News: Tech & Science

Robot Makers Fill Their War Chests in Fight Against Amazon

Tuesday  06:35,   21 november 2017

A few years ago, Inc. triggered a robot arms race when it purchased a company called Kiva Systems. Now its would-be rivals are landing bigger and bigger cash injections to try to compete with the e-commerce giant. Locus Robotics, a[...]

Scientists solve the mystery of America's scuba-diving fly

Tuesday  06:35,   21 november 2017

<p>A small fly that thrives at an inhospitable California lake east of Yosemite National Park long has perplexed observers who watch as it crawls into the severely salty and alkaline water, snacks on some algae or lays some eggs, then emerges dry [...]

Wow! 1st Interstellar Asteroid Is a Spinning Space Cigar

Tuesday  05:35,   21 november 2017

When astronomers using the Pan-STARRS1 telescope in Hawaii spotted a mysterious object dashing through our solar system, they immediately knew it was something special. Traveling at high speed and originating from interstellar space, this object[...]

One day we'll stop using Facebook. What happens next?

Tuesday  04:56,   21 november 2017
ABC News

Many of us wonder how we ever lived without Facebook — and how we might escape. If Facebook has become one network to rule them all, then the future looks like a splintered, fractured mess, writes Seamus ByrneAnd by "them", we really mean Facebook.[...]

Dandelion fluff makes a surprisingly effective parachute

Tuesday  04:35,   21 november 2017
Popular Science

The physics of dandelion dispersal could inspire windborne microdrones. The fluffy bristles on a dandelion seed act like a tiny parachute.&nbsp;The fluffy bristles on a dandelion seed act like a tiny[...]

Six Years After Fukushima, Robots Finally Find Reactors’ Melted Uranium Fuel

Tuesday  01:05,   21 november 2017
The New York Times

The Japanese government and companies used radiation-hardened machines to search for the fuel that escaped the plant’s ruined reactors.FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, Japan — Four engineers hunched before a bank of monitors, one holding what[...]

Supersonic train could link Sydney and Brisbane in ‘less than an hour’

Tuesday  00:36,   21 november 2017

Travelling from Sydney to Brisbane may soon be faster on the ground than in the air if a futuristic hyperloop transport system comes to fruition. A plan to build a hyperloop to link the two capitals could see passengers travelling at supersonic[...]

You can now hail Uber rides for friends who don't have accounts

Monday  19:35,   20 november 2017

If you use Uber often enough, you've probably had those moments where you wanted to hail a ride for someone else, such as a friend heading home from the bar. It isn't always easy to arrange a guest trip, however, which is why Uber has just[...]

Volvo Cars to supply Uber with up to 24,000 self-driving cars

Monday  19:10,   20 november 2017

<p>Uber plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, marking the transition of the U.S. firm from an app used to summon a taxi to the owner and operator of a fleet of cars.</p>The non-binding framework deal could offer San[...]

IBM could be set for gains after long slump - Barron's

Monday  14:16,   20 november 2017

International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) could be the next blue-chip company with a rising valuation, according to a report in financial publication Barron's.Some analysts expect IBM to return to growth this quarter, Barron's said in its[...]

iCloud on the web: a quick and complete guide

Monday  14:16,   20 november 2017

For years Google has had the edge over Apple as far as web-based apps go - think Gmail, Google Maps, Google Drive, and all the rest - but recently Apple has finally got around to upgrading its iCloud portal to look like something you wouldn't be [...]

5 security mistakes you're probably making

Monday  10:52,   20 november 2017

Cyber-security is something you take for granted, until someone hacks your account, steals your bank info, and spreads compromising pictures of you all over the Internet.&nbsp;&nbsp;Most people know about virus protection. They avoid weird[...]

Razer Phone review: an absolute beast of a smartphone

Monday  10:52,   20 november 2017

Built for Gamers, but you don't have to be a gamer to want itHow exactly has Razer built a phone for gamers? Well, for a start it has an amazing screen with technology not seen in a phone before, brilliant speakers, and a design which makes it[...]

I tried out Google’s translating headphones. Here’s what I found.

Monday  10:52,   20 november 2017
The Washington Post

Google’s Pixel Buds won’t put translators out of business, but they're better than a phrase book.The most important thing you should know about Pixel Buds is that their full features only work with Google’s newest smartphone, the Pixel 2. While[...]

Earthbound Antimatter Mystery Deepens After Scientists Rule Out Pulsar Source

Monday  10:52,   20 november 2017

The Earth is constantly showered by high-energy particles from a variety of cosmic sources. Physicist Victor Hess used a balloon to provide the first evidence of the extraterrestrial nature of cosmic rays in 1912. Since then, scientists have[...]