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Pocket rockets: NASA turns to hackers for new breed of space apps

Why developers are competing to make the agency's software for free<p>NASA isn’t exactly known for thinking small. This is, after all, the agency that’s trying to lasso an asteroid into orbit around the Moon before 2025. But one group at NASA is focused on a far leaner goal: outsourcing the …

What is Time and is Time an Illusion?

<i>“Time is a moving image of eternity.” —Plato</i><p>We tend to believe that destiny is not fixed and that all time past fades into oblivion, but can the …

Consciousness

In pictures: Ultra-light material

Chinese researchers create “carbon aerogel” – a material so light that slender blades of grass will bear its weight without bending.

Engineering

New 3D laser scanner can capture objects over half a mile away

3D laser-scanning is nothing new, but a group of physicists at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland have just announced some notable improvements to the technology. The researchers have developed a new time-of-flight (ToF) 3D camera system that can capture laser pulses from so-called "uncooperative" …

It's Finally Normal To Start A Company In London

Now, it's bustling. Joanna Shields, CEO of London's Tech City Investment Organization and former Facebook VP of EMEA told reporters this morning, "The energy is intoxicating."<p>Techstars London's managing director Jon Bradford agreed. The pair sat on a panel this morning at Google's campus in East …

Walmart Has A New Strategy For Tapping Into The Millennial Market

The retailer recently announced its plan to open a new concept store at Arizona State University. The initiative is part of the chain's new "Walmart On Campus" initiative. A similar store is already open at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and a third is planned at Georgia Tech.<p>Arizona …

What Makes Employees Love Their CEO

"It's very hard to be a great CEO," says Paul Winum, senior partner and global practice leader at RHR International, the executive consulting firm. "Because the job is extremely difficult and complex there are various attributes and dimensions to being great."<p>While customers and shareholders are …

Leadership

In 42% of Companies, The Best Workers Are The Least Engaged

More than a third of companies are so dysfunctional, the best people don’t really care about what they’re doing and the worst people don’t know that they are doing a lousy job. Those are the findings of a new study by Leadership IQ, a twelve-year-old Washington, D.C. company that does employee …

Could Wind Turbines Be Toxic To The Ear?

The U.S. is embracing wind energy, with wind turbines making up half of the new electricity added to the power grid last year. But a smattering of people who live near the turbines say they're a nuisance — and making them ill.<p>Dr. Nina Pierpont, a Johns Hopkins-trained pediatrician and biologist in …

Baidu Working On Chinese Version Of Google Glass, Called Baidu Eye

China's biggest internet company attempts another ripoff.<p>Baidu, the kind of bizarro Chinese Google, is rumored to be working on a take on Google's latest creation, Google Glass. According to ChinaDaily, Baidu's "Eye" project will include "an LCD display, voice-controlled image recognition and …

Three Smart New Ways To Actually Block Robocalls

The "Do Not Call" list sucks. Winners of a Federal Trade Commission contest propose some high-tech strategies to finally stop automated sales calls.<p>They slip through the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's "Do Not Call" registry, and indeed through federal law. They fool you with that pause after …

Over Time, Nuclear Power Would Kill Fewer People Than Petroleum

James Hansen, climate change researcher and activist, is retiring from NASA, but not without making some new waves.<p>Using nuclear power for energy instead of coal has prevented almost 2 million pollution-related deaths around the world, and could save millions more lives in the future, according to …

Obama's Plan To Explore The Brain: A 'Most Audacious' Project

President Obama has announced an ambitious plan to explore the mysteries of the human brain.<p>In a speech Tuesday, Obama said he will ask Congress for $100 million in 2014 to "better understand how we think and how we learn and how we remember." Other goals include finding new treatments for …

In Attempt To Break Gridlock, Los Angeles Becomes First City To Synchronize Every Streetlight

The traffic-plagued city has 4,500 lights across 469 square miles.<p>It's amazing how frustrating it can be to drive in L.A. Superhighways are jam-packed, cars crawl along in the worst rush hour of your life even though it's only 2 p.m., and yet no one rides the scary subway. Last summer, it took me …

March weather was second coldest on record - Met Office

<b>Freezing temperatures in March made it the UK's joint second coldest since records began more than 100 years ago, the Met Office has said.</b><p>The mean temperature was just 2.2C (36F) - more than 3C colder than the long-term monthly average.<p>Last month matched the average temperature in March 1947 - only …

Weather

The Death of the Penny – US Mint to Cease Penny Production in 2017

The US Mint announced this morning that they will phase out the production of new pennies beginning in late 2016, and mint the last batch of pennies …

Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia are the hot new emerging solar markets

Malaysia, the Philippines and other Asia-Pacific nations used to be the places where solar panels made by American companies such as First Solar and SunPower were assembled, but not sold. Now, however, those countries are also becoming serious markets for the panels in their own right.<p>Asia-Pacific …

Asia

The Future Of China's Luxury Auto Market

Within seven years, China will outstrip the United States to become the world’s leading market for premium cars. It already beat the U.S. for top auto market in general in 2009. The Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation said last week that China would overtake the U.S. as the …

A Working Transistor Built Out Of DNA Within A Living Cell

We're this close to having a usable biocomputer.<p>Pretty much anything can be a computer, if it can compute logical functions, store data, and transmit information -- even living cells. A team at Stanford University has accomplished one of the the final tasks necessary to turn cells into working …

First 3-D Acoustic Cloak Hides Objects From Sonar

It's just simple plastic rings!<p>This plastic ring system doesn't exactly make the eight-centimeter ball inside less noticeable to the eye—but it does make the ball undetectable to sonar at a specific pitch. Spanish scientists have created the first cloaking device to completely shield a 3-D object …

You Still Can’t Resell Your iTunes Songs, Court Rules

In the U.S. it’s perfectly legal to buy a CD or DVD and then sell it to someone else — that’s the reason Netflix exists.<p>But when it comes to digital …

U.S. Federal Courts

India’s $10 billion pipeline of generic cures will keep rolling—for now

India is the world’s largest maker of generic pharmaceuticals, exporting some $10 billion-worth a year. Often, they’re copied from the branded treatments invented by Western corporations. Today the country’s highest court rejected an effort by one of those companies, Novartis, to staunch the …

Intellectual Property