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NASA-funded fusion rocket could shoot humans to Mars in 30 days

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A research group at the University of Washington, funded by NASA, is about to build a fusion-powered rocket. This rocket, if it can be successfully built, could propel a manned spacecraft to Mars in just 30 days -- compared to NASA's estimate of four years for a Martian round trip...
NASA-funded fusion rocket could shoot humans to Mars in 30 days

Spray-on antenna revealed: best thing to come in a can since Easy Cheese (video)

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Ever found yourself without a signal and wished you could just spray one on like magic? Well, maybe soon, you'll be able to do just that. Chamtech Enterprises has developed a spray-on antenna it says is more lightweight and energy-efficient than current technology. Revealed at Google's inaugural Solve for...
Spray-on antenna revealed: best thing to come in a can since Easy Cheese (video)

Cody Wilson: 3D-printable guns are just the start, 3D-printable guns are just the start, says Cody Wilson

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The inventor of 'The Liberator' plastic firearm believes in an open future and the 'complete explosion' of all gun lawCody Wilson is a polite, 25-year-old law student at the University of Texas in Austin, with dark, close-cropped hair and a forward, affable charm. This week he plans to release the blueprint for a gun...
Cody Wilson: 3D-printable guns are just the start, 3D-printable guns are just the start, says Cody Wilson

Samsung releases smaller, faster 64GB smartphone memory

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Samsung on Thursday announced a new 64GB memory chip for smartphones and tablets, which it says is 20 percent smaller and a third faster than current technology. The company said its new 64GB eMMC (embedded multimedia card) reads data sequentially at up to 260 megabytes per second and writes...
Samsung releases smaller, faster 64GB smartphone memory

The vast gulf between current technology and theoretical singularity

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An interesting pair of news posts caught my eye this week, and they’re worth presenting for general discussion. First, VentureBeat has an interview with futurologist Ray Kurzweil, who made waves in 2005 with his book The Singularity Is Near. In it, Kurzweil posits that we’re approaching a point at which...
The vast gulf between current technology and theoretical singularity

The Latest Beneficiary of 3D Printing: Clueless, Frazzled New Doctors?

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3D print yourself some help. It’s so very easy to overestimate the power of 3D printing. DIY semiautomatics, for example, are a terrifying prospect, but they’re not exactly right around the corner. Likewise, it’s easy to dream of a world where surgeons can simply 3D print a new liver. But...
The Latest Beneficiary of 3D Printing: Clueless, Frazzled New Doctors?

Stay seated: Valve's Team Fortress 2 ported to virtual reality

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If Valve Software's Team Fortress 2 is anything, it's versatile. The company's demonstrating that versatility once more in porting the game to virtual reality goggles, which could result in some serious psychological trauma. Kidding aside, a Game Developers Conference blurb today revealed the internal project -- part of Valve's...
Stay seated: Valve's Team Fortress 2 ported to virtual reality

While healthcare apps are on the rise, the FDA threatens to stifle innovation in the U.S.

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Just less than a year ago, the Food and Drug Administration released a document that unsettled members of both the healthcare and app development communities: Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff – Mobile Healthcare Apps. In short, it set the stage for federal regulation of healthcare...
While healthcare apps are on the rise, the FDA threatens to stifle innovation in the U.S.

Israel Delivers Current Technology That You Simply Can't Ignore http://bit.ly/aIzl91 #Techonomy

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Israel Delivers Current Technology That You Simply Can't Ignore http://bit.ly/aIzl91 #Techonomy

Samsung releases smaller, faster 64GB smartphone memory

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Samsung on Thursday announced a new 64GB memory chip for smartphones and tablets, which it says is 20 percent smaller and a third faster than current technology....
Samsung releases smaller, faster 64GB smartphone memory

Appature's Kabir Shahani: 'Your idea doesn't really matter ... it's the value your idea creates'

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Appature’s Kabir Shahani with Jeff Dickey of NextCast Kabir Shahani and his team at Appature want to help marketers create intensely personal customer experiences. How are they going to do it? By leveraging the incredible opportunities the current technology space is affording them, aggregating massive amounts of data, and always...
Appature's Kabir Shahani: 'Your idea doesn't really matter ... it's the value your idea creates'

Filipino Social Good Startups Win At IdeaSpace Competition

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The results are in for Filipino accelerator IdeaSpace’s startup competition, and the top ten picks have a heavy focus on social projects. A glance at the list reveals a strong emphasis on environmental and health-related projects, especially those that will likely benefit the developing nation’s poorer regions. Armtech – affordable...
Filipino Social Good Startups Win At IdeaSpace Competition

Bad News: Trip to Mars Comes With a Massive Dose of Radiation

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Nope. Take off that space helmet and pull up a chair, because we’ve got some bad news. The Mars Curiosity rover measured radiation levels on its way to the Red Planet, and yesterday, NASA released the results. Sorry, guys, but if we used our current technology your adventure would come...
Bad News: Trip to Mars Comes With a Massive Dose of Radiation

Microsoft Releases HomeOS, Hopes It Powers The Smarthome Of Your Dreams

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News updates all day from your Fast Company editors.Microsoft has long imagined much of the functionality of a smarthome, and has just released the computer code it hopes will stitch it all together: HomeOS. It's timely because with so many pertinent technologies evolving at the same time (powerful Wi-Fi, the...
Microsoft Releases HomeOS, Hopes It Powers The Smarthome Of Your Dreams

