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Germany’s National Railway Plans To Remove Human Drivers

It’s all part of a plan to provide efficient, door-to-door transportation that competes with Uber.<p>Germany wants to replace human-driven trains with autonomous railway cars, as part of a grand master plan to provide end-to-end public transport throughout Europe. In an interview with Germany’s</i> …

Trains

This Startup Wants to Build a 2000-hp Turbine-Powered Hybrid Big Rig

Nikola Motor Company's all-wheel-drive electric big rig concept has a natural gas turbine generator inside its wild bodywork. And that's just the start of the craziness.<p>A quick glance at the spec sheet of the Nikola One reads like a vaporware hypercar startup: An all-wheel-drive electric screamer …

Scientists Grow Full-Sized, Beating Human Hearts From Stem Cells

It’s the closest we've come to growing transplantable hearts in the lab<p>Of the 4,000 Americans waiting for heart transplants, only 2,500 will receive new hearts in the next year. Even for those lucky enough to get a transplant, the biggest risk is the their bodies will reject the new heart and …

General Hospital

Plankton Poop Might Be Moving Plastic to the Bottom of the Ocean

Microplastic might be spread farther throughout the ocean with a little help from plankton poop, a new study suggests. According to research …

Air Purifiers

Virtual reality could be a solution to sexism in tech

A new study of software developers has confirmed what women already know too well: Gender bias has big consequences in the workplace.<p>The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, looked at acceptance rates for code written by women and men on the massive code repository Github. Developers …

Virtual Reality

Uber wins another huge political victory in New York City

Uber established this summer that it knew how to play New York City politics. But now it’s proven itself a master.<p>On Friday (Jan. 15), New York City released a much-awaited traffic study, along with proposals to regulate taxis and other commercial vehicles. For Uber and its ride-hailing peers, the …

Transportation

Winning the Driverless Car Wars

Hint: the race won't necessarily go to the innovator.

Autonomous Cars

Here’s A Model Of Exactly How A Leg Bleeds Once It’s Been Shot

Simulated gore to help emergency medicine<p>In the movies, the leg is arguably the best place to be shot; bad guys hardly seem to react to the injuries. But in reality, leg wounds can result in amputated limbs or even death, if a piece of shrapnel or a bullet ruptures particular veins or arteries. Now …

Why Does A Drop Of Water Confuse My Touchscreen?

Short answer: Water conducts electricity, just like your finger<p>Modern touchscreens like the one on an iPhone work by measuring the change in charge and voltage across a grid of hair-thin electrodes, aka capacitance. “When you touch your finger to the screen, it sucks out some of the charge,” says …

Japanese Scientists Create Touchable Holograms

A group of Japanese scientists have created touchable holograms, three dimensional virtual objects that can be manipulated by human hand.<p>Using femtosecond laser technology the researchers developed 'Fairy Lights, a system that can fire high frequency laser pulses that last one millionth of one …

InterAct

Zuckerberg and Gates' clean-energy mantra: Invest, invent

Tech industry titans are banding together to try to ensure the world has enough energy, with less of the carbon emissions tied to global warming.<p>Some of the leading lights of the tech industry have issued a call to action on clean energy.<p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has partnered with …

Tech Industry

Google hires Tesla’s Autopilot Engineering Manager and former SpaceX Director of Flight Software

<b>Update</b>: A source close to the company tells us Rose is not working on Google’s car project. We are also hearing that he might have been let go at Tesla.<p>Robert Rose has an impressive resumé as a software engineer. He worked at HP while completing his MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering at …

Tesla

Overweight Women Tend To Earn Smaller Paychecks, Study Claims

Heavier women are more likely to be lighter in the wallet, reports a new study that says obese females tend to occupy lower-paying, more-strenuous jobs in less-visible corners of the U.S. workforce when compared to average-sized women and men.<p>In fact, the link between extra pounds and leaner …

Demographics

An Arizona Man’s iPhone 6 ‘Exploded’ In His Pocket And Set His Pants On Fire

First, iPhone 6 users had to worry about their skinny jeans bending and breaking the aluminum bodies of their fancy new phones. Then they had to worry about blowing up their phones for being dumb enough to fall for 4Chan’s prank that told people they could charge the iPhone 6 in their microwaves. …

This Clever App Scans And Solves Math Problems Instantly Using Your Phone's Camera

