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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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Harvard creates brain-to-brain interface, allows humans to control other animals with thoughts alone

Harvard creates brain-to-brain interface, allows humans to control other animals with thoughts alone

Researchers at Harvard University have created the first noninvasive brain-to-brain interface (BBI) between a human… and a rat. Simply by thinking the appropriate thought, the BBI allows the human to control the rat’s tail. This is one of the most ...

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Foc.us: The first commercial tDCS headset that lets you safely overclock your brain

Foc.us: The first commercial tDCS headset that lets you safely overclock your brain

After an interminable wait, the first brain-boosting tDCS headset has finally received FCC approval and will begin shipping in the next few days. Dubbed the Foc.us, the headset jolts your prefrontal cortex with electricity, improving your focus, reaction time, and ...

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Earth acts as a giant particle accelerator, creating the dangerous Van Allen radiation belts

Earth acts as a giant particle accelerator, creating the dangerous Van Allen radiation belts

One of the many, many worries people had when first sending humans to the Moon had to do with the Van Allen radiation belts. These are layered, two-lobed areas of space around the Earth that have an unusually high density ...

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Hackers hijack a super yacht with simple GPS spoofing, and planes could be next

Hackers hijack a super yacht with simple GPS spoofing, and planes could be next

About a year ago, Todd Humphreys and his team from the University of Texas called GPS navigation into serious question. Using just a few simple pieces of equipment, a roughly $ 3,000 investment dwarfed by what cyber-criminals often invest in ...

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MIT creates the first perfect mirror

MIT creates the first perfect mirror

Physicists at MIT have created the first perfect mirror. When light hits the mirror — or indeed any other kind of wave, including acoustic and water waves – it bounces off perfectly, introducing no distortion and exactly preserving the original image ...

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