It could be a sign, a vague one.
In space there's no atmosphere, it's never cloudy, and in geosynchronous orbits it's never night: a perfect place for a solar power station to harvest uninterrupted power 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The design studio Nervous System has created a novel process that allows a 3-D printed dress to move and sway like real fabric. The bespoke software behind it, called Kinematics, combines origami techniques with novel approaches to 3-D printing, pushing the technology's limits.
Imagine a transportable solar power station that tracks the sun like a sunflower and cools itself by pumping water through its veins just like a plant.
Want a programmable robot of your very own that you can teach anything from playing your favorite songs to cleaning up after the party? iRobot says go ahead and hack your Roomba.
Amid the twinkling holiday lights adorning homes around the world, a natural light show is set to take center stage over the weekend.
The United Kingdom may seem an unlikely candidate to lead a renewable energy revolution; it doesn't have much sun for solar power, it doesn't have much space for wind power and it doesn't have giant coursing rivers for hydro.
My father grew up about two hours east of Calcutta. I remember him telling me that on a number of occasions, and at the behest of his father, he would read the dictionary by the light of a hurricane lamp.
The U.S. Navy says its new laser weapon works and it will use it if it has to.
A bio-drone that dissolves after use leaving no trace it ever existed may sound like the stuff of a James Bond film, but NASA and a team of researchers are actually building one.
Next month, a giant industry gathering is going to be flooded with virtual-reality experiences: the Birdly flight simulator; something that lets users confront a kaiju attack; an Oculus Rift-enabled spin on combat training; even a VR installation that lets you go to a college party. But this isn't the line-up for CES?it's the Sundance Film Festival.
Three billion miles away from Earth, in an unchartered slice of our solar system, a small space probe is shaking off its deep sleep and getting ready to become the first spacecraft to visit Pluto and its moons.
With one 4½-hour flight Friday, the new spacecraft series that NASA hopes will take astronauts to Mars passed its first test above Earth.
What has a jet engine, a rocket booster and travels on a set of aluminum wheels? It's the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car (SSC) and it has plans to hit the world land speed record at 1,000 mph.
NASA will have to wait at least one more day to see how its new Orion spacecraft flies.
It's the biggest countdown for NASA since the shuttle era ended in 2011. The space agency's new Orion spacecraft is scheduled to lift off on an uncrewed test flight at 7:05 a.m. ET Thursday from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Tourists flocking to Washington, D.C., hoping to get a glimpse of President Barack Obama might not get the chance to see him in person -- but they can now get pretty close thanks to the Smithsonian Institution.
It looks like a throwback to the Apollo era, but NASA's new spaceship is roomier and designed to go far beyond the moon -- to an asteroid and eventually Mars.
The first ten months of 2014 have been the hottest since record keeping began more than 130 years ago, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
He's the face of motion-capture performance.
Long before there was Apple there was Olivetti.
They can already deliver pizzas, monitor endangered species and rain down Hellfire missiles from an altitude of 50,000 feet.
It cuts through plastic! It burns holes in walls!
The checkbook is dead. While we're at it, let's write an obit for card readers too.
For Airbnb hosts who want to keep tabs on their homes, a full home security system might be overkill. They're expensive, and live cameras and motion detectors invade guests' privacy. So how do they make sure guests keep the volume down, aren't smoking inside and don't ransack their home?
After landing a probe on an icy comet and possibly shedding new light on the origins of life on Earth, the European Space Agency (ESA) is now looking at scorching-hot Mercury for its next mission.
In September 1985 a devastating earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter Scale smashed into Mexico City killing 10,000 people and leaving parts of the city in ruins.
Not since the Wright brothers flew the first powered aircraft near Kitty Hawk in 1903 has the competition been so intense. The technology that can give us the world's first affordable and easily pilotable flying car is almost here.
Thanks to climate change, you'll be more likely to get struck by lightning as the years pass, scientists say. Make that 50% more likely for those who are around at the end of the century.
It's hard to top the tricky, first-ever landing on a comet, broadcast live on the Internet.
What if, instead of picking up a smartphone or touching a mouse, you could just say, "Remind me to buy shampoo," "Play some bluegrass music," or "How many moons does Saturn have?" in the middle of your living room?
Nick Glass sits down with Matt Taylor, a Rosetta Project scientist, to talk about the logistics of landing on a comet.
Got an idea on how to make a flying aircraft carrier? The Defense Department wants to know about it.
