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Case 234: Ozymandias

The nun Hwídah has composed this uncharacteristically somber sonnet for your contemplation:I chanced upon an ancient cache of code:<br>a stack of …

Apollo Missions

Uber plots global roadmap scan to help drivers

<b>Uber is embarking on a global mapping project that it hopes will offer its drivers more useful data on pick-up locations and traffic patterns.</b><p>Currently the taxi-booking app relies on Google's mapping technology to display local maps and mark pick-up locations.<p>But a senior Uber executive says that …

Transportation

Virgin Galactic gets its spaceship license

Virgin Galactic is one step closer to making us all space tourists: it just received its operator license from the US Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA-AST). To get the paperwork, which allows Virgin Galactic to use its ship for commercial operations. …

Automakers agree to make auto braking a standard by 2022

By 2025, almost all new vehicles in the US will come with automatic emergency braking systems, thanks to a pact 20 automakers made with the government. The companies and the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as the Insurance Institute for …

The Feynman Lectures on Physics

Contributions from many parties have enabled and benefitted the creation of the HTML edition of <i>The Feynman Lectures on Physics</i>. We wish to …

What gives us cancer? This body map shows us the known risks

There's abundant advice out there on what you should or shouldn't eat, drink, swallow, or stand next to, to avoid cancer. But it's often lacking in …

Apple’s got a surprisingly long list of backers in FBI fight

Companies and organizations have filed over a dozen amicus briefs supporting Apple in its showdown with the FBI over phone encryption. Filers include law professors, rights organizations, and some of the biggest companies in the world.<p>This outpouring of support is just the latest in a series of …

Privacy

MasterCard Wants You To Pay For Stuff With Selfies

The company is rolling out a new security feature which will allow cardholders to use a selfie or a fingerprint to verify their identity.<p>MasterCard is rolling out a new strategy in the fight against credit card fraud: It wants you to pay for things with your face.<p>At the Mobile World Congress tech …

Identity Theft

Dominate Calculus With a Few Easy Tricks

How do you integrate with a computer? Let's start with an example.<p>Suppose a car travels only in the x-direction. It starts at x = 0 m with a velocity …

This car has no gears and pumps out only water from its exhaust

A British startup has unveiled a working prototype of a zero-emission car that runs on hydrogen and is about to hit Europe’s roads.<p>The super-simple Rasa design created by Riversimple has only 18 moving parts and can run for 300 miles on just over 50 ounces of hydrogen.<p>The potential gasoline killer …

Alternative Fuel

Famed iPhone hacker explains why FBI’s backdoor request is such a bad idea

When it comes to hacking the iPhone, it’s hard to find anyone with more experience breaking into Apple’s software than Will Strafach, aka Chronic.<p>The legendary hacker has spent years reverse engineering each version of iOS to give jailbreakers full control of the iPhone and he’s got some very …

Privacy

US regulators: Google's self-driving car AI 'can be a driver'

US regulators say Google's self-driving car can be considered the driver under federal law -- a big step towards approval for self-driving cars to take to the roads. Safety regulators apparently told Google of its decision last week. Google submitted a proposed design for a self-driving car back in …

Robotic system can lead to faster medicine development

A robotic system developed by a group of Carnegie Mellon scientists could make the drug development process faster, cheaper and more efficient. See, drug discovery, which identifies potential new medicine, entails loads of lab testing to determine the effects of different drugs on their target …

President Obama Wants $4 Billion To Bring Computer Science Education To Every K-12 School

President Barack Obama has called for more than $4 billion in funding for states, and $100 million specifically for districts in order make sure every K-12 student has access to computer science curriculum. President Obama is calling this the “Computer Science for All Initiative.”<p>“Our economy is …

The long-awaited tech correction is here

But in 2015 the talk peaked, as private company valuations grew to the point where Facebook's $1 billion acquisition of 13-person company Instagram in 2012 now looks cheap, and privately held Uber with no published financial returns and massive losses is supposedly worth more than Ford and GM.<p>On …

