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Japanese researchers created holograms you can touch

The touchable holograms, called Fairy Lights, could serve as the beginning to developing technology where humans could interact with the hologram.<p>This could particularly come in handy in medicine, where hologram technology is used to demonstrate certain procedures.<p>The holograms were made using …

A Satellite Mishap Is Letting Physicists Test Einstein's Theory of Relativity

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? That, at least, is the motto the European Space Agency seems to have embraced with respect to two …

IBM’s 7nm chip breakthrough points to smaller, faster processors

To go below 10nm, you need something more than just silicon<p>It's usually Intel that leads the way with the latest processor innovations, but today an IBM-led consortium has leapt ahead by announcing it has produced the world's first functional 7nm node test chips. The most advanced commercial CPUs …

IBM

Boeing just patented a jet engine powered by lasers and nuclear explosions

With airplane makers constantly on the lookout for new and more efficient ways to power their products, this laser engine is the latest idea cooked up by the engineers at Boeing.<p>Modern airliners such as the Boeing Dreamliner are powered by multiple turbofan engines. These engines deploy a series of …

If this is what F1 cars will look like in 2056, we can't wait for the future

Updated 2nd July 2015

Moore's Law in action: making our machines ever more micro

Over the past few decades, engineers have leveraged Moore's Law to the fullest, resulting in powerful ultrathin laptops and feature-rich miniature wearables. Back in 1981, a 23-pound Osborne 1 computer was considered portable, with 64KB of onboard memory. Today, smartphones weigh just a few ounces …

Moore's Law

Scientists Mapped 8000 Galaxies (Out Of Billions) Made An Amazing Discovery

Counting the stars in the universe is like trying to count the number of sand grains on a beach, its not possible. Although estimates vary among …

Email lets other people schedule your life—here’s how to stop it

<i>The following is adapted from Phil Simon‘s</i> Message Not Received: Why Business Communication Is Broken and How to Fix It.<p>If you feel like you’re playing Whac-a-mole with your inbox, you’re not alone. Somewhere along the line, email became the default means of communication in corporate America. The …

University of Chicago

Corporations' Newest Productivity Hack: Meditation

Target, Google, and Ford have started teaching employees mindfulness. Will capitalism complicate something as simple as following your breath?<p>Since I started meditating two years ago, my practice has been shamefully sporadic. When I do manage to stop what I’m doing and sit down, device-free, I find …

Mindfulness

Why Bill Nye Calls Evolution 'Undeniable' and Creationism 'Inane'

Darwin's theory explains so much of the world, from bumblebees to human origins, says the Science Guy.<p>With a jaunty bow tie and boyish enthusiasm, Bill Nye the Science Guy has spent decades decoding scientific topics, from germs to volcanoes, for television audiences. Last February, the former …

Xbox One Sold Just 300 Units In Japan Last Week

Microsoft’s Xbox One had its worst week ever in Japan last week.<p>Since the video game console launched (with just over 23,000 sales in its first, sad week) last September, the Xbox One has consistently languished at the bottom of video game hardware sales charts. This is no surprise, as non-Japanese …

Image Gallery: The 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 and R1M in Action

Scroll through the gallery above to see action (and some static) images of Yamaha's incredible new YZF-R1 and R1M models, which are provided courtesy …

Apple 'working on stylus for iPad Pro'

Apple is rumoured to be working on a stylus to sell alongside the 'iPAd Pro', according to new reports<p>Apple is developing a stylus to sell alongside its new larger 'iPad Pro', thought to measure between 12.2-inches and 12.9-inches diagonally, new reports allege.<p>A report by respected analyst …

IPad Pro

NEW METAL 2015: Yamaha YZF-R3

Here is a motorcycle that can do well: It is genuinely an entry-level bike, at 320cc and $4,990. It has confidently presented sportbike style, not …

