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7 Things You May Not Know About the New Horizons Visit to Pluto

There's less than a month to go until the first flyby of Pluto<p>NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is set to fly past Pluto this July 14. The 12-hour flyby will provide the best view humanity has ever gotten of the former ninth planet, and should show us lots of new things about the icy world. Here are a …

Automated design process creates smallest, most efficient photonic switch ever - ExtremeTech

By on June 1, 2015 at 1:05 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>By using an automated design …

Watch MIT's Robot Cheetah Leap Over Walls With Ease

Those walls can't save you, puny human<p>Last year, MIT took the leash of its robot cheetah and let it prance around the great outdoors. If it wasn't terrifying and awe-inspiring enough to see the four-legged robo beast race untethered across a lawn and imagine it chasing you down, there's more; they …

White House sides with Oracle, tells Supreme Court APIs are copyrightable

Google v. Oracle: Unlicensed use of APIs might be a fair use, US says.<p>The Justice Department is weighing in on the hot-button intellectual property …

Obama Administration

Rearchitecting GitHub Pages

GitHub Pages, our static site hosting service, has always had a very simple architecture. From launch up until around the beginning of 2015, the …

Databases

Bipedal Robot ATRIAS Takes First Steps Outside

ATRIAS stands for “Assume The Robot Is A Sphere”<p>Humans are incredibly well-balanced machines. As a species, we’ve mastered bipedal locomotion, which is challenging for other animals as well as the machines we make. Even BigDog, the reigning champion of robots that walk, does so on four legs. …

MIT Tests Thinking SeaBots

An age of automated exploration<p>In the ocean depths, off the western coast of Australia, a robot captain was listening to its subordinates. This isn't the plot of a science fiction. Instead it's part of a research project that will explore our seas better. For three weeks, MIT engineers tested …

Robotics

We’ve Made Machines Smart--And Now We’re Making Them Angry

They could make customer service agents more prepared to deal with your wrath<p>Phone calls to automated customer service lines inspire a unique brand of ire. Now a New Zealand-based digital marketing company is creating a robot that can mimic our uniquely human wrath in order to help companies better …

Artificial Intelligence

Hacking Phones With The Touch Of A Hand

A hand that's got an implanted RFID chip, that is<p>For many of us, our smartphones are an integral part of our being, containing not just everything we need to communicate but depths of personal information, from our daily schedules to our finances. While last summer the Supreme Court ruled cell …

How To Build Your Own Particle Detector

Watch particles zip through your living room<p>Machines designed to reveal subatomic particles operate on huge scales. Detectors at the Large Hadron Collider weigh thousands of tons, contain millions of sensors, and record particles moving at close to the speed of light. But they don’t have to be so …

Physics

The Tricorder Comes Down to Earth

Students are battling to create a universal diagnostic tool<p>In <i>Star Trek</i>, a visit to the sick bay nearly always began with a scan of the tricorder, a handheld instrument that could quickly gather vital signs and diagnose ailments. Now 20 undergraduates and recent alumni at Johns Hopkins University …

Computer Chips Can Now Be Made From Wood

Just call them wood chips<p>The woods are lovely, dark, deep, and filled with potential computer components.<p>In a paper published in <i>Nature Communications</i> this week, researchers announced the construction of computer chips made from wood.<p>But don't expect to see hipsters advertising hand-carved artisan …

Nature Communications

You Could One Day Be Identified By Your Unique 'Brainprint'

Our neurons respond differently to the same words<p>Sometimes, other people interpret your words differently than you may have intended--like you’re not on the same wavelength. Turns out that the neuroscience backs up that idea; words elicit unique neurological responses in different people's brains, …

The Brain

Glowing Paper Could Pave The Way For Bendy Devices

It’s environmentally friendly, too<p>With the release of Apple Watch and Google Glass, personal electronics are breaking out from our pockets. But even these newest iterations are rigid; despite years of buzz about foldable electronics, you still can’t read a book on your Kindle then fold it up like a …

Google Glass

The Monsters And Aliens Of America’s Best B-Movies, Mapped By State

This print of the Altered States Of America is the best way to teach geography to a sci-fi or fantasy fan.<p>In <i>League of Extraordinary Gentlemen</i>, legendary comics magus Alan Moore imagined a Victorian England in which all of the most fantastic people, places and events in fantastic British fiction had …

How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

This image is an example of guttation, the exudation of tiny drops of sap that accumulate on the tips or edges of leaves. Image & explanation via ScienceAlert

Forget ‘Panda Cam’, an HD Stream of Earth Is Coming Soon

Two high-definition cameras will be fastened to the International Space Station’s underbelly in the coming months to provide earthlings with some of …

Could we harness power from black holes?

It might seem like an absurd idea, but physicists have long pondered whether black holes could one day be tapped for energy, says Phil Ball. But how possible is it?<p>Imagine the scene: highly advanced civilisations get enormous amounts of energy from black holes, be it extracting it from collapsed …

Black Holes

A Coffee Maker That Looks Like It Comes From A Chemistry Lab

The Café Balāo is a coffee maker that’d look right at home in chemistry class, but it’s simple enough for anyone to use.<p>Perhaps it’s the late nights at the lab, or just the fact that the ubiquitous glassware is so well suited for double duty brewing up a cup of joe, but chemistry and coffee have …