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The Smarter, Safer, Stronger, Far-Out Materials Of The Future

Self-repairing computers! Electronic skin! Bat-wing planes! A look at the amazing stuff that's changing the world.<p>Materials science has been at the root of material progress, and indeed all progress, for so long that we may be tempted to think that its greatest contributions are behind us. The …

How Neuroscience Will Fight Five Age-Old Afflictions

Rewiring the brain to battle seizures, blindness, and more<p>1) SEIZURES<p><b>A device delivers targeted drugs to calm overactive neurons</b><p>For years, large clinical trials have treated people with epilepsy using so-called deep-brain stimulation: surgically implanted electrodes that can detect a seizure and …

BitTorrent Sync doubles users in a single month, growing '2 times as fast as Dropbox'

On Nov. 5, BitTorrent Sync, the free “private cloud” solution to syncing files between your desktop, laptop, and mobile devices, hit one million users. Today, the company announced that it has hit two million users.<p>And the company says it’s growing twice as fast as Dropbox.<p>BitTorrent Sync is …

Canonical wants to make OpenStack less of a pain to deploy with Ubuntu Server 13.10

Canonical will release version 13.10 of Ubuntu Server in a week’s time, not coincidentally in sync with the release of Havana, the latest version of …

Kickstarters of Yore: Mozart, Lady Liberty, Alexander Pope

"Hey guys, will ye funde my Kickstartere?'<p>Kickstarter may be one of "the world's most innovative companies." It may be changing the way producers -- of art, of tech, of toys -- relate to their consumers. It may be a distinctly digital phenomenon: of the web, by the web, for the web.<p>But, for all …

Is WeChat Going to Replace Phone Calls?

Is Tencent’s WeChat going to replace regular phone calls? That’s a question that’s been on the minds of nervous Chinese telecom executives since the …

3D-printed pinhead battery could power robots

We've seen some very sophisticated 3D-printed objects recently, but never a tiny 3D-printed battery -- one that's as small as a grain of sand, no less.<p>A group of U.S. and Korean researchers has managed to print a lithium-ion microbattery that can fit on the head of a pin.<p>Although it weighs less …

Bill Nye the Science Guy Connects With Techie Kids With New App

Twenty years ago this fall, Bill Nye came into homes across the U.S. with his TV show, "Bill Nye the Science Guy," and struck a chord with curious …

End of days? Oracle to announce pacts with Salesforce, NetSuite and (gasp!) Microsoft

Talk about strange bedfellows. Oracle(s orcl) CEO Larry Ellison signaled Thursday night that his company is about to announce an alliance with …

Reverse Innovation in Tech Startups: The Story of Capillary Technologies

At its core, reverse innovation describes solutions adopted first in poorer, emerging nations that subsequently—and disruptively—find a market in richer, developed nations. But can reverse innovation be relevant in the world of high-technology? The very definition of “high-technology” hints at …

Secret warrant used to access WikiLeaks volunteer's Gmail account

Newly revealed court documents from the Justice department's investigation of WikiLeaks show that the government issued a secret search warrant to Google in order to access all of the email belonging to Herbert Snorrason. He had "helped managed WikiLeaks' secure chat room in 2010," <i>Wired</i> reports, …

Apple ID security issue fixed, password page back online

Apple has fixed the security issue involving its Apple ID password-reset page, a vulnerability that had made it possible for hackers with a user's e-mail address and birth date to reset the user's password.<p>Apple said yesterday that it was aware of the issue and was preparing a fix. Meanwhile, the …