Solar Impulse founder sees electric passenger plane in 10 years

The co-founder of a project that saw a solar-powered aircraft complete the first fuel-free flight around the world this year expects electric passenger planes to operate in just under 10 years.

WATCH: Bush-baby inspired jumping robot may aid rescue workers

An agile jumping robot that was inspired by some of the animal world's best leapers could one day help in rescue efforts after earthquakes or building collapses, US scientists said Tuesday.

Earth's days getting longer, slower: study

Earth's days are getting longer but you're not likely to notice any time soon -- it would take about 3.3 million years to gain just one minute, according to a study published on Wednesday.

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Samsung wins over Apple in $399m patent appeal

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a $399 million penalty imposed on Samsung for copying Apple's iPhone design, in a case watched closely for patent infringement in the digital era.

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Android deal puts Africa on cusp of first-ever smartphone plant

A Johannesburg startup is set to become the first company ever to manufacture smartphones in Africa, taking advantage of low costs and growing local demand to build handsets, tablets and other devices based on Google Inc.’s Android system.

Ancient fossil find in Northern Cape rocks geologists' world

South Africa already has the Cradle of Humankind‚ and now it can boast of being the cradle of some of the earliest life on Earth.

WATCH: Kruger hippo tries to smash bakkie

Wikus Ceronie, a 26-year-old welding inspector, was crossing the Mozambique border from the Kruger National Park when a hippo took charged his car.


Life may be possible in clouds of failed stars: researchers

Between the heaviest planets and the lightest stars there exists a class of celestial bodies known as brown dwarfs – and‚ according to new research, these bodies may be capable of holding life.

Megacities key to reaching global climate goals

The world's big cities must collectively cut their carbon footprint nearly in half within a decade if global climate goals are to be met, according to an analysis unveiled Thursday.
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Engineer feeds a thirsty desert on ice

An Indian engineer has invented a way of creating ice pyramids that slowly release water to irrigate the desert of the Himalayas.


Spam-be-gone - how to opt out of online junk

A new website allowing Gmail users to unsubscribe from most websites and online services linked to their email address is currently buzzing online. There are, in fact, several online tools that can help declutter your inbox and keep personal data safe.


The Nintendo Wii turns 10 years old

On November 19, 2006, the Nintendo Wii made its international retail debut with a North American premiere.
A visitor plays games on PlayStation 4 (PS4) at the Paris Games Week, a trade fair for video games in Paris

Nintendo and Sony do battle with old vs. new console launches

Nintendo on Thursday launched a palm-sized version of its eighties era games console, setting up an old versus new showdown with rival Sony as it released a new PlayStation 4.


African rats to turn sensitive noses against poaching

Africa's giant rats have been trained to sniff out landmines and detect tuberculosis in humans, and soon they could turn their superior noses to protecting other animals by finding illegal wildlife trophies being smuggled out of African ports.

Czech scientists develop human lung model to aid treatments

Czech scientists have developed a model of a functioning human lung that can be used to simulate problems like asthma or other chronic diseases and their treatments.