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How to Tell If A Diamond Was Grown In A Lab

Use these 4 key differences<p>A new technique for growing diamonds in a lab can produce gems that are almost identical to their natural counterparts.<p>These synthetic diamonds are 30 to 40 percent cheaper, and can be produced in a matter of months. They’re so indistinguishable to the naked eye that the …

Heavy metal upgrade to detect antimatter

Ben Still describes new plans to upgrade a huge tank of water surrounded by light detectors, so that it can detect antineutrinos<p>Heavy metal is being added to one of the worlds largest particle physics experiments to allow it to see antimatter for the first time¹. For years the Super Kamiokande …

Physics

'Znaps' Adds MagSafe-Style Connectivity to Your Lightning Cables

Znaps is a new Kickstarter project that aims to make connecting a Lightning cable to your iPhone or iPad as simple as connecting a MagSafe charger to your MacBook. Znaps consists of a connector that plugs into the Lightning port on your iOS device, and an adapter for your Lightning cable that lets …

The One-Button Hero4 Session Is the Smallest GoPro Ever

GoPro's Hero4 Session is 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than its Hero4 siblings.<p><b>GoPro</b> has unveiled its smallest ever action cam in the form of the $399 GoPro Hero4 Session. Nearly 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than its Hero4 siblings, the Session, available next week, is …

Two-Dimensional Titanium Supermaterial Does What Graphene Cannot

It can turn its conductivity on and off.<p>Graphene may not be the only game in town when it comes to two-dimensional supermaterials. Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have fabricated titanium trisulfide, which has something graphene doesn't: the ability to turn off its …

Nanotech

Camp in the Air: New Suspended Treehouse Tents and Hammocks Designed by Tentsile | Colossal

<p>Since we last mentioned Tensile tents around this time last year, the company has unveiled several new models of their fantastic suspended tent …

Treehouses

Mark Zuckerberg's vision of the future is full of artificial intelligence, telepathy, and virtual reality

They may seem far-fetched now but some of the Facebook CEO's deas are shared by futurists and scientists alike.<p>Scientists at Facebook and elsewhere are working toward a future where artificial intelligence (AI), telepathy, and virtual reality are commonplace. In fact, some of that technology is …

Artificial Intelligence

Is Google Getting Ready To Launch Google Glass 2?

It looks like Google may be getting ready to launch Google Glass 2, as a new version of Google Glass has bee spotted at the FCC.<p>The new Google Glass …

Gear & Gadgets

Something to watch for in the new data from the Large Hadron Collider

A new result released by the ATLAS experiment at CERN shows an intriguing anomaly, which could be evidence for a new particle with a mass of about two thousand times the mass of a proton. How excited should be we be?<p>I’m going to try to walk a line here, between hyping a result and being overly …

Physics

Clocks to read 11:59:60 tonight as time lords add leap second

Software could crash and markets suffer as a leap second is added to world time at midnight tonight<p>Airlines, trading floors and technology companies are braced for chaos today as world timekeepers prepare to add a leap second to global clocks.<p>Immediately before midnight dials will read 11:59:60 as …

We Wish This Luxury Airship Was Real

The airship revival will have to wait for its crown jewel<p>Luxury airships are confined to the dust-bin of history--beautiful, slow-moving machines best remembered for a fiery crash. We are now more than ever in an age of airship revival. Google bought a pair of old Navy airship hangars. An abandoned …

Illinois Drone Task Force Is Made Up Mostly Of Cops

Missing: the public, mostly<p>When it comes to drone law, some opinions are more equal than others. A bill sitting on the Illinois Governor’s desk would create an “Unmanned Aerial System Oversight Task Force”, with 22 set-aside seats for representatives from different groups who might reasonably have …

Unmanned Aircraft

Telescope filter helps spot Earth-like alien worlds

In the hunt for planets around distant stars, the stars themselves are often the worst enemy. They're so bright that you rarely spot anything smaller than a gas giant, which isn't much help when you're trying to find habitable worlds. An alliance of American and Dutch researchers may have the …

A robot called Hadrian wants to build you a house in two days

A West Australian company has a robot they say can lay 1,000 bricks per hour and build the frame of an average house in under two days.<p>The robot is …

Pay with a flick of the wrist with new bPay wristband, key fob and sticker

Three new wearable devices from UK bank Barclaycard can be used at any contactless till, and you don't even need to be a Barclaycard customer.<p>If you're sick of fumbling for change or punching in a PIN, then you probably love mobile payment. As services like Apple Pay shine a spotlight on the idea …

