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Panasonic Creates A Cool Sustainable City Near Tokyo

How to build a city that uses resources — water, fuel, electricity — efficiently presents a big challenge and opportunity for tech companies. Panasonic just inaugurated a town near Tokyo that is experimenting with sustainable designs, and it’s worth taking a look at what’s been done.<p>Called Fujisawa …

Build Your Own Siri: Api.ai Offers Voice Integration for All

The team behind Speaktoit, the virtual assistant app for Android, has launched a natural language understanding platform today called Api.ai, which allows developers to voice-enable their apps and devices.<p>Since Speaktoit’s launch in 2011, the company has sought to integrate its natural language …

Google unveils ‘Project Wing’, a drone-based delivery system

Amazon already unveiled their future drone-based delivery system a few months ago, but you didn’t think Google didn’t have something similar planned …

Sneaky Panda Fakes Pregnancy For Extra Treats And Attention

A case of panda Münchausen, perhaps?<p>Ai Hin was all set to be a star. The 6-year-old giant panda had shown signs of pregnancy last month, and staff at the Chengdu Breeding Research Centre in China had planned to film her labor in the first ever live broadcast of a panda giving birth.<p>Now that …

Prenatal Development

Astronomers Just Witnessed the Formation of an Ancient Galaxy

Think Milky Way, but smaller.<p>Astronomers have for the first time witnessed the formation of a massive galaxy, which they have dubbed “Sparky.” This …

A Startup Has Created An Incredibly Small Chip That Could Turn Our Clothes Into Wearable Computers

A company called mCube has developed a new accelerometer that's smaller and cheaper than other components of its kind, according to MIT Technology Review. In fact, mCube's accelerometer is the fraction of the size of a US dime, as shown in the image.<p>An accelerometer is the sensor inside your phone …

The cruise ship of the future has robot bartenders and huge virtual balconies

Virtual reality views for everyone<p>Cruise ships have had a rough go of it lately, but Royal Caribbean is debuting some remarkable technology on its long-teased ship that it's hoping can turn things around. It's a little less "poop ship" and a little more science fiction. It's called "Quantum of the …

Artificial blood that’s better than the real thing

Each week on the BBC World Service programme The Forum, a global thinker from the worlds of philosophy, science, psychology or the arts is given a minute to put forward a radical, inspiring or controversial idea – no matter how improbable – that they believe would change the world.<p>This week, …

Canadian Literature

Google Testing Its Self-Driving Cars In A Complete Virtual "Matrix California"

They must have taken the red pill.<p>The idea of sharing the road with one of Google’s autonomous cars can be a bit unnerving. What if one of them malfunctions mid-drive and turns right into the middle of a busy intersection? Plus, who do you get to yell at if one cuts you off?<p>Well, in order to …

Autonomous Cars

A physics experiment might soon tell us if we're living in a 2D hologram

This is how scientists determine if the world around us is an illusion<p>For all we know, the three dimensional world we see around us is really an illusion — one that’s actually in 2D. It’s a slightly unsettling idea, but it’s also one that physicists have been thinking about for some time. …

Cryopreservation: ‘I freeze people to cheat death’

Max More will have his brain frozen after he dies, and he’s not alone. Rose Eveleth asks him why he signed up – and how the strange procedure of cryopreserving bodies actually works.<p>In 1972 Max More saw a children’s science fiction television show called Time Slip that featured characters being …

Singularity

Windowless Airplane Will Give Passengers High-Res Panoramic Views

You don’t need a window for these views. Paris-based design company Technicon Design recently won an award for their IXION Windowless Jet Concept. …

Google Smart Contact Lens Focuses On Healthcare Billions

Google is developing a smart contact lens, with pharmaceutical giant Novartis, to help patients manage diabetes – in one of a number of moves focused squarely on billions of dollars of potential revenue available across the total digital healthcare market.<p>As technology moves further into treatment …

Transformer jet is like the Optimus Prime of planes

BAE Systems unveils fascinating new concept aircraft that transform, self-heal, can 3D-print UAVs, and have concentrated laser beams to disable enemy missiles.<p>If Autobots were stealth jets, this is probably what they'd look like.<p>The aircraft concept straight out of our science fiction dreams comes …

Aviation

Astronomers Set Up Global System for Naming Alien Planets

The International Astronomical Union has unveiled a contest called NameExoWorlds that gives the public and astronomy groups a role in naming planets and stars beyond the solar system.<p>It's the latest chapter in a years-long controversy over how celestial objects are classified and named.<p>The IAU has …

