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Unknown galaxies discovered lurking behind the Milky Way

In recent radio telescope studies, many hundreds of previously undiscovered galaxies have been found to exist in an area in which an enormous …

Coming Soon to France: Hundreds of Miles of Solar-Powered Roads

Thin panels installed on existing roads could be used to power streetlights and homes within five years.<p>Sooner or later the lamps glowing softly over the Champs-Élysées could be powered by the road itself.<p>France plans to install 1,000 kilometers of solar panel roadways in the next five years, …

Google Brings Serverless Computing To Its Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Functions, the latest addition to the Google Cloud Platform, enables developers to upload JavaScript code snippets that are triggered in response to a few events. This new service, which is in Alpha, is available to select customers whose accounts are whitelisted by Google. Cloud …

Cloud Computing

US SPY CHIEF: We might hack your fridge to spy on you

Speaking to the US Senate on Tuesday, Clapper publicly acknowledged — for the first time, The Guardian reports— that intelligent agents might take advantage of the new possibilities presented by having computers built into ever-more home appliances.<p>"In the future, intelligence services might use …

Bruce Schneier

Hangouts gives you better call quality by skipping Google

If you don't think Hangouts calls on your phone are passing muster, don't worry -- relief might be in sight. The latest version of Hangouts for Android is telling users that it'll boost audio and video quality on future calls by making peer-to-peer connections "when possible." In other words, it'll …

TheFamily Grabs $6.6 Million To Become A Key Startup Accelerator All Over Europe

Back in October 2013, I had dinner with a dozen people in a good-looking Parisian loft. Part of them were working for TheFamily, part of them were entrepreneurs. It was a nice, small dinner talking about startups and the French tech ecosystem.<p>A couple of weeks ago, there were hundreds of …

Nuts: a documentary about goat testicle transplants that's too good to be true

The adage "fact is stranger than fiction" is muddied in <i>Nuts</i>, the new documentary from director Penny Lane (<i>Our Nixon</i>, <i>The Voyagers</i>) about a poor man becoming rich off a big idea and a few thousand goat testicles.<p>Lane strikes pay dirt with her subject, the surgeon John Romulus Brinkley, who built a …

This wearable chair from Japan helps surgeons through long hours of surgery

<i>(The Bridge) –</i> As IT industry workers normally work facing to desktops or laptops, more than a few of them are willing to use items like a standing desk to avoid sitting at work for all day. While there are many jobs that let people work while standing, one of the hardest is probably surgical …

Medical Technology

IBM Research Thinks It's Solved Why The Brain Uses So Much Energy

It's exploring itself<p>We don’t know much about the brain. Scientists and researchers have poked and prodded parts of our most complex organ for centuries, giving names to the most obvious parts. But we still lack answers to fundamental questions, like what the brain does with most of its energy, or …

Facebook's Sports Stadium steals a page from Apple playbook

When Facebook announced a foray into sports, the question on everyone's mind was, "Hey, didn't Twitter do that first?" But Facebook is simply borrowing ideas from competitors -- a time-honored tradition espoused by none other than the late Steve Jobs.<p>If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, …

“Facebook alone won’t do anything for us.” What rural Indians think about Free Basics

Over the last few months, the activism against Facebook’s free internet in India has been called “elitist” and “self-righteous.” An opinion piece in The New York Times, for instance, called the opposition “elite Indian condemnation of internet for the poor.”<p>Most voices that have come out in …

India

From Nagpur to Northern Ireland: pill pipeline helping women get round abortion laws

Dutch activists provide link between Indian entrepreneur providing cost-price tablets and desperate people in places where terminations are otherwise unavailable<p>Delicious smells permeate a small office in Nagpur as an elderly woman cooks lunch for the 40-odd staff: roti, steamed rice, moong bean …

‘Blank’s Rule’: To predict the future, 1/3 of your team needs to be crazy

In a rapidly changing world, those who copy the past have doomed their future.<p>When companies or agencies search for disruptive and innovative strategies they often assemble a panel of experts to advise them. Ironically the panel is often made up of people whose ideas about innovation were relevant …

