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Matt Damon says tech can't solve everything

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>In Silicon Valley, some people believe they can solve every problem.<p>Disease, death, politics -- these are all just issues waiting to be puzzled out with ones and zeros.<p>Such people can make machines that …

A look at Apple’s insanely ambitious tree-planting plans for its new spaceship campus

While construction crews work furiously to finish Apple’s mammoth new headquarters in Cupertino this year, another critical piece of the campus’ design is taking shape 100 miles to the east.<p>In a cluster of East Bay nurseries, Apple has been growing more than 4,600 trees, which are nestled in large, …

Santa Clara County

A shocking number of college men surveyed admit coercing a partner into sex

By Amy Ellis Nutt<p>, Reporter<p>Campus sexual assault scandals have practically become routine. The most recent one to make the news led to the firing of Baylor University's head football coach and the demotion, and then departure, of its president. A new study, published last week in the journal …

The Indus Valley civilisation is 2,500 years older than previously believed

The Indus Valley civilisation may be even older than initially thought.<p>A group of researchers in India have used carbon dating techniques on animal remains and pottery fragments to conclude that the Indus Valley settlements could be 8,000 years old—2,500 <b></b>years older than previously believed.<p>That …

Archaeology

Google is selling its robot company to Toyota

A source says that the "ink is nearly dry" on the deal, but didn't disclose the price.<p>The robotics division has been a source of tension within the company since Andy Rubin, the exec who led it, left in 2014.<p>Rubin, who also founded Android and led Google's smartphone business for many years, drove …

Robotics

Japanese engineers say their flying cars will be in the air by the Tokyo Olympics

A team of young Japanese engineers is developing a flying car with the goal of launching it in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.<p>The futuristic vehicle – dubbed Skydrive – is fitted with three wheels, a motor and four rotors, enabling it to take off and land vertically from public roads without the …

China's floating buses will ride above the roads

China knows that simply sending in more buses to its busier cities isn't going to help ease congestion. But put those buses on stilts? Now you're talking.<p>A Beijing company has shown off an interesting concept for a long, "straddling bus" that's raised up on rails either side of the road. It can …

Wrist-strap device for alcohol monitoring wins $200,000 prize

<i>(Reuters)</i> – A San Francisco-based company has won a U.S. government-sponsored competition with an alcohol monitoring devices that can be worn on the wrist, the latest milestone in the development of wearable technologies that monitor and diagnose medical conditions.<p>BACtrack, a privately held …

IBM makes a big shift into cognitive computing

IBM's California research lab sits atop a green hill in Almaden, 15 miles south of downtown San Jose.<p>There aren't any signs that suggest if you drive up the narrow road that wraps around the hill you'll find a research facility at the top. No signs that the research center is home to a Fortune 500 …

Cognitive Computing

7 Leadership Lessons From the Coach Who Mentored Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt, and Jeff Bezos

Bill Campbell dies at 75, leaving Silicon Valley's top leaders without their most trusted adviser.<p>Most Silicon Valley titans are familiar figures. They make commencement speeches that rack up millions of views on YouTube, get profiled by business websites such as this one, and have irreverent …

A Stanford dean on adult skills every 18-year-old should have

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What are the skills every 18 year old needs?</i> <i>Answer by Julie Lythcott-Haims, Author of NYT bestseller How to Raise an Adult; former Stanford dean; podcast host.</i><p>1. An 18-year-old must be able to talk to strangers<p>Faculty, deans, advisers, landlords, store …

Workload

5 Books That Will Inspire You to Never Give Up on Your Dreams

Sometimes, all you need is a reminder of where you're headed.<p>I am an avid reader. I read because there is so much incredible material out there to learn from, but I also read to stay inspired. In the same way movies and YouTube montages and podcasts inspire, books can have a tremendous impact on …

BMW uses the HTC Vive to design new vehicles

Since the Oculus Rift was first unveiled, it's been clear that virtual reality has applications beyond the home. One such use case is the automotive industry, where designers are constantly drawing, examining and comparing new ideas. BMW has been using the technology since the 1990s, and now it's …

Alphabet Is Ending Its Robotics Program

Google parent Alphabet. is dismantling its robotics effort after less than three years and aims to sell Boston Dynamics, the legged-robot maker that was the centerpiece of the program, according to people familiar with the matter.<p>The moves reflect internal disagreements about the direction of …

Robinhood co-founder Baiju Bhatt to talk fighting the establishment at Disrupt NY

