New spy plane can travel at five times the speed of sound

Boeing has finally unveiled a successor to the legendary Blackbird SR-71 spy plane, capable of traveling at five times the speed of sound. The new “Son of Blackbird” was revealed at an event in Orlando, Florida, but it’s only a concept design for now. The new aircraft will be a

Smart vending machines could change e-commerce as we know it

Lowly vending machines that spit out candy, soda and smokes are so last century. New-fangled machines that sell down jackets and cell phones are on the verge of becoming vital cogs in the e-commerce, want-it-now revolution — serving as around-the-clock, around-town warehouse-like distribution points that make the last mile

This hidden feature could cure your smartphone addiction

We love our phones like they’re our children, constantly picking them up for a check-in. However, phone addiction is a real thing. You know the drill: at every ping you’re a slave to looking at the screen; you hungrily search for notifications as you sit on the loo;

Elon Musk once attended a Silicon Valley “sex party’

Elon Musk attended a Silicon Valley bash that has been described as a “sex party” in Emily Chang’s upcoming book “Brotopia.” A woman dubbed Jane Doe claimed to Chang that she was stroked and given molly during a “cuddle puddle” at the party, attended by several titans of tech.

Interactive Roy Orbison Hologram to Embark on World Tour

Roy Orbison died in 1998 but his music will live on in hologram form. BASE Entertainment has announced plans to bring the late Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as well renowned opera singer Maria Callas onto the world stage as digital recreations. BASE Entertainment’s credits include such shows as “Phantom: The

French league suspends goalline technology after two cock-ups in cup

FRANCE has stopped using goalline technology after a pair of cock-ups in cup matches. The decision covers all LFP matches, including Ligue 1 and the French League Cup. It comes in the wake of two errors during Wednesday's League Cup quarter-finals. The system did not alert the referee when Adrien Rabiot

Robotic implant stretches your organs to help them heal

If you have science fiction nightmares of a robot apocalypse you should probably just stop reading right now. For those of you still here, I have good(?) news! Scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital have invented a robot that can be implanted into the body where it pulls on

New suitcase will follow you around the airport

Luggage need not be lugged, at least not if you own a revolutionary new smart suitcase that drives itself around. The ForwardX Robotics CX-1 is a zany hold-all on wheels that follows you around autonomously using smart sensors. Designed by a Chinese robotics start-up, the CX-1 smart suitcases uses a

New fridge gives you recipes based on your soon-to-expire food

Samsung has revealed a next-gen version of its Family Hub smart refrigerator that can give you recipes based on what’s inside your fridge. The genius kitchen appliance promises to help you plan meals using personal info on food preferences, diet restrictions and even food expiry dates. The new model is

Why I let my kids have all the screen time they want

I give my two young daughters loads of screen time. iPads, tablets, phones, TVs, Playstations, laptops, smartwatches and elevator floor readouts. The result? A couple of gibbering, scrambled, psychopathic mini-banshees who can whip anyone at MarioKart. Okay fine, that’s not strictly true. I’m the best at MarioKart, and they’re only

Scientists develop self-healing robot muscles

We often think of robots as superior to ourselves, but when it comes to the abilities afforded us by our muscles, robots have a hard time keeping up. Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are working to change that with newly developed soft muscles that work a

Chinese engineer claims space station is not out of control

BEIJING — China’s Tiangong-1 space station is not out of control and does not pose a safety threat, a top Chinese spaceflight engineer said Monday, after reports that the station was falling toward Earth. The Tiangong-1, or “Heavenly Palace 1,” China’s first space lab, was launched into orbit in

Robot duck hopes to help kids with cancer

ATLANTA — A plush, robotic duck may soon become a fixture in the world of children who have cancer — a social robot that can be silly, happy, angry, scared or sick just like them and help them cope creatively with their illness through the power of play. The

Scientists could one day make humans immortal

On Jan. 12, 1967, James Bedford, a psychology professor at Glendale College in California who had just died of cancer, took his first step toward coming back to life. On that day, the professor became the first person ever frozen in cryonic suspension, embedded in liquid nitrogen at