Space Exploration

Microscopic attack wins Nikon Small World prize

Each year, Nikon's Small World In Motion competition showcases video taken through a microscope, highlighting the unseen world of micro-organisms. …

Adidas created this 3D-printed shoe out of the plastic waste we throw in the ocean

The shoe is just a prototype, but the goal is to demonstrate how the industry can "rethink design and help stop ocean plastic pollution," according to Adidas.<p>The prototype has an "upper" made of ocean plastic and a 3D-printed midsole of recycled polyester and gillnets, a type of fishing net.<p>Adidas …

Shoes

Sky Canopy Concept Is An Airplane With A Viewing Deck

When flying is its own in-flight entertainment<p>Airliners are designed as if people are afraid of the sky. The tiny windows, never matched perfectly to the seats, are easy to obscure, and the insides evoke all the comfort and mundanity of a commuter train or, on really nice planes, a bland but …

There Will Be A Full Moon On Christmas For The First Time In Decades

It looks like Santa might not have to rely on Rudolph’s red nose to guide his sleigh this year.<p>For the first time this century, a full moon will be lighting up the sky on Christmas.<p>According to The Weather Channel, there hasn’t been a full moon on Christmas since 1977, and there won’t be another …

Red launches the Scarlet-W, an entry-level 5K cinema camera

Shooting a film or commercial with the same high-end equipment as a Peter Jackson or David Fincher just got cheaper. Red just revealed the $9,950 Scarlet-W and Scarlet-W Monochrome, cameras that shoot 5K RAW video and 2K ProRes with the company's Dragon sensor. For slo-mo, the 3.5-pound camera can …

You can now text money to anyone with Google Wallet

The latest iOS and Android version of Google Wallet has added support for sending money to anyone in your contacts via text message.<p>The recipient doesn’t need to have the Google Wallet app to receive the cash, they will get a text with a secure link that lets them retrieve the money almost …

Google Wallet

This Adidas 3D-printed sneaker is made from ocean waste

Although it's just a prototype for now<p>Adidas has teamed up with Parley for the Oceans — a movement aimed at eliminating the plastic waste that ends up in our seas — to create a new 3D-printed sneaker concept. The design consists of an upper made from "ocean plastic content" and a 3D-printed midsole …

3D Printing

Adelaide pair charged with money laundering over $30,000 online puppy scam

An Adelaide man and woman who allegedly received more than $30,000 as part of a puppy and kitten scam have been charged with 34 counts of money …

Facebook gets professional with Facebook at Work

Facebook has come a long way from being just a place to link up with friends or meet a partner.<p>Now the social media giant says it is going to muscle in on professional networking, an estimated 5.4 billion euro market, by launching Facebook at Work.<p>Career networking competitors Monster and LinkedIn …

Marketing

Yahoo wants to manage your Gmail account too

When Yahoo announced two months ago that it would add third-party email support to its newly launched Mail app, only Hotmail, Outlook and AOL accounts were supported. Now, however, Gmail -- arguably its biggest rival -- has joined the party too. Thanks to Yahoo Mail's new smarts, the app won't just …

An insurance provider is offering cyberbullying coverage

A high-end insurance provider in the UK has become what's thought to be the first to include personal cover for victims of cyberbullying. Chubb Insurance -- unrelated to the lock and security system companies of similar name, if you were wondering -- began offering the so-called "troll insurance" …

Farmville, HTC Vive creators behind new $10M seed fund for virtual reality

Serial entrepreneur Amitt Mahajan, the co-creator of FarmVille, believes that the best opportunity for game startups is at the beginning of a new platform. That’s why he has teamed up with former HTC executive Phil Chen and startup veteran Paul Bragiel to create Presence Capital, a seed fund to …

Virtual Reality

Sponge-filled syringe can plug gunshot wounds in seconds

A syringe filled with expanding sponges that can close gunshot wounds in seconds will soon be used by ambulance crews in the US.<p>First responders will …

Amazon Shows Off New Prime Air Drone With Hybrid Design

Amazon delivered a lovely update on its ‘Prime Air’ project today — almost exactly two years after it showed the first iteration of its drone. You know, the flying delivery drone that some thought was a massive joke meant for April 1st. Included are some high-res shots and two new videos.<p>The video, …