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This Startup Wants to Turn Anything That Moves Into an Energy Source

Uncharted Play just raised $7 million from investors who will help founder Jessica Matthews turn soccer balls, jump ropes, strollers, suitcases, and shopping carts into off-grid power sources.<p>Inc.'<i>s</i> <i>11th annual 30 Under 30 list features the young founders taking on some of the world's biggest</i> …

Use Google to look up weird coding terms? You could end up working there

Google has many ways of sourcing talent. It has a highly developed in-house recruiting organization, and gets a staggering number of external applications. But if you’re in the habit of looking up obscure coding terms, you might see one of the company’s more obscure recruiting methods, a message …

Georgia Tech

Remerge, The Berlin-Based Mobile App Marketing Platform, Scores $3M Series A

Berlin’s reputation as a hotbed of adtech entrepreneurship seems unstoppable as VCs continue to pile money in. The latest example is mobile app marketing platform Remerge.<p>After raising $1 million in seed funding late last year, the startup is today disclosing a $3 million Series A led by previous …

One-Third Of Schools Are Using This App You've Never Heard Of

Think of an educational tool and you might picture beloved standbys from our Tools of the Trade series, like the abacus and the wooden block. But educators are increasingly turning to software and websites like Khan Academy, Google Apps and Code.org to help them deliver lessons, manage …

Drone maker draws $60M investment from Intel

A bastion of the PC chips industry, Intel says its deal with Yuneec will be a "game changer" in the burgeoning field of drones.<p>Intel has announced plans to develop drones through a partnership with aviation firm Yuneec.<p>On Wednesday, Intel said the firm will invest over $60 million in drone …

Microsoft Snip finally brings a better way to screenshot on Windows

A new beta app from Microsoft aims to make taking screenshots on touch-enabled Windows 10 computers <i>a lot</i> easier.<p>Microsoft Snip offers an easier way to take screenshots, annotate them and even add audio to them. Once installed, the app floats at the top of the screen so you can quickly take a …

Google uses Search as a secret job interview tool

Shutterstock<p>Google is well known for its love of puzzles and leaving little hidden secrets dotted around and it turns out that the company applies similar techniques while it is on the hunt for new employees too.<p>Max Rosett, a new Google employee, blogged about his recent recruitment experience at …

Origin of Saturn’s F ring and shepherd moons

The F ring, Saturn’s outermost ring, is perhaps the most active ring in our solar system, with features changing on a timescale of hours.<p>Scientists …

Futuropolis: Building A Bionic Human

We have the technology (or at least some of it)<p>Could humans one day scrap our flesh-and-blood limbs for bionic ones? High-tech prosthetics are improving in leaps and bounds, so bionics seemed like the perfect topic for the fourth episode of our Futuropolis podcast. In the past few years, …

The Nano Lightbulb

Young Duck Kim uses graphene in a novel way<p>The Nano Lightbulb<p>The Nano Lightbulb<p>Computer technology leaped from clunky vacuum tubes to sleek chips in the last century, and the coming years could bring another sea change of equal magnitude. That’s the goal of Columbia University researcher Young Duck …

Watching a spacecraft fall in the desert

NASA just dropped its Orion capsule out of a plane with two failed parachutes<p>I’m somewhere outside Yuma, Arizona, in the middle of the desert, watching a spacecraft fall to Earth. It’s like a white teardrop descending slowly against the bright azure sky. Two red-and-white parachutes hold the …

American and Russian astronauts use separate water filtration systems on ISS, as Nasa astronauts also collect Russian urine when available to increase supply<p>What’s the difference between American and Russian astronauts on the International Space Station? The Americans drink their urine, the …

Space Science

A close look at NASA’s Orion spacecraft after its parachute test

On Wednesday, NASA dropped a test version of its Orion spacecraft out of a military transport aircraft flying over the Arizona desert. During the fall, two of the capsule's parachutes were intentionally made to fail. It was a test to see if the Orion could still land gently when its systems …

Is there such a thing as space sickness?

