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Coursera Hits 4 Million Students -- And Triples Its Funding

Coursera founders Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng don’t think small. Their Mountain View, Calif., online-education company is less than two years old, yet it already has attracted more than 4 million student signups. Now Coursera has raised $43 million in fresh venture capital, tripling its cash …

Solving transport headaches in the cities of 2050

With global cities swelling and car use soaring, how will our existing transport systems cope? Ryan Chin at the MIT Media Lab looks at sustainable alternatives that we could see on the streets by 2050.<p>What is the future of urban mobility? By 2050 there could be 2.5bn cars roaming the planet and …

Robots: The droids we are looking for

The robot revolution has yet to take off. Why? Roboticist Rodney Brooks thinks this is because we have to feel we need them in our lives.<p>In decades past, science fiction writers believed the homes and workplaces of the future would include teams of labour-saving robots who would perform most menial …

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The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most stunning images from this week in the worlds of science and technology, including the planet’s largest solar-powered boat, the Paris Air Show and the aftermath of a forest fire.<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>Astronaut photography, a tiny helicopter and a hovering bike<p>Rocket launch, a …

Meet B, the flying car that'll make it even easier to terrorize local wildlife (video)

Sometimes, when a remote-control car and a remote-control helicopter love each other very much, they come together and produce something like the B. Well, okay, that's not exactly how this small flying car came about, but it's a nice story. Witold Mielniczek, a computational engineering Ph.D. …

Two Men Arrested For Trying To Build An X-Ray Gun [Updated]

Which leaves us with the important question: Could an X-ray weapon actually work?<p>On Wednesday, the New York Times reported the curious case of Glendon Scott Crawford, a man with Ku Klux Klan connections who wanted to build an X-ray weapon to "help Israel kill its enemies while they slept." It's an …

Electric plane motors could save fuel and reduce delays

Drones weren't the only things on display at the Paris Air Show this week. As <i>Wired</i> reports, experimental electric motors were being demonstrated that would allow planes to taxi to and from the runway without needing to power up their regular engines. The Electric Green Taxiing System (EGTS) …