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California's bullet train is delayed three years, but will be cheaper to build

Major obstacle: earthquake-prone mountains<p>California's new 220-mph bullet train won't begin accepting passengers until at least 2025, three years later than the initial schedule, according to a new business plan released by the agency overseeing the long-gestating project. But there's a silver …

Oh, the places you can go with Google Street View

Google Street View uses in-house data-capturing tech that lets you see the world from the comfort of your own device. GSV allows us to see not only photos of certain gems on the planet, but provides new perspectives that only its cameras can capture.<p>Here are some of the most interesting projects …

These 'Sleep Levitation' Photos Show The Exquisite Bliss Of Bedtime

It's time for a nap.<p>There are few things more satisfying than crawling into bed after a long day.<p>Despite that fact, busy schedules make it increasingly easy to think of sleep as a luxury rather than a necessity. Missing a few hours here and there won't hurt you, right? False.<p>It's important to …

Levitation

The Now-You-See-It-Now-You-Don't House

Built to blend, this unique cabin lets the natural surroundings take center stage<p>This small, mirrored cabin is called "The Lookout." Built by Architecture students at Glasgow's Strathclyde University, the building is designed to blend in perfectly with Scotland's Loch Lomond and Trossachs National …

National Parks

NASA is developing a supersonic jet that could change the way we travel

NASA just announced it is currently developing a supersonic jet intended for commercial use. It will feature "boom reduction" technology to lessen the impact of the sonic boom heard from the ground when the aircraft flies overhead.<p>Due to the noise created by the sonic boom, supersonic commercial …

This Picture of a Potato Is One of the Most Expensive Photos to Ever Be Sold

Consider it the most photogenic spud of all time.<p>Visual artist Kevin Abosch's biggest success didn't come from a stunning picture of Johnny Depp or Yoko Ono. No, his highest-selling portrait featured a single Irish potato that reportedly sold for $1.08 million to a European businessman, who caught …

Too young for Tinder, LGBTQI youth find love through Tumblr

When Jessica N. first signed onto Tumblr, he had no idea who he was.<p>Sure, he knew some of the things he liked — Dr. Who, introversion — but at the …

WebKit is making Safari for iOS up to six-times faster at recognizing links you click

WebKit, the engine behind Safari on iOS, will soon have a built-in feature that can redirect you to new pages faster when you click links on mobile-friendly sites.<p>Before this upgrade, there was a 350 millisecond delay when you tapped on a link. That’s because WebKit doesn’t know if you’re going to …

VMware Walks Away From Virtustream Joint Venture With EMC

The joint venture's creation proved unpopular with shareholders.<p>Cloud software company VMware says it will not participate in a previously announced cloud services joint venture called Virtustream with its parent company EMC.<p>Shares of VMware initially rose but later fell after VMware announced the …

Scientists Support Research On Gene Editing Of Human Embryos

Edited embryos should not be used for pregnancy, they caution<p>Following a three-day summit in Washington, D.C. to discuss the use of human gene editing, scientists and bioethicists from around the world urged basic research using these technologies to continue, but strongly cautioned that embryos …

CourseBuffet serves up a free DIY degree in Computer Science or Management

CourseBuffet understands that while college may be a rite of passage, it’s certainly not the only way to get the knowledge you need to succeed in the ever-changing tech or business world.<p>Look, school is expensive.<p>Even worse, we’re now finding out that the degrees that set us back years to obtain …

Nextbit's Robin Android phone is a glimpse of a cloud-first future

A long time ago – so long in fact that I worked elsewhere – I wrote about how increasing mobile network speeds could be the beginning of the end of the smartphone as we know it.<p>With increasingly capable hardware, fast networks and some additional infrastructure in place, the idea of a cloud-first, …

Android Phones

Sony buys Toshiba out of the sensor business for $155 million

Sony has purchased Toshiba's image sensor business for 19 billion yen, or around $155 million, confirming rumors from October. It recently re-organized its sensor division into a wholly-owned subsidiary called the Sony Semiconductor Corporation. The move will bolster the new company and remove …

