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An In-depth Look At Energous, Its IPO, And Its Disruptive Approach To Wireless Power

<i>updated on January 28 to provide more detail on Tom Iwanski’s departure from Energous’s management team</i><p>George Holmes had decided he was done with wireless power companies when a friend asked him to check out a little startup based in Pleasanton, CA. “It’s the best wireless power deal on the …

Wireless Charging

Australian researcher discovers promising treatment for depression

But the results were real, and she could see improvements in her patients.<p>"It's really thrilling to sit with someone, one on one, and hear how their …

Why can’t you tickle yourself?

It’s almost impossible to get a laugh by self-tickling, says David Robson, and the reason why tells us surprising things about the brain and consciousness.<p>If you want to probe some of the great mysteries of the human mind, all you need is a duster and your feet. Sit back, take your shoes and socks …

University of Maryland

Scientists Have Finally Discovered Why No One Can Remember Being A Baby

Infants' memories may be wiped clean by the genesis of new brain cells, a study in rodents suggests.<p>The findings offer an explanation for why people can't recall memories from early childhood, a century-old mystery.<p>The study's authors "make a very interesting and compelling case," says …

The Brain

Science fiction author joins Google's mysterious augmented reality company Magic Leap

Science fiction author Neal Stephenson has become the "Chief Futurist" of Magic Leap, an augmented reality company that made news this year after Google led a $542 million round of funding for it. In a blog post, Stephenson said he'd been won over by the project after seeing Magic Leap's …

Swift Programming 101: The Power of Extensions

Extensions are one of Swift's best features. Extensions allow you to add behavior to existing classes, including classes in the Cocoa Touch Framework. Apple can't add every feature you want to their framework classes, but they have provided a tool to allow you to do it yourself! In this article, …

Genes link birdsong and human speech

Humans and vocal birds like parrots use essentially the same genes to speak.<p>As part of a huge effort to sequence and compare the entire genomes of 48 …

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Human cells make mouse brains 4 times smarter, scientists say

Pop culture is full of anthropomorphized mice that can drive boats, fall in love and hatch diabolical plans. None of them are real, but a mouse that …

Codename One, Cross Platform "Native" Development

“Java is dead”<p>“dotNET killed Java”<p>are phrases I hear a lot these days. But is it true? Is Java <b>really</b> dead?<p>When compared to other languages like …

Making Rules For Rules: How The Pursuit Of Artificially Intelligent Design Is Changing Videogame Development

“All players believe in intelligent design,” Eskil Steenberg tells me. Steenberg is the designer behind the sprawling MMO Love, one of the first in a wave of recent games attempting to repopularize the idea of procedurally generated worlds first released in 2010. “I was a single person making a …

Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl

Researchers Identify Brain Regions That Encode Words, Grammar and Story

<b>Brain scans of Harry Potter readers yields computational model of reading.</b><p>Some people say that reading “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” taught …

Scientists: Graphene's Weak Spot Could Revolutionize Fuel Cell Technology

The researchers, led by the Nobel prize winner and discoverer of graphene Andre Geim of Manchester University, said their finding also raised the possibility that, in future, graphene membranes could be used to "sieve" hydrogen gas from the atmosphere to then generate electricity.<p>"We are very …

Nobel Prize

Pushing along the Rails (fixed)

<i>(with actual working code!)</i><p><b>N.B. The first version of this memo described an untested and flawed solution, my apologies for that. Having fixed the</b> …

Web Applications

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Announcing Prophet

Today I released Prophet, a microframework for analyzing financial markets. Prophet strives to let the programmer focus on modeling financial …

Investing

Scientists hail new '3 parent baby' technique

New technique to create '3 parent babies' shows promise, experts say<p>Experts are to investigate a new technique to create “three-parent babies” which could be safer and more effective than current methods being tested in British laboratories.<p>The Government last month asked the fertility regulator to …

The Programmer’s Price

Want to hire a coding superstar? Call the agent.<p>Not long ago, Stephen Bradley, a New York tech entrepreneur, was looking to expand his company, AuthorBee, which aggregates tweets and Instagram posts and puts them together in story form. Instead of following people, readers can follow their …

How Google Inbox shares 70% of its code across Android, iOS, and the Web

Google's open source tools allow it to use Android code on iOS and the Web.<p>Launching a new app in the mobile age is hard. If you want to reach a wide …

Lab-Grown Neurons From Autistic Kids Could Lead to New Treatments

As common as it is, autism is a puzzling disorder. Scientists have found more than 500 genetic variants that increase the risk of autism, but most of …

The Search for Exceptional Genomes - MIT Technology Review

Ten years ago, scientists discovered that some people are naturally missing working copies of a gene known as PCSK9. The consequences of the mutation …

Genetics

How Andreessen Horowitz Is Disrupting Silicon Valley

Just over the crest of the highest point on Sand Hill Road, amid a cluster of relaxed buildings that could easily pass as residential units, sit the …

The wireless network with a mile-wide range that the “internet of things” could be built on

Robotics engineer Taylor Alexander needed to lift a nuclear cooling tower off its foundation using 19 high-strength steel cables, and the Android app that was supposed to accomplish it, for which he’d just paid a developer $20,000, was essentially worthless. Undaunted and on deadline—the tower …

Internet of Things

If you want to make money from apps, forget about the app store

VisionMobile<p>Considering the number of free apps that clutter the world’s many app stores and the pittance paid by mobile advertising networks to app developers, it was only natural that app makers would find other ways to make money from creating mobile software. A recent report by VisionMobile, a …