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Computer Simulations Reveal War Drove the Rise of Civilisations

<b>The model predicts the rise of empires with 65% accuracy.</b><p>According to British historian Arnold Toynbee, “History is just one damned thing after …

Anthropology

All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You

It can even be trained to read your lips.<p>City dwellers spend nearly every moment of every day awash in Wi-Fi signals. Homes, streets, businesses, and office buildings are constantly blasting wireless signals every which way for the benefit of nearby phones, tablets, laptops, wearables, and other …

Wi-Fi

What do normal and abnormal heart rhythms look like on Apple Watch?

Almost every month, a news story pops up about somebody whose life was saved by their Apple Watch. As part of the mRhythm Study, we’re analyzing a …

Google supercharges machine learning tasks with TPU custom chip

Posted by Norm Jouppi, Distinguished Hardware Engineer, Google <br>Machine learning provides the underlying oomph to many of Google’s most-loved …

Machine Learning

Google

Tesla to Sell $1.4 Billion in Shares for Expanded Production

Tesla Motors Inc. said it will sell about $1.4 billion in stock to help pay for an expansion that includes its forthcoming Model 3 electric car and …

Tesla

Container-Optimized OS from Google Documentation | Container-Optimized OS

Container-Optimized OS is an operating system image for your Compute Engine VMs that is optimized for running Docker containers. With …

AWS IoT Button Overview - Cloud Programmable Dash Button

The AWS IoT Button is a programmable button based on the Amazon Dash Button hardware. This simple Wi-Fi device is easy to configure and designed for …

Cloud Computing

Someone is lying about electric cars on the internet

That top image is, in fact, a mine. It’s a copper mine. This particular mine is BHP’s Escondida Mine, one of the 10 largest in the world.<p>Before this …

When will rooftop solar be cheaper than the grid? Here's a map

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory this week said that rooftop solar panels have the potential to generate nearly 40 percent of electricity in …

Tesla Drives Itself 61 Miles: We're Closer to Autonomous Cars Than You Think

A technology analyst's first-hand experience with Tesla's autopilot.<p><i>Car and Driver</i> recently discovered how <b>Tesla Motors</b>' (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S steers …

Tesla

Neural network chip built using memristors | Ars Technica

Paired memristors act like synapses to link circuitry that acts like neurons.<p>Memristors have relatively simple behavior: they're a type of circuitry …

Neuroscience

Working toward a warp drive

You might not believe any of this stuff. But suspend your disbelief for a moment and make space for something incredible.<p>Let’s start this past …

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

An Orangutan Has (Some) Human Rights, Argentine Court Rules

An orangutan named Sandra has become the first non-human animal recognized as a person in a court of law.<p>The Association of Officials and Lawyers for …

Senses and Sensibility – Technology’s Next Dimension – Medium

<b>The future of human-computer interaction</b><p>Our reality is shifting. The distinction between the real and virtual is blurred. The Web is no longer a …

Augmented Reality

X MARKS THE SPOT: FALCON 9 ATTEMPTS OCEAN PLATFORM LANDING

During our next flight, SpaceX will attempt the precision landing of a Falcon 9 first stage for the first time, on a custom-built ocean platform …

Visualizing Light at Trillion FPS, Camera Culture, MIT Media Lab

<b>Home | News | Join Us | People | Projects | Publications | Talks | Courses</b><p>Femto-Photography: Visualizing Photons in Motion at a<br>Trillion Frames Per …

Watson Analytics

What is Watson Analytics?<p>Enjoy the benefits of advanced analytics without the complexity. Discover relationships. Test correlations. Develop outlooks …

Mechanical Properties of Nanoantennas Explored for First Time

Researchers have been leveraging the field of plasmonics—which takes advantage of the surface plasmons that are generated when photons hit a metal …

Nanotech

Amazon Reveals the Robots at the Heart of Its Epic Cyber Monday Operation

Don't tell the kiddies, but Santa's workshop isn't at the North Pole. It's here in Tracy, California, next to a line of rusting, graffiti-covered …

Willy Wonka-style elevator uses magnets to move sideways

German company ThyssenKrupp says its revolutionary new design means you will never wait more than 30 seconds for a lift<p>Everywhere you look, transport is being dragged into the 21st century - <b>Google is developing driverless cars</b>, <b>Uber has revolutionised the taxi business</b>, and <b>trains can hover over</b> …

How Electric Superchargers Went from Fantasy to Feasibility

Until recently, electric superchargers may as well have been perpetual motion machines. Thanks to motorsport and advancement in power storage technologies, they're now close to hitting the road.<p><i>(Photo Credit: Chris Philpot)</i><p>Until recently, electric superchargers might as well have been perpetual …

Europe’s Laser-Powered Space Data Highway Passes Early Test

Space

Enter the tech-powered playground of the future

There are playmats where you build the roads in seconds, a ballpit where the balls are as big as you, and a drawing-board where your doodles come to life. This is Team Lab's "Theme Park of the Future" .. but it isn't really a theme park. It's an attempt to bring projection mapping, motion gestures …

PayPal’s Bitcoin Integration And The Future Of Digital Currency Adoption

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ken Miller is the COO of Gem. Previously he was VP of risk management at PayPal executive and adviser to Square.</i><p>Recently, PayPal announced several partnerships aimed towards enabling certain PayPal merchants to be able to accept bitcoin as a form of payment from their customers. This …

Six-State Memristor Opens Door to Weird Computing

The newest fundamental electronic component, the mem­ristor, still holds some surprises, it seems. Since researchers built the first memristor six …

Nanotech