Facebook is currently testing live video streaming on iOS- Technology News, Firstpost

Get ready to start watching live video of your friends and family doing something fun, boring or even dumb on Facebook. The world's largest social …

Social Media

Apps that you download can leak personal information: Study

Almost nine percent of popular apps downloaded from Google Play interact with websites that could compromise your security and privacy, says a study. …

Four ways how women suffer more from climate change than men

“Women hold up half the sky.” But as man-made changes damage the earth’s atmosphere, former Chinese communist party chairman Mao Zedong’s …

Unhealthy lifestyles of men are written into their sperm, study finds

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen at the sperm of obese and thin men and noticed significant differences in parts of the gene associated with appetite.<p>Pregnant women, and those hoping to conceive, have long been warned to curb drinking and smoking and keep their weight down if they want to …

Kickstarter project of the week: Lumenus is “designed to save lives”

Kickstarter is teeming with innovation, but very few projects manage to really catch our attention. This new article series is our attempt at bringing the best funding campaigns to your attention. This will include all kinds of different mobile-related products, so be sure to stay tuned for a new …

Crowd Funding

“One port to do it all” – the new integrated USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port makes it into the first laptop

Apple’s decision to equip the 12-inch MacBook with just a single port was a controversial one, but the USB-C port Apple chose just got a whole lot more powerful. Intel announced back in June that it was integrating USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 to create “one compact port that does it all” – and that …

MacBook Air

Qualcomm announces ‘Design In India’ challenge as promised to PM Modi

Qualcomm has tied up with Nasscom to kickstart a 'Design In India' challenge in India as was promised during PM Modi's Silicon valley visit.<p>Written …

Robot taught to navigate with simulated brain cells

A robot has been taught to navigate using simulated neural cells.<p>A team at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (ASTAR) in Singapore found …

A Bill Gates-backed Canadian company opened a plant that sucks carbon from the air

Carbon Engineering, backed by Bill Gates and other investors, unveiled a test facility able to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using giant fans.<p>That carbon goes through a series of chemical processes and emerges as pellets, which can be used to make fuel — or simply be stored underground.<p>…

British Columbia

An algorithm might save your life: How the Amazon and Netflix method might someday cure cancer

<b>(Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Algorithms recommend movies, books, dates — even job candidates. In the future, they might cure disease<p>Pedro Domingos<p>October 10, 2015 8:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World”<p>Machine learning plays a …

A 20-year-old is planning a 62-mile floating wall to make the ocean 'self-cleaning'

Three years ago, Boyan Slat was a precocious 18-year-old on a TEDx stage in the Netherlands, eloquently introducing people to his radical idea to clean up the ocean. He would build a network of floating walls that would work with the oceans' currents to catch the millions — maybe even trillions— of …

Pollution

Are Indian startups hiring recklessly?

Indian technology startups have been on a hiring spree lately—thanks to easy availability of funds. But, given their business models, the huge manpower they have accumulated may soon <b></b>turn into a liability. In fact, several companies are already reworking their hiring policies, and some are trimming …

Startups

The Week in Review: Denali vs. Mount McKinley

President Barack Obama renamed America’s highest peak during his trip to Alaska this week, the first by a sitting president of the United States. The mountain, at more than 20,000 feet, became known as Mount McKinley in 1896 after a gold prospector emerged from the Alaska Range to hear that …

National Parks

Guide to Get More Traffic to Your Blog from Flipboard

Increasingly, we hear that Flipboard is an important referral of traffic for bloggers. With 34,000 topics scanning 21 million magazines curated from articles on Flipboard as well as all over the Web, there are many opportunities for bloggers to get surfaced in front of an audience that’s interested …

IKEA's future kitchen tells you how to cook

For IKEA, your future kitchen shouldn't just have the occasional smart appliance -- it should be a technology hub. The furniture store's Concept Kitchen 2025 includes tech and other helpful additions meant to save both time and resources, such as a pantry with induction cooling (to preserve food …

39 Sex Tips You'll Wish You'd Heard When You Were Younger

Lube is key, always pee, and orgasms aren't a guarantee.