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Boston Dynamics presents the 'next generation' Atlas robot

Over the years we've watched in awe as Boston Dynamics has refined the design of its humanoid Atlas robot, and this new version is impressing us once again. Last year the Alphabet-owned group showed off a battery-powered version of the robot, and now the "next generation" model remains wireless, …

Gravitational Helps Deliver Software On-Prem And In Cloud From Single Code Base

Gravitational, a graduate of the Y Combinator 2015 class set out solve a very difficult problem for companies — how to deliver software in the cloud and on-premises from a single code base.<p>Without a solution like the one from Gravaitional, companies would have to maintain two sets of code, which is …

YCombinator

Google to push anti-ISIS ads in extremist search results

If you find yourself doing a Google search for terms related to Islamic extremism, you might soon see anti-ISIS ads persuading you to pursue a different path. According to a report written by <i>The Guardian</i>, Google is using its AdWords program to serve up counter narrative advertising from select …

Scientists predict human thought in real time, nearly every time

Neuroscientists from the University of Washington have decoded brain signals in real-time and with astounding accuracy, as revealed in a recent study published in <i>PLOS Computational Biology</i>. Researchers attached electrodes to the temporal lobes of seven epilepsy patients for roughly one week -- the …

University of Washington

The best resources for learning to code in 2016

If learning how to code isn't on your list of new year's resolutions, you should reconsider -- The demand for tech skills is higher than ever, and you can master them from the comfort of your couch thanks to the wealth of information available online. However, with so many eLearning services …

eLearning

Researchers show off a working light-based processor

The year has been chock-full of scientific breakthroughs, but the University of Colorado is determined to finish 2015 with a bang. Its researchers have created what they say is the first full-fledged processor to transmit data using light instead of electricity. The design isn't <i>entirely</i> photonic, …

Researchers hide messages in a sea of spam

Researchers are trying quantum cryptography and other exotic ways to keep your missives safe, but here's a new one: junk mail. A team of computer scientists from MIT's CSAIL have devised a system called "Vuvuzela" that adds noise to messages, making them virtually untraceable to the recipient or …

5 Of The Best Secrets In 'Fallout 4'

A few dozen hours into <i>Fallout 4</i>, things start to get deep. It’s the way of these games: you’ve made your way through the main quest, or at least most of it. You’ve populated your map with innumerable little landmarks representing dozens of small moments of discovery. You’ve got some gear, you’ve …

UFOs

Data, The Speed Of Light And You

Fergal Toomey Contributor<p>Fergal Toomey is the chief scientist of Corvil.<p>We — humanity, that is — created 4.4 zettabytes of data last year. This is expected to rise to 44 zettabytes by 2020. And no, I didn’t make up the word “zettabytes.” For scale, it is estimated that 42 zettabytes could store all …

Google Fiber

Robot revolution: rise of 'thinking' machines could exacerbate inequality

Global economy will be transformed over next 20 years at risk of growing inequality, say analysts<p>A “robot revolution” will transform the global economy over the next 20 years, cutting the costs of doing business but exacerbating social inequality, as machines take over everything from caring for …

The Future

Disney Research has a faster way to render realistic fabrics

Computer graphics have come a long way, but there are still a few aspects that are pretty time consuming to get right. Realistic fabric movement that reacts to gravity and other forces is one of 'em and the folks at Disney Research have found a way to make life-like cloth simulations by six to …

Harvard creates a material that lets light go 'infinitely fast'

Researchers at Harvard University announced recently that they had successfully developed a means of manipulating light at the nanoscale, which could lead to photonic-based (rather than electronic) telecommunications. Think, ubiquitous fiber optics. The team reportedly developed an on-chip …

Nanotech

A swarm of alien satellites may explain one star's strange behavior

There's something extremely odd about KIC 8462852, a star 1,481 light-years away from Earth. It demonstrates irregular, seemingly unnatural, flickering patterns -- usually, scientists detect a faraway planet by measuring the regular drops in brightness that occur as it passes in front of its sun, …

Curious AI Wants To Make The Singularity A Reality

Over the last few years tech companies both large and small have developed programs that can “dream”; and understand and process information; and even write articles; but nothing has come close to the holy grail of artificial intelligence — developing software that can learn independently.<p>At least, …

Artificial Intelligence

I ordered 'VRoom Service' in a Marriott hotel

Virtual reality is a strange activity to offer in a hotel. If you're halfway around the world for a vacation or a business trip, you're usually there to go outside for one reason or another. Sightseeing, attending meetings, that sort of thing, not slapping a headset on and losing yourself …

