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Jeff Bezos just launched a dummy called 'Mannequin Skywalker' into space and safely returned it to Earth

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the secretive rocket company Blue Origin, has successfully test-launched a rocket system with a dummy and several experiments inside.<p>On Wednesday night, Bezos tweeted a video showing the seventh successful launch and landing of New Shepard, a …

Programmable cells may be the next step toward making us real-life cyborgs

With high-tech implants, mind-controlled prostheses, and even head-up displays like Google Glass, it’s pretty clear that the cyborg dream of …

There's a New Prediction for the Singularity: 2047

In 30 years, the singularity will happen and artificial intelligence in all the smart devices and robots will exceed human intelligence.<p>That was the …

Singularity

Companies start implanting microchips into workers' bodies

The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee's hand. Another "cyborg" is created.<p>What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish start-up hub Epicenter. The company offers to implant …

Singularity

Researchers invent novel RNA nanotech to decorate exosomes for effective cancer therapy

A new study shows that attaching antibody-like RNA nanoparticles to microvesicles can deliver effective RNA therapeutics such as small interfering …

The Galaxy S9 could get a more secure iris scanner, says report

Samsung will reportedly bring several upgrades to the iris scanner on its next Galaxy S phone, presumably called the Galaxy S9. Some of these possible changes include a shorter response time, better recognition in dark or bright environments or when the user is wearing glasses, and a slightly …

Scanners

Helicopter gets first revamp in 78 years: Workhorse Group CEO

What some say is the first passenger drone to fly in America, is actually a revamped helicopter according to CEO of the Workhorse Group Steve Burns.<p>“We feel we have reinvented the helicopter after 78 years,” Burns told the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney on “Varney & Co.”<p>“If you look at the …

New battery speeds up old iPhone (and rekindles Apple conspiracy theory)

Swapping out the battery in a slow old iPhone could drastically improve the device’s performance.<p>That claim comes from a Reddit user who says he almost doubled the clock rates of his lagging iPhone 6s simply by popping in a new battery. His theory that Apple intentionally slows down old phones …

Supersonic air travel just took another big step toward rebirth

Denver-based startup says its planes will fly at twice the speed of sound, making the trip from New York to London in only 3.5 hours.<p><i>In brief: Boom Supersonic has gotten another boost towards its goal of commercial supersonic flight by 2023. Boom founder Blake Scholl has announced a partnership</i> …

Aviation

Hey, look: A fingerprint scanner under a smartphone screen

Could the future of smartphone biometrics look a lot like a shinier version of the past? The answer is most definitely yes — that is, if Synaptics …

Meet the wireless keyboard that never needs to be recharged

Wireless keyboards are the way to go, obviously, but changing batteries or recharging your keyboard is a pain in the butt — even if you only have to …

Amazon Alexa can now wake you up to music

This fall, Amazon made a play to become your new alarm clock with the introduction of a combination smart speaker and clock called the Echo Spot. Today, the company is adding a new feature that will make the Spot – or any other Alexa device – function more like a traditional radio alarm clock, with …

Smart Homes

SpaceX readies used rocket for space station flight

SpaceX is readying a previously flown Falcon 9 booster and an equally "used" Dragon cargo ship for launch Wednesday, one day later than planned, on a …

Era of Monster Rockets Fast Approaching

Tech Insider has published a very informative video focused on comparing SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy and Big Falcon Rocket, Blue Origin’s New Glenn, and …

Rocket Lab will launch its small experimental rocket again this December

If all goes well, it could be the final test flight of the Electron<p>US spaceflight startup Rocket Lab is nearly ready to launch its experimental Electron rocket again. The vehicle is now scheduled to take off from New Zealand sometime during a 10-day launch window that begins on December 8th. It’ll …

SpaceX will fly cargo to the space station on a used Falcon 9 rocket, NASA confirms

The company will use a rocket that already flew in June<p>In December, SpaceX will again send cargo to the International Space Station — but this time, it will use a Falcon 9 rocket that has already flown to space and back. NASA officially confirmed the decision today during a meeting, noting that …

SpaceX Adds $100 Million to Latest Funding Round

WASHINGTON — SpaceX has increased the size of its latest funding round by $100 million to $450 million, the company said Nov. 27.<p>In a Nov. 27 filing …

NASA Will Use a Previously-Flown SpaceX Rocket for Its Next Supply Mission

In what will be a historic first for the US space agency, NASA has agreed to send supplies to the International Space Station aboard a previously …

Space Exploration

Elon Musk told us he was sending a car to space, then said he totally made it up

Other reports say that the plan is real<p>Always willing to up the stakes of an already difficult situation, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said the first flight of his company’s Falcon Heavy rocket will be used to send a Tesla Roadster into space. Musk first tweeted out the idea on Friday evening, and the …

Elon Musk isn’t joking about sending a red car to Mars

San Francisco — Elon Musk fully intends to put a red sports car made by a company that he runs into an enormous rocketship made by another company …