When an app wins an Apple Design Award and has hundreds of thousands of people on its waiting list, people are going to want to know how exactly the founders did it.<p>So, TechCrunch is excited to announce that Baiju Bhatt, cofounder of the popular commission-free stock trading app Robinhood, while be …

Startups

Government documents reveal Dyson is making an electric car

There might come a time when the image of a vacuum isn't the first thing that pops into your head whenever someone says "Dyson." It seems the company has received funding from the UK government yet again, this time to help finance the development of something much bigger than the 360 Eye: an …

Delhi fourth most dangerous city in world for woman to take public transport: poll

<b>New Delhi:</b> New Delhi has one of the most dangerous public transport systems in the world when it comes to women’s safety, according to the findings …

Mexico City

Google has fallen out of love with robots, and it’s a warning sign to all of its 'moonshots'

The company is trying to sell Boston Dynamics, the high-profile robotics startup it bought in late 2013 as part of a division known internally as "Replicant," because it isn't likely to produce a marketable product in the next several years, sources told Bloomberg's Brad Stone and Jack Clark …

Moon

Inside the Starburst-sized box that could save the Internet

Cybercrime is costing us millions. Hacks drain the average American firm of $15.4 million per year, and, in the resulting panic, companies often spend more than $1.9 million to resolve a single attack. It’s time to face facts: Our defenses aren’t strong enough to keep the hackers out.<p>But there is …

This week in patents: Facebook for IoT, Disney books and more

The hybrid propulsion spacecraft may have a high thrust (HT) engine, such as a chemically powered engine and a low thrust (LT) engine such as a solar electric propulsion engine.<p>It works by determining an optimal trajectory with low fuel/propellant use and fast flight times.<p>The optimal trajectory …

Spacecraft

The world's first solar airport no longer pays for electricity

Fed up with their hefty electricity bill, managers at Cochin International Airport in southern India took matters into their own hands.<p>Three years ago, they began adding solar panels -- first on the roof of the arrivals terminal, then on and around an aircraft hangar. The success of those initial …

Solar Power

Teens Could Be at Risk From Some Cosmetics

Even a short hiatus from certain cosmetic chemicals—the kind often found in antibacterial soaps, body lotions, and perfumed products—can slash the …

5 Essential Pieces of Career Advice No One Ever Told You

Most common career advice is worthless. It's the stuff no one tells you that can make all the difference.<p>Let me guess, in high school, college and early adulthood you probably received a lot of career advice. Most of it was well-intentioned, but how much of it ended up actually being useful?<p>If …

How A Car Gets Designed

Ever wonder how car companies turn hunks of ugly steel into graceful designs?<p>One of Ford’s top designers, a woman whom Autoweek once called “one of …

Want to clean up India? Turn trash into free Wi-Fi

Trash belongs in the garbage bin.<p>It's a simple civic lesson that has frustrated two Mumbai entrepreneurs for years.<p>"India is a country where people love to break the rules," said Raj Desai, cofounder of startup ThinkScream.<p>"We see it on the roads where no one is driving in their lane. We see it in …

Music Festivals

Connected Sports Gear Is Harder, Faster And Stronger

Millie Servant Contributor<p>Millie Servant is a content writer for Futur en Seine.<p>Would the world be different if Neil Armstrong had worn a Fitbit wristband when he set foot on the moon? What if Nixon had been equipped with a cardiac sensor during Watergate?<p>Quantified self for all<p>The Sports & …

One Medical Acquires Rise, A Nutrition Coaching App

Much of Rise CEO Suneel Gupta and One Medical CEO Tom Lee’s first interactions happened in front of a whiteboard at the One Medical offices after the pair were introduced by mutual investor Google Ventures.<p>“I was very much interested in what the patient experience was happening behind the scenes,” …

Startups

What We Know About The Best Designs For The Hyperloop So Far

“That in general is good advice for people creating companies,” Musk said to students. “Start with the minimally useful system.”<p>Last weekend, dozens of teams gathered at Texas A&M to present their pod designs for a Hyperloop–a new form of transit that will hurdle riders across land at 700 mph using …

High-speed Rail

5 Top Indicators for Startup Success, According to This TED Talk

The biggest reason why startups succeed today<p>Bill Gross is a smart guy. Twenty years ago he started Idealab. They have started over 100 companies. They have had some successes and many failures.<p>Bill Gross loves startups. He believes the best ones can unlock human potential. Bill wanted to pin point …

Lab-grown meat to hit store shelves 'in five years'

A team of Dutch scientists who crafted the world's first lab-grown meat burger say their creation could hit store shelves in five years' time. Peter …