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Simulating 1 second of human brain activity takes 82,944 processors

Simulating 1 second of human brain activity takes 82,944 processors

The brain is a deviously complex biological computing device that even the fastest supercomputers in the world fail to emulate. Well, that’s not entirely true anymore. Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Technology Graduate University in Japan and Forschungszentrum Jülich ...

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World’s first road-powered electric vehicle network switches on in South Korea

World’s first road-powered electric vehicle network switches on in South Korea

South Korea has rolled out the world’s first road-powered electric vehicle network. The network consists of special roads that have electrical cables buried just below the surface, which wirelessly transfer energy to electric vehicles via magnetic resonance. Road-powered electric vehicles ...

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2014 Nissan Versa review: Top subcompact with unique tech, modest performance

2014 Nissan Versa review: Top subcompact with unique tech, modest performance

The 2014 Nissan Versa Note is one of the best subcompacts you can purchase today if your requirements are as follows: cheap to buy, cheap to run, lots of room, and as much tech as you can get in a ...

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The FBI’s largest ever blow to child porn and the Deep Web, and its possible ripple effects

The FBI’s largest ever blow to child porn and the Deep Web, and its possible ripple effects

This week, something momentous occurred: the FBI and Irish police collaborated to arrest the alleged owner of Freedom Hosting, one of the largest Deep Web hosts in the world. We’ll get to precisely what that means in a moment, but ...

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NASA celebrates Curiosity’s first year on Mars with 12 Months in Two Minutes time-lapse video

NASA celebrates Curiosity’s first year on Mars with 12 Months in Two Minutes time-lapse video

On Tuesday, August 6, NASA’s Curiosity rover will celebrate its one-year anniversary of arriving on Mars by… continuing to drive slowly across the planet’s rocky surface towards its primary scientific target, Mount Sharp. NASA, however, which continues to do an ...

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Human teleportation would take so long, it’d be more like a death ray

Human teleportation would take so long, it’d be more like a death ray

Teleportation is always as sci-fi dream, but recently scientists have been able to teleport nano-sized objects across significant distances. We’re still nowhere near teleporting even the smallest, visible-to-the-naked-eye objects, but that didn’t stop a team of researchers from calculating how ...

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Terrafugia’s Transition flying car flies and drives for the first time in public (with video)

Terrafugia’s Transition flying car flies and drives for the first time in public (with video)

MIT start-up Terrafugia says they’re “roadable aircraft,” but everyone else just calls them flying cars. That’s the power of the Jetsons and its contemporaries, creating a conceptual framework that can both drive and shackle technology innovators. It might be a ...

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The future of ray tracing, reviewed: Caustic’s R2500 accelerator finally moves us towards real-time ray tracing

The future of ray tracing, reviewed: Caustic’s R2500 accelerator finally moves us towards real-time ray tracing

Earlier this year, Caustic Professional began shipping the first dedicated ray tracing cards in more than a decade. As we discussed in our coverage last year, ray tracing is capable of producing some stunning visual effects. Multiple companies, including Nvidia, ...

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XKeyscore: The NSA program that collects ‘nearly everything’ that you do on the internet

XKeyscore: The NSA program that collects ‘nearly everything’ that you do on the internet

If you were shocked by the NSA’s Prism program, hold onto your hat: The NSA also operates another system, called XKeyscore, which gives the US intelligence community (and probably most of the US’s Western allies) full access to your email, ...

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BMW i3: Cheap, mass-produced carbon fiber cars finally come of age

BMW i3: Cheap, mass-produced carbon fiber cars finally come of age

The just-announced BMW i3 could be a breakthrough for carbon fiber production as well as for electric drive. Carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) provides the weight reduction that effectively neutralizes the heft of the car’s battery pack. To make it ...

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