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FAA Releases Road Map for Future Domestic Drone Use

The Federal Aviation Administration has released its first "Roadmap" that explains what will be needed to safety integrate the use of unmanned …

Nissan Makes a Radical Electric Racer for the Road

Author: Damon Lavrinc. Damon Lavrinc Gear<p>Date of Publication: 11.08.13.<p>Time of Publication: 3:09 pm. 3:09 pm<p>Nissan is out to reinvent road racing, …

Nissan's don't-call-it-a-concept BladeGlider

Nissan released photos and video today of the BladeGlider, an electric car with a very strange shape and seating structure.<p>There must be something a little strange in the water at Nissan design headquarters. Over the last few years it's produced such funky models as the Juke and the Murano …

Kyocera launches 70-megawatt solar plant, largest in Japan

Nearly 300,000 offshore solar panels will provide enough power for 22,000 homes as post-Fukushima Japan struggles with energy sources.<p>Kagoshima in southern Japan is known for its puffing volcano Sakurajima, green tea, and rocket launchpads. Now it has a new superlative -- the country's largest …

Street lights to spy on everything that happens in Vegas?

What happens in Vegas stays with the authorities? Las Vegas is installing Intellistreets, which are street lights that have many talents -- including the ability to record sound and shoot video.<p>Las Vegas is truly one of the world's great cities.<p>It's a place where you can let your hair down, or even …

FCC app taps masses for mobile broadband speed research

The commission this week will discuss an app that could allow consumers to determine whether they are getting the mobile data speeds they're paying for.<p>Mobile broadband speeds can vary widely, but now the Federal Communications Commission is turning to the smartphone community to get a more …

Can games create an education fit for the future?

Imagine a school where playing video games is encouraged during classes and may even replace exams. A new educational programme uses SimCity to test children on vital problem-solving skills.<p>Video games usually get in the way of homework. GlassLab, however, is a collaboration between educators and …

Education

The cars we’ll be driving in the world of 2050

What will the cars of 2050 look like? What will power them? Will they even have a steering wheel? Sven Beiker peers under the bonnet of tomorrow’s autos.<p>Car companies have recently been telling us what the car of 2020 will be like: autonomous is one word used, electric is another, and it will be …

Fuel Cell

Billions Of Planets Could Support Life

A study released this week found there could be as many as 40 billion habitable planets in the galaxy. Host Rachel Martin talks to Mike Brown, a professor of astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, to help digest the enormity of the finding.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>Have you ever …

Universe

Lighting Up The Investigative Path With Polonium-210

With a Swiss forensics investigation pointing to polonium-210 as a possible cause of Yasser Arafat's death, the radioactive element is back in the news.<p>Confirming whether the Palestinian leader died from an assassination attempt will be difficult, given polonium's short half-life and the fact that …

Jewelry Created By Trafficking Survivors Is Beautifully Empowering

We love jewelry as much as the next girls, and we love it even more when there's a great backstory. (Why do you think thrift stores and flea markets are so popular?)<p>Our favorite new line comes from the Kwagala Project, an organization dedicated to empowering women victimized by human trafficking …

Germany helps Iran digitise thousands of old gramophone records

A Germany university and the Music Museum of Iran have joined forces to digitise 4000 old gramophone records of Iranian songs.<p>The collaboration came about after an Iranian doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology- who saw how the university had helped preserve some old music collections in Egypt- …

Egypt

Will France make paying for sex a crime?

<b>Can a country eradicate prostitution by punishing not the people who sell their bodies for sex, but the people who buy them?</b><p>That is the ambitious premise behind new legislation to be debated soon in the French National Assembly.<p>The bill tabled by the ruling Socialist Party (PS) contains more than …

Prostitution

How Tesla Protects The Romance Of Driving While Disrupting The Industry

Designer Franz von Holzhausen reveals the inspiration–and the latest designs–for a company leading the electric car revolution.<p>It’s one thing to design a car. It’s another to create the first vehicle for a brand founded on the goal of making electric cars sexy, mainstream, and a threat to the rest …

Adventures of a Serial Trespasser

Bradley Garrett, a photographer and researcher with a background in anthropology and archeology, has spent the past five years of his life exploring hidden and forgotten parts of cities all over the world. Sneaking into sewers and bunkers, through metro tunnels and up skyscrapers, Garrett calls his …

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

Syria opposition sets preconditions for talks

The Syrian political opposition has agreed to participate in international peace talks in Geneva, but only if certain preconditions are met, the Syrian National Coalition has said in a statement.<p>The statement, released early on Monday, outlined conditions that must be met before the talks, which …

The Pain Of Torture Lasts Forever

A study of Israeli veterans of the 1973 Yom Kippur War finds that torture permanently alters a person's perception of pain.<p>The pain inflicted during torture can last far beyond the actual event. Aside from the psychological ramifications, torture can cause long-term changes to the way your body …

The Scientifically Best Times To Drink Coffee During The Day

Why you should treat caffeine the way you treat painkillers or antibiotics<p>When's the optimal time to get your coffee kick? Sometime between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning should work well, neuroscience doctoral student Steven Miller explains in a supremely helpful blog post.<p>Careful timing of when …