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How do you bring electricity to 620 million people?

<i>This post originally appeared at Ensia.</i><p>In South Africa, major cities are subject to regular power outages as electric utility Eskom periodically shuts down parts of its distribution system to take the pressure off the aging national grid. Whole areas of Cape Town and Johannesburg are without power …

Renewable Energy

This could be Nest’s first security camera

Google-owned home automator Nest has a press conference scheduled for next week, but — somewhat ironically for a company that bought security camera firm Dropcam — images that appear to show a new piece of hardware have already leaked. <i>Droid Life</i> has obtained pictures of a home security camera …

Google Slides for Android and iOS now lets you stream presentations to your TV via Chromecast and AirPlay

Google today updated Google Slides for Android and iOS with streaming support via Chromecast and AirPlay. You can download the new app now directly from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.<p>Google has sold over 17 million units of the Chromecast, a small HDMI dongle that lets you stream content from …

Smart TV

Computer algorithm picks the world's most creative art

Who would you trust to determine history's most creative art? A room full of seasoned critics? Rutgers University researchers think a machine can do the job. They've developed a computer vision algorithm that ranks the creativity of art based on how similar it is to earlier works in terms of …

Dyson built a lamp that burns for 37 years thanks to satellite tech

Dyson has put its know-how to use improving vacuums, fans and more. Looking to tackle lighting woes, the British company built the CSYS line of lamps that'll burn bright for 37 years. Using Heat Pipe technology, the lamp uses a system similar to what's found on satellites to keep eight LEDs cool …

HP's 'blended reality' Sprout desktop just got better at 3D capture

Back when HP first introduced Sprout, an ambitious all-in-one desktop, the company came up with lots of reasons why you might want such an unusual PC -- one with an overheard projector/camera, and a touch mat that could act as a second screen. Among the various use cases -- gaming, visual projects, …

Utilight Reveals Details on New Rapid Solar Cell 3D Printing System

In 2012, after completing a successful feasibility study made possible through funding from angel investors and research and development grants from …

What Motivates Terrorists?

It’s an important question. But is it the best one to be asking?<p>One of the most frequently asked questions about terrorism is also the most intractable. Why? Why do they do it? Why do people join terrorist groups and participate in acts of terrorism?<p>There are as many answers to this question as …

Solar Panels Could Replace Roads

Back when the concept of global warming was still nascent—only eight years ago, mind you—Scott and Julie Brusaw of Sagle, Idaho, began heavily contemplating an idea that Scott, an electrical engineer, had toyed with as a child: solar panel roads.<p>After years of figuring out many ways <i>not</i> to make a …

Roads