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From the James Bond jet belt to a "Jetsons"-inspired "motorbike in the sky," one New Zealand company is bringing the dream of jetpack travel to reality -- and thanks to a significant new investment, it could be here sooner than you think.
The company recently closed an investment round worth $11.8 million, thanks to help from Bill Gates and Lux Capital, among others.
Intellectual Ventures' second spinoff is translating research in so-called metamaterials into cheaper and easier-to-use communications equipment for plans, ships, and eventually even your individual hot spot.
Nathan Myhrvold and other executives at the controversial company say critics simply don't understand what they're doing. CNET went behind the scenes to understand what 40,000 patents and an unapologetic plan to make money from them really means.
Founder of Intellectual Ventures, speaking at D10, deflects the usual accusations that his business is harming innovation.
Researchers say giant rubber cylinders coated with special wave-scattering materials could act as a "seismic waveguide" and dissipate the punch from earthquakes.
Creating a tiny version of a coaxial cable, researchers at the University of California at San Diego create smallest laser to date, an advance that could lead to optical computer chips or high-resolution displays.
We're all predictably aghast at Belkin's fake user reviews, but at least they apologised. Cooley and Tom think netbooks are done, but Veronica disagrees. And finally Cooley accidentally invents self-eating soup.
Scientists from Duke University say they have significantly improved on their earlier efforts at producing an invisibility cloak that can hide an object from visible light.
Researchers say they are a step closer to developing materials that bend visible light in a way that eliminates the creation of reflections or shadows.