• Michigan Micro Mote is world's smallest computer

    Kent Larson, KSL | Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    No, it's not a speck in Mighty Mouse's eye. The Michigan Micro Mote is the world's smallest computer, being smaller than a grain of rice. It's science fiction becoming reality.

  • Shares of high-speed trading company Virtu rise in debut

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of high-speed trading company Virtu Financial Inc. rose nearly 17 percent in their stock market debut Thursday. The New York company uses high-speed computers to buy and sell stocks, bonds and other assets. So-called high-frequency trading firms look to get a jump on competitors by using computers to analyze market data, and executing buy and sell orders in milliseconds. Complex super-fast computers and algorithms now account for a majority of stock trading volume. Virtu raised about $314.1 million in its initial public offering, selling 16.5 million shares at $19 per share, the high point of its expected range.

  • Find Your Lost Phone Immediately With This Simple Google Trick

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    If you're the type of person who's always losing your phone, it's now really easy to find it again -- if you have an Android, The Huffington Post reports. Thanks to a new update from Google, you just have to type "find my phone" into Google Search, and it'll show you where it is with startling accuracy. It can also make your phone ring if you still can't figure out exactly where it is.

  • Protecting consumers from ID theft goal of Blunt's new bill

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON • In the wake of identity security breaches at the insurance giant Anthem, which may have compromised a third of Missourians' private information, Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Tom Carper, D-Del., have introduced bipartisan legislation toughening consumer-protection identity theft standards. Their legislation, which sets national standards on what companies would be required to do to guard against identity theft, on Thursday received the endorsement of the Financial Services Roundtable, a leading advocacy organization for the financial services industry.

  • New high-end bike technology taking shape at Colorado Springs bike shop

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Inside SRAM's secretive development center in Colorado Springs, test technician Rich Vogel revs up a bicycle wheel mounted behind safety glass and warns visitors to step back. "You don't want to get too close," he says, squeezing a lever until a steel disc bolted to the hub begins to glow bright red. The apparatus, which measures braking power, is among numerous chattering machines in a 50,000-square foot facility near Ute Valley Park where workers abuse suspension forks, batter carbon wheels and push drive trains to the limit, all while air compressors pop in the background. It's the sound of SRAM engineers developing the company's next-generation arsenal in a billion-dollar fight over bike parts.

  • Space Symposium's the place to load up on pens, hats and other swag

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    When is a plastic wind-up toy robot worth more than $1 billion? For scores of exhibitors at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs this week, the answer is: when the right customer grabs that piece of swag from your booth. #SpaceSymposium Tweets More than 11,000 people gathering at The Broadmoor for the annual event have encountered tons of swag, including pens, calendars, toys, hats, T-shirts and candy. "It's like candy for Halloween," said Air Force Space Command spokesman Mike Pierson as he oversaw his own stash of logo-covered bags and pens. "It's what gets people to the door." Hundreds of businesses and government agencies bought booths at the symposium.

  • Study Sparks Debate on Accuracy of Genome Tests for Cancer Patients

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    A new study has triggered a dispute about the accuracy of genomic tests that are increasingly used to match cancer patients with drugs that attack their tumors. The study, published Wednesday by researchers at Johns Hopkins’ Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, suggests that such tests could lead doctors to prescribe an ineffective drug in up to half of cases. The reason: The tests, which analyze tumor DNA, typically don’t also analyze normal DNA from the same patient, a step the researchers said could eliminate false positive results.

  • 'Ex Machina': Rise of the fembot

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    British filmmaker Alex Garland’s directorial debut “Ex Machina,” which screened at South by Southwest before opening this week, is a sleek, good-looking meditation on the nature of artificial intelligence, on what happens when we create robots that can pass for humans. What does that mean for the robot? What does that mean for us? Do these things have a soul or what? It’s a theme explored in film many times before, most famously, perhaps, in “Blade Runner.” Garland — the writer of such genre cult classics as “28 Days Later,” “Dredd” and “The Beach” — is to be praised for wasting no time; the audience is dumped right into this bravish new world.

  • Fire prediction technology bill moves through Colorado House

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    DENVER - The National Center for Atmospheric Research has fire behavior prediction software that could save lives during a wildfire. When NCAR runs the program using the exact conditions of the Yarnell Hill fire that killed 19 Arizona firefighters in 2013, it predicts the unexpected winds that pushed the fire into what was considered a safe position for the firefighters. "This technology can help predict the intensity and the direction of a fire 12 to 18 hours ahead of time," Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, said. "They have modeling of that fire in Yarnell, where the winds changed direction at the last minute and caught those firefighters.

