Fabio Gabbanelli

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Technology Really Is Making You Fat (But Not How You Think)

It's lazy to point out that technology makes us lazy. Of course it does. The entire idea of technology is predicated around an efficiency whose end …

ARES system to put energy storage on the right track

ARES’ technology uses heavy rail cars that are pushed to the top of a grade using excess power from renewable energy plants or when electricity …

Clean Energy

Obama administration decides to keep spying on US phone records, says it's in the 'public interest'

Every 90 days, a secret court has to renew the controversial order that allows the FBI and NSA to spy on the telephone records of every call made in the United States. The last such order expired today, July 19th. But despite the fervor, protest, and lawsuits that have sprung up since whistleblower …

One of the latest artificial intelligence systems from MIT is as smart as a 4-year-old

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Hasloo Group Production Studio<p>When kids eat glue, they’re exhibiting a lack of common sense. Computers …

Neuroscientist thinks human head transplant surgery is finally possible

An Italian neuroscientist believes he’s figured out how to do a full human head transplant. Or body transplant, depending on your perspective. In a recent paper, Dr. Sergio Canavero of the University of Turin explains how the procedure would work, describing how a "clean cut" with an "ultra-sharp …

If The Government Can Access Our Facebook Data, What Happens When We Have Computers On Our Faces?

Wearables will follow a similar path as the smartphone market, Forrester analysts predicted in April 2012. “Wearables will move mainstream,” they said.<p>But will they?<p>Do you believe this?<p>Do I?<p>Maybe?<p>From fitness trackers to smartwatches to computers you wear on your face, this emerging market, enabled …

Tech and Science

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Science

Laser-Cut Logos: The Future of Packaging Is No Packaging At All

The EU is notoriously sensitive about how its crops are grown—but this weekend, it will begin allowing companies to apply labels and barcodes …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Business (Canada)

Animal invisibility cloak makes cat and fish vanish

Scientists have shown off their latest "invisibility cloak" by making a pet goldfish and a small cat vanish from plain sight.<p>The device is crude and …

Millennials see tech's dark side as well as its benefits

The generation that has come of age surrounded by technology is keenly aware of the advantages that technology gives them but also sees the potential pitfalls, a new global survey of Millennials finds.<p>The survey, conducted on behalf of the Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica and the …

Miracle material: the graphene revolution

The race is on to harness the potential of graphene, a substance that is harder than diamond, yet incredibly flexible, and the world’s best conductor of electricity.<p>Kostya Novoselov tends to wear an air of slight distraction. But when a problem or topic of conversation sparks his curiosity, his …

Nanotech

Will the latest NSA surveillance scandal be a wake-up call about the power of data?

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / Candida.Performa (on vacation)<p>Remember when the <i>New York Times</i> tried to make that whole, …

Tesla, Fisker, and what could have been: A tale of two electric car startups

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Watching the bifurcating trajectories of electric car makers Tesla Motors (s TSLA) and Fisker Automotive is like witnessing …

Gigaom | If media is being disrupted like the car industry, then who is the Tesla Motors of media?

Advertisement<p>In an earlier post for paidContent, I looked at the broad similarities between the automotive-manufacturing industry and the media …

Social Is Not A Destination

There has been much discussion recently about the relatively poor performance of Facebook in the stock market and the increasing focus Google is putting on tying Google+ in its existing services. The two are taking different approaches to social networking: For Facebook, your social network sits on …

Chicago Sun-Times Lays Off Entire Photo Staff

The <i>Chicago Sun-Times</i> has laid off its entire photography staff, according to a report from the <i>Chicago Tribune</i>. Twenty full-time staffers received the …

Homeland Security Reportedly Warns 3D-Printed Guns Are “Impossible” To Contain

A new bulletin from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warns that lethal, undetectable 3D-printed firearms may be “impossible” to contain, Fox News reports After a Texas law student designed and released digital blueprints for the world’s first fully printable gun, the files have allegedly …

Free information, as great as it sounds, will enslave us all

Imagine our world later in this century, when machines have gotten better. Cars and trucks drive themselves, and there’s hardly ever an accident. Robots root through the earth for raw materials, and miners are never trapped. Robotic surgeons rarely make errors. Clothes are always brand new designs …

Computer Science

Turkish PM visits Apple, Google & Microsoft ahead of tender for 10.6m tablets for schools

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan has visited Apple, Google and Microsoft in the run-up to a tender for 10.6 million tablets for use in Turkish schools as part of a major modernization program in which textbooks will be replaced by tablets and chalkboards by electronic whiteboards …<p>The FATIH …

Why 3D Printing Is Overhyped (I Should Know, I Do It For a Living)

Everyone's now aware of 3D printing — they’ve read about it in the papers, on blogs or seen it on TV. The mentality now seems to be that, in the …

Sandvine report confirms: video makes bandwidth hogs of us all

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p><i>The story below was updated on Wednesday May 15 to reflect a correction in the original Sandvine report. Apple manufactured</i> …

Tiniest Drone Takes Off, Sort Of

A robotic fly flies freely at Harvard (as long as it's plugged in).<p><b>Researchers at a Harvard robotics laboratory have created a drone the size of a large fly or bee that can fly freely in the lab—though it still trails a power cord.</b><p><b>The slender carbon-fiber body of the robo-insect is just half an</b> …

Our connected future: What to expect when elevators and toys start phoning home

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Sergey Nivens<p>Your next elevator pitch might actually come from data derived from your elevator. That’s the case for an …

Chat apps surpass SMS for the first time, study finds

Messaging apps are proving enormously popular across the globe; WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum recently solidified that point by claiming that his company's service has grown even bigger than Twitter. If that wasn't enough to give mobile operators pause, a new study from Informa may do the job. The …

At Shapeways facility, order emerges from 3D-printed chaos

One of the leading companies in the 3D-printing services industry, Shapeways has figured out a very efficient way to print hundreds of items. It looks like the aftermath of a flood.<p>NEW YORK -- Looking at the diagram in front of me, which shows a pile of random things jumbled together, I can't help …

3D Printing

Robert Scoble will Never Live Another Day Without a Wearable Computer

Robert Scoble’s Google Glass unit was a major talking point at this year’s The Next Web Conference Europe. Whenever I saw him he was letting someone try it on, and it was surprising how many people were completely relaxed about it. The only negative response I saw was when an audience member told …