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Audi gets smaller and smarter with self parking


A little different from other self-parking research vehicles we've seen, Audi's Q2 deep learning concept is a 1:8-scale model that relies on machine learning to help it hunt down its mini parking space and maneuver itself inside.

Waterproof clip-on brings NFC payments to regular watches


Both Apple and Samsung have their own NFC-based payment systems, activated by tapping a phone or smartwatch to a card reader or terminal.

Pavlov's plants? Research suggests animal learning in veggies


Pavlov's conditioning experiments with dogs are one of the most well-known studies in scientific history, and now research from the University of Western Australia (UWA) has shown that plants can learn similar associations.

Enigma machine sells for a record US$463,500


One of the rarest surviving Enigma cipher machines has sold at auction for a record price of US$463,500.

SR-71 Blackbird pilot Brian Shul: My life at Mach 3.5


Some people live truly extraordinary lives, and US Air Force pilot Brian Shul is certainly one of them.

Amazon's Alexa now lives in a new lamp from GE


It wasn't long after Amazon introduced Echo, its smart Bluetooth speaker powered by the Alexa voice assistant, that it became clear the company was interested in more than just selling Echo.

Rinspeed Oasis autonomous concept car entertains, earns money and even gardens


The approach of fully autonomous driving must be bittersweet for Rinspeed. The Swiss think tank got off to a good, early start in exploring the vast possibilities of autonomous vehicle interior design.

"Programmable" cement particles make for stronger concrete


The modern world is likely home to more concrete jungles than natural ones, and although we've been using the material for hundreds of years, the recipe can always use some improvement.

Switch from autonomous driving to manual control opens window of risk


On the road towards fully autonomous vehicles, there will be a period of transition where people will be required to retake control from autonomous systems at certain times, as is currently the case with Tesla's Autopilot.

Next SpaceX Falcon 9 launch delayed until January


SpaceX has set back the date for its next Falcon 9 launch until sometime in January. The company says the much anticipated return after a Falcon 9's launchpad explosion on September 1 was delayed to make time for close-out vehicle preparations and complete extended testing to ensure the safety of the flight...

Top 10 cycling innovations of 2016


As another year draws to a close, it's time to once again look back at some of the highlights of the past 12 months – in this case, as they pertain to the world of cycling gadgets.

Could this be the one bag tag to rule them all?


Waiting to check-in at the airport is up there with sitting through an eight-hour budget meeting, as one of the most boring ways to waste time.

Drones for medical delivery? There's no bad blood


Using drones to deliver goods is one of the technology's most tantalizing possibilities, and the more efficient transportation of blood products in particular is already gathering considerable steam.

For life-saving blood purification, magnets may trump antibiotics


Although over half of all cases of blood poisoning prove fatal, the condition can be cured if caught early.

There's cosmic dust in them thar gutters


Scoop a handful of gunk from your rooftop gutter and amid all those leaves and soggy dirt, you might just hold some of our solar system's oldest secrets.

Toyota unveils advanced engines for 2017 and beyond


Toyota has unveiled new engines based on its Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), to be used in both standard gasoline and hybrid vehicles.

OnePlus 3T review: The best value in smartphones


If you look at our picks for the best smartphones of the year, you'll see familiar names like Apple, Samsung, Google and LG.

Chocks away: Official debut for solar-powered space plane


A solar-powered plane that is to be flown to the edge of space has been officially unveiled today. The SolarStratos plane is powered by 22 sq m (237 sq ft) of solar panels and will be flown to an altitude of 25,000 m to demonstrate and explore the potential of the technology...

Spring-heeled hopper performs robotic parkour


A new robot built at UC Berkeley is out to prove that size doesn't matter when it comes to leaping into the air.

Cassini closes in on Saturn's polar storm


NASA has released images showing Saturn's enormous hexagonal north polar jet stream. The jet stream is large enough to swallow two Earth-sized planets laid either side of the dark, central polar storm.


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