Topic: Science & Tech

First Handheld Calculator Headlines Auction of Mathematical Treasures

The handheld calculator was an unqualified success of "killer app" magnitude. Canon bought the rights and launched its Pocketronic calculator on 14 April, 1971. The 4-function calculator weighed...

Uh-Oh. Russia's Laptev Sea Should Have Started to Freeze by Now

For the first time since records began, the main nursery of Arctic sea ice in Siberia has yet to start freezing in late October.

Smart Fabric Can Recognize the Food You Put on the Table

Researchers at Microsoft and multiple universities have developed Capacitivo, a smart fabric system that can detect food, drinks, and other objects based solely on touch. The cloth uses a...

Big Tech and Free Speech

Paywall Article, but here are the three takeaways:

Twenty Years of the International Space Station – But Was It Worth It?

Has the ISS benefited society? Scientists are divided: for some, it’s a beacon of unity; for others, just a set for an action film

Making Batteries Cheaper and Easier to Recycle Would Solve Much of Our eWaste Problem

Despite overwhelming enthusiasm for cheaper, more powerful and energy-dense batteries, manufacturers have paid comparatively little attention to making these essential devices more sustainable.

MIT-designed face mask kills the coronavirus with heat

A team of researchers at MIT has been working on taking face masks one step further — from filtering to inactivating the viruses. the result is a reusable mask with an incorporated heated copper...

Elon Musk Says the Cybertruck Is Undergoing "Small Improvements"

Tesla recently had a Q3 2020 earnings call, and during the call, someone asked Musk about the Cybertruck. The CEO revealed that the truck was undergoing “small improvements” to improve the design...

From Ferrari to Healthcare: How Innovation Is Borrowed From a Field to Another

Situation Analysis

Designer Creates a 'Tesla Cyber Coupe'

Italian designer Matteo Gentile envisions a future where regular Tesla cars look like the Cyber Truck.

French iPhone Boxes Come Packed in an Outer Box With Separate EarPods

After the news that France would be the only territory to continue to include EarPods with the iPhone, it seems that Apple is not packing the earbuds...

Ageing Chimps Value Old Friends

It’s a human trait we didn’t know they had.

How Dams Have Reshaped Our Planet

Few human structures can change a landscape quite like a dam. We look at the legacies these giant barriers will leave for our descendants.

The Network: How a Secretive Phone Company Helped the Crime World Go Dark

Vince Ramos wanted Phantom Secure to be the Uber of privacy-focused, luxury-branded phones—flood the market with devices, and sort out the law later. Then the FBI investigated him.

Machines to 'Do Half of All Work Tasks by 2025'

Millions more jobs will be lost to robots with Covid accelerating the trend, says the World Economic Forum.

Does Palantir See Too Much?

The tech giant helps governments and law enforcement decipher vast amounts of data — to mysterious and, some say, dangerous ends.

The 25 Defining Moments in Tech of the Past 25 Years

From the obvious (Steve Jobs unveils the iPhone) to the obscure (AT&T stops charging an hourly rate for internet access), these events were landmarks.

The Self-Driving Car Is a Red Herring

Ten years ago this fall, Google gave us a glimpse of a new device unlike any it had ever built before—a computer-controlled car.…

iPhone 12 Pro So Expensive in India That You Can Fly to Dubai to Buy It, Come Back, and Still Save Money

Apple had launched four new iPhones including the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max on October 13.

Interview: Vint Cerf, One of the Fathers of the Internet

Who Gets to Solve Death?

The two types of “death tech” companies

Memories Can Be Injected and Survive Amputation and Metamorphosis

If a headless worm can regrow a memory, then where is the memory stored? And, if a memory can regenerate, could you transfer it?Photograph…

Japanese Man Invents 'Edible' Plastic Bag Alternative to Save Nara's Sacred Deer

A local entrepreneur in the Japanese tourist destination of Nara has developed an alternative to plastic shopping bags, to protect the town's sacred deer.

Deals. Profits. Lock-in. Behind the DOJ Case Against Google

In an antitrust suit, the Justice Department claims the company uses exclusive deals with device makers and browser makers to prop up its near-monopoly on search.

Food Delivery & Plastic Waste Go Up in China When Air Pollution Goes Up

The researchers also explained why office workers were found to be more sensitive to pollution.

Your Personal Carbon History

You’ve lived through a period of unprecedented carbon emissions.

Building Honey in the Lab

MeliBio is building honey in the lab, not in the hive.

As Cases of Covid-19 Surged, Facebook Sent Its Content Moderators in India Back to Work

Employees told Rest of World the contractor they work for is taking advantage of an economic crisis.

A Deepfake Bot Is Being Used to “Undress” Underage Girls

A technology similar to DeepNude, the 2019 app that shut down shortly after launch, is now spreading unfettered on Telegram.

It’s Google’s World. We Just Live in It

Googling something was all we once did with Google. Now we spend hours a day using its maps, videos, security cameras, email, smartphones and more.

Why Some People Are Cruel to Others

Inflicting harm or pain on someone incapable of doing the same to you might seem intolerably cruel, but it happens more than you might think.

Facebook Asks Academics to Stop Using Tool in Micro-Targeting Ad Research

Facebook is demanding that researchers at New York University disable a tool used to collect information on who receives micro-targeted political advertisements on the social media platform, with...

Ice Melt in Alaska Threatens to Unleash Unprecedented Mega-Tsunami

A giant, catastrophic tsunami in Alaska triggered by a landslide of rock left unstable after glacier melting is likely to occur in the next two decades, scientists fear - and it could happen...

The Beast: Evolution of the US President's Bulletproof Car

The Military Wants One-Hour Global Delivery. SpaceX Thinks It Can Pull It Off

The US military has asked two private companies, SpaceX and a consulting business called the Exploration Architecture Corporation, to analyze whether rockets could fling payloads far heavier than...

Funky Cheese Smells Allow Microbes to 'Talk' to and Feed Each Other

Researchers at Tufts University have found that those distinctly funky smells from cheese are one way that fungi communicate with bacteria, and what they are saying has a lot to do with the...

How Many People Would a Modern Nuke Kill?

These aren't small numbers. At all.

Who’s Afraid of a Meme? Pakistan’s TikTok Ban Is Not Like the Ones in Other Countries

For the country’s underclass, the platform was a new medium for dissent.

Discovery Finally Proves Rain Really Can Move Mountains

A pioneering technique that captures precisely how mountains bend to the will of raindrops has helped to solve a long-standing scientific enigma.

Why Facebook Can’t Fix Itself

The platform is overrun with hate speech and disinformation. Does it actually want to solve the problem?