Blake Ian

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Google.org pledges $20 million to support disability technologies

Google's philanthropy division gives 29 programs a jump start.<p>The World Health Organization estimates 1 billion people across the world live with disabilities, and Google's philanthropy division, Google.org, just pledged $20 million to help improve their situations. The money is spread across 29 …

Disability

Gravitational waves will unlock these 'revolutionary' secrets of the universe

Ripples in the fabric of space, called gravitational waves, are careening across the universe, right through everything and everyone.<p>Scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) experiment have detected some of the waves— a feat Einstein thought impossible 100 …

Amazing new autopilot system can safely land a plane if the pilot is incapacitated

Most pilots flying today have access to the aircraft parachute, which allows them to eject and float to the ground in the case of plane trouble. But …

eCigarettes

NASA Rover Designed To Last 90 Days Celebrates 12 Year Anniversary

This week NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover celebrated its 12 year anniversary on the red planet. What’s truly remarkable about this is the fact that the rover was only designed to operate for about 90 days.<p>Due to helpful unforeseen surface conditions and few creative software changes, NASA has been …

Wake up early to see 5 planets align for the first time since 2005

Early morning risers will be treated to a celestial surprise for the next couple weeks, weather permitting.<p>Starting on Jan. 20, five bright planets — …

Astronomy

Amazon exec explains how Prime Air delivery drones will work

VP Paul Misener said Prime Air might launch outside the US if regulations aren't ready yet.<p>Amazon vice president Paul Misener doesn't know if the company already has a pricing scheme for its Prime Air service, but he knows everything else there is to know about the delivery drones. He talked about …

Drones

The coolest tech of 2016 is about to go on display at CES

Want a hint at what gadgets and gizmos are coming this year? The world is about to find out, as innovators gather next week at CES, the preeminent technology expo.<p>CES is where the latest, greatest and not-so-greatest inventions get put on display each year.<p>At this year's CES, the tech industry is …

CES

Report: Google and Ford joining forces to build self-driving cars

Google’s self-driving car initiative has been gaining momentum over the past year, but now it looks like the company has at least one more big piece of news up its sleeve. According to a report from Yahoo Autos, Google and Ford are planning to announce a joint venture to build self-driving cars.<p>The …

Robots expected to run half of Japan by 2035

Something-something 'robot overlords'.<p>Data analysts Nomura Research Institute (NRI), led by researcher Yumi Wakao, figure that within the next 20 years, nearly half of all jobs in Japan could be accomplished by robots. Working with Professor Michael Osborne from Oxford University, who had …

Oxford University

Get ready for Li-Fi, a technology 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

The world might eventually have to shift its reliance on Wi-Fi to Li-Fi, an alternative technology that scientists say can reach speeds of 1 Gbps in …

Wi-Fi

Easy-to-make mini brains will help medical research

If you want to study the effects of drugs or transplants on the brain without operating on the real thing, you typically have to break out some microelectronics and build a model yourself. Not exactly convenient or cheap, is it? If Brown University scientists have their way, however, just about any …

The Brain

Elon Musk elaborates on his proposal to nuke Mars

He wants to create two tiny pulsing suns over the Martian poles<p>A few weeks ago, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was likened to a James Bond villain after he announced his idea to nuke Mars on <i>The Late Show with Stephen Colbert</i>. He said it was the most rapid way to induce climate change on the planet. Now the …

(Update: reward goes to charity) Meet the man who owned Google.com for one minute

Update: Google has granted Sanmay Ved a generous reward for the discovery of the bug in its Domains service. In a heart-warming twist, Ved said he would donate the money (“over $10,000”) to a charity.<p>Former Google employee Sanmay Ved bought Google.com for $12 on September 29, 2015. He owned the …

Dubai Releases Designs For 3D Printed Office

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>You’ve heard of a 3D printed engine, a 3D printed bionic arm, and hey, even a 3D printed pizza. Well, Dubai is now upping the ante. The Emirate has …

StoreDot raises $18M to help build instant-charging batteries for electric cars

StoreDot, an Israeli startup that makes ultra-fast charging batteries using bio-organic technology, has raised $18 million to help fund a new electric vehicle business unit.<p>The company first demoed its prototype technology last April and had raised $48 million before today’s announcement, including …

