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Google said to be in talks to invest in SpaceX at $10B valuation

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jan, 2015 02:49 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has gone where most startups never have: to space. And it looks like Google may well want in on the excitement.

Why are apes more genetically diverse than we are?

Posted in Science on 28th Oct, 2013 10:46 PM
by AlexMuller
New research points the finger at molecular parasites called transposons.

Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, but just Android

Posted in Games on 30th Oct, 2013 11:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Virtual reality meets today’s mobile reality.

Google+: Down but not out

Posted in Business on 3rd Nov, 2013 04:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Google+ still limps along with less social shares than even LinkedIn, despite having nearly 200 million more users.

Study with totally blind people shows how light helps activate the brain

Posted in Science on 3rd Nov, 2013 04:32 AM
by AlexMuller
Light stimulates brain activity during a cognitive task even in some people who are totally blind.

A few years of early musical training benefits the brain later in life

Posted in Science on 9th Nov, 2013 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Adults who took music lessons as children but haven’t actively played an instrument have a faster brain response to a speech sound.

Future Antiaging treatments and the case of vaccines against viruses that cause cancer

Posted in Medicine on 11th Nov, 2013 11:40 PM
by AlexMuller
There is the potential for vaccines to treat the viruses that cause up to 20% of cancers poorer countries.

Evolution Can Select for Evolvability, Penn Biologists Find

Posted in Science on 16th Nov, 2013 06:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Evolution does not operate with a goal in mind; it does not have foresight. But organisms that have a greater capacity to evolve may fare better in rapidly changing environments.

Forced Google Plus integration on YouTube backfires, petition hits 112,000

Posted in Business on 18th Nov, 2013 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
OPINION. The backlash against Google forcing YouTube commenters to use Google Plus is now too big to ignore. But will Google listen?

'Legitimate' bitcoins value soars before Senate hearing

Posted in Online on 18th Nov, 2013 11:44 PM
by AlexMuller
The value of virtual currency Bitcoin surged to over $600 (£372), ahead of a US Senate committee hearing on Monday.

Bionic eye implant will become available in the US in coming weeks

Posted in Medicine on 20th Nov, 2013 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Electrical stimulation sends visual information up the optic nerve to the visual cortex of the user’s brain, allowing him or her to see.

From Oculus Rift to Smart Glass:

Posted in Business on 25th Nov, 2013 11:37 PM
by AlexMuller
World-changing future products getting their start today...

SpaceX Falcon aims for telecoms market with SES-8 launch

Posted in Hardware on 25th Nov, 2013 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The US SpaceX company will make its play on Monday to grab a big slice of the market for launching the world's TV and telecoms satellites.

Trees can capture over 50% of the particulate matter in polluted urban air

Posted in Science on 27th Nov, 2013 02:33 AM
by AlexMuller
Trees Capture Particulate Matter From Road Exhaust.

Texas is the leading location for the Spacex commercial spaceport

Posted in Science on 28th Nov, 2013 01:54 AM
by AlexMuller
The McAllen Economic Development Corp. may offer $500,000 to SpaceX, which plans to build the world’s first commercial spaceport near Brownsville.

Senators want to stop giving the NSA a stamp of approval to spy on anyone

Posted in Online on 28th Nov, 2013 01:56 AM
by AlexMuller
“They who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Even If Emissions Stop, Carbon Dioxide Could Warm Earth for Centuries

Posted in Science on 2nd Dec, 2013 02:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The carbon dioxide already in Earth's atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years.

The timing of protein consumption with training sessions does not enhance muscle growth

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Dec, 2013 10:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Protein timing is a popular dietary strategy designed to optimize the adaptive response to exercise.

Panel Says Global Warming Carries Risk of Deep Changes

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2013 01:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Global warming poses a risk of rapid collapse of polar sea ice, the potential for a mass extinction of plant and animal life and the threat of immense dead zones in the ocean.

NSA tracking hundreds of millions of mobile phones

Posted in Software on 6th Dec, 2013 12:36 AM
by AlexMuller
The data is said to help the NSA track individuals, and map who they know, to aid the agency's anti-terror work.

Google is everywhere in technology with game changing potential

Posted in Business on 6th Dec, 2013 12:47 AM
by AlexMuller
The Google Founders are making well funded attempts to conquer big technological challenges. Success in these major endeavors will alter the trajectory of the future of humanity.

Who should be allowed to engineer our climate?

Posted in Science on 7th Dec, 2013 02:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Geoengineering could be the silver bullet in fighting climate change, or the start of something even worse.

How many satellite launches does it take to get to Mars?

Posted in Hardware on 7th Dec, 2013 03:12 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX's launch this week leaves a long road to getting humans to other planets.

Supreme Court to finally decide whether people can patent software

Posted in Software on 10th Dec, 2013 12:10 AM
by AlexMuller
Advocates for patent reform hope that this decision will bring more clarity to what constitutes “abstract,” and in doing so curb the amount of patent abuse and trolling.

A neuroscientist's radical theory of how networks become conscious

Posted in Science on 10th Dec, 2013 12:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Where does consciousness come from? We know it exists, at least in ourselves. But how it arises from chemistry and electricity in our brains is an unsolved mystery.

Study shows first link between altitude and concussion

Posted in Science on 10th Dec, 2013 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
High school athletes playing at higher altitudes suffer fewer concussions than those closer to sea-level, a phenomenon attributed to changes in the brain making it fit more tightly in the skull.

Everything visible: How wearable cameras are changing the way we think about public space

Posted in Software on 10th Dec, 2013 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Unless you spend all of your time in a cave, you’ve probably been photographed without your knowledge.

How a Concussion Can Lead to Depression Years Later

Posted in Medicine on 10th Dec, 2013 10:17 PM
by AlexMuller
A head injury can lead brain cells to go on "high alert" and overreact to immune challenges by becoming excessively inflammatory, a condition linked with depressive complications.

Newly discovered greenhouse gas '7,000 times more powerful than CO2'

Posted in Science on 11th Dec, 2013 11:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Perfluorotributylamine is an unregulated, long-living industrial chemical that breaks all records for potential climate impacts.

Flush with cash, Oculus plans ambitious new VR headset

Posted in Games on 14th Dec, 2013 12:32 AM
by AlexMuller
Is virtual reality finally ready for primetime?

iQi Mobile offers stealthy wireless charging for iPhone

Posted in Hardware on 15th Dec, 2013 02:03 AM
by AlexMuller
iQi Mobile is designed to let you take advantage of wireless charging using standard soft cases.

18 years of data shows slow progress getting women into board rooms

Posted in Business on 16th Dec, 2013 01:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Silicon Valley may have a “gender problem” when it comes to leadership, but how bad is the problem compared to other industries?

NSA phone surveillance 'likely unconstitutional'

Posted in Online on 18th Dec, 2013 03:09 AM
by AlexMuller
A US judge has ruled the National Security Agency's mass collection of telephone data may be unconstitutional.

Global Warming: 4 Degree Rise Will End Vegetation Carbon Sink

Posted in Science on 18th Dec, 2013 03:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Carbon will spend increasingly less time in vegetation as the negative impacts of climate change take their toll.

Green Energy Scheme To Burn Beetle Infested Trees

Posted in Science on 21st Dec, 2013 01:17 AM
by AlexMuller
In a new program, the U.S. Forest Service is fueling a biomass power plant in Colorado with trees killed by a pest called the mountain pine beetle.

Billion dollar climate denial network exposed

Posted in Business on 24th Dec, 2013 03:58 AM
by AlexMuller
A network of 91 think tanks and industry groups are primarily responsible.

NASA's Plan To Deal With Pesky Moon Dust

Posted in Science on 27th Dec, 2013 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Moon dust is dangerous. Each mote is like a tiny shard of glass, there’s no wind or rain to soften the edges of lunar soil.

Prediction: The Government Will Put The NSA In Check

Posted in Online on 27th Dec, 2013 12:56 AM
by AlexMuller
They’ll need to prove that all their programs are worth the risks, which implies more transparency, oversight, and limited access to data.

Solution to cloud riddle reveals hotter future

Posted in Science on 3rd Jan, 2014 12:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Global average temperatures will rise at least 4°C by 2100 and potentially more than 8°C by 2200 if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced.

Geoengineering plan could have 'unintended' side effect

Posted in Science on 9th Jan, 2014 01:43 AM
by AlexMuller
Attempts to reverse the impacts of global warming by injecting reflective particles into the stratosphere could make matters worse, say researchers.

New Oculus Rift with positional tracking is even more amazing

Posted in Games on 10th Jan, 2014 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Oculus Rift has hit another milestone with "Crystal Cove," the latest prototype VR headset.

Cygnus cargo ship heads to space station

Posted in Science on 10th Jan, 2014 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
The American Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) has begun its first commercial re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Giant Antarctic glacier beyond point of no return, research says

Posted in Science on 13th Jan, 2014 12:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier, one of the biggest single contributors to world sea-level rise, is melting irreversibly.

Climate Engineering: What does the public think?

Posted in Science on 13th Jan, 2014 10:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Some scientists think that climate engineering approaches will be required to combat the inexorable rise in atmospheric CO2 due to the burning of fossil fuels.

Nasa looking for 'taxi firm' to replace Russian rockets

Posted in Science on 13th Jan, 2014 10:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The Obama administration is looking for a company to run shuttle taxi services from US soil, to end Nasa's dependence on the Russian Soyuz rocket.

Seafloor Marine Life Face Major Threat from Climate Change

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2014 10:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Creatures which live deep beneath the ocean surface are likely to be badly hit by climate change over the next century, a new study says.

Will Oculus Bring Immersive Virtual Reality To Consumers For $300 In 2014?

Posted in Games on 20th Jan, 2014 10:14 PM
by AlexMuller
The Rift is the first real candidate for a quality VR experience at an affordable price.

EU outlines 2030 climate goals

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2014 03:46 AM
by AlexMuller
The European Commission has outlined its plans for climate and energy policy until 2030.

U.S. Computer Scientists Reject Mass Surveillance

Posted in Online on 27th Jan, 2014 12:13 AM
by AlexMuller
An open letter from 50 researchers asks the U.S. government to take certain steps to uphold privacy.

Apple Facing Slowing Tablet Growth as U.S. Market Gets Saturated

Posted in Hardware on 29th Jan, 2014 11:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Shipments from Apple grew at a slowing rate in the fourth quarter, hurt by an increasingly saturated market in the U.S.

Suspicious Virus Makes Rare Cross-Kingdom Leap From Plants to Honeybees

Posted in Science on 2nd Feb, 2014 01:56 AM
by AlexMuller
The tobacco ringspot virus, scientists announced last week, has made a jump that defies credulity.

Want to cut Arctic warming in half? Curb emissions now

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2014 03:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Global warming is changing the Arctic so quickly that experts say we should expect an ice-free Arctic Ocean in the summer within just a few decades.

New strain of 'deadly' bird flu

Posted in Medicine on 5th Feb, 2014 11:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Experts are concerned about the spread of a new strain of bird flu that has already killed one woman in China.

Elon Musk could start making superlarge Mars colonization rocket in about 2024

Posted in Science on 5th Feb, 2014 11:02 PM
by AlexMuller
“We’ve got to restore American ability to transport astronauts with domestic vehicles, and that’s what we hope to do in about two years."

Google Briefly Tops Exxon as 2nd-Most Valuable U.S. Firm

Posted in Business on 9th Feb, 2014 11:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Google briefly surpassed Exxon Mobil as the second-most valuable company, trailing only Apple, and underscoring the growing role of technology in the economy.

Carbon dioxide from exhaust fumes used to make new chemicals

Posted in Science on 17th Feb, 2014 04:45 AM
by AlexMuller
To effectively combat global warming, some argue that we will need to remove CO2 already present in the atmosphere.

Report: Apple is Working on Medical Devices and Mulling Cars

Posted in Hardware on 18th Feb, 2014 03:24 AM
by AlexMuller
A report from the San Francisco Chronicle suggests that Apple is working to develop new product lines, including medical devices and cars.

Scientists Get Closer to Rejuvenating Aging Muscles

Posted in Medicine on 19th Feb, 2014 02:58 AM
by AlexMuller
As millions of aging Baby Boomers know, muscle tone and strength declines with advancing age, regardless of gym workouts.

World's strongest robot muscles made from everyday fishing line

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Feb, 2014 12:48 AM
by AlexMuller
For roughly a thousandth the cost of carbon nanotube muscles, fishing line muscle is capable of lifting objects 100 times heavier than natural muscle of the same size.

Researchers Show Off Mind Controlled Music Player

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2014 12:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Users of the group’s specially designed music software are able to play a song, fast forward tracks, and adjust the volume by merely looking at the screen.

SpaceX Adds Landing Legs to Falcon 9 Rocket for Next Launch

Posted in Hardware on 26th Feb, 2014 04:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Putting landing legs on the Falcon 9 rocket, which is slated to blast off on March 16, marks another step in SpaceX's quest to develop a fully reusable launch system.

Nighttime Smartphone Use Can Sap Next Day's Energy

Posted in Hardware on 26th Feb, 2014 04:32 AM
by AlexMuller
It may be better for all concerned to avoid work emails late at night.

Valve's VR prototype is 'lightyears ahead' of Oculus Rift dev kit

Posted in Hardware on 1st Mar, 2014 02:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Virtual reality has the potential to completely revolutionize entertainment as we know it.

SpaceX has completed the first of three missions to qualify to launch military and spy satellites

Posted in Hardware on 1st Mar, 2014 02:21 AM
by AlexMuller
The start-up rocket-maker headed by billionaire Elon Musk, moved a step closer to launching military and spy satellites this week.

Spacex Falcon Heavy launch delayed to 2015

Posted in Hardware on 6th Mar, 2014 10:39 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX founder, CEO Elon Musk says the company's production schedule is too tight to support a test flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket in 2014.

Elon Musk tells Congress: Space would be cheaper if the gov’t supported competition

Posted in Business on 8th Mar, 2014 01:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk testified before the U.S. Senate with harsh words about the artificially inflated cost of launching spacecraft.

Eric Schmidt Claims Google's Data is Safe From NSA

Posted in Online on 9th Mar, 2014 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Google has been very outspoken about the issue of the NSA having access to its private servers, but the Google Chairman has made it clear that the information is safe from everyone.

New catalyst could lead to cleaner energy

Posted in Science on 9th Mar, 2014 12:46 AM
by AlexMuller
MIT chemists devise a reaction that traps carbon dioxide and turns it into something useful.

NASA plans Mars Sample-Return Mission in 2022 with modified SpaceX Dragon capsule

Posted in Science on 13th Mar, 2014 04:05 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have blueprinted a low-cost Mars sample-return mission that would use a souped-up Dragon capsule from SpaceX.

Robots with muscle memory can learn the same way toddlers do

Posted in Hardware on 13th Mar, 2014 11:49 PM
by AlexMuller
With a trio of soft, rubber pincers at its end, the bionic trunk could perform simple tasks like plucking produce off the vine and opening doors.

SpaceX Wants to Send a Positively Massive Rocket to Mars

Posted in Hardware on 13th Mar, 2014 11:53 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX is testing the waters with its new Raptor engine. It could be the engine that, if Elon Musk gets his wish, propels the first colonists to Mars.

Europe backs call for universal smartphone charger

Posted in Hardware on 15th Mar, 2014 01:47 AM
by AlexMuller
The maddening scramble to find the right charger for your smartphone could be coming to an end.

In three weeks, Spacex could demonstrate the first reusable rocket booster and pave the way to radically cheaper spaceflight

Posted in Hardware on 16th Mar, 2014 01:08 AM
by AlexMuller
For now, a water landing will ensure maximum safety in case the rocket goes off course.

NASA-funded study: industrial civilization headed for 'irreversible collapse'?

Posted in Science on 16th Mar, 2014 11:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system.

