blindness, stem cells, vision, retina

Lab-Grown Retina from Stem Cells Responds to Light

The retina is a complex and fragile piece of equipment, but without it, the world would be completely dark. With a number of diseases that can erode the delicate tissue... more

Written By: | Posted: 07/4/14

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Bitcoin: Going from Deceptive to Disruptive

Bitcoin is moving from its Deceptive phase to a very Disruptive phase. This post is going to explain why, and what you may want to do. I've been tracking Bitcoin since its... more

Written By: | Posted: 07/3/14

Arizona's mile-wide meteor crater was formed by a 45 meter impactor--the blast could have taken out an urban area the size of Kansas city.

We Don’t Have to Play Cosmic Russian Roulette With Asteroids Anymore

Forget Armageddon, says Ed Lu. Forget sci-fi space shuttles. Forget burying nuclear bombs in comets. Forget all that. Asteroids are a real and potentially existential... more

Written By: | Posted: 07/2/14

unyq prostethics

Using 3D Printing and Design To Change the Way We Look at Disability

The technology involved in creating artificial limbs has come a long way in the last few decades. We have now witnessed a paralyzed man kick a soccer ball at the... more

Written By: | Posted: 07/1/14

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New Material Sucks Water From the Air and Stores It

As the changing climate pushes arid regions around the world to become drier, many are asking how we will continue to provide enough water for the people and crops in those... more

Written By: | Posted: 06/30/14

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How Will We Know When Computers Can Think for Themselves?

Headlines recently exploded with news that a computer program called Eugene Goostman had become the first to pass the Turing test, a method devised by computing pioneer Alan... more

Written By: | Posted: 06/29/14

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Around the World Without a Drop of Fuel — Solar Impulse 2 Logs Its First Flight

Its wingspan matches a Boeing 747, every square inch covered in solar panels. A quarter of its weight is dedicated to energy storage. It flies day and night without a... more

Written By: | Posted: 06/28/14

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Basic Smartphones Now Cheap Enough to Replace Feature Phones Worldwide

Earlier this year, Mozilla announced their project to build and sell a $25 smartphone. The firm, maker of the Firefox web browser and mobile operating system, now says... more

Written By: | Posted: 06/27/14

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Unfair Advantages of Emotional Computing

Earlier this week, Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son announced an amazing new robot called Pepper. The most amazing feature isn't that it will only cost $2,000, or that Pepper is... more

Written By: | Posted: 06/26/14

technology, robots, robotics

Robotic Hand Uses AI to Specialize Its Grip for Any Object

Your cat may think she’s your boss, but she would actually be your boss if it weren’t for a feat of engineering called the human hand, complete with opposable... more

Written By: | Posted: 06/25/14

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Dr. Franken-Tree, I Presume: Using Biotechnology to Battle Extinction

In thirty years of covering (as an author/journalist) and working on (as an entrepreneur/activist) both ecological issues and technological breakthroughs, I’ve come to the... more

Written By: | Posted: 06/24/14

stem cells, technology, medical research, bones

Delivering Capsules of Stem Cells Helps Repair Injured Bones

For the recorder of potentially breakthrough medical technology, sometimes it seems that the list is just so many applications of three new technologies: smaller electronics,... more

Written By: | Posted: 06/23/14

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