Self-Driving Vehicles May Usher in a New Era of Extreme Driving

We're on the verge of a new era, where self-driving cars promise to make road transportation safe, efficient and, well, kind of dull. But, for those who will still crave the open road, automated cars in cities might free up designers to create vehicles built explicitly to enjoy driving outside of populated areas. » 10/29/14 10:40am Wednesday 10:40am

A Circuit That Breaks Records, Runs At One Trillion Cycles Per Second

The Pentagon's advanced concepts research wing has attained a crucial technological milestone by building the world's fastest integrated circuit. Clocking in at a full one terahertz, it's 150 billion cycles faster than the previous record. The stage is now set for some unprecedented new technologies. » 10/28/14 12:35pm Tuesday 12:35pm

Google Hiked Through Tanzania To Show You Where The Chimps Live

Earlier this month, we brought you panoramic views of the Liwa Desert near Abu Dhabi, thanks to a Google Street View camera mounted on the back of a camel. Today we're taking you deep into the forests of Tanzania, where Google has brought you images of Gombe National Park, home of Jane Goodall's chimpanzees. » 10/27/14 5:37pm Monday 5:37pm

Incredible Photographs of the Hungarian Internet Tax Protests

Thousands of people in Budapest, Hungary, protested an "internet tax" proposed by the country's right-wing ruling party Fidesz. The tax would force Hungarians to pay 150 forints ($0.60) per gigabyte of data traffic. In these photographs taken by Cink's Attila Nagy, you can see the massive protest firsthand. » 10/27/14 10:59am Monday 10:59am

A Google Executive Just Crushed Felix Baumgartner's Free Fall Record

Move aside, Felix Baumgartner. Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, fell from the top of the stratosphere this morning, plummeting nearly 26 vertical miles in the span of about 15 minutes. In doing so, he has broken Baumgartner's 2012 record for world's highest-altitude free fall – and by a pretty sizable… » 10/24/14 5:00pm 10/24/14 5:00pm

The BBC Is Teaching Kids How To Program Their Own Dalek

A Doctor Who game being released by the BBC this week requires much more than a game controller or a computer mouse. Instead, players must solve puzzles through a series of commands that teach the basics of programming and coding skills. The fate of the universe depends on your ability to help a rogue Dalek survive. » 10/21/14 6:40am 10/21/14 6:40am

White House Seeks Advice On "Bootstrapping A Solar System Civilization"

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is planning ahead — way ahead. The agency wants you to email ideas for how "the Administration, the private sector, philanthropists, the research community and storytellers" can develop "massless" space exploration and a robust civilization beyond Earth. » 10/17/14 8:30am 10/17/14 8:30am

​The Tragic Demise of Science Fiction's Greatest Idea

The matter transmitter is one of science fiction's greatest inventions. It's been in hundreds of SF stories, perhaps most famously in Star Trek as the transporter. And yet writers keep trying to turn this incredibly useful, flexible idea into nothing more than a fancy system of transit. Which is all wrong. » 10/16/14 10:25am 10/16/14 10:25am

Happy 10th Birthday, Missile Defense! Too Bad You Still Don't Work.

Members of Congress and conservative lobbyists have been celebrating a very special birthday: President George W. Bush's official activation of the U.S. ballistic missile defense system. But the sad truth is that they're celebrating 10 years of self-delusion. The project is broken, despite the $40 billion spent on it. » 10/16/14 9:08am 10/16/14 9:08am