Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser on the move in California

The Dream Chaser test craft pictured during a tow test Monday at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, located at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Credit: Sierra Nevada An atmospheric test … Continue reading Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser on the move in California

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A future without fakes thanks to quantum technology

Gold microchip. Credit: Lancaster University Counterfeit products are a huge problem – from medicines to car parts, fake technology costs lives. Every year, imports of counterfeited and pirated goods around … Continue reading A future without fakes thanks to quantum technology

The spin in graphene can be switched off

The experiment setup consists of a heterostructure of graphene and molybdenum disulphide; a spintronic device. By applying a gate voltage, it is possible to control whether the current that passes … Continue reading The spin in graphene can be switched off

Technology Will Erase Jobs—But Also Make Everything Cheap or Free

At an event about how technology is shaping the future of money, it seems counterintuitive to talk about a future where technology has mostly done away with the need for … Continue reading Technology Will Erase Jobs—But Also Make Everything Cheap or Free

This Dough Can Be Programmed to Make Funny Noises (and Teach Kids About Circuits)

Most grown-ups don’t understand electrical circuits. But a new series of toys from the London-based educational toy company Technology Will Save Us aims to teach your four-year-old the basics of resistance, … Continue reading This Dough Can Be Programmed to Make Funny Noises (and Teach Kids About Circuits)

Scientists Claim to Have Invented The World’s First Quantum-Proof Blockchain

Unhackable Bitcoin, anyone? Researchers in Russia say they’ve developed and tested the world’s first blockchain that won’t be vulnerable to encryption-breaking attacks from future quantum computers. If the claims are … Continue reading Scientists Claim to Have Invented The World’s First Quantum-Proof Blockchain

[NSFW] Has AI gone too far? DeepTingle turns El Reg news into terrible erotica

NSFW Forget about intelligent machines solving grand problems in healthcare and science – here’s an AI that can write awful gay porn. It even had a crack at writing a … Continue reading [NSFW] Has AI gone too far? DeepTingle turns El Reg news into terrible erotica

3-D printed ovaries produce healthy offspring

Bioprosthetic ovary. By removing a female mouse’s ovary and replacing it with a bioprosthetic ovary, the mouse was able to not only ovulate but also give birth to healthy pups. … Continue reading 3-D printed ovaries produce healthy offspring

Snapchat is doing damage control after its CEO allegedly said the app is ‘only for rich people’ (SNAP)

Snapchat maker Snap Inc. is denying that its CEO, Evan Spiegel, once said the app is “only for rich people” and that he doesn’t “want to expand into poor countries … Continue reading Snapchat is doing damage control after its CEO allegedly said the app is ‘only for rich people’ (SNAP)

YouTube has a secret ‘Dark Mode’ – this is how you activate it

You may have never seen it, but it turns out YouTube has a secret dark mode – and you can activate it too. As discovered by one resourceful Redditor, the secret … Continue reading YouTube has a secret ‘Dark Mode’ – this is how you activate it

Automotive 2.0: The new road ahead to autonomous vehicles

We are witnessing the rebirth of the automobile. It’s quite remarkable if we press pause to think about it. One could argue that much hasn’t changed since the first true gasoline-powered … Continue reading Automotive 2.0: The new road ahead to autonomous vehicles

How to Pull Water Out of Thin Air, Even in the Driest Parts of the Globe

Scientists have developed a device that can suck water out of desert skies, powered by sunlight alone. They hope that a version of the technology could eventually supply clean drinking … Continue reading How to Pull Water Out of Thin Air, Even in the Driest Parts of the Globe

Apple Receives Permit From California DMV to Test Self-Driving Cars [Updated]

Apple has been granted a permit that enables it to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in the state of California, according to the California DMV website. Apple was added to … Continue reading Apple Receives Permit From California DMV to Test Self-Driving Cars [Updated]

Apple Has ‘Secret’ Team of Biomedical Engineers Developing Sensors for Non-Invasively Monitoring Blood Glucose

At a nondescript office in Palo Alto, Apple is rumored to have a small team of biomedical engineers researching better methods for monitoring blood sugar, reports CNBC. Apple’s work on … Continue reading Apple Has ‘Secret’ Team of Biomedical Engineers Developing Sensors for Non-Invasively Monitoring Blood Glucose

For $75,000, you can get the world’s first broadcast-quality 6K VR drone

Why it matters to you As the world turns increasingly to VR content and 360 video for its immersive media, drones like the Flying Eye will certainly come in handy. … Continue reading For $75,000, you can get the world’s first broadcast-quality 6K VR drone

Elon Musk: 100 Tesla Gigafactories Could Power the Entire World

The Gigafactory The Tesla Gigafactory produces lithium ion batteries, supporting the Tesla vehicles and providing low-cost batteries using alternative energy sources. And, in a recent video, CEO and founder Elon … Continue reading Elon Musk: 100 Tesla Gigafactories Could Power the Entire World

AI can predict heart attacks more accurately than doctors

An estimated 20 million people die each year due to cardiovascular disease. Luckily, a team of researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK have developed a machine-learning algorithm … Continue reading AI can predict heart attacks more accurately than doctors

Taxes in Nordic countries are so simple, people file them by text message

Sean Gallup/Getty Images April 18 — Tax Day in the US— is quickly approaching. Tax day. The procrastinator’s worst nightmare. But while Americans may scramble to organize their paperwork, northern Europeans are … Continue reading Taxes in Nordic countries are so simple, people file them by text message

Graphene ‘phototransistor’ promising for optical technologies

A graphene field-effect transistor, or GFET, developed at Purdue University could bring high-performance photodetectors for various potential applications. Credit: Purdue University image/Erin Easterling Researchers have solved a problem hindering development … Continue reading Graphene ‘phototransistor’ promising for optical technologies

OpenAI Just Beat Google DeepMind at Atari With an Algorithm From the 80s

AI research has a long history of repurposing old ideas that have gone out of style. Now researchers at Elon Musk’s open source AI project have revisited “neuroevolution,” a field … Continue reading OpenAI Just Beat Google DeepMind at Atari With an Algorithm From the 80s