In a race with Sony, Oculus unveils improved Rift virtual reality dev kit

Posted in Games on 20th Mar, 2014 04:24 AM
by AlexMuller
Racing to beat rivals like Sony, Oculus VR is announcing an improved developer version of its Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles.

Artificial Intelligence startup Vicarious grabs $40M from Zuckerberg, Musk, Kutcher

Posted in Business on 22nd Mar, 2014 10:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Vicarious, a company that produces artificial-intelligence technology, has closed a fresh $40 million round of funding.

Doctors are About to Start Human Trials for Suspended Animation

Posted in Medicine on 27th Mar, 2014 01:23 AM
by AlexMuller
Doctors are finally ready to start testing out a procedure that involves putting patients in a state of "suspended animation" while they repair their injuries.

Facebook buys Oculus Rift:

Posted in Games on 27th Mar, 2014 01:32 AM
by AlexMuller
What does this mean for VR?

Valve’s virtual-reality mastermind joins Facebook’s Oculus VR

Posted in Software on 31st Mar, 2014 01:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Facebook acquires Oculus. Oculus acquires Michael Abrash. It’s the circle of virtual life.

US Navy tests humanoid robotic fire-fighters

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Apr, 2014 03:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Fire-fighting robots designed to withstand intense heat are to be tested by the US Navy this summer.

World 'needs Plan B' on climate change

Posted in Science on 9th Apr, 2014 04:13 AM
by AlexMuller
The world needs a Plan B on climate change because politicians are failing to reduce carbon emissions, according to a UN report.

Living organ regeneration 'first' by gene manipulation

Posted in Science on 9th Apr, 2014 04:18 AM
by AlexMuller
An elderly organ in a living animal has been regenerated into a youthful state for the first time, UK researchers say.

Carbon Dioxide Levels Climb Into Uncharted Territory for Humans

Posted in Science on 11th Apr, 2014 02:01 AM
by AlexMuller
The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere has exceeded 402 parts per million, which is higher than at any time in at least the past 800,000 years.

The godfather of nature documentaries is making one for the Oculus Rift

Posted in Software on 13th Apr, 2014 01:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Sir David Attenborough may be 87 years old, but he's still embracing the latest technology.

Google: Now a master of Washington influence

Posted in Business on 13th Apr, 2014 11:41 PM
by AlexMuller
The rise of Google as a top-tier Washington player fully captures the arc of change in the influence business.

Is global warming just a giant natural fluctuation?

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2014 11:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Statistical analysis rules out natural-warming hypothesis with more than 99% certainty.

SpaceX stands down Falcon launch

Posted in Hardware on 15th Apr, 2014 02:01 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX was forced on Monday to postpone its latest commercial cargo re-supply mission to the space station.

Artificial blood 'will be manufactured in factories'

Posted in Medicine on 15th Apr, 2014 02:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Wellcome Trust-funded stem cell research has produced red blood cells fit for transfusion into humans, paving the way for the mass production of blood

EU green light for UK carbon capture and storage project

Posted in Business on 17th Apr, 2014 11:20 PM
by AlexMuller
A UK project to capture CO2 and bury it under the North Sea looks set to receive a 300m-euro boost from the EU.

Apple has all the ingredients to cook up a massive mobile payment system

Posted in Software on 19th Apr, 2014 01:10 AM
by AlexMuller
Apple may be gearing up to build its own proprietary mobile payment system.

SpaceX Makes Strides Towards 1st Stage Rocket Recovery during Space Station Launch

Posted in Hardware on 20th Apr, 2014 12:34 AM
by AlexMuller
The Falcon 9 rocket would sprout legs just prior to water impact for the controlled soft landing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Spacex plan to recover and refly a first rocket stage in 2015

Posted in Hardware on 21st Apr, 2014 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
"We don't have to just recover it," Musk said. "We have to show that it can be reflown quickly and easily".

For the first time, a majority of Americans are using smartphones, even seniors

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Apr, 2014 12:58 AM
by AlexMuller
The transition to a mobile-centric computing culture in the U.S. is now certified.

America's Middle Class is no longer the Richest in the World

Posted in Business on 23rd Apr, 2014 01:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The richest middle class is now in Canada.

Google refunding buyers of fake anti-virus app

Posted in Business on 24th Apr, 2014 01:20 AM
by AlexMuller
Google is refunding users who unsuspectingly bought a fake anti-virus app from its Play Store.

Apple announces share buyback as earnings rise

Posted in Business on 24th Apr, 2014 01:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Technology giant Apple reported profits of $10.2bn (£6.1bn) after selling 43.7 million iPhones during the three-month period ending 29 March.

Oculus Rift improves latency so you don’t lose your lunch in VR

Posted in Games on 25th Apr, 2014 02:54 AM
by AlexMuller
The idea of VR has been around for a long time, but it hasn’t been until recently that companies are showing interest in creating a truly interactive virtual reality experience.

SpaceX to U.S. Air Force: Let us bid for military launch contracts

Posted in Hardware on 26th Apr, 2014 12:58 AM
by AlexMuller
If we’re good enough for NASA, we’re good enough for you...

Tech giants settle no-poaching court case

Posted in Online on 27th Apr, 2014 04:24 AM
by AlexMuller
Four of the biggest technology firms - Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe - have settled a class action case alleging they conspired to hold down salaries.

Can Elon Musk and Spacex Take Space Travel From Evolutionary To Revolutionary?

Posted in Science on 30th Apr, 2014 11:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The Falcon 9, built by SpaceX, and its progeny may revolutionize space travel, at least, that’s the hope.

SpaceX granted injunction in rocket launch suit against government

Posted in Hardware on 2nd May, 2014 04:47 PM
by AlexMuller
A U.S. Court judge issued an injunction prohibiting a joint venture between Lockheed and Boeing from proceeding with plans to buy Russian-made rocket engines.

$17.9-billion funding plan for NASA would boost planetary science

Posted in Science on 9th May, 2014 10:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Advocates of space exploration say the funding proposal is notable for a significant increase in support for planetary science.

Oculus wants to build a billion-person MMO with Facebook

Posted in Games on 9th May, 2014 10:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Facebook is hoping for a chance to lead the next big computing platform.

Seeking Roots of Consciousness, Scientists Make Dreamers Self-Aware

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2014 11:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Method to create lucid dreaming may help researchers learn more about the brain.

Nereus deep sea sub 'implodes' 10km-down

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2014 11:13 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the world's most capable deep-sea research subs has been lost.

Russia eyeing the Moon for colonization

Posted in Science on 14th May, 2014 10:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The colony will eventually function as a staging ground for human expansion across the solar system.

Russia's New Space Sanctions Mean SpaceX Is About to Get Paid

Posted in Science on 14th May, 2014 10:57 PM
by AlexMuller
The current announcement is a promise to stop working with the US six years from now.

Russia Loses $275M Satellite in Latest Rocket Failure

Posted in Hardware on 16th May, 2014 06:45 PM
by AlexMuller
A Russian rocket carrying a $275 million satellite failed and burned up shortly after launch on Friday, the latest in a series of setbacks for Russia's once-pioneering space industry.

Woman’s cancer killed by measles virus in unprecedented trial

Posted in Medicine on 16th May, 2014 08:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Over the next several weeks, the tumor on her forehead disappeared completely and, over time, the other tumors in her body did, too.

Intergalactic Entrepreneurs Prepare for Blast-Off

Posted in Science on 16th May, 2014 08:25 PM
by AlexMuller
A unique gathering of 13 companies showcases a coming year of launches.

Herpes-loaded stem cells used to kill brain tumors

Posted in Medicine on 18th May, 2014 10:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have a potential solution for how to more effectively kill tumor cells using cancer-killing viruses.

Neurogames are ready to take flight: Expect a breakout year ahead

Posted in Games on 19th May, 2014 11:38 PM
by AlexMuller
“We’re very close.” In just three words, Palmer Luckey of OculusVR fame, summarized not only where virtual reality stands, but perhaps the entire neurogaming industry.

Russian Bluster Aside, What Will Become Of The ISS?

Posted in Business on 20th May, 2014 06:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Russia's recent threat to leave the space station by 2020 was in fact the original plan.

Apple dethroned by Google as world's most valuable brand

Posted in Business on 21st May, 2014 07:08 PM
by AlexMuller
Apple's brand value fell by 20 percent, according to a survey by Millward Brown research company.

How Google plans to make free Wi-Fi available wherever you go

Posted in Online on 22nd May, 2014 07:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Among the "millions" of businesses that Google is targeting for this new program are "restaurants, doctors’ offices and gyms".

Samsung is making a VR headset to beat Oculus VR and Sony’s Project Morpheus

Posted in Games on 23rd May, 2014 07:01 PM
by AlexMuller
It looks like virtual-reality headsets are headed for the mainstream. Fast.

The Robots Are Coming, And They Are Replacing Warehouse Workers And Fast Food Employees

Posted in Hardware on 26th May, 2014 12:33 AM
by AlexMuller
What in the world are we going to do when robots start taking millions upon millions more of our jobs?

A US Senate Panel Just Set Aside £59.4 Million to Build a Putin-Free Rocket

Posted in Science on 26th May, 2014 12:44 AM
by AlexMuller
Could the budgetary shot in the arm the US space program so desperately needs come from rising tensions between Russia and the US?

Suspended Animation Human Trials About to Begin

Posted in Medicine on 28th May, 2014 12:19 AM
by AlexMuller
What if surgeons could hit the pause button, giving them precious additional time to treat the wounds?

Google’s new self-driving car prototype foregoes steering wheel, mirrors, & pedals

Posted in Software on 28th May, 2014 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Google showed off a prototype for a new self-driving car today that does away with key features of the cars we know and see everyday.

SpaceX's first manned spacecraft can carry seven passengers to the ISS and back

Posted in Hardware on 30th May, 2014 07:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk thinks the vessel will be ready by 2016.

The taxi industry heard Google’s & Uber’s driverless car plans. They’re not happy

Posted in Business on 30th May, 2014 07:38 PM
by AlexMuller
First, Google unveils a driverless car. Then, Uber chief Travis Kalanick says driverless cars are the future and drivers are not.

Google reportedly plans to spend $1B on Internet satellites

Posted in Online on 3rd Jun, 2014 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
The Web giant plans to deploy 180 small satellites that would provide Internet access to underserved regions of the globe.

The US government announces its strongest action against climate change to date

Posted in Business on 3rd Jun, 2014 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
The Obama administration wants to cut carbon pollution by 30 percent within the next 16 years.

SpaceX targets hundreds of flights per year by 2030 and thousands per year by 2035

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jun, 2014 02:37 AM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk describes upgrades to the spacecraft that could allow Dragons to fly up to 10 times without significant refurbishment.

Researchers close in on the dream of a safe portable brain scanner

Posted in Science on 9th Jun, 2014 01:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Diffuse optical technology, or DOT, is closing in on the accuracy of the industry standard: functional MRI.

What’s The World To Do About Water?

Posted in Science on 9th Jun, 2014 05:59 PM
by AlexMuller
The world's water problem, and how to solve it.

First consumer version of Oculus Rift should hit by 2015

Posted in Hardware on 14th Jun, 2014 01:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Iribe also revealed that Zuckerberg wants to sell the Rift for as close to cost as possible.

Elon Musk says Flying Cars are easy and he will probably make some for fun and 2 or 3 submarine cars

Posted in Hardware on 14th Jun, 2014 01:11 AM
by AlexMuller
“Maybe we’ll make a flying car, just for fun,” said Elon Musk.

Airbus and Safran team up to compete with SpaceX

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2014 03:43 AM
by AlexMuller
Last year, Elon Musk’s SpaceX officially entered the commercial space race.

Musk's SolarCity has huge plans for solar power

Posted in Hardware on 19th Jun, 2014 04:35 AM
by AlexMuller
"Solar panels, paired with batteries to enable power at night, can produce several orders of magnitude more electricity than is consumed by the entirety of human civilization"- Elon Musk.

Why didn't Google make a fast move and buy OculusVR?

Posted in Reviews on 25th Jun, 2014 12:35 AM
by AlexMuller
From Google's perspective, it seems like a big mistake letting Zuckerberg and Facebook get to Oculus first and buy them.

Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain

Posted in Medicine on 6th Jul, 2014 04:28 AM
by AlexMuller
One moment you're conscious, the next you're not. For the first time, researchers have switched off consciousness by electrically stimulating a single brain area.

Magic Mushrooms Expand Your Mind And Amplify Your Brain’s Dreaming Areas

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2014 01:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Psychedelic drugs alter consciousness in a profound and novel way that increases the breadth and fluency of cognition.

Determining the age of stars with sound waves

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2014 01:35 AM
by AlexMuller
One of the long-standing difficulties in astrophysics has been a way to accurately determine the age of a star.

Elon Musk's Futuristic Spaceport Is Coming to Texas

Posted in Science on 12th Jul, 2014 09:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk’s industrial empire continues it methodical expansion.

SpaceX has a successful launch and should have Expendable Launch Vehicle certification by the end of 2014

Posted in Hardware on 16th Jul, 2014 01:53 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX successfully carried a half-dozen Orbcomm satellites into space on Monday.

Apple earnings beat estimates thanks to 35M iPhones sold

Posted in Business on 23rd Jul, 2014 01:57 AM
by AlexMuller
Although Apple missed revenue estimates, the company’s says its stronger than expected earnings per share is the result of solid iPhone sales.

SpaceX is building on its rocket business revolution

Posted in Hardware on 30th Jul, 2014 01:13 AM
by AlexMuller
CEO Elon Musk believes the time is coming where there will be thousands of launches each year.

Nasa validates 'impossible' space drive

Posted in Science on 2nd Aug, 2014 12:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Either the results are completely wrong, or NASA has confirmed a major breakthrough in space propulsion.

Engineered biomaterial may regenerate damaged skeletal muscle

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Aug, 2014 03:06 AM
by AlexMuller
A biomaterial that can regenerate damaged skeletal muscle is being developed.

Elon Musk calls Artificial Intelligence 'potentially more dangerous than nukes'

Posted in Software on 6th Aug, 2014 02:33 AM
by AlexMuller
Musk is a major investor in AI startup Vicarious, which is focused on creating the next generation of AI-powered algorithms.

SpaceX to build its first commercial spaceport in Texas

Posted in Business on 6th Aug, 2014 02:38 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX expects to launch 12 orbital rockets per year.

PlanetTech News interviews RE.WORK Conference founder Nikita Johnson

Posted in Interviews on 7th Aug, 2014 01:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The RE.WORK Technology Summit brings together entrepreneurship, science and technology to re-work the future and tackle the world’s greatest challenges.

Get ready for virtual reality: here’s why it will soon be our norm

Posted in Games on 10th Aug, 2014 01:14 AM
by AlexMuller
Unless you've been living in a cave this past year, you've probably already heard that Virtual Reality (VR) is coming at us, and fast.

Could tensions over Ukraine hit space?

Posted in Business on 19th Aug, 2014 01:17 AM
by AlexMuller
The space race was a time of rivalry between the US and the Soviet Union, but could divisions form in space again?

SpaceX raising $200M in funding at $10 billion valuation

Posted in Hardware on 20th Aug, 2014 12:47 AM
by AlexMuller
The company that Elon Musk hopes will carry him to Mars has been making big strides in recent months, winning contracts to provide the rockets that ferry satellites into space.

SpaceX Rocket explodes after launch

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Aug, 2014 10:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk: "Three engine F9R Dev1 vehicle auto-terminated during test flight. No injuries or near injuries. Rockets are tricky"

Of bees, mites, and viruses:

Posted in Science on 25th Aug, 2014 01:15 AM
by AlexMuller
Virus infections after arrival of new parasitic mite in New Zealand honeybee colonies.

For SpaceX, the biggest challenges lie ahead

Posted in Science on 1st Sep, 2014 01:35 AM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has enjoyed an enviable 2014, but the real tests for the private space industry darling are still on the horizon.

