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Virtual Reality Is Heading To The Courtroom

Virtual reality has helped us explore the surface of Mars, create virtual 3D-paintings, and shoot robot invaders in our living room. Now, the nascent …

A 23-year-old college dropout just opened a robot-powered coffee kiosk in San Francisco

Henry Hu, 23, hates waiting in lines at coffee shops. The college dropout and recipient of the prestigious Thiel Fellowship throws back about five cups of coffee a day on average.<p>Thanks to his new invention, other coffee fiends in San Francisco can now get their fix in seconds.<p>The robot, which is …

San Francisco

The weird origin of Zerg Rush, Google’s best Easter Egg

By now you’ve probably been told to Google “Zerg Rush” and seen your screen fall apart. (If you haven’t, go ahead and do so now. We’ll wait.) It’s …

The Sharing Economy Is Not Your Friend

Exploring the claims that Uber and Airbnb skirt laws, avoid taxation, and manipulate data for profit, all while claiming to help every day consumers.<p>In February, a report revealed that Airbnb had removed over 1,000 New York City listings as a way to alter the data in a public report on its user …

Top Trends in Equity Crowdfunding

Big Things are Happening<p>Equity crowdfunding has certainly had its fair share of critics over the last 9 months but a few interesting trends have …

3D Printed Material 10X Stronger Than Steel

Last September, we wrote about the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Germany and their R&D on metamaterials, hacking the internal structures of materials to create simple, non-powered machines. By experimenting with various microstructural designs, researchers were able to 3D print simple machines that …

Robot Nannies Look After 3 Million Chickens in Coops of the Future

In a nation where food safety is so elusive that even some chicken eggs have been found to be fake, China’s consumers have good reason to be …

MIT's 'Moral Machine' wants you to decide who dies in a self-driving car accident

If there’s an unavoidable accident in a self-driving car, who dies? This is the question researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) want you to answer in ‘Moral Machine.’<p>The simplistic website is sort of like the famed ‘Trolley Problem’ on steroids. If you’re unfamiliar, according …

Airbus plans to test self-driven airborne taxi by the end of 2017

Airbus is not kidding around about flying cars – the maker of airborne transportation vehicles plans to test out a prototype self-flying small urban transport made for single-passenger travel by the end of this year, according to Airbus CEO Tom Enders (via Reuters). Airbus has been developing its …

Aviation