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The Netherlands is getting weird self-driving buses

Self-driving cars are all the rage in the technology world right now, but how about self-driving mass transit?<p>The Netherlands is getting its own self-driving electric buses to move passengers between Wageningen and Ede, about 11 kilometres apart.<p>Named the WEpod, the shuttle buses can carry six …

Transportation

Google Chrome spellchecks multiple languages at once

Google is adding a new feature for Chrome that will help bilingual folks and ex-pats a lot. Developer François Beaufort revealed that you can now spellcheck in multiple languages, even in the same document, without getting the dreaded squiggly red lines. That's a feature that the Android SwiftKey …

Intel CEO wants its technology in every device (even golf clubs)

With spider robots and BMX bike stunts taking the stage at the opening keynote for this year's Intel Developer Forum (and hardly any details about actual chips) it's clear Intel wants to be known for more than just computer CPUs. It's a wise move, especially if you consider the dwindling PC market. …

Send your name to Mars without ever leaving your computer

Now, even if you can't go to Mars, your name still can.<p>NASA is asking members of the public to submit their names to fly to Mars aboard the space …

Apple launches biggest ever tech bond in Australia

The A$2.25bn kangaroo bond is the biggest ever debt issuance by any non-financial firm in the country<p>Tech giant Apple raised A$2.25bn (£1bn) with a debut Australian debt sale that’s the largest bond deal ever Down Under by a non-financial company.<p>The iPhone maker sold A$1.15bn of seven-year notes …

Is It a Computer or Is It Bach? Program Fools Even Music Experts

A Yale computer scientist has developed a program that can create pieces of music close enough to baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach's work that people have trouble telling the two apart. "Kulitta," as creator Donya Quick calls it, learns from music provided for it to analyze, and creates new …

Flute

Nasa Curiosity rover takes selfie on Mars

The Curiosity Rover has taken a panoramic selfie after stopping to drill into rocks at the Marias Pass on Mars<p>Nasa’s Curiosity rover used its inbuilt ‘selfie stick’ to capture this 360 degree image of itself sitting in the Marias Pass region of Mars.<p>The robot has been in the area drilling into rock …

We Can Now 3D-Print Glass And It Is Entrancing

That glass is so hot right now<p>The process of making glass was already amazing. Take tiny grains of sand, melt them at staggering temperatures with other chemicals, then carefully cool it into a brand new solid, ready to be a vase, window, bottle, or bead. It's possible to make glass on your grill …

3D Printing

Laser turns graphene into catalyst for fuel cells - Futurity

A new process uses lasers to turn graphene into a material that acts like a super catalyst. It could replace expensive metals like platinum in fuel …

Scientists Pull Carbon Nanofibers Out Of Thin Air

Pulling some strings to capture CO2<p>Rumpelstiltskin may have been able to spin straw into gold, but even he couldn't pull carbon fibers from thin air. Yet that's exactly what researchers at George Washington University have managed to do.<p>Led by Stuart Licht, researchers have created a solar-powered …

Chemistry