Cloned Human Embryo Study Comes Under Fire →
A week ago, scientists from Oregon Health and Science University and the Oregon National Primate Research Center announced that they had successfully used human skin cells to clone embryonic stem cells. In the few days since the researchers’ work came online, though, the research has been found to contain a few key errors.
Stitching defects into world’s thinnest... →
In pioneering new research at Columbia University, scientists have grown high-quality crystals of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), the world’s thinnest semiconductor, and studied how these crystals stitch together at the atomic scale to form continuous sheets. Through beautiful images of strikingly symmetric stars and triangles hundreds of microns across, they have uncovered key insights into...
Air Force Jet X-51A Goes Hypersonic, Zooms Five... →
The United States Air Force has a serious need for speed. On May first their X-51A Waverider zoomed to an amazing Mach 5.1 – more than five times the speed of sound. While there was no pilot behind the stick of the hypersonic jet, the knowledge gained in developing and flying the X-51A paves the way for the hypersonics of the future.
Cast AR Glasses Bring Us One Step Closer to... →
Technical Illusions’ Cast AR glasses, shown for the first time at Maker Faire —a festival that highlights invention, creativity and resourcefulness — in the Bay Area this past weekend, aims to bring gaming into the real world using augmented reality.
Wi-Fi Network Breaks Speed Record →
Think your network is fast? Getting a gigabyte-sized movie over your local wireless network to your hard drive in a few seconds is old hat. Now there’s a network that can push a 2-hour, high-definition movie to a computer a mile away in less time than it takes to read a single word. At the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, a new record has been set: 40GB per second over a distance...
Stanford physicists develop revolutionary... →
Stanford physicists have created a new method of producing coherent matter beams. The new laser system would use a hundredth the power of conventional lasers and could one day be used in many places from consumer goods to quantum computers.
Advance in nanotech gene sequencing technique →
The allure of personalized medicine has made new, more efficient ways of sequencing genes a top research priority. One promising technique involves reading DNA bases using changes in electrical current as they are threaded through a nanoscopic hole.
Drone-Vision Rifle Goes On Sale For $22K →
The most inaccurate component of a rifle is the human behind the trigger, but starting Wednesday hunters can turn to drone-inspired vision for a little help. Provided they have $22,000 on hand for a new rifle, that is.
Predictions for Privacy in the Age of Facebook... →
“The ubiquity and power of the computer blur the distinction between public and private information. Our revolution will not be in gathering data — don’t look for TV cameras in your bedroom — but in analyzing information that is already willingly shared.” Are these the words of a 21st century media critic warning us about the tremendous quantity of information that the average person shares...
JPL BioSleeve Enables Precise Robot Control... →
No matter how capable you make a robot, its effectiveness is limited by how well you can control it. And until we’ve got this whole general autonomy thing nailed down (better not hold your breath), that means a lot of teleoperation. JPL has been working on a new gesture-based human interface called BioSleeve, which uses a [insert collective noun for sensors here] of EMG sensors, IMUs, and...
Concept skyscraper generates its own energy using... →
Belatchew Architects presents the concept STRAWSCRAPER, the first project to come out of the fledgling business Belatchew Labs. STRAWSCRAPER is an extension of the south tower on Södermalm in Stockholm with a new energy-producing shell covered with hairs that can extract wind energy.
Thin-film solar cells could become more efficient... →
Because moths need to use every little bit of light available in order to see in the dark, their eyes are highly non-reflective. This quality has been copied in a film that can be applied to solar cells, which helps keep sunlight from being reflecting off of them before it can be utilized. Now, a new moth eye-inspired film may further help solar cells become more efficient.
Lifelogger reveals the day's emotional highs and... →
How was your day? Fine? Stressful? Boring? It might soon be a bit easier to flesh out your answer, or find out how someone else’s day really went. All you need is a smartphone, a sensor and a high-tech “mirror”.
Bionic superhumans are on the horizon? →
We’re in the midst of a bionic revolution, yet most of us don’t know it. Around 220,000 people worldwide already walk around with cochlear implants — devices worn around the ear that turn sound waves into electrical impulses shunted directly into the auditory nerve.
