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New Algorithm Helps Computers Think More Like Humans

The short-term benefit: better brownies<p>Humans and machines organize the world in very different ways. People are good at fitting small data sets into larger patterns: <i>Eggs, chocolate, butter, sugar, and flour? Sounds like a brownie mix.</i> Computers, on the other hand, are good at sorting huge data …

A Beautifully Made Rocketeer Rocket Pack

If you remember the film <i>The Rocketeer</i>, there’s a good chance that you wanted a Cirrus X3 Rocket pack. Unfortunately, a working model isn’t availalble (yet), but Steve Radtke of Valor Design made one that could almost convince someone that it could take off. From the pictures, it looks flawless.<p>If …

The Google-backed password-killer just crossed a major milestone

In October, Google unveiled a surprising new way to log into Chrome and Gmail: a USB key. It only worked as part of a two-factor setup, standing in for an authentication code, but it served as a wakeup call to anyone tired of the standard username-and-password login. Smart people are thinking of …

CoolChip Technologies Is Redesigning The Humble Computer Fan

If there’s one part of a PC that doesn’t get enough love, it’s the fan. These small plastic spinning pieces cost almost nothing and keep hundreds or thousands of dollars of advanced technology from cooking itself.<p>The only time anyone talks about a computer’s fans is when we notice them doing their …

Mountain-sized asteroid is heading towards Earth, says scientist

A Russian scientist has discovered a huge asteroid '2014 UR116' passes Earth every three years<p>A mountain-sized asteroid which crosses paths with the Earth every three years has been discovered by a Russian scientist.<p>Vladimir Lipunov, a professor at Moscow State University, said the space rock, …

Super-Earth alien planet spotted

The Nordic Optical Telescope on La Palma — one of the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa — observed 55 Cancri e, a planet twice the size of …

Oculus just bought two very interesting VR tech companies

Oculus VR, the developer of the Rift virtual reality headset, made two acquisitions this week with the aim of improving its immersive technology. One is a company that specializes in hand tracking while the other develops tech that can create 3D models from real-world objects.<p>The first of those …

This mom and her son made the PlayStation Experience’s coolest game

I think I collaborated with my mom on my third-grade science project. We made one of those baking-soda volcanoes. But we haven’t worked together on much since, which is why the game One Way Trip is so interesting to me.<p>Christine and Michael Frauenhofer are a mother-son development team working on …

Unusual X-ray signals could reveal dark matter

Dark matter remains one of the most mysterious elements of the universe, because it's completely invisible to us. It neither emits nor absorbs light, so we can't observe it directly -- not even if we use our most powerful telescope. A team of researchers believe that they've come across important …

Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country's Weekend Power Demand

Germany fed a whopping 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour into the national grid last weekend, setting a new record by meeting nearly half of the …

Renewable Energy

The First Signal from Dark Matter? --"Could Usher in a New Era in Astronomy"

Scientists have picked up an atypical photon emission in X-rays coming from space, and say it could be evidence for the existence of a particle of …

Which is the better media player? PlayStation 4 and Xbox One revisited

Ten months ago, we tested the media playback functions of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 extensively, using the feature-set and the quality of the …

Spiders are the key to ultra-sensitive wearable devices

Spiders might creep you out, but don't dismiss them too quickly -- they may well be the ticket to a new wave of wearable sensors. South Korean researchers have built a device that picks up miniscule vibrations by using the principle behind a spider's lyriform organs, which shake (and send nervous …

Google testing Chrome OS-like browser interface for Windows 8

Launch Chrome in Windows 8 and you won't see much that's different compared to other desktop releases, even in the Metro-like mode. That may change soon. Google's has posted a Dev Channel version of its browser whose Windows 8 interface mimics Chrome OS, right down to the app tray and multi-window …

The First Quantum Teleportation In A Computer Chip

In a milestone for quantum computing, researchers at ETH Zurich have demonstrated quantum teleportation in a solid-state circuit. Even more, they’ve broken something of a quantum speed record – they estimate that their system could teleport 10,000 quantum bits per second. This teleportation …