A concrete printer kit for about $30,000 to $50,000 that can print two story houses

Posted in Hardware on 1st Sep, 2014 07:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Andrey Rudenko is currently working on a project that seems to be stretching and exploring the limits of 3D printing technology.

How mobile marketplaces are creating a million new U.S. jobs

Posted in Business on 1st Sep, 2014 07:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Online marketplaces such as Uber and Instacart are rapidly transforming the way people get what they want, whether it’s a ride, a meal, or a pet sitter, when they want it.

Tesla in deal to build 400 charging stations in China

Posted in Hardware on 1st Sep, 2014 07:47 PM
by AlexMuller
The Chinese market has become vital for many global automakers.

No more pause: Global warming will be non-stop from now on

Posted in Science on 1st Sep, 2014 11:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Once temperatures start rising again, it looks like they will keep going up without a break for the rest of the century, unless we cut our greenhouse gas emissions.

Cheap 99p Smartphone Chargers are Putting People's Lives at Risk

Posted in Hardware on 6th Sep, 2014 11:47 PM
by AlexMuller
If you're an iPhone user you don't want to have to fork out £15 if you ever find yourself in need of a new USB adaptor, so finding one for a pound might seem like an absolute bargain.

Google plans debates on 'right to be forgotten'

Posted in Business on 8th Sep, 2014 08:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Google is holding seven public meetings across Europe to debate issues raised by the "right to be forgotten" ruling.

VC Peter Thiel: You can either invest in 'bits' or 'atoms'

Posted in Business on 9th Sep, 2014 06:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Right now Thiel seems to think there’s already too many “bits” companies and not enough “atom” companies. He may be right.

Larry Page wants a Google 2.0 that will build cities and airports

Posted in Online on 18th Sep, 2014 11:01 PM
by AlexMuller
The world's got problems and the Google CEO is searching for solutions.

Mousetronauts To Live In Space For the Longest Stretch Yet

Posted in Science on 21st Sep, 2014 02:38 AM
by AlexMuller
The record-breaking rodents will travel to the International Space Station this weekend.

Oculus VR announces new prototype: Crescent Bay

Posted in Hardware on 21st Sep, 2014 02:50 AM
by AlexMuller
“The progress we have made is incredible,” said Iribe. “I cannot wait to see what we accomplish over the next few decades.”

Google vs Apple Rivalry is at its Most "Brutal" in Years, Says Eric Schmidt

Posted in Business on 25th Sep, 2014 06:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Schmidt has seen life on both sides of the fence at the two companies.

Sticky Nanobeads that Can clean Bacteria and Viruses From Blood

Posted in Science on 29th Sep, 2014 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
A new device uses magnetism to rid the bloodstream of pathogens that are the source of deadly infections.

Virtual Reality May Become The Next Great Media Platform But Can it Fool all Five Senses?

Posted in Software on 29th Sep, 2014 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Technologies of media are “engines of empathy.” They allow us to look through someone else’s eyes, experience someone else’s story.

Why the war between Google and Europe is only getting worse

Posted in Business on 4th Oct, 2014 02:37 AM
by AlexMuller
European policy makers have hammered the search giant in recent years over privacy and antitrust issues.

Elon Musk believes colonizing Mars will save humanity

Posted in Science on 4th Oct, 2014 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Musk says that he's fighting to colonize Mars because he feels he must do all he can to keep the flame of humanity alive.

Methane hot spot in US is 3x expected size:

Posted in Science on 11th Oct, 2014 02:01 AM
by AlexMuller
One area in the southwestern United States is spewing vast amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere far faster than expected.

Tesla Dual Motor: Tesla has announced an all electric supercar

Posted in Hardware on 11th Oct, 2014 11:36 PM
by AlexMuller
0-60 in 3.2 seconds. Perspective: As fast as a McLaran F1 and faster than a Lamborghini Murcielago. And cheaper.

Google’s Eric Schmidt worries European governments will 'regulate out' innovation

Posted in Business on 11th Oct, 2014 11:47 PM
by AlexMuller
“That they will somehow prevent a place where a young entrepreneur can invent something truly new.”

Google counters Facebook’s Oculus buy with $500M investment in VR startup Magic Leap

Posted in Games on 14th Oct, 2014 01:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Not to be left behind by Facebook, Google is also getting into virtual reality.

Suspended Animation In Space Travel: What Scientists Still Need To Learn

Posted in Science on 16th Oct, 2014 11:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Human hibernation could be a great way to get to Mars (and beyond), but a few big questions remain.

Google tests waters for potential ultra-fast wireless service

Posted in Online on 20th Oct, 2014 01:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Google is preparing to test new technology that may provide the foundation for a wireless version of its high-speed "Fiber" Internet service,

NASA looks to SpaceX for Mars landing tips

Posted in Science on 22nd Oct, 2014 01:07 AM
by AlexMuller
The powered landing capability of SpaceX's Falcon 9 makes it a good test bed for studying how to land on Mars

Robot will beam live Moon pictures to Oculus Rift users in virtual reality

Posted in Software on 22nd Oct, 2014 01:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a robot which they plan to land on the Moon to act as eyes for Earth-bound space enthusiasts.

SpaceX Plans to Start Reusing Rockets Next Year

Posted in Science on 26th Oct, 2014 08:54 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX is building an ocean-based landing pad so that it can reuse its launch vehicles.

A Virus May Be the Cure for a Deadly Honeybee Disease

Posted in Science on 28th Oct, 2014 09:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Help may soon be on the way in the form of a virus that attacks bacteria and self-replicates until the job is done.

SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9 booster December 9th on a floating platform and then reuse it

Posted in Hardware on 28th Oct, 2014 09:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Being able to reuse all the hardware for multiple flights could potentially slash the cost of spaceflight by a factor of 10 or much more.

Zuckerberg Reckons 100 Million of You Will One Day Have Oculus Rift

Posted in Hardware on 30th Oct, 2014 10:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Zuckerberg has revealed that he expects it will take only "a few cycles of hardware" before 100 million Oculus Rift headsets have been sold.

US and China in 'historic' greenhouse gas emissions pledge

Posted in Science on 12th Nov, 2014 07:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Climate deal would require China to build 1000 Gigawatts of Nuclear or other zero emission energy by 2030.

Google makes the 'Nobel Prize of computing' worth $1 million

Posted in Online on 13th Nov, 2014 09:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Every year since 1966 it's been awarded to an accomplished computer scientist or engineer like Douglas Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse.

Apple Is Now Worth More Than The Entire Russian Stock Market

Posted in Business on 17th Nov, 2014 08:07 PM
by AlexMuller
It might seem odd that one single company is now worth more than the entire publicly traded market of a major economy. But that’s what has happened to Apple recently.

Europe signs on to NASA's manned Orion venture

Posted in Science on 18th Nov, 2014 04:20 PM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency and Airbus have signed a contract that will see the aerospace giant build the "back end" of America's new manned spaceship.

PlanetTech News interviews Miroculus: The future of cancer detection

Posted in Interviews on 18th Nov, 2014 04:56 PM
by AlexMuller
A Singularity University startup working on a device to easily check for many cancers in a drop of blood.

You'll Soon be Able to Pay to Make Google Ads Disappear

Posted in Business on 21st Nov, 2014 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Google just announced a new subscription service called Google Contributor, essentially a paywall for web publishers to provide ad-free content for a $1 to $3 contribution.

Elon Musk teases new fins for reusable rockets, autonomous spaceport ships

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Nov, 2014 09:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Eon Musk is probably the most interesting person in private space technology right now.

Scientists want to bring the moon closer with virtual reality

Posted in Games on 23rd Nov, 2014 09:37 PM
by AlexMuller
By pairing the spacefaring robot with Oculus Rift headsets here on Earth; turn your head and the robot on the moon will supposedly turn in tandem via head-tracking.

Lowest ever winter deaths recorded

Posted in Medicine on 29th Nov, 2014 12:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Last winter was notably warmer than in previous years and had a relatively mild flu season which contributed to the lower number of deaths.

Google will solve its latest EU problem the usual way: By throwing money at it

Posted in Online on 29th Nov, 2014 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly urging antitrust regulators to strongly consider the breakup of Google.

Emergency repairs for cracked phones

Posted in Business on 29th Nov, 2014 10:10 PM
by AlexMuller
A US firm is launching an emergency repair service for broken or damaged smartphones in the UK. Services are springing up offering fixes for cracked screens or broken home buttons.

Protein structure 'holds key to heart muscle disease'

Posted in Medicine on 30th Nov, 2014 10:52 PM
by AlexMuller
The structure of a key protein implicated in diseases affecting the heart muscle has been uncovered, scientists say.

The Day You’ll Prefer Robots to Humans

Posted in Software on 2nd Dec, 2014 12:26 AM
by AlexMuller
There’s a Cambrian explosion in robotics, with species of all sizes, shapes and modes of mobility crawling out of the muck of the lab and onto the terra firma of the marketplace.

Chromebooks are beating iPads in the classroom

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Dec, 2014 07:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Don’t underestimate how much this might bother Apple. The company has a long history in the education market, going to back to the early 1980s

The other reusable rocket company, Blue Origin says it should be flying to orbit in 2019

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Dec, 2014 10:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says his vision is he wants to see millions of people living and working in space.

Google: Ok, so about half of our online ads are never actually seen

Posted in Online on 7th Dec, 2014 10:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Some of the reasons given for non-viewability: a user scrolled right past it, it wasn’t delivered, or it was delivered but the “viewer” was a software bot.

Ex-Apple Exec Jailed For Selling Supply Chain Secrets

Posted in Business on 8th Dec, 2014 08:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Paul Devine, Apple's former Global Supply Manager, has been sentenced to a year in prison and fined $4.5 million (£2.88 million) for conspiring to sell Apple product secrets.

SpaceX to Try to Land Rocket on Floating Platform Next Week

Posted in Hardware on 9th Dec, 2014 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
This is important. Elon Musk says the technology could cut the cost of spaceflight by a factor of 100.

Apple building massive new R&D center in Japan, says prime minister

Posted in Business on 9th Dec, 2014 08:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Apple has decided to undertake cutting-edge R&D in Japan

Rouble turmoil leads to Apple halting online sales in Russia

Posted in Online on 17th Dec, 2014 07:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Technology giant Apple says it cannot sell products online in Russia because the rouble's value is too volatile for it to set prices.

SpaceX’s resupply mission gets postponed (again)

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2014 12:44 AM
by AlexMuller
The fifth ISS commercial resupply mission has been delayed to no earlier than January 6th.

Future of Work: What Skills Will Help Us Keep Pace?

Posted in Software on 26th Dec, 2014 04:46 PM
by AlexMuller
From the growing clamor of voices warning robots will take away our jobs, it is clear we are focusing more on the problems of AI, robotics, and automation than the solutions.

Healthcare Predictions For 2015

Posted in Business on 27th Dec, 2014 08:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Next year will be big for healthcare. We felt small tremors in 2014 of the seismic changes underway.

Larry Page: Rather Leave Billions to Elon Musk Than Charity

Posted in Business on 28th Dec, 2014 09:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Instead of giving it to a philanthropic organization, he'd rather hand over his cash to Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, SpaceX, and Solar City.

Another Russian Company Wants to Build a Base on the Moon

Posted in Science on 2nd Jan, 2015 09:11 PM
by AlexMuller
A Russian company says that it is capable of constructing an exploration base on the moon, which will cost in the region of £6 billion.

SpaceX has to wait until mid-2015 to bid on Air Force rocket launches

Posted in Science on 8th Jan, 2015 11:44 PM
by AlexMuller
By mid-2015, SpaceX might finally be able to compete for some of the 36 or so rocket launches the US Air Force is planning.

Google is catching up to Facebook in social logins

Posted in Online on 10th Jan, 2015 10:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Facebook has long been the social login of choice for many websites and apps. But it seems that Google is starting to climb the ranks.

Spacex first stage reaches the barge but landing was too hard; ISS mission was success

Posted in Hardware on 10th Jan, 2015 11:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk tweets: Rocket made it to drone spaceport ship, but landed hard. Close, but no cigar this time. Bodes well for the future tho.

2015: The year virtual reality reaches the consumers

Posted in Games on 13th Jan, 2015 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
With the purchase of OculusVR in 2014, Facebook effectively ushered in an era many knew was rapidly approaching.

Solar energy to be at grid parity in most of the world within 2 years

Posted in Science on 13th Jan, 2015 07:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Deutsche Bank is predicting that solar systems will cost is lower or equal to that of electricity from the electrical grid in up to 80 per cent of the global market within 2 years.

SpaceX: game-changing rocket reusability seems likely within months

Posted in Hardware on 14th Jan, 2015 04:47 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX understands that the key to massively reducing launch costs is to minimize the degree to which hardware is thrown way.

Elon Musk Eyes Seattle HQ for Mars Planning

Posted in Science on 14th Jan, 2015 06:02 PM
by AlexMuller
The SpaceX boss promised details about a Mars transport system towards the end of this year.

Elon Musk donates $10M to keep AI beneficial

Posted in Software on 17th Jan, 2015 01:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk has decided to donate $10M to the Future of Life Institute (FLI) to run a global research program aimed at keeping AI beneficial to humanity.

Musk spills details on SpaceX's internet venture

Posted in Hardware on 17th Jan, 2015 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Musk doesn't only plan to bring the whole world online using a fleet of low-cost communication satellites, he also wants to use the same infrastructure to provide internet on Mars.

SpaceX closes the deal to get $1bn from Google and Fidelity

Posted in Hardware on 21st Jan, 2015 06:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The firms together own just under 10% of SpaceX, valued at $10bn. It said the money would go towards innovation in space transport and satellite manufacturing.

U.S. Senate Agrees Climate Change Is Real, 98 Votes to 1

Posted in Science on 22nd Jan, 2015 05:36 PM
by AlexMuller
All that remains now, is for them to agree on the cause.

SpaceX and U.S. Air Force reach settlement on rocket program

Posted in Hardware on 24th Jan, 2015 07:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The settlement, SpaceX said, improves the competitive landscape and achieves mission assurance for national security space launches.

What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need to Succeed?

Posted in Business on 24th Jan, 2015 08:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Released to much fanfare in 2013, Google marketed Glass to developers and early adopters. For $1,500, they would get the device and a chance to figure out what to do with it.

Google aims to become a wireless carrier

Posted in Business on 25th Jan, 2015 03:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Imagine one day buying an Android smartphone not through Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile, but with Google Wireless. That day could be coming soon.

App downloads soared in December, but so did marketing costs

Posted in Software on 26th Jan, 2015 04:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Downloads set a new record in December, but the cost of acquiring users also rose 20 percent from last year.

Ion thrusters are redrawing the boundaries for space exploration

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jan, 2015 04:39 PM
by AlexMuller
The Dawn spacecraft could change the shape and scope of future missions.

Elon Musk plans for 4000 toaster sized micro-satellite network for global internet

Posted in Hardware on 27th Jan, 2015 04:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk has proposed a network of some 4,000 micro-satellites to provide wireless broadband Internet services around the globe.

Apple posts the biggest quarterly profit in history

Posted in Business on 29th Jan, 2015 01:40 AM
by AlexMuller
Apple reported a net profit of $18bn (£11.8bn) in its fiscal first quarter, which tops the $15.9bn made by ExxonMobil in the second quarter of 2012.

Ebola outbreak: Virus mutating, scientists warn

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2015 06:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious.

Evidence for Cosmic Inflation Theory Bites the (Space) Dust

Posted in Science on 31st Jan, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
It is the announcement no one wanted to hear: The most exciting astronomical discovery of 2014 has vanished.

With virtual reality blowing up, first VR accelerator unveils initial 13 startups

Posted in Games on 31st Jan, 2015 10:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Developers are swarming to the new VR technology and investors want to get in on the new companies.

