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John Metcalfe

Emerging Tech

Chinese Government Unveils ‘Security Robot’ to Squelch Riots

The robot performs automatic patrols and can shock people with an electric prod.

Data

Mapping Hundreds of Power Disruptions and Cyberattacks Caused by... Squirrels

The work hopes to counter political fear-mongering over terrorist cyberattacks.

IT Modernization

Google Glass Has a Blind Spot -- Literally

Researchers say the techno-specs create a "partial peripheral vision obstruction."

Emerging Tech

Help Science Identify a Kajillion Astronaut Photos of Cities

"Night Cities" is an ambitious project to create an atlas of urban space photography.

Emerging Tech

Where to View This Weekend's East Coast Rocket Launch

On Sunday, set your sights east to catch the fiery ascent of a resupply for the International Space Station.

Emerging Tech

Wind Turbines Can Act Like Big Magnets for Lightning

But the lightning doesn't strike when the turbines aren't rotating.

Emerging Tech

Japan's Drivers Must Obey Traffic Robots

Entering a construction zone in Tokyo can involve interactions with waving humanoids.

Cybersecurity

These Massive Data Facilities Could Be Targets of Government Spying

We can guess where governments conduct snooping activities.

Cybersecurity

What World Governments Are Most Likely to Snoop on Your Facebook?

In Barbados, it's very unlikely the Man will scoop private data from your account.

CIO Briefing

Here's Where You're Most Likely to Die From Air Pollution

A new NASA map of the planet lays out the depressing geographies of smog and premature death.

Emerging Tech

This Robot Army Is Obsessed With Random Acts of Kindness

Rather than kill people, 100 child-sized "Lovebots" are highlighting good deeds done by community members in Toronto.

Emerging Tech

Biofuel Researchers See Promise in Panda Dung

The microbes in the guts of these gentle giants could make alternative fuel production so much easier.

Emerging Tech

NASA's Satellites Are Watching the Rim Fire Creep Into Yosemite

Nighttime images show the gradual spread of the tremendous wildfire, which is burning brighter than the city lights of Reno.

Data

All the Hurricanes of the Past 170 Years, Mapped

See where 11,967 cyclones overlap in space in this fascinating look at the planet's most powerful storms.

Data

Explore the London Underground With This Awesome 3-D Simulation

"Mind the Gap" takes advantage of open data to present a rotating, zoomable, ambient-noise-inflected model of London's train system.

IT Modernization

Say Hello to Solar-Paneled Clothing That Charges Your Phone

This "Wearable Solar" clothing allegedly can restore half of a phone's power when worn in bright sunlight.

Emerging Tech

America's Fuel Source of the Future Could Be 'Pond Scum'

Rejoice, America: Researchers say the nation is equipped to produce "serious amounts" of algae biofuel.

Data

All the Cities Photographed From the International Space Station

If your hometown's been shot by astronaut/prolific shutterbug Chris Hadfield, it's probably viewable on this interactive map.

CIO Briefing

China, East Asia Most Vulnerable to a Superflu

Large-scale outbreak could begin near coastal Chinese regions.