Motorcycles

A Closer Look at Nikon’s New Phase Fresnel (PF) Lens Technology

Weighing just 1.66 pounds, Nikon’s newly announced 300mm f/4 is the world’s lightest 300mm full frame prime autofocus lens. It’s also the first Nikon …

2015: Montblanc Just Got Smarter

Montblanc starts the New Year with a smart move: just two hours into 2015, the brand unveiled the new Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed e-Strap watch line.<p>Mind you, since Jerome Lambert (previously CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre) took over the helm of Montblanc in late 2013, we have seen many great …

Watches

Watch This Drone Helicopter Take Off At Sea

Unmanned and unafraid<p>The Fire Scout C’s smooth, gray body is a mockery of helicopter form. Where there should be windows, there are bulbous gray surfaces; where there should be pilots, there are only computer racks; and where there should be the nervous sweat that comes with taking off at sea, …

The Physics of Engine Notes, Or: Why a Toyota V-6 and Porsche Flat-Six Sound So Different

The science of engine sounds.<p>From the January 2015 issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>What separates a Porsche flat-six from a Toyota Avalon V-6—aside from the bank angle, the power output, the engine location, and your interest in owning one? At full throttle, the Porsche belts out an aggressive mechanical …

The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first airplane ever at 6.8 mph (10.9 km/h). Only 61 years and five days later, the Lockheed SR-71 …

Duet Display

iPad

12 design secrets spilled by Jony Ive

Jony Ive made a rare public appearance at the Design Museum in London yesterday, where he discussed a range of topics with museum director Deyan Sudjic. Everything from the future of design, to Jony’s work at Apple popped up in the conversation, but the most intriguing parts where the insights into …

Earth - Why is there something rather than nothing?

People have wrestled with the mystery of why the universe exists for thousands of years. Pretty much every ancient culture came up with its own creation story - most of them leaving the matter in the hands of the gods - and philosophers have written reams on the subject. But science has had little …

Google’s upcoming Copresence feature lets iOS & Android users share via AirDrop-like functionality

In June a report detailed a feature in development by Google that would reportedly allow Android devices to alert “people, places, and things” to the presence of nearby users. At the time, reports referred to the feature as “Nearby” and described it as a location-based feature for Android devices …

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World

A few months ago I made the trek to the sylvan campus of the IBM research labs in Yorktown Heights, New York, to catch an early glimpse of the …

Disney rendered its new animated film on a 55,000-core supercomputer

Disney's upcoming animated film <i>Big Hero 6</i>, about a boy and his soft robot (and a gang of super-powered friends), is perhaps the largest big-budget mash-up you'll ever see. Every aspect of the film's production represents a virtual collision of worlds. The story, something co-director Don Hall calls …

'Titanfall' review: how robots made me love online shooters

I punched a giant robot and pulled a wriggling human being out of its chest. Then I tossed the soldier aside, stomped on a few of his buddies, and fired a barrage of rockets at some snipers hiding on top of a building. And I'm not even very good at this game.<p><i>Titanfall</i> represents a lot of firsts. …

The Math Behind the Rolling Shutter Phenomenon

I remember seeing the photo above on Flickr once, and having my brain melt slightly from trying to figure out what went wrong.<p>The issue was the …

Mac|Life

In-depth Apple advice for all your devices<p>Our team of writers has been using Apple products for years, and knows them inside and out, as well as the …

Apps

How to use iOS 8 like a boss

You don’t need a new iPhone to enjoy the awesome power of iOS 8. Loaded with new features and built-in apps, Apple’s latest mobile OS is its most powerful yet.<p>As intuitive as it is, there are plenty of tips and tricks that will help you truly get the most out of iOS 8 — even starting before you …

Danny MacAskill releases breathtaking Isle of Skye tricks video

Watch footage of trials rider Danny MacAskill risking life and limb on the Isle of Skye's notorious Cuillin Ridge<p>Danny MacAskill's has made a name for himself as one of the world's most fearless trial cyclists by documenting his exploits in a succession of YouTube videos since 2009.<p>It all started …