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Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

"I have a hard time saying this with a straight face, but I will: You can teleport a single atom from one place to another," says Chris Monroe, a biophysicist at the University of Maryland.<p>His lab's setup in a university basement looks nothing like the slick transporters that rearrange atoms and …

Intel 3D XPoint memory could be 1,000 times faster than flash

Intel and Micron have announced a new class of non-volatile memory that claims to offer a breakthrough in memory chips. Known as 3D Xpoint (cross point), production of this memory has already begun and could be heading to laptops, super computers and smartphones in the future.<p>3D XPoint is targeted …

America's mad science division wants to build a flying drone base

DARPA's mission is to look at insane concepts from science fiction and ask if they'd work in real life, and it's clear that the agency's staffers have recently gone back to playing <i>StarCraft</i>. Drones, you see, are small and don't require a pilot, but can't quickly cover long distances like a manned …

Startup working to turn hoverboards into reality

LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — The more your knees quiver, the more the 90 pound board you're perched on, floating above a pillow of air, seems about to …

3 Things Holding You Back From Getting Started

Sometimes the hardest part of your venture is the simple act of getting yourself going.<p>Ideas are a dime a dozen. It doesn't matter if you have the best idea in the world for a business or any other endeavor, if you can't turn it into a reality. The only thing that really matters for any project or …

Entrepreneurship

How Did The FBI Break Tor?

Global law enforcement conducted a massive raid of the Dark Web this week. It started with the FBI takedown of Silk Road 2.0 and the arrest of its alleged operator Blake Benthall in San Francisco on Wednesday. But it quickly exploded from there, as European counterparts seized over 400 black market …

Operation Plumbbob and the Psychology of a Nuclear Blast

In the 1950s, part of developing the US military’s arsenal of atomic weapons was ensuring that the men who would be dealing with those weapons were adequately trained. And not just in deploying those weapons. Part of preparing the country for nuclear war meant preparing military personnel to …

10 Things Every Serious Entrepreneur Knows That You Don’t

Aspiring Entrepreneurs are popping up everywhere in hopes of following in the footsteps of the cashed up risk takers and uber successful they look up …

Benefits of Texas Wind Energy Estimated to Exceed $3.3 Billion Annually

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has just come out with an analysis highlighting the value of wind energy to the state of Texas, indicating that the overall societal benefits of the wind resource add up to about $3.3 billion annually. The gross annual savings to consumers are estimated …

Humans Just Landed A Probe On A Comet For The First Time In History

Well, we, being the European Space Agency, landed a small probe on comet 67P/Churyumox-Gerasimenko, seen on the right.<p>Wednesday, Nov. 12, was a history-making day for humans in space, and the culmination of a 10-year project that has already taught us much about our solar system.<p>Ten years ago, the …

Google now runs an airfield after signing a 60-year NASA lease

It's official: following months of negotiations, Google now has an airfield to call its own. The company's Planetary Ventures wing has signed a lease with NASA that lets it manage Moffett Federal Airfield, including three hangars, two runways and even a golf course. The 60-year (!) deal will have …

Scientists Have Discovered an On/Off Switch For Ageing Cells

Image: mopic/Shutterstock<p>In our bodies, our cells are constantly dividing in order to replenish our lungs, skin, liver and other organs. But most …

Medicine

Out of power? Cable lets you steal juice from another device

How many times has this happened to you? You're out for the day with your tablet, smartphone (and maybe even your smartwatch) all set for a day of play with maybe the occasional check-in with work. As the end of the day approaches, however, your phone's battery is running pretty low thanks to all …

Gear & Gadgets

NASA's new telescopes could spot alien life within 20 years

Convinced that there's got to be life on other planets? You're not alone in the universe -- in fact, many NASA scientists agree with you. And a panel convened recently by the space agency (see the video below) believes that finding it could happen soon, too -- perhaps "in twenty years" -- thanks to …

If Samsung buys SmartThings, it’s a win for both

Samsung is in talks to purchase SmartThings, the smart home startup that has been trying to make home automation a mainstream option for consumers …