Have you ever grown nauseated on a long car ride or felt your stomach lurch while riding a roller coaster? If so, then you've got some idea of what …

Space Exploration

NASA will test the Orion spacecraft’s landing system with failing parachutes today

Seeing how the vehicle performs when things go wrong<p>Today, NASA will drop its Orion crew capsule out of a plane flying at 35,000 feet over the Arizona desert, and two of its five parachutes will fail. On purpose.<p>Orion is the next generation of NASA spacecraft that will take humans into space — and …

Space Exploration

A New Energy Plant In Hawaii Generates Power From Ocean Temperature Extremes

It's hot then it's cold<p>There's a big difference between the warm, shallow seawater lapping up against a beach and the icy depths of the ocean. Now, researchers are turning that temperature difference into energy at energy plants all over the world. The newest one opened up in Hawaii last Friday, …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Should Mars Be Independent, Or Just A Colony Of Earth?

Astrobiologist wants to make sure the red planet is independent from the start<p>It’s a popular sci-fi plot: Earth sets up colonies on Mars; Mars colonies grow, developing their own technologies and culture; Mars colonies rebel against overbearing Earth government, demanding independence. It happens …

What may be self-driving cars’ biggest problem

Learning to drive a driverless car is more difficult than it sounds. One lab is monitoring how we might react when we have to give up the wheel to a computer.<p>I am pretty confident in my driving skills, but today my skills as a future car driver are going to be tested. Although it is generally …

Dawn Spacecraft Captures Closest View of Ceres Yet

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has captured the closest images yet of the dwarf planet Ceres.<p>It's currently orbiting at an altitude of 915 miles above the surface and it will get even closer in late October, when it enters its final orbit at an altitude of 230 miles.<p>"Dawn is performing flawlessly in this …

Astronomy

Crash, Splash, Boom: NASA Video Shows Landing Trials and Crash Tests

Successful space missions from the Apollo 11 moon landing to the Curiosity rover are thrilling to watch. But often, behind each perfect landing is a spate of brutal crashes with test aircraft -- and NASA has posted a fascinating new video montage of these trials.<p>The three-minute video includes all …

Researchers inch closer to a universal flu vaccine

Someday, patients may no longer have to get a new flu shot each year, tailored to the particular strains expected to dominate in a given season. That's because scientists are homing in on new methods of formulating vaccines that will be able confer immunity against multiple varieties of influenza …

How a Nazi rocket could have put a Briton in space

In the years following World War II, an audacious British plan would have used Nazi rockets to put a man in space.<p>In the summer of 1945, with the war in Europe over, Allied forces rushed to unravel the secrets of Nazi V2 rockets. These terror weapons, built by slave labourers, did little to affect …

Physicist Stephen Hawking Explains How Information Escapes Black Holes

Famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking doesn't think black holes are so inescapable after all.<p>"If you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up," he said in a lecture on Monday night Stockholm, Sweden. "There’s a way out."<p>He elaborated on his comments on Tuesday during a six-day conference …

NASA Mars mission may never happen with current budget problems

NASA has already sent several rovers to Mars, but the ultimate goal is to send man to Mars. However, that’s a huge undertaking which requires a ton …

Final Construction Starts for Europe's 2016 Methane Sniffing Mars Mission

Has life ever existed on Mars? Or anywhere beyond Earth?<p>Answering that question is one of the most profound scientific inquiries of our time.<p>Europe …

This Fantastic Website Shows How Far Mars Really Is from Earth (Spoiler: It's Faaaaar)

This ingenious website made by David Paliwoda shows how far Mars is from Earth in a metric all us Internet lovers understand: pixels. If Earth was a …

Space

There Was Drinkable Water On Mars According To Opportunity

Opportunity, aka The Little Rover That Could, is still making important discoveries 10 years into its Martian jaunt. After the devastating loss of …

Adventure Travel

DIY Rovers Compete to Explore the Martian Landscape | WIRED

<i>A night view of the the Aurora Borealis near the Mars Desert Research Station where the 7th Annual University Rover Challenge took place.</i><p><i>Members of</i> …

Is This What a Mars Outpost Will Look Like from Orbit?

This sure looks like a futuristic settlement on the Red Planet, as Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano pondered on Twitter yesterday when he shared this …