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Aeroscraft Shows Off Its Giant Airship

A second age of dirigibles is moving ahead<p>Lighter than air vehicles are, for the most part, relics of a distant past. The first Zeppelin age ended with cries of “oh, the humanity.” One problem of the Hindenburg was its reliance on flammable hydrogen, but modern airships take advantage instead of …

Sesame is one of the cheapest smart locks you can buy

There’s no getting around the fact that Kickstarter projects are a gamble. You can spend $100 on something like the Pebble just as easily as you can on something that was supposed to be a watch, but comes delivered late and resembles a potato.<p>That gamble, and the chance to come out on the other end …

Poland Developing Liquid Body Armor

Oobleck versus bullets<p>Liquids are great at absorbing bullets' energy. Fired underwater, an AK-47 can only send a bullet a few feet forwards, while in the air the same bullets would easily fly over 1,000 feet. This is great news for secret agents looking to avoid henchmen by swimming underwater, but …

Icefin robot: Today, exploring Antarctica's depths. Tomorrow, Jupiter's moon?

As part of a NASA-funded program, a needle-like robotic vehicle is plunging the icy depths at our planet's poles. Jupiter's moon Europa could be next.<p>Icefin. It kind of sounds like the name of a new James Bond film. And actually, it could be at home in one.<p>The robotic vehicle was deployed at the …

Astronomy
Computer Hardware

Acorns, an app that turns spare change into investments, raises $10.5M

<i>Updated April 6 with Acorns’ response.</i><p>Acorns, easily the best-designed investment app on the market, has secured at least $10.5 million in additional capital.<p>Acorns disclosed the new round in a filing with the SEC, but it did not immediately respond to VentureBeat’s requests for comment on the …

Venture Capital

The Big Future: Can we build a conscious computer?

Will the future of human intelligence be something... inhuman? This week's <i>Big Future</i> considers the state of artificial intelligence: how do we make a computer that thinks for itself? Is it possible? What will it look like? Whatever it is — it definitely won't look like the computer on your desk.<p>If …

Eating meat is worse for the environment than driving to work

Next time you brag about biking to work instead of driving for the sake of the environment, take a good look inside your lunch box.<p>According to a new report released by the London-based think tank Chatham House, livestock production accounts for more direct greenhouse gas emissions overall than all …

Sustainability

CES 2014 Proves That Wearables Are Still A Work In Progress

Before this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, I issued a challenge: I wanted makers of wearable tech to prove to me that the time had come for this category of gadgets. What I was seeking was irrefutable proof there was wearable technology out there demonstrating enough clear and immediate benefit …

Xbox One live gameplay broadcast feature could still be months away

Microsoft couldn't deliver one of the Xbox One's key features at launch: the ability to stream your gameplay, live, for anyone on the web to watch. Here's more bad news: the company behind that feature, Twitch.tv, has no idea when it will launch either. According to a tweet from the company, …

Gaming Consoles

Microsoft Is Going To Try And Save The Imploding PC Market With Another New Version Of Windows

That's because Paul Thurrott, an independent reporter who mostly covers Microsoft, published a report saying Microsoft is working on a new version of Windows that addresses problems people have with Windows 8. That new operating system will likely be called Windows 9 and ship in 2015. (For now, …

Microsoft Windows

The Power of the Hoodie-Wearing C.E.O.

If you’re a billionaire in Silicon Valley, you can wear what you want on your feet. Mark Zuckerberg, the C.E.O. of Facebook, has made numerous public appearances in a hoodie and Adidas slide-on sandals. Sergey Brin, a co-founder of Google, is not shy about his Vibram FiveFingers barefoot-style …

Google's Chromebooks Were The Best Selling Laptops At Amazon, Beating Windows And Mac Computers

Chromebooks are super cheap laptops that are based entirely on the Chrome browser. You need an Internet connection for the laptops to do anything. But, for the most part, people are Internet-connected when they're using a laptop, so it's not a huge limitation.<p>In a press release, Amazon listed …

Consumer Tech

Silicon Valley Interns Share Some Of The Awesome Perks They Get From Their Jobs

If you can land an internship at one of Silicon Valley's major tech companies, you're likely going to have an awesome experience doing innovative work while making a great salary.<p>The perks aren't too bad either.<p>We recently found a Quora thread detailing firsthand some of the coolest intern perks in …

Silicon Valley