Highlights from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Eric Mack

Engineers see potential for a permanent presence above Venus (Image credit: NASA)

For decades, landing on Mars has captivated the imagination of earthlings as the obvious next step in space exploration after landing on the moon, but NASA is also looking into ways to send a manned mission to a more forbidding neighbor – Venus.  Read More

Mars One's vision of a Martian base

The race to reach Mars is more like a decades-long marathon, but in the short term the latest space race involves inventing ways that might make setting up shop on the Red Planet possible. In the past few months alone, three teams have unveiled their visions of how humans might breathe on the fourth planet from the sun.  Read More

1D barcode scanner in action (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag.com)

Today's smartphones are really more like pocket computers that also happen to make phone calls. The Gladius 5, a ruggedized phablet from Arbor, takes this truism a step further with a hand-held device that's more like a complete workplace, including the ability to make phone calls via one of two available SIM card slots.  Read More

Gizmag goes hands-on to compare the 2014 Moto X (left) and Droid Turbo (Photo: Eric Mack/G...

The Moto X (2014) was one of the best phones Motorola ever made ... well, at least until it released the Droid Turbo just a few weeks later. So which one makes the most sense? Read on, as Gizmag goes hands-on to compare the 2nd-gen Moto X and Droid Turbo.  Read More

The lunar lifter and ramps for small rovers deployed at the docking port of the proposed l...

Launching deep space probes is great, but to really explore space and unlock its secrets, it sure would be helpful if getting there were as easy as pressing a button. That's the vision of Liftport, which Gizmag first reported on back in 2012. Now, more than two years after Liftport raised over US$100,000 on Kickstarter, the team is sharing its progress towards creating an elevator from Earth to space, a journey that – interestingly enough – begins on the Moon.  Read More

A look at the cathode composite under an electron microscope (Image: HIU)

There's another promising contender in the race to supplant the dominance of lithium-ion and metal-hydride based batteries in the world of energy storage. New research from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology's (KIT's) Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) details the development of an electrolyte that can be used in new magnesium-sulfur battery cells that would be more efficient and inexpensive than the dominant types of batteries in use today.  Read More

Lollipop is currently rolling out to devices

Gizmag digs a little deeper into a handful of the most compelling new features and upgrades that make Lollipop the sweetest Android release yet.  Read More

The default home screen on the Nexus 9

Android 5.0 Lollipop has finally begun to arrive on millions of devices worldwide, in addition to the new Nexus devices that also began shipping this month. With this upgrade, Android takes a big step to become a more mature mobile operating system, as does the entire mobile world with it.  Read More

Sawdust can be converted into a fuel additive – among other things – using a new chemical ...

This is science at its best: Decades ago, the only practical use for sawdust was to soak up vomit, but thanks to scientists at a Belgian university who developed a new chemical process, that same sawdust could soon be used to create gasoline and other products normally derived from petroleum.  Read More

Cubic has developed a personal attention that could kill Amazon Echo before it arrives whi...

A Russian company is working to perfect an interesting new digital personal assistant that could bridge the gap between Google Now and Siri and more futuristic artificial intelligence concepts like Samantha, Joaquin Phoenix's digital companion in the movie Her.  Read More

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