Scientists have found a way to connect quantum electronics together

Scientists have found a way to connect quantum devices together, transmitting entanglement — and crucially the quantum properties that could deliver the next-generation of electronics. Sounds boring and complicated (it's not <i>too</i> complicated), but it's important, we promise. It all involves the …

Digital pens help spot early signs of brain conditions

Doctors frequently check for early signs of brain conditions like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's by looking at irregularities in your drawings, but it's an imperfect art based largely on the doctor's opinion. All too often, the only concrete signs show up by the time you've already been ravaged by the …

Alzheimer's Disease

Galactic collision leaves behind a stellar mess

Space is mostly, well, space, but that doesn't mean objects don't run into other objects. Some of the biggest collisions occur when galaxies run into other galaxies.<p>These events aren't uncommon, and we've seen enough of them to learn what the effects of galactic collision are. These effects can be …

Dustin Hoffman: film is the worst it has ever been

Two-time Oscar-winner laments focus on financial returns and says he wishes he had become a professional jazz pianist rather than an actor<p>Hollywood titan Dustin Hoffman has said the state of film is the worst it has been during his lifetime.

Japan Accepts American Challenge To A Giant Robot Duel

Following the challenge laid down by American robot company MegaBots at the end of June, the Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry has responded and it seems that a giant robot duel between the two companies is very much on.<p>The creator of the Kuratas mecha, Kogoro Kurata, has responded in a …

HoloLens is about to transform the space station

Two pairs of HoloLens glasses will be delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) on 28 June to allow astronauts to carry out augmented …

Apple is expected to soon unveil the biggest overhaul of iTunes since its launch

In the biggest overhaul of iTunes since it was launched in early 2003, the service was anticipated to include an option of subscribing to streaming music for $10 monthly.<p>Analysts and industry insiders believe rebranded "Apple Music" will be introduced on Monday during a keynote presentation kicking …

Apple

The Future Of Buildings Is Powering Them By Green Gunk

We’ve seen before how this can work: Most of this Hamburg building was powered by large algae panels clad to its outside. (Yes, it really worked). …

Lenovo's 'Smart Cast' phone projects a keyboard onto your desk

Typing on smartphones has never been tremendously easy, but Lenovo thinks it has a solution to the physical limitations of a 5-point-something inch …

Screentendo can turn almost anything on your computer into a Mario level

When I start daydreaming online, I’ve found myself wondering why I can’t control a little Mario and make him jump around the eBay ads for crap I looked up two weeks ago. Well, it turns that out that I can.<p>Developer Aaron Randall has coded together something that he calls Screentendo. This is a Mac …

Brain-Controlled Bionic Legs Are Finally Here

No, really. Amputees have been testing them for over a year<p>For a full decade, Gudmundur Olafsson was unable to move his right ankle. That's because it wasn't there. Olafsson's amputated lower leg was the delayed casualty of an accident from his childhood in Iceland, when he was hit by an oil truck. …

Google purpose-built robot cars tested on public roads

<b>Google's purpose-built robots cars are getting the green light to drive on public roads.</b><p>This summer some of the self-driving cars will be tested on the roads around Mountain View, California, where the search giant is based.<p>Before now, the small vehicles have only driven on test tracks and have not …

2 Guys With Jetpacks Fly In Formation Over Dubai, Proving The Future Is Already Here

Yves "Jetman" Rossy has taken to the skies again -- this time, with a protégé in tow.<p>Rossy has made a name for himself by flying with nothing but a jetpack attached to his body. In December, the Swiss daredevil even flew in formation with an airplane over Dubai.<p>On Monday, a video was released …

The telescope looking for the beginning of time

The universe is a big place.<p>Let's rephrase that. The universe is a gargantuan place. At this moment in time, astronomers believe that it measures some 93 billion light-years across.<p>When we look out across space, though, we're not just looking through distance. We're looking back in time. All of the …

Programmer able to control robot using his eyes

Gal Sont is a programmer who suffers from motor neurone disease.<p>He develops low-cost communication software that can be controlled by eye movements.<p>Using his Click2Speak eye-tracking technology, Gal has been able to control a tele-presence robot.<p>Gal spoke to BBC Click about the possibilities that …