Incredible video shows how SpaceX plans to land largest rocket in the world

Posted in Science on 2nd Feb, 2015 05:45 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has released a new video this week demonstrating just what it plans to do with its upcoming Falcon Heavy rocket.

Obama seeks to raise NASA funding

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2015 02:19 PM
by AlexMuller
The president calls once again for a big jump in funding for the commercial program that aims to get America launching its own astronauts again.

Google to 'start again' with Glass project

Posted in Business on 7th Feb, 2015 08:36 PM
by AlexMuller
The new version will be developed internally and only released when finished.

World’s first robot-staffed hotel to open in Japan

Posted in Business on 8th Feb, 2015 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
A robot-staffed hotel, said to be the world’s first, is set to open in Japan where guests will be greeted and served by remarkably human-like robots.

The correlation between where startups are based and how well they do

Posted in Business on 8th Feb, 2015 10:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Silicon Valley is the place to be.

SpaceX launches DSCOVR 'space weather' satellite

Posted in Science on 12th Feb, 2015 02:30 AM
by AlexMuller
The landing of the rocket's first stage on the drone ship did not go ahead due to stormy seas.

U.S. Droughts Will Be the Worst in 1,000 Years

Posted in Science on 13th Feb, 2015 05:58 PM
by AlexMuller
A new analysis released today says the drying will be even more extreme than previously predicted.

Future Fitness: Cycling through virtual universes

Posted in Games on 14th Feb, 2015 08:07 PM
by AlexMuller
A new VR kit is taking cycling away from the spin classes and into amazing virtual worlds.

Facebook's New Venture: VR Apps

Posted in Software on 18th Feb, 2015 05:18 PM
by AlexMuller
It was only a matter of time that Facebook would start to develop its own VR apps. The only question remains, what is the purpose of these apps?

How Off-World Mining Could Pay for Our First Space Colony

Posted in Science on 18th Feb, 2015 06:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Many of us dream of living on other planets, but are two things we'll need before it can actually happen: money and raw materials.

Mobile growth is huge, and could surge 3x in the next 2 years

Posted in Hardware on 21st Feb, 2015 05:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Mobile has been one of the biggest drivers of growth in tech sector the iPhone’s launch in 2007. But if Digi-Capital's predictions hold water, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

DNA screening kit given the go-ahead by US regulator

Posted in Science on 22nd Feb, 2015 07:42 PM
by AlexMuller
The FDA, said the 23andMe product would provide people with information about possible mutations in their genes that could be passed on to their children.

Lenovo’s Superfish nightmare could be a sign that marketing tech has gone too far

Posted in Software on 24th Feb, 2015 12:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Lenovo has loaded harmful adware onto some of its laptops. Has marketing tech has crossed the line?

How machine learning will fuel huge innovation over the next 5 years

Posted in Business on 28th Feb, 2015 09:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Machine learning is coming into a golden age, and with it we’re seeing an awakening of possibilities formerly reserved for science fiction.

Google buys .app web domain for $25m

Posted in Business on 28th Feb, 2015 09:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Google has purchased the website domain .app in an auction held by the organisation which oversees the running of the net.

Tech demo lets you visit the International Space Station in VR

Posted in Games on 1st Mar, 2015 08:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Earthlight lets you explore the outside of the International Space Station through an Oculus Rift headset, with Microsoft Kinect 2 motion tracking of your hands and arms.

By 2020, 80% of the world's adult population will own a smartphone

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Mar, 2015 08:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The smartphone is probably the fastest adopted technology of all time.

HTC and Valve reveal a virtual reality headset at the MWC summit

Posted in Games on 2nd Mar, 2015 10:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The HTC Vive will be paired with wireless controllers and tracking technology to let wearers explore computer generated environments by walking round their rooms.

Google is reportedly working on a virtual-reality version of Android

Posted in Business on 7th Mar, 2015 08:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Google has tasked a group of engineers with developing a version of Android to power VR applications.

These are some of the Google X 'moonshots' that may change the world

Posted in Business on 9th Mar, 2015 08:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Not all of the dreams make it, and that’s OK. For Google X, the process itself; the failure and the iteration, is a critical part of the pursuit.

Radical Vaccine Design Effective Against Herpes Viruses

Posted in Medicine on 10th Mar, 2015 09:35 PM
by AlexMuller
New thinking about vaccine design has helped researchers forge ahead in developing a potential vaccine for this common infection.

California Has Only One Year of Water Left, Warns NASA Scientist

Posted in Science on 17th Mar, 2015 11:29 AM
by AlexMuller
California is in the midst of the worst drought the region has seen in a millennium, which is rapidly depleting its water supply.

Network theory suggests consciousness is global in the brain

Posted in Science on 17th Mar, 2015 11:42 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have found evidence that awareness or consciousness results from widespread communication across sensory and association areas of the cortex.

Google X head says blueprint for taking moonshots is failure

Posted in Business on 18th Mar, 2015 05:04 PM
by AlexMuller
'The blueprint is embracing failure. Running at all the hard parts of the problem first. If you want to make a ton of progress, you have to make a ton of mistakes.'

Facebook buyout ended Oculus and Valve's Cooperation

Posted in Hardware on 20th Mar, 2015 08:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Previously Valve had said that it didn’t intend to release a VR product, and would be support Oculus itself. Smith’s story suggests that the buyout turned this situation around.

A new rapid blood test could 'cut antibiotic use'

Posted in Medicine on 20th Mar, 2015 09:20 PM
by AlexMuller
A new blood test can help doctors tease out whether an infection is caused by a virus or bacteria within two hours, research in Plos One suggests.

Google investigation dropped by US regulators

Posted in Business on 22nd Mar, 2015 12:23 AM
by AlexMuller
Google narrowly escaped being prosecuted by the US government over its dominance of the internet search industry.

Google Wants to Change TV Advertising Forever

Posted in Business on 22nd Mar, 2015 11:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Google is about to make the sale of TV ads much more like ads on the web, for better and for worse.

Schmidt says reports of Google Glass' death are premature

Posted in Hardware on 24th Mar, 2015 08:40 AM
by AlexMuller
Google chairman Eric Schmidt said that the company is still hard at work perfecting its wearable, calling it a 'big and fundamental platform for Google.'

Apple isn’t just satisfied reinventing health care, it’s targeting clinical trials as well​

Posted in Business on 26th Mar, 2015 12:32 AM
by AlexMuller
The tech industry now sees medicine as the next frontier for exponential growth.

Facebook will soon support 360-degree videos in the News Feed & on Oculus

Posted in Online on 26th Mar, 2015 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Today Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will soon support 'spherical' 360-degree videos in its Newsfeed.

Russia wants to build a replacement for the Space Station, but NASA is looking to Mars

Posted in Business on 30th Mar, 2015 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Russia's Roscosmos space agency claimed that it is working with NASA on a replacement for the International Space Station.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX buying $90 million of Elon Musk’s Solar City solar bonds

Posted in Business on 31st Mar, 2015 08:13 PM
by AlexMuller
SolarCity, one of the world’s largest installers of solar panels, said today that SpaceX is investing in $90 million worth of its solar bonds.

NASA Selects Companies to Develop Super-Fast Engine

Posted in Hardware on 4th Apr, 2015 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA announced it will partner with companies to create more advanced space technology, including a new engine that could get humans to Mars in less than 40 days.

Finland’s Latest Educational Move Will Produce a Generation of Entrepreneurs

Posted in Business on 5th Apr, 2015 01:02 PM
by AlexMuller
The new approach aims to encourage different kinds of learning, shifting from facts to problem solving, individual work to collaboration.

Augmented and virtual reality markets to grow to $150B by 2020, forecaster says

Posted in Software on 7th Apr, 2015 10:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Digi-Capital estimates that the combined markets will reach $150 billion by 2020.

Virtual reality app store Wear VR secures $1.5M in funding

Posted in Business on 8th Apr, 2015 07:24 PM
by AlexMuller
While Oculus, Valve, and more focus on developing the hardware for virtual reality, one company is already well on its way to cornering the VR app market.

Flipping a switch in a common virus could mean safer organ transplants

Posted in Medicine on 9th Apr, 2015 03:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Treating organs for CMV before they're transplanted could make the process safer for people with compromised immune systems.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' rocket company will test reusable spacecraft later this year

Posted in Hardware on 10th Apr, 2015 02:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Blue Origin announced that it is planning unmanned test flights of its new engine and cargo capsule later this year.

New material set to change cooling industry

Posted in Business on 13th Apr, 2015 04:17 PM
by AlexMuller
The world refrigeration market is expected to increase by $7-8 billion by 2018. The breakthrough has an economic impact and an impact on the energy industry and environment.

Artificial muscles set for a stretch in space

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2015 04:29 PM
by AlexMuller
In addition to better prosthetic devices, it is hoped the material could find applications in robots on deep space missions.

United Launch Alliance developing reusable rocket called Vulcan

Posted in Science on 14th Apr, 2015 01:31 PM
by AlexMuller
The rocket could launch as soon as 2019. Its a response to competition from SpaceX and pressure to phase out the Russian engine powering its Atlas V rocket.

SpaceX's CRS-6 mission launched successfully

Posted in Hardware on 14th Apr, 2015 10:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk: 'Ascent successful. Dragon enroute to Space Station. Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival.'

CRISPR Patent Fight Now a Winner-Take-All Match

Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2015 05:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Lab notebooks could determine who was first to invent a revolutionary gene-editing technology.

Putin Says Russia Will Build Its Own Space Station by 2023

Posted in Science on 19th Apr, 2015 05:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Putin said his country is planning to create its own orbital space station by 2023, just as the operational life of the current International Space Station is due to wind down.

Google search changes will promote mobile-friendly sites

Posted in Online on 20th Apr, 2015 04:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Most internet traffic is now from mobiles. Websites that do not pass Google's mobile-friendly test will feature less prominently on its search engine results.

Elon Musk tried to sell Tesla to Google in 2013

Posted in Hardware on 21st Apr, 2015 03:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk pursued a sale of electric-car company Tesla to Google, when it was struggling in 2013, according to an excerpt of a book published Monday by Bloomberg News.

PlanetTech interviews Penny Power OBE, social networking pioneer

Posted in Interviews on 24th Apr, 2015 12:24 AM
by AlexMuller
Penny Power was among the first to start an online social networking business by founding Ecademy. We interview her about the future of social media:

Google launches Project Fi mobile phone network

Posted in Business on 24th Apr, 2015 12:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Google intends to run a mobile phone network in the US. The firm will rent voice and data capacity from existing operators, and use existing wi-fi hotspots, rather than build new infrastructure.

In search of tinnitus, that phantom ringing in the ears

Posted in Medicine on 26th Apr, 2015 01:10 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have taken advantage of a rare opportunity to record directly from the brain of a person with tinnitus in order to find the brain networks responsible.

HIV home test kit goes on sale in UK

Posted in Medicine on 27th Apr, 2015 07:59 PM
by AlexMuller
The first legally approved HIV self-test kit that allows people to get a result in 15 minutes at home has gone on sale in England, Scotland and Wales.

Valve shuts down paid 'mod' system

Posted in Games on 28th Apr, 2015 08:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Angry gamers have forced Valve to end a system that let people who make modifications or "mods" for games get paid for their work. The system was only switched on 4 days ago.

Facebook rolls out free video calls for its Messenger mobile app

Posted in Online on 28th Apr, 2015 08:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Facebook has added free video calls to its Messenger mobile app in a move pits Facebook against already established video chat services, such as Facetime, Skype and Hangouts.

Renewable energy at a turning point

Posted in Business on 28th Apr, 2015 08:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Forming over half of the new energy capacity added in the world in the past 3 years, renewables have reached critical mass, lowering costs through technological innovation.

We're Getting Closer to Creating a Universal Blood Supply

Posted in Science on 1st May, 2015 05:42 PM
by AlexMuller
A newly developed enzyme could change type B blood into type O, what's known as a 'universal' blood type, allowing for a successful emergency transfusion.

Tesla's Elon Musk Unveils Stored Sunlight in Batteries

Posted in Business on 2nd May, 2015 11:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The car company plans to sell battery storage systems for homes and utilities to help extend the use of solar power.

Microsoft bought Minecraft for HoloLens, Nadella says

Posted in Games on 2nd May, 2015 11:39 PM
by AlexMuller
HoloLens is an augmented-reality head-mounted display that puts “holograms” right in the real world that you can interact with and walk around.

Proposed US Legislation to Make Space Settlement a National Goal

Posted in Business on 4th May, 2015 10:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Legislation that a congressman plans to introduce in the future would make space settlement a national goal and require NASA to take action to support it.

Mobile gaming will be a $45B market by 2018, leaving console gaming way behind

Posted in Games on 4th May, 2015 10:25 PM
by AlexMuller
As the smartphone continues to take over the world, mobile gaming stands to outpace the rest of the industry.

Russia's lost cargo spacecraft will fall to Earth in 2 weeks and burn up in the atmosphere

Posted in Science on 5th May, 2015 07:10 PM
by AlexMuller
No one can establish a clear line of communication with the cargo ship.

Google launches all-out assault on mobile advertising

Posted in Business on 6th May, 2015 08:12 PM
by AlexMuller
'We’ve hit an inflection point; There are now more Google searches on mobile than on desktop in ten countries, including the U.S. and Japan.'

Oculus Rift Consumer VR System Pre-Orders Start Later This Year, Ships Q1 2016

Posted in Games on 6th May, 2015 09:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Oculus is almost ready to sell VR to the public. Today Oculus announced that 'the Oculus Rift will be shipping to consumers in Q1 2016'

Surge in US 'brain-reading' technology patents

Posted in Science on 7th May, 2015 07:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Fewer than 400 neuro-technology patents a year had been filed in 2000-09. But that had doubled to 800 in 2010. And 1,600 such patents had been lodged in the US in 2014.

The Ebola virus can 'live on in eyes of survivors'

Posted in Medicine on 8th May, 2015 10:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Ebola can persist in the eye and lead to further damage.

'Tesla's batteries could be bigger business than electric cars' – Elon Musk

Posted in Business on 9th May, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The company has taken 38,000 orders for its Powerwall, which was first announced last week, meaning the devices are sold out until mid-2016.

From starved to spoiled: How Oculus, Valve, and Sony prepare to make 2016 the year of VR

Posted in Business on 10th May, 2015 10:21 PM
by AlexMuller
The VR industry is about to go from years of waiting into a very intense period of releases.

Massive solar expansion by 2050 may be necessary for climate, MIT reports

Posted in Hardware on 10th May, 2015 10:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar's easy of use, efficiency and abundance may make it the clean energy source best suited to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Smarter, cheaper technologies for improved point-of-care medicine in remote areas

Posted in Software on 12th May, 2015 01:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Novel technologies offer simple biosensing required to provide healthcare in remote areas, where there is minimal diagnostic infrastructure.

Russia delays ISS astronauts' return after Progress failure

Posted in Science on 13th May, 2015 09:38 PM
by AlexMuller
There are currently six astronauts on board the International Space Station. Russia has delayed the return of three astronauts following the failure of its supply spaceship.

Can Google Outsell Amazon and eBay?

Posted in Online on 16th May, 2015 09:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Google will launch buy buttons on its search-result pages in coming weeks, a controversial step by the company toward becoming an online marketplace.

Russian rocket carrying satellite burns up over Siberia

Posted in Science on 17th May, 2015 06:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Russia's space programme has experienced a series of mishaps in recent months.

SpaceX Falcon 9 certified for medium risk NASA launches

Posted in Hardware on 18th May, 2015 08:23 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has been certified by NASA for Falcon 9 rockets to carryout Category 2 space missions. These are 'medium risk' launches such as satellites and less expensive space probes.

Startup Beams the Web’s Most Important Content from Space

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2015 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
By renting communications satellites, Outernet is currently blanketing about half Earth’s surface with a signal that transmits data.

