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Superconducting camera can snap 3D photos from 1,100 yards


Using a rather exciting combination of nanowires and lasers, physicists at the Heriot-Watt University in Scotland have created a new camera system that’s capable of capturing high-resolution 3D images up to a kilometer (1,100 yards) away.

Crucial M500: The first 1TB SSD, priced at just $0.60/gig


That day has finally arrived: Crucial is selling a 1TB SSD for just $600. Not only is this the first mainstream SSD to offer a terabyte (960GB) of capacity, but it also clocks in at just 60 cents per gig — by far the cheapest high-capacity SSD on the market. Crucial’s 1TB drive is actually significantly cheaper (per gig) than the smaller drives in the same range.

Bitcoin isn’t illegal because it isn’t real money


As it falls in and out of public view, Bitcoin is once again all the rage. However, rather than just tech blogs and internet culture sites covering the cryptocurrency, more mainstream sites and esteemed financial analysts are now weighing in on the matter. Instead of just providing yet another explanation of what Bitcoin is, though, analysts are now wondering why the pseudo currency has caught on, and why it’s not illegal. As it turns out, it’s not illegal because of that “pseudo” moniker.

Kinect-based system diagnoses depression with 90% accuracy


Computer scientists at the University of Southern California have used Microsoft’s Kinect sensor to detect, with 90% accuracy, whether you are depressed. All you have to do is sit down in front of Kinect, answer some questions from an on-screen virtual psychologist, and the clever software does the rest. The process is entirely automated, objective, and self-contained, meaning accurate testing could be carried out in complete privacy at home.

Hyundai E4U: Are eggmobile personal transports the solution to urban sprawl?


As the human population grows and cities and suburbs become more densely populated, and public transportation travels on a steady path of not being tailored to your schedule, society needs to find a better way to get around. With the E4U personal transport, Hyundai is looking to remove our need for cars, but get us around more efficiently than bicycles.

MinION: A complete DNA sequencer on a USB stick


A little over a year ago, the MinION USB stick DNA sequencer was announced by Oxford Nanopore Technologies. This dream device was to cost under $1,000 and be able to sequence up to 150 million base pairs in its six hour lifetime, a feature set that would allow it to leapfrog any competing technology out there. Eager followers have gotten wind that the developers have been able to work out early reliability issues and that the goal is to bring a device to market later this year. Having a product like this would give unprecedented power to patient self-quantifiers, DIY biohackers, and perhaps even DNA micromachinists — provided our medical regulatory overlords see it fit.

SpaceX: Dragon 2 will look like ‘a real alien spaceship’


At a press conference following the successful touchdown of a SpaceX’s Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station, CEO Elon Musk said that Dragon 2 will look like “a real alien spaceship” and be capable of propulsive touchdowns on land. Musk also said at the briefing that SpaceX will attempt a water landing of its Falcon 9 rocket later this year — another key step towards reusable, cheaper spaceflight.

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