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The Falcon HTV-2 was expected to glide through the upper atmosphere at speeds up to Mach 20, but the flight ended prematurely in the Pacific.
The defense research agency, in conjunction with NASA, has put out a request for information for a project it hopes could result in a starship capable of long-distance space travel.
Maxwell Technologies will use the money to develop a long-lasting portable energy-storage device for soldiers to charge and manage electronics in the field.
An older generation of hackers has grown, gotten good jobs, and started raising kids. What do they have to say to the new kids on the block?
IBM has created what they're benignly calling "cognitive semiconductors," which are computers that can actually learn, think, and creatively process information. So, that sounds like a good idea, right? I mean, seriously, great work, IBM, but when one of your big backers is DARPA, you can't fool us. We know Skynet is upon us. Also, don't get caught with your patents down!
Big Blue's new cognitive computing chips are designed to combine "digital neurons" and "on-chip synapses" and could enable applications that tackle some of the thorniest problems in computing.
Google gets into the social gaming biz, because it turns out that social gaming addiction is the key to all social media success. Well, and a 5% cut of the profits compared to Facebook's 30%. Nice move, Google. Scotland Yard is using Britain's huge network of spy cams plus facial recognition software to track down looters, DARPA just ditched millions of our dollars somewhere over the Pacific (again), and Computer Love plays it safe.
AlphaDog is a bigger, tougher evolution of Boston Dynamics' BigDog military mule robot. A natural alpha male.
Boston Dynamics enjoys laughing at its terrifying BigDog robot, but when will the joke be on us?
At TechCrunch Disrupt, John Doerr points out that today's tech venture capital environment is just about a third of what it was a decade ago. He also unveils a new social network: Erly.