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Scientists Program Remote-Controlled Nanobots to Kill Cancer

(via PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)<p>Scientists have created an army of remote-controlled, biodegradable, cancer-killing nanobots.<p>A joint effort by …

For the First Time Ever, a Robot Performed an Operation Inside a Human Eye

Steady Hands<p>If you consume a lot of science fiction content, you’ve no doubt noticed the widespread use of robots in flicks set in some futuristic …

Artificial intelligence has a big year ahead

In 2017, AI won't just be for the nerdy companies. Machine learning can help with mortgage applications and bridge safety, too.<p>Get ready for AI to show up where you'd least expect it.<p>In 2016, tech companies like Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft launched dozens of products and services powered …

Remix OS is now available as a simple-to-use Android emulator for Windows

Remix OS is basically a desktop version of Android, with floating windows and a start menu-style app drawer. So, it makes sense that creators Jide would make it as easy to use <i>on</i> a desktop. Enter Remix OS Player — a free, downloadable emulator of the OS for Windows. It's always been fairly easy to …

How a high school student hacked his way to free, unlimited 4G

Unlimited, free data is basically the dream, right? Jacob Ajit, a 17-year high school student from Virginia, hacked his way to just that.<p>It all started with boredom, as Ajit explained in a post on Medium:<p>I had a T-Mobile prepaid SIM on a spare phone with no active service, so I came up with a fun …

Ford will sell you a self-driving car by around 2025, CEO says

Forget just hailing a ride in a self-driving Ford. By sometime around 2025, Ford will instead sell you an autonomous car.<p>Speaking in Dearborn, …

Ridesharing

Google making it possible to securely stop AI robots from causing harm

Worried about the robot apocalypse? Some may think it’s nothing to worry about, but it is true that a self-learning, intelligent machine will not be perfect. Even if they may not turn evil and want to take over the world, chances are there will be times when these AI agents make harmful decisions. …

Surprisingly efficient snail brains could help make robots smarter

How snails think about eating could inform future robot decision-making designs. University of Sussex researchers have discovered that the creatures use just two brain cells for complex decisions: one cell told the snail if it was hungry, while another told it if food was near. Scientists attached …

The Brain

Undocumented Valedictorian Takes Down Trump In Epic Speech

"America can be great again without the construction of a wall built on hatred and prejudice."<p>A Yale University-bound woman has just become the second high school valedictorian in Texas to reveal that she's an undocumented immigrant.<p>Larissa Martinez, who will go to Yale on a full ride this fall, …

Google’s modular Project Ara phone is shipping to developers this fall

With a consumer model coming in 2017<p>On the last day of I/O, Google's ATAP division has finally given us some firm details on when it will release a very real Project Ara modular phone. A developer edition running Android with a 5.3-inch screen is shipping this fall, while a consumer version of the …

Millions of email names, passwords hacked in giant data breach, report says

<b>UPDATED, MAY 9, 2016, 11:00 AM PT</b><p>More than 250 million email usernames and passwords have been breached and are being used by "Russia's criminal …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

How to find out everything Google knows about you

In exchange, you agree to share information about yourself that Google can share with advertisers so their ads are more effective. For instance, airlines want to target people who love to travel. Children's clothing makers want to target parents.<p>Google uses a lot of methods to learn about you. …

Siri's creators will unveil their new AI bot on Monday

Shortly after being purchased by Apple, two of Siri's founders left the company to begin creating yet another AI assistant. It's called Viv, and <i>The Washington Post</i> reports that it'll be unveiled to the world on Monday.<p>Viv is essentially meant to be Siri, but good. It's an AI assistant that you …

Intelligence Director Clapper: Snowden Advanced Encryption Technology 'Seven Years'

Edward Snowden advanced encryption technologies by “about seven years,” National Intelligence Director James Clapper said Monday during a talk hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.<p>Commercially available software has become so sophisticated so quickly, Clapper added, that it is a “major …

Surveillance

Humanoid diving robot hunts for sunken treasure in French shipwreck

Robotics scientists at the US’s Stanford University have achieved a remarkable first: they have successfully sent an automated avatar – which they describe as a robo-mermaid – down to an ancient shipwreck to retrieve a vase from the sunken vessel.<p>La Lune, the flagship of Louis XIV of France, sank …

Robotics

Microsoft is buying 10 million molecules of custom DNA from a San Francisco startup

It seems that Microsoft is exploring the idea of using DNA molecules as a way to store massive amounts of data. Unlike hard drives, Blu-Ray discs, or pretty much any current storage technology, DNA stays intact and readable for as long as 1,000 to 10,000 years.<p>Better yet, Microsoft Research …

Why image recognition is about to transform business

At Facebook’s recent annual developer conference, Marc Zuckerberg outlined the social network’s artificial intelligence (AI) plans to “build systems that are better than people in perception.” He then demonstrated an impressive image recognition technology for the blind that can “see” what’s going …

Man solves his own disappearance mystery after 30 years

Edgar Latulip "finds himself" after recovering his memory after three decades, ending long missing person search<p>It is surely one of the most unlikely pieces of detective work ever recorded.<p>When Edgar Latulip went missing from a rooming house in the Canadian town of Kitchener, Ontario in 1986, he …

Verizon's video service sidesteps Verizon's bandwidth caps

Engadget's parent company Verizon is taking a page from T-Mobile's playbook and proving that it really doesn't care about net neutrality. The latest update to its Go90 video streaming app makes it so watching the company's content won't count toward a Verizon customer's 4G LTE data cap. This is bad …

Net Neutrality

Computing at the Speed of Light

Scientists are one step closer to creating a computer that uses pure light, rather than electrons, to transmit information.<p>Today’s computers use …

Apple adds Bluetooth 4.2 to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2

Changes to Apple’s published tech specs for various products are rare, but when they happen, they’re typically interesting — and under-the-radar. At some point following the September 9th announcement of the 2015 iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro and iPad mini 4, Apple quietly modified the tech …

Ronda Rousey Discusses Body Image in New York Times Interview

Ronda Rousey has broken down barriers in the world of MMA as UFC's biggest draw, and now she is looking to do the same as it relates to the body image of women in the media.<p>The 28-year-old superstar has a growing presence in the realm of Hollywood thanks to her roles in hits like <i>The Expendables 3</i> …

Ronda Rousey

Welcome to the International Space Station

Three astronauts—including Denmark’s first—are currently en route to that big hunk of metal orbiting 220 miles up from Earth. The Soyuz capsule carrying them, which launched Wednesday from Kazakhstan, will take two days to reach the ISS.<p>And thanks to the European Space Agency, humans back on Earth …

Space

Fantastic Four review – murky and misjudged

On screen, the Fantastic Four remain the poor relations of the Marvel superhero family. The first (2005) episode of last decade’s F4 diptych at least showed some flippant pop-culture fizz. But this unnecessary reboot is a solemn affair, visually murky and misjudged. After a laborious build-up about …

Fantastic Four

Intel's Skylake chips: What you need to know about the next big CPU change

Move over, Broadwell: the sixth generation of Intel Core i-series CPUs are almost here. Here's how it will -- and won't -- affect your PC and Mac buying choices.<p>If it seems like only months ago that we were talking about Intel's fifth generation of processors for laptops, desktops, hybrids and …

Neurosurgeon to attempt world's first head transplant

An Italian neurosurgeon has unveiled plans to perform the first human head transplant by the end of 2017.<p>Dr Sergio Canavero announced his plan at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons in the US state of Maryland on Friday, saying he believes he has a 90 …

Physiology