Millennials have a clear favorite when asked which tech company is their 'ideal employer'

Posted in Online on 24th May, 2015 09:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Millennials overwhelmingly want to work in tech more than any other sector. And nearly 20% say Google is their ideal employer.

Smart glasses begin to take hold in the enterprise

Posted in Business on 25th May, 2015 06:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Google Glass was not the consumer success Google had hoped for. But, contrary to many predictions, Glass is not dead. In fact, its been spun off into its own department.

China to replace US as world's top consumer tech market in 2016

Posted in Hardware on 26th May, 2015 04:10 PM
by AlexMuller
China is expected to become the number one market for consumer tech, thanks to both strong local buying power and the rapid development of homegrown innovation.

OculusVR buys computer vision startup to help the Rift understand the world

Posted in Games on 27th May, 2015 07:20 PM
by AlexMuller
The Rift understands where you are looking and how you’re moving your body, and now, it may soon understand the space around you.

Boeing is NASA's first pick for manned ISS flights

Posted in Science on 29th May, 2015 12:02 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA is bringing human spaceflight back to the US. The agency has ordered its first crew mission from Boeing, which will involve ferrying astronauts to the Space Station.

Google’s surprising portal into the future of virtual reality

Posted in Online on 31st May, 2015 10:14 PM
by AlexMuller
It’s a tremendously big deal that Google’s pushing into virtual reality with one of its most important services: YouTube.

Deep Learning Catches On in New Industries, from Fashion to Finance

Posted in Business on 1st Jun, 2015 06:49 PM
by AlexMuller
A brain like machine learning technique that has already given computers an eerie ability to recognize speech and categorize images is now creeping into many industries.

Virgin Galactic pilot recalls October's crash

Posted in Business on 4th Jun, 2015 09:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Richard Branson is under pressure to prove his dream can still come true.

Test unravels history of infection

Posted in Science on 6th Jun, 2015 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
US researchers claim to have developed a single test that is able to identify past exposure to every known human virus infection, using a drop of blood.

Airbus unveils 'Adeline' re-usable rocket concept

Posted in Science on 7th Jun, 2015 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Airbus, which leads the production of Europe's Ariane rocket, has developed a concept that could make future vehicles partially re-usable.

Solar panels to reach grid parity or better for 80% of the globe by 2017

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jun, 2015 08:46 PM
by AlexMuller
The rapidly falling cost of solar is making clean energy more economical than many people expected.

Virus improves bone marrow transplants, kills some cancer cells

Posted in Science on 7th Jun, 2015 09:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have discovered that a rabbit virus can deliver a one-two punch, killing some kinds of cancer cells while eliminating a complication of bone marrow transplants.

Solar power passes 1 percent of global electricity threshold

Posted in Business on 12th Jun, 2015 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Solar now covers more than 1% of global electricity demand. In three countries in Europe, Italy, Germany and Greece, solar PV supplies more than 7% of electricity demand.

OculusVR and Xbox team up for consumer virtual reality

Posted in Games on 12th Jun, 2015 01:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Oculus VR has shown off the version of its virtual reality headset that will be sold to consumers, and revealed it will come with an Xbox One controller.

Google's Sidewalk Labs to solve urban problems

Posted in Business on 13th Jun, 2015 12:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Sidewalk will focus on improving city life by developing and incubating urban technologies to address issues like cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage.

Airbus to build giant internet satellite network

Posted in Business on 16th Jun, 2015 01:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Airbus has been contracted to build the world's largest satellite constellation as the race for global satellite internet heats up.

A new flu drug gives the body time to defend itself

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2015 12:49 AM
by AlexMuller
Past flu-fighting drugs have targeted the virus itself. But a new drug called Vasculotide reinforces the cellular barrier in the lungs, giving the body more time to rid itself of the virus.

Network theory sheds new light on origins of consciousness

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2015 01:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Is your awareness of the world and of yourself the result of specific, focused changes in your brain, or does that awareness come from a broad network of neural activity?

Ericsson Mobility Report: 70 percent of world's population using smartphones by 2020

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jun, 2015 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Advanced mobiles will be commonplace around the globe: smartphone subscriptions will more than double, reaching 6.1 billion.

The virtual reality craze is taking over hardware and games at E3

Posted in Games on 20th Jun, 2015 10:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Oculus Rift vs. Project Morpheus, StarVR and Gear VR: Post-E3 thoughts

Solar: The First 1 percent was by far the hardest

Posted in Science on 20th Jun, 2015 10:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar power now provides roughly 1% of the world’s electricity. It took 40 years. As prices drop, installation rate rises. As installation rates rise, the price continues to drop.

HIV vaccine approach nears human trial

Posted in Science on 21st Jun, 2015 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
A study indicates it is possible to trigger the antibody system, with an engineered molecule that mimics a vulnerable region of HIV, to make neutralizing antibodies.

Chemists devise technology that could transform solar energy storage

Posted in Science on 21st Jun, 2015 11:50 PM
by AlexMuller
A new technology developed by chemists at UCLA is capable of storing solar energy for up to several weeks.

Pepper, the emotional domestic humanoid robot, sells out in one minute

Posted in Software on 22nd Jun, 2015 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The robot is currently sold in Japan, but is scheduled to hit global markets next year.

Europe's energy revolution marches on:

Posted in Science on 23rd Jun, 2015 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Fully one-third of electricity produced in Europe last year came from renewable energy, reports ENTSO-E.

What Happens When A State Seriously Invests In Clean Energy?

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Jun, 2015 12:09 AM
by AlexMuller
A clean energy rush is transforming California so quickly that nearly a quarter of its electricity now comes from renewable sources.

Ebola crisis in Guinea 'has set back malaria fight'

Posted in Medicine on 25th Jun, 2015 12:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Malaria deaths since the Ebola outbreak began will far exceed the number of Ebola deaths in the country, which now stand at 2,444.

Consciousness has less control than believed, according to new theory

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2015 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Consciousness is far less powerful than people believe, serving as a passive conduit rather than exerting control, according to a new theory.

NHS to give volunteers 'synthetic blood' made in laboratory within 2 years

Posted in Medicine on 26th Jun, 2015 02:00 AM
by AlexMuller
A long-awaited clinical trial of artificial red blood cells will occur before 2017, NHS scientists said. The blood is made from stem cells.

SpaceX recounts past mistakes before next barge test landing

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jun, 2015 11:02 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has published a post explaining how its Falcon 9 is designed to be able to fly back home, and also revisiting its failed barge landings in January and in April.

Google aims to develop free Gigabit Wi-Fi for cities

Posted in Online on 27th Jun, 2015 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
The new venture, named Intersection, will seek to bring free public Wi-Fi to cities around the world using different pieces of urban infrastructure, from pay phones to bus stops.

Japan’s Softbank to Invest $20 Billion in Solar-Energy Projects in India

Posted in Hardware on 29th Jun, 2015 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Indian government targets a massive expansion in the country’s solar output from some 3 gigawatts today to 100 gigawatts by 2022.

Gates to invest $2bn in breakthrough renewable energy projects

Posted in Business on 30th Jun, 2015 01:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Gates said that he would double his current investments in renewables over the next five years in a bid to tackle climate change.

Study Reaffirms the Massive Impact Netflix is Having on Pay TV

Posted in Business on 30th Jun, 2015 11:25 PM
by AlexMuller
It wasn’t the first site to offer streaming movies and TV shows, but it certainly popularized the practice of streaming your entertainment rather than watching it on TV.

Snips Grabs $6.3 Million To Add An Artificial Intelligence Layer To Your Phone

Posted in Software on 1st Jul, 2015 12:54 AM
by AlexMuller
By gathering data, such as location and calendar data, an AI could show you what you need.

PlanetTech interviews the team behind the Holus display

Posted in Interviews on 2nd Jul, 2015 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Holus aims to convert digital content into a 3D holographic experience. We interview the team on the future of holographic media and their Kickstarter success.

Is Google Readying a New Version of Google Glass?

Posted in Business on 4th Jul, 2015 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
killed off the first version of the device earlier this year, but there have been persistent rumors that a second version is due soon.

These are the projects Elon Musk is funding to prevent killer AI

Posted in Software on 5th Jul, 2015 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk has donated millions to the Future of Life Institute, and now the organization is funding research into keeping artificial intelligence 'robust and beneficial'.

Moon's Lopsided Dust Cloud Could Affect Space Travel

Posted in Science on 5th Jul, 2015 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have recently discovered that the Moon is engulfed in a permanent, lopsided dust cloud that could affect future space travel, a new study says.

Tesla Is Betting on Solar, Not Just Batteries

Posted in Business on 5th Jul, 2015 11:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Powerwall has all the characteristics needed to succeed in the market. At least as long as the technology it is tethering itself to, solar, succeeds as well.

Progress 60 spacecraft shakes off the bad luck to re-supply the ISS

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jul, 2015 01:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The Russian-made Progress 60 cargo craft has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) following a two-day orbital rendezvous period.

Opinion: Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Erase Jobs in Nearly Every Industry

Posted in Business on 8th Jul, 2015 10:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Vivek Wadhwa describes the technology advances that are happening now, which will bear fruit in the 2020s.

Oil Giant To Build World's Largest Solar Project

Posted in Hardware on 9th Jul, 2015 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Today the state oil company of Oman announced a landmark deal with California-based solar developer GlassPoint to build the world’s largest solar project.

UK to develop Quantum 'universal' satellite

Posted in Science on 10th Jul, 2015 12:08 AM
by AlexMuller
To be called Quantum and built in the UK, the 3.5-tonne spacecraft will break new ground by being totally reconfigurable in orbit.

The big money behind the ongoing student loan disaster

Posted in Business on 10th Jul, 2015 05:19 PM
by AlexMuller
In the past 3 years, the number of colleges and universities charging over $50,000 per year has increased by 2400%. The average wage of the American worker grew by a paltry 2%.

Google says it uses AI to catch 99.9 percent of email spam

Posted in Business on 11th Jul, 2015 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
About a decade ago, spam brought email to near-ruin: The contest to save your inbox was on.

Research suggests cooperative behaviour is not instinctive, but learned

Posted in Business on 14th Jul, 2015 12:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers compared decision-making in economic games between high-trust and low-trust societies.

Google gains nearly $68 billion to its market value as YouTube drives growth

Posted in Online on 19th Jul, 2015 12:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Google’s shares value the company at $471.50B and cement its position as the world’s second most valuable company after Apple.

HTC on why 2016 is the critical year for virtual reality

Posted in Games on 21st Jul, 2015 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
HTC will be counting on the 'wow' factor as it pushes an entirely new product from its core business of making smartphones.

We need to adapt capitalism to fit a robot-run future

Posted in Business on 22nd Jul, 2015 12:26 AM
by AlexMuller
With the technology advances that are presently on the horizon, not only low-skilled jobs are at risk; so are the jobs of knowledge workers.

Solar company Sunrun sets terms to raise up to $309 million in IPO

Posted in Business on 23rd Jul, 2015 12:08 AM
by AlexMuller
The Silicon Valley born and backed solar installer is raising money to compete in a quickly consolidating market.

Age-related macular degeneration patient receives bionic eye transplant

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Jul, 2015 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System is designed to stimulate remaining retinal cells, allowing them to obtain useful visual information.

Google's Patent Could Let Us Record And Replay Our Memories

Posted in Business on 24th Jul, 2015 11:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Google has been awarded a patent which would allow us to search through a video database of our lives, all recorded through some future wearable technology.

Hillary Clinton pledges half a billion solar panels if she wins office

Posted in Hardware on 27th Jul, 2015 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Democratic presidential frontrunner also says she wants America to generate enough clean renewable energy to power every home within 10 years.

Google has decided to pull YouTube and Google+ apart

Posted in Online on 27th Jul, 2015 11:33 PM
by AlexMuller
After spending a few years plugging Google+ into all of its services, even as users of those services complained, Google is now rolling that back.

Hawking and Musk Warn Of the 'Virtually Inevitable' AI Arms Race

Posted in Software on 29th Jul, 2015 12:51 AM
by AlexMuller
Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and over 1,000 AI and robotics researchers have signed a letter suggesting a ban on AI warfare.

US firms to commit $140B to address climate change

Posted in Business on 30th Jul, 2015 02:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Giants including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Berkshire Hathaway and Goldman Sachs are looking to invest at least $140B to shrink their carbon footprints.

Similar to the consumer model, 'Pepper for Biz' to launch for enterprise

Posted in Software on 30th Jul, 2015 11:37 PM
by AlexMuller
SoftBank has announced that its emotionally intelligent robot, Pepper, will be making its mark in the enterprise with preorders from October.

Germany Just Got 78 Percent Of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2015 11:46 PM
by AlexMuller
A stormy day across northern Europe combined with sunny conditions in southern Germany led to the new record.

Obama's clean energy plan expected to boost renewables and switch away from coal

Posted in Business on 1st Aug, 2015 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
After a year of consultations and over 4 million public comments, President Obama's Clean Power Plan will be finalized early next week.

When surgeons listen to their preferred music, their stitches are better and faster

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Aug, 2015 11:45 PM
by AlexMuller
When surgeons listen to music they prefer, their technique and efficiency when closing incisions is improved, a new study shows.

Think Your Conscious Brain Directs Your Actions?

Posted in Science on 2nd Aug, 2015 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
A study claims a startling conclusion: consciousness is just a passive machine running one simple algorithm, serving up what’s already been decided, and taking credit for the decision.

China is building a massive solar plant in the Gobi desert

Posted in Business on 3rd Aug, 2015 07:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Construction has begun on China’s first large-scale commercial solar plant, designed to eventually supply electricity for approximately one million households.

Startups are rocketing to the front of the space race

Posted in Business on 3rd Aug, 2015 08:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Capitalizing on the falling cost of launches and the miniaturization of satellites, startups are gearing up for the new space race under the moniker of NewSpace.

Virtual Reality Will Let You Experience the Awe Only Astronauts Have Known

Posted in Software on 5th Aug, 2015 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
Virtual reality will entertain us, connect us, open up new digital worlds; but can it revolutionize our view of the real world too?

Why it's time to prepare for a world where machines can do your job

Posted in Business on 5th Aug, 2015 11:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Changes in employment patterns are on the way as artificial intelligence takes on many routine, repetitive tasks currently performed by people.

The UK now prefers using phones to get online over laptops

Posted in Business on 6th Aug, 2015 02:47 PM
by AlexMuller
It marks a significant shift. Just last year 22% named their phone as their most important means of getting online, with a solid 40% naming their laptop.

NASA Signs $490 Million Contract With Russia to carry US astronauts to the International Space Station

Posted in Science on 6th Aug, 2015 03:01 PM
by AlexMuller
The US has been dependent on Russia for ISS access since it ended its space shuttle program in 2012.

Study claims perovskite solar cells can recoup their energy cost within three months

Posted in Hardware on 7th Aug, 2015 11:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Perovskite cells could rise to take the lion's share of the solar landscape in the near future.

Apple’s App Store Saw $1.7B in Billings And Broke Records In July

Posted in Software on 9th Aug, 2015 10:03 PM
by AlexMuller
The App Store today features over 1.5 million mobile applications and games available for download, and the growth in new app releases shows no signs of slowing down.

Google is planning to take another shot at the ultra low-cost Android One project

Posted in Software on 9th Aug, 2015 10:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The plan will be a push to hit the 'sweet spot' of $50 smartphones.

Gene Editing Startup Raises $120 Million to Apply CRISPR to Medicine

Posted in Business on 10th Aug, 2015 05:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Editas Medicine has raised $120 million to create treatments with CRISPR, including ones for cancers, retinal disease, and sickle cell anemia.

Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin form Alphabet, a new umbrella company that includes Google

Posted in Business on 11th Aug, 2015 10:10 PM
by AlexMuller
'Expect us to make bets in areas that might seem very speculative or even strange'

US distributed solar prices fell 10 to 20 percent in 2014, with trends continuing into 2015

Posted in Business on 13th Aug, 2015 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The installed price of distributed solar photovoltaic power systems in the United States continues to fall precipitously.

