“Bright, self-assured, helpful voice” is how Úlfar Erlingsson describes the Icelandic computer voice he and Oddur Kjartansson would like to create for Google.
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Players of QuizUp, the mobile trivia app based in Iceland, can now create their own questions, it has been announced.
Gunnar Stefánsson, professor at the University of Iceland’s Faculty of Physical Sciences, recently returned from Kenya where he presented the tutor-web, an open learning (freeware) system for mathematics and statistics, at two universities.
Icelandic tech company, Radiant Games, earlier this week released the computer game Box Island—a game aimed at kids eight years and older, which incorporates basic programming lessons.
Professor of geology Stefán Arnarson believes the geothermal areas around Hengill and Reykjanes are being overused.
Icelandic meteorologists have a reason to be on cloud nine: A super-computer for weather forecasting will be arriving.
Aron Leví Beck sees an opportunity in run-off water from the swimming pool in Laugardalur and would like to use it to heat up a dream project—a Biodome.
Television journalist, adventurer, environmentalist and national treasure, Ómar Ragnarsson, will set off tomorrow (Tuesday) trying to break the Icelandic record for the longest trip made on an electric bicycle on a single charge. He plans to make it all the way from Akureyri to Reykjavík.
Þorsteinn Friðriksson from Plain Vanilla, creators of the question game app QuizUp, says it is possible QuizUp could be the next Facebook. “That would be amazing and it is possible. Facebook has the size but not the momentum. Nobody under 15 is on Facebook today.”
Live roundworms, most likely of the genus Anisakis or the related Pseudoterranova, were discovered in seafood dishes served to guests at a restaurant in downtown Reykjavík.
Geothermal heat levels have increased under the western part of Surtsey island since the last time measures were taken, according to results from the latest scientific expedition to the island last week.
Dr. Fjóla Dögg Helgadóttir, a clinical psychology researcher at Oxford, was recently featured in Science Magazine for her online artificial intelligence therapy program, CPTpsych, which is based on traditional cognitive behavioral therapy.
Eymundur Magnússon, farmer at Vallanes in Fljótsdalshérað, East Iceland is going to build a good-old-fashioned Icelandic timber house, which will be the first one ever to be built entirely from Icelandic trees. He had to have the timber specially inspected before a building permit was granted...
The official Þingvellir committee has welcomed the idea of building the new Icelandic Stargazing Center in the national park.
Several U.S. astronauts are currently visiting Iceland with their families to attend celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo training camps in Iceland.
The Soil Conservation Service of Iceland is conducting research to try to determine the impact of ash on young forests in Iceland.
Archeologists have unexpectedly discovered the remains of a large settlement-era lodge at Lækjargata in central Reykjavík.
Icelanders seem to have more in common with Canadians, Brits, Australians, New-Zealanders and U.S. Americans than the Nordic nations, according to a new study carried out by three professors at the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Iceland.
If all goes according to plan, a new factory will open near Reykjavík, turning old tires into oil, gas and solid fuel.
The Italian mathematician Giancarlo Gianazza strongly believes he has found clues in Dante’s Divine Comedy that point to the elusive Holy Grail, the vessel Jesus Christ allegedly drank from at the Last Supper, being buried in the highlands of Iceland.
Players of EVE Online, the online multiplayer role playing game from Icelandic company CCP, have collected over USD 68,000 so far to help the Red Cross in earthquake relief work in Nepal.
Residents of the northern Westfjords region can look forward to greater energy security next winter with this week’s formal opening of the powerful new backup generator in Bolungarvík.
Scientists at the University of Oslo, led by geology professor Trond H. Torsvik, believe to have discovered traces of a lost continent in the rock around Öræfajökull, a Vatnajökull outlet glacier, in Southeast Iceland. The region may lie on top of the continent, which used to be part of...