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Farewell to Person of Interest, one of the best shows about spy tech ever made | Ars Technica

The dark sci-fi series ended last night after five seasons of high-tech surveillance and subversion.<p>It's rare for a television series about …

TV

That Was Quick: Nintendo 64 Is 20 Years Old

If you don’t feel old just yet, here’s something to help you get there: the Nintendo 64 game console is celebrating its 20th birthday.<p>On this day in …

Retrogaming

Is there life after death? Some genes turn on after the body's demise, study finds

‘Is there life after death?’ is a question that has dominated human thinking since time immemorial.<p>But now researchers have discovered that an …

3D Printing Could Save Coral Reefs

Warmer waters are sapping reefs of their color and life<p>Coral reefs are enduring the longest and most pervasive bleaching event on record. Warmer waters are cooking coral, sapping reefs of their color and life.<p>Ecologists are scrambling to save coral reefs before it’s too late. The best solution …

Coral Reefs

Under My Skin: The New Frontier Of Digital Implants

“Biohackers” are putting microchips and magnets in their bodies for everything from unlocking the front door to detecting moon earthquakes.<p>Tim Shank can guarantee he’ll never leave home without his keys. Why? His house keys are located <i>inside his body</i>.<p>Shank, the president of the Minneapolis futurist …

Singularity

Bionic Leaf Turns Sunlight Into Liquid Fuel 10 Times Faster Than Nature

By Tim Radford<p>Scientists in the U.S. claim to have beaten nature at its own game. They have created a “bionic leaf" that exploits sunlight to create …

Google's developing its own version of the Laws of Robotics - ExtremeTech

Google’s developing its own version of the Laws of Robotics<p>By on June 10, 2016 at 10:01 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on …

Review: Yolk's Solar Paper lets you plug into the sun

Design & connectivity<p>Yolk's Solar Paper can have huge appeal to those who appreciate significant functionality in a compact form – not unlike how …

Watching a SpaceX Rocket Land on a Drone Barge Never Gets Old

We usually see rocket launches and landings from above. But there’s something about seeing the whole thing happen from the ground-up that’s just so …

Google is working on a kill switch to prevent an AI uprising

Humans don't like the idea of not being at the top of the food chain; having something we've created taking power over us isn't exactly ideal. It's why folks like Tesla mastermind Elon Musk and noted astrophysicist Stephen Hawking are so determined to warn us of the terrifying implications that …

Chile Is Producing So Much Solar Power, It's Giving It Away For Free

I would like some solar, please.<p>Market forces often produce strange quirks in the economic system, like the one we're seeing in Chile this year: the …

Renewable Energy

What Was the Mir Space Station?

On February 20, 1986, a Proton rose off its launchpad in Kazakstan bound for low Earth orbit. Its payload was a module designated 17KS, known better as the core stage of the Mir space station. In the 15 years that followed, modules were added and rearranged, prompting some to liken history’s first …

Israeli Scout Robot Packs A Glock Pistol

Lethal remotely-controlled force<p>Dogo goes up stairs, rolls out in pairs, and fits on a squadmate’s back. Dogo is a new remotely operated robot made by Israel’s General Robotics, and inside its tiny frame it carries another, more familiar weapon. First, the robots crawl into place.<p>Dogos on patrol<p>And …

50 Brilliant Science Fiction Movies That Everyone Should See

Science fiction has rocked cinemas for a century, and the genre has produced many undisputed classics during that time. But which movies are …

Science Fiction

Here Comes The Next Huge Wave Of Solar Panels

The solar industry is booming. The millionth set of solar panels in the United States was installed sometime in the last two months, and industry leaders expect the number of solar-powered systems to double within two years.<p>That's a huge deal, experts say. While solar still only makes up 1 percent …

Fossil Fuels

The Marine Corps is developing land-borne battlefield robots with flying drone sidekicks

Inside the Warfighting Lab at Quantico, Virigna, the Marine Corps is busy building battlefield robots to operate in independent teams. …

Military

SpaceX successfully lands its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship again

SpaceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea after launching it into space early Friday morning. It's the third time the company has recovered the vehicle post-launch, and the second time the rocket has landed intact on the ship. Now, SpaceX has both demonstrated that it …

Elon Musk

The best recent science fiction and fantasy novels – reviews roundup

Creation Machine by Andrew Bannister, The Medusa Chronicles by Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds, Dreamsnake by Vonda N McIntyre, Azanian Bridges by Nick Wood and Ace of Spiders by Stefan Mohamed<p>Space opera lends itself to the depiction of grand dimensions and great duration, but it’s one thing …

Science Fiction

Google patents smart lenses you inject into your eyes

Google Glass may have been too clunky to succeed in its original version, but the search giant will find its way into your eyeballs one way or another. According to a new patent filing, the company has devised a method to inject a device directly into your eyeballs.<p>Per the patent filing, the device …

The Expanse: The Best New Sci-Fi You Can't Watch In Australia

<i>The Expanse</i> is a sci-fi series that respects space. In the show -- and in real life -- space is huge, empty, and deadly; it's a massive gap of …

Science Fiction

Researchers take to the skies with energy-efficient 3D printed bat surveillance robots

Apr 3, 2016 | By Alec<p>Why are virtually all 3D printed drones powered by propellers? Sure, it’s a relatively easy way for us humans to achieve flight, …

More Star Wars Secrets Spilled! What We Learned from The Force Awakens' DVD Extras

<i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> kicked the box office into hyperdrive with a ka-ching-ching-ching-ing $2 <i>billion</i> worldwide gross, and now the saga is …

Tesla Motors receives $10bn in Model 3 pre-orders in just two days

Elon Musk’s company took $276m in deposits for the ‘affordable’ $35,000 car, which is primed for a 2017 launch<p>Tesla Motors took almost $10bn (£7bn) worth of pre-orders for its newest car, the Model 3, in just two days, according to the company’s chief executive Elon Musk.<p>By the end of 2 April, …

Tesla

Modder fixes Aliens: Colonial Marines

Gearbox's Aliens: Colonial Marines wasn't great. Now, a modder has fixed it.<p>TemplarGFX's "ACM Overhaul", released on 20th March and updated since, …

Street Fighter

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 10 – The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

An intoxicating renewal of evolutionary theory that coined the idea of the meme and paved the way for Professor Dawkins’s later, more polemical works<p>What is man, and what are we for? Remarkably, it was not until Charles Darwin published <i>On the Origin of Species</i> in 1859 that anyone, in our history, …

Biology

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Says Xbox One Won’t Get Playstation 4.5-Style Upgrades

Console wars. Console wars never change. The hardware arms race to superiority will forever dominate as the main motivation for any company not named Nintendo, or so it once seemed. Reports from around the game industry have dubbed a new iteration of the Playstation 4 the Playstation 4.5, or …

The creeping fascism of American literature

Every few years, a public figure proposes repression and violence in the name of patriotism, and we go back to the dystopian novel <i>It Can’t Happen Here</i>. Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 book is currently being read in the context of Donald Trump’s presidential run, built on bare-faced xenophobia and an …

Political Science

Machines are becoming more creative than humans

Can machines be creative? Recent successes in AI have shown that machines can now perform at human levels in many tasks that, just a few years ago, were considered to be decades away, like driving cars, understanding spoken language, and recognizing objects. But these are all tasks where we know …

Artificial Intelligence

Will no one stop Poland destroying Europe’s most precious forest?

If the EU can’t save Białowieża from the loggers, its protections are meaningless<p>Białowieża is “the misty, brooding forest that loomed behind your eyelids when, as a child, someone read you the Grimm brothers’ fairytales”, in the words of American ecologist Alan Weisman. This unique place of …

Biodiversity

People Who Constantly Point Out Grammar Mistakes Are Pretty Much Jerks, Scientists Find

But you probably already knew that.<p>Scientists have found that people who constantly get bothered by grammatical errors online have "less agreeable" …

Psychology