FinTech

Independence Day 2 has a plot and a new name: Independence Day Resurgence

A livestreamed Q&A with the cast and crew of the <i>Independence Day</i> sequel has given us some hints as to the story and setting of the second installment of the 20-year-old blockbuster, and it sounds kind of bonkers.<p>The official synopsis:<p>We always knew they were coming back. After <i>Independence Day</i> …

Film Industry

Here Is the World's First Engine Driven by Nothing But Evaporation

Bioengineers invent a way to harvest energy from water evaporating at room temperature. It's an engine with living parts.<p>It might not look like much, but this plastic box is a fully functioning engine—and one that does something no other engine has ever done before. Pulling energy seemingly out of …

This Range Rover Is Remote-Controlled by a Smartphone

An experimental app lets you drive this Range Rover via your smartphone's touchscreen, and live out your James Bond dreams.<p>Jaguar Land Rover is showing off a prototype Range Rover Sport that can be remote-controlled via smartphone. Your James Bond fantasies are one step closer to reality.<p>The …

Watch What Happens When a Can of Coke Meets Liquid Nitrogen

Kapow!<p>Periodic Videos films some of the coolest mad scientist chemistry experiments we've seen. Now, the people behind the YouTube channel have answered a question we didn't even know we had: What happens when you put a Coke can in liquid nitrogen?<p>The answer: It explodes spectacularly, creating a …

I'd Actually Watch Golf If Every Hole Were on a Moving Dump Truck

It's what the Scots would have invented if they'd had heavy earth-moving equipment<p>This Thursday, the U.S. Open will begin at a golf course in Washington State where all 18 holes stay where they're supposed to be and don't drive away during your approach shot. How unoriginal. How jejune.<p>It's time …

The Bolt-on DxO One Turns Your iPhone Camera Into a DSLR

The company that makes smartphone camera photos look good is building its own add-on hardware<p>Take all the mechanical parts that allow a DSLR camera to take rich photographs and shrink them down to a 4-ounce, three-inch tall, pocket-sized unit. That's the DxO One. Use it by itself sans viewfinder, …

Smartphone with upto 464 GB storage and other crazy specs gets a million dollar funding

The Indiegogo campaign started by Saygus for its high spec'd smartphone has reached its million dollar target in just five days and the company is …

This Robot Can 3-D Print A Steel Bridge In Mid-Air

Autodesk and MX3D have teamed up on a robot that can actually “draw” city infrastructure, on location and without human intervention.<p>In 2017, Dutch designer Joris Laarman will wheel a robot to the brink of a canal in Amsterdam. He’ll hit an “on” button. He’ll walk away. And when he comes back two …

3D Printing

This Computer Runs On Water Droplets And Magnets

Don't try this with your laptop at home<p>As anyone who has experienced the devastation of spilling a glass of water on their laptop knows, H2O and computers don't mix. Almost equally as bad? Magnets. Both are terrible, horrible, no-good computer killing substances... which is why it was kind of a …

'Smart' guns may help prevent violence — if they can make it on the U.S. market

German entrepreneur Bernd Dietel had a radical idea about gun safety.<p>After a 2002 shooting at the Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt that left 16 people dead, Dietel envisioned guns with coded digital locks, similar to the ones his company installed on buildings.<p>In eight years, the Armatix iP1 — a …

StarVR is a QHD headset with an ultra-wide field of view

Starbreeze, the game developer behind <i>Payday 2</i>, <i>Syndicate</i> and <i>Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons</i>, is getting into VR. The company has acquired hardware startup InfinitEye and is developing its prototype VR headset under a new name: StarVR. The device is unique because it offers a super-wide 210-degree field …

This infinitely customizable keyboard only does everything

Keyboards are great for typing numbers and letters and stuff, but don’t they seem a little static sometimes?<p>This awesome-looking Bluetooth peripheral aims to solve that problem you may or may not actually have, and it does so with a lot of style and a crisp, simple design.<p>The Sonder keyboard …

Top Gear pits Hennessey VelociRaptor vs. Range Rover Sport SVR

As a television series, <i>Top Gear</i> is in limbo with an intent to return, but no hosts yet. However, it's magazine and website continue to bring us clips like this one. While the video might lack the show's charismatic hosts, this is an opportunity to see a drag race between a Land Rover Range Rover …

HP abandons futuristic tech for its futuristic supercomputer

HP has abruptly changed course on its 'Machine,' a new type of memory-driven computer it thinks will radically alter large-scale data processing. When the company first launched it last year, the plan was to use a new kind of memory chip called the "memristor," which is as fast as DRAM but can …

SpaceX is ready to test Internet service satellites.

We have been following the plans of Elon Musk and Greg Wyler to launch constellations of low-earth orbit satellites to provide global Internet …