Researchers create a near-perfect sound absorbing system

We've come a long way since the days of pouring wax into our ears to block out siren songs. A team of researchers at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have developed a sound-cancelling system that eliminates 99.7 percent of noise, no matter how quiet.<p>Typically, passive sound deadening …

Big Data Doesn’t Exist

My customers always lie to me. They don’t lie about what they can afford. They don’t lie about how much (or how little) customer service they’ll need. They don’t lie about how quickly they can pay us.<p><i>They lie about how much data they have.</i><p>At first, I thought it was just a weird one-off. A client …

Machine Learning

10 people will get to play a 24-screen game of Minesweeper

I'm not quite keen on playing a massive game of Minesweeper when a tiny one is enough to make me go nuclear. But hey, if you've always dreamt of playing it on 24 high-definition displays, you can send in an application to participate in the Minesweeper Super Challenge by a company called …

High-Definition

Google's making it easy for you to get solar panels onto your roof

Adding solar panels to your roof can be frustrating, since it's often difficult to know if your home receives enough light to justify the investment. Google Maps, however, has satellite, navigation and sunlight data for every property in the world, so it's ideally placed to tell you how many rays …

IBM wires up 'neuromorphic' chips like a rodent's brain

IBM has been working with DARPA's Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) program since 2008 to develop computing systems that work less like conventional computers and more like the neurons inside your brain. After years of development, IBM has finally unveiled the …

'Plasmonics' could lead to super-fast optic communications

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new kind of material that could improve the speed of optical communications by as much as 5000 times the current state of the art. The material is made of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) and it is able to change the amount of light it reflects by up …

Watch A Facebook For Windows App Being Built In Three Minutes Flat

We’re always being told (via the medium of pop-up ads) how easy it is to “make a top-10 app instantly” and “earn $$$ working from home”. But as this …

TechMeAbroad Is A Job Board Where Foreign Devs Can Find Skill-Seeking Startups

TechMeAbroad is a tech jobs startup specifically for developers looking to find work abroad — be it in Silicon Valley or elsewhere — helping them find companies happy to sponsor work visas in order to fill their tech vacancies.<p>Founder Julien Barbier is banking on the increasing global demand for …

Silicon Valley

Laser-activated nanoparticles are coming to clear your acne

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have developed a high-tech solution to the bane of adolescence: acne. Acne occurs when the skin's pores become clogged. Conventional remedies generally involve stripping the skin of sebum -- the waxy substance naturally produced by pores that makes your skin …

The Big Picture: 3D Paris apartment shows what Unreal Engine 4 can do

See that room above? It looks real, but it's not -- and by that we mean it's just a 3D environment made in Unreal Engine 4. Sure, we already have a pretty good idea what the new engine can do, such as bringing realistic skin (among other things) to games. But this "Unreal Paris" project by CG …

Engineers are working for free to make Elon Musk's Hyperloop a reality

Nobody laughs much at Elon Musk anymore, but plenty of people snickered at his Hyperloop idea (okay, also the killer robot thing). To remind you, the Hyperloop is a series of underground trains powered by compressed air that transport folks between cities in tubes at around Mach I. While that may …

Scientists dream up a credit card that no one can forge

One downside of bank cards is that, with the right equipment and know-how, they're pretty easy to clone. That's not just a problem for the people whose cash gets stolen, but also for the banks that are tasked with preventing fraud. It appears that credit card cloning may become a thing of the past …

CoolChip Technologies Is Redesigning The Humble Computer Fan

If there’s one part of a PC that doesn’t get enough love, it’s the fan. These small plastic spinning pieces cost almost nothing and keep hundreds or thousands of dollars of advanced technology from cooking itself.<p>The only time anyone talks about a computer’s fans is when we notice them doing their …

New Fabric Softener Tech Promises Clothes That Never Stain

Sofft wants to kickstart a new age of clothes washing.<p>Detergent, prepare to be disrupted.<p>The makers of a new fabric softener, Sofft, say they want our clothes to join us in the fight against stink and stains. While mixing with your clothes in the washing machine, Sofft coats organic and plastic …

Washing Machines

The Big Picture: Mix precision drinks with this delightful CAD drawing

Being the bartender <i>sounds</i> fun, until you realize you have to crack a cocktail recipe book. Engineering to the rescue! This drawing -- originally used to test plotters -- was converted into an AutoCAD file by Florian Römhild, who later colorized it. You can see it contains all the info needed to mix …