Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages

Every month, scientists gather at conferences around the world. The topics range from climate change to big data to microorganisms and their role in plant, animal, and human health, but they are equally dull, dated, and drill-like. Invariably, there’s a series of talks and poster presentations, a few plenary sessions by prominent scientists, several workshops,…

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The Segway S-Pod is a 24mph throne on wheels

We’re at the dawn of the era of electric vehicles. There are electric cars, electric bikes, electric scooters, and now… electric chairs? No, not the torture-murdery kind, but rather Segway has designed what is essentially a futuristic wheelchair for people who don’t need a wheelchair. If you’ve always wanted to try a Segway but wished…

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Gadget Lab Podcast: CES 2020 Preview

Next week, we’ll be bound for the largest consumer electronics showcase of the season. CES starts on January 7 in Las Vegas, and we’ll be heading into the fray to touch, swipe, drive, cuddle, ride, and otherwise experience all of the latest gadgets the consumer tech industry wants to put in front of our eager…

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OnePlus Concept One: Details, Specs, Disappearing Camera

In an era when our most important personal tech devices are all starting to merge into one hardly distinguishable, super-powered glass slab, smartphone makers will do anything to stand out. They’ll ship flexible displays. They’ll boast about faster screen refresh rates. They’ll peddle nostalgia.They’ll even make camera lenses disappear. That’s the approach Chinese smartphone brand…

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