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Twelve things you need to know about driverless cars

By 2025 most of today’s drivers are unlikely to even want to own a car. But will we still have gridlock? Will you need to pass a test? We asked the experts<p>From forecourt to scrapyard, a new car in the UK lasts an average of 13.9 years, which is why if you got one today, it might very well be the …

Autonomous Cars

Yes, the jet-powered hoverboard is real, and yes, the creator has crashed it

Jet fuel can melt steely skepticism<p>One of the most talked about things this week was a strange video of a man who appeared to have a real life jet-powered hoverboard. The video was published by Zapata Racing, which has made water-powered versions of these flying machines for a few years now. The …

Jetfuel

Senate Draft Encryption Bill Called 'Absurd,' 'Dangerous,' and Technically Inept

A draft of an encryption bill created by Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein was released last night, revealing the scope of the legislation that would require technology companies to decrypt data and share it in an "intelligible format" when served with a legal …

Tech Experts Condemn Proposed Law Targeting Apple, Secure Messaging

"Burr-Feinstein may be the most insane thing I've ever seen seriously offered as a piece of legislation. It is 'do magic' in legalese."<p>Technologists and policy experts wasted little time bashing soon-to-be-released encryption legislation, a draft of which was published online late Thursday …

SpaceX rocket successfully lands on ocean drone platform for first time

Falcon 9 rocket takes off with a cargo capsule bound for International Space Station before successfully landing on drone barge in fifth attempt<p>SpaceX landed a reusable rocket on a robotic drone on Friday, its fifth attempt and a historic achievement in a budding space race between billionaires to …

Space Travel

This 3D-printed Rembrandt is the new frontier in forgery

A new Rembrandt painting was unveiled today in Amsterdam. But the portrait wasn’t exactly made by the 17th century Dutch master; it was created with 3D printers by a team of data analysts, developers, and art historians, <i>The Guardian</i> reports.<p>The painting, called "the Next Rembrandt," was developed …

Rembrandt

Tesla Model 3 orders surpass $10 billion

If Elon Musk was delighted by the 115,000 orders for his Tesla Model 3 at launch, he should be positively jubilant over the latest figures, which break the $10 billion mark.<p>Today, the Tesla Motors CEO tweeted that his company had received 276,000 orders for the Model 3 at the end of day on …

Wireless charging system for EVs is nearly as good as plugging in

Wireless charging for electric cars is already affordable, but it's still pretty limited: it isn't the quickest option, and it's not even on the radar if you're driving large vehicles like trucks. Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are close to licking those problems once and for all, …

Oculus apologizes for shipping delays, will waive shipping fees for all orders to date

An 'unexpected component shortage' is to blame<p>Oculus won itself the distinction of launching its virtual reality headset first, but it hasn't been all smooth sailing. Even though Rift headsets officially started shipping on March 28th, many customers who preordered the $599 device have yet to …

Virtual Reality