Arduino GSM/GPRS Shield gets helping hand from Telefonica for data, remote control

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Arduino devices have had the option of a GSM linkup for awhile, but getting that cellular link to truly strut its stuff hasn't always been easy, even for those of us who'd be inclined to program an Arduino in the first place. Enter Telefonica, which wants to be the...
Arduino GSM/GPRS Shield gets helping hand from Telefonica for data, remote control

'Inexact' CPU tech trades accuracy for 15X power efficiency

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Researchers from Rice University and other institutions have unveiled an "inexact" computer chip that is built to allow for errors. The design forsakes 100 percent accuracy in an effort to save power; in its current form, the chips are claimed to be up to 15 times more efficient than current...
'Inexact' CPU tech trades accuracy for 15X power efficiency

Perpetually connected: Are wearable computers and bio-implants the future of mobile?

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In today’s connected world, you’d be hard pressed to find a population (disregarding technophobes and lost tribes) who actively shun activities that are digitally mediated. Unfortunately for those who do align themselves with Luddism, advances in mobile computing (and digital tech in general) appear to be exponential. Technologically-enhanced areas of...
Perpetually connected: Are wearable computers and bio-implants the future of mobile?

Call of Duty: Ghosts - release date confirmed, next-gen plans revealed

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There have been enough leaks to sink and ocean liner, but finally it's official: Ghosts is the next Call of Duty title and it's coming this November to current machines, with next-gen to followFirst Tesco accidentally announced it, then a leaked Gamestop poster showed it, but now it's official. Call...
Call of Duty: Ghosts - release date confirmed, next-gen plans revealed

Liftport turns to Kickstarter for space elevator experiment (video)

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Space elevators are slowly making the transition from science fiction to science fact... but we're not quite there yet. LiftPort, a group that already holds the record for tallest elevator, is taking a second stab at the technology after going into "hibernation" in 2007. Founder Michael Laine has resurrected...
Liftport turns to Kickstarter for space elevator experiment (video)

Powerit Solutions heats up with new cash, helps factories reduce energy costs

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Kevin Klustner Powerit Solutions, a 10-year-old Seattle company that helps large industrial customers reduce energy savings by as much as 33 percent, has raised $3 million in fresh funding. Led by former Verdiem CEO Kevin Klustner, the company plans use the new cash to enhance product development and boost sales...
Powerit Solutions heats up with new cash, helps factories reduce energy costs

From Founder to Alchemist, Why Titles Aren't Trivial

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The current technology boom is, on most fronts, quite unlike the dotcom boom of the late 1990s. But one aspect that both seem to share is a fascination with titles - both yours and your teams’. Many startup entrepreneurs are returning to the creative titles of the 1990s. Is...
From Founder to Alchemist, Why Titles Aren't Trivial

Watch Dogs preview: story details and more

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We go inside Ubisoft's surveillance adventure and discover an innovative multiplayer structure and new gameplay detailsA year ago, at an E3 exhibition marked by brand lethargy and the absence of any next-gen console news, one game caused a ripple of genuine excitement. It was Watch Dogs, a new 'IP' from...
Watch Dogs preview: story details and more
PCs are not dead and six other tech predictions for 2013

Toshiba ships first NAND flash chips with faster transfer standard

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Toshiba has started shipping the first NAND flash chips to support Universal Flash Storage, a new standard that is 50 percent faster than current technology....
Toshiba ships first NAND flash chips with faster transfer standard

Samsung funds graphene antenna project for wireless, ultra-fast intra-chip links

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Samsung has recently announced that it will be funding new research into graphene-based antennas for interchip communication. The primary focus of the grant is to develop the coding and modulation schemes necessary for internal communication at hundreds of gigabytes per second among the thousands of sub-processors of a multicore chip...
Samsung funds graphene antenna project for wireless, ultra-fast intra-chip links

Andrew Bridges Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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The last week has had a great range of posts, and it's hard to pick only a few as "top" posts of the week. My bias favors longer pieces with more perspective, but some short rants are also guilty pleasures. There are a lot of important issues in the air...
Andrew Bridges Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

This week's new games

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Fallout 3: New Vegas Ultimate Edition, PC, PS3 & Xbox 360Skyrim's older brother is back, bringing every single weapon and piece of downloadable content to the sprawling nuclear desert that near-future North America has become.Its signature levels of complete freedom let you evolve into the wasteland angel or ruthless tyrant...
This week's new games

Physicists demonstrate heat-based magnetic recording, could make hard drive data transfer hundreds of times faster

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A international team of scientists has demonstrated a new method of magnetic recording that could allow hard drives to transfer data hundreds of times faster than is possible with current technology — the researchers discovered that they could record information using only heat, which they say wasn't previously thought...
Physicists demonstrate heat-based magnetic recording, could make hard drive data transfer hundreds of times faster

Chemists create self-assembling polymer that increases hard drive capacity by 5X

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When you think of increased storage capacity, you most likely don’t think of self-assembling polymers that only require heat in order to rearrange themselves. However, with the potential to increase HDD storage capacity fivefold, researchers at the University of Texas might make self-assembling polymers the norm.Currently, information is stored through...
Chemists create self-assembling polymer that increases hard drive capacity by 5X
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