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Voice-Activated Search Now Built Into Google Chrome

Google's much-anticipated voice-activated search is now built right into the Chrome browser. Now all users need to do to launch a search is get the browser's attention by saying "OK Google" followed by whatever they're looking for.<p>Ever since Google first demonstrated the feature, at the company's …

Discovery may lead to vaccine for all 4 types of dengue

Researchers have discovered a new target for human antibodies that may lead to a vaccine for all four types of dengue virus—and may also have …

SanDisk launches Wi-Fi enabled Flash storage

<b>SanDisk has launched two new wireless-enabled flash products for mobile users.</b><p>The two products in the SanDisk Connect range are the Wireless Flash …

Mobile Devices

GLaDOS from Portal explains nuclear fusion for NASA

This is the best thing. The best. Imagine if GLaDOS from Portal had amnesia and went to work for NASA with a pair of...well, idiots, and this is what you might get.<p>The video was created as part of NASA's educational outreach program at the Spitzer Space Telescope, which focuses on STEM education.<p>In …

Steam Family Sharing Now Available for All Users - IGN Video

The Steam Family Sharing feature allowing users to share their libraries with each other has left beta and is now available for all users, Valve …

Meet the Dropleton, Weird New Particle Created by Scientists

In the field of quantum physics, you could call this a droplet in the bucket.<p>Physicists in Germany and the United States said on Wednesday they have created an exotic new type of particle that they call a quantum droplet, or dropleton.<p>Writing in the journal Nature, they said it behaves a bit like a …

Quantum Physics

Scientists Make Largest Quark, Solving A 20-Year Mystery

Researchers have found the "final" predicted way of making top quarks, the largest subatomic particle.<p>Top quarks are the heaviest of subatomic particles, and are prime components of all matter--everything from mayonnaise to your big toe. But while they are in virtually everything, they are …

Physics

The Car That Runs On Air

Bringing new meaning to running on fumes<p>For more than a century, air cars have remained a quixotic quest of engineers—an idealistic exercise with little long-term likelihood of entering mass production. As fuels go, air has obvious upsides: It’s ubiquitous, clean, and, best of all, free. But air …

Electric Vehicles

Samsung Galaxy S5: Fingerprint Authentication to Pay with PayPal

Following Samsung’s official unveiling of the Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Conference 2014 in Barcelona, PayPal has announced it will be the first global payments company to support the device’s mobile fingerprint authentication technology. As a result, Samsung Galaxy S5 owners will be able to use …

SanDisk microSD can now hold 128GB of your music, videos and photos

SanDisk is best known to Android users for providing the microSD memory cards that faithfully hold all of our photos, videos and music on our devices. Smartphones that support MicroSD usually only do so up to 64GB, so phone manufacturers will now have to design anew to support the new 128GB SanDisk …

Sony Lifelog wearable camera concept could track your life

Sony is keen to prove that it has potentially brilliant ideas in the world of wearable tech, showing off an interesting concept camera that could strap itself around your neck, and document your whole life.<p>The idea seems similar to the Autographer wearable camera, which automatically takes a photo …

Handy Photo: Tweak Photos to Perfection

Look out Photoshop Touch and Google SnapSeed—there’s another contestant in the ring vying for the title of full-service mobile photo editor. With the release of Adva Soft’s Handy Photo 2.0 for the iPhone, iPad, and Android, mobile photographers just got another reason to shake up their …

Cool Or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment

With digital cameras and camera phones everywhere, there are few moments we <i>don't</i> document. But some designers still think we're missing the opportunity to capture some important, simple moments. The solution: the Narrative Clip, a wearable camera that automatically and silently snaps an image every …

Nanomotors controlled inside living human cells for the first time

Scientists at Penn State University have successfully controlled tiny nanomotors inside living human cells. Consisting of tiny, rocket-shaped bits of metal, the nanomotors were propelled by ultrasonic waves and steered with magnets. Researcher Tom Mallouk wasn't afraid to talk up potential future …

Your Next Cooking Oil Could Come From Hemp

A new strain of hemp produces oil with all the qualities needed for fine frying.<p>Agricultural hemp produces strong and decay-resistant fibers, a versatile oil, and requires little in the way of herbicides, since it outcompetes weeds. Hemp oil isn't widely used for cooking, though, partially because …

