Solar plane in Egypt in penultimate stop world tour

Solar plane in Egypt in penultimate stop world tour

Cairo: The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Cairo today for its penultimate stop as the solar-powered plane nears the end of its marathon tour around the world. After the two-day flight from Spain, just one final leg lies between it and its final destination, Abu Dhabi, where it started its odyssey in March last year. […]

Bacteria-powered batteries coming soon to smartphones

Bacteria-powered batteries coming soon to smartphones

A team of scientists from Oxford University showed how the natural movement of bacteria could be harnessed to assemble and power microscopic “wind farms” or other man-made micromachines such as smartphone components. The study used computer simulations to demonstrate that the chaotic swarming effect of dense active matter such as bacteria can be organised to […]

Use of lethal force by a robot raises legal questions

Use of lethal force by a robot raises legal questions

Newyork:Dallas police using a robot against the suspect in an ambush against a sniper attacker has raised legal questions. A bomb disposal squad robot was jerryrigged to carry an explosive device to the target, according to a report in The Guardian. Although the offers in question are not being condemned for using the robot, this […]

Artificial pancreas may be available by 2018: scientists

Artificial pancreas may be available by 2018: scientists

London:Artificial pancreas – a device which monitors blood glucose in patients with diabetes and automatically adjusts levels of insulin entering the body – is likely to be available by 2018, scientists say. Currently available technology allows insulin pumps to deliver insulin to people with diabetes after taking readings from glucose meters, but these two components […]

Engineers design programmable RNA vaccines

Engineers design programmable RNA vaccines

MIT engineers have developed a new type of easily customisable vaccine that can be manufactured in one week, allowing it to be rapidly deployed in response to disease outbreaks. So far, they have designed vaccines against Ebola, H1N1 influenza, and Toxoplasma gondii (a relative of the parasite that causes malaria), which were 100 per cent […]

Despite their relatively recent entry into the consumer market, drones have long since been present in the military sphere, carrying out missions remotely. The problem is that, while unmanned aerial vehicles and the like present a huge benefit in not endangering human pilots, building them requires a huge investment of time, money, and research. Now, […]

Facebook to buy messaging startup in $19 billion deal

Facebook to buy messaging startup in $19 billion deal

Facebook said Wednesday that it would acquire WhatsApp, a messaging startup, for $19 billion in cash and stock. The eye-popping price is Facebook’s largest acquisition by far and represents a new height in the frenzy to acquire popular technology startups. Facebook will pay $4 billion in cash and $12 billion worth of Facebook shares for […]

Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella may be Microsoft’s new CEO

Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella may be Microsoft’s new CEO

Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella, in charge of Microsoft’s enterprise and cloud businesses, is emerging as the software giant’s pick as CEO Steve Ballmer’s successor, according to various media reports. The company’s board of directors is also holding discussions to replace Chairman Bill Gates with lead independent director emerging as the prime candidate, Bloomberg News reported citing […]

Google selling Motorola phone business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion

Google selling Motorola phone business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion

Google is selling Motorola’s smartphone business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion, a price that makes Google’s biggest acquisition look like its most expensive mistake. The deal announced on Wednesday will rid Google Inc. of a financial headache that has plagued the internet company since buying Motorola Mobility for $12.4 billion in 2012. Motorola has lost […]