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Popular Science’s coolest innovation items of 2014

<b>NEW YORK (PIX11)--</b> Every December for the past 27 years, the editors of Popular Science have sought out the products and technologies poised to …

That Time The Feds Built A Deluxe Atom Cannon In Palo Alto

Happy Throwback Thursday!<p>Fifty years ago, in December 1964, <i>Popular Science</i> featured a machine that would probe the deepest secrets of matter. Just west of Stanford University, the U.S. Department of Energy was building a two mile long underground linear particle accelerator, designed to look for …

Orion launch: The world's race to Mars in 60 seconds

As Nasa tests out its Orion spacecraft, which will one day take astronauts to Mars, we take a look at the other nations racing to get to the red planet<p>Nasa's spacecraft Orion is the most advanced ever built and scientists hope that one day it will be responsible for taking astronauts to Mars.<p>Two …

Sound Might Be The Key To Touching Objects In Virtual Reality

The key to a sense of touch in VR might be sound, ironically – a team working out of the University of Bristol in the UK (via New Scientist) have worked out an improved version of haptic tech that can use high-frequency sound emitters to mimic the effect of touching a physical object, without any …

Light-bending silicon strips are the key to super-fast computers

No, that's not a barcode you're looking at -- instead, it's the likely future of computing. Stanford University researchers have developed an optical link that uses silicon strips to bend light at right angles, which future processors will likely need to transmit data at super-fast speeds. The key, …

Google may use quantum computing to improve its advertising and web search capabilities

While Google regularly gives futurists talking points by pursuing experimental projects like driverless cars and smart contact lenses, the company’s investment last year in a “quantum” computer from startup D-Wave Systems could well help the tech giant with a few of its core processes.<p>D-Wave’s …

Apple Stores hosting Hour of Code programming workshops on December 11th

Apple is once again using its retail stores to promote Computer Science Education Week and Code.org by hosting Hour of Code computer programming workshops for kids on Thursday, December 11th. Apple describes the workshops as fun, hour-long introductions to coding:<p><i>“Hour of Code is a fun one-hour</i> …

Engineers create very cool material that radiates heat into space

So much for old-fashioned air conditioning: What if you could harness the universe to cool your house?<p>Some Stanford University engineers may have figured out how to do just that.<p>According to a paper in the scientific journal Nature, a team led by Stanford electrical engineer Shanhui Fan has come up …

Construction has been approved for the world's largest telescope

The world's largest telescope is finally going to see the light of day. The European Southern Observatory's Council announced earlier today that it had greenlit the planned construction project in Chile, which means that humans will have access to the aptly named "European Extremely Large …

Yale, Organovo team up to 3D print organs for transplants

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Organovo<p>Every day, an average of 18 people die waiting for an organ donation. The growing transplant wait list was …

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

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9 Wearables Totally Changing the Medical Industry

When someone says “wearables” you naturally think about fitness and health wearables or smartwatches. These wearables can relay notifications to you or track your calories burned — which is cool and all — but the medical industry has been making their own amazing advancements in wearable …

Apple Patents 'Anti-falling' Phone Tech

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, and now it's safer!<p>The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple US the rights to patent …

What to get when you want a smarter home

It's that time of year again! You know, the one when you have to hand over your hard-earned cash or dole out the credit card digits to get the loved ones in your life a little something celebratory. Lucky you, we've got a slew of great recommendations in our easy-on-the-eyes Holiday Gift Guide.<p>Need …