Carlos Vega Mena

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Rough Sketch: "A Snail Could Be Used as a Battery"

Our biofuel cell generates power from glucose sugar in a snail's body. We drill holes through the shell and implant enzyme-coated electrodes in the hemolymph, or snail blood, that naturally collects between the snail's body and shell. Like any battery, ours is based on chemical reactions that …

Supplier Continental expects self-driving cars by 2020

Continental, a major automotive supplier in Germany, expects its technology research will yield self-driving cars by 2020.<p>The company has invested more than $130 million on self-driving car research so far, said spokesman Vincent Charles. It began participating in DARPA self-driving car challenges …

Autonomous Cars

Security Researcher Hacks Mark Zuckerberg’s Wall To Prove His Exploit Works

Earlier this week, security researcher Khalil Shreateh discovered a Facebook bug that allowed a hacker to post on anyone’s wall — even if they weren’t that person’s friend.<p>While he was able to prove to Facebook that his bug was legit (despite an initial response that it wasn’t a bug at all), …

Jeremy's P45 | Smallest Car in the World! | Extended Full HD | Top Gear | BBC

Out Of The Comics, Into Reality: Jet Pack Moves Closer To Market

From Buck Rogers to James Bond, we all have a pretty concrete mental image of a jet pack — a motorized backpack with little handles in front and smoke shooting out of the back.<p>The New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Co. doesn't just think it's turned the jet pack of your imagination into a reality. …

Apple Needs To Regain Command Of Smartphone Buzz

It has been well documented that Android has captured about 80% of the smartphone market while Apple’s share has dropped to 14% per Gartner’s June quarter survey down from 21% in the December quarter and 18% in the March quarter. Microsoft’s Windows came in third place for the first time displacing …

New Flipboard Update Is Out, With GIFs For All and Top Stories

Inside Flipboard / August 14, 2013<p>Who doesn’t love GIFs? Flipboard readers have already incorporated them into lively magazines like “Just GIF It,” …

How To Build Your Own DIY Centrifuge

Get a lab-grade centrifuge (normally $2,000) for 50 bucks.<p>For any garage-ista ready to tackle molecular biology, the centrifuge is an essential laboratory tool. Its super-rapid spin supplies the right G-forces to neatly separate biological materials—including cells, proteins, and DNA—from a liquid. …

Battlefield 4's 'Real Players' campaign shows unscripted gameplay footage

Battlefield's player stories<p>EA recently launched a series of videos for <i>Battlefield 4</i> under the banner 'Real Players, Real Gameplay,' which features players talking about their experience with the game alongside gameplay footage.<p>Four videos were released, each with a different fan sharing an …