Astronomy

DARPA developing memory-restoring neural prosthesis

An implantable brain chip currently in development could help wounded veterans recover memory function after traumatic brain injuries.<p>Last year, researchers successfully managed to design and implement a brain implant that acted as a bypass for damaged brain tissue. This neural prosthesis …

DARPA

AT&T and Udacity partner to create the 'nanodegree,' a new type of college degree

Online education provider Udacity has partnered with AT&T to create a new type of college degree, the “nanodegree.” The vocationally focused nanodegree is designed to be a lifelong learning portfolio that would be widely recognized by the tech industry and far cheaper to obtain.<p>Since last year, …

NASA, MakerBot Launch Contest for 3D-Printed Mars Base

When the first human settlers land on Mars, they'll be spending a lot of time indoors, and now you can design what that Martian base might be like …

3D Printing

Human 'suspended animation' trials to start this month

The researchers behind it don't want to call it suspended animation, but it's the most conventional way to explain it. The world's first humans trials will start at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, with 10 patients whose injuries would otherwise be fatal to operate on. A team of …

Dutch Scientists Successfully Teleport Data for the First Time

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Scientists in the Netherlands have managed to reliably teleport quantum data for the first time, …

Google Now new feature: bill notifications

Bills, bills, bills. They consume our month’s paychecks, especially when we forget to pay them and those nasty late fees show up! We all have our ways of keeping track of bills an payments, but Google wants you to get rid of all those archaic methods and opt for their virtual assistant, which will …

Android News

ANTVR Is An Open-Source, Cross-Platform Virtual Reality Gaming Kit

This embed is invalid<p>Products like the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus have revolutionized the gaming landscape by making virtual reality headsets accessible to the average gamer, but they have a major drawback. Each are married to their platforms and only work with a relatively limited list of …

Microsoft Cortana voice assistant appears headed for Windows

A Microsoft job ad is seeking a engineer to help build the next generation of Cortana and redefine the Windows experience.<p>The next generation of Cortana could pop up on your Windows PC or tablet. At least, that's the takeaway from a Microsoft job listing.<p>A posting on Microsoft's Careers site seeks …

Cortana

3-D Printed Hand Lets Haitian Boy Play Catch for First Time

A 12-year-old boy born without fingers has become Haiti's first recipient of a 3-D printed prosthesis, enabling him to play catch with his friends for the first time.<p>Stevenson Joseph, who has lived at an orphanage since he was abandoned at the age of 3, had little hope of treatment in a country …

3D

Custom-built robot to probe Fukushima leaks

The push to plug the plumbing problem from hell at Fukushima Daiichi is about to get some help from a U.S.-built robot designed to search for leaks from one of the Japanese nuclear plant's crippled reactors.<p>Built in Colorado by California-based nuclear cleanup contractor Kurion, the …

Microsoft's Cortana could soon control your mood lighting

​Microsoft's Cortana may be younger than counterparts such as Google Now and Apple's Siri, but the virtual assistant already stands out thanks to some unique features. One prime example is Notebook, which the service uses to learn about your habits and keep track of your preferences. Another is the …

3-D printing takes off in the aerospace industry | DW | 10.05.2014

Imagine an airplane with a huge window where passengers look out at the sky around them through a transparent membrane. The struts holding the …

Sony's Project Morpheus brings virtual reality to mainstream console gaming

An add-on VR headset offers a convincing look at the future of gaming and a whole new experience. But what is it like to use?<p>After 30 years in the geek wilderness, virtual reality entertainment is suddenly being taken extremely seriously.<p>In March, the independent manufacturer of a forthcoming VR …

Meet the BAT, an airborne wind turbine

The first time you see this bizarre aircraft floating high above the horizon, you may be confused. It looks kind of like a giant, winged doughnut.<p>It's 35 feet wide, and inventors call it the BAT.<p>It's an unmanned, helium-filled, cylindrical blimp wrapped around three spinning blades that turn wind …

High-Speed Bionic Arm Catches Objects in Mid-Flight (Video)

Researchers want to use the robotic limb to snatch space debris.<p>It’s no Willie Mays over-the-shoulder-at-the-warning-track catch*, but it’s still pretty impressive for a robot.<p>Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have unveiled a bionic arm with three joints and …