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These 15 sci-fi books actually predicted the future

That's the question these 15 books force readers to ask themselves as they read about computer hackers, bionic limbs, and iPads, all thought up by authors decades and sometimes centuries before the inventions were created.<p>Inspired by this infographic of seemingly precognitive sci-fi books, we've …

Science Fiction

Why Everyone Should Be Moving To HTTP/2

A Google spokesperson recently revealed that GoogleBot will soon support HTTP/2. Columnist Patrick Stox explains what this is and what it means for …

LHC Re-creates First Moments Of The Universe And Sets New Energy Record

Big Bang Theory IRL<p>What was the universe like in the first few moments of its existence? We may not have a time machine to go back and witness that exact moment, but scientists are now able to recreate that brief and momentous time in the lab.<p>Today, the operators of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) …

Physics

The force awakens: tractor beam becomes a reality

Science fiction becomes fact as scientists develop an acoustic hologram which can hold and move objects, but its uses will be more surgical than Star Wars<p>A sonic tractor beam that can grab tiny objects and move them around has been created by scientists in Spain.<p>They used the same technology to …

Star Wars

An algorithm can predict human behavior better than humans

You might presume, or at least hope, that humans are better at understanding fellow humans than machines are. But a new MIT study suggests an algorithm can predict someone’s behavior faster and more reliably than humans can.<p>Max Kanter, a master’s student in computer science at MIT, and his advisor, …

Artificial Intelligence

7 Online Classes That Will Make You Smarter and More Interesting

Massive open online courses have opened up classes from top-tier universities to students around the world. Here are some of the more unique offerings.<p>Since massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, exploded on the higher education scene, they've increased the breadth and access of classes in a …

The Wearable Tech We’ve Been Waiting For: Wove Band

Wearable Tech . We’ve seen none of these smart wearable items truly succeed . But that is not going to stop all these devices from entering the great …

Wearable Tech

Ex-Google employee owned google.com for one minute

Using Google’s new domain buying service, Sanmay Ved purchased world’s most popular website for $12 before transaction was cancelled<p>A man was able to successfully buy google.com, the domain name for the world’s most popular website, for $12 (£7.90), minutes before the company contacted him to say …

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Robots, drones and heart-detectors: How disaster technology is saving lives

<i>Watch "Katrina: The Storm that Never Stopped</i>" Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Robots with cameras, microphones and sensors searched for victims stranded in flooded homes and on rooftops. They assessed damage and sent back images from places rescuers couldn't get.<p>It was August 31, 2005, two days …

Robots

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Quantum Camera Sheds Light on 'Spooky' Physics

In late August, scientists at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Vienna, Austria, used a device called a “Quantum …

Scientists get their last look at Pluto's mysterious dark spots

The closer New Horizons gets to Pluto, the more puzzling the dwarf planet becomes.<p>The latest image released by<p>NASAhighlights four mysterious dark spots lined up along Pluto’s equator. Each of the spots is about 300 miles across, and they are evenly spaced along a dark belt that rings the planet’s …

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OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 failing to cure WiFi problems for some users – support forums

Yesterday’s dot-release of OS X 10.10.1 has seemingly failed to address the WiFi problems some users have been experiencing since upgrading to Yosemite, according to continuing posts on the Apple Support Communities.<p>Despite the first bullet-point in the release notes for 10.10.1 reading ‘Improves …

Movie Review: Even fans of the out-and-proud Star Trek alum may be bored by To Be Takei

There’s nothing actively off-putting about <i>To Be Takei</i>, an innocuous fans-only-and-even-that’s-pushing-it profile of George Takei, the <i>Star Trek</i> icon …

Company says that Hyperloop tube-based travel is no pipe dream

Some companies are taking Tesla CEO Elon Musks’ Hyperloop concept, an idea that aims to provide high-speed travel with the use of tubes, and are …

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The Year 2023: A Day-Old Startup Sells for $1bn

When my parents were my age they primarily dealt with huge and old companies. The mail, newspapers, banks and insurance companies were all giants and usually 100-year-old companies.<p>The companies that are important in my life are also giants, but they are much younger. Google just celebrated its …

Remote Work Collaboration Startup Sqwiggle Closes On $1.1M In AngelList’s First Syndicate Round

Working from the couch in sweatpants is awesome (in fact, I’m doing it right now), but there are certainly benefits to working with other people in the flesh. For example, if you can see that your coworker is at her desk, you don’t have to preface a quick question with, “You there?” Little things …

How to Make Perfect Coffee

The science of what makes coffee great<p><i>Coffee has become recognized as a human necessity. It is no longer a luxury or an indulgence; it is a corollary of human energy and human efficiency.</i><p><i>-</i> William H. Ukers, <i>All About Coffee</i> (1922)<p>It was November 23, 2010. We were in Surf City, North Carolina, …

Revit and Oculus Rift via Unity3D: Experiencing BIM in Virtual Reality for Architectural Visualization

[UPDATE: We have now published an eBook about Architectural Visualization with Unity3D (including a chapter about Oculus Rift) that can be purchased …

Project Spark builds a seemingly intuitive toolset into a complex game creation engine

<i>Project Spark</i> isn’t the sort of game that drips with sexy spectacle. It’s capable of going big and loud, as we saw during Microsoft’s E3 2013 press …

Shrunken accelerator blasts like the big boys

<b>U. TEXAS-AUSTIN (US) —</b> A new tabletop particle accelerator is a step toward having multi-gigaelectronvolt laser plasma accelerators in research labs …

Controlling Devices With Gestures: MYO Raises $14 Million

Three school pals versed in mechatronics are adopting a different philosophy to controlling devices with hand gestures and they just received $14.5 million to build it into a business. Thalmic Labs, their company, is poised to unveil its motion sensor product to the world and has already received …