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Technicolor punches high-def video into higher dynamic range

Is it possible to convert today's standard- and high-definition shows and movies into tomorrow's High-Dynamic Range (HDR) video? Technicolor claims yes.<p>Today's high-definition TV and video can look great, but there's always room for improvement. New, higher-fidelity image schemes are beginning to …

54-propeller superdrone lifts off with a person inside

It took 54 propellers for the Swarm superdrone to get off the ground with a human passenger along for the exciting ride.<p>I've looked at little quadcopter drones and thought, "Gosh, if I could just shrink down to mouse size, that would be a lot of fun to ride around on."<p>YouTube user gasturbine101 …

Drones

5 ways travel has changed (for the better) through mobile technology

Travel, for both business and leisure, is more convenient and seamless than ever before, aided by a slew of digital tools accessible right from the …

This 3D-Printed Working Model of a 787's Jet Engine Has Impressive Thrust

Given the challenges with precision, building functional machines with a household 3D printer isn’t easy. And that’s why it’s all the more impressive …

The founder of Google's top secret project lab has a new plan to double the world's GDP

His efforts turned into Google X, the secretive "moonshot factory" that has produced some of Google's most technically ambitious projects like self-driving cars, smart contact lenses, Google Glass and internet bearing balloons.<p>But after guiding Google X through its early years, Thrun relinquished …

Intelligence, creativity and bipolar disorder may share underlying genetics

Study linking high childhood IQ with bipolar traits later in life suggests that mood disorders may be the genetic price we pay for intelligence and creativity<p>Serious mood disorders such as bipolar may be the price humans have had to pay for our intelligence and creativity.<p>That’s according to new …

The Brain

Going up? Space elevator could zoom astronauts into Earth's stratosphere

Canadian space firm granted US and UK patents for elevator designed to take astronauts 20km (12 miles) above Earth so they can then be propelled into space<p>A Canadian space firm is one step closer to revolutionizing space travel with a simple idea – instead of taking a rocket ship, why not take a …

Space Travel

These wireless earbuds let you adjust the volume of your surroundings

In a windowless office on a tiny San Francisco side street, Noah Kraft is making me hear things in a way I've never heard them before.<p>I'm wearing a …

Will Human Beings Ever Reach 'Earth 2.0'?

Kepler-452b is the most Earth-like planet ever discovered, a place with just enough sunlight to possibly support the crops and house plants of life forms like ourselves.<p>But don't pack your bags just yet. While the planet might seem like a tantalizing target for NASA's next mission, it's extremely …

Universe

Quantum GP700 rockets to 62mph in 2.6 seconds

There are a number of minimalist cars on the market today around the world and perhaps the most famous of them all is the Ariel Atom. Another …

The Cops are onto Waze—But Here Are More Ways to Avoid Tickets – Feature

From the June 2015 issue<p>Having proven that you can, in fact, blast across an entire state in a bright orange supercar without getting a ticket thanks to Waze, a Google-owned navigation app, what more need we say? Well, a few things, actually—Waze has been targeted by police departments that aren’t …

Google Play

These 3D Floors Turn Your Home Into a Magical Scene

Brush your teeth in the middle of the ocean.<p>Look out, the floor is lava! Or a gentle waterfall or an ocean's wave — in fact, you can have any scene you'd like to see underneath your feet thanks to 3D liquid floors. Made by Dubai's Imperial Interiors, these custom floors use poured epoxy to encase a …

How To Hijack Your Car’s Infotainment System

Make your car smarter<p>As most drivers know, “infotainment” generally means “in-dash navigation system with limited function and old maps.” Soup up your car’s outdated software with an upgrade module and a powerful computer you already own--your smartphone.<p><b>WARNING:</b> Disconnect the car battery before …

8 Cool Cleaning Robots

Jetsons-style help for the home.<p>Not since Rosie, the Jetsons' maid, have robots been so helpful around the house — or so cute! Check out some of the best robotic vacuum cleaners we found.

Do your genes determine your entire life?

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

Genetics

HTC's Vive made me believe in VR

I am in the Matrix. Or rather, I am in that same expanse of infinite white space that was also Neo's training grounds in the movie. Hexagonal tiles appear underneath, randomly rising and falling around me. With trepidation, I step forward, slowly walking across the field of unstable tiles, trying …

Valve and HTC Reveal Vive VR Headset

Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC has revealed Vive, a new virtual reality headset that will use Valve's virtual reality technology.<p>The device has a 1,200 by 1,800 pixel screen in front of each eye with refresh rates of 90 frames per second. HTC claims it eliminates the jitter common in other …

Virtual Reality

$12 gets you nine classic Star Wars games in a surprise Humble Bundle

Recent Humble Bundles have been pretty interesting, but this huge news: The Humble Star Wars bundle launches today, and you can pick your price to get up to nine Star Wars games, with more added as the bundle progresses.<p>These are the tiers you can choose from today, and there are some great games …

Use a 'Fake' Location to Get Cheaper Plane Tickets

I can't explain airline pricing but I do know some plane tickets can be cheaper depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you appear to buy them from. This is all about leveraging foreign currencies and points-of-sale to your advantage.<p>For reasons I never quite understood, every time I …

The Rise Of Open Source Hardware

Hardware has always lagged behind software in the open source movement. But one website is beginning to change that.<p>Emile Petrone founded Tindie for selfish reasons. “The basic idea was that there wasn’t a marketplace for the things I was interested in,” he says. At the time, those things were his …

Raspberry Pi

EmDrive Is an Engine That Breaks the Laws of Physics and Could Take Us to Mars

An experimental engine is gaining acceptance among scientists, and could introduce a new era of space travel — it only had to break a law of physics …

Four Note-Taking Apps For The Tech-Forward College Student

As we head into the depths of August (the month where time stands still), there is <i>one</i> interesting thing that starts to happen. Kids head back to school.<p>That said, we decided to use some new data from CampusBooks to look at how college students are approaching their schoolwork. Perhaps the most …

These 3D-printed wireless earphones are tailored to your ears and your lifestyle

Earlier this month we learned about a project called Normal that lets customers create custom in-ear headphones from anywhere via 3D-printing …

Will The Internet Of Things Revolutionize The Aircraft Industry?

What a difference a century makes. When Thomas Edison was tinkering with electric light bulbs, he could have had no idea how fast things would progress technologically. But from those relatively humble, yet revolutionary, beginnings the company he founded, General Electric (GE), is now harnessing …

Pushup Circuit for Strong Shoulders

The circuit works like this: Do each exercise—the pushup, the side pushup to your right, and the side pushup to your left—for 30 seconds, and then move on to the next one. Rest 15 seconds between each exercise. That's one round. Rest one minute, and repeat.<p>"You'll not only ignite muscle growth and …

Three-Wheeled Cars Heading to Highway Near You

Car Tech

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge

In a small lab, near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, sits the prototype of what could revolutionize battery power as we know it. The secret to this power? Algae.<p>OK, just hang with me here. Lots of research has already been done on algae’s possible power capabilities. Prototype creator Adam …

Car-Hacking Goes Viral In London

The days when thieves used clothes hangers to break into cars may soon be a thing of the past.<p>Nearly half the 89,000 vehicles broken into in London last year were hacked with electronic gadgets, according to London’s Metropolitan Police.<p>The hackers appear to be targeting higher-end cars, which …

Serotonin deficiency may not cause depression after all

<b>(hikrcn/Shutterstock)</b><p>New research may lead to a more direct and effective treatment than common SSRIs<p>Jeanene Swanson<p>December 13, 2013 1:30pm (UTC)<p>Depression strikes some 35 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, contributing to lowered quality of life as well as an …