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Here's one of the most interesting predictions for the future of bitcoin

2015 has seen the digital currency's volatility stabilise and price jump, but it has also seen much of the hype dissipate. And there's been a divergence between bitcoin and the technology that underpins it — blockchain.<p>Blockchain, which uses complex cryptography to regulate and record transactions, …

Bitcoin

Amazon Shows Off New Prime Air Drone With Hybrid Design

Amazon delivered a lovely update on its ‘Prime Air’ project today — almost exactly two years after it showed the first iteration of its drone. You know, the flying delivery drone that some thought was a massive joke meant for April 1st. Included are some high-res shots and two new videos.<p>The video, …

New startup could make death obsolete within 3 decades

In a development right out of a Neill Blomkamp sci-fi movie, Australian startup company Humai claims to be working on technology which will allow a …

New step towards producing cheap and efficient renewable fuels

A significant advance has been made in the potential to produce renewable fuels from excess atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), with the discovery of a …

Carbon Dioxide

Pass the salt: Common condiment could enable new high-tech industry

Simple sodium chloride, most frequently found in a salt shaker, has the ability to solve a key problem in the production of silicon nanostructures, …

Nanotech

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Google is about to test something secretive across all of the US— and it sounds exactly like its Project Loon balloons.</b> The company has asked the FCC for a license to test experimental radios starting on January 1st.<p><b>2. Raspberry Pi has launched an insanely small and cheap new computer.</b> It's …

Project Loon

How Mobile Apps Are Transforming The Job Search

Searching for a job is just like dating, banking or procrastinating on chores until someone else does them: It’s something we all have to do. So why shouldn’t the job search be the basis for mobile apps, like those other adult obligations? Over the past couple of years, it has.<p>As 2015 turns to …

NSA ends bulk phone data collection

<b>(CNN) —</b> The U.S. intelligence community on Sunday will cease its bulk collection of telephone metadata.<p>The government will move to a more "focused and targeted" approach in gathering intelligence, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a statement. The shift comes more than two …

Surveillance

GoTenna Keeps Your Cell Phone Connected, Even When You Don’t Have Cell Service

GoTenna co-founder Daniela Perdomo knows that her startup has been “quiet for a long time,” but she said it’s for a good reason — the team has been busy turning its prototype into something that could be “manufactured at scale.”<p>The company aims to help users to communicate even when they don’t have …

Volkswagen Will Manage $6.6 Million Project To Develop Solar Fuels From Carbon Dioxide And Microbes

The European Commission announced it’s funding a new solar fuels research project, which will be spearheaded by Volkswagen AG.<p>Just under 6 million …

National Geographic Travel

Solar Impulse

Student Invents Shapeshifting Pinecone-Inspired Building Material

Let the sun shine in, and keep the rain out<p>This might be one of the cooler student projects we've ever seen -- and it all started with a walk in the park.<p>Chao Chen, a Master's student in design at London's Royal College of Art, was inspired by an ordinary pinecone he saw in Hyde Park. Pinecones …

Because we are not children of a lesser god | Human Rights

<i>Palestinian novelist Susan Abulhawa explains what the Right of Return means to her.</i><p>Right of Return. Three words. In Arabic, <i>Haq al Awda</i>. They signify a principle of international law that states that those who leave their homes for whatever reason - whether vacation or escaping war - have a right to …

Yasser Arafat

Into the light: how lidar is replacing radar as the archaeologist’s map tool of choice

A technology using rapid pulses of light is helping archaeologists to chart ancient settlements hidden beneath dense forest canopies<p>Colorado State University archaeologist Chris Fisher found out about lidar in 2009. He was surveying the ruins of Angamuco in west-central Mexico the traditional way, …

What do we need to fight climate change? More worms.

Let’s hear it for the humble but awesomely underrated worm: They do a lot more than just serve as fishbait or kid-sister torture devices. According …

How Farming on Mars May Help Us Farm Earth

In case this week’s report on NASA’s successful experiment growing lettuce on the International Space Station left you wondering what all the fuss was about—consider the implications. Mars One is scheduled to launch four humans to the red planet in 2025–people who will live their remaining days as …

Space Exploration

23 maps that will teach you something new about the world

YOU CAN LEARN A LOT FROM a map. Who, for example, hasn’t asked themselves the burning question, “How many goats are there in the world, and where are …

North Dakota

What the Hispanic demographic explosion means for America

During fights over the Obamacare health-insurance law, a constituent told him to "go back where you came from". The attacks were misplaced. Mr Salazar is proud of his Hispanic heritage, but he comes from a place with deeper American roots than the United States.<p>One of his ancestors, Juan de Oñate y …

Demographics

Saint Lucifer Spice

There's no better way to customize your meal than with the right spices. And there are few things more tempting that the promise of adding some heat. …

Pyro Handheld Fireshooter

You don't need to be a superhero/mutant/sorcerer to shoot fire from your hands. All you need is the Pyro Handheld Fireshooter. This very real, very …

Cobi Connected Biking System

Bring the technology of your bike up to the same standards as your car with the Cobi Connected Biking System. Designed to leverage the smartphone …

Estonia offers e-residency to foreigners

By the end of the year, people living anywhere in the world will be able to become ‘digital citizens’ without entering the physical country. But what does this mean? Nabeelah Shabbir reports<p>When Cathy Wang was stuck in Dubai without her Estonian ID card reader last summer, she tweeted a plea to …

Snapchat secretly purchased a company that makes smart glasses

Leaked emails from Sony Entertainment CEO show $15 million deal<p>Snapchat secretly acquired a company that makes Google Glass-esque spectacles for $15 million earlier this year, according to emails discovered in the latest dump of hacked Sony Entertainment documents. <i>Business Insider</i> reports that …

Man In Japan Arrested For 3-D Printing Revolvers

Two years for six shooters.<p>When the first working gun was 3-D printed in the United States, the government responded not through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, but instead through the State Department. Guns, it turns out, aren’t terribly hard to get in the United States, so a 3-D …

This British startup is building a super solar material

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Credit: Oxford Photovoltaics<p>Two years ago, British researcher and entrepreneur Henry Snaith, and his team at Oxford …

The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders

The agency collected and stored intimate chats, photos, and emails belonging to innocent Americans—and secured them so poorly that reporters can now browse them at will.<p>Consider the latest leak sourced to Edward Snowden from the perspective of his detractors. The National Security Agency's …

The Biomimicry Manual: How does nature make saltwater drinkable?

It’s frightening to think, but one of every six people in the world today doesn’t have enough safe water to drink. Within 30 years, thirst will …

To Improve Accuracy, BBC Tells Its Reporters To Stop Giving Air Time To Climate Deniers

Reporters for BBC News are being directed to significantly curb the amount of air time they give to people with anti-science viewpoints — including …