Journal</i> that in the face of a failed landing in January and growing organizational problems, "things are turned down to sort of a …

Google scientists to their boss: Stop supporting this climate change-denying senator

In an open letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, 17 Google Science Communication Fellows expressed their deep frustration with the company’s choice of political candidates to back.<p>The search/mobile/everything company has been throwing its support behind Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe (R), who is seeking …

David Cameron's online strategy 'ridiculous', says internet expert

An online expert who has advised the Prime Minister on internet strategy has dismissed his plans to block pornographic sites as “absolutely ridiculous.”<p>Mr Cameron last month announced a new agreement with internet service providers on new filters that would block access to online pornography – …

The FBI has used drones for warrantless surveillance in the US in 10 different cases

Earlier this year, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) publicly revealed for the first time in a hearing that it has been using drones to conduct surveillance operations inside the country, a striking admission, given that domestic drone is a subject of intense debate and there's still not …

Motorcycle futurism: space age dreams come to life on two wheels

New From Dyson: A Tiny Vacuum For City People

Have a tiny apartment, city-dweller? You will want a tiny vacuum for cleaning up tiny messes.<p>Sir James Dyson, Inventor General of all the gadgets you didn't realize you needed, has just released this child-sized vacuum for urban apartments. It's lovely.<p>The DC49 Multi Floor weighs about 11 pounds …

Don't Panic: Google has prototypes for 'real-time' translation device, 'near perfect' in some uses

It sounds like Google's Babel fish-esque instant translation solution is making progress -- Android VP Hugo Barra told <i>The UK Times</i> that Google's got hardware prototypes (in the form of mobile phones) already working. Moreover, in a recent test he took part in, the system was "near-perfect" with …

How Apple's profits stack up against Google and Microsoft

With Apple's earnings posting today, and Microsoft's and Google's last week, we now have the financial results for three of the largest consumer technology companies in the world. It's safe to say that the second quarter of 2013 has been a tough one for all involved.<p>All three companies disappointed …

Search the skies for pulsars while your Android device charges

Researchers from UC Berkeley are searching for pulsars and more effective AIDS therapies, and you can help by offering the university access to your idle Android smartphone. Like Stanford University's famous Folding@Home project, the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) has …

Ethiopia’s tech hopefuls

<b>When it comes to technology and innovation, Ethiopia appears a long way away from the rest of Africa's rising "silicon savannahs."</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessTaking on the 'patent trolls'Egypt's revolution inspires tech start-upsWorking alone to come together betterInventing the …

Scientists, the web is becoming your oyster

The digital tools and services remaking media, commerce, education, and most other parts of our lives, are finally starting to stream into …

10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Google

Given the size and scope of such a company, the Quora community had no problem providing a number of little-known yet surprising tidbits.<p>With all its tech excellence (which runs from Google Glass to the self-driving car to the internet's most beloved search engine), here are 10 mind-blowing facts …

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Why Extravagant New HQs Planned At Apple, Google, Amazon And Facebook Are Negative Indicators

Amazon.com this week revealed plans for three verdant bubbles in downtown Seattle, joining Apple's circular "spaceship," Facebook's Frank Gehry-designed open-office complex and a new Googleplex on the list of planned trophy offices.<p>"It signals a desire, a statement, to say that we're special, we're …

'Iron Man 3' blows away the box office with $175 million opening weekend

Opening domestic sales second only to 'The Avengers'<p><i>Iron Man 3</i> performed heroically at the box office over the weekend, posting the second-highest domestic opening of all time, and already surpassing <i>Iron Man 2</i> in gross global revenue. As the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports, the third installment of the …

After conquering earth, Vint Cerf discusses 'interplanetary internet'

Vint Cerf knows a thing or two about the internet. Along with Bob Kahn, Cerf is credited with developing the initial TCP internet standard over thirty years ago, and now spends his time looking into the future of computer networks in his role as Google's chief internet evangelist. As part of his …

Why The iPhone Is Falling Behind

Apple haters, Android geeks and misinformed Wall Street analysts will tell you that Apple’s iPhone is falling behind because Apple can’t innovate anymore.<p>I don’t buy the Apple-doesn’t-innovate BS. Apple is super innovative, and their innovation is focused, disciplined and ultimately results in …