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What’s Behind NASA’s Upcoming Mystery Announcement About Mars?

Our best guess: flowing water, and the potential for alien life.<p><i>Update, 9/28/15:</i> NASA Discovers Liquid Water On Mars (!!!)<p><i>Original story below:</i><p>NASA …

SolarCity in Kauai: The company has a brilliant, battery-centered plan to solve solar’s nighttime problem.

How do you get solar power when the sun goes down?<p>This isn’t a trick question.<p>Advertisement<p>One answer: You generate power from solar panels during …

Architectural Fantasy and Social Reality: Two Types of Floating City | Smart Cities Dive

<i>by Abdelbaseer A. Mohamed</i><p>Many architects have come up with innovative concepts of future utopian cities, some of which are related to smart, …

University of British Columbia

US needs a Mars colony, Buzz Aldrin tells senators

The United States must do more than just plant a flag on Mars if it wants to continue as a leader in the field of space exploration, Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin told senators this week.<p>"In my opinion, there is no more convincing way to demonstrate American leadership for the remainder of this …

Apple Watch will replace your car keys, says Tim Cook

Exclusive interview: The Apple chief executive reveals to Allister Heath how the revolutionary features in the company's smartwatch could forever alter our daily lives<p>Like millions of people, Tim Cook stopped wearing a watch a while back. The Apple boss no longer needed one: his iPhone told the …

Thirsty Food

Fueling Agriculture to Fuel Humans<p>Of the less than 1 percent of freshwater available for human use, a whopping 70 percent goes toward growing food and raising animals.<p>Your diet is probably the biggest slice of your water footprint, especially if you eat meat from cows and other animals fed with …

How To Design The World's Biggest Airport Terminal

How do you make an airport terminal that spans 173 acres feel like anything but a monster? Zaha Hadid attempts the impossible in Beijing.<p>Beijing’s new airport is going to be a monster. At 7.5 million square feet, it covers about the same amount of space as 130 football fields put together–all …

Nation’s Largest Solar Farm on Public Lands Now Online

Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in California is the country's sixth—and largest—solar project approved on public lands. Secretary of the Interior Sally …

Creative AI: Teaching computers to be reporters and storytellers

We humans are obsessed with storytelling. We tell stories to people we meet and people we love. We can't get enough of the stories that drive movies, …

Artificial Intelligence

The day I met Amelia: the virtual assistant hoping to usher in the AI revolution

It was a bit of a surreal prospect. I was going to the Gherkin building in central London to meet Amelia – an artifical intelligence.<p>'She' is the …

Robot dog: can we kick it? The terrifying questions about the future of military robots

There’s a moment, during the video demonstrating Spot the robot dog, where it seems to cower. It’s very brief — and almost certainly a combination of …

Google Added A Puppy To Its Creepy Robot Family

Boston Dynamics has given its humanoid robot a terrifying—but cute—new best friend.<p>Spot is the latest effort from Boston Dynamics, the Google-owned robotics company known for creating the freaky humanoid robot Atlas and the four-legged automaton originally known as Big Dog. Announced via YouTube …

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Google’s new robo-dog stalks premises, withstands hard kicks (VIDEO)

Google-owned robotics company Boston Dynamics has showcased its latest creation in a family of four-legged robots. The trimmed down electric version …

Arctic Ocean shoal ruled off limits for oil drilling

A plateau on the Arctic Ocean floor, where thousands of Pacific walrus gather to feed and raise pups, has received new protections from the Obama administration that recognize it as a biological hot spot and mark it off-limits to future oil drilling.<p>But the announcement from Interior Secretary …

What will the restaurant of the future look like?

Pizza delivered by drone and virtual waiting staff? It may seem like the stuff of sci-fi fantasy, but many of these digital dining innovations are already on their way to a restaurant near you<p><b>Service with a (virtual) smile</b><p>Imagine it: you walk into a local restaurant and the maître d greets you by …

Apple announces $850m giant solar farm

"The time for change is now," proclaimed Apple CEO Tim Cook as he announced the tech giant is committing $848m to clean energy in the form of a 280MW …

Tim Cook

iPhone 6S Upgrade May Embarrass Galaxy S6

Apple is not a good enemy to have. Off the back of record breaking financial results, the company appears determined to drive a stake into its biggest rivals in 2015 – and top of the list is Samsung.<p>In a leaked investors’ research report obtained by AppleInsider respected KGI Securities analyst …

Survival for some endangered species hinges on 'Frozen Zoo'

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — Whenever an endangered animal dies at the San Diego Zoo, researchers race out, regardless of the hour, to remove its sperm …

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Apple goes solar in 'boldest project ever' | DW | 11.02.2015

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook told a Goldman Sachs investor conference on Tuesday that the US tech giant was planning to build a 1,300-acre solar …

Pope Francis To Address Congress During U.S. Trip, Boehner Says

Pope Francis will be the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday.<p>Francis will address lawmakers on Sept. 24, Boehner said, as part of his first papal visit to the United States.<p>"We're humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and …

Charlie Hebdo Office in Paris Attacked by Gunmen; 12 Killed

Satirical Magazine Targeted in Past for Cartoons on Islam; Hollande Calls Shooting a Terror Attack<p>PARIS—Masked gunmen stormed the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, killing a dozen people and decimating a newsroom that long took pride in defying the outrage—and death …

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Secret of long life may be written in stars, scientists find

Norwegian researchers found people born during times of high Sun activity died around five years before those born in periods of solar silence<p>The secret of long life may really be written in the stars - well the Sun at least - after scientists discovered that solar activity at birth predicts …

Americans Want America To Run On Solar and Wind

Americans “overwhelmingly” prefer solar and wind energy to coal, oil, and nuclear energy, according to a Harvard political scientist who has conducted a comprehensive survey of attitudes toward energy and climate for the last 12 years.<p>Americans see natural gas as a bridge fuel that falls somewhere …

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Da Vinci 1.0 review: a bargain 3D printer that comes at a cost

Crowdfunding sites have been teasing us with inexpensive 3D printers for a year now. But in the end the first modern desktop 3D printer that costs …

Does Mars Have What It Takes to Support Life?

NASA's Kepler spacecraft finds first alien planet of new mission

NASA's Kepler space telescope is discovering alien planets again.<p>The prolific spacecraft has spotted its first new alien planet since being hobbled by a malfunction in May 2013, researchers announced Dec. 18. The newly discovered world, called HIP 116454b, is a "super Earth" about 2.5 times larger …

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City of the future sinks into the ocean

Japanese firm devises plan for an Ocean Spiral community that descends nine miles to the seabed<p>With dry land increasingly at a premium, a Japanese construction company has come up with a plan to sink a spiralling city into the depths of our oceans.<p>Each Ocean Spiral will be home to about 5,000 …

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