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Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

Foodini Machine Promises to 3-D Print Dinner

Spending hours in the kitchen may be a thing of the past once the fabulous Foodini goes on sale.<p>The sleek silver machine uses 3-D printing technology …

Samsung Releases Tizen SDK for Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo

As promised, Samsung has released a new software development kit (SDK) for its Tizen-based wearables, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Available to download right now, it gives developers the ability to build apps for its upcoming pair of smartwatches.<p>The release is notable because, as Engadget notes, …

MIT's bionic plants could be used as energy factories and sensors

In many ways, plants are ideal technology hosts -- they're outdoor-friendly, self-healing and pollution-free. It only makes sense, then, that MIT scientists want to harness that potential by augmenting our leafy friends with nanotechnology. The researchers have found that injecting nanoparticles …

Seeing secrets: Trevor Paglen on photographing the NSA’s headquarters

Artist Trevor Paglen spends much of his time photographing places you’re not supposed to see, whether that’s desert military bases or mountainside listening posts or classified spacecraft. His first photographic monograph, <i>Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes</i>, captured those secret …

New York's Grand Central to get mobile service and Wi-Fi, along with 39 other subway stations

After rolling out Wi-Fi and cell service to dozens of New York City subway stations last year, Transit Wireless is ramping up its efforts with phase two of the project. The expansion includes 29 new stations in Queens and 11 in Manhattan, with Grand Central Terminal among them. According to the …

MIT Startup Tesseract Aims To Commercialize Mobile Digital Photo Refocusing And 3D Effects

An MIT project that aimed to bring light field refocusing powers to existing cameras for less than a dollar is being spun out as its own commercial venture: Tesseract wants to provide the same capabilities to mobile devices, and the startup has the demos to prove it, using actual Android smartphone …

Microsoft to unveil Xbox One Media Remote this week

Microsoft is planning to unveil its Xbox One Media Remote this week. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that the software giant will announce the new remote on February 20th, with a full release date scheduled for March 4th. Images of the new Media Remote leaked …

PediaPress Wants To Print The Complete English Wikipedia In 1,000 Books

This is not a joke. PediaPress launched an Indiegogo campaign to print the entire English Wikipedia encyclopedia on around 1,000 books, representing more than a million pages. The startup printed the first volume to see how it would look — in it, you will find all the articles from “A” to “A76 …

BitTorrent revamps its mobile clients, puts more weight behind content bundles

BitTorrent Inc. released two new mobile apps Wednesday, updating the UI of its BitTorrent and µTorrent Android(s goog) apps, which together have seen …

The Allure Of Anonymous Confessional Apps 'Secret' And 'Whisper'

"I'm worth 83.7 million dollars and bored out of my mind."<p>"My friend who is a banker just told me he's working on Dropbox's IPO...oooh."<p>"The drug use in Silicon Valley is outrageous. So are the inflated egos. It's like LA for smart, ugly people."<p>Declarations like these — some plaintive, some fueled …

Phablets Are Officially A Thing, With 20M Shipped In 2013

God help us. Phablets are officially a thing.<p>According to Juniper Research, phablets are expected to hit 120 million units shipped by 2018, up from the estimated 20 million phablets shipped last year (2013).<p>Samsung validated the trend with the super-sized Galaxy Note series, which has gone on to be …

The Techno-Militarization Of America

Remember last year? Edward Snowden! NSA! Shock! Horror! Dismay!<p>Looking back I’m amazed we all seemed so surprised. Over the last decade, pretty much every arm of American authority invoked “homeland security” as an excuse to acquire boatloads of new technology, and used it to help expand their …

20 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

Blood meets hydrogen peroxide<p>Source: Iitmne<p>Sodium acetate crystallization<p>Source: Imgur<p>Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction<p>Source: GIF Trunk<p>Water bridge …

Nintendo 'studying' mobile devices in wake of bleak hardware sales forecast

"It's not as simple as enabling Mario to move on a smartphone."<p>Earlier today Nintendo slashed its sales forecast for the Wii U by nearly 70 percent, which in turn led the company to predict an operating loss of around $336 million. And it appears that drastic change has forced the company to …

Google[x] Testing Smart Contact Lenses To Help Monitor Diabetes

Google is testing out a contact lens product that is designed to help measure glucose levels in tears in an attempt to manage a patient’s diabetes. An outcome from the company’s Google[x] department, the prototypes are capable of generating a reading once per second. Google is also in talks with …

Meta wants to augment your world with the 'Iron Man' interface

When someone tells you they have a pair of augmented reality glasses with an interface designed by the same Hollywood staple who created the Iron Man suit's UI, you listen. Then, you ask if you can put them on.<p>The glasses come from Meta, a small company with huge dreams that's already comparing …

Ready For Virtual Reality Withdrawals? The New Oculus Rift Crystal Cove Prototype Is That Good

<i>An in-depth preview of the Crystal Cove prototype shown behind closed doors, and what it means for Oculus VR as their virtual reality headset edges closer to a public launch.</i><p>“We’re going to need a lot of therapists specializing in virtual reality withdrawals.” That was my first thought after …

How One Man's One-Way Trip To Mars Is Dividing His Family

Choosing between the Earthlings you love and the adventure of a lifetime<p>Ken Sullivan has applied for a one-way trip to Mars, and, good news, he's made it past the first round of Mars One applicants! Hooray! Surely nothing could stand in his way.<p>Except his wife and four children, who are less than …

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Why the universe may be nothing more than math

If you're not already a physicist, you need to mentally prepare yourself for MIT professor Max Tegmark's explanation of how our entire universe isn't just described by math, but <i>is</i> math. <i>Scientific American</i> published an excerpt from Tegmark's new book, <i>Our Mathematical Universe</i>, which explains that …

Moment lenses are the latest attempt to make your smartphone's camera better

Smartphone have essentially changed photography as we know it. The always-with-us devices have enabled more people to take more photos than ever before. The top four most popular cameras on Flickr bear this out: they are all iPhones. But as popular as smartphones are for taking pictures, they are …

Status Symbols: Nintendo Power Glove

100% conspicuous futurism<p><i>Status Symbols are devices that transcend their specs and features, and become something beautiful and luxurious in their own right. They're things that live on after the megapixel and megahertz wars move past them, beacons of timeless design and innovation.</i><p>In December of …

Feds Can't Enforce Net Neutrality: What This Means For You

In a landmark ruling Tuesday, a federal appeals court has struck down key parts of the Federal Communications Commission's open-Internet rules, effectively ruling that the federal government cannot enforce net neutrality. Put more simply, it can't require that Internet service providers treat all …

These Fledglings Could Fall Now That Google Has Its Nest

Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest could herald a new wave of interest in companies sitting at the intersection of data, services, and energy for the home and for businesses – or the beginning of the end for earlier-stage competitors.<p>One investor with deep exposure to the cleantech industry …

Spinach Dinosaurs To Sugar Diamonds: 3-D Printers Hit The Kitchen

From cool casts for a broken arm to impressive replicas of Michelangelo's <i>David,</i> 3-D printing has come a long way in the past few years.<p>In fact, the technology is moving so fast that 3-D printers might be coming to your kitchen this year — or at least, to a bakery or bistro down the street.<p>A company …

Lomography Konstruktor review: the $35 camera you build yourself

As camera-makers trim their point-and-shoot lines in the face of encroaching smartphones, one company is keeping the faith and doing what it's done for the past three decades. Lomography's wide range of film cameras dates back to the early ‘90s, when some students in Vienna discovered the potential …