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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Aerogels 3D Printing Process

We are a step closer to a smartphone that weighs less than a dime

By on June 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM.

We are a step closer to a smartphone that weighs less than a dime

You may not have heard of them before, but I can tell you that Aerogels are cool. They are ultra-porous materials that are whipped up from silica gel or even aluminum oxide and may weigh just 15% more than air. Because they consist of so many microscopic air pockets, they are incredibly effective insulators.  More →

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Elon Musk on artificial intelligence: afraid of Terminator

Elon Musk: Yes, we should fear Terminator-style artificial intelligence

By on June 18, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

Elon Musk: Yes, we should fear Terminator-style artificial intelligence

Elon Musk doesn’t invest in many companies, but when he does, you should probably pay attention, especially when that company is an artificial intelligence company. In a wide-ranging interview with CNBC, Musk said that pretty much the only companies he invests in are SpaceX, Tesla, SolarCity, and an artificial intelligence company called Vicarious. Why invest in artificial intelligence? More →

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New Solar Cell Tech: Colloidal Quantum Dots

Breakthrough in solar cell tech paves the way for cheaper access to the sun’s power

By on June 11, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Breakthrough in solar cell tech paves the way for cheaper access to the sun’s power

Two scientists from the University of Toronto have figured out a way to create cheaper, lighter and more flexible solar cells, CNET reports, which could allow more users in the future to harness energy directly from the sun for different purposes. More →

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Information Teleportation Technology in Testing

Forget beaming up humans – teleportation tech might speed up the Internet

By on May 30, 2014 at 1:15 PM.

Forget beaming up humans – teleportation tech might speed up the Internet

Star Trek-like teleportation for humans is a possibility one physics professor considers feasible in the distant future, The Telegraph reports, but the technology may be used for something else in the near future: Transporting information. More →

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Google Project Loon Balloons

Google’s Wi-Fi balloons get mistaken for UFOs in Kentucky

By on May 29, 2014 at 2:36 PM.

Google’s Wi-Fi balloons get mistaken for UFOs in Kentucky

If you see an unidentified flying object with a Google logo on it, don’t worry too much — the company isn’t planning to abduct you and subject you to invasive probes, especially since its own algorithms are capable of probing you more thoroughly than any aliens ever could. Space.com reports that two years ago, some residents in Pike County, Kentucky reported seeing what they thought were UFOs from outer space but that turned out to be some of Google’s balloons that the company plans to use to bring Wi-Fi connectivity to rural parts of the world that lack Internet service. More →

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