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Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?

With recent news headlines proclaiming that dozens of people have been selected as finalists for a Martian astronaut corps, it might seem like a trip to this alien world might finally be close at hand.<p>But let's have a little reality check. What are the chances that we really will see people on the …

Space Science

7 things Steve Jobs would have hated about Apple today

A lot has changed at Apple in the years since Steve Jobs died. While much of it is good (record-breaking iPhone sales, work on the new Apple campus, the stock-split leading to new share price highs), it’s unavoidable that one or two (or, indeed, 7) things would slip through the cracks, which …

Toyota: How A Fast Follower Took The Lead

Honda and Toyota stand out as the Japanese automobile industry’s strongest players. So when in 2008 Honda launched the FCX Clarity, the world’s first plausibly commercial fuel-cell car, people wondered why Toyota was nowhere in this exciting new technology.<p>Now the shoe is on the other foot. In …

IBM spends $3 billion to push the far future of computer chips

IBM will invest $3 billion over five years to develop processors with much smaller, more tightly packed electronics than today's models, and to sustain computing progress even after today's manufacturing technology runs out of steam.<p>The first goal is to build chips whose electronic components, …

Quantum Computing

Apple announces iOS 8 at WWDC 2014

Apple on Monday unveiled the next iteration of its mobile operating system, iOS 8, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The software is available in beta for developers starting today, and for the public for free this fall.<p>Last year's bold visual overhaul with iOS 7 was a …

Apple

Nadella's Bid To Fix Microsoft: What Ballmer Didn't Dare

When Satya Nadella settled into the U.S. at age 20, he had a problem. The Indian emigre wanted a master’s in computer science as fast as possible, so he could dash into America’s booming tech sector. But cash was tight and his undergraduate preparation, back in Mangalore, was patchy. In 1988 …