5 terrifying stories that warn of an AI apocalypse

The future of artificial intelligence could save humanity — or destroy it. AI boasts dozens of advantages that will push society into a brighter future, like nagging you into losing weight, fighting workplace sexual harassment and gender bias and detecting if someone is at risk for suicide. But the civilization-destroying potential

Scientists upgrade robot using one of our grossest habits

When you consider all of the ways that humanoid robots are better than actual humans — they’re stronger, faster and don’t complain when they stub their toes — you probably don’t take heat into account. Robots tend to get pretty hot when they’re doing serious work and cooling

Now you can charge your phone from up to 3 feet way

Drop the plug and forget the mat — the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday approved a wireless gizmo that lets people charge their smartphones and other devices from up to 3 feet away. The Energous Corporation’s Watt Up device lets users charge their electronics without being connected to the

India’s new “driverless’ train will keep drivers for now

NEW DELHI — India’s capital launched a metro train with driverless technology Monday, though officials said it would operate with a driver for at least a year or two. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took an inaugural ride on a short section of the 7.8-mile Magenta Line, which connects the

Warehouse workers may be replaced by tech-savvy counterparts

Workers protesting current conditions at local warehouses serving Amazon and other retailers will soon find the work much more highly paid and less stressful — with much better benefits and working conditions, predicts one expert, Michael Hicks. But a massive amount of today’s warehouse jobs are forecast to be

Warehouse workers may be replaced by tech-savvy counterparts

Workers protesting current conditions at local warehouses serving Amazon and other retailers will soon find the work much more highly paid and less stressful — with much better benefits and working conditions, predicts one expert, Michael Hicks. But a massive amount of today’s warehouse jobs are forecast to be

This AI system keeps mistaking desert snaps for child porn

London’s Metropolitan Police are developing an artificial intelligence system that can detect images of child porn and abuse. But the system isn’t quite there yet. “Sometimes it comes up with a desert and it thinks it’s an indecent image or pornography,” Mark Stokes, the department’s head of digital and electronic

Public health officials are genuinely worried about cellphone radiation

The California Department of Public Health has released its first cellphone-use guidelines, warning that the devices could be hazardous due to radiation. “Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public-health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high-use exposure to the energy emitted by

Germany starts facial recognition tests at rail station

BERLIN — Germany’s top security official is extending tests of automatic facial recognition technology after an initial six-month trial showed the system had a good success rate. The tests used high-quality pictures of more than 200 volunteers to identify them as they passed through Berlin’s Suedkreuz railway station. Interior Minister

World’s steepest funicular line opening in Switzerland

ZURICH – Swiss technology is due to hit new heights on Friday when the world’s steepest funicular line opens at one of its Alpine resorts. Swiss President Doris Leuthard will officially open the $52.6 million project running from Schywz to the mountain village of Stoos, which lies 4,300 feet

Here’s what you need to know about 3D mammograms

WASHINGTON — A better mammogram? Increasingly women are asked if they want a 3D mammogram instead of the regular X-ray — and now US health officials are starting a huge study to tell if the newer, sometimes pricier choice really improves screening for breast cancer. It’s the latest dilemma

This is the most millennial-dominated job in the US

These stats speak for themselves. Statistician is the job with the highest rate of millennials in America, according to data released Wednesday by personal finance site SmartAsset. Nearly 45 percent of the 74,000 statisticians in this country are between the ages of 25 and 34, the study, which analyzed

Google’s AI mastered chess in 4 hours

The robots are coming for your … chess game. Google’s AI, AlphaZero, developed a “superhuman performance” in chess in just four hours. Essentially, the AI absorbed humanity’s entire history of chess in one-sixth of a day — and then figured out how to beat anyone or anything. After being programmed with

Google AI built “AI child’ more advanced than anything humans have ever made

A Google supercomputer has created an “AI child” which can outperform its man-made rivals. The incredible machine named NASNet becomes smarter through “reinforcement learning” which sees it report back to its “parent” computer when completing tasks. The AI (artificial intelligence,) which was created earlier this year, is able to recognize

Google Translate’s algorithm has a gender bias

The algorithm used in Google Translate reveals a gender bias when translating genderless pronouns In Turkish, for example, one pronoun, “o,” can be used to describe he, she, or it. When Google Translate translates from Turkish to English, it has to guess which one it is — and