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Planes Are Finally Making Logical Descents Into American Runways

At two Texas airports, planes can finally take the most efficient route from cruise altitude to the runway.

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Out in the Open: Free Software That Teaches Your Smartphone How to See

Pete Warden has been trying to teach computers to see since the 1990s. Now, thanks to the branch of artificial intelligence called deep learning, he’s finally making some progress. Deep learning attempts to model the structure and behavior of the human brain to solve complex computer science problems. The field has...

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Clever Landscaping That Bounces Plane Noise Back Into the Sky

Building ridges around Schiphol Airport deflects noise from planes back into the sky and away from annoyed neighbors.

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Why Cloud Computing Is a Better Bet to Save the Planet Than Electric Cars

Many will tell you that we can save the planet by switching from gas-guzzling automobiles to electric cars. But Zack Rosen says there’s a better way. He’ll tell you the impact would be far greater if we just switched from virtual machines to Linux containers. Virtual machines are those things that let anyone run...

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A $99 Gadget That Makes Your Oven Way Smarter

The Range Oven Intelligence attaches to any oven and monitors its activity.

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What to Expect From Google I/O 2014

Google I/O kicks off on June 25 at 9am Pacific time. While the event is shrouded in mystery and enigma, we have at least some idea of what may be coming---or at least what the tea leaves indicate.

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A Hands-Free Joystick to Help Quadriplegics Get Around

Quadriplegics get moving with mouth jewelry.

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What to Expect From Google IO 2014

Google IO kicks off on June 25 at 9am Pacific time. While the event is shrouded in mystery and enigma, we have at least some idea of what may be coming---or at least what the tea leaves indicate.

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Every World Cup Country Seen in Beautiful Images From Space

Watching the various playing styles of different countries in the World Cup this year got me thinking about all the things that influence how each team plays the game. Culture is certainly a big one, genetics is another. But what about the terrain? Do countries dominated by deserts play differently than those that...

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Will We Trust Google With Our Smart Home of the Future?

John Matherly operates what you might call the search engine for the Internet of Things. It’s called Shodan, and it lets you probe the net for all sorts of online devices, from refrigerators and swimming-pool control panels to webcams-lots and lots of webcams. It’s a fascinating tool that opens a window into an...

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A Sleek New Hearing Aid That Solves a Nagging Problem

A new company called Soundhawk wants to take advantage of our smartphones and sensor technology to create a better device for hearing.

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“Individual Actions Are Doomed to Failure”: Coalition Asks for Global Action on Antibiotics

A newly formed international organization - more than 700 members in 55 countries - has launched an urgent appeal to governments and healthcare, begging for attention to antibiotic resistance as a grave global threat, and asking that antibiotics be declared a cultural heritage deserving legal protection. The group...

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Does the Introductory Physics Course Cover Too Much?

I’m currently in the middle of a summer section of introductory physics – the algebra based version. I’ve come to the realization that perhaps we expect too much from the students. My typical summary of the first semester of intro physics is something like this: The great thing about physics is that we can build […]

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Volcano World Cup: Group G

We’re nearing the end of the Group Stage here in the Volcano World Cup. Check out the voting for Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D, Group E and Group F. Today we have a group that might most closely resemble its real world counterpart in terms of difficultly – the dreaded Group G: […]

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The Next Big Thing You Missed: How Cable TV Can Adapt to Your Tastes Just Like Netflix

Rovi is developing technology that enables cable companies to personalize the TV guide and make it easier to find what you want to watch when you want to watch it. In other words, Rovi wants to make television a lot more like Netflix.

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How Overlooked Plants Like the Potato Bean Can Be Tamed to Feed the World

Oksana Badrak A hand-painted wooden sign marks the entrance to Steven Cannon's community garden, tucked between a sidewalk and some train tracks in Ames, Iowa. It depicts the iconic image of a seedling poking from a mound of dirt. At the far end of the garden, Cannon, a tall and reedy geneticist for the US […]

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Google Glass Snoopers Can Steal Your Passcode With a Glance

The odds are you can’t make out the PIN of that guy with the sun glaring obliquely off his iPad’s screen across the coffee shop. But if he’s wearing Google Glass or a smartwatch, he probably can see yours.

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The Next Generation of GM Crops Has Arrived—And So Has the Controversy

The first of a new generation of genetically modified crops is poised to win government approval in the United States, igniting a controversy that may continue for years, and foreshadowing the future of genetically modified crops.

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Amazon’s Fire Phone May Be Too Magical for Its Own Good

Amazon's new Fire Phone makes the same mistake most every mobile device company makes: it tries too hard to delight you.

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The Cold War Relics Three Photographers Are Documenting Before They Disappear

It's nearly nightfall and sage ranch park seems deserted. But just as we're about to stop the pickup, headlights pass: cop car. “Black-and-white!” Stephen Freskos yells ruefully from the passenger seat. It's a bad omen for the plan that he and his two companions have made for their evening. They've chosen Sage...

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Your Guide to Good IRL Behavior, From Vaping to Dressing Like a Techie

Don’t attach your car’s Lyft mustache to your face and offer “rides.” Dan Winters Forget Google Glass-For Now. Before there was Google Glass, there was the DynaTAC. Released by Motorola in 1984, this early handheld mobile phone weighed nearly 2 pounds and cost $3,995. It was for suspendered Gordon Gekko-ish masters...

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Workout Wear That’ll Keep You Cool When Summer Boils

You can't do anything about the summer heat. But you can dress yourself to make those outdoor training sessions a little more bearable.

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This Startup Says It Can Make Any Car Autonomous for $10,000

Cruise offers more autonomous capability than what’s on the market now, and says it will be ready years before Google’s self-driving car.

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CCTV Cameras Make Finding a Bus Seat Easy for Lazy Londoners

London is installing screens on double-decker buses to let passengers know if there are available seats upstairs.

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Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments Use to Hijack Phones

Newly uncovered components of a digital surveillance tool used by more than 60 governments worldwide provide a rare glimpse at the extensive ways law enforcement and intelligence agencies use the tool to surreptitiously record and steal data from mobile phones. The modules, made by the Italian company Hacking Team,...

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Level Up

The latest version of Razer's perennial hit -- a sleek, super-powered gaming laptop -- has been updated with a better screen, and it's still the best way to get gaming to go.

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Google and Nest’s Plan to Make Controlling Your Home as Easy as a Web Search

Interacting with Google has always meant making something happen on a screen–getting a search result, sending an email, adding a calendar event. But this fall, giving Google a command will have immediate consequences in the physical world. That’s when Google’s new integration with Nest hardware is set to go live,...

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Withings Unveils a Slick Fitness Tracker Disguised as an Analog Watch

Up until now, the marketplace for wrist wearables has been largely comprised of sporty-looking bracelets with a silicone finish. But today Withings, a French product company and early player in the connected health space, is releasing a fitness tracker worth coveting. It’s at once a sartorial throwback, and a step...

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What Crowdfunding Site Patreon Will Do With That $15M in Funding

Crowdfunding upstart Patreon just landed $15 million in funding. Translation: It now has a lot more cash to expand its offerings for creatives looking for money to fund their work.

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A Redesigned Coffee Lid That Totally Changes the Drinking Experience

Regular lids actually constrains how you smell your coffee. This one doesn't.

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