Comcast 'Embarrassed' By The Service Call Making Internet Rounds

When a customer service call is described as "Kafkaesque" and "hellish," you pretty much know how it's going to go down before even taking a listen. But in case you haven't heard the condescending, tedious call that's lit up the Internet, here it is:<p>The recording starts after the call has already …

Google Offers Free Udacity Course for Android Development

Google today debuted a new resource for learning to develop Android apps: a Udacity course called “Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals.” The online class is aimed at those who know programming but have no experience with building for Google’s mobile operating system.<p>Google Developer …

DARPA picks the first companies that will work on its unmanned spaceplane

Slowly but surely, DARPA's XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane is becoming more than a bundle of nice ideas. The agency has just chosen the companies that will square off in the first phase of the unmanned craft's design program, most of which are recognizable names in the space business. Boeing is …

Google hires former Ford chief Alan Mulally as it develops self-driving car

Google is hoping its Android software will become the standard platform for everything from messaging to media in cars<p>Google has appointed former Ford chief executive Alan Mulally to its board of directors, as it develops a self-driving car and tries to get its software into more vehicles.<p>Mr …

UK Police Trial Facial Recognition Tech That Can ID People in Seconds

Leicestershire Police will be the first force in the UK to conduct a six month trial of new facial recognition technology that promises to help identify individuals in just a few seconds.<p>Called NeoFace, the system can compare any digital image (like CCTV or footage from body-worn cameras) with …

Microsoft tells users to stop using strong passwords everywhere

Users should use and reuse weak passwords for websites which don't hold valuable information, say researchers from Microsoft, overturning decades of accumulated wisdom on internet security.<p>By not having to worry about remembering complex unique passwords for every individual website, users can …

Honda’s New ASIMO Brings Robots Closer to the Mainstream

Honda’s ASIMO robot has been kitted out with a suite of new updates to bring it in tune with the times.<p>Improvements include honed intelligence, enhanced hand dexterity so it can open bottles, as well as the ability to run faster and climb more smoothly.<p>Honda is hoping that the improvements will …

Google wages war against hackers

Google is on a crusade to clean up the web with a crack team of security researchers, following the discovery of the Heartbleed bug earlier this year<p>Google has launched a new initiative to help significantly reduce the number of people harmed by online attacks.<p>The company is hiring a crack team of …

All About the Tesla Model 3

Tesla now has more than 400,000 pre-orders for its smaller, more affordable sedan, and more specs about the long-awaited electric car are beginning to come out.<p><b>UPDATE, July 10, 2017</b>: Elon Musk tweeted pictures of the first production model—the outside, anyway.<p><b>UPDATE, July 3, 2017:</b> Elon Musk said on …

Backtracker Helps Bikers Keep From Being Rear-Ended

iKubu has created something that just might save a biker’s life. Called the Backtracker, the device notifies you how fast and how close cars are approaching behind you and it reacts by flashing a light and telling the rider they are about to get hit.<p>The founders describe it as a notification system …

Boston parks will soon let you charge your iPhone from solar-powered benches

The park: a place to jog, soak up the sun, and… charge your iPhone? From next week visitors at select parks in the Boston area will be able to charge their mobile devices at special solar-powered benches, dubbed “Soofas.”<p>“Soofa is the first step into smart urban furniture,” Changing Environments …

Ericsson hits crazy-fast 5Gbps wireless speed in 5G trial

Forget 4G. Ericsson already has its sights set on the dizzying speeds that can be achieved with 5G.<p>The telecommunications gear maker said Tuesday it had conducted a test that achieved a connection speed of 5 gigabits per second over the air, part of its plans for 5G wireless technology. The bad …

Ericsson

Hackers Infiltrated Power Grids in U.S., Spain

Attackers could have carried out serious sabotage had they wanted to.<p>Hackers operating somewhere in Eastern Europe have penetrated the networks of energy companies in the U.S., Spain, France and several other countries and may have gained the ability to carry out cyber-sabotage attacks, researchers …