PhotoMath does just that, utilizing your smartphone's camera to quickly solve math problems.<p>PhotoMath only works with printed text, so unfortunately it won't be solving your scribbles anytime soon; you'll need a printed sheet of paper or a textbook.<p>You then position the math problem you want solved …

YouTube games channels take off: top 100 watched 4.4bn times in September

PewDiePie and Stampy are leading the way for the Let’s Play generation according to latest rankings<p>YouTube games channels have become one of the most popular categories on Google’s online video site, with the 100 biggest notching up nearly 4.4bn video views in September alone.<p>That’s up from 3.5bn …

We rode a $10,000 hoverboard, and you can too

It's impossible to talk about hoverboards without invoking a particular movie title, so we're not even going to try: Remember that awesome scene from <i>Back to the Future Part II</i>? It's one step closer to reality: A California startup just built a real, working hoverboard. Arx Pax is attempting to …

A Microsoft smartwatch could appear in weeks

Do you remember Spot? Well, that was Microsoft's very early smartwatch effort, lost in the mists of bygone technology. Finally, a long time coming, a more modern effort from the company is apparently on its way-- and coming soon. According to <i>Forbes'</i> anonymous sources, Microsoft's next smartwatch …

Keeping your digital life safe in the age of surveillance

Like it or not, people are after your data. Whether it's for advertising, national security or other nefarious purposes, you're leaving a trail of digital breadcrumbs for anyone to follow. But there's a growing arsenal of affordable tools to help protect your privacy both digitally and physically. …

Uber receives an “F” from Better Business Bureau

Most of the complaints are due to Uber’s practice of surge pricing<p>Uber, the often controversial ride-share app, was given a failing grade by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).<p>The Better Business Bureau, which was established in 1912, is a non-profit organization that serves as an arbiter between …

Why Stealthily Saving Snapchat Photos Is So Easy

Your Snapchat photos and videos may disappear from the app, but the messages can still be saved indefinitely without your knowledge.<p>All it takes is …

Apple Pay And Digital Currency Mean Time Is Running Out For Physical Cash

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Ilya Subkhankulov is the COO of BTX Trader, the digital currency trading platform. He has also recently launched a consumer-friendly bitcoin and dogecoin buying service called Celery.</i><p>Since the advent of electronic payments, there has been a clear shift away from cash and checks. …

7 things you didn’t know your Web browser could do

The most-used program on your computer is your Web browser, but there's a good chance you don't know much about it besides how to visit your favorite sites. There are a lot of myths about browsers, some of which I've dispelled in the past, but today I want to help you get the most out of your …

Edward Snowden’s Privacy Tips: “Get Rid Of Dropbox,” Avoid Facebook And Google

According to Edward Snowden, people who care about their privacy should stay away from popular consumer Internet services like Dropbox, Facebook, and Google.<p>Snowden conducted a remote interview today as part of the New Yorker Festival, where he was asked a couple of variants on the question of what …

This bizarre bendable phone wears like a shirtsleeve

A California startup is crowdfunding a flexible phablet that you strap to your arm and it might not be totally ridiculous. Maybe.<p>For the past few years, the standing lazy punchline about wearables has been something about awkwardly strapping a computer or a phone to your body. Finally, a …

Gear & Gadgets

The End Of Passwords? This Bracelet Unlocks Computers And Doors With Your Heartbeat

Bionym’s Nymi offers a glimpse of the future of wearable biometric authentication.<p>This much we can all agree on: Passwords suck.<p>With that in mind, companies are hard at work developing other forms of user-friendly authentication. Fingerprinting is already being used to unlock iPhones and the PayPal …

What do you do if your pictures are used without your consent on social networks?

The Sunday Mirror has apologised after pictures of women were used without their consent on a Twitter profile which communicated with Conservative MP Brooks Newmark. Here’s what you can do if you find out someone has been using your pictures online without your consent<p>Two women’s social media …

Rise In China-Hollywood Linkups Continue

China is repositioning itself in the global film industry, starting with more Hollywood collaborations.<p>In the last two weeks, seven major deals have been made between U.S. and Chinese entertainment companies:<p>Earlier this month, Beijing-based film production company Huayi Brothers Media Corp. …

Making the case that Africa needs drones more than roads

Could African countries with poor road infrastructure leapfrog right from donkeys to drones? They can and should, according to the man behind the Flying Donkey Challenge. The competition will support the development of drones that can be used to carry goods to market and deliver medication to …

Roads