Venture Capital

Facebook is deleting pages for legal weed businesses

According to a local news site, NJ.com, Facebook has begun to remove pages for businesses that legally sell marijuana for medical purposes in New Jersey.<p>The three dispensaries were all legal, and licensed to sell marijuana for medicinal reasons in the state of New Jersey, one of 23 states in which …

Cannabis

DARPA wants to build wetware so we can mind control computers

Hot damn, our Ghost in the Shell future is getting closer by the day. DARPA announced on Tuesday that it is interested in developing wetware -- implantable brain-machine interfaces (BMI) that will allow their users to control computers with their thoughts. The device, developed as part of the …

This week in patents: Google cleans seawater with wind, NASA upgrades the Mars Rover and more

NASA has patented a rover that looks and moves like the jelly monster Blobby from Hotel Transylvania.<p>The rover is essentially a bladder filled with a fluid containing shape memory polymers. The bladder is covered with an outer layer that bladder from dirt or debris of the surface or surrounding …

Engineering

Tesla's Model S now drives up to meet you

When Tesla first unveiled its semi-autonomous driving upgrades for the Model S, it made much ado over the ability to summon your car -- you wouldn't have to go into the garage (or walk across a large parking space) just to get moving. Well, that option is finally here. The newly available 7.1 …

Wearables are inching toward a purpose in 2016

Before CES 2016 began, I was expecting wearable technology to occupy less space on the floor than in 2015. I'd reasoned that the industry's failure to make the devices essential for life would cause it to retreat until the problems were fixed. Quite the opposite has happened, and there are enough …

Bronwyn Bishop spends $5,000 on 80km charter helicopter flight from Melbourne to Geelong

Labor is demanding an explanation from Bronwyn Bishop after it was revealed she chartered a helicopter to take an 80-kilometre flight from Melbourne …

3D printing produces a perfect replica of a sixth-century sword

A damaged sixth-century sword in a museum in Norway has been perfectly reproduced as new through 3D printing.<p>After hundreds of years as a great power, the Roman Empire finally crumbled, seeing its final days in the fifth century. Of course, the destruction of something so vast could only be …

3D Printing

Case 135 Ass-Backwards Compatibility

Wangohan, a monk of the Spider Clan, stumbled upon a bug in a utility class provided by the Laughing Monkey Clan. He called upon the junior monk who …

Case 134 Thin Ice

The monk Djishin had grown dispirited from toiling on obscure projects for the One Shoe Clan, far removed from the bustle of temple life. He appealed …

Case 131 Don't Think

A new monk of Elephant's Footprint Clan noticed that all brothers under master Bawan’s tutelage answered questions promptly, without the slightest …

Case 150 Undone

A monk asked master Kaimu, “What is the ideal behavior of ‘undo’?”<p>Kaimu answered, “To undo the last significant action of the user, then the action …

Microscopic gold tubes can both detect and destroy cancer cells

There's no doubt that doctors would prefer to treat cancer as soon as they spot it, and it looks like nanotechnology might give them that chance. Researchers at the University of Leeds have successfully tested gold nanotubes that are useful for both imaging and destroying cancer cells. Since the …

FAA offers framework to legalize commercial drones

The long-awaited rules for unmanned aircraft could open the door for much more regular use of the devices. However, delivery drones don't fit in the new proposed regulations.<p>The Federal Aviation Administration took an important step Sunday toward legalizing and regulating routine use of commercial …

Unmanned Aircraft

Apple studies self-driving car, auto industry source says

FRANKFURT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Technology giant Apple (AAPL.O) is looking beyond mobile devices to learn how to make a self-driving electric car, and is talking to experts at carmakers and automotive suppliers, a senior auto industry source familiar with the discussions said on Saturday.<p>Apple …

New Google Chrome Experiment Takes You into Space

Google has launched a new Chrome Experiment focused on ISEE-3, a small NASA spacecraft that has roamed the Solar System for 36 years. The craft has now been turned into a ‘citizen science’ project thanks to a crowdfunding campaign.<p>The ISEE-3 is set to pass the Moon tomorrow and to mark this, Google …