Google's Quest for Cheap Wireless VRCardboard is convenient from the perspective of cost and usability, but is lacking in processing power, a method of interacting within the virtual world (save for one button on the side) or even ... More >
Robot Surgeon "Superior" To Human DoctorsIn recent years, robots have steadily crept their way into the operating room, helping to perform procedures as humans direct their movements. Robotic devices in surgery have a lot of potential ... More >
Infecting Mozzies... To Kill Zika?For its size, the Wolbachia bacterium packs a powerful punch. When it infects an insect, it hijacks the animal's reproductive system and ensures that it can only mate with other infected ... More >
The Biggest Player in Offworld Mining is...The next gold rush might be the race for asteroids, and the nation-states that dominate this new industry may not be the usual suspects. After all, in space the amount of land you control on Earth ... More >
China Wants Humans Back on the Moon by 2030Lieutenant General Zhang Yulin, deputy commander of the manned space program, announced that China would land a man on the moon in the next 15-20 years. Chinese authorities also announced their ... More >
We know that CBS' new, still-untitled Star Trek series will premiere in January 2017, both on television and CBS' streaming service All Access. We know after the first episode, one episode will come out per week exclusively on All Access, which costs $5.99 per month. We know the show will TV series creator Bryan FullerHannibalbe run by , who worked on both Star Trek: Deep Space 9 (DS9) and Star Trek: Voyager. And now, we have our first look of the newest addition to the 50-year-old franchise.
Humans have only flown for a few centuries. Balloons, the earliest human fliers, were not what anyone would call fast. Airplanes, first flown in 1903, started slow, and even now, the majority of human flight is subsonic, with only the highest-end military jets regularly clearing the sound barrier.
A Harvard-turned-MIT researcher and his colleagues just dropped some pretty cool Spider-Man tech in the latest issue of Science magazine: surface clinging via "electrostatic adhesion." It's a widely applicable breakthrough that will, for instance, keep future robots perched while they wait for instructions.
Yesterday at Google's I/O developers conference, CEO Sundar Pichai briefly spoke about a custom-built chip that helps give Google its edge in machine learning and artificial intelligence. The chip, dubbed a TPU or Tensor Processing Unit (in keeping with Google's A.I. platform TensorFlow), is specifically wrought for running Google's decision-making algorithms. Most companies like Facebook and Microsoft use GPUs for their machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Nature surrounds itself in kindling and expects to burn. The North American plains benefit from periodic fires, and to maintain that balance, U.S. Forest Service regularly prescribes burns because they “reduce hazardous fuels, protecting human communities from extreme fires, minimize the spread of pest insects and disease, remove unwanted species that threaten species native to an ecosystem.” Setting those fires can be risky for humans, which is why a team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln designed a drone to do the job.
"Augmented reality" is a phrase that you've probably come across if you read Popular Science. It's kind of a loose, ill-fitting blanket term, but it basically refers to technologies that layer digital images and information over a person's view of the real world (instead of virtual reality, which cuts you off from the real world and replaces it with an entirely virtual one). Companies like Microsoft and Google are putting millions of dollars into this tech, and Snapchat already kind of has it in the form of the "Lenses," those weird filters that let users distort their faces with funny (sometimes racist) digital costuming.
The Pluto flyby was arguably one of 2015's top scientific achievements, maybe even one of the most memorable moments in the last decade. We now know what our ex-ninth planet looks like, and it's spectacular. Pluto turned out to have some surprising features like glaciers, nitrogen lakes, ice volcanoes, and the list is growing. The New Horizons mission to Pluto has surpassed everyone's expectations, and the good news is, the team has no plans of stopping yet. This summer, they're hoping to win an extended mission to explore another strange new world.