Larry Page says he wants his fortune to go to Elon Musk. Alphabet is the next best thing.

Posted in Business on 14th Aug, 2015 07:32 PM
by AlexMuller
"You know, if I were to get hit by a bus today," Google co-founder Larry Page once reportedly said, "I should leave all of it to Elon Musk."

Booming Wind and Solar Power Has Slashed Europe’s CO2 Emissions

Posted in Hardware on 16th Aug, 2015 08:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Renewables slashed CO2 emissions by 8.8% each year from 2010 through 2012, the most recent year for which UN numbers are available.

Gartner Says the Internet of Things Installed Base Will Grow to 26 Billion Units By 2020

Posted in Hardware on 16th Aug, 2015 08:22 PM
by AlexMuller
IoT, which excludes PCs, tablets and phones, will grow to 26B units installed in 2020, almost a 30-fold increase from 0.9B in 2009.

Technology has created more jobs than it has destroyed, says 140 years of data

Posted in Software on 18th Aug, 2015 11:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Census results in England and Wales since 1871 show that the rise of machines has been a job creator rather than making humans obsolete.

Kids’ gaming makes up nearly 8% of mobile game spending worldwide

Posted in Business on 18th Aug, 2015 11:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Parents are dropping a serious amount of cash to keep their kids’ tablets and smartphones filled with games.

Google X life sciences team spins out into its own company under Alphabet

Posted in Business on 21st Aug, 2015 09:42 PM
by AlexMuller
'Working to move technologies from R&D to clinical testing, and transform the way we detect, prevent, and manage disease.'

VR’s inevitable move to eye control

Posted in Software on 22nd Aug, 2015 07:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Imagine a world where you can control objects with your eyes instead of your hands. With virtual reality moving into the mainstream, this could become an everyday activity.

World’s Largest Solar Power Station To Come Up In Madhya Pradesh, India

Posted in Science on 23rd Aug, 2015 07:17 PM
by AlexMuller
If all goes well, the world's largest solar power station will start generating energy by March 2017.

Panic over China and the global economy causes tech stocks to plummet

Posted in Business on 24th Aug, 2015 11:15 PM
by AlexMuller
The gloom has reached the US, and investors seem to be overcompensating by selling everything in sight.

Universal flu vaccine comes closer

Posted in Medicine on 24th Aug, 2015 11:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers say they are closer to developing a vaccine to give life-long protection against any type of flu, after promising trials in animals.

How We’re Battling Virtual Reality's Dreaded Simulator Sickness

Posted in Games on 24th Aug, 2015 11:34 PM
by AlexMuller
To an unfortunate subpopulation of people, virtual reality’s side effects are no joke. The eyestrain and stomach upset can be severe.

Market Fall Masks Renewable Energy’s Bright Future

Posted in Business on 25th Aug, 2015 10:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The MAC Solar Index, which tracks solar companies, has fallen more than 31 percent in the last three months. First Solar, SunEdison, and SolarCity have taken a market beating.

Coursera raises $49.5M to help it expand to Latin America, China, and India

Posted in Business on 26th Aug, 2015 06:27 PM
by AlexMuller
The online education service has raised $49.5M. With 75 percent of its learners from outside the U.S., Coursera needs to expand its availability.

Principal Solar Teams with Entropy to Build 100MW Generating Facility

Posted in Science on 27th Aug, 2015 11:32 PM
by AlexMuller
The 100MW facility, located in Cumberland County, North Carolina, will produce enough electricity to power approximately 20,000 average American homes.

Alphabet: the Singularity company?

Posted in Business on 30th Aug, 2015 05:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Could Google's surprise reorganization be the biggest bet of all: a bet on the future?

Within 4 years, Google hopes to have its autonomous vehicles commercially available and citizens in the U.S. regularly riding

Posted in Software on 31st Aug, 2015 10:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Google is bringing its autonomous vehicles to Austin for testing.

Short sleepers are four times more likely to catch a cold

Posted in Science on 1st Sep, 2015 11:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have long known that sleep is important for our health, with poor sleep linked to chronic illnesses and disease susceptibility.

Elon Musk says humanity is currently running 'the dumbest experiment in history'

Posted in Science on 3rd Sep, 2015 12:47 AM
by AlexMuller
'Given that at some point fossil fuel will run out anyway, why run this crazy experiment to see how bad it'll be?'

Russia is Returning to the Moon, Paving the Way for a Crewed Landing

Posted in Science on 3rd Sep, 2015 11:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Luna 25 is a test-bed for the real thing: a south pole moon base.

Facebook offers free education software in US

Posted in Business on 5th Sep, 2015 12:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Facebook has taken its first steps into the education market with software that it claims allows children to learn at their own pace.

Melting polar ice could wake up frozen viruses

Posted in Science on 9th Sep, 2015 11:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Melting polar regions are already causing unprecedented sea level rise but there are other threats besides water buried in the swiftly melting ice.

Its that time of the year again for Apple; A load of new stuff

Posted in Hardware on 10th Sep, 2015 12:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Apple has unveiled a larger iPad tablet, a TV box with its own app store and new iPhones that can detect how firmly their screens are being pressed.

Q2 2015 an impressive quarter for the US solar PV market

Posted in Hardware on 11th Sep, 2015 01:55 AM
by AlexMuller
The residential solar market registered another quarterly record in the second quarter, with 70 percent growth year-over-year.

Google takes on Apple with Android Pay

Posted in Business on 12th Sep, 2015 04:18 AM
by AlexMuller
Google has made its mobile payments system, Android Pay, available at more than one million locations in the United States.

Cassini finds global ocean beneath Enceladus' icy crust

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2015 09:07 AM
by AlexMuller
A global ocean lies beneath the icy crust of Saturn's geologically active moon Enceladus, according to new research using data from NASA's Cassini mission.

Could the development of powerful Artificial Intelligence cause us harm?

Posted in Software on 18th Sep, 2015 01:35 AM
by AlexMuller
We need to make sure that responsible people stay at the forefront of what will be an incredibly important technology in the next 10 or 20 years.

What happened to the growth in mobile gaming?

Posted in Games on 19th Sep, 2015 04:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Not only has revenue growth slowed down, but the cost of doing business has also risen substantially over the last few years.

Facebook’s Like Buttons Will Soon Track Your Web Browsing to Target Ads

Posted in Business on 20th Sep, 2015 09:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Facebook’s 'Like' buttons have been logging data on our browsing for years; now the company will start using that data to target ads.

Apple’s iOS App Store suffers first major attack

Posted in Online on 21st Sep, 2015 09:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Apple is cleaning up its iOS App Store to remove malicious iPhone and iPad programs identified in the first large-scale attack on the popular software outlet.

Apple reportedly approves electric car project for 2019 release

Posted in Business on 23rd Sep, 2015 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
The company gave the approval for tripling the 600 employees already working on the project to speed up production.

Fossil fuel divestment movement reaches $2.6 trillion

Posted in Business on 23rd Sep, 2015 03:16 PM
by AlexMuller
A campaign to abandon fossil fuels to boost the fight against climate change has rapidly picked up steam, with institutions worth $2.6 trillion pledging to divest, a study said Tuesday.

New Coating Radiates Heat to Keep Solar Cells Cool, and More Efficient

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Sep, 2015 03:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar cells have a problem: the hotter they get as the sun pours down on them, the less efficient they become at converting light into electricity.

Oculus Connect: $99 Gear VR, Oculus Touch release date, Minecraft, and more

Posted in Games on 25th Sep, 2015 06:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Here are all the big announcements form Oculus' event summarized:

China, US pledge $3 billion each to fight climate change

Posted in Science on 26th Sep, 2015 10:26 PM
by AlexMuller
China and US recognized the importance of climate finance to support low-carbon, climate-resilient development in developing countries, according to the statement.

Renewable energy outstrips coal for first time in UK electricity mix

Posted in Science on 27th Sep, 2015 08:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Wind, solar and bioenergy surge to supply a record 25% of the country’s electricity for a whole quarter.

Who Will Become the First People on Mars?

Posted in Science on 1st Oct, 2015 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
A rundown of the ongoing race to the Red Planet:

SolarCity Creates A 22% Module-Level Efficient Solar Panel

Posted in Business on 2nd Oct, 2015 05:47 PM
by AlexMuller
SolarCity announced that it has created the world’s most efficient solar panel, with a 22 percent module-level efficiency.

Google Officially Becomes Alphabet

Posted in Business on 3rd Oct, 2015 11:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Google itself will continue to exist under the leadership of CEO Sundar Pichai, while Alphabet serves as 'a collection of companies' led by CEO Larry Page.

Facebook will use satellites to bring broadband to large parts of Africa

Posted in Business on 5th Oct, 2015 09:29 PM
by AlexMuller
In its latest effort to open up Internet access to developing markets, Facebook has partnered with French satellite company Eutelsat Communications.

On the Edge of Automation

Posted in Business on 5th Oct, 2015 10:52 PM
by AlexMuller
'Five hundred years from now everyone is going to be involved in some kind of information or entertainment, There will be no farmers, or people working in manufacturing.'

Apple reportedly buys secretive deep learning startup Perceptio

Posted in Business on 6th Oct, 2015 01:26 PM
by AlexMuller
The news comes just three days after a report that Apple had bought another artificial intelligence startup, VocalIQ.

Solar Cheaper Than Natural Gas? It's Happening

Posted in Hardware on 7th Oct, 2015 01:33 PM
by AlexMuller
So what’s it mean? Solar will be cheaper than traditional grid power in at least some locations in a few years, so any utility looking to keep control of pricing will look more and more at solar.

Facebook’s Drone Team Is Collaborating with Google's Balloon Project

Posted in Online on 8th Oct, 2015 11:42 AM
by AlexMuller
The companies are collaborating on efforts to use balloons and drone aircraft to expand internet access unconnected four billion people.

More than half of Google searches now happen on mobile devices

Posted in Online on 9th Oct, 2015 10:27 AM
by AlexMuller
At some point this summer, Google said, there was a tipping point: Now the majority of web searches happen on mobile devices.

The world is on target to get 26 percent of energy from renewables by 2020

Posted in Business on 9th Oct, 2015 10:34 AM
by AlexMuller
With the more affordable technology and political pressure, it’s no surprise that renewable energy is on the rise on a global scale.

HIV vaccine to be tested on people

Posted in Medicine on 10th Oct, 2015 05:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have long been frustrated by the ability of the AIDS virus to mutate and evade the immune system.

Elon Musk: We need to leave Earth as soon as possible

Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2015 07:17 PM
by AlexMuller
If something catastrophic happens one day, like a nearby star exploding, we may all get vaporized. Musk says we can't afford to wait around and find out.

Within 80 days Elon Musk should reveal a detailed design for the Mars Colonial Transport vehicle

Posted in Hardware on 13th Oct, 2015 06:39 PM
by AlexMuller
"It's going to put over 100 tons of cargo on Mars." We are expecting something absolutely enormous.

23andMe raises $115M to grow its DNA health test technology globally

Posted in Science on 15th Oct, 2015 04:25 AM
by AlexMuller
The company offers customers a report with information about your health and ancestry, covering 254 diseases and conditions.

This is how the world growing more and more food with less land

Posted in Science on 17th Oct, 2015 06:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Two decades ago, food production started rising independently of new land.

Odisha (India) bets big on solar power, plans to set up 1,000Mw park

Posted in Business on 19th Oct, 2015 01:06 AM
by AlexMuller
The central Indian government has set a target of generating 175,000 Mw of power through renewable energy sources by 2022.

Samsung aims to build bots who work for less than Foxconn staffers

Posted in Hardware on 21st Oct, 2015 12:59 AM
by AlexMuller
South Korea's target is smartphones and other kit that currently requires human hands.

Planetary Resources gets $12M in new backing for asteroid hunt

Posted in Science on 23rd Oct, 2015 12:37 AM
by AlexMuller
Planetary Resources, company that aims to mine rare metals and scarce water on asteroids, has raised $12 million in new capital, according to a regulatory filing Wednesday.

Google-Alphabet will spend billions on moonshot technologies like self driving cars and anti-aging

Posted in Business on 24th Oct, 2015 08:32 AM
by AlexMuller
Alphabet is preparing to ramp up spending on its most far-out projects.

Like Your Glasses, Your Virtual-Reality Headset May Need a Prescription

Posted in Hardware on 25th Oct, 2015 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
There’s hope for wearers of glasses who want a crisp virtual reality experience.

Google Turning Its Lucrative Web Search Over to AI Machines

Posted in Business on 26th Oct, 2015 11:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Making its systems smarter and better able to deal with ambiguous queries is one of the ways Google can keep a grip on time-starved mobile users.

Disruption by Tech Companies Expanding Into New Markets

Posted in Business on 27th Oct, 2015 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Very few companies have actually successfully disrupted themselves. Most successful companies leverage their existing assets to expand into new, high growth markets.

Morocco to become a solar superpower with launch of mega-project

Posted in Hardware on 27th Oct, 2015 05:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The world’s largest concentrated solar power plant is set to help renewables provide almost half the country’s energy by 2020.

Russia announces plans to send humans to the Moon in 2029

Posted in Science on 29th Oct, 2015 01:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Roscomsos claim that they are currently building the spacecraft for the mission now, with its first flight into space planned for 2021.

Google's Project Loon internet balloons to circle the Earth

Posted in Hardware on 29th Oct, 2015 02:20 AM
by AlexMuller
"It used to take 14 people an hour or two to launch a balloon, now with an automated crane we can launch a balloon every 15 minutes with two or three people."

FDA approves use of engineered herpes virus to treat cancer

Posted in Medicine on 29th Oct, 2015 12:09 PM
by AlexMuller
The drug, which relies upon a genetically engineered herpes virus to attack and kill the cancerous cells, is the first virotherapy drug to gain approval.

Edtech’s Next Big Disruption Is The College Degree

Posted in Online on 30th Oct, 2015 04:45 PM
by AlexMuller
An end to the college degree's unprecedented run as the only credential that matters.

Google is reportedly working on merging its Chrome OS with Android

Posted in Software on 30th Oct, 2015 05:00 PM
by AlexMuller
The merger has apparently been in the works for two years and Google may have something to show for it as early as next year.

Service robots are finally starting to catch on

Posted in Hardware on 1st Nov, 2015 03:43 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the new categories to emerge in the last year is the humanoid helper, kiosk robot or retail robot.

BAE invests in space engine firm Reaction Engines

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Nov, 2015 12:19 PM
by AlexMuller
The technology would allow the launch of satellites into space at a fraction of the current cost and allow passengers to fly anywhere in the world in four hours.

New batch of Pepper robots sell out in 1 minute

Posted in Business on 2nd Nov, 2015 12:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Softbank has upgraded the Pepper robot to memorize and store data on human responses by using cloud technology-based artificial intelligence applications.

Google plans drone delivery service for 2017

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Nov, 2015 12:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Called Project Wing, the initiative aims to be delivering goods to consumers using the aircraft. "Our goal is to have commercial business up and running in 2017"

Skype founders invent self-driving robot that can deliver groceries

Posted in Business on 3rd Nov, 2015 01:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The new self-driving robot, Starship, promises to shake up the local delivery market.

Virgin Galactic to show off its next spaceship in February

Posted in Hardware on 4th Nov, 2015 10:58 AM
by AlexMuller
"Virgin Galactic goes on, with an unwavering commitment to safety and a renewed sense of purpose."

PV Solar & Batteries Could Hit Grid Parity In Japan By 2018

Posted in Hardware on 4th Nov, 2015 10:56 AM
by AlexMuller
'We believe we can provide residential systems that are competitive with and soon-to-be cheaper than electricity from the grid'

By 2020, solar will be price-competitive with fossil fuels on an unsubsidized basis in most parts of the world

Posted in Hardware on 6th Nov, 2015 01:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Germany, China, and Japan are leading the charge in the adoption of clean energy.

