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Drew Halley

Universal Translators in the Next Few Years?

The universal translator is a sci-fi staple: Star Trek made it infamous. Star Wars had C3PO. Hitchhiker’s Guide had the babel fish. Stargate and...

DNA sequencing for 1/10 the price: Ion Torrent’s sequencer arrives

Thinking of setting up your own genomics lab in the garage? Time to update your Christmas list. The Personal Genome Machine (PGM) by Ion...

A Robot Stole My Job: Automation in the Recession

Are robots creating a jobless recovery? A recent forecast by the UCLA Anderson School of Business echoes a common refrain in economic circles: as...

Researchers Barcode Mouse Embryos, Humans Next

In most laboratories, mixing up your samples probably means a botched experiment and a bit of frustration. But if you happen to work in...

The Pills Have Eyes: Microchipped Medicine Is Coming

Open wide! Earlier this month, Swiss pharma giant Novartis announced it will be seeking regulatory approval of “smart pills” embedded with microchips within the...

The vOICe System Rewires the Brain’s Audio into Visual

Imagine if all the sounds in your world translated into visual experiences. Sound psychedelic? The cross-blending of sensory input – called synesthesia...

Autism Diagnosed with a Fifteen Minute Brain Scan (Video)

A new technique developed at King’s College London uses a fifteen minute MRI scan to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The scan is used...

The Alzheimer’s Drugs You Still Can’t Get

Twenty years ago, researchers made serious headway in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease (AD). They discovered a link between the brain damage in...

App Lets You Make a Phone Call With Your Mind (Video)

And you thought having a touch screen was cool. ThinkContacts is a new smart phone app under development that uses your brainwaves to...

Who Owns You? 20% of the Genes in Your Body are Patented

Here’s a disconcerting thought: for the past thirty years, genes have been patentable. And we’re not just talking genetically modified corn – your...

Exercise Boosts Your Brain – Here’s How

We all know exercise is your best shot at having a healthy heart, a strong immune system, and maybe even a 100th birthday party....

Robot Vans Drive, Driverless, from Italy to China (Video)

It’s the perfect sci-fi fantasy: climb into your car, set it to autopilot, then just lean back and enjoy your morning coffee as you’re...

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