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Here's How We'll Touch Down On A Comet This Week (We Hope)

The Rosetta mission is about to land where no spacecraft has ever landed before.<p>About 31 million miles away from Earth, the Rosetta spacecraft is circling a rubber ducky-shaped comet and getting reading for touchdown. On November 12 at around 4 a.m. EST, the orbiter will release the Philae lander, …

Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade's free-to-play option gives character to the Orks

The problem is as old as massively multiplayer games themselves: How do you properly balance a game for competitive multiplayer when every character is, in effect, a super hero? The team at Behavior Interactive thinks that it has come up with a solution in their next title, <i>Warhammer 40,000: Eternal</i> …

In the Energy Shadows, the US Continues Push Toward Nuclear Fusion

The US Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee recommends going all-in on Europe's ITER reactor project.<p>Fusion is an old energy dream. Free power, or something like it. It's smashing atoms without the waste or risk, with efficiencies untouchable by any other power generation scheme known to …

Scientists Say They've Created A Freaky New Form Of Light

It's easy to shine light <i>through</i> a crystal, but researchers at Princeton University are turning light <i>into</i> crystals--essentially creating "solid light."<p>"It's something that we have never seen before," Dr. Andrew Houck, associate professor of electrical engineering and one of the researchers, said in …

Brain-to-brain 'telepathic' communication achieved for first time

Team of US-led researchers successfully achieves brain-to-brain communication between humans from India to France<p>For the first time, scientists have been able to send a simple mental message from one person to another without any contact between the two, thousands of miles apart in India and France.<p>…

The future of warfare: Why we should all be very afraid

Imagine an army of robots with the power to decide whom and when to kill. Brace yourself, because it’s happening<p>It is said that in 16th-century Prague, a giant made of clay stalked the slums from moonrise till sunbreak. He kept a vigil, this earthen colossus, and guarded the Jews of the ghettos in …

The Uncanniest Valley: What Happens When Robots Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves?

The “uncanny valley” is a term coined by Japanese roboticist Mashahiro Mori in 1970 to describe the strange fact that, as robots become more human-like, we relate to them better—but only to a point. The ”uncanny valley” is this point.<p>The issue is that, as robots start to approach true human …

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Swarm of mini builder drones could 3D print a house

Nail guns and chop saws are easy to find in a construction worker's pickup truck, but if Saša Jokić and Petr Novikov are successful, robotic concrete …

US military wants to make a portable, bullet-resistant wall that fits in a can

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has envisioned some peculiar and diverse projects over the years, from molten metal-filled missiles, all the way to submarines that can fly. Then there's this new project that aims to create a portable cylinder that can blow up into a nearly …

What you need to know about 3D-printed organs

Sure, 3D printers that can spit out chocolates, create shoes, handcraft cars and help astronauts sound fun and magical, but a lot of scientists are working to make models that aren't just fun. They're developing 3D printers that can also save and change lives by printing out functional human …

Military's 'Plan X' would put cyberweapons into the hands of soldiers

A soldier's natural home is on the battlefield. So what happens when to infantry when conflicts move online? It turns out that DARPA, America's mad science division, has a solution called "Plan X." The project is designed to make cyber-weapons as easy to use as a pistol, but also to use technology …

HP’s The Machine project could one day bring us smartphones with 100TB of memory

Memristor based wafer<p>HP Android devices, such as the Slate 7 tablet or the Slate 21 PC, aren’t exactly known for their good looks and amazing specifications. But HP could still secure a place for itself in the history of Android if it manages to turn The Machine into reality.<p>The Machine project is …

Top Google Engineer Says Computers Will Be Like Humans by 2029

In less than two decades, you won't just use your computers, you will have relationships with them.<p>Because of artificial intelligence, computers will be able to read at human levels by 2029 and will also begin to have different human characteristics, said Ray Kurzweil, the director of engineering …

A Spaceship For The Sea

This vertical structure will allow scientists to better study the ocean.<p>Scientists know more about the surface of the moon and Mars than they do about our own seafloor. Which helps explain the grand vision of the French architect Jacques Rougerie, who’s designed an ocean-going laboratory that …

Three-Wheeled Cars Heading to Highway Near You

Xbox E3 2014: 'Halo,' 'Inside,' and Microsoft's sorta-apology

The corporate realities of the videogame industry operate on massive, mega, epochal levels. Release dates are planned out years in advance. New …

Google Buried A Clever Jab At The NSA Inside Its New Encryption Tool

The big tech companies are fighting back against government spying— with legal challenges, advanced encryption, and software updates — and in the case of Google, that also includes a message buried within its source code aimed directly at the National Security Agency, according to PCWorld.<p>Inside …

Astronaut Reid Wiseman posts the first Vine video from space

Since its launch January 2013, Twitter's Vine smartphone app has been used to share a wide variety of up-to six-second looping videos. But never from space.<p>Now Nasa astronaut Reid Wiseman has changed that, posting a video shot on the International Space Station (ISS).<p>"1st Vine from space! Single …

Tesla Wants To Open Its Supercharger Standard To Other Electric Car Makers

Elon Musk is willing to share the technology behind his Tesla Superchargers, the fast-charging plug-in stations for his company’s electric cars, the CEO revealed at the UK launch of the Model S this past weekend (via Engadget).<p>Musk said he’d be willing to open up the designs in order to build a …

UK to introduce new road laws allowing the use of self-driving cars

Not to be left behind by developments in the US, the UK government is set to rewrite road laws to allow self-driving cars on Britain's roads. According to <i>Mail Online</i>, science minister David Willetts has already opened discussions with the Department for Transport to help British companies develop …

Google Drive Partners With + Pool

Last summer, +Pool, a project to construct a floating swimming pool in the middle of New York City's East River, raised more than $273,000 on Kickstarter.<p>When complete, +Pool will give New Yorkers a clean place to swim, with a natural filtration system that could clean up to half a million gallons …

Elon Musk Has Been Thinking About Making A Flying Car AND A Submarine Car

"I've thought about it quite a lot...We could definitely make a flying car - but that's not the hard part," Musk told The Independent in an interview this weekend. "The hard part is, how do you make a flying car that's super safe and quiet? Because if it's a howler, you're going to make people very …

Edward Snowden threw a bucket of hot water on Scandinavia’s quest to house the world’s data

Warmer summers aren’t the only thing marching into the Arctic these days—more hot, server-filled data centers are on the way as well. As more companies look to take advantage of colder climates and chilly water to lower the cooling costs of running thousands of servers at full capacity, …

Robots can now officially imitate humans

A computer that has convinced humans it is a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy has potentially passed a benchmark for artificial intelligence for the first time.<p>The programme, named “Eugene Goostman” and created by Russian developers, managed to convince 33% of the judges that it was human at an event at …

Scientists Invent a Laser That Fires Electrical Charge, Not Light

Researchers at the University of Michigan have just stumbled upon the most important development in laser research since the invention of the …

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A Robotic Suit Good Enough To Deceive A Decepticon

Gear up with this big boy for the upcoming _Transformers _movie<p>Marc De Repentigny was only trying to be responsible when he built an 80-pound, seven-foot-tall motorized Transformers suit. Married with kids, he decided to audition for a French-Canadian game show that offered a chance at prize money …

The 'Eye Of Sauron' Was Spotted By A New Planet Hunter, And It Looks A Little Bloodshot

An astronomical camera's "first light" is kind of a big deal.<p>It's when a new imaging instrument "opens its eyes" and snaps its very first images of the sky. Astronomers hold their breath and cross their fingers, hoping every single mirror and lens is perfectly in place, and the images don't turn …