Ekaterina Katratcheva

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A Brief History of the Modern-Day Straw, the World’s Most Wasteful Commodity

Americans use 500 million of them every single day.<p><i>A version of this post originally appeared on</i> Tedium<i>, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the</i> …

This Font Was Designed By A Robot Practicing Calligraphy

Robosans is a new font that was created by a disembodied robot arm.<p>We’ve seen robots that can walk, talk, sing, write music, and more. Thanks to graphic designer Mostafa El Abasiry, we now have Robosans, a font you can download to your computer that was made using a disembodied robot arm. It’s a …

LG's first smart light bulb flashes when you get a phone call

LG isn't about to let household heavyweights like Philips corner the connected lighting space -- it just unveiled the Smart Lamp, its first take on the concept. The 10W LED bulb gives Android and iOS users a familiar level of control over their illumination, including a light-based alarm clock and …

The solar panels of the future could be grown from bacteria

One day we could have conductive materials that grow, evolve, and self-repair. Researchers at MIT have taken the first steps to creating them. A new study (paywall) describes “living materials” that combine bacterial cells with nonliving materials that can conduct electricity and emit different …

Vaavud Raises $375K To Tame The Wind With Your Smartphone

A Kickstarter success has just closed its seed funding round, raising $375,000 to continue its work of measuring the wind using a network of smartphones with a low-cost, electronics-free hardware accessory combined with a mobile app. Danish startup Vaavud‘s new funding comes from a group of angel …

Hack attacks battled by net's timekeepers

<b>A massive worldwide effort is under way to harden the net's clocks against hack attacks.</b><p>The last few months have seen an "explosion" in the number of attacks abusing unprotected time servers, said security company Arbor.<p>Unprotected network time servers can be used to swamp target computers with …

Texas Motor Speedway Unveils World’s Largest HD Screen

The world’s largest HD screen is now deep in the heart of Texas.<p>Positioned along the backstretch of the Texas Motor Speedway outside of Fort Worth, …

Google acquires Boston Dynamics, maker of animal-inspired robots

Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, maker of Cheetah, BigDog, WildCat and other nature-inspired robots.<p>Google confirmed the acquisition in a Saturday New York Times report, which also broke the story earlier in December about former Android chief Andy Rubin leading a robotics push at Google.<p>Boston …

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How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …

Is South Korea full of video game addicts?

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The New Armor That Lets You Sense Surveillance Cameras

Like a creepy digital tap on the shoulder<p>We pass under surveillance cameras every day, appearing on perhaps hundreds of minutes of film. We rarely notice them. London-based artist James Bridle would like to remind us.<p>Bridle has created a wearable device he calls the “surveillance spaulder.” …

NASA underwater testing slimmer suits for spacewalking on asteroids (video)

In a tank of water in Texas, NASA's busily testing its wardrobe for a future <i>Armageddon</i>-esque mission. The space agency has been taking advantage of its Neutral Buoyancy Lab near the Johnson Space Center in Houston to run some new space suits through the wringer. The suits are a modified version of …

Hands on with the $2,500 24-carat gold HTC One

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Alex Colon<p>I’ve held a lot of smartphones in my day. Expensive ones too, like the $1,800 Porsche Design P’9981 …

Kickstarter Loves This Camera That Lets You Take Street View-Like Panoramic Photos

Anyone who’s ever seen a Google Street View car has noticed the orb camera hoisted on top of the vehicle. Though such technology has been used primarily in mapping, one company is hoping to bring it to consumers. Roughly the size of a baseball, the Bublcam is capable of shooting panoramic photos …

How Tesla batteries are powering an energy revolution

Those Tesla Motors lithium-ion battery packs aren’t just powering electric luxury sports sedans for the 1% any more.<p>They’ve started appearing in a small number of California homes to store electricity generated by rooftop solar panels, and beginning today SolarCity, the Silicon Valley solar …

Facebook ad profit a staggering 1,790% more on iPhone than Android

A study of more than 200 billion ads on Facebook says that mobile ads on iPhone generate 1,790 percent more return on investment than ads on Android. Even worse, advertising on Android actually costs more than it returns.<p>The study is by Nanigans, one of the biggest buyers of Facebook ads, and it …