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Largest retirement community in the U.S. gets a fleet of self-driving taxis

Almost four years ago, MNN's Jim Motavalli saw this one coming, writing Seniors, not hipsters, will get self-driving cars first. And he nailed where …

Transportation

Can the electric car industry bring this ghost town back to life?

Metal ore that powers batteries may be a bonanza for Cobalt.<p>Like so many mining towns throughout North America, Cobalt, Ontario has seen better days. …

Batteries

How a 3-D printed mask helped save this puppy

A mask made on a 3-D printer proved instrumental in healing a California puppy's face after it was severely injured in an attack by another dog.<p>Loca, …

StumbleUpon

What Amazon Echo and Google Home Do With Your Voice Data

Amazon Echo and Google Home—and other devices that have Alexa and Google Assistant built in—are some of the most promising new technologies to come …

Amazon

NASA reinvents the wheel using chain mail

When you're in space, you need a tire that won't get tired.<p>Flat tires are frustrating for anyone, but they're especially frustrating for NASA. After …

Elon Musk unveils Tesla's new fully electric semi truck (oh, and a new Roadster)

The semi can travel 500 miles between charges.<p>Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company's new fully electric semi truck concept on Thursday night. In …

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This is the Tesla Semi truck<p>Zac Estrada<p>500 miles of range and more aerodynamic than a supercar<p>The Tesla Semi truck is a hulking and menacing hauler, …

By 2030, electric vehicles will rule Paris' streets

Banning gas-powered cars is the latest in a crackdown on pollution.<p>Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is the pollution-combating, carbon footprint-shrinking, …

James Dyson wants to clean up on the electric vehicle market

Should Tesla's Elon Musk fear the British vacuum manufacturer?<p>What could possibly be next when you’re a 70-year-old knighted British inventor who has …

Mercedes uses art deco inspiration for electric car concept

Luxury vehicles from the 1930s were nearly aircraft carrier-long. It was the art deco era dominated by seemingly never ending clean lines. So it's no surprise that the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is over six meters long (about 20 feet) and has a single line that runs the length of the …

Transportation

IBM scientists have captured 330TB of uncompressed data into a tiny cartridge

It fits in the palm of your hand<p>In a new world record, scientists at IBM have captured 330 terabytes of uncompressed data — or the equivalent of 330 million books — into a cartridge that can fit into the palm of your hand. The record of 201 gigabits per square inch on prototype sputtered magnetic …

Magnetism

World's first autonomous, all-electric cargo ship to launch next year

The world’s first crewless, autonomously operated ship is set to sail in late 2018. The Norwegian-built Yara Birkeland is being dubbed the “Tesla of …

AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

Language

Confirmed: Windows 10 may cut off devices with older CPUs

No Windows 10 Creators Update for you, Microsoft says—at least, not if you happen to be the unlucky owner of certain older Atom-based Windows devices, and other aging models in the future. After stories arose of failed attempts to upgrade such hardware to the Creators Update, Microsoft confirmed …

Microsoft

Everybody lies: how Google search reveals our darkest secrets

What can we learn about ourselves from the things we ask online? US data scientist Seth Stephens‑Davidowitz analysed anonymous Google search results, uncovering disturbing truths about our desires, beliefs and prejudices<p>Everybody lies. People lie about how many drinks they had on the way home. They …

Nate Silver

What it’s like to drive a car while it’s being hacked

Ever been driving a car when both the brake and the gas pedal failed, and the dashboard go nuts? I just have, and it isn’t fun. What are we going to do when our cars are targets for hackers?<p>The problem with most modern cars is that to offer many more kinds of services (live traffic data for sat …

Transportation

The brightest light ever built could change the way we see the world

(It's brighter than a billion suns!)<p>Some lights, like our sun, are bright enough to guide us down this tunnel we call life.<p>Other lights change the …

Universe

Element AI, a platform for companies to build AI solutions, raises $102M

The race for artificial intelligence technology is on, and while tech giants like Google and Facebook snap up top talent to build out their own AI-powered products, a new startup has just raised a huge round of funding to help the rest of us.<p>Element AI — a Montreal-based platform and incubator that …

Startups

The secret origin story of the iPhone

An exclusive excerpt from The One Device<p><i>This month marks 10 years since Apple launched the first iPhone, a device that would fundamentally transform how we interact with technology, culture, and each other. Ahead of that anniversary,</i> Motherboard <i>editor Brian Merchant embarked on an investigation to</i> …

Evan Doll

Will self-driving cars mean the end of car ownership?

Autonomous vehicles may save consumers money in the future, but our cars mean more to us than simple economics.<p>From the Tesla Model 3 to the Chevy …

Transportation

Hyperloop One: These nine new routes could bring 680mph maglev travel to millions

Europe dreams of Hyperloop One connections that could drastically cut transit times.<p>Hyperloop One has narrowed European submissions for its Hyperloop …

Transportation

Chrome: sites may record audio/video without indication

A security vulnerability was reported to Google on April 10, 2017 which allows an attacker to record audio or video using Chrome without …

Where oil rigs go to die

When a drilling platform is scheduled for destruction, it must go on a thousand-mile final journey to the breaker’s yard. As one rig proved when it crashed on to the rocks of a remote Scottish island, this is always a risky business<p>It was night, stormy, and the oil rig Transocean Winner was …

Sailing

You won't believe the interior of Japan's jaw-dropping new train

All aboard the swanky train! Japan just unveiled a new luxury sleeper train – and it’s jaw-droppingly beautiful. The gold-tinted Shiki-shima, which …

Luxury

The inventor of Siri says one day AI will be used to upload and access our memories

Tom Gruber says AI memory enhancement is inevitable.<p>Artificial intelligence may one day surpass human intelligence. But, if designed right, it may also be used to enhance human cognition.<p>Tom Gruber, one of the inventors of the artificial intelligence voice interface Siri that now lives inside …

Artificial Intelligence

New solar device pulls water from desert air

With only the sun for energy, it can collect 3 liters of water a day.<p>On Tatooine, the desert planet from "Star Wars" that Luke Skywalker calls home, …

Inventions

Will our grid system be able to keep pace with climate change?

Refuge from the sweltering heat doesn’t come for free. We all know that beating the heat can cost a pretty penny in air-conditioning, and most of us …

Climate Change

Road to the future: What'll tomorrow's tires look like?

Cooley has the latest on connected tires and Goodyear clues us in on what the future could look like.