From the realms of science fiction to science fact, the Rosetta mission reached its climax this week when when the mission's scientists succeeded in landing a washing machine-sized probe named Philae on a moving comet after a 6.4 billion mile journey.
Album sales are at an all-time low in the United States. Vinyl sales are at their highest for 15 years. Everybody says streaming is the future, yet major artists are pulling out of streaming services. And in tech-oriented Japan, CDs still account for 85% of album sales. The current state of the music industry is anyone's guess.
As further proof that you can now 3D-print anything, a company called Natural Machines has introduced a 3D printer for food.
We might still not have jetpacks and flying cars, but another dangling promise of the technology world now seems one step closer. Virtual reality (VR) is a serious business, as confirmed by Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR for $2 billion earlier this year. Now, the makers of the highly anticipated Oculus device seem on track to deliver a consumer model, which they say is "many months," but not years, away.
"Little Bob says hi!"
Crowdfunding and high-tech innovation were made for each other.
From the single, centrally-positioned seat to the crash-proof frame, this Formula One-like car is an alluring piece of kit. It would make any driver stand out in a traffic jam, and it's completely road legal.
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Car safety testing has come a long way since the days of dropping cadavers down unused elevator shafts in the 1930s.
The technology sounds simultaneously fake and dangerous: Strap on a headset and send targeted electrical currents into your brain for about 15 minutes to get more energy, improve your focus or calm down.
Maybe your mother told you it's not polite to stare.
It was the closest comet near-miss known to astronomers, but everything is alright.
It may have more than a half-billion dollars in the bank and the backing of tech titans like Google, as well as the investors with some of Silicon Valley's deepest pockets.
A comet is speeding toward a close-encounter with Mars. Comet Siding Spring is expected to come within 87,000 miles of Mars at about 2:27 p.m. ET on Sunday -- very close for a comet flyby. The space rock is moving at about 126,000 mph (56 kilometers per second).
Skype users will soon be able to conduct voice and video calls supported by a near-real time translation technology.
Military work is physically demanding?and we're not just talking about soldiers on the battlefield. Travel down the chain, and you'll find plenty of positions where strength and stamina are highly valued skills.
In a warehouse about the size of four football fields, more than a million units of online retail items are housed.
Want to ride an elevator into space? While the idea has been around for more than 100 years, a breakthrough in nanotechnology could mean we will be riding into space on a cable made of diamonds.
A tragedy of blindness is that it is rarely necessary. Of over 250 million people suffering visual impairment around the world, four in five cases are preventable or curable.
Even before the examination begins, it's clear Ann Martinez isn't well.
Maybe you chickened out on the one-way trip to Mars that was being offered. But never fear, there's still a way for you to make a name for yourself.
Sequels are usually a disappointment. But not this time, not with this heavenly body.
Six astronauts lie motionless in a row of compartments with medical monitoring cables connected to their bodies, as their space ship cuts through the silent blackness that separates Earth from Mars.
TED talks have become an integral forum in airing ideas about tomorrow's world, and how the likes of transport and energy will be revolutionized in the future. Here, we take a look at nine of the most thought-provoking discussions on what the transformation of tomorrow will entail.
The U.S. Navy is getting ready to "swarm" its adversaries.
There may be plenty of idiots on the road, but is putting them in the skies taking it, quite literally, to the next dimension?
Blood moon, Act II, opens soon in the heavens near you. And it will be bigger than Act I.
Even when a drone's small, turned off, unarmed and resting on a table in a coffee shop, it can make people uneasy.
Poor Pluto. Is it or isn't it a planet?
Andy Lewis' dream died when he was 16. Just out of school, the Englishman had been accepted for an elite traineeship with the army when he was hit by a truck, which resulted in most of his left leg being amputated.
It depends on mind-bending physics and ultra-cold temperatures but quantum computing could bring about a new era in processing power that promises to revolutionize everything from artificial intelligence to high finance.
Imagine if going through airport security was just a matter of walking past a stretch of wall. No pat-downs, no X-rays, no metal detectors, and no need to remove any clothing.
Potato salad is a cause worthy of charitable donations.
An eclectic group of engineers, designers, artists, parents and lactation consultants came together at MIT over the weekend to improve a necessary, unpopular device: the breast pump.
Take a look around you, and in your mind's eye, randomly wipe out all but a small fraction of what you can see. Pretend the vast rest of reality is there but invisible.
Each time your heart beats, your entire body moves -- even if you're unconscious and pinned under a pile of rubble.