Robots Will Change World Beyond Recognition Says BoA

Posted in Business on 9th Nov, 2015 03:16 PM
by AlexMuller
The Bank of America has voiced their opinion that robots may shatter the global economic order within a decade.

Renewable energy investment predicted to surge

Posted in Business on 11th Nov, 2015 06:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The result, says the IEA, could limit the demand for oil and keep the price relatively low for the rest of the decade.

Quietly, the new space race between SpaceX and Boeing burns hot

Posted in Business on 11th Nov, 2015 07:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Whichever company flies astronauts first in 2017 gains serious bragging rights.

United States Senate votes to legalize space mining

Posted in Science on 12th Nov, 2015 04:40 PM
by AlexMuller
"Many years from now, we will view this pivotal moment in time as a major step toward humanity becoming a multi-planetary species," said Planetary Resources

Microsoft’s HoloLens gets its first augmented-reality rival: Asus

Posted in Business on 13th Nov, 2015 04:38 PM
by AlexMuller
'It should be next year when we come out with a product,' said Shen. 'We think AR will be very important for people’s lives.'

What is interplanetary dust and can it spread the ingredients of life?

Posted in Science on 17th Nov, 2015 01:37 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA reported that a cloud of dust was surrounding Mars high above its atmosphere. They ruled out Mars itself and its moons Phobos and Deimos as the sources of the dust.

Congress Says Yes to Space Mining, No to Rocket Regulations

Posted in Business on 18th Nov, 2015 05:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The bill protects private spaceflight from regulatory oversight, and lets entrepreneurs keep whatever nonliving treasures they find out there.

Descartes Labs raises $5M for AI agricultural predictions

Posted in Software on 18th Nov, 2015 06:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Using deep learning technology, Descartes Labs claims that it can make more accurate predictions than the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Leading energy firms to support 'near doubling' of renewable capacity

Posted in Business on 20th Nov, 2015 11:54 PM
by AlexMuller
16 energy firms pledge to remove regulatory, financial, and technical barriers to support 1.5TW of additional renewable capacity.

Gear VR: Easily the best VR of 2015, but 2016 will bring the big news

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Nov, 2015 11:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Consumer VR is here, though you'll need a Samsung phone to get in on the fun.

The US now has a space hotline with China

Posted in Science on 23rd Nov, 2015 08:31 PM
by AlexMuller
It’s not the first space hotline to exist. In the past, the president has also used a direct link with Moscow to chat about space issues.

The price of solar in India could fall below that of coal within 5 years

Posted in Science on 23rd Nov, 2015 08:38 PM
by AlexMuller
In India currently, the price of solar is within 15% of coal process on a levelised basis.

Jeff Bezos launches suborbital rocket into space and lands it back on Earth

Posted in Hardware on 25th Nov, 2015 05:03 AM
by AlexMuller
New Shepard reached a height of 100.5 km, qualifying it as having traveled to space, though it was only a sub-orbital spaceflight.

Russia and Europe Want a Moon Colony; Why Is NASA So Focused on Mars?

Posted in Hardware on 25th Nov, 2015 07:34 PM
by AlexMuller
12 Americans have put their boots on the Moon. But NASA has no plans to send humans back. Instead, NASA will shoot straight to Mars.

Google loon will test internet delivery across the United States

Posted in Hardware on 27th Nov, 2015 02:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Google parent company Alphabet is planning to test high-altitude balloons to deliver Internet coverage across the United States.

Bill Recognizing Asteroid Property Rights signed into Law

Posted in Business on 27th Nov, 2015 09:29 PM
by AlexMuller
'A hundred years from now, humanity will look at this period in time as the point in which we were able to establish a permanent foothold in space' said Peter Diamandis.

Bill Gates will invest as much as $2 billion in new clean energy partnership

Posted in Science on 28th Nov, 2015 10:18 PM
by AlexMuller
"This is the single biggest cooperative research and development partnership in history."

Don’t Compare Blue Origin’s Success to SpaceX’s Failures

Posted in Science on 29th Nov, 2015 06:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Currently, there are no working reusable rockets on the market. When you launch something into space on a rocket it’s a one and done mission.

Zuckerberg, Gates and Bezos Launch Massive Clean Energy Fund

Posted in Business on 1st Dec, 2015 05:43 AM
by AlexMuller
The new coalition will focus on 'early stage companies with the potential of an energy future that produces near zero carbon emissions'

AI and robotics will redefine jobs rather than eliminate them in the short term

Posted in Software on 2nd Dec, 2015 05:03 AM
by AlexMuller
A study claims that even the highest-paid occupations have a significant amount of activity that can be automated.

Samsung gives you a new way to browse the web, virtual reality

Posted in Online on 2nd Dec, 2015 05:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Samsung is going to provide proof of concept with a virtual reality web browser called the Samsung Internet for Gear VR.

SpaceX will attempt next rocket landing at cape canaveral instead of on an ocean platform

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Dec, 2015 07:15 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX's previous booster landing attempts were made on giant floating platforms in the ocean (which just missed).

EyeGuide Focus is claimed to detect concussions in 10 seconds

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Dec, 2015 07:44 AM
by AlexMuller
Although concussions can have very serious consequences, they're also difficult to diagnose without the proper equipment.

Russia plans manned mission to Moon and Moon base for around 2030

Posted in Science on 3rd Dec, 2015 05:33 PM
by AlexMuller
Russia is planning manned missions to the Moon that will require from 4 to 6 launches of the Angara-A5V heavy-lift carrier rocket.

Google makes 'largest purchase' of renewable energy for data centers: 842 MW

Posted in Business on 4th Dec, 2015 04:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Google moves to meet its commitment to power 100 percent of its business from green energy.

Virgin Galactic intends to use 747 jet for satellite launches

Posted in Science on 4th Dec, 2015 05:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Richard Branson is reassigning one of his old Virgin Atlantic 747-400 jumbos to the service of space launches.

Google has filed a patent for a 'needle-free blood draw'

Posted in Medicine on 4th Dec, 2015 05:26 PM
by AlexMuller
The company has filed a patent for a "needle-free blood draw" system that can be used either as a wearable on a person's wrist or as a hand-held device.

Uruguay makes dramatic shift to nearly 95% electricity from clean energy

Posted in Business on 6th Dec, 2015 01:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The country has slashed its carbon footprint and lowered electricity costs, without subsidies. The Paris summit can learn much from its success.

China Wants to Replace Millions of Workers with Robots

Posted in Business on 7th Dec, 2015 09:56 PM
by AlexMuller
China needs advanced robotics to help balance its economic, social, and technological ambitions with continued growth.

The New Space Race Is Heating Up: Asteroid Mining, Reusable Rockets, and Water on Mars

Posted in Science on 9th Dec, 2015 12:10 AM
by AlexMuller
With growing access to large sums of private risk capital, and powerful exponential technologies, the pace of progress is accelerating.

UK Government proposes major VAT hike for domestic solar installations

Posted in Business on 10th Dec, 2015 07:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Proposal to boost VAT rate from five per cent to 20 per cent likely to add £900 to the average cost of domestic solar projects, say campaigners.

Google Wallet now lets you send money to any phone number

Posted in Online on 11th Dec, 2015 05:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Until now, you needed to give Google Wallet an email address. With this latest update, however, you can just send money to anyone with a phone number.

Sam Altman, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, and others commit $1B to nonprofit artificial intelligence research lab OpenAI

Posted in Software on 12th Dec, 2015 07:04 PM
by AlexMuller
'The research will focus on positive human impact.'

New Organization Hopes to Push for Responsible Use of Robotics

Posted in Business on 16th Dec, 2015 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
The explosion in the use of automation has prompted a world leading multidisciplinary group of technology scholars to form The Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR).

Facewatch 'thief recognition' CCTV on trial in UK stores

Posted in Business on 16th Dec, 2015 10:03 PM
by AlexMuller
A scheme widely used by UK stores to identify criminals is testing facial recognition technology, the BBC has learned.

Google Driverless Car Unit Will Target Uber As Part Of Alphabet's Growing Portfolio Of Moonshots

Posted in Business on 16th Dec, 2015 10:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Google's driverless car hopes find its way into corporate parks and college campuses.

A significant budget increase for NASA in 2016

Posted in Business on 16th Dec, 2015 10:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Congressional omnibus would increase the space agency's budget by $1.3 billion. He is the breakdown:

New glass coating could lead to omnidirectional solar panels

Posted in Business on 17th Dec, 2015 04:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a special glass coating to enable panels to soak up light from multiple angles, significantly boosting the efficiency and energy yields.

U.S. lawmakers agreed to extend tax credits for solar and wind for another five years

Posted in Hardware on 18th Dec, 2015 04:31 PM
by AlexMuller
This will give an unprecedented boost to the industry and change the course of deployment in the U.S.

Driverless car rules perplexing, says Google

Posted in Software on 18th Dec, 2015 04:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Google has criticised the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in California for insisting driverless cars must have a fully licensed driver behind the wheel.

SpaceX Will Soon Launch Its Most Powerful Rocket Yet

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2015 07:45 PM
by AlexMuller
On Sunday, SpaceX is tentatively scheduled to launch a new Falcon 9 rocket to ferry 11 satellites into orbit for telecommunications company Orbcomm Inc.

Google X absorbing robotics division and Titan drone project as Alphabet re-org continues

Posted in Business on 21st Dec, 2015 07:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Projects placed within Google X are the most experimental and uncertain in terms of a business model.

SpaceX successfully lands first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket for the first time

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Dec, 2015 02:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Having tried and failed to land a falcon 9 first stage multiple times before, today is a huge success for SpaceX.

Here's Why the SpaceX Rocket Landing Is Such a Big Deal

Posted in Science on 23rd Dec, 2015 08:49 PM
by AlexMuller
'The cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred,' Musk said.

Google and Ford will announce a self driving car partnership at CES

Posted in Software on 23rd Dec, 2015 09:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Ford and Google could be planning a joint venture to build autonomous cars, pairing their strengths to get self-driving cars on the road faster.

Inmarsat places big contract with Airbus for new constellation satellites

Posted in Hardware on 25th Dec, 2015 12:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Inmarsat, the British satellite telecommunications company, has awarded the contract to build its next-generation constellation to Airbus.

Our ongoing energy transformation in 2015

Posted in Science on 25th Dec, 2015 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
In 2015 a series of events combined to drive what may well to be profound shifts, even turning points, in the history of the energy sector.

5 deep learning startups to watch out for in 2016

Posted in Software on 25th Dec, 2015 11:40 PM
by AlexMuller
There have been been many developments in deep learning AI, and even the establishment of a nonprofit research lab backed by the likes of Elon Musk and Peter Thiel.

How Facebook and Google’s Plans to Boost Internet Access Advanced in 2015

Posted in Hardware on 25th Dec, 2015 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
3.2 billion people in the world are now online, the UN estimated late in November. That leaves 56.6 percent of the human race unconnected.

The 6 Most Important Things That Happened in Virtual Reality in 2015

Posted in Business on 26th Dec, 2015 09:28 PM
by AlexMuller
A lot happened in virtual reality this year; here are the key things to remember.

US lawmakers support the goal of 50% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% by 2050

Posted in Hardware on 26th Dec, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Big states like California and New York have already ordered their respective administrative body's to draft mandates for clean energy.

10 predictions for the game industry in 2016

Posted in Games on 27th Dec, 2015 07:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Dean Takahashi of Venturebeat lays down his predictions for the gaming industry in 2016.

4 Important Things to Expect in Virtual Reality in 2016

Posted in Hardware on 29th Dec, 2015 01:31 AM
by AlexMuller
Here are some of the biggest things to look forward to in the months ahead.

The Internet Allowed Us to Learn Anything, VR Will Let Us Experience Everything

Posted in Online on 30th Dec, 2015 09:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Soon we could be learning in virtual-reality classrooms, shopping at virtual-reality stores, and working in virtual-reality offices.

The World’s First Dengue Fever Vaccine Is Coming to 3 Countries

Posted in Medicine on 1st Jan, 2016 10:03 PM
by AlexMuller
A third of the world’s population is at risk of contracting Dengue Fever, a miserable virus that’s a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics.

Elon Musk says the Falcon 9 stage SpaceX successfully landed is 'ready to fire again'

Posted in Hardware on 1st Jan, 2016 10:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk says the rocket is ready for another mission.

2016: the year when VR goes from virtual to reality

Posted in Business on 1st Jan, 2016 10:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Given the amount of investment by players from Facebook to Sony to HTC, it will be a big disappointment if VR does not finally become a reality in many homes this year.

China to Increase Wind, Solar Power Capacity by 21 Percent in 2016

Posted in Business on 2nd Jan, 2016 05:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The nation is targeting at least 20 GW of new wind power installations and 15 GW of additional solar PV capacity.

5 Robot Trends to Watch for in 2016

Posted in Business on 2nd Jan, 2016 05:36 PM
by AlexMuller
We saw significant advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence in 2015. Here’s what we’re watching closely in 2016.

Clean power soaring even in spite of bargain prices for fossil fuels

Posted in Business on 3rd Jan, 2016 10:36 PM
by AlexMuller
In 2015 utility companies went on a worldwide building binge, taking advantage of falling prices for clean technology as well as an improving regulatory and investment climate.

Recovered SpaceX Falcon 9 is ready for a static fire test

Posted in Science on 4th Jan, 2016 07:50 PM
by AlexMuller
To confirm that everything still works, SpaceX plans to perform a static test which would involve firing up the rocket again without actually launching it.

Oculus Rift preorders open on January 6

Posted in Business on 4th Jan, 2016 08:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Oculus did not reveal how much the Rift will cost or when it will release, but it promised to share 'everything you need to know to order your Rift' once preorders go live.

Can virtual reality help keep astronauts sane in space?

Posted in Science on 5th Jan, 2016 08:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Folks may one day spend years cooped up in a spacecraft with no option to stroll along a beach or meadow, and that could wear on their psychological states.

Original Oculus Rift Kickstarter backers will get the consumer version for free

Posted in Hardware on 5th Jan, 2016 08:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Oculus is honoring its first supporters by also giving them a free consumer version of the Rift.

SpaceX upgraded the Merlin Rocket Engines

Posted in Science on 6th Jan, 2016 09:53 PM
by AlexMuller
A principal objective of the new design was to facilitate booster reusability for a larger range of missions, including delivery of large satellites to geosynchronous orbit.

Lumosity brain-training game 'deceived customers'

Posted in Games on 6th Jan, 2016 10:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Lumos Labs had said its games helped users perform better at work and even alleviated the symptoms of Alzheimer's, which the FTC says is false marketing.

The Rift is expensive: Oculus founder: We are not making money on $599 Rift; it's obscenely cheap

Posted in Games on 6th Jan, 2016 10:16 PM
by AlexMuller
$599 to get the top-tier VR equipment in addition to the cost of a PC, and that has a lot of consumers feeling priced out of the market.

Where space exploration is taking us in 2016

Posted in Science on 7th Jan, 2016 01:26 PM
by AlexMuller
New missions lined up ready to launch, deep space missions wrapping up, and commercial space going heavy.

Apple Purchases AI company Emotient to read users’ expressions

Posted in Software on 11th Jan, 2016 12:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Emotient presents themselves as 'the leader in emotion detection and sentiment analysis’, which can be used to help organizations understand audience reactions.

Adding cesium to perovskite in solar cells boosts performance of silicon

Posted in Hardware on 11th Jan, 2016 12:48 AM
by AlexMuller
Solar has so far not been efficient enough for the average consumer; doubling efficiency might make it a smart investment.

Google Drone Air Deliveries Coming As Soon As Next Year

Posted in Hardware on 12th Jan, 2016 11:33 PM
by AlexMuller
'Moving people and stuff around the planet in an efficient way is where I want to get,' said Vos.

