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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 …

Americans Are Happier With Low-Cost Airlines Than Traditional Ones

The annual J.D. Power & Associates North America Airline Satisfaction Study, released today, shows that the low-cost carrier segment scored 755 out of 1,000, beating the traditional segment by nearly 100 points.<p>Both sectors improved over their 2012 scores.<p>The gap is the result of differences in …

The Jobs Of The Future Don't Require A College Degree

We’re all talking about the “jobs of the future” and “winning the future” and transitioning to a “knowledge economy.” Since predictions are hard, especially about the future, it’s a good idea to look at some data.<p>And it looks like we have some of it: the BLS has a handy chart of the fastest-growing …

Create Amazing Pixel Art With This Free iPhone App

What if, instead of toy camera filters, we rearranged our photos into logic-driven confetti?<p>Most photos we take document reality. Just look at Instagram. It’s full of pictures of ourselves, our friends, our pets, and our dinners. But just as art has long since ventured out from the …

How a Bitcoin Transaction Actually Works

At this point, you probably have a working understanding of what bitcoins are (at the very least your handle of bitcoins is like how you can kinda, …

Bitcoin

Get Ready to Take Photos With Your Raspberry Pi

Element14, a distributor of ultra-cheap the Raspberry Pi computer, has developed a supremely simple camera to go along with it.<p><b>What looks like a flimsy strip of tape</b> sticking out of a circuit board is actually a full-fledged HD camera.<p>The Raspberry Pi Foundation, which launched its first $25 …

Raspberry Pi

Harvard and MIT try to build a higher education in the cloud

Harvard and MIT are among a group of universities planning to spend tens of millions of dollars on "massively open online courses (MOOCs)," a new type of higher education teaching that can include thousands of students in a single lecture. The two institutions have already launched an online …

Inside Microsoft's Android Patent Deals

Microsoft has been busy signing patent licensing deals with Android OEMs for years. In fact, the company’s statements regarding newly signed-on partners have become generic and routine. There has been one changing variable in the missives, however, namely the percentage of Android devices that are …

Government Lab Admits to Using Quantum Internet for Two Years

This might be the biggest tech humblebrag ever. A team of scientists at Los Alamos National Labs has quietly shrugged its shoulders and admitted to …

The Money Shot

The sale of Instagram to Facebook for a cool billion in the spring of 2012 was the ultimate Silicon Valley fairy tale: 18 months from launch to offer. But, for co-founder and C.E.O. Kevin Systrom, it was more of a roller-coaster ride, with several missed opportunities, at least two “aha” moments, …

I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet

I was wrong.<p>One year ago I left the internet. I thought it was making me unproductive. I thought it lacked meaning. I thought it was "corrupting my soul."<p>It's a been a year now since I "surfed the web" or "checked my email" or "liked" anything with a figurative rather than literal thumbs up. I've …

Now We Know What Early Earth Smelled Like

When one kind of microbe fed on another, the result was a rotten-egg stench—and a pathway for complex life.<p><b>P. U.</b><p><b>Early earth had a distinctive aroma. And it wasn't very nice. That's what scientists have now determined, using advanced imaging techniques to examine fossils nearly 1.9 billion years old</b> …

Robotic cars, aeroponics, and Lego: building tomorrow's city in MIT's Media Lab

MIT's Media Lab has been cranking out innovations ever since it opened back in 1985, and now it has its sights set on developing the city of tomorrow and the technology that will power it. <i>The Financial Times</i> has taken an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at some of the projects currently being …