Fashion meets function with robotic zipper

Struggling with a zipper that won’t budge – we’ve all been there. Forgetting to pull up your fly, most of us have been there to. Those frustrating and sometimes embarrassing moments may soon be a thing of the past thanks to this – meet zipperbot – the world’s first robot specifically designed to ensure that you’re never caught with your fly down. Zipperbot is the brainchild of Adam Whiton of the Personal Robotics Group at […]

Daimler’s self-driving concept car turns into mobile living room

The race for being the first car maker to offer true autonomous driving just hit the fast lane as Mercedes-Benz unveiled its futuristic F 015 concept at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Daimler Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche, introduced the fuel-cell powered luxury car at the automaker’s keynote address on Monday evening (January 05). The car’s arrival on stage drew applause from the standing room only crowd as the doors of the […]

Las Vegas is gadget central for annual CES tech convention

The 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show kicked off on Tuesday (January 06), turning the city of Las Vegas into the tech capitol of the world, at least for the next four days. There are a number of early trends and among those is the continued consumer fascination with bigger, lighter, thinner, and certainly more dramatic TV’s. South Korean electronics giant Samsung has been ahead of the curve and once again looks to be a leader […]

NASA prepares for next phase of Hubble successor

Inside a sealed, airtight clean room at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt,Maryland, an international of team scientists and engineers all dressed in white jumpsuits is building what its members hope will provide a deeper look into space than ever before, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). “The James Webb Space Telescope is the scientific successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s really the next big space telescope that is being built, so it […]

Disgraced Japan researcher fails to replicate ‘game changing’ stem-cell results

(Reuters) – A disgraced Japanese researcher has failed to replicate results hailed as a potential breakthrough in stem-cell treatment and efforts to do so will be abandoned, officials at her research institute said on Friday. The scandal involving the research, which detailed simple ways to reprogram mature cells back to an embryonic-like state, eventually led to the retraction of papers published in the influential journal Nature and tarnished the reputation of Japanese scientific research. The […]

New York premiere of North Korea comedy canceled after threats

The New York premiere of “The Interview”, a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, has been canceled and a source said one theater chain had scrapped plans to show it, after threats from a hacking group. The hackers, who said they were also responsible for seizing control of Sony Corp’s computer system last month, on Tuesday warned people to stay away from cinemas showing the film starring James Franco […]

Bill would cap Russian engines on U.S. satellite launches

(Reuters) – A compromise defense policy in Congress would bar the purchase of more Russian-made rocket engines to launch U.S. military satellites, clearing the way for competitive bids for 14 future launches, senior congressional aides said on Tuesday. The proposal is one of several new agreements included in a compromise version of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) filed in the House of Representatives and expected to be debated as early as this week. […]

Sony Pictures struggles to recover eight days after cyber attack

(Reuters) – Eight days after a massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Hollywood studio was still struggling to restore some systems on Tuesday evening as investigators combed for evidence to identify the culprit. Some employees at the Sony Corp entertainment unit were given new computers to replace ones that had been attacked with the rare data-wiping virus, which had made their machines unable to operate, according to a person with knowledge of Sony’s […]

Multi-national crew blasts off for space station

A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan on Sunday to deliver three new crew members to the International Space Station, including Italy’s first female astronaut. A Soyuz capsule holding incoming station commander Terry Virts, with the U.S. space agency NASA, Soyuz commander Anton Shkaplerov, with the Russian Federal Space Agency, and first-time flier Samantha Cristoforetti, with the European Space Agency, lifted off at 4:01 p.m. EST (2101 GMT). They were […]