We narrowly missed a new ice age, and now we won’t see one for a very long time

Posted in Science on 13th Jan, 2016 10:40 PM
by AlexMuller
An ice age is not going to happen any time soon. Our current breakneck emissions of greenhouse gases have ensured that.

Human Longevity Unveils Oncology Genomics Program

Posted in Business on 13th Jan, 2016 10:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The analysis is intended to offer insight into the tumor mutations that can guide treatment decisions including immunotherapy, and targeted molecular therapies.

Google now has a boss for its virtual reality business to take on Oculus

Posted in Business on 13th Jan, 2016 11:17 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the execs behind Google Cardboard, will head up the company’s virtual reality team.

Why renewable energy keeps growing despite low fossil fuel prices

Posted in Business on 16th Jan, 2016 06:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Growth in renewable energy shows no signs of slowing, even though fossil fuel prices have plummeted. Here’s why:

Goldman Sachs says VR will be bigger than TV in 10 years

Posted in Software on 16th Jan, 2016 06:56 PM
by AlexMuller
"We definitely aim long-term to get a billion people in VR, and deliver an incredibly comfortable VR experience in a set of sunglasses," -Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe

SpaceX Launch: satellite mission success, booster landing failed

Posted in Hardware on 17th Jan, 2016 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Today's mission was successful in sending NASA's Jason-3 ocean monitoring satellite into orbit. However, SpaceX failed to land its rocket stage on the autonomous drone ship.

Lucid Dreaming May Help Us Unravel the Mystery of Consciousness

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2016 11:43 PM
by AlexMuller
lucid dreamers have the ability to experience awareness during their dreams by "re-awakening" some aspects of their waking consciousness.

NASA's Plan For The Future Of Space Means Partnering With Companies Like SpaceX

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2016 12:54 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA intends to bring manned launches back to the US rather than relying on its fractious relationship with Russia.

Investors put $686 million into virtual and augmented reality in 2015

Posted in Medicine on 20th Jan, 2016 10:08 AM
by AlexMuller
Most of that $686 million is for video services, with gaming and solutions/services (stuff with uses for science and industry) following.

First high speed laser communication satellite set for launch

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2016 01:39 PM
by AlexMuller
The system will deliver data from satellites, aircraft, and space stations, allowing for faster communications in the event of a crisis.

Implant to 'Plug' Brain into Supercomputers

Posted in Science on 22nd Jan, 2016 11:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Potential applications of the technology are vast, but in the short term DARPA is hoping to create devices for those with sight or hearing impairments.

What Apple's latest VR hire means for this growing market

Posted in Business on 23rd Jan, 2016 08:56 AM
by AlexMuller
Apple is getting even more serious about VR and AR, which are markets that could generate as much as $120 billion in revenue by 2020.

Google Alphabet has 4 times the research budget of DARPA and bigger ambitions

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2016 09:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Alphabet companies and investments span disciplines from biotechnology to energy to space travel to artificial intelligence and urban planning.

Researchers use modified rabies viruses to map the brain

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2016 09:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Few diseases match rabies' method of self-replication and domination of the brain. The virus multiplies, spreading from cell to cell until the brain cannot support normal function.

Could Store Visits Be Guided By Robots? IBM Hopes So

Posted in Software on 24th Jan, 2016 01:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The idea is that human-like robots such as Pepper, will be powered by IBM's Watson artificial intelligence technology to turn the robot into a store associate.

Google (aka Alphabet) Is About to Surpass Apple as the Most Valuable Company

Posted in Online on 24th Jan, 2016 01:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Google split into projects and consolidated under a brand named Alphabet. Now Alphabet is close to being the world’s most valuable company.

Blue Origin launches and lands sub-orbital rocket for second time

Posted in Science on 24th Jan, 2016 02:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The space venture set up by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is among a handful of companies working to develop reusable rockets.

When the future of virtual reality meets the future of education

Posted in Games on 25th Jan, 2016 11:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Much of this early foray into VR­-based learning has centered on the hard sciences.

Solar panel costs set to fall 10% a year, on course to meet 20% of global energy needs by 2027

Posted in Hardware on 27th Jan, 2016 01:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Power from the sun could supply 20% of energy worldwide by 2027 on current technology trends, say UK researchers.

Elon Musk to unveil Mars plans this year, wants to go to space by 2020

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2016 06:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Rumors have been swirling about how SpaceX will soon unveil an ambitious architecture that will allow it to begin human missions to Mars within a decade.

Google says 5 million Cardboard VR headsets have shipped so far

Posted in Hardware on 29th Jan, 2016 07:06 PM
by AlexMuller
“5 million Cardboard fans have joined the fold,” Google’s vice president of virtual reality, Clay Bavor, wrote in a blog post.

Google's project skybender is another internet-firing drone

Posted in Hardware on 31st Jan, 2016 01:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Both Facebook and Google have been testing aerial devices that would be able to provide reliable wireless internet access in remote locations.

Will the robot revolution bring economic meltdown?

Posted in Software on 1st Feb, 2016 06:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Uber and Airbnb. Self-driving cars and Drones. You don't have to be a Silicon Valley veteran to notice that tech seems to be eating everything these days.

The Step Needed to Make Virtual Reality More Real

Posted in Hardware on 1st Feb, 2016 06:41 PM
by AlexMuller
If VR is going to be truly immersive, holding a game controller could be distracting. Companies will instead try to let you control the action with your eyes, head, or fingers.

France and India To Jointly Explore Mars And Venus

Posted in Science on 1st Feb, 2016 06:55 PM
by AlexMuller
France and India will put a lander on Mars in a bid to explore the planet, according to the chief of the French space agency.

Alphabet/Google passes Apple as the most valuable company on Earth

Posted in Business on 2nd Feb, 2016 05:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Alphabet is now worth around $568bn, compared with Apple, which has a value of $535bn.

Luxembourg to support space mining

Posted in Business on 3rd Feb, 2016 03:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The government intends to get behind the mining of asteroids in space. It is going to support R&D in technologies and may even invest directly in some companies.

Will AI Investors Outsmart the Market?

Posted in Business on 4th Feb, 2016 08:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Deep learning could be good 'for extracting hidden trends, information, and relationships'.

Bee virus spread manmade and emanates from Europe

Posted in Science on 5th Feb, 2016 06:03 PM
by AlexMuller
The spread of a disease that is decimating global bee populations is manmade, and driven by European honeybee populations, new research has concluded.

Morocco to switch on first phase of world's largest solar plant

Posted in Science on 6th Feb, 2016 08:28 PM
by AlexMuller
The desert complex will provide electricity for more than 1 million people when complete, helping the country to supply most of its energy from renewables by 2030.

SpaceX Is Gearing Up To Build Lots and Lots of New Rockets

Posted in Business on 7th Feb, 2016 11:01 PM
by AlexMuller
'Now we’re in this factory transformation to go from building six or eight a year to about 18 cores a year. By the end of this year we should be at over 30 cores per year'

Artificial Intelligence in Business: 10 Important Statistics

Posted in Business on 8th Feb, 2016 02:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Artificial intelligence is a rapidly growing trend in the business world.

Google plans to release a Cardboard successor like Samsung’s Gear VR this year

Posted in Hardware on 8th Feb, 2016 02:51 PM
by AlexMuller
In November, Samsung released the Gear VR in collaboration with Facebook’s Oculus VR.

Virtual Reality Video Game Industry to Generate $5.1 Billion in 2016

Posted in Business on 9th Feb, 2016 06:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Consumers will spend $5.1 billion on virtual reality gaming hardware, accessories and software in 2016. That’s up from the $660 million spent in 2015.

Impact of automation puts up to 85% of jobs in developing countries at risk

Posted in Software on 9th Feb, 2016 06:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Most investors by surveyed by Citi feel automation poses a major challenge to societies, but automation will boost productivity.

Google's self-driving car AI can qualify as a driver, U.S. regulators say

Posted in Software on 10th Feb, 2016 07:12 PM
by AlexMuller
U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the AI could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step forward for autonomous vehicles.

Obama climate initiative: Supreme Court calls halt

Posted in Science on 10th Feb, 2016 08:17 PM
by AlexMuller
President Barack Obama's plans to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide from US power plants have been stalled by the US Supreme Court.

US Solar capacity hits 20,000 MW, with almost half in California

Posted in Business on 11th Feb, 2016 01:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The U.S. had just over 20,000 MW of solar capacity at the end of November 2015, making up about 1.9% of total electricity generating capacity nationwide.

Google patents delivery trucks that drive themselves

Posted in Business on 11th Feb, 2016 01:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The biggest change to delivery may not be flying unmanned robots, it could be smart package-carrying vans.

GPS tracking down to the centimeter

Posted in Hardware on 12th Feb, 2016 08:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The technology will enable centimeter-level accuracy location data through their mobiles and wearables, without increasing the demand for processing power.

Newcomer Rocket Lab Secures Spire As Their Next Customer

Posted in Business on 13th Feb, 2016 10:10 AM
by AlexMuller
More companies have been able to design and build their own small satellites and are looking for launches to get their products into orbit on the cheap.

North American countries sign first-ever climate accord

Posted in Business on 14th Feb, 2016 03:33 PM
by AlexMuller
Canada, the United States and Mexico broke new ground Friday, signing the first-ever climate change and clean energy agreement in North American history.

Giving up the controller and getting exercise in virtual reality

Posted in Games on 14th Feb, 2016 03:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Virtual reality could be used to fight obesity and make society healthier.

When machines can do any job, what will humans do?

Posted in Business on 15th Feb, 2016 05:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi expects that within 30 years, machines will be capable of doing almost any job that a human can.

TED 2016: Google boss on why it is OK to fail

Posted in Business on 16th Feb, 2016 06:36 PM
by AlexMuller
"We find a huge problem that affects millions of people, propose a radical solution and look for a breakthrough technology that can solve it."

Google Ideas is now a tech incubator under Alphabet called Jigsaw

Posted in Business on 17th Feb, 2016 08:40 PM
by AlexMuller
It seems that Google Ideas produced enough good ideas to keep it going, albeit with a new brand to go under the new Alphabet umbrella.

Scientists say they could safely and quickly test a zika vaccine

Posted in Science on 17th Feb, 2016 08:50 PM
by AlexMuller
'We can almost certainly contain future Ebola outbreaks, and that we will have a new paradigm and tool for dealing with new outbreaks of whatever emerges in the future."

First Internet delivering Google Loons launched in Sri Lanka

Posted in Online on 18th Feb, 2016 05:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Each balloon can provide connectivity to a ground area of around 25 miles (40km) in diameter using LTE, also referred to as 4G, technology.

Mark Zuckerberg: VR can become the most social platform

Posted in Games on 23rd Feb, 2016 04:12 AM
by AlexMuller
“Pretty soon we’re going to live in a world where everyone has the power to share and experience whole scenes as if you’re just there, right there in person,”

VCs Invested More in Space Startups Last Year Than in the Previous 15 Years Combined

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Feb, 2016 08:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Venture capital firms invested $1.8 billion in commercial space startups in 2015.

US Solar Market Sets New Record, Installing 7.3GW of Solar PV in 2015

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2016 08:58 PM
by AlexMuller
For the first time ever, solar beat out natural-gas capacity additions.

The robots are coming for jobs that pay $20 an hour or less, White House finds

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Feb, 2016 09:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The question is whether the current pace of automation may in the shorter term increase inequality.

Clean power could save the US billions of dollars each year

Posted in Science on 25th Feb, 2016 10:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Concerns are abound that implementing measures to reduce harmful fossil fuel emissions would create more cost than benefit.

Pepper robot will make first appearance in U.S. businesses this year

Posted in Business on 25th Feb, 2016 11:30 AM
by AlexMuller
After its debut in July 2014, there are now more than 10,000 Pepper robots in use in other countries, primarily Japan.

The FBI has succeeded in uniting silicon valley...against the FBI

Posted in Business on 26th Feb, 2016 10:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Never have we seen so many tech companies united against the US government.

Worldwide spending on robotics to reach US$135 billion in 2019

Posted in Business on 26th Feb, 2016 11:07 AM
by AlexMuller
IDC forecasts global spending on robotics to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 17% from more than US$71 billion in 2015 to US$135.4 billion in 2019.

Mobile virtual reality on track to hit $861M in revenues this year

Posted in Hardware on 28th Feb, 2016 11:38 AM
by AlexMuller
There could be a big opportunity for Samsung and Google to sweep up entry-level consumers without the high-end PC.

The U.S. solar industry just had a week of record-breaking announcements

Posted in Hardware on 29th Feb, 2016 11:43 AM
by AlexMuller
The solar industry is now on an unstoppable growth path that could make it the most important energy source of the next century.

VR Is More Than Merely Improved Gaming

Posted in Business on 1st Mar, 2016 12:49 PM
by AlexMuller
VR is expected to be this years big thing. People tend to see this mostly as an improvement in game playing, but this technology has much broader sweeping implications.

The top UK energy lobbying group backs green energy in historic U-turn

Posted in Business on 1st Mar, 2016 12:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Energy UK, representing big six providers, says it now supports phasing out coal, after years of defending use of fossil fuels.

Google says it bears 'some responsibility' after self-driving car hit bus; no injuries reported

Posted in Software on 1st Mar, 2016 01:20 PM
by AlexMuller
The crash may be the first case of one of Google's autonomous cars hitting another vehicle and making an error.

Blippar augmented reality search engine raises $54 million Series D

Posted in Business on 2nd Mar, 2016 11:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Blippar, is an AR company that lets you see extra, rich information content by simply pointing your phone at an object.

Google donates $1m to fight the spread of the Zika virus

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Mar, 2016 04:47 PM
by AlexMuller
Google's charitable arm has donated $1m (£710,000) to Unicef to help stop the spread of the Zika virus.

Google experiments with a way to pay without taking out your phone

Posted in Business on 3rd Mar, 2016 04:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The end result is that a point of sale device is already aware of your phone’s presence, and when you want to pay for something, you can do so through Hands Free.

SpaceX has at last managed to launch its latest mission; first stage landing failed as predicted

Posted in Hardware on 5th Mar, 2016 01:34 PM
by AlexMuller
The Falcon has placed a telecoms satellite in orbit for the Luxembourg operator SES.

Survey finds two-thirds of US consumers don’t know virtual reality headsets exist

Posted in Business on 5th Mar, 2016 01:43 PM
by AlexMuller
A poll of 3,000 people reflective of the United States population; some interesting feedback.

Zika vaccine possible 'within months'

Posted in Science on 5th Mar, 2016 01:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The Zika vaccine in development uses synthesised genetic information from the virus, rather than live virus, to trigger an immune response in the body.

The Multi-Billion Dollar Robotics Market Is About to Boom

Posted in Business on 7th Mar, 2016 02:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Robotics as a technology has reached its tipping point. Worldwide spending on robotics will nearly double by 2019.

Zika caught killing brain cells

Posted in Medicine on 7th Mar, 2016 03:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Zika was able to destroy or disrupt the growth of neural progenitor cells, which build the brain and nervous system, in lab tests.

India's big move into solar is already paying off

Posted in Business on 7th Mar, 2016 03:12 PM
by AlexMuller
As the price of solar power keeps plummeting, India's massive bet on solar power is paying off far earlier than anticipated.

Blue Origin hopes to send tourists into space in 2018

Posted in Science on 10th Mar, 2016 04:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Amazon CEO and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos said he hopes to begin launching crewed test flights in 2017.

Solar is heading for giant boom times in the US

Posted in Business on 11th Mar, 2016 06:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Big solar power plants still provide a measly 0.6 percent of overall US electricity. But they are headed up a steep growth curve.

In 2016, Virtual Reality's Moment of Truth Is Finally Here

Posted in Software on 11th Mar, 2016 06:44 PM
by AlexMuller
2016 is going to be an incredible year for VR. For those in the VR industry, this is the day they have been dreaming about for years if not decades.