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British Companies Build Jamming System To Take Down Drones

Security through good cameras and bad signals<p>The United Kingdom is ready for robot-on-robot warfare. A new anti-drone weapon system called the “Anti UAV Defense System," which was developed by Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics, and Enterprise Control Systems Ltd, is a combination radar, …

Here's Why Nobody's Talking About Nanotech Anymore

Of all the investment fads and manias over the past few decades, none have been as big of a fizzle as the craze for nanotech stocks. Ten years ago, …

Watch two drones build a bridge strong enough for humans

Two quadrocopters construct a rope bridge strong enough to carry the weight of a human in the hypnotic video (above), uploaded to YouTube this week by researcher Federico Augugliaro. The impressive feat wasn't a one-person operation. It's the latest accomplishment from many researches and …

Smart Little Suckers: Next-Gen Robot Vacuums

Robot vacuums are no longer high-tech klutzes that bump their way around your room. New models from iRobot, Neato and Samsung adroitly keep things spick-and-span<p>By<p>Nathan Olivarez-Giles<p>Nathan Olivarez-Giles<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@nateog<p>nateog<p>Google+<p><b>ROBOT VACUUMS</b> have been roaming living …

Robotics

The ultimate cold and flu survival guide

Each year, the typical adult can expect to contract two or three colds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Skip the annual flu vaccine and you set yourself up for a bout of that as well. But it doesn't have to be this way! Aside from good hand washing (with soap, for at …

Common Cold

Paraplegic man walks with own legs again

American man, 26, completes 3.5-metre course thanks to computer system that reroutes signals from his brain to electrodes on his knees<p>A man who lost the use of his legs to a spinal cord injury has walked again after scientists rerouted signals from his brain to electrodes on his knees. The …

Brainwaves

Lines start forming for iPhone 6S days before launch

SAN FRANCISCO -- The new iPhone doesn't hit store shelves until Friday, but some eager buyers have already started lining up.<p>Six Vietnamese people, who say they're neighbors in San Francisco, have camped out near the downtown Apple Store since about 6 p.m. PT on Tuesday -- more than two days before …

Is Space Mining Legal?

A controversial bill would give companies the right to own natural resources in space, and it may pass in the Senate by the end of September<p>If mankind is ever to become an interplanetary species, our outward expansion across the solar system probably can’t be fueled by NASA funding alone. Why did …

Slash is the best iPhone keyboard you can download today — and it will completely change how you message your friends

Slash is the best iPhone keyboard out today, and its killer feature is taking the pain out of jumping between your apps.<p>Research shows we spend 85% of the time in our phones buried in apps. And switching between these apps can be one of the most annoying things we deal with on mobile.<p>Slash's …

Apps

DARPA Tests Exoskeletons On Soldiers

Is it possible to carry a backpack that makes walking...easier?<p>Since the dawn of time humans have donned specialized clothing for war. From ancient helmets through medieval platemail to modern camouflage, a soldier’s clothing shows evolution both in need for protection and styles of warfare. In our …

Robotics

Green Beret axed for rescuing Afghan child sex slave

Sergeant Charles Martland has been refused leave to appeal after he was discharged from the US military for confronting an Afghan police commander over the rape of a young boy<p>An American Green Beret who attacked an Afghan police commander for keeping a child sex slave chained to his bed has been …

Fingerprints from 5.6 million people were stolen in huge U.S. data breach

More than a quarter of the victims in a cyberattack on the federal government — which lost data belonging to 21 million people — also had their …

The Volkswagen Scandal Is A Roundhouse Kick In the Head to Innovation

We may never fully comprehend just how much damage this egregious subterfuge will really do<p>In technology—as in science—skeptics are everywhere. Google, for instance, fell on its face while wearing Google Glass to cocktail parties because people didn’t buy into the benefits of the tech. Apple, while …

Mind-Reading Experiment Sends Thoughts Over the Internet

Researchers have managed to send thoughts over the Internet, using a direct brain-to-brain connection and a big magnet.<p>It’s not very efficient — the volunteers could only send “yes” or “no” answers to one another. But using EEG (electroencephalographs) to read brain signals, and a big magnet on the …

