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This $1 origami microscope could boost education and healthcare in developing nations

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Foldscope<p>You remember your high school biology lab’s microscopes: heavy, complicated and expensive machines that you …

Mars Flyby Proposed for 2021 NASA Astronaut Mission

A space agency trip around the red planet for astronauts has picked up some supporters in Congress.<p>Mars or bust? A daring mission to send NASA astronauts on a nearly 600-day mission to fly by Mars and Venus in the early 2020s has picked up some fans in the U.S. Congress. (See: "Future of …

10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s

Two decades is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but owing to accelerating change we can expect to see the emergence of some fairly disruptive …

An Electric Car Designed Especially for People in Wheelchairs

Scientists develop a lie detector for tweets

Scientists are developing a new computer system which will be able to judge between truth and fiction in 140 characters or less<p>Scientists have developed the ultimate lie detector for social media – a system that can tell whether a tweeter is telling the truth.<p>The creators of the system called …

What If Apple Bought Tesla?

Rumors about Apple showing interest in buying Tesla have resurfaced after the SF Chronicle reported that Apple’s M&A chief met with Elon Musk last spring. Considering Tesla’s market capitalization of more than $24 billion, such a deal would be unprecedented for Apple, but the two companies do …

The 'Internet Of Things' Will Be Bigger Than The Smartphone, Tablet, And PC Markets Combined

In the consumer space, many products and services have already crossed over into the IoT, including kitchen and home appliances, lighting and heating products, and insurance company-issued car monitoring devices that allow motorists to pay insurance only for the amount of driving they do.<p><i>Here are</i> …

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Apple eyes quantum dots for next phase of Retina display development

In four patent filings, the company envisions using quantum dots to sharpen colors and improve the image quality of its Retina display.<p>The Retina display, found in Apple's iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch, and MacBook Pro, might soon look a bit better, thanks to quantum dots.<p>The US Patent and Trademark …

Reporter for iOS tracks your life through mini surveys and pretty graphs

Nicolas Felton is something of a data nut. (Hopefully he won't take umbrage with that characterization.) The man has been reporting various metrics of his personal life since 2005 in the annual Feltron Report. Eventually he created Daytum so that others could join in his obsessive tracking, but …

Curiosity photo casts Earth and moon as 'evening stars' in Martian sky

Many photos of Earth taken from space have entered into legend; <i>The Blue Marble</i>'s beautiful, glowing globe is one of the most recognizable images of all time, and Carl Sagan's <i>Pale Blue Dot</i> put our planet's place in the vastness of the universe into poignant perspective. The first image of Earth from …

Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales: 'It's true, I'm not a billionaire. So?' – interview

The co-founder of Wikipedia on why he believes enriching the mind is more important than profits<p><b>On</b> <b>Wikipedia, you're "Jimbo"</b><b>, are you called that in the real world too?</b><p>No. Just Jimmy in the real world. Many many years ago, when I first got on the internet, I was on this mailing list where there was …

New Ransomware Blocks Your DNS Connection And Forces Your Computer To Mine Bitcoins

A new bit of malware, Linkup, is a clever girl. First it takes control of the DNS servers your computer pings to connect to the Internet and, while you’re wondering how to delete it, begins mining bitcoins on the sly. Anti-virus purveyors Emsisoft identified the ransomware in the wild.<p>The program …

CyanogenMod 11 nightlies land on Xperia Z, Ultra, Galaxy S3, and more

Development of the mighty CyanogenMod ROM marches on, but January must have been a particularly busy month for the developers. A huge number of devices have had their builds updated to nightly versions of CyanogenMod 11 (Android 4.4) since the start of the year.<p>Over the past week, even more …

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Podcast: Meet Skynet, an open source IM platform for the internet of things

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Chris Matthieu<p>Chris Matthieu, the creator of Skynet, a communications platform for the internet of things hopes his …

How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower

In late December 2001, someone calling themselves TheTrueHOOHA had a question. He was an 18-year-old American male with impressive IT skills and a sharp intelligence. His real identity was unknown. Everyone who posted on Ars Technica, a popular technology website, did so anonymously.<p>TheTrueHOOHA …

Intel Wants to Make Computers Think More Like Humans

<b>LAS VEGAS --</b> Intel says it wants to make science fiction into reality. More specifically, it wants to make the way we interact with computers and tablets more human, more "natural."<p>"We want to communicate with the computing device naturally, as you would with another human," Mooly Eden, Intel's …

YouTube 4K streaming coming at CES with new VP9 codec

At CES next week YouTube will show off 4K streaming using a new open-source codec that will make videos load faster and require less bandwidth.<p>The new codec Google will introduce is called VP9, the follow-up to the failed VP8 codec introduced back in 2010. This time is different, though, because …

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Scientists exploring computers that can learn and adapt

For six or seven decades, computers have been based on processing electronic 1s and 0s.<p>Now, computer scientists are breaking out of that paradigm in strange new directions, as they seek new ways to tackle problems that digital computers can’t easily solve.<p>One approach is quantum computing, in which …

eBooks vs. Print: Actually a Nonissue

When I picked up the current <i>Scientific American</i> my eye was immediately drawn to the cover line, "Google Is Changing the Way You Think." Given the sensationalist tone that often accompanies explorations of how Internet use affects cognition (even Nicholas Carr's sedate 2007 discussion of the topic …

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Hydrogen squeezed from stone could be new energy source

<b>Scientists from the University of Lyon have discovered a new way to split hydrogen gas from water, using rocks.</b><p>The method promises a new green energy source, providing copious hydrogen from a simple mixture of rock and water.<p>It speeds up a chemical reaction that takes geological timescales in …

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Khan Academy & Comcast team up to bring affordable Internet to low-income families

The problem with online education is that it’s so limited to people with high-speed Internet access.<p>The poorest and most rural communities, who could stand to benefit most from free online education, often lack reliable broadband. So Comcast, the maligned cable company, is making its largest …

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

It's Going To Be A Huge Week For Apple

China Mobile, the largest wireless carrier in the world, will start taking pre-orders for Apple's iPhone for the first time this Thursday, according to an advertisement on its site. We first saw the news on The Wall Street Journal.<p>China Mobile has around 700 million subscribers and is about to …

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4.5 million schoolchildren will participate in the “Hour of Code”

With the majority of American public schools failing to emphasize digital literacy, Code.org is raising awareness<p>No matter the noise about the "skills gap," schools aren't teaching kids to code. The majority of U.S. states don't recognize computer science as a core subject, meaning that, in the era …

Why John Maeda Is Leaving RISD For A Venture Capital Firm

We talk to Maeda about his new job in Silicon Valley, what he regrets about his tenure at the Rhode Island School of Design, and the school’s outlook for the future.<p>Rhode Island School of Design’s visionary, digitally savvy president, John Maeda, announced Wednesday that he’ll be leaving his …

A Company Without APIs Is Like A Computer Without Internet

<i>This contributed piece on the importance of APIs is from Brian Koles, Head of Business Development at ChallengePost.</i><p>If I told you that I had a computer with the fastest processor and best display ever, but that it would never connect to the internet, you would likely consider it obsolete. That same …

Oh Canada! Seven Canadian Wearable Tech Companies Changing the World

We are definitely seeing the early stages of a new form of computing, one that we wear rather than place on our desks or carry in our hands. The …