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The invisible network that keeps the world running

Inside the humungous, algorithmically controlled matrix that supplies most of what you own<p>It's been just over 45 years since the Apollo Moon landings, and some would have it that we are failing to build big anymore; that we've since become too fascinated with the small, too impressed by our tablet …

Shipping

How Google Glass v2 Could Change The Enterprise

This week a new device passed through the FCC—codenamed GG1—and many have speculated that it’s the next generation of the Google Glass hardware. While the Explorer Edition was anything but a runaway success, what some are calling the “Enterprise Edition” could very well be what Glass needs to take …

Augmented Reality

When Maps Lie

Tips from a geographer on how to avoid being fooled.<p>Maps are big these days. Blogs and news sites (including this one) frequently post maps and those maps often go viral—40 maps that explain the world, the favorite TV shows of each U.S. state, and so on. They’re all over Facebook, Twitter, and …

This Is What Computers Look Like Now and That's Just Awesome

Aya Brackett—Nest<p>DJI<p>Apple<p>Osmo<p>Tesla<p>Jawbone<p>Square<p>Hasbro<p>Oculus VR<p>Qualcomm

Virtual Reality

15 Unbelievable Facts About Russia

Everyone's heard a thing or two about Putin and the USSR.<p>But few people have heard anecdotes about real life in Russia and the former Soviet Union.<p>So Business Insider put together a list of stranger-than-fiction facts about Soviet pop stars, military classes in high schools, a lake that could kill …

Russia

British 'nano drone' Zano reaches £2m of Kickstarter crowdfunding

Pembrokeshire-based startup aims to make aerial photography and video more accessible: ‘It’s intelligent. It swarms. It takes selfies...’<p>British technology firm Torquing Group has raised more than £2m on crowdfunding site Kickstarter for a device called Zano that it claims is “the world’s most …

Drones

16 Bold Covers From The Satirical Paris Magazine That Was Attacked On Wednesday

As the gunmen stormed the building, they shouted "We have avenged the prophet" and "Allahu Akbar," leading many to the conclusion that the attacks were a retaliation against the magazine's long history of provoking Muslims and other groups with controversial magazine covers.<p>We've collected a number …

Charlie Hebdo

2015 Could Be The Year We Witness The 'Weaponization Of Finance'

Washington may increasingly flex its geopolitical muscle in 2015 using an unconventional weapon: finance.<p>"Access to the US marketplace and US banks, and Washington's ability and willingness to use them, are becoming more important as instruments of foreign and security policy," Eurasia Group's Ian …

North Korea

Elon Musk Uses This Ancient Critical-Thinking Strategy To Outsmart Everybody Else

But while he dropped out of the program after only a few days, the field left an impression on the billionaire-to-be.<p>Perhaps most crucially, it trained him in <b>"first principles thinking,"</b> a mode of inquiry that relentlessly pursues the foundations of a problem.<p>"I think it's important to reason from …

Elon Musk

Mega-Obsessed: Our Favorite Things From 2014

Last-minute gift ideas, anyone?<p>The new and amazing stuff of the world is our bread and butter here at <i>Popular Science</i>. In each month's magazine and online, we bring together a list of all our favorite things hitting shelves, app stores, and big screens. Now, all the gadgets, games, movies, and other …

Scarlett Johansson

These 7 Men Owned The Company Linked To CIA Torture

After the release of the details of the Senate investigation, NBC News reported the company that worked to develop these techniques and received more than $80 million from the government for its work was a firm based in Spokane, Washington, called Mitchell, Jessen & Associates.<p>While much of the …

National Security

Malala Gives A Jaw-Dropping Speech To Accept Her Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai, a 17-year-old Pakistani girl, gave an incredible speech as she accepted her Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway on Wednesday after becoming an icon of the fight for children's education rights.<p>She just became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate in history, and her speech shows …

Pakistan

Lithuania's Military Is On Alert After Russian Activities In A Baltic Sea Exclave

