Russia bets its energy future on waste-free fast breeder nuclear reactors

Russia bets its energy future on waste-free fast breeder nuclear reactors

Russian engineers began a fission reaction at the BN-800 fast breeder nuclear reactor in the Urals last week, marking the beginning of what the government hopes will be a new era of nuclear power for the country. It’s one of several such reactors operating in Russia, but represents a renewed push into nuclear energy — […]

This weird exoskeleton adds the sensation of touch to virtual reality

This weird exoskeleton adds the sensation of touch to virtual reality

Virtual reality is so much more than visuals, but most of what we’re used to seeing is little more than head-tracking and 3D imagery in a head-mounted display. For real immersion, VR is going to need to take advantage of the other senses as well. Touch and smell are just as important as sight and […]

The Apple iPod antitrust lawsuit: Did Apple play fair with its FairPlay DRM?

The Apple iPod antitrust lawsuit: Did Apple play fair with its FairPlay DRM?

The long running class action lawsuit, which just concluded in Apple’s favor, alleged that Apple acted as an illegal monopolist, artificially keeping iPod prices high by limiting its interoperability with content purchased from other music stores. Interestingly, the suit was limited to customers who bought iPods between September 12, 2006 and March 31, 2009, a […]

DARPA’s Atlas gets a huge upgrade, prepares to ‘cut the cord’

DARPA’s Atlas gets a huge upgrade, prepares to ‘cut the cord’

ATLAS, the standard-bearer for the next generation of robotics, is back and better than ever. In fact, it’s fully 75% better than ever, as the newest version of Google and Boston Dynamics’ humanoid robot carries over only a quarter of its parts from earlier prototypes. Everything from the battery pack to the arm strength has […]