Elon Musk Wants Wireless Brain-Computer Connection

Elon Musk is working on a program to wirelessly connect human brains and computers. Potential purposes include boosting brains with artificial intelligence and tackling neurodegenerative conditions. Musk plans to detail his new company, Neuralink, some time next week. What’s already known is that it will be based around neural lace, the concept of implanting electrodes […]

Samsung To Brick Remaining Note 7s Remotely

Samsung is to remotely disable the remaining Note 7 handsets that the most devoted users have refused to return under a safely recall. One of the hottest phones of last year turned out to be too hot to handle after a string of handsets overheated and even caught fire. Independent reports blamed attempts to make […]

Commercial Electric Flights By 2027 Claims Start-Up

A would-be aircraft manufacturer says it will run electrically-powered flights within a decade. Wright Electric says it would be able to carry 150 passengers on short-haul flights up to 300 miles, with London to Paris the initial route. Electric planes already exist, reaching up to 200 miles per hour, but existing models usually carry only […]

Schoolboy Spots NASA Data Error

NASA has thanked a teenage student who noticed an error in International Space Station data. It’s a unexpected benefit of a schools research program. The TimPix project involves schools getting access to radiation data collected from Timepix detectors on the ISS, with the name also being a nod to it having been collected during ESA […]

Butterbeer Ice Cream Launches

While Harry Potter-style butterbeer is only officially available at Universal Studios Hollywood, you can now taste the flavor at home, albeit in ice cream form. The new line from Yeungling’s Ice Cream is not officially licensed, though the makers say they took “inspiration from a popular wizarding beverage” and quote JK Rowling’s description of the taste […]

Buzz Aldrin Fronts Mars VR Experience

Buzz Aldrin can take you on a trip to Mars. But sadly it’s only virtual reality for now. The second man on the moon will star in a VR movie showing his proposal for trips using the moons of both Earth and Mars as stopping points on six-month journeys to the red planet. The movie […]

Oxford University AI Excels At Lip-Reading

A computer program can lip-read four times more accurately than a human expert according to Oxford University researchers. They worked with Google’s DeepMind project to develop an AI system named Watch, Attend and Spell. The project involved a neural network using image recognition tools to analyse 5,000 hours of TV news footage making up 118,000 […]

Patriot Missile Shoots Down Quadcopter Drone

An ally of the US has used a Patriot missile to shoot down a small quadcopter. A US general revealed the incident but noted it’s not exactly an economical tactic. The Patriot missile system has been in use since 1984 but came to prominence during the first Gulf War. It’s primarily designed to use radar […]

Chrome To Throttle Background Tabs

Google says it will limit the amount of processing power that background tabs can consume in Chrome. The change is designed to increase battery life on mobile devices without affecting usability too much. It builds upon an existing policy that means any background tab can only carry out actions (such as reloading data) once a […]

D&D Gets Official Rulebook App

Dungeons & Dragons is getting an official app bringing together rules, character management and discussion forums. It’s being marketed under the slogan “beyond pen and paper.” The app, titled D&D Beyond, will cover both Dungeon Masters and players. It’s designed for the fifth edition rules and will include: a digital version of the D&D compendium […]

Tim Berners-Lee Details Three Threats To The Web

World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee has labelled fake news as one of three trends that must be tackled to keep the web on track. He also targeted all-or-nothing conditions on personal data, along with unethical political advertising. Writing in The Guardian to mark the 28th anniversary of his original proposal for the web, Berners-Lee […]

Washing Machine Gets Curry Mode

Panasonic has made a washing machine for India that has a dedicated button for cleaning curry stains. It’s one of five custom cycles on the machine designed to meet the specific stains that Indian customers said were often not removed by washing machines. The others cover hair oils, sauces, general sweat, and tide marks on […]