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A company developing the Hyperloop plans to reveal something ‘huge’ this week

The startup Hyperloop Technologies is planning to make a "huge" announcement this week.<p>The company as well Shervin Pishevar, its co-founder and investor, took to Twitter Sunday evening to tease the news.<p>The Hyperloop, of course, is a futuristic transport system that carries passengers in capsules …

Food delivery start-ups raise plenty of funding but face lots of competition

For generations, delivery meant pizza or Chinese takeout.<p>Now the on-demand economy, having already upended the way people hail a ride or book a place to stay, is increasingly taking aim at what we put on our dining tables and expanding the menu in the process.<p>You can have spicy clam and chorizo …

The Beauty of Code

By Vikram Chandra September 5, 2014<p>On Language<p>Dependency diagram (Image via TheDailyWTF)<p>This is what ugly code looks like. This is a dependency diagram—a graphic representation of interdependence or coupling (the black lines) between software components (the gray dots) within a program. A high …

World's Smallest 3D-Printing Pen Lets You Doodle in the Air

The wonderful world of 3D printing just got a whole lot more accessible and portable with the development of the LIX 3D Pen. Touted as the world's smallest 3d-printing pen, the LIX lets you doodle in the air without any paper. After plugging it into a USB port and turning it on, the pen takes less …

No Mars For Muslims? Mars One Asks Imams To Rescind Fatwa

Islamic leaders ruled that a Mars journey would be akin to suicide, but the private Mars colonization project disagrees, citing a 14th century Muslim explorer.<p>Martian colonization is a risky proposition. So risky, in fact, that a group of Islamic leaders in the United Arab Emirates issued a …

How I Transformed Sewage Into Fresh Water [Video]

A little DIY distilling<p>Say the apocalypse happens tomorrow. The good news: You survive! No more credit card debt or miserable commutes. The bad news? Infrastructure has collapsed and there’s no clean drinking water. Most people can’t last a few days without it, so what we need is a reliable way to …

Women Outnumber Men For The First Time In Berkeley’s Intro To Computer Science Course

For the first time in its history, Berkeley saw an introductory computer science course with predominantly female students – 106 women vs. 104 men. This slight turnaround signals a promising trend in the male-dominated STEM world.<p>To be sure, Berkeley is an exception: according to the National …

Debunking the Myth of the 10,000-Hours Rule: What It Actually Takes to Reach Genius-Level Excellence

The question of what it takes to excel — to reach genius-level acumen at a chosen endeavor — has occupied psychologists for decades and philosophers for centuries. Groundbreaking research has pointed to “grit” as a better predictor of success than IQ, while psychologists have admonished against the …

Analyzing Baby Cries For Signs Of Serious Disease

The earliest signs of certain ailments or development problems can be heard in the exact tone and cadence of newborn’s wail. Soon there could be an app for new parents and hospitals to get a hint of what’s the trouble.<p>When babies have certain health or development problems, they cry differently …

Mercedes Teams Up With Pebble to Launch Smart Watch Application Integrated with the Vehicle

Mercedes-Benz and the folks at Pebble have forged a strategic partnership to develop a series of applications for the smart watch that can be used to …

Why is Google building a robot army?

It’s not unusual for Google to capture headlines in the technology press, but one of Google’s latest moves raised even the most-jaded technorati …

Robotics

Automatic: The smart driving assistant for the iPhone era [Review]

For the past few months, I’ve been testing the Automatic Link which aims to make you a safer, more efficient driver. But is it enough to really change your driving habits?<p>With the holiday season quickly approaching and the hardware now widely available and in stock on Amazon (and <i>Prime</i> eligible at …

New ‘liquid metal’ will let you print circuits on paper, T-shirts, or even leaves

Three Chinese scientists say they’ve found a way to create a metal that’s liquid at room temperatures, can be printed as if it was ink in ordinary, everyday desktop printers, and will adhere to surfaces as diverse and supple as rubber, paper, cotton T-shirts, or a leaf off an oak tree.<p>Need an RFID …