Kaliningrad is located between Poland and Lithuania along the Baltic Sea coast, and was annexed by Russia from Germany at the end of World War II.<p>Though separated from mainland Russia by Poland and Belarus, the historical and geographical oddity gives Russia an outlet to the lower Baltic and a …

Russia

The Navy's new laser can do more than just shoot down drones

We've all seen how good the Navy's experimental laser is at shooting down drones, but it turns out that the hardware's got more than one party trick. A report by the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> has revealed that military types are also praising the surveillance capabilities of the gear, describing it as a …

This Electric Bike Folds Up To Fit Inside Your Backpack

There goes your last excuse for not biking to work.<p>Most folding bikes are still fairly large even when they’re folded up, and they’re awkward to carry on a crowded subway car or elevator. Folding electric bikes are even bulkier. But the Impossible Bike, a new electric bike now crowdfunding on …

Did the Big Bang create a parallel universe where time goes backwards?

Radical new research suggests that at the same time the Big Bang created our universe, another where time goes in the opposite direction was also born<p>A scientific breakthrough could redefine how the universe is understood.<p>Radical new research led by a British scientist has suggested that there may …

DeviantArt Unveils Mobile App for iOS and Android

DeviantArt, the online social community for artists and art enthusiasts, today released its first mobile app, expanding the experience of its Website to hand-held devices. Users of DeviantArt for iOS and Android can both access the same artistic content and have a platform to communicate and submit …

Britain calls on NATO help in submarine hunt: media

LONDON (Reuters) - NATO allies sent patrol planes to help Britain scour the waters off its western Scottish coast after a submarine’s periscope was spotted, in a search reminiscent of the Cold War, media reported.<p>Royal Air Force Tornado jet aircraft taxi on the runway before taking off from RAF …

Sense: A gadget to change the way we sleep

James Proud’s sleep monitoring device is a step beyond those on the market, sensing a range of environmental factors to help you get a better night’s sleep<p>■ See more from the 20 innovations for 2015 series<p>British entrepreneur James Proud, 23, presents a white sphere the size of a tennis ball …

Google launches app that will bring live channels to Android TV

Google today released an app that will eventually allow Android TV devices to watch live television. The app, plainly named "Live Channels for Android TV," appeared on Google Play today with no word or any announcement from Google. Maybe that's not surprising, as you can't install it on any current …

Apple and IBM launch their business invasion with new iOS apps

Apple and IBM are starting to deliver on their "landmark partnership" to transform business use of iPads and iPhones today. After a deal earlier this year, the first apps designed by the two companies will start being used by Citi, Air Canada, Sprint, and Banorte this week. The first round of 10 …

Coding is made child’s play by new electronic building blocks

The SAM electronic building system promises to turn anyone into an instant engineer<p>■ See more from the 20 innovations for 2015 series<p>If Lego had a 21st-century facelift, it would look a lot like SAM, a new kit where the building blocks are electronic modules (or SAMs: sensor actor modules), which …

Amazon tells FAA to change drone laws or it'll move research abroad

Amazon has warned the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) that if it doesn’t relax its attitude towards drone regulation then the internet giant will be forced to move its research teams out of the country.<p>"Without the ability to test outdoors in the United States soon, we will have no choice but to …

Nasa researches Star Trek warp drive for future space travel

Nasa scientists are developing a Star Trek-style “warp drive” that may eventually allow spacecraft to travel to the stars faster the speed of light.<p>Dr Harold White, a physicist at Nasa’s Johnson Space Centre, is conducting research to create a warp in space and time.<p>These so called “warp bubbles” …

These Are The Keys To ISIS Battlefield Success

ISIS has kept its field forces light. While it has captured plenty of Syrian and Iraqi armored vehicles in recent months (many of the Iraqi vehicles US-supplied), there have been few if any reports of them actually being used in frontline combat, at least in Iraq. The given figures for targets hit …

Military