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New THE FORCE AWAKENS Character Descriptions for Finn, Rey, Kylo Ren, and Captain Phasma

Tesla’s Robotic Metal Snake Charger Is “For Realz”

Tesla is coming off of a rough earnings day, but that didn’t stop the company from showing off some awesome stuff.<p>Today, the company tweeted out a demo of something its founder and CEO Elon Musk has talked about before. At the time it sounded crazy, as most of Musk’s ideas do.<p>But here it is. It’s a …

Kendrick Lamar's "The Blacker the Berry" Gets Annotated for Genius by Pulitzer-Winning Author Michael Chabon

<i>Photo by Ari Marcopoulos</i><p>Kendrick Lamar's new single "The Blacker the Berry" came out last night. Today, Pulitzer-winning author Michael Chabon (<i>The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay</i>, <i>Wonder Boys</i>) has deciphered a portion of the song's lyrics for the annotation site Genius, as Complex points …

Put Down Your Phone, Give Your Brain a Break

Behind the Scenes of the Explorers Club

Remembering the Moment Black Holes Went Mainstream

Lasers Help Metal Resist Rust and Ice

Kill Dead Zones With This Small Box

DIY phone and internet service for rural areas<p>Problem<p>If you live in or near a city, it’s hard to imagine not finding a cell signal. Telecommunication companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars on cell towers and bulky base stations. The trouble is, they’ll only install them in places where the …

Scientists Engineer Bacteria With Genetic 'Kill Switch'

Have We Found Alien Life?

Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others<p><i>This feature was originally published in the February 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science.<p>Kenneth Nealson is looking awfully sane for a man who’s basically just told me that he has a …

Sound Might Be The Key To Touching Objects In Virtual Reality

The key to a sense of touch in VR might be sound, ironically – a team working out of the University of Bristol in the UK (via New Scientist) have worked out an improved version of haptic tech that can use high-frequency sound emitters to mimic the effect of touching a physical object, without any …

For Google shuttle drivers, it’s a grueling ride

For Brandon Barlow, life as a Google bus driver was one endless cycle of traffic and exhaust.<p>He left home before dawn and arrived home late, after long hours spent shuttling Google employees back and forth on Highway 101. And Barlow wasn’t paid for the hours he had to wait around near Google …

The American family that built the world's biggest oil empire is going green

John D. Rockefeller's heirs pledge to sell-off nearly all investments in coal and tar sands by end of 2014<p>The name "Rockefeller" is basically synonymous with capitalism and oil, ever since family patron John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil in 1870 and went on to become the first billionaire in …

Young blood to be used in ultimate rejuvenation trial

IT SOUNDS like the dark plot of a vampire movie. In October, people with Alzheimer’s disease will be injected with the blood of young people in the …

2050 and the Future of Infrastructure

Much of the world around us has been formed around key pieces of infrastructure. Most see this as a testament to who we are as a society, and part of …

Vertical Takeoff Plane Design Flies Three Times Faster Than Helicopters

Zoom zoom<p>Does this illustration look a little sci-fi to you? It should: It's a design for a plane that takes off vertically, like a helicopter, but that flies about three times faster than any helicopter today. Yes, those are rotors in the wings.<p>A team of graduate students from the Georgia …

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Inhabitat's Week in Green: stadiums with modular housing, Tesla Model 3 and a tower of mushrooms

Soccer fans around the world are going through withdrawal now that the World Cup is over, and in Brazil, people are beginning to think about what should be done with the 12 stadiums that were built or renovated for the tournament. A pair of French architects has come up with a brilliant idea: …

These Tiny Robots Are Powered by Living Tissue

Creeping machines use real skeletal muscle to power their movements.<p><b>Famed sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke called</b> them biots—biological robots that use real muscle tissue to walk or crawl. While they've been created in the lab, today's biobots are currently little more than strips of muscle that inch …

Researchers Now Able To 3D Print Working Blood Vessels

One of the biggest problems with printing human meat was the creation of blood vessels and ventricles. Making a solid mass of flesh was easy but adding a way to pump blood and other nutrients through the flesh was more difficult. Now researchers at the University of Sydney, Harvard, Stanford and …

This Squirrel Breaks Record For Tail Size... And May Eat Deer's Hearts

It usually eats fruits and seeds, but it has been said to have a taste for blood.<p>Behold the tufted ground squirrel, one of the strangest tree-dwelling rodents found on Earth. Native to Borneo, it is rarely seen--one camera trap study in a park on the island turned up only one of these squirrels, …

Collaborative Algorithm Lets Autonomous Robots Team Up And Learn From Each Other

Last week, MIT announced an exciting, but somewhat obscure breakthrough—a new algorithm, called AMPS, that turns teams of robots into better learners. It lets autonomous systems quickly compare notes about what they’ve observed in their respective travels, and come up with a combined worldview.<p>If …

The Surprisingly Strong Case for Colonizing Venus

Science fiction writers have come up with a plausible scenario for a floating city above the fiery planet.<p>Why worry about building a colony on Mars when instead you could float one high above the surface of Venus? Science fiction writer Charles Stross recently revived the idea of building a …

Ancient Asteroid Destroyer Finally Found, And It's a New Kind of Meteorite

For 50 years, scientists have wondered what annihilated the ancestor of L-chondrites, the roof-smashing, head-bonking meteorites that frequently …

The Time-Lapse Video Of Earth Blows All The Other Ones Away

Vincent Brady didn't turn to special effects to create his awe-inspiring video, "Planetary Panorama."<p>To capture the earth as a textured sphere of natural life, hurtling through space, Brady simply put two and two together. On his website, he recounts how in 2012 he was experimenting with panoramas …

Scientists discover one of the most Earth-like planets yet

Can Gliese 832c support life, or is it just a super-Venus?<p><i>Sci News</i> is reporting that astronomers at the University of New South Wales have discovered an Earthlike planet just 16 light-years away. The planet, dubbed Gliese 832c, is orbiting a red dwarf star half the mass and radius of our own sun. …

Mars One Puts Out the Call for Red Planet Experiments (and Ads)

The not-for-profit Mars One venture wants to send humans on one-way trips to Mars in the 2020s, but first it wants to send experimental packages to the Red Planet — potentially including the first interplanetary advertisements.<p>You could even put your company's name on the robotic lander that's …

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Man Floats Free In Hotel Corridor

We live in a sea of air. It holds us, weighs on us, keeps us tethered. The earth, of course, holds us too, keeps us pinned. But not all of us. I want you to meet Storyboard P, a dancer who floats.<p>In this dance, he's in a British hotel, in a corridor — basically a tight, long, low narrow box. Just …

A Jetliner For A Fuel-Starved Future

Slimming down the classic passenger jet<p>An MIT team has turned a multi- million-dollar NASA contract into the most advanced rethink to date of the classic passenger jet. The design, nicknamed the Double Bubble, calls for an extra-wide fuselage and rear-mounted turbo­fan engines. The configuration …

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For the First Time Ever, a Computer Passed Turing Test for Artificial Intelligence

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Yesterday, at a University of Reading demonstration in London, a computer convinced human judges …