It seems probable that once the machine thinking method had started, it would...– Alan M. Turing
Hedonistic Robots Could Destroy Humanity →
Complex robots are like animals: They learn by doing. Future robots may even respond to reward systems: complete a task with aplomb, and a gain a “feeling” of satisfaction for a job well done.
NASA buys into 'quantum' computer →
A $15m computer that uses “quantum physics” effects to boost its speed is to be installed at a Nasa facility.
Electrical Brain Stimulation Can Help You Learn... →
What if a painless zap to the brain could improve your ability to do math? Would you do it? It may sound weird, but a new, small study of 25 people has shown that something like this may work. Researchers from the U.K. and Austria found that something called transcranial random noise stimulation helped people learn certain arithmetic faster. The effect still appeared when the researchers tested...
Scientists create human stem cells through cloning →
After more than 15 years of failures by scientists around the world and one outright fraud, biologists have finally created human stem cells by the same technique that produced Dolly the cloned sheep in 1996: They transplanted genetic material from an adult cell into an egg whose own DNA had been removed.
Gene Machine →
Biology’s equivalent of an office copier is a PCR machine. PCR, short for polymerase chain reaction, is now a staple in crime-scene forensics, heredity tests, and organism hijacking. It’s a mind-boggling feat. Among billions of base pairs that make up DNA’s genetic code, PCR finds exact sequences and, in a couple of hours, makes billions of copies—enough to decode or splice together useful...
First 3D Printed Gun Test Fired
Pilotless flight trialled in UK shared airspace →
A Jetstream aircraft became the first to fly “unmanned” across UK shared airspace last month.
Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden... →
The immigration reform measure the Senate began debating yesterday would create a national biometric database of virtually every adult in the U.S., in what privacy groups fear could be the first step to a ubiquitous national identification system.
Skip the Airport With a Family Flier →
Sometimes, while looking at airline timetables, I remember that some people actually have their own private jets. Sigh. Keeping the rest of us plebes in mind, a Montana inventor is at work on a new personal aircraft that’s quiet, ultra-efficient and most important — affordable.
Lockheed Martin’s new ADAM laser ready to unleash... →
This ADAM needs no Eve. Lockheed Martin published a video today of its new Area Defense Anti-Munitions system, codenamed ADAM. ADAM is a bad-boy 10-kilowatt laser that is trailer-mounted, tracks targets up to 5 kilometers (about 3 miles) away, and destroys targets up to 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) away with its HEL beam.
Quadrotor With Tilting Propellers Can Twist in... →
Conventional quadrotors are what’s called underactuated robots, which means that they can move in more ways than they have independent control over. For example, they can happily yaw around to any angle you want while otherwise stationary, but if you ask them to pitch or roll, they can’t do it without also changing their position: if you try to roll a quadrotor left, the whole robot is going to...
Who am I? Data and DNA answer one of life’s big... →
In March nearly 7,000 people traveled to the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, to spend the weekend at RootsTech, a yearly technology-focused genealogy conference sponsored by FamilySearch and a few other big names in the family history industry. Genealogy — the search for and documentation of one’s ancestors — and “technology” haven’t always been kissing cousins, but this...
The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the... →
There’s a theory that human intelligence stems from a single algorithm. The idea arises from experiments suggesting that the portion of your brain dedicated to processing sound from your ears could also handle sight for your eyes. This is possible only while your brain is in the earliest stages of development, but it implies that the brain is — at its core — a general-purpose machine that can...
Government Lab Reveals It Has Operated Quantum... →
One of the dreams for security experts is the creation of a quantum internet that allows perfectly secure communication based on the powerful laws of quantum mechanics.
Interview: How Ray Kurzweil Plans To Revolutionize... →
When Google announced in January that Ray Kurzweil would be joining the company, a lot of people wondered why the phenomenally accomplished entrepreneur and futurist would want to work for a large company he didn’t start.
Robotic fly takes flight →
Robotics researchers unveiled an electronic housefly on Thursday, one that can hover in air, flapping its wings to steer in a first demonstration of controlled artificial-insect flight.
