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Now you can build your own mini Mars rover

NASA's open source plans are meant to inspire STEM students.<p>For those happily devoted to the creativity, engineering and tinkering that defines the …

Raspberry Pi

What I Learned on My Date With a Sex Robot

Photograph by Bobby Doherty/<i>New York</i> Magazine. Styling by Lindsay Peoples Wagner.<p>Above: Henry, Realbotix's first male sex robot.<p>I’m driving down the …

Robotics

Methane-hunting satellite aims to expose industrial leaks

Environmental Defense Fund is developing a satellite to monitor major oil and gas regions.<p>The Environmental Defense Fund is expanding its efforts to …

Oil & Gas Industry

How Chromebooks became the go-to laptops for security experts

When the team behind Google's Chrome OS software and Chromebooks set out to reinvent the laptop, it quickly zeroed in on security as an area where it could bring a fresh perspective.<p>"On Chrome OS, we were like, 'We control all the pieces. We can do better,'" Will Drewry, a principal software …

What I Learned From My Facebook Data — and Why You Need to See Yours

The torrent of news about Facebook’s latest privacy scandal has unnerved everyone who has ever used the social media network. At the very least, it’s …

This cozy concrete house was 3-D printed in under 24 hours

A nonprofit plans to fabricate 100 innovative abodes in El Salvador.<p>Seeking to "create a world where no human being lives in survival mode," housing …

Stephen Hawking’s final Reddit post is going viral over its ominous warning about robots

Famed physicist Stephen Hawking died Tuesday at the age of 76, and before he departed this world, he left us with warnings that Earth is headed for a …

The First Cities to Get 5G

5G’s lightning-fast network speeds are coming, and many cities are hoping to be the first in line. Dallas; Waco, Texas; and Atlanta will be among the …

Not even IBM is sure where its quantum computer experiments will lead

Despite the hype and hoopla surrounding the burgeoning field of quantum computing, the technology is still in its infancy. Just a few years ago, researchers were making headlines with rudimentary machines that housed less than a dozen qubits -- the quantum version of a classical computer's binary …

‘Sea Hunter,’ a drone ship with no crew, just joined the U.S. Navy fleet

A prototype autonomous ship known as the Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV) has officially been transferred to the U.S. Navy from …

Don’t believe Microsoft’s latest privacy hype

In late January, Microsoft embarked on a PR blitz to reassure Windows users that the company has their privacy in mind. To prove what it called its …

SpaceX's latest mission prepares to make history

With its maiden launch approaching, the Falcon Heavy will become the world's most powerful rocket.<p>When the world's most powerful rocket leaves the …

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says AI is more profound than electricity or fire

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, speaking at a taped television event hosted by MSNBC and <i>The Verge</i>’s sister site <i>Recode</i>, said artificial intelligence is one of the most profound things that humanity is working on right now and compared it to basic utilities in terms of its importance.<p>Speaking to <i>Recode</i>’s …

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FCC blocks two cheapskate tactics Internet service providers wanted to use<p>Ben Lovejoy<p>The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has blocked two …

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 …

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. …

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, …

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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 …

NASA reinvents the wheel using chain mail

Flat tires are frustrating for anyone, but they're especially frustrating for NASA. After all, if a rover or a vehicle breaks down on an …

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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@flipboard | Official Flipboard account<p>Emma Stone Opens Up to Jennifer Lawrence About Turning 30, Her New Project, and Family<p>Friendship, to Emma …

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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 …

Art Deco

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 …

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 …

Cargo Ships

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 …

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 …