Profit

Image Tagging Platform ThingLink Grabs Another $2 Million

ThingLink, a platform that enables tagging things inside an image with links to music, video, notes and more, has closed on $2 million in additional funding, the company is announcing today. The new round was led by Helsinki-based VC firm Inventure Oy and saw participation from New York and San …

Biotech Firm: We Will 3D Print A Human Liver In 2014

2014 could be a landmark year for an amazing medical technology: human organs built by 3D printers.<p>San Diego biotech firm Organovo promises that its "bioprinting" technology will successfully print a human liver by the end of 2014, the company told Computerworld's Lucas Mearian.<p>Mearian reports:<p>Like …

3D Bioprinting

Synthetic primordial cell copies RNA for the first time

We are a step closer to understanding how life began, and we can thank the humble lemon.<p>For the first time, genetic information has been copied …

Biology

Augmented-reality contact lenses to be human-ready at CES

Anyone who has ever dreamed up a sci-fi future in which neon interfaces float in front of us and information exists not on screens, but projected onto our eyes, is likely watching the blossoming wearable technology market with great anticipation. With its iOptik system, wearables startup Innovega …

Kepler-62f: A Possible Water World

Kepler-62f is potentially an Earth-like planet about 1,200 light-years from our planet. The world is only 1.4 times bigger than Earth and is in orbit …

The pill that might give you perfect pitch by altering your brain

Takao Hensch, professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University, believes that absolute pitch — the ability to identify or sing a specific note without any reference points — is a learned ability, normally only acquirable by humans in a "critical period" early in our lives. In the …

CES 2014: The Knightscope K5 Robot Redefines Security Industry

We can go straight for the obvious reference: Robocop, I, iRobot, Fox's new hit show, Almost Human, but we won’t.<p>We know Hollywood loves to glamorize and criminalize robots and their usefulness or demise to humans in our fictional future. But we don’t need to because that future just started with …

Google And Apple Will Hate Intel's 'Jarvis,' A Headset That Talks Back To You

(Jarvis also happens to be the name of the virtual assistant Marvel character Tony Stark uses in the "Iron Man" movies.)<p>Jarvis takes commands that can be executed by your phone, even without the user having to switch on the phone. And Jarvis — which actually speaks with a female voice, much like …

Handsfree

Shape-Shifting Wing Design Prepares For Testing

First, fuel savings. Next? Maybe a whole new way to use wings.<p>For over a century, airplane wings have used flaps to alter their shape for better flight performance: extending to generate more climb during takeoff, tilting to stall and generate more breaking power during landings, and staying …

The power of tears: Why Google has its eye on smart contact lenses

When the cronut craze swept across New York in early spring of last year, the only major inconvenience associated with Dominique Ansel's novel culinary confection was the pain of waiting in line to get it. For a responsible person living with Type 1 (or Type 2) diabetes, like my good friend Cara, …

The Man Who Thinks He Never Has to Eat Again Is Probably Going to Be a Billionaire Soon

Rob Rhinehart's hobby of <a href=http://www.vice.com/read/rob-rhinehart-no-longer-requires-food>eating nothing but a smoothie that looks like semen</a> has become a career thanks to a crowd-funded campaign that gave him $800,000 to produce his product...<p>Remember Rob Rhinehart? I'm sure you do …

McDonald's

How to tap the sun's energy through heat as well as light

A new approach to harvesting solar energy, developed by MIT researchers, could improve efficiency by using sunlight to heat a high-temperature …

With DeepMind, Google Prepares For A Future Where We See Ourselves In Every Computing Interaction

Google seems to have paid at least $500 million to acquire DeepMind, an artificial intelligence startup that has a number of high-profile investors, and that has demoed tech which shows computers playing video games in ways very similar to human players. Facebook reportedly also tried to buy the …

Vertical farming explained: how cities could be food producers of the future

Populations are growing and cities are booming – but could we soon see skyscrapers turned into centres for crop production? From Chicago warehouses to the south pole growth chamber in Antarctica, the concept of growing food indoors is catching on. Plant scientist Dr Erik Murchie, from the …

Scientists Achieve Bootstrapping, a Fusion Energy Breakthrough

In a major milestone for fusion, the National Ignition Facility sees particles created by the reaction feed energy back into the reaction.<p><b>Humans have gotten pretty good at nuclear fission.</b> But fusion, bringing two atomic nuclei together, has been much more tricky—at least for peaceful purposes. But …