The organist's fingers step lightly through a world of summer fruits, picking out high notes that conjure zest and vitality, before segueing into a lazy melody of golden malt fields.
The energy needs of the world could all, in principle, be fulfilled by one single source -- the sun. There are challenges in making this a reality, however: affordability first, and finding a way to capture this energy efficiently to turn it into electricity.
Birds are nice enough, unless you work at places like airports, farms, and landfills, in which case they're the sworn enemy. Today, there are a variety of tools and technologies for spooking unwanted birds?we've graduated from scarecrows to flash-bang grenades and other sophisticated armaments?but Nico Nijenhuis is undoubtedly working on the coolest. He's building robot hawks that trick lingering critters into thinking they're about to get snacked on.
With their feet dug into the sand, tourists sit in awe on the beach front, mesmerized as little sparks of electric blue light twinkle brightly in the water. The natural neon particles seem to dance across the waves as they break along the shore. And with every disturbance in the water, a pulsating flash of light is emitted.
Staring out of the glass viewports, three people sit silently in the metal sphere as it continues its descent hundreds of meters below the ocean's surface. The journey will take over an hour and the lights in the little submarine have been turned off.
Youvathana Sok looked up and saw more than just stars in the crisp, clear Maine night sky.
Imagine you could tell Romeo that he doesn't need to take the poison to be with Juliet, warn Streetcar's Blanche Dubois not to rely on the kindness of strangers, or suggest that Jonathan Harker take his vacation somewhere other than Transylvania.
A meteorite crashed down in Managua, Nicaragua, late Saturday night, causing a loud explosion and leaving a crater 39 feet (12 meters) across, government officials said, according to The Associated Press. No damage or injuries were reported.
A newly discovered asteroid will pass "very close" to Earth on Sunday, NASA says.
A newly discovered asteroid will pass "very close" to Earth on Sunday, NASA says.
In an old office building at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, there's a room stacked high with plastic containers of synthetic urine. Researchers dip small white paddles into the liquid, wait for a grid of squares to change colors, and snap a photo with a custom smartphone app.
Air guitar players, bus stop drummers and office desk virtuosos, rejoice: being a slave to the rhythm has just become a lot more fun. Mogees is a new technology that turns any object into a musical instrument, by converting the vibrations you make when you touch it into sound.
Ger Jansen is puzzling about how to fit a windshield. His problem is not installing it in a car, but hanging the glass in thin air and keeping it hovering for a prolonged display.
Amazon is trying it. UPS has considered it. Ice fishermen in Minnesota used it to get beer. Yelp created one just for burritos.
You get out of bed and open the curtains.
Ever feel like you live in a bubble?
Mary Lou doesn't know that she's being tracked.
A rung on the long ladder to Mars broke Friday, when a rocket test in Texas ended in a midair ball of fire.
It's like a chair that isn't there, but magically appears whenever you need it. It's called the Chairless Chair and you wear it on your legs like an exoskeleton: when it's not activated, you can walk normally or even run. And then, at the touch of a button, it locks into place and you can sit down on it. Like a chair that is now there.
If you're trying to create the perfect 21st-century city, it helps to start with a blank slate. Even if that slate is a sweltering strip of sand.
Getting a foothold on the property ladder can be a challenge at the best of times, and the prospects for many of us have been battered further by the global recession.
Down on Earth, we all know: Do anything stupid these days, and video of it will turn up on the Internet to embarrass you.
For the first time in history, a woman has received the highest honor in mathematics, often nicknamed the Nobel Prize of mathematics.
Babies are unpredictable, messy and constantly changing. Sleep-deprived parents struggling to make sense of their tiny humans' behaviors are starting to take a scientific approach, collecting data in the hopes of solving problems like not sleeping through the night.
More than half a century after Sputnik, space travel remains shockingly wasteful. Every rocket we launch at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars can only be used once and completes its mission by falling to Earth in pieces. This disposable design has scarcely advanced since the 1960s.
Payday lenders aren't the most scrupulous of operations. Preying on the desperation of people who don't have enough money to make it to their next payday, these lenders dole out short-term loans with exorbitant interest rates, forcing already cash-strapped customers deeper into debt. And while many have tried to reform the payday lending industry, we're still awaiting the right answer.
Before you spill your deepest darkest secrets, or plans for world domination, look around you. Is there a gossipy potato chip bag or leafy green houseplant nearby picking up your conversation?
From an android newscaster, to a realistic humanoid, CNN's Will Ripley examines what's next for Japan's robot revolution.
