In the future you'll be able to learn a whole language eating a pill

When MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte says that humans will be able to learn an entire language by eating a pill, you better listen. In this new TED Talk, Negroponte shows all the times he was right predicting the future in the 1970s and 1980s even while people laughed at him. Here's what he thinks that will… » 7/08/14 4:33pm 7/08/14 4:33pm

The first person in the world to become a government-recognized cyborg

Neil Harbisson is the first person on the planet to have a passport photo that shows his cyborg nature — in his UK passport, he's wearing a head-mounted device called an eyeborg. The color-blind artist says the eyeborg allows him to see color, and he wants to help other cyborgs like himself gain more rights. » 12/02/13 6:24pm 12/02/13 6:24pm

Watch toy robots hilariously poke fun at our smartphone addiction

Quick, where's your phone? Within arm's reach? On your desk? Next to your computer? Charging? Or possibly, in your hand at this very moment? Yeah, we can't get enough of our phones. Big Lazy Robot VFX poked fun at humanity's addiction to smartphones in this clever toy robot video iDiots. Yeah, we know what we are. » 11/19/13 8:42pm 11/19/13 8:42pm

Disney's new rendering technique could usher in a new era of animation

An animation studio can spend days rendering a scene that features water, smoke and other substances that affect light (and its simulation) in complex ways. Now, a team led by Disney Research Zürich has developed a computational algorithm that can reduce rendering times for such scenes by a factor of up to 1,000. » 11/19/13 12:37pm 11/19/13 12:37pm

6-Year-Old Twins Manage to Spend $1600 Playing iPad Game

I don't know about you, but when I was a kid and I wanted a toy or a game, I had to get them the old fashioned way — by pressing my nose against the window of F.A.O. Schwartz and breathing heavily onto the cold glass until some kindly billionaire eventually took pity and adopted me. » 10/01/13 6:42pm 10/01/13 6:42pm

Scientists Investigate Glowing Organisms in Solomon Islands' Dark Waters

American Museum of Natural History scientists first experienced the beauty and incredible biodiversity of the Solomon Islands nearly 100 years ago on a legendary expedition to collect birds, plants, and anthropological items. This month, Museum researchers are back in the captivating archipelago with scientific… » 9/23/13 7:25pm 9/23/13 7:25pm

Apple's product leaks make the tech industry even more boring

In the early 1980s Apple had a sign in its offices: "Loose Lips Sink Ships." The British World War II slogan was a reminder that extreme secrecy—Steve Jobs' obsession—was needed to succeed. Now, the secrecy—and all the excitement—is gone. But does anyone, except the diehard fans, really care? » 8/27/13 10:41am 8/27/13 10:41am

NSA surveillance scandal: Major legal site shuts down over spying

A legal website used by attorneys to privately discuss case law is shutting down after 10 years because the owner no longer feels the site's users are protected from government spying. After federal threats led to the closure of several secure email providers, the publisher of Groklaw closed her own operation last… » 8/20/13 1:31pm 8/20/13 1:31pm