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Don't Have Unlimited Data? You Might Want to Turn Off This New iOS9 App

September 28, 2015 Apple last week released its latest mobile operating system, which has some great new features like Apple News, better battery life, and split-screen multitasking. But one new feature, called Wi-Fi Assist, may be eating through your data plan. I usually use 1-2GB of mobile data a month, this month I’m...

The End Is Nigh: Robots and Drones Are Working Together

September 22, 2015 The robot uprising seems to be closer every day. Scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich have built a robot dog that has a built-in pet drone it can deploy from its back Popular Mechanics reports. Last week, researchers from ETH Zurich showed off a team of...

Worried About the Safety of Drone Delivery? NASA Has Your Back

September 18, 2015 The prospect of seeing phalanxes of drones buzzing overhead, maneuvering around one another they drop off packages or survey the landscape, has just inched a bit further toward becoming reality. NASA has announced that it successfully tested a prototype system that allows unpiloted drones to detect and avoid other aircraft...

Tech Experts Predict What 2025 Will Look Like

September 15, 2015 In ten years time, you may well be answering a call on your implanted iPhone 43S about your blockchain tax audit as you are driven along in a self-driving car en route to the robot-run pharmacy. At least, that’s what a group of over 800 IT executives and scientists surveyed...

This Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Robot Arm Lets You Actually Feel What it Touches

September 12, 2015 The U.S. government said today (Sept. 11) that it’s successfully made a Luke Skywalker-like prosthetic arm that allows the wearer to actually feel things. At a conference in July, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) presented the achievements it’d had to date in building a robot arm that...

Inside the New SpaceX Spaceship

September 11, 2015 SpaceX just showed off the interior of its new Crew Dragon ship that will transport astronauts to the International Space Station. The launch video released today looks like something a luxury car manufacturer might use to show off a new sedan. And SpaceX’s website has a similar car-company-like tone: Crew...

Absolutely Everything You Need to Know About Today’s Apple Event

September 9, 2015 Thousands of reporters, Apple employees, and spectators crammed into the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in downtown San Francisco today (Sept. 9) for what Apple CEO Tim Cook called a series of “monster announcements.” Apple definitely had a lot to share, detailing updates to its watches, phones, tablets, and set-top box....

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NASA is Researching Technology to Make a Tractor Beam Out of Hoverboards

September 5, 2015 It’s looking like 2015 won’t be the year we actually get Back to the Future-style hoverboards, but one of the companies working on them is now partnering with NASA to use their technology to build tractor beams (a beam of energy used to move or suspend objects, most famously on...

NASA Is Working on Making a Tractor Beam out of Hoverboards

September 4, 2015 It's looking like 2015 won't be the year we actually get Back to the Future-style hoverboards, but one of the companies working on them is partnering with NASA to use their technology to build tractor beams (a beam of energy used to move or suspend objects, most famously on Star...

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NASA Creates New Quick 'Self-Healing' Material

September 2, 2015 Hurtling through the endless void of space in a thin aluminum can as debris zips around in every direction may have just gotten a little safer. NASA and the University of Michigan have designed a new “skin” that can heal itself within seconds of being punctured. In a study published...