Google Search Baseline Study

Next big moonshot project puts Google inside your body

By on July 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Next big moonshot project puts Google inside your body

Google is far from being done searching for answers for some of your most pressing questions, including many surrounding health and the human body, The Wall Street Journal reveals. Baseline Study is a new Google X “moonshot” project that wants to look into the human body and find out exactly what makes us healthy so that the company can find new ways to improve our health. More →

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Maneuvers Video

Check out these wild Boeing 787-9 maneuvers you’ll hopefully never have to experience

By on July 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM.

Check out these wild Boeing 787-9 maneuvers you’ll hopefully never have to experience

Boeing has a new gigantic Dreamliner ready to fly you to a hot destination, Engadget reports, and the company decided to demo the longer 787-9 variant at the Farnborough Airshow in London. To highlight the new aircraft’s powers, 787-9 pilots performed various extreme maneuvers, like steep takeoffs and high-bank turns off the ground – or the kind of airplane action you’ll hopefully never have to experience yourself – with Boeing recording the whole experience on video. More →

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Vantablack Video

Scientists have developed a black so deep it makes 3D objects look flat

By on July 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Scientists have developed a black so deep it makes 3D objects look flat

Coating objects with a layer so black it makes them look like flat holes in reality is potentially important for developing stealth weapons. But we all know the coolest implementation would be an iPhone that would look like a black splotch on the table.

We are now a step closer to this reality, as British scientists have developed a new material called Vantablack. More →

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Harvard RoboBees Robots Development

Yes, we want to replace bees with tiny flower-loving robots

By on July 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Yes, we want to replace bees with tiny flower-loving robots

Honeybees are very important to humans, sustaining Earth’s dominant species with help of their unique ability to pollinate plants. However, humans are not equally helpful to bees, as bees are dying at unprecedented rates thanks to a colony collapse disorder (CCD) that’s apparently so dangerous, even the White House wants it fixed. While some scientists are trying to figure out how to prevent bees from dying, others are thinking about how to replace them with tiny robots that will be able to take their jobs one day, Business Insider reports. More →

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Solar Vs. Coal Power

Rooftop solar power is making coal obsolete in Australia

By on July 9, 2014 at 4:38 PM.

Rooftop solar power is making coal obsolete in Australia

Rooftop solar panels are becoming such a powerful factor in the energy market that they now can push the price of electricity to negative territory in the sunniest regions of the world. This is possible because powering down fossil fuel energy generators during peak solar power periods would be more expensive than paying customers to use the electricity. More →

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Smartphone Battery Life

New breakthrough could lead to huge battery improvements

By on July 9, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

New breakthrough could lead to huge battery improvements

A research team at the University of Alberta may have made a breakthrough that ultimately leads to dramatic improvements in the batteries that power everything from laptops and smartphones to medical devices and tools. According to lead researcher Xinwei Cui, the lithium-ion battery technology his team is currently developing charges faster, lasts longer and outputs more power than current lithium-ion batteries. More →

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North Korea Architects Future Buildings

North Korea’s vision of the future is surprisingly cool

By on July 9, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

North Korea’s vision of the future is surprisingly cool

Given how many times North Korea has threatened to nuke us, you may think that its vision of a perfect future involves a decapitated Statue of Liberty standing in front of a pile of smoldering ruins. However, The Independent reports that some North Korean architects were recently asked to come up with sketches for the cities of tomorrow and they’re actually very cool and interesting concepts of what what the future might (but probably won’t) have in store for us. More →

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How To Stop Earbuds From Tangling

Physicist discovers an insanely simple way to stop earbuds from getting tangled

By on July 9, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Physicist discovers an insanely simple way to stop earbuds from getting tangled

These days we tend to think of physicists as people who are seeking answers to the biggest questions about how the universe works, but it turns out they can solve some of the most vexing first-world problems too. ABC News reports that U.K. physicist Robert Matthews of Aston University in Birmingham has come up with an insanely simple way to make sure that your earbuds don’t get tangled: Just clip them together at key spots. More →

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Facebook Psychology Experiment Controversy Update

Facebook’s creepy psychology experiment is even worse than we thought

By on July 1, 2014 at 8:15 AM.

Facebook’s creepy psychology experiment is even worse than we thought

Facebook has a ready-made excuse for people who are upset that it conducted a massive psychological experiment on some 600,000 users — they all consented to it as part of Facebook’s user agreement, which says that the company may use their data for unspecified “research.” However, Forbes did a little digging and found that Facebook didn’t add “research” as an acceptable use for user data until months after it conducted its infamous experiment. More →

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Facebook Psychology Experiment Controversy

Facebook takes heat for conducting massive psychological experiments on users

By on June 30, 2014 at 8:15 AM.

Facebook takes heat for conducting massive psychological experiments on users

Surprise! Facebook’s gotten in hot water for doing something creepy. Over the weekend it was revealed that Facebook secretly conducted a massive psychological experiment on some 600,000 of its users by trying to see if it could manipulate their mood by showing them mostly either happy posts or sad posts on their feeds. More →

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Google I/O Rumor Nanobots

This is hands down the craziest Google rumor we’ve ever heard

By on June 25, 2014 at 10:55 AM.

This is hands down the craziest Google rumor we’ve ever heard

It’s always smart to expect the unexpected with Google, but a new report from Seth Weintraub at 9to5Google is the most unexpected Google I/O rumor we’ve ever heard. One of Weintraub’s sources, who apparently tipped him off to Google’s Glass skydiving stunt two years ago, says that there’s a chance that Google will take the wraps off of “some cutting-edge micro bots that can detect things like certain kinds of cancer” at I/O this year, although the source cautions that these nanobots are at least two years away from being ready to launch onto the market. More →

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