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The Drones For Good award sees US$1 million up for grabs

The word "drone" is synonymous with autonomous military aircraft that hail down death and destruction from on high. But the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is looking to highlight the humanitarian potential of the technology with its Drones For Good competition. Entrants include vehicles that detect landmines, plant trees and service slums all in the hunt for the industry's most prestigious (and probably only) prize, with the inaugural first place winner set to be announced next week to take home US$1 million.  Read More

As today marks the five-year anniversary of the original iPad announcement, Gizmag takes a...

Five years ago today, Steve Jobs stood onstage and talked about a new kind of mobile device that would sit somewhere between smartphone and laptop. After a spot-on dismissal of netbooks ("they aren't better at anything"), he showed us Apple's answer: the iPad. Half a decade later, tablets may be well-trodden ground, but there's still no question that the iPad was a breakthrough innovation that changed our world.  Read More

Cortana, Action Center, revamped Start menu and more feature in this month's build of Wind...

Microsoft is continuing development of its latest desktop and mobile operating system, Windows 10, and revealed some more details at a media briefing last week. Here's a look at some notable new features and design changes in the latest build of the desktop OS.  Read More

UC Irvine scientists have found a way to unboil an egg (Photo: Steve Zylius/UC Irvine)

A team of scientists led by UC Irvine has shown that you can unboil an egg, or at least egg whites ... but it isn't easy. Far more than a breakfast table trick, the feat is designed to demonstrate a new technique for recovering valuable molecular proteins quickly and cheaply that could have important biochemical applications.  Read More

The Mars helicopter is solar powered (Image; NASA)

The next big discovery is always beyond the next hill, but what if you can't see over it? That's the problem facing NASA with its Mars rovers, so the space agency is looking into how robotic helicopters could help scout the land ahead and give engineers back on Earth data to help plot the best route.  Read More

The Smart Helmet's aerodynamic design is intended to lessen wind noise

Nand Logic's Smart Helmet may just top the list when it comes to the highest number of electronic goodies packed into a single helmet. While it's intended for activities such as motorbiking, cycling or snowboarding, some people might end up wanting to wear the thing even when they're just walking down the street – or auditioning to join Daft Punk.  Read More

Researchers have developed E. coli bacteria that can't survive without specially-supplied ...

It's been the premise of many a sci-fi/horror movie ... a genetically-modified organism is created in the lab to help the human race, but instead it gets loose and wreaks havoc in the outside world. Well, scientists from Harvard and Yale are working to make sure that such a scenario can't take place – at least, not with one of the bacteria most commonly used in biotech research. Teams from both universities have produced genetically-altered E. coli bacteria that can't live without special amino acids, which can only be obtained from a lab.  Read More

NASA's Opportunity rover captures a stunning panorama to celebrate its 11th anniversary on...

NASA's Mars Opportunity rover recently celebrated its 11th anniversary on the Martian surface, marking the milestone with a stunning panorama that doubles as a moving tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York. Over the course of its tenure on the Red Planet, the tenacious explorer has broken the record for the longest distance traveled on another world, making countless groundbreaking discoveries along the way.  Read More

The Gear S still isn't perfect, but it's the only smartwatch that could have fit our purpo...

As Samsung's sixth smartwatch in the span of a year, the Gear S was almost easy to dismiss. But after using one all through the insane week known as CES, we think it might be one of the more underrated tech products you can buy today.  Read More

Room on a Roof, by Netherlands-based i29 (Photo: i29)

Netherlands-based firm i29 recently transformed the interior of a small tower on the roof of Amsterdam's 19th Century De Bijenkorf department store into a novel studio that will host a series of artists-in-residence. The project is dubbed Room on a Roof and indeed comprises just one room.  Read More

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