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Terrafugia unveils new TF-X flying-car design

Getting a light plane-car hybrid off the ground seems to be an arduous process. The TF-X -- from flying-car company Terrafugia -- was announced more than two years ago but will be in development for some years to come.<p>If your interest needed a pique, though, the company has something new to offer: …

SoftBank to start selling Pepper the ’emotional’ robot in U.S.

SoftBank said Tuesday it’s going to start selling its Pepper robot in the US by summer 2015.<p>The Japanese company, better known for its telecoms and …

Hawaii pair took photos, prodded fiery lava with golf clubs: police

Two Hawaii residents have been charged with trespassing after police found the man and woman snapping pictures within five feet of a slow-moving river of molten lava that is threatening a nearby village, police said.<p>Hawaii County police responding to a report on Thursday evening also found the pair …

14 Brilliant Bathroom Design Ideas

We all pay so much attention to keeping the rest of our home beautiful, but when it comes to the bathroom, a pretty shower mat or curtain seems to be …

Watch an explosive volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea

Most of us will never see a volcanic eruption in the flesh -- but one holidaymaker got really lucky. Townsville, Queensland-based taxi driver Philip McNamara, 58, was on holiday in Papua New Guinea, boating the South Pacific Ocean around the northernmost tip of New Britain -- the home of active …

Geology

Pepper the chatty robot makes friends on first day at work

A chatty humanoid robot whose makers claim it can understand people's emotions has been striking up conversations with shoppers in Tokyo.<p>The device – named Pepper by its designers – proved an effective marketing tool for mobile carrier SoftBank, who put it to work collecting customer opinions.<p>"So …

Watch Pepper, Softbank’s Humanoid Robot, Dance And Accept Glowing Balls

As we approach the singularity, I think it’s important to understand who will soon be changing our diapers, bringing us whiskey, and eventually enslaving us under a totalitarian robot rule. Meet Pepper. As you’ll recall, Pepper is a robot made by Aldebaran and will be sold by Softbank in Japan for …

Record Numbers Renounce U.S. Citizenship---And Many Aren't Counted

The number of Americans renouncing United States citizenship or terminating long-term residency is on a record pace. Every 3 months, the government publishes the names of individuals who renounced U.S. citizenship or gave up a green card. This public outing puts Americans on notice who relinquished …

LG G2 and G Flex will be first ‘older’ LG devices to get Knock Code

LG will be pushing a firmware update to the LG G2 and G Flex starting in April that will bring LG’s innovative Knock Code to the devices. LG made the announcement earlier today, stating that the LG G2 and G Flex would be the first to get the update, implying that others may follow.<p>LG’s Knock Code …

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Every man made satellite in orbiting Earth

Smoggy Beijing sees lung cancer cases soar

<b>The number of lung cancer cases in the Chinese capital Beijing has soared over the last decade.</b><p>According to figures published by the state-run Xinhua news agency, they have increased by more than 50%.<p>Beijing health officials say smoking is still the number one cause of lung cancer, but they admit …

Pollution

Typhoon Haiyan in Pictures

Natural Disasters

RANKED: The 13 Sexiest — And Totally Real — Robots Ever Made

Thanks to the incredible leaps forward in computing speed and artificial intelligence over the last few decades, humanoid robots are just now approaching the functionality that science-fiction fans have been reading and watching for decades.<p>Unfortunately, the "Uncanny Valley" effect— the discomfort …

Government agencies invest $38 million in human-friendly robots

The National Robot Initiative launched in 2011 to encourage the development of robots that can augment human abilities. This week, the government …

Shop 'til you drop with Budgee robotic basket

I'd usually rather watch paint dry than go shopping, but a bit of robotic technology makes the whole prospect far more appealing.<p>Budgee is a shopping robot that automatically follows you around. No more cart-jockeying, basket-lugging, or even using your recyclable bag.<p>Just dump your stuff into …

Are you ready for automatic drive-through gas fill-ups?

The gigantic step between filling up your own gas tank and letting a machine do it for you has been a long time coming, but a cooperative effort between Husky and Fuelmatics has finally produced an automatic fuel-filling robot. The technology was demonstrated at the 2013 Petroleum Equipment …

Smartphone microphone skin tattoos? Motorola already has a patent application on it

Motorola wasn’t kidding back in May during an interview when it said it’s working on a variety of mobile-related wearable devices, a recently discovered patent application reveals.<p>Filled a year before that interview, in May 2012, the patent describes “coupling an electronic skin tattoo to a mobile …

Mobile Devices

See the world's first mind-controlled prosthetic leg in action

Prosthetic legs have gotten smarter and smarter thanks to advanced sensors and lightweight motors, but this week they're getting their biggest overhaul yet: the latest bionic leg can be controlled entirely by its wearer's mind. Though the mind-controlled prosthetic leg has been in the works for …

Japan Display joins the Quad HD phone screen party with two new LCDs

LG clearly doesn't have a monopoly on Quad HD smartphone screens -- Japan Display has unveiled two low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) LCDs that offer the extra-sharp 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. The headlining 5.4-inch panel is ever so slightly denser than its Korean equivalent, at 543ppi; there's …

The men who create robots in their own image

Images of Japanese scientists’ attempts to create androids that convey a convincingly human presence highlight our own attitudes to technology and identity. Photographs by Luisa Whitton.<p>When Japanese scientists make robots they like to make them as lifelike as possible, believing that this is the …

Rail-mad Japanese marry aboard Tokyo commuter train

Do you have a dream location to exchange wedding vows with your beloved? A romantic beach, place of worship, or maybe a Las Vegas chapel?<p>How about one of the world's busiest commuter trains?<p>That's what a Japanese couple did recently when they took the plunge aboard the Yamanote Line, a loop railway …

Tokyo's IBIS robot promises cheaper surgery, throws shade at da Vinci (video)

"Anything you can do, I can do cheaper," says the Tokyo Institute of Technology while jabbing a rude elbow in the ribs of Intuitive Surgical. The Japanese institute is showing off IBIS, a surgical robot that is expected to cost between a third and a tenth of the $2 million it takes to buy one of …

Robodiptera

SOME people are convinced they are already out there: swarms of tiny flying drones discreetly surveying the world on behalf of their shadowy masters. …

Will robots make us sexist?

<b>(isskh via Shutterstock)</b><p>Highly advanced robots are coming — and they’re more likely to reinforce sexist norms than to change them<p>Soraya Chemaly<p>August 27, 2013 2:08pm (UTC)<p>As technologists frequently remind us, the singularity, a time when the realization of smarter-than-human computers irrevocably …

iKettle brings high-tech to tea for a mere $160

Remember that internet-of-things they keep talking about? There's now a new "thing," namely the iKettle, a $160 appliance that sends you a missive when your water boils or hits that perfect temperature. It connects via WiFi to a companion iOS or Android app, which can ask if you want to "pop the …