  • Texan with a shot at red planet residency talks of life on Mars, not death

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Some like coffee shops or ballparks, retail therapy or a good burger. The National Air and Space Museum is Sonia Van Meter’s happy place. But on a recent visit she finds herself a little miffed because an adored Mars exhibit has been replaced with a new space-walking display. On her dash through the gallery still looking for remnants of Mars, she pauses — momentarily captivated — by a giant photo of an astronaut floating in darkness. Above him is a quote about being suspended between earth and stars while “holding on to your known existence with one hand.” Van Meter nods appreciatively, but her sights are well beyond spacewalks. About 34 million miles beyond. She wants to go to Mars.

  • Summit Middle School student wins at Pi Day contest

    By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Rakin Hussain memorized 503 place values of pi to win the contest at the Edmond’s Summit Middle School.

  • Martin Nature Park to host Earth Fest

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    The event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

  • Operation Clean Community set Saturday in Edmond

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Saturday is the day for Edmond’s annual Operation Clean Community.

  • Two elephants are on their way from Seattle to the Oklahoma City Zoo

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    A federal appeals court panel denied a request for an injunction from an animal welfare group Wednesday.

  • City breaks ground on new $1 million fiber optic cable, with goal of faster, cheaper Internet service

    Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Internet service in Santa Fe is about half the speed available in Albuquerque and other surrounding communities, yet many residents and business owners pay just as much. A new fiber optic cable, however, is expected to give Santa Fe a much-needed boost, increasing Internet speeds and creating more competition in the market. “If we want Santa Fe to be competitive in a 21st-century economy, we need to make sure that people have access to infrastructure that will truly unleash the potential of our entrepreneurs,” Mayor Javier Gonzales said Wednesday during a groundbreaking ceremony for the $1 million project.

  • Shares of Austin-based XBiotech soar on first trading day

    Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    XBiotech Inc. got a warm welcome from Wall Street on Wednesday, with the company’s shares surging more than 20 percent in the first day of trading. The Austin-based biomedical company raised $76 million in the initial public offering of stock on Tuesday evening by selling 4 million shares at $19 apiece. The company’s stock closed Wednesday at $23.25, up $4.25 a share, or 22.4 percent, in Nasdaq trading. Founded in 2005 by pharmaceutical entrepreneur John Simard, XBiotech is developing a colorectal cancer-fighting therapy called Xilonix. The drug uses anti-inflammatory properties to fight cancer, which officials have said is a potentially game-changing drug in cancer treatment.

  • Why too much typing is harming your memory

    Tyler Stahle, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    If you want to remember something, it’s best to physically get it down on paper, not digitally on your laptop or tablet, according to a recent study published in Psychological Science.

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch Tim Bryant column

    Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Made public Wednesday are renderings of the three-story building TechShop will occupy at the Cortex innovation district in St. Louis. TechShop—a sort of DIY workplace for inventors—plans to take 18,000 square feet on the ground floor. The structure, at Forest Park and Boyle avenues, is expected to open next year. TechShop's Cortex outpost, announced in Janaury, will be the company's eighth since opening its first workshop in Menlo Park, Calif., in 2006. Cannon Design is the architect of the St. Louis building. Tarlton/Interface Joint Venture is the construction manager for the $25 million project. The 60,000-square-foot building will set back from Boyle to provide an entry to Cortex Commons, the plaza under construc

  • Archaeologists turn to technology to unearth slices of Murrell Home history

    Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Modern technology may help tell the full history of the George M. Murrell Home. Last week, a survey on some of the land around the structure was wrapped up, though the data will not be completely processed anytime soon, according to Scott Hammerstedt, an archaeologist with the Oklahoma Archeological Survey at the University of Oklahoma. He said they did see “clusters” within the collected data that probably mark where outbuildings once stood – and that’s what they were trying to find. “We’re probably going to find more once we go through the data,” said Hammerstedt. Murrell Home Director David Fowler said the project began four years ago to determine the exact location of the outbuildings around the

  • WATCH: Tour of The Oklahoman's new studio

    BY TIFFANY GIBSON, tgibson@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    We tried our first Periscope stream Tuesday with a tour of our new video studio downtown. Todd Fraser, video production manager for The Oklahoman, gives a tour of the studio, control area and podcast room.