Stories by Nick Barber

Audi's electric, self-driving car is still just a concept

Audi's E-Tron Quattro is a fully electric sport utility vehicle that can drive itself through traffic jams and find parking spots, but it's far from a reality. The concept car is what the German automaker sees as the future of transportation, but a car like this might make privacy advocates uneasy.

Boeing's laser hunts for drones

Earlier this month, Boeing's portable drone-destroying laser system disabled a moving, untethered drone during a test in California.

Tech trains more powerful athletes

Helped by laser arrays, breathing systems and other high tech tools, Northeastern University athletes are improving their game and their fitness

Robot hotel opens in Japan

At the robot hotel near Nagasaki, a mechatronic velociraptor and female android help check you in while a robotic porter takes your bags.

What's for dinner, Chef Watson?

IBM and cooking magazine Bon Appetit created a web app that helps you find and created recipes using IBM's cognitive computer called Watson.

NASA's flying saucer fails second test

The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator or LDSD uses atmospheric drag to slow itself down before impact. It's paving the way to bring humans to Mars in the 2030s.