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Supercomputer Takes 40 Minutes To Create Super-Detailed Model Of 1 Second Of Brain Activity

The human brain won't be surpassed by computers any time soon.<p>Futurists have long talked about the day when computers become as powerful and versatile as the human brain. A recent simulation shows that day is not exactly imminent. In one of the most accurate simulations of the human brain to date, …

Singularity

Glowing Plants Now Up For Auction

Bid now for one of 20 genetically modified, bioluminescent house plants.<p>St. Louis-based biotech company Bioglow has put 20 of its light-emitting plants up for auction. First off, here's where you can bid. The plant, called Starlight Avatar, glows blue-green throughout its life cycle, but lives only …

The End Of Anonymity

Technology that matches faces to names can already single out criminals. What happens when it can identify anyone?<p><i>Click here to see how a useless photo turns into an identifiable face.</i><p>Detective Jim McClelland clicks a button and the grainy close-up of a suspect—bearded, expressionless, and looking …

Machine Learning

This Collapsible, Camera-Toting Drone Surely Couldn't Spy On People

Ha ha. What a notion!<p>The Pocket Drone is a tiny, tiny drone that can quickly collapse and be concealed, but is also strong enough to carry a high-quality camera. What might people use this for? Oh, you know, recreation. Filming footage of bike rides or aerial shots of birthday parties. Not spying. …

Sponges Can Sneeze, May Have New Sensory Organ

Bless you, sponges.<p>I don't know if you were aware, but sponges sneeze. That's a surprise, since sneezes result when nerve cells sense the presence of some sort of irritating, foreign particle. But sponges, one of the earliest evolving animals, aren't thought to possess a single sensory cell.<p>That …

Researchers Create Micro-Flyer That "Swims" in Air

This miniature flying machine moves like a jellyfish, not like a bee.<p>Lief Ristroph and Stephen Childress of New York University have taken an alternate route around evolution's highway: They've created a miniature flying machine that moves not like a bird or insect, but a jellyfish. Rather than …

15 must-read tech stories in China this week

Did you miss your regular fix of China tech news this past week? Worry not! Grab a cup of coffee and peruse through these must-read stories!<p>The …

China

Thor: The Dark World overtakes Iron Man 2 at the global box office, becomes third-highest grossing Marvel Studios release

It may not have reached <b>Iron Man 3</b> levels of success, but the Chris Hemsworth-headlined <b>Thor: The Dark World</b> has overtaken <b>Iron Man 2’s</b> $623 million …

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro Image Leaked

Samsung is rumored to be working on a 12.2-inch oversized tablet that is expected to launch next year, along with a few more tablets. Yesterday, we …

Gear & Gadgets

Billion-dollar climate denial network exposed

An extensive study into the financial networks that support groups denying the science behind climate change and opposing political action has found …