CNN's David Mattingly visits a San Francisco shop that creates made-to-order ice cream in 90 seconds.
A new patient simulator is equipped with robotics that allow it to move, hemorrhage and more to help train doctors.
All-terrain wheelchairs give freedom to disabled vets, letting them conquer hills, mud, sand and up to a foot of water.
The Mars Society's Nicole Willett describes the characteristics needed for an applicant wanting to live on Mars.
Google's Vic Gundotra demos a service that they say can look at your library of photos and identify which are best.
Google's Johanna Wright demonstrates Google's voice activated hot word search at a company presentation.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates talks about computer coding, working from home and the future of technology.
La experta en redes sociales, Silvina Moschini, habla del uso de Internet por parte de los niños y opina sobre la censura.
Imagine a quick, inexpensive trip to the doctor at all hours of the night. WJW reports.
Your resume might never be seen by a human. Software weeds out ones without certain words. CNN's Jim Boulden reports.
Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller says the upgraded MacBook Air laptops are faster, has better graphics and $100 cheaper.
NASA has enhanced solar images to make the structures on the sun more visible.
Now that NASA's shuttle program is no longer running, how will the U.S. get astronauts into space? CNN explains.
NOAA used a remotely operated camera to view the remains of a 19th century sailing ship in the Gulf of Mexico.
The U.S. military is using a small robot to help troops in Afghanistan see through walls and potentially save lives.
Steve Jobs' request for tougher glass in the iPhone led Corning to produce Gorilla Glass in an old Kentucky factory.
A Kickstarter campaign for the Pebble watch has raised more than $6 million for a device that connects with smart phones.
Kaman and Lockheed Martin have teamed up to build an unmanned helicopter they hope will save lives in war zones.
Director James Cameron prepares his submarine for his record breaking dive down to the depths of the Mariana Trench.
Meet the innovators and agents of change that have been selected for CNN's The Next List.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces us to a selection of change agents from a variety of fields.
The Jaguar supercomputer in Oak Ridge, TN is used for everything from scientific research to disaster management.
The future of warehouses may be one with fast shipments and few human employees if robots like Kiva Systems continue to invade the workspace.
José Carlos Garcia, estuvo en el lanzamiento del teléfono Nokia Lumia en Londres.
The Marlins' new $550 million stadium won't open until 2012, but CNNMoney got a sneak peek of how the roof will work.
Apple CEO sees the new and improved MacBook Air as the future of notebook computers.
CNN's Reynolds Wolf shows us a new Technovation that will keep a guitar in tune forever.
Now running at Seoul's main amusement park, Paula Hancocks learns the concept of "charge as you go."
CNN's Dan Simon takes a close look at Steve Jobs' tenure as CEO of Apple.
A Houston couple ties the knot with a computer program acting as minister.
Japan uses computer-generated images to create chart-topping pop stars. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
One of the best hospitals in Arizona isn't for you, it's for your pets.
Emirati nuclear officials say proposed nuclear plants for growing energy demands will have advanced safety systems.
Creators of the fuel-free plane Solar Impulse want more people to follow their example and use renewable energy.
How will the Chromebook stack up with the competition?
GoPro CEO Nicholas Woodman explains how his wearable camera lets anyone record their adventures in HD.
New tech businesses can get off the ground faster thanks to the new cloud computing technology. CNN's Emily Reuben reports
Solar-powered, compact trash cans will pop up at bus stops in Dayton, Ohio as WDTN's Jordan Burgess reports.
New sunglass technology keeps the glare from blinding you. CNN's Randi Kaye talks to its inventor.
Apple's new cloud computing service could help bring the growing service to the masses.
CNN's Max Foster explains storing information on the internet.
Apple highlights the features of its new operating system, Lion.
Apple has announced its attempt to move into cloud computing, but it's not the first time.
Tech expert Katie Linendoll on Google's new Chromebook laptop and its revolutionary operating system.
The U.S. used facial recognition technology to help identify bin Laden. CNN's Michael Holmes explains how it works.
Berkeley Bionics CEO Eythor Bender talks about the vision behind eLegs, a bionic device for wheelchair users.
A new way of dispensing medicine is coming to America's hospitals. CNN's Dan Simon reports.
MIT researchers have developed a new use for the Microsoft Kinect system - a robot that flies without help from humans.
New hamster-ball-style technology uses the sun to turn dirty water into clean.
Researchers at Qatar University come up with a novel way to cool stadiums ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
CNN staffers give you the inside scoop as the technology festival wraps up.