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Anki’s Cozmo robot is the real-life WALL-E we've been waiting for

Race cars to robots was the plan all along<p>While Cozmo sleeps, it snores. The small robot — shaped like a miniaturized bulldozer with a CRT monitor for a cockpit — sits in a charging dock, waiting to be awoken. Like Pixar’s adorably anthropomorphic WALL-E, Cozmo falls somewhere between a Mars rover …

Meet Domgy, an AI pet robot from Beijing startup ROOBO

ROOBO, a fast-growing hardware and AI startup headquartered in Beijing, today unveiled a prototype of its newest product, a “pet robot” called Domgy.<p>For the unfamiliar, ROOBO is the company behind Pudding, a voice-controlled, educational robot for kids. Pudding is used to teach kids vocabulary, …

It’s so much worse than Trump: The history of the modern GOP is a history of racism, bigotry and dog-whistles

<b>(AP/Reuters/J. Scott Applewhite/Brendan McDermid)</b><p>The party of Lincoln? Sure, in 1858. Today’s GOP wants to pretend Trump is an outlier. They should look in a mirror<p>Phillip Cryan<p>April 5, 2016 4:22pm (UTC)<p>The denunciations are piling in. Not just Democrats and independents but countless Republican …

KING: White privilege in America means white people never have to say sorry on behalf of millions

I write more than 500 articles a year and nearly all of them are a riff on white privilege in America.<p>White privilege dominates my thoughts because …

Reaching Mars in a few days? It's possible, NASA video says

Ever since NASA announced plans to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s and Hollywood got in on the action with "The Martian," the Red Planet has loomed large in our collective imagination. Now, thanks to a video released by NASA, we can add a new bit of heat to Mars fever -- the idea that we …

Einstein nailed it! Gravitational waves do exist

Scientists just discovered Einstein's ripples in the fabric of spacetime.<p>A century ago, Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity changed human understanding of space and time. From a fixed speed of light to the existence of gravitational waves, the modern era of theoretical physics was born …

Gravitational Waves

Life in Ancient Egypt: what was it like?

Egypt’s pharaohs have left an impressive legacy of stone architecture, monumental inscriptions and religious art, allowing us to reconstruct their …

Ancient History

10 things you (probably) didn’t know about Ancient Egypt

The land of the pharaohs is famous for its huge pyramids, its bandaged mummies and its golden treasures. But how much do you really know about …

Ancient Egypt

12 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses were the civil wars fought in England and Wales between the Yorkist and Lancastrian dynasties between 1455 and 1485. Though …

British History

7 surprising Ancient Rome facts

Our fascination with Ancient Rome has inspired a glut of books, documentaries, movies and even games. But, writer Jem Duducu points out, our focus …

Ancient History

Check out Fluance's new insane-looking beast of a Bluetooth speaker

The Fluance Fi70 is being billed as the first speaker to house dual 8-inch woofers. It's a sculpted 81-pound monster.<p>Canadian audio company Fluance, known for making high-performing speakers at modest prices, has something new and slightly unusual for sale: the giant $500 Fi70 Bluetooth speaker. …

The Religious Sources of Christian Terrorism

News reports live a short life in the media. Many seem to have already forgotten the militant organization that continues to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. But then many also do not know that these militants are also Christians.<p>Their motivation is ostensibly a religious one, …

White people just don’t get it: Bernie Sanders, Ta-Nehisi Coates and the reality of reparations

<b>Bernie Sanders, Ta-Neehisi Coates (AP/Carolyn Kaster/Random House/Nina Subin)</b><p>The wellbeing and political interests of African-Americans are sacrificed on the mantle of political expediency<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>January 21, 2016 5:41pm (UTC)<p>The well-being and political interests of African-Americans are …

Here's how much Obamacare has cut the uninsured rate in every state

What you below is a map of Obamacare. It shows how much the uninsured rate has dropped in each state since the health reform law's insurance expansion went into effect.<p>We used Gallup data from this summer to build it. And what it shows is huge variation in how well Obamacare is working from state …

I am tired of fighting racists: This is what white people tell you when you write about race in America

<b>Bill O'Reilly, Donald Trump (Fox News//Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>We know where Fox News and Trump vitriol comes from. Getting slimed by idiots in comments and online is maybe worse<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>January 11, 2016 10:20pm (UTC)<p>2015 was a whirlwind year, full of miserable happenings and scant hope for …

