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New 2D material could upstage graphene

The atoms in the new structure are arranged in a hexagonal pattern as in graphene, but that is where the similarity ends. The three elements forming …

Nanotech

Could The Traditional Car Industry Be Undone By Dyson, A Vacuum Cleaner Maker?

CEOs of the big car manufacturers probably have nightmares about waking up to find Google, Apple, Tesla, or maybe even the Chinese have come up with the electric car for the masses which will spell doom for their business.<p>Even in their most vulnerable moments though they probably didn’t think this …

Electric Vehicles

Google's Deepmind AI beats Go world champion in first match

Google's Deepmind artificial intelligence has done what many thought it couldn't: beat a grandmaster at the ancient Chinese strategy game Go. The "AlphaGo" program forced its opponent, 33-year-old 9-dan professional Lee Sedol, to resign three and a half hours into the first of their five-match …

The oil industry is using solar power in an ironic new way

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>There’s a huge project taking shape in the deserts of Oman. It will extract crude oil from the ground by pumping vast quantities of steam into it. To produce the steam, water will be brought to a boil using as much as a gigawatt of energy. The source of that energy: the …

Fossil Fuels

How the great phosphorus shortage could leave us all hungry

You know that greenhouse gases are changing the climate. You probably know drinking water is becoming increasingly scarce, and that we’re living …

Hackers could throw off our power grid by manipulating our AC units

Ingenuity isn't exactly a quality you want in hackers, unless of course, they're on your side. In a rather terrifying discovery, researchers have found an alarming vulnerability in our security system, and it's one that can be found in most American homes and offices -- the air conditioner.<p>Power …

Computer Hacking

A New Technique Makes GPS Accurate to an Inch

GPS is an utterly pervasive and wonderful technology, but it’s increasingly not accurate enough for modern demands. Now a team of researchers can …

Google’s self driving system legally the driver - No need for steering wheel, brake pedal, etc. Autonomous delivery coming soon!

Google’s AI Masters the Game of Go a Decade Earlier Than Expected - MIT Technology Review

Google has taken a brilliant and unexpected step toward building an AI with more humanlike intuition, developing a computer capable of beating even …

Artificial Intelligence

Google's self-driving cars can circle the equator 5 times an hour

You think your commute is bad? Google’s self-driving cars are doing 3 million miles every day, according to the company’s January report.<p>As it stands, the cars have clocked up more than 1 million miles driving autonomously on public roads, but using simulators, the vehicles are racking up 3 million …

OneGo gives you unlimited US flights for a monthly fee

Just when you thought we had seen the end of ‘Netflix for…’ launches, OneGo reveals its subscription service for unlimited flights.<p>Yes, OneGo allows users to pay a monthly fee for unlimited flights within the US.<p>It’s not cheap, though. To sign up you’ll need to pay a $495 once-off registration fee …

Tesla is planning to release the Powerwall Version 2.0 this summer

The Powerwall, Tesla's stationary battery system for residential use which sold out in less than a week when first announced, has barely begun …

Tesla

suitX launches lightweight and affordable exoskeleton

suitX, the robotics company out of University of California, Berkeley's Human Engineering Lab has launched its first exoskeleton after years of development. It's called Phoenix, a relatively lightweight and affordable device that can help people with mobility disorders walk again. The wearable …

Robotics

Mural, mural on the wall: The SprayPrinter makes graffiti easy

If you’re the kind of person who can’t paint a wall without leaving roller marks — never mind trying to attempt a mural — the SprayPrinter might be …

Streetwear

Report: Google testing 5G drones that deliver internet 40 times faster than 4G

According to a records obtained by The Guardian, Google is testing solar-powered drones at Spaceport America, a New Mexico facility that formerly played host to Virgin Galactic.<p>The project, codenamed SkyBender, aims to test several prototype transcievers and drones using millimeter wave radio …

US Transportation Secretary says Elon Musk's Hyperloop could be the next ‘moonshot'

A big thumbs up for a pretty far-out idea<p>The Hyperloop — the super fast, super conceptual, tube-based transportation system popularized by Elon Musk — has its fair share of skeptics. But not US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.<p>Foxx said the Hyperloop is a "very solid idea" that merited further …

Hyperloop

How an energy overhaul will make the national grid redundant

<i>This article was taken from The WIRED World in 2016 -- our fourth annual trends report, a standalone magazine in which our network of expert writers</i> …

Solar Panels

Samsung is opening a VR film studio in New York City

Samsung is ready to double down on virtual reality filmmaking. In an announcement at Sundance last week, Samsung USA marketing chief Marc Mathieu stated that the company plans on opening a VR production studio based in one if its New York City offices.<p>"At Samsung we love stories," Mathieu told his …

Virtual Reality

Renewable water resources per capita

Renewable water resources per capita.

This Is What You’ll Be Eating In 2020

In the future, fat and bacteria are good, soil is smarter, and healthy convenience is king.<p>Today’s food landscape looks a lot different than it did 10 years ago. Fast casual–not fast food–dominates. Your next meal is just a tap of the iPhone away. McDonald’s is toying with the idea of kale. These …

Nutrition

Gizmodo - We come from the future.

Gizmodo - We come from the future.

Growing an oasis in the desert and bananas in Massachusetts

Geoff Lawton has already shown us how to green the desert, taking much of his inspiration from 2000-year-old food forests designed to ensure food …

Autonomous robotic tumbleweed uses the power of the wind to travel the desert and gather data

In many arid parts of the world, desertification is a major issue, and advancing deserts and loss of formerly fertile lands can have a big impact on …