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How 3D-printing 10 buildings in a day could help China clean up mountains of waste

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>Perhaps one of the reasons many think 3D printing is overhyped is that much of the attention has focused on printing things like human organs and guns. Meanwhile, the real innovation that will make manufacturing many orders of magnitude cheaper is a tad less sexy.<p>But a …

3D Printing

The Surprisingly Strong Case for Colonizing Venus

Science fiction writers have come up with a plausible scenario for a floating city above the fiery planet.<p>Why worry about building a colony on Mars when instead you could float one high above the surface of Venus? Science fiction writer Charles Stross recently revived the idea of building a …

Max Levchin

Israel is building a futuristic 'hover-monorail' that could come to the US

"Ehh, it's not for you, Tel Aviv -- it's more of a <i>Shelbyville</i> idea." We doubt a company called skyTran used Lyle Lanley's pitch, but it just announced that a futuristic train test loop will be built at the Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) campus in Lod, Israel. SkyTran's so-called personal rapid …

This map shows why Finland, Sweden, and the UK have more freedom than any other countries

A recent map from GOOD shows a new way to measure a country’s stature on the world stage: The freedom that its citizens have to travel the globe.<p>Western countries tend to have more travel freedom as measured by the number of visa exemptions, or the ability to get a visa on arrival. Finns, Brits, …

Li Keqiang

Google Glass go on sale in the UK for £1,000

Smartglasses finally go on general sale for anyone in the UK over 18 with a credit card<p>Google Glass smartglasses are finally available in the UK for £1,000, two years after they were extravagantly launched by skydivers in the US.<p>The smartglasses have been praised by adherents who describe it as the …

This is Harley-Davidson's electric motorcycle

In 2016 you might be able to buy an electric-powered Harley-Davidson LiveWire.<p>Electric motorcycles have been a niche space for California startups building mean, low-volume machines for buyers who want to save the world on two wheels. That is about to change. Today, Harley-Davidson (yes, that …

Elon Musk takes on carbon with solar, battery bets

NEW YORK (AP) — The energy world is not keeping up with Elon Musk, so he's trying to take matters into his own hands.<p>Musk, chairman of the solar installer SolarCity, announced Tuesday that the company would acquire a solar panel maker and build factories "an order of magnitude" bigger than the …

Airdog drone serves as your loyal action sports cameraman

The battle in the skies this week is the autonomous action-sports drone apparently. Why? Because, what if you want to be the star in your as yet un-made aerial epic? With a regular drone that's a tricky one. You <i>could</i> film yourself, as you stand flying the drone, but where's the fun in that? Airdog …

Bill Gates Just Blew Our Minds In A Single Tweet

For the past several years, China has been building stuff at a mind-blowing pace. Just how mind-blowing? Here, let's let Bill Gates put it in perspective:<p>Think about this for a second. Between 1901 and 2000, the U.S. built an entire interstate highway system, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hoover Dam …

Five Signs Your City Is the Next Boomtown, USA

Depending on how in the know you are, you've either heard that our hometown, Austin, Texas, is the coolest up-and-coming city in America for the past year or the past decade. And we like that about our hometown: It just keeps getting better. (This month alone, Uber, Lyft and the ESPN X Games just …

New smartphone chip will beam high-definition holograms as early as 2015

Just imagine: a smartphone that projects 3D holograms into thin-air. If you can wait until the end of next year, and if you can believe the claims being made by a well-funded company called Ostendo, then your next handset could be capable of just that. Thanks to breakthroughs by the Californian …

Costa del Sol? More Like Costa del Awesome

So Spain's Costa del Sol is pretty renowned (and justly so), but it doesn't get quite as much international love as the French Riviera or Amalfi Coast. We're not quite sure why, because it's pretty friggin' gorgeous, and hotels here are a fraction of the price of those in more famous Mediterranean …

Barcelona

Apple's WWDC 2014 keynote: the future of iOS, the Mac, and more - The Verge

Every year, Tim Cook and his executive team get up on stage in front of throngs of developers and share with them the future of many of Apple's product categories. This year, there promises to be more and more exciting things than ever before.<p>Start time:05:00 PM UTC, 06/02/2014<p>End time:03:43 PM …

Apple's Enormous Year Finally Starts Today

Naturally, they're not explicitly saying what they've got coming, but they're hyping what's in development.<p>"Later this year, we've got the best product pipeline that I've seen in my 25 years at Apple," Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of internet software and service, said last week at the …

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12 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Those among us who have managed to find professional success and eke out a life actively embrace this philosophy. They must set aside their first hours of the day to invest in their top-priority activities before other people's priorities come rushing in.<p>Science supports this strategy. Vanderkam …

Time Management

Elon Musk Just Unveiled SpaceX 2.0

Tesla, SpaceX, Solar City, the Hyperloop: entrepreneur Elon Musk is renowned for having more futuristic ideas than he knows what to do with. But what …

Europe demands driverless cars be driveable

The latest in a long line of breezy promotional videos from Google has landed. This time, it was the company's self-driving vehicle project that took …

Microsoft and Skype may have just invented the world’s first real universal translator

Universal translators are a common trope in science fiction. In <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy</i>, they come in the form of the babelfish, a tiny crustacean you jam in your ear. In <i>Farscape</i>, they are bacteria injected into your body. In <i>Star Trek</i>, they take a less squishy form as a wand or tiny …

Google's driverless car: no steering wheel, two seats, 25mph

First of 100 test vehicles is unveiled with no steering wheel or pedals, two seats and a top speed of 25mph<p>Google has demonstrated its own driverless car, a design that does away with all conventional controls including the steering wheel, and says it will build 100 of the vehicles for testing with …

Interstellar travel: Raising children in space

If we are to colonise the stars, then humanity will have to embark on centuries-long voyages – and have families along the way. Can we raise children in space?<p>“Mars,” sang Sir Elton John in Rocket Man, “ain't the kind of place to raise your kids.”<p>Sir Elton might be lacking in Nasa-related …

Solar System

Samsung will reportedly announce ‘Gear Glass’ in September

Samsung is working on a competitor for Google Glass that will be announced in September during IFA in Berlin, according to Business Korea. Aptly referred to as “Gear Glass,” the unannounced wearable is expected to be revealed alongside the Galaxy Note 4 and it’s rumored to run the Tizen operating …

Coke Uses Drones To Deliver Refreshment To Singapore’s Migrant Workers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj4A6g2GP30<p>Singapore has more than 1.3 million migrant workers, accounting for more than a third of the country’s entire workforce. As the migrant population has grown, so too has the economic and social gap between them and native Singaporeans, resulting in calls …

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The Head Of Google X Reveals Its Anti-Technology Mission Statement

Astro Teller gave a keynote at Disrupt NY to talk about what he’s doing. He is the head of Google’s forward-looking innovation lab, Google X. The team is responsible for the self-driving cars, Project Loon, Google Glass and more. And his message was very different from what you would …