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Google has a 'near perfect' universal translator -- for Portuguese, at least

The company's Android product head says Google has prototypes of a device that will one day erase language barriers.

By July 28, 2013


World's first approved bionic eye to launch in U.S.

The Argus II, which treats patients with the rare genetic condition known as retinitis pigmentosa, was approved by the FDA in February after more than 20 years in the making.

By July 2, 2013


Cornell's boasting, luminous, Twitter oopsie

Cornell is proud that its home town, Ithaca, N.Y., is named the most brainy city in the U.S. However, on its Twitter feed, it misspells the name of the organization giving the accolade.

By June 25, 2013


Half of relationships contain Netflix adulterers

Faithlessness is easy to find in Netflix relationships. The majority secretly watch or would watch TV shows earlier than their partner. Even though they promised they wouldn't.

By May 17, 2013


Human Rights Watch launches campaign against 'killer robots'

"The line needs to be drawn now on fully autonomous weapons," the NGO says. How close are we to letting robots off the leash?

By April 23, 2013


The profundity of seeing Earth from space

When astronauts gaze at our blue marble from up in space, they start to have strange feelings that perhaps no one on Earth can understand. The short film Overview describes what is known as the "Overview Effect".

By February 18, 2013


FDA approves bionic eye for adults with rare genetic disease

The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System includes an eyeglass-mounted camera, a portable video processing unit, and an array of electrodes implanted onto the retina to allow the patient to detect light and dark.

By February 14, 2013


'Citizen cartographers' help Google update maps of N. Korea

Information on the more detailed, up-to-date maps was submitted to the Web giant's Map Maker tool as part of a years-long effort.

By January 28, 2013


Google's Eric Schmidt to fly to North Korea tomorrow

The tech titan's executive chairman is in Beijing and scheduled to travel to the reclusive country on a humanitarian mission.

By January 6, 2013


Google's Schmidt arrives in North Korea

Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is accompanying former U.N. ambassador Bill Richardson on a "private humanitarian mission." The State Department wishes that they'd stayed home.

By January 7, 2013