The iPhone 5C Is All About Building Share For 16:9 Screen

Will the “cheaper” iPhone really be all that cheap? If not, what is the real motivation for splitting Apple‘s traditionally unitary product line? Older-model iPhones have been the defacto “cheap” iPhones in the developing world. What is the benefit of addressing that market directly? Increasing the …

SpaceX's Reusable Rocket Hits Another Milestone

Yesterday, SpaceX hit another milestone in its ongoing research effort to build a reusable rocket. That rocket, dubbed “Grasshopper,” has so far had several successful tests, with each successive test putting the rocket further and further up in the air, then returning safely to Earth.<p>The test …

See a 3-D Printed Humanoid at World Maker Faire

If you’re attending World Maker Faire in New York next month, be sure to see the progress Chuck Fletcher has made on his InMoov robot, an open source humanoid robot that anyone can print and motorize.<p>I will be brining a fully articulated and animated 3D printed humanoid animatronic robot. The build …

Earth in crossfire on NASA hazardous asteroid map

If you've been watching the skies for the spectacle of the Perseid meteor shower over the past few days, you've probably thought about some of the larger rocks up above.<p>A few are downright scary compared to shooting stars. This graphic from NASA shows the orbits of more than 1,400 Potentially …

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10-year-old saves family in errant car, credits Mario Kart

A heartwarming story out of Hugo, Colo., tells a tale of how a 10-year-old boy saved his great grandmother and brother's life after she passed out behind the wheel of their vehicle going 60 miles per hour. Where did his driving expertise come from? Mario Kart, naturally.<p>Denver NBC affiliate KUSA …

Mario Kart

Here’s What Brick-And-Mortar Stores See When They Track You

Retailers are already able to track your movements and activities in the physical world like websites do on the Internet. Is that creepy? Decide for yourself.<p>In its guidelines for facial recognition technologies, the Federal Trade Commission paints a rather terrifying picture.<p>“Consider the example …

$24K GPU Matches $1 Million CPU Grid In Risk Performance

HSBC, which has been running its credit value adjustment (CVA) for measuring counterparty risk exposure on a grid, is experimenting with using GPUs to reduce processing time.<p>The Quantitative Risk and Valuation Group (QRVG) found it could accelerate processing times by 30x with two NVIDIA Tesla …

Bill Gates helps satellite antenna company Kymeta raise another $50M

Kymeta’s dream of global satellite broadband is starting to look more real.<p>The high-profile satellite company has raised a fresh $50 million, thanks to Bill Gates, Lux Capital, and others. The funding brings Kymeta’s total to $62 million.<p>Spun out of Intellectual Ventures — yes, <i>that</i> Intellectual …

Flexible 'electronic skin' can help heal, detect touch and temperature

Surgeons could one day restore lost feeling in humans by using artificial skin that's been augmented with flexible sensors, and a new development from researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology may bring that closer to reality. The research team has developed a flexible sensor that …

Nokia's navigation apps for Windows Phone 8 will learn your commute, provide traffic updates

Windows Phone 8 users will get an update to Nokia's Here Drive and Here Transit "by the end of this week," just months after the apps expanded beyond Nokia-branded Windows phones. Both apps will have a refreshed design and the updated Here Drive will now receive live traffic updates, enabling the …

Sprint, IBM want to connect your phone to your car through the cloud

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock<p>For the last year Sprint(s s) has been assembling a team of impressive technology partners to help build …

The next iPhone’s cool-factor: a slow-motion camera?

As the launch of the next iPhone approaches, rumor and speculation about what Apple’s latest and greatest smartphone could bring to the highly-competitive mobile marketplace is increasing. Based on the latest chatter, a reasonable snapshot of the new iPhone seems to be an “iPhone 5S” with the same …

Here’s why CERN ditched OpenNebula for OpenStack

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>CERN, Europe’s big particle physics lab, had been what might be termed showcase deployments of OpenNebula, the OpenStack rival …