'Hyperloop' travel idea gains fans, if not backers (Update)
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk released rough plans last week for a "Hyperloop" that would shoot capsules full of people at the speed of sound through elevated tubes connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco. ...
Elon Musk's Hyperloop hype ignores practical problems
You've got to hand it to Elon Musk - he certainly dreams big. The entrepreneur loves to take on tough technical challenges and turn them into business opportunities. He revolutionized online payment services ...
Inventor Musk to share plans for high-speed travel (Update)
Twice as fast as an airplane, cheaper than a bullet train and completely self-powered: that's the mysterious transportation system for which inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk is promising to reveal design ...
Talking humanoid robot launches on Japan rocket
The first talking humanoid robot "astronaut" has taken off in a rocket.
Efficient lightweight motors for electric vehicles
Large-scale implementation of electric mobility requires low-cost and flexible production of efficient electric drives. New lightweight construction concepts may reduce vehicle weight and, hence, energy consumption during ...
Bearing witness to the phenomenon of symmetric cell division
Writing in his journal about the scientists of his era, Henry David Thoreau bemoaned their blindness to significant phenomena: "The question is not what you look at, but what you see." More than 150 years ...
Adaptive assistive technologies for people with disabilities
''Assistive technologies'' (AT) have developed rapidly in recent years, allowing people with motor disabilities to live more independent and comfortable lives. Now assistive technology systems that can open a door, turn ...
Honda's robot museum guide not yet a people person (Update)
Honda Motor Co.'s walking, talking interactive robot is running into glitches in its new job as a museum guide in Tokyo.
Wiggling worms make waves in gene pool
The idea that worms can be seen as waveforms allowed scientists at Rice University to find new links in gene networks that control movement.
Physicists tease out twisted torques of DNA
Like an impossibly twisted telephone cord, DNA, the molecule that encodes genetic information, also often finds itself twisted into coils. This twisting, called supercoiling, is caused by enzymes that travel ...
Ford tests high-tech 'brake light' that warns other drivers even from afar
Ford Motor Company participated in a special test of a high-tech early warning "brake light" that can warn drivers following behind even if they are around a bend or behind other traffic.
Scottish startup looking to turn whisky dregs into biobutanol
Tesla to demo quick-swap electric car batteries
Tesla Motors said Thursday it would demonstrate a way to quickly recharge electric cars by swapping drained batteries for fresh power cells.
High-Access Survey Robot begins work at nuclear power station
Honda Motor and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) have jointly developed a remotely controlled survey robot that will conduct on-site surveys on the first floor of ...