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Graphene spacecraft could fly on starlight

Graphene could revolutionise battery tech, create super-strength spider silk, and soak up oil spills in minutes -- Iron Man even wants his next suit …

Early men and women were equal, say scientists

Our prehistoric forebears are often portrayed as spear-wielding savages, but the earliest human societies are likely to have been founded on enlightened egalitarian principles, according to scientists.<p>A study has shown that in contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes, men and women tend to have equal …

Anthropology

Long-Range Iris Scanning Is Here

An engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon says he’s invented technology that can identify someone from across the room with the precision of a fingerprint.<p>An officer pulls someone over on the side of the highway. The cop sits in the car a moment, runs the plates—they’re fine—and gets out of the …

U.S. Army

10 ingenious apps and sites for tech-savvy makers

It's time for you to hack into your creativity.<p>A DIY project is a fulfilling way to unplug from the technology-driven world and work with your hands. …

Apps

Luxury Yacht with Underwater Rooms Boasts Amazing Views of Ocean Life

The Dubai-based Kleindienst Group has designed a contemporary marine yacht concept that's unlike any other. Called the <i>Floating Seahorse</i>, it boasts an underwater master bedroom and bath that offer amazing views of the surrounding ocean.<p>This aquatic accommodation is a luxurious home away from home, …

Paper Now Autotunes Your Whiteboard Sketches To Look Like A Million Bucks

An update to Fiftythree’s preeminent iPad sketching app beautifies freehand flowcharts like no other.<p>Fiftythree’s Paper is an app that made iPad sketching great. Then it made iPad coloring great. Then it introduced a stylus that made iPad styluses great. Then it made sketching with other people …

BitTorrent’s encrypted P2P chat app Bleep launches publicly for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac

BitTorrent today launched its encrypted P2P chat app Bleep. You can download the first stable version for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac from bleep.pm.<p>Formerly known as BitTorrent Chat, Bleep was first released in private alpha in July (but only for Windows 7 and Windows 8) and then as a public …

NASA funds 'squid rover,' 14 other far-out space tech ideas

NASA has funded 15 ambitious tech concepts in the hopes that one or more of them may have a huge impact on space science or exploration down the road.<p>The new ideas funded by the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program include a squid-like amphibious rover that could explore icy, …

Facebook Rep Claims Uploaded Photos Become the Company’s Property

Here’s something that may raise quite a few eyebrows among photographers who use Facebook: a representative of the social network has apparently said …

Lily is the World’s First Throw-and-Shoot Camera

Lily is a new robotic camera drone that aims to shake up not only the drone industry, but the camera industry as a whole. It’s the world’s first …

Drones

This $169 Computer Is Designed For The World’s Emerging Middle Class

Your TV screen is your monitor, and an Internet connection isn’t necessary.<p>On a trip to India, entrepreneur Matt Dalio noticed something about the country’s emerging middle class: While many families owned TVs, few could also afford to have a computer. He had an epiphany. Why not make TV screens …