The Jaq charges a smartphone using hydrogen fuel cells

The Jaq smartphone charger, from Swedish startup MyFC, is trying to swap lithium-ion batteries for hydrogen fuel cells. MyFC says it's the world smallest and most powerful fuel cell charger in the world, and it lets you stay charged without ever having to touch a wall outlet.<p>Instead of plugging the …

Phase One launches a true 100MP medium format camera

The XF 100MP doesn't have to rely on tricks to take massively detailed photos.<p>Taking medium format photos above 60 megapixels has typically required some trickery, like shooting multiple pictures at a time. However, you won't have to 'cheat' with Phase One's new XF 100MP camera system. As the name …

The easiest way to transfer data from Android to iOS

It used to be a big pain to switch from one mobile platform to another, but it's now easier than ever to transfer all of your old data from an Android device to your new iPhone or iPad.<p>Apple's Move to iOS app in the Google Play Store makes the process quick and easy. While it can't transfer your …

AP FACT CHECK: Republican debaters go astray

WASHINGTON (AP) — The vast complexities of a dangerous world were cast in too-simple terms in the latest Republican presidential debate.<p>In addition, Chris Christie pledged to make common cause with a Jordanian king who's actually dead and debaters twisted aspects of immigration policy beyond …

How did the Romans celebrate ‘Christmas’?

It is today associated with decorations, gift giving and indulgence. But how did the Romans celebrate during the festive season? Dr Carey Fleiner, a …

Ancient History

When it Comes to Guns, America Refuses to Learn

<b>Such as do build their faith upon the holy text of pike</b><p>and gun.<p>Samuel Butler, <i>Hudibras</i><p>That loud sighing sound you heard after the San Bernardino shooting was a collective sigh of relief from guns of all sorts from all over the United States. And for good reason. Each time the mass slaughter of U.S. …

Plug bullet wounds in 20 seconds with this FDA-approved syringe

A sponge-filled syringe designed to close up gaping gunshot wounds in seconds has been approved for use in America's civilian population. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that the device — originally developed for use by the military — can now be deployed by civilian first responders to …

The real reason marijuana is illegal in the United States

<b>(AP/Elaine Thompson)</b><p>Hemp was once a key component of U.S. agriculture. A wave of xenophobia would doom us to a senseless war on drugs<p>Thor Benson<p>July 2, 2015 3:15pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on ATTN:.<p>It is hard to imagine a time when most pharmacies carried cannabis and farmers were …

These States Depend on 'Obama Phone' the Most

Mobile<p>The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to expand Lifeline, a government program that subsidizes telephone service for the poor. Yet very little is understood about the people who depend on the assistance.<p>California, New York and Florida are among the states that depend on the …

Electronic skin makes your body a computer

<b>(CNN) —</b> A patch of gold, just a few centimeters wide and light as a feather, could reveal your innermost thoughts and feelings.<p>This is the premise of Professor John Rogers' Biostamp. By attaching flexible, miniature sensors to the user's temple, he has been able to track brain waves in real time …

Brainwaves

The 1 percent plays us for suckers: There is no meritocracy and they’ve strangled the American dream

<b>(AP/Reuters/Kevin Lamarque/Rich Pedroncelli/Charles Sykes/Phelan M. Ebenhack)</b><p>Something’s rotten: America has little income mobility, lots of inequality and our hard work makes the rich richer<p>Jay Baron Nicorvo<p>April 19, 2015 3:00pm (UTC)<p>The American way of life—more simply, the American way—is …

'Sleep startup' Casper dreams of overturning the mattress racket

"Buying a mattress is one of the worst consumer experiences in the world," says Philip Krim. Yet, few startups have really tried to improve it — perhaps because the mattress business isn’t exactly the sexiest industry around. Buying a mattress will never be like buying an iPhone. The archetypal …

Portable Robot Printer Is Like A Roomba That Squirts Ink

“What is a printer?” asked Zuta Labs, then reimagined it as the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer, as small as your hand.<p>Designed by Zuta Labs and now on Kickstarter, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer is one for the mobile age. It cleverly sheds the bulk of consumer printing by re-imagining what a printer …

Sooner Than You Think, We Will Connect To The Cloud Directly From Our Brains

Ray Kurzweil, the inventor and futurist who now works at Google, explained at this week’s TED conference how computers are becoming more and more …