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A Ride in the Semi-Autonomous Leaf

Nissan wants to put a bevy of autonomous systems into production vehicles by 2020. To catch a glimpse of the future, we take a ride-along in their semi-autonomous car.<p><i>Steve Rousseau</i><p>The semi-autonomous car exists, but it hasn't arrived, much in the same way Google Glass exists on a select few …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of neural activity in the human brain, and the numbers are …

The Case for Alien Life

Only one planet has been proven to support life: our own. But with at least 11 billion Earth-sized worlds in our galaxy orbiting in their stars' habitable zones, the odds that we are not alone are improving.<p>On Feb. 9, 2013, NASA's Curiosity rover found something on Mars that set a milestone in the …

The NSA Sucks More Than You Thought

The Guardian just exposed the NSA's "widest-reaching" surveillance program, "XKeyscore."<p>While most of us keep going about our internet lives as if that pesky NSA thing never happened--demonstrating a "general giddy sense that privacy is kind of stupid," as Gary Shteyngart aptly describes it--the</i> …

In Fish Brains, A Clue To Why We Talk With Our Hands

In fish, the part of the brain that controls the pectoral muscles also controls the muscles required for producing sound, researchers have found.<p>We use hand gestures almost without thinking--even while talking on the phone, despite that the person on the other end can't see our wild gesticulations. …

Time to forget your online passwords?

The Heartbleed security bug causing havoc online this week has allowed criminals to access our passwords for common websites for more than two years. Is it time to give up the idea of passwords? As this BBC Future article from last year highlighted, various technologies are poised to replace the …

New App Lets Google Glass Owners Control Their Teslas Like Rich-Ass Robo-Wizards

Do you have Google Glass? Do you <i>also</i> have a Tesla?<p>Yes? Seriously? Who the hell are you, Batman?<p>Anyway — there’s now an application that lets you bring these two extravagant toys together, allowing you to control a bunch of things in the Tesla by way of Google Glass. Why? <i>Because</i>.<p><b>Here’s what the app,</b> …

Sony's SmartWatch 2 is the company's latest effort to get on your wrist

Sony was one of the first companies in the current wave of smartwatch hysteria to put a wrist-worn product on store shelves, but last year's SmartWatch left a bit to be desired. Though the SmartWatch was one of the better looking options on the market, its clumsy software and high price were both …

If The Government Can Access Our Facebook Data, What Happens When We Have Computers On Our Faces?

Wearables will follow a similar path as the smartphone market, Forrester analysts predicted in April 2012. “Wearables will move mainstream,” they said.<p>But will they?<p>Do you believe this?<p>Do I?<p>Maybe?<p>From fitness trackers to smartwatches to computers you wear on your face, this emerging market, enabled …

HALF LIFE 3 on PS4 and XBOX ONE? - Inside Gaming Daily

Miracle material: the graphene revolution

The race is on to harness the potential of graphene, a substance that is harder than diamond, yet incredibly flexible, and the world’s best conductor of electricity.<p>Kostya Novoselov tends to wear an air of slight distraction. But when a problem or topic of conversation sparks his curiosity, his …

NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top …

3-D printing: Creating ‘a new class of entrepreneurs’

In an industrial park on the outskirts of Tijuana, Chris Anderson is building drones.<p>The former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine readily acknowledges that just a few years ago, he knew almost nothing about the aerospace industry. But after building a small plane out of Lego parts with his kids, …

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms …

Exoskeleton gaming suit will replicate senses for $900,000 on Kickstarter

As Real As It Gets, a bodysuit designed to allow gamers to feel the rumble of in-game vehicles and bullets, hit Kickstarter with a funding goal of $900,000 to bring the new sense-replicating tech into mass production.<p>The suit features a microphone and surround speakers, while the developers claim …

Taiwan's abandoned resort town and the future that never was

San Zhi is a futuristic resort town that never was. As <i>Design You Trust</i> reports, construction on the Taiwan site began in 1978, but was abandoned just two years later, after a series of fatal accidents. Today, all that remains are colorful, pod-shaped homes, scattered across the overgrown coastline. …

Your Brain Catches Grammar Errors Even When You Don't Realize It

The pedant within<p>The brain does all kinds of amazing things while you're not paying attention (you know, like regularly remind you to breathe). But it's also engaged in less critical but equally interesting tasks, like correcting the grammar of the person sitting across from you at dinner. A …

Watch this Street Fighter, Super Smash Brothers-inspired brawl

YouTube user Jonny Lawrence created a stop motion homage to fighting games Street Fighter and <i>Super Smash Brothers Brawl</i> called "Maker vs. Marker."<p>The video features Lawrence's hand battling his own illustration. According to Lawrence, the video is "based from the Street Fighter series with elements …

Watching Your Brain Freak Out On A Scanner Calms You Down

People who observed their own brain activity using real-time fMRI feedback were better able to control and reduce their anxiety, a new study says.<p>In a quirky new experiment, researchers at Yale University found that simply showing people what their anxious brains look like was enough to help those …

Star Wars: A New Hope opening sequence recreated in Minecraft

YouTube user "Paradise Decay," Star Wars and <i>Minecraft</i> enthusiast, recreated the first five minutes of <i>Star Wars: A New Hope</i> in <i>Minecraft</i>.<p>The fan film's creator Grahame Skeavington wrote that it is a work in progress, no mods were used in the film's creation and that he used a modified version of</i> …

Watch Pokemon Red as a half hour ballet performance

Creighton University student Andrew Plotner has transformed 1996 Nintendo Game Boy title <i>Pokemon Red</i> into a 30 minute ballet, and posted a video of the performance on his YouTube channel.<p>Plotner's ballet includes the most critical elements of the game: choosing your starter Pokemon, parting with …

Time-Lapse GIFs Show Earth Transforming Over 25 Years

Satellite images from every year since 1984 show the march of human progress—and the retreat of nature.<p>Starting in the 1980s, Alaska's Columbia Glacier began retreating, shrinking from 41 miles long (its originally documented length in 1794) to 36 miles long in 1995. This is what that change …

U.S. State Department Tells Defense Distributed To Take Down 3-D Printed Gun Plans

Defense Distributed, the Texas company that created the plans for the Liberator, a 3-D-printed gun, have received a letter to take the plans down from the internet, reports Betabeat. If you're wondering why the State Department is involved and not the ATF or the larger Justice Department, well, …

Producer David X. Cohen on Futurama's Final Final Season

Comedy Central has announced it will not be renewing Futurama, thereby closing our window onto the 31st century. But the changing landscape of television might mean another resurrection for the series that refuses to die.<p>How did you find out this is going to be the last season?<p>As is usual in the …

Mars One: Nearly 80,000 Have Applied to Leave Earth Behind

The reality TV project has seen a flood of applicants for its proposed one-way trip to Mars.<p><i>Welcome home. Credit: NASA</i><p>There's a deflating sort of pain that comes from paying cash not for the thing you want, but just a chance at the thing you want. Think of application fees for trying to get an …

Space Science

Time-lapse map chronicles decades of global change as seen from space

Satellite imagery can serve as a time machine, revealing dramatic change in just a few seconds — but can you imagine documenting almost three decades' worth of all that change, across most of our planet's land mass? A team of imaging experts, computer scientists and journalists did. Now they've …