Hamed Riahizadeh

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Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter

It might not boast a camera or any on-board weaponry, but if you've been itching to hack around on your very own drone, the Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter …

I Was Meant to Be a Mom

<i>Editor's Note: For all of the negative things we can say about the trials and tribulations of motherhood, the truth is that motherhood really can</i> …

Egypt’s Green-Roofed Bio Boat Entirely Wind and Solar Powered

Among nature’s most devoted heroes throughout the Middle East and North Africa, the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association …

‘Carbon Foodprint’ Tool Helps Restaurants Shrink Waste

The term “carbon footprint” usually conjures up images of exhaust-belching vehicles or a house with lights blazing day and night. Despite this narrow …

Global Wind Power Production to Break 300,000 MW This Year, Could Top 425,000 MW by 2015

<i>Photo via Shutterstock</i><p>After reaching record levels of production in 2012, the world’s wind power capacity is projected to grow to reach 300,000 MW by …

Renewable Energy

Kicksat: Your personal satellite awaits

As a reader of this column, you have a stake in a satellite that will be launched later this year. Our space correspondent explains.<p>We leave daylight behind as we descend the stairs into a long dimly lit corridor, lined with pipes, wires and ventilation ducts. Our footsteps echo on the concrete …

Why your brain loves to get feedback

A meeting with an artist gets Tom Stafford thinking about the essence of intelligence. Our ability to grasp, process and respond to information about the world allows us follow a purpose. You could say it’s what makes us, us.<p>In Tim Lewis’s world, bizarre kinetic sculptures move, flap wings, draw …

Graphene: Bend and flex for mobile phones

In the fourth of a five part series on the future of mobile phones, Roland Pease explores how the "wonder material" graphene could transform phones forever.<p>Mobile phones that fold, razor thin handsets powered by flexible batteries or see-through solar panels built directly into a colourful screen. …

Ten extraordinary Pentagon mind experiments

The Pentagon's growing interest in the brain for everything from mind-controlled vehicles to advanced prosthetics.<p>It’s been 30 years since the first message was sent over initial nodes of the Arpanet, the Pentagon-sponsored precursor to the internet. But this month, researchers announced something …

Internet of things: Trash talk signals mobile future

In the last in a five part series on the future of mobile, Roland Pease explores why networks may soon be flooded with robotic customers.<p>Wander through the historic streets of the Roman city of Bath in the UK, and you might sense that they are smarter than average. And you would be right.<p>It is not …

Radical Conran camera brings back element of surprise

In the second part of BBC Future’s Imagineering series, British firm Conran reimagines the digital camera with some of the retro joys of analogue photography.<p>Forgotten that old-school feeling of waiting for your photographs to be developed before seeing how they turned out? British design firm …

Can you train yourself to get by on less sleep?

Margaret Thatcher did it. So did Salvador Dali. They survived the day with only a few hours of sleep. The question is whether you can force yourself to do the same.<p>We waste a third of our lives sleeping – or that’s how some people see it. When there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day, you …

The folding phone charger that fixes a problem plug

One scratch to a laptop is all it took for designer Min-Kyu Choi to redesign the power plug – with award-winning results. He and his business partner Matthew Judkins talk to BBC Future about a simple but ground-breaking rethink.<p>The UK power plug is a design which has remained almost unchanged since …

News 2050: All meat sales banned

What will dominate the news headlines of the future?<p>As part of the BBC's What If? season of programmes, we commissioned a week of news reports that take a light-hearted look at the future.<p>In the second of instalment, all sales of meat have been banned and the last prison on Earth is about to …

Magic mushrooms' psychedelic ingredient could help treat people with severe depression

Drugs derived from magic mushrooms could help treat people with severe depression. Scientists believe the chemical psilocybin, the psychedelic …

Always-Online, Always Connected Would Be A Terrible Business Decision For Microsoft's Next Generation Xbox

<i>Rumors, leaks, and anonymous sources all point to an always-online requirement for Microsoft’s next Xbox.</i><p>The next Xbox may have an always-online requirement, according to sources across the internet. These back up earlier leaks that suggest the next-gen video game console will be “Always Online, …

Al Worden: ‘The loneliest human being’

What’s it like to be the most isolated human in all eternity? Our space correspondent meets Al Worden, command module pilot of Apollo 15, who holds that dubious honour.<p>Seven men in the history of humanity stand apart from the rest of us. These are the Apollo command module pilots who spent time …

Will we ever… communicate telepathically?

There’s tantalising evidence that technology could one day allow us to transmit thoughts telepathically between two brains. The question is how far can we go?<p>In a lab at Harvard Medical School, a man is using his mind to wag a rat’s tail<b>.</b> To send his command, he merely glances at a strobe light …