Gizmag has been writing news for the web for over a decade now, and during that time, Google has continued to influence what we write and read about on the web. This week Google launched a new portal designed for journalists called Google News Lab, officially acknowledging what's been known for years now and formalizing the relationship between the company and journalism in a new way.
In 2013, Elon Musk released a white paper outlining his Hyperloop concept, a new form of high speed mass transit that he apparently cooked up in his spare time away from running SpaceX and Tesla Motors. A handful of startups have sprung up to pursue building their own Hyperloop and now SpaceX says it will spur the efforts along by building a 1-mile long test track and hosting a competition for university and independent teams to build their own Hyperloop transport pod prototypes.
A foldable, inexpensive paper battery that can generate a small amount of electricity brings a new sense of power to origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. An engineer at Binghamton University in New York has developed a battery that creates power through the process of microbial respiration in a drop of dirty water on paper.
Google Now users in the US and some other locales can now ask the search app about a place they're near without mentioning it by name. For example, you might be standing in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and simply ask "How tall is this?" and Google Now will be able to discern what you're asking about based on your mobile device's location data.
European researchers have come up with a method to 3D print in metal using tiny drops of copper and gold with the help of a laser. The ability to print more structures that better conduct heat and electricity could lead to entirely new devices and components being created.
Raspberry Pi has new competition in the ultra-budget computer universe. CHIP purports to be the world's first $9 computer and its run on Kickstarter is coming to a close after raising over $2 million from nearly 40,000 backers.
High-end luxury carmaker Bentley has been hyping its upcoming sport utility vehicle
for many months now. Although the company has been keeping the key
details and design under wraps for the most part, Gizmag has come across
some spy shots of the car being tested in the field.
While robots can be designed to be faster or stronger than animals, it's rare to meet a robot that's as resilient as an animal in the wild after it's been injured. Animals adapt to survive and researchers from France and the US are developing robots that can keep working even after receiving major damage.
Researchers in Japan have found that human aging may be able to be
delayed or even reversed, at least at the most basic level of human cell
lines. In the process, the scientists from the University of Tsukuba
also found that regulation of two genes is related to how we age.
The world of activity trackers has been rapidly expanding beyond just
wrist and armbands that monitor a few key vital signs and movements.
We're now seeing the energence of very specific tools like ResisTrack,
which claims to "monitor and track the exact force" that muscles