Algae-Fueled Building: World’s First Bio-Adaptive... →
Bio-reactors and micro-algae sound like the stuff of science fiction, but this is the real deal: biomass built into panel glass is both generating heat and acting as a responsive light and sound barrier, all in one brilliant new building in Hamburg.
3D printed 'bionic' ear combines cartilage with an... →
A strange combination of tissue and electronics could help us repair — or someday even replace — human ears. Researchers led by Michael McAlpine, an assistant engineering professor at Princeton, have created a prototype artificial ear from an antenna and 3D printed cells. McAlpine has worked for years on making electronics that could be integrated with the human body: in 2011, his team built a...
A Boy And His Atom, Single Molecules Serve as... →
Carbon monoxide molecules serve as pixels in the world’s smallest stop-motion animation, “A Boy And His Atom.” A team of IBM researchers shot the film with a scanning tunneling microscope that magnified the image 100 million times. The microscope was also used to move the carbon monoxide molecules for each frame of the animation. For more on how researchers created the animation, see this...
Two-year-old girl receives new trachea made from... →
Doctors announced today that two-and-a-half year old Hannah Warren just became the youngest person in history to receive a bioengineered organ transplant, a new windpipe made of a synthetic scaffold and her own stem cells. The nine-hour long procedure was performed April 9, at Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria, but the results were just made public. Doctors expect that Warren will...
I Am Stereoblind, But the 3DS Lets Me See the... →
I cried the first time I held a Nintendo 3DS. The experience was a revelation that I’ll not soon forget, and even if everyone stopped making games for it tomorrow, my blue 3DS XL is not going anywhere. That little machine is a window into a part of human experience that most people take for granted, but which is otherwise inaccessible to me.
Science and a New Kind of Prediction: An Interview... →
Better living through data? When a pioneer of data collection and organization turned his analytical tools on himself, he revealed the complexity of automating human judgment and the difficulty of predicting just what is predictable.
How Will Adding Intelligence to Everyday Things... →
On a global level, we are adding connected intelligence to both machines and objects using chips, micro sensors, and both wired and wireless networks to create a rapidly growing “Internet of things” sharing real-time data, performing diagnostics, and even making remote repairs. Many jobs will be created as we add intelligent connected sensors to bridges, roads, buildings, homes, and much more....
Future of Substance: New Materials Promise Better... →
Seven next-generation materials promise to change the way the world is made
SpaceShipTwo Completes Its First Rocket-Powered... →
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo went supersonic over the Mojave desert during its first powered flight this morning, a major milestone for the company’s plans for commercial suborbital flights. Sir Richard Branson’s spacecraft left the Mojave Air and Space Port in southern California on its first rocket powered flight not far from where the Bell X-1 piloted by the then Capt. Chuck Yeager first...
Noel Sharkey - BBC Radio Interview →
Robots probably won’t take over the world, but they probably will be given ever greater responsibility. Already, robots care for the elderly in Japan, and drones have dropped bombs on Afghanistan. Professor Noel Sharkey fell in love with artificial intelligence in the 1980s, celebrated when he programmed his first robot to move in a straight line down the corridor and , for many years,...
Shape-shifting mobile devices →
Prototype mobile devices that can change shape on-demand will be unveiled today [Monday 29 April] and could lay down the foundation for creating high shape resolution devices of the future.
3D Printing: From Trivial to Revolutionary Objects... →
Consumer 3D printers, most notably those from Brooklyn-based MakerBot, are in large part limited only by the imagination technical inclination of their owners.
Is That a Solar-Powered Socket in Your Pocket? →
There’s been a pretty cool design piece circulating the tumblrsphere in the past few days. It’s called The Window Socket and is designed by Kyuho Song and Boa Oh. It’s a solar powered portable plug socket, which allows you to plug in any of your devices into a sun-lit window of a house, car, plane, ship, or anything really. The design of the plug is simple and pretty – it has solar panels on the...
It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look...– Edgar Allan Poe
A 3-D Printer for Human Embryonic Stem Cells →
3-D printing is being used for all sorts of things, from small plastic parts and microprocessors to a titanium jawbone for transplantation, from wedding cakes, as we’ll be describing in an article in our June issue, to an entire car body, as we’ll be hearing about in a podcast next month. Everything from computer chips to chocolate chips, in other words.