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10 Fiction Podcasts You Should Totally Get Sucked Into Right Now

It’s almost vacation season, which means it’s time to start thinking about all the essentials you’ll need to stay relaxed while you’re lounging on …

Books

Ford is adding 4G LTE to all its vehicles, just in time for 5G to arrive

As part of an overhaul to make its new vehicles smarter, Ford has announced that by the end of 2019, all of its vehicles will come with “4G LTE …

4G LTE

‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower

For more than a year we’ve been investigating Cambridge Analytica and its links to the Brexit Leave campaign in the UK and Team Trump in the US presidential election. Now, 28-year-old Christopher Wylie goes on the record to discuss his role in hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in …

Cambridge Analytica

How Bill Gates aims to clean up the planet

It’s a simple idea: strip CO2 from the air and use it to produce carbon-neutral fuel. But can it work on an industrial scale?<p>It’s nothing much to look at, but the tangle of pipes, pumps, tanks, reactors, chimneys and ducts on a messy industrial estate outside the logging town of Squamish in western …

Fossil Fuels

Dazed and confused: Joseph Szabo's portraits of adolescence – in pictures

Joseph Szabo was a frustrated high-school teacher in need of inspiration – so he started photographing his students, and captured all the angst and excitement of being caught between childhood and adulthood

High School

This battery won't explode even when cut or punctured

Mike Zimmerman, a Tufts University professor, has invented a battery that won’t explode and set your car on fire when you cut or puncture it. He showed off his invention in a new NOVA documentary, which was recently aired on PBS.<p>Unlike conventional lithium-ion batteries found in our smartphones, …

Clean Energy

I Could Not Guess The Busiest Air Route in the World. Could You?

N ew York to Washington? London to Frankfurt? Hong Kong to Tokyo? Atlanta to Orlando? Singapore to Shanghai? Sydney to Auckland?<p>When I read the …

Ho Chi Minh City

The media, like everyone else, are waiting for Apple to announce new products

The doors have not yet opened outside the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, where the tech media have gathered in anticipation of Apple's newest suite of products.<p>Global media outlets, regional papers, bloggers and analysts are milling about, badges in hand, waiting to snag seats …

What the World's First Quantum Satellite Launch Means

China blasted the world’s first quantum communications satellite into orbit from the Gobi Desert early Tuesday.<p>The project signals the dawn of a …

Quantum Computing

Elon Musk sees a future where everyone can own a Tesla

A quote attributed to writer William Gibson posits that "the future is already here, it's just not very evenly distributed."<p>Well, Tesla co-founder …

The focus on Bitcoin misses the real digital revolution

You had to wire the money through a mainstream financial service, like Western Union or a bank. That meant paying high fees and waiting up to several days for the money to arrive.<p>A radically new option arose in 2009 with the introduction of bitcoin. Bitcoin makes it possible to transfer value …

Blockchain

Harvard Scientist Engineers Bacterium That Inhales CO2, Produces Energy -- A 'Bionic Leaf'

The chemist who gave us the artificial leaf has genetically engineered bacteria to absorb hydrogen and carbon dioxide and convert them into alcohol fuel.<p>When Harvard Professor of Energy Daniel G. Nocera announced he was working with bacteria last year, other scientists cautioned it would be …

University of Chicago

Star pupil finds lost Mayan city by studying ancient charts of the night sky from his bedroom

A Canadian schoolboy appears to have discovered a lost Mayan city hidden deep in the jungles of Mexico using a new method of matching stars to the location of temples on earth.<p>William Gadoury, 15, was fascinated by the ancient Central American civilization and spent hours poring over diagrams of …

Archaeology

The brains behind your next gadget come from this obscure medieval town

Scientists from chipmakers like Intel and Samsung work with universities at this Belgian center to make sure you'll still want to buy the latest tech 10 years from now.<p>If you visit the quiet Belgian city of Leuven, you'll see centuries of history.<p>You'll notice cobblestone streets and zig-zag …

Blood Tests

Self-Driving Cars And The Kobayashi Maru

Andrew Heikkila Contributor<p>Andrew Heikkila is a tech enthusiast and writer from Boise, Idaho.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Technology, happiness on demand and the absurd human condition<br>• Defining our relationship with early AI<p>In 1966, Gene Roddenberry’s <i>Star Trek</i> would boldly go where no man had gone …

Autonomous Cars

Read Apple’s unprecedented letter to customers about security

Apple has spoken a lot over the past year about how much it values the security of its customers' data, but it wasn't until early this morning that Apple really took a stand for it. Hours after a court order came down mandating that Apple assist law enforcement in breaking into a locked iPhone, …

Privacy

Who needs faster computers?

Following Moore’s law, chip manufacturers assume that computing capacity will double every two years – so what happens when that becomes impossible?<p>Fifty years ago, Gordon Moore, the co-founder of the chip manufacturer Intel described a regularity he had observed that would one day make him a …

Quantum Computing

Your fitness tracker knows you're pregnant before you do

Is your fitbit looking broken? It may be time to book a prenatal class<p>Is your fitness tracker playing up, constantly misreporting your heart rate and claiming you’re burning wild amounts of fat? Bad news: it’s probably broken. Or, good news: It might be working fine, and you’re pregnant.<p>That is …

Prenatal Development

Wendelstein 7-X Fusion Device Produces Its First Hydrogen Plasma

The Wendelstein 7-X Stellarator<p>Scientists in Germany began an experiment which (they hope) will bring us closer to the dream of nuclear fusion …

Nuclear Energy

The 7 flavor categories of beer: What they are, how to pair them

<i>If you've been confusing your pilsners with your IPAs and imperial stouts, you need to consult this thorough chart from Greg Engert. His profiling</i> …

Flavors

New Light-Activated Nanoparticles Kill Over 90% of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

A new solution in the fight against superbugs.<p>Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is a growing problem around the world, responsible for some 2 …

A bunch of huge companies are creating a free technology to radically change how business is done

The companies involved include ANZ Bank, Cisco, CLS, Credits, Digital Asset, Fujitsu, IC3, IBM, Intel, London Stock Exchange Group, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MFUG), State Street, SWIFT, VMware and Wells Fargo.<p>Their goal is to create a distributed ledger that can be used by anyone and is …

Blockchain

Nextbit's Robin Android phone is a glimpse of a cloud-first future

A long time ago – so long in fact that I worked elsewhere – I wrote about how increasing mobile network speeds could be the beginning of the end of the smartphone as we know it.<p>With increasingly capable hardware, fast networks and some additional infrastructure in place, the idea of a cloud-first, …

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 …

InterAct

How to Take Control of Aperture and Create Stronger Photos

The focal length of the lens you use, combined with the aperture setting, determines how the camera sees whatever you point it at. This has profound …

Photography

Air Traffic Control Is Getting A Much-Needed Upgrade

It’s a clear sky over San Francisco, with no clouds in sight, and there’s an audible groan as your captain announces that your aircraft’s approach is on hold due to weather conditions. It’s not the pilot, the aircraft, or the airline – there’s a lot more that is going on under the hood of your …

Aviation

The cybernetic you is coming — and it’s nothing to fear

We manage our work calendars and our home calendars, we read social media feeds, we obediently respond to emails and text messages and dismiss push notifications. But as the volume of data we are expected to process and react to in our personal and professional lives balloons, we have started to …

Available IPv4 address blocks have dried up, now there’s a waiting list

IPv4 addresses, which are a computer’s unique address on the internet, have just become even harder to get.<p>The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) announced July 1 that it is activating a “unmet requests” policy for the first time and putting in place a waitlist for companies that want …