The Brain

General Atomics Wants To Put Lasers On Drones

The future officially arrives in 2017<p>How do you sell the drone of the future? Build a laser into the dang thing. General Atomics, whose iconic Predator and Reaper drones are probably the first thing that come to mind when someone thinks “drone,” is independently funding the integration of a …

Military

MRI scans used to create 3D-printed hearts for surgery practice

Heart surgeries could be so much safer if surgeons can see <i>and</i> feel an actual representation of the patient's organ before the procedure itself. A system developed by a group of researchers from MIT and Boston Children's Hospital might make that a viable option. By using MRI scans as a blueprint, it …

Apple's Most Popular Ad Blocker Changes His Mind, Pulls His App: 'Just Doesn’t Feel Good'

Point to John Gruber.<p>Marco Arment, a developer and blogger who had been one of the most prominent advocates of ad blocking, has pulled his best-selling ad-blocking app from Apple’s App store.<p>“Just doesn’t feel good,” Arment titled a post explaining the move, which came just three days after his …

This seal is surfing on a humpback whale like it's NBD

The hottest new form of seal transportation in Australia is humpback whales.<p>This enterprising seal was caught hitching a ride on the back of a …

Two California Wildfires Destroy More Than 1,000 Homes

The tally of homes destroyed by two massive Northern California wildfires topped 1,000 Saturday after authorities doing damage assessments in the Sierra Nevada foothills counted another 250 houses destroyed by flames still threatening thousands of more structures.<p>California Department of Forestry …

Defense Company Unveils Anti-Drone System

Cameras + secret sauce = safety?<p>The rise of drones will, inevitably, lead to their Icarus-like fall. Earlier this week, Selex ES, part of Italy’s large Finmeccanica defense giant, unveiled an anti-drone weapon at the Defence and Security Equipment International in London. Dubbed “Falcon Shield,” …

What Is The Sound Of No Sounds Happening?

Researchers in Hong Kong achieve near-perfect silence<p>Think, for a moment, about the quietest quiet experience. Perhaps a still night in the desert, far from any of the sounds of civilization, or maybe a hike in a cave or catacomb, where the body of the Earth itself provides a strong barrier against …

Hong Kong

Antibacterial handwash 'no better than soap at killing germs'

Active ingredient triclosan found to be no more effective than soap under 'everyday conditions' and has also been linked to allergies and cancer<p>Antibacterial handwash is no more effective than plain soap at killing bacteria, a new study has found.<p>In recent years numerous products have appeared on …

The UK has secured its first conviction against a drone pilot

Nigel Wilson earned a large fine and was banned from flying or owning drones for several years<p>Drones are becoming cheaper and more powerful at a rapid clip, spawning new industries and setting off alarms among local authorities who are ill equipped to police the airspace above them. There have been …

Confirmed: Enceladus Has A Global Ocean

Another reason to look for alien life there<p>Enceladus is not the block of ice that scientists once thought it was. The Saturnian moon spouts giant plumes of water vapor from its southern pole, and gravity data indicate it likely harbors a liquid ocean beneath its surface, warmed by the friction of …

Astronomy

Supporters of Richard Glossip rally on eve of Oklahoma execution

Lawyers and supporters say new evidence suggests convicted man was framed but governor and district attorney insist they are convinced of his guilt<p>The death-row inmate Richard Glossip maintained his innocence on the eve of his execution in Oklahoma on Tuesday, while his attorneys went to court with …

Snapchat is growing up

Monetizing its once-hallmark feature is the start of a new phase<p>"How will Snapchat ever make money?"<p>The question feels quaint now. The four-year-old messaging app was, not that long ago, a poster child for eye-popping startup valuations and the ever-present fear of yet another bubble pop. Snapchat …

Social Media

Scientists and health officials at war over safety of e-cigarettes

A report by Public Health England which advised smokers to begin vaping was flawed and not based on reliable evidence, health experts have warned<p>A row has broken out between public health officials and scientists over whether e-cigarettes are safe.<p>In August, Public Health England issued a report …

Public Health