Europe's Mars Lander Is Probably DeadMars has apparently claimed another robotic explorer. Europe's Schiaparelli Mars lander is most likely dead on arrival, after something went wrong during its parachute flight and its hover-rockets ... More >
Kodak Will Make A Camera-Focused SmartphoneWhen you think of Kodak, the words "Android smartphone" don't usually come to mind. But that may change: the camera company is shifting its gaze from film and disposable cameras to letting you ... More >
Speech Recognition Hits Human LevelsSpeech recognition software isn't perfect, but it is a little closer to human this week, as a Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research team reached a major milestone in speech-to-text ... More >
Maybe Alien Life Runs On Cosmic RaysEarth is very much powered by the sun. Beams of photons shoot down at us, dumping their energy into green plants. Then we eat the plants, or we eat the animals that eat the plants (or so on, up ... More >
Loading the Dice for Megadrought RiskAs the American Southwest grows hotter, the risk of severe, long-lasting megadroughts rises, passing 90 percent likelihood by the end of the century if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their ... More >
For decades, people have used medical marijuana (or just plain toked up a doob) to ease chronic pain. But can sick pets get the same relief from weed? Several companies now sell cannabis-based products intended for our best friends, according to a New York Times report. It seems pet owners are administering these products to relieve pain, limit seizures, and even reduce anxiety (however that's measured) in dogs, cats and other species.
In the Jiangnan Changxing shipyards, one of China's largest shipyards, the next generation of Chinese warships is taking shape. The first Type 055 destroyer began construction in 2015 and is expected to have a full displacement of over 14,000 tons. This would make it the largest non-capital surface warship built in Asia since the World War II era Imperial Japanese Tone class cruisers. The Type 055 will be launched in late 2017 or early 2018, making it not just one of the most powerful warships in Asia, but the world.
Adam Jensen from the Deus Ex series taught us just how cool sunglasses can be, and now you can get the same effect without the invasive implant surgery. Reddit user Annoying_Guest posted his creation to the r/3DPrinting subreddit: custom-made glasses that automatically shift into place when it's bright outside. The shades are currently prototypes, but inventor Yousif Ashoor has them working enough to function on camera.
The right shirt is a statement about the shirt-wearer, and about the shirt-wearer's place in the world. Perhaps it's the subtle tone of the fabric, the closeness of the cut, or the way an animated rabbit spins in circles while the wearer dances, that suggests most clearly “this is a shirt of the future.”
I can't close my right eye all the way. I've gotten face wash in it nearly every day for the past two weeks. I've also had a persistent metallic taste in my mouth, an inability to drink without dribbling, and a strange pain behind my ear. It all began on the first Sunday night of October, when I came down with Bell's palsy.
Speech recognition software isn't perfect, but it is a little closer to human this week, as a Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research team reached a major milestone in speech-to-text development: The system reached a historically low word error rate of 5.9 percent, equal to the accuracy of a professional (human) transcriptionist. The system can discern words as clearly and accurately as two people having a conversation might understand one another.
Is it worth the convenience for a machine to recognize your face? Submit a selfie, and you don't need to carry a ticket into a concert, promises Moscow's NTechLab, which used face-scanning technology to let people into a electronic music festival this summer. Of course, the selfies, once submitted, stay with NTechLab, which is free to sell its face database and facial recognition tool to anyone, from concerts to police departments to authoritarian governments.
The Galaxy Note 7 was meant to serve as Samsung's best 5.7-inch, stylus-wielding smartphone. Introduced in August to great fanfare, the new Note device not only offered Samsung users an updated smartphone option, it also served as a way to tide over customers until the presumed Galaxy S8 in March 2017. At least that was the plan, until Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 began to catch fire while plugged in to charge. Now Samsung has chosen to cease production on the Note 7 line until further notice.
On October 2nd, in Irbil, Iraq, a drone flown by ISIS killed two Peshmerga, or Kurdish soldiers, and injured two French paratroopers, who were supporting Kurdish force, according to French newspaper Le Monde. The attack is possibly the first where a drone fitted with an improvised explosive device has inflicted casualties on troops from a Western nation.