Toyota eyes mass production of fuel cell car by 2015

<b>Japanese carmaker Toyota has said it is looking to start commercial sales of fuel cell-powered cars by 2015.</b><p>Toyota set the target as it unveiled a concept fuel cell powered car, called the FCV, at the Tokyo Motor Show.<p>The car can be re-fuelled within minutes and it can cover about 500km (300 miles) …

Exploring Physiological Sensors with Bitalino

Bitalino is a “low-cost toolkit” designed for researchers and students alike to explore the physiological world with various sensors. The board contains multiple sensors that can operate as a single system or snapped off into their individual blocks for applications ranging from electromyography, …

Can Cargo Drones Bring E-Commerce To Africa?

Laugh about drones delivering tacos all you want, but the Flying Donkey Challenge wants to create a working commercial cargo network in Africa, powered entirely by UAVs.<p>Africa is the leapfrog continent. As it develops and grows, much of its population is adopting the latest technologies, like cell …

When will iOS and OS X finally meet, or have they already?

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>Apple has definitely received some harsh criticism in the past concerning the creation of its walled garden. With no less …

Next gen NoSQL: The demise of eventual consistency?

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>The vast selection of NoSQL solutions today share qualities that have set them apart from their relational counterparts …

Soon your Facebook credentials will log you into Wi-Fi networks

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr user Suttonhoo<p>Facebook(s fb) and Cisco Systems(s csco) might seem like strange bedfellows, but on Wednesday …

Scientists want to turn smartphones into earthquake sensors

For years, scientists have struggled to collect accurate real-time data on earthquakes, but a new article published today in the <i>Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America</i> may have found a better tool for the job, using the same accelerometers found in most modern smartphones. The article …

You Can Airdrop Onto A Mountain In This High-Tech Shack

In case you're not into the whole rugged, camping thing.<p>Designers Malgorzata Blachnicka and Michal Holcer have come up with what looks like the perfect way for a rich person to hide from the IRS on tax evasion charges: a high-tech, self-sufficient mountain shack that can be airdropped in. It's like …

Colonies of wired microbes turn sewage into electricity - Futurity

A new way to generate electricity from sewage uses naturally occurring “wired microbes” as mini …

Drone club for kids with autism is really, really awesome

These videos will make you smile.<p>To help kids on the autism spectrum see the world in brand-new ways, a team of parents has equipped them with technical lessons, drones, and video cameras. "Taking Autism To The Skies" (TATTS) is a crowdfunded project that combines teamwork, film-making, geography, …

Starship trooper

Voyager 1's very existence is a continuing assertion of the human spirit<p>This week, technophiles have been enjoying another Apple iPhone launch. The new mobiles have the power of desktop computers, take lovely photographs and will become as indispensable as air and water to a fresh generation of …

Space

iPhone 5S: Apple’s golden ticket?

Two new iPhones, the 5C and 5S, have divided opinion – Matt Warman assesses their chances<p>Sometime this week, queues will begin to form outside Apple’s stores around the world. Two new iPhones go on sale on Friday, and just when people first start camping out, as they surely will, is likely to be a …

iPhone

The 20 Hottest Startups in Israel

The Israeli startup scene needs little introduction. Tel Aviv is rapidly becoming one of the most innovative tech hubs on the planet, vying with …

Infrared Car System Spots Wildlife On The Road From 500 Feet Away

Here's how it works.<p>Since their debut 13 years ago, in-car night-vision systems, which identify pedestrians approaching a roadway, have arguably made driving safer. But they come with a pretty big blind spot: animals. Each year, drivers in the U.S. strike about a million deer, causing 27,000 human …

Apple’s iOS 7 release likely to be the most impactful iOS update yet

Advertisement<p>43 Comments<p>With all of the rumors, screenshots and testimonials from people that have seen one of the various beta releases of iOS 7, we …

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