This Algorithm Finds the Safest Neighborhood Close to a McDonald’s Just From Photos

The list of things computers can do better than humans is already long, and it’s getting longer every year. Now, you can add making environmental inferences. We... more

Written By: | Posted: 09/25/14


Lego-Like Blocks Connect to Form Microfluidic Mini-Laboratories

Some illnesses, like the common cold, are so familiar we don’t need a doctor to diagnose them. Give it a few days in bed binging on Netflix and fruit juice. Other... more

Written By: | Posted: 09/25/14


3D Printer Delivered to Space Station Launching New Era of Space Manufacturing

If space is the final frontier, we pilgrims have a lot to learn. To date, we’ve rarely ventured far beyond the thin envelope of Earth’s atmosphere. Why? Because we... more

Written By: | Posted: 09/24/14


Futuristic Chinese Megastructure Would Include Soaring Towers, Massive Skyways, Urban Farms

Many of the world’s cities are hundreds, even thousands of years old. They evolved from the bottom up as populations changed and demanded change. A new road here, new... more

Written By: | Posted: 09/23/14


Scientists Reconstruct a Crystal’s 3D Structure from a Single Image

When it comes to the nanoworld, a picture really is like a thousand words. Thanks to a joint effort by European and Chinese scientists, a new microscopy method... more

Written By: | Posted: 09/23/14


Big Brother Is Feeling You: The Global Impact Of AI-Driven Mental Health Care

Big Brother is feeling you—literally. A few months back, I wrote about Ellie, the world’s first AI-psychologist. Developed by DARPA and researchers at USC’s... more

Written By: | Posted: 09/22/14


Our Growing Addiction to “Cognitive Ecstasy” Drives Technology’s Progress…And That’s Okay

Why are humans so damn curious? Because discovery is pleasurable. Jason Silva, in his latest video, says humans don’t care about spectacle—what we care about is... more

Written By: | Posted: 09/21/14


‘Soft’ Robots From MIT and Harvard Open Up Possibilities for New Class of Bots

The science of soft robotics is making big leaps as teams from MIT and Harvard have recently shown off new prototypes, hoping to challenge the way people imagine the future... more

Written By: | Posted: 09/20/14


What We’re Reading and Watching This Week (Through Sept 20, 2014)

In the midst of all the technological progress being made globally on a daily basis, sometimes it's tough to appreciate how we're changing as humans. This week, we've... more

Written By: | Posted: 09/19/14

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Plant Engineered to Supercharge Photosynthesis with Hopes of Increasing Crop Yields

While computers scientists find new ways to supercharge computers, a team of plant scientists have demonstrated that they can supercharge a plant. Hoping to speed up... more

Written By: | Posted: 09/18/14


Battery-Free Chip For the ‘Internet of Things’ That’s the Size of an Ant

As a concept, the Internet of Things has been around for awhile. In theory, as chips get smaller and cheaper, we should be able to embed them in everyday items.... more

Written By: | Posted: 09/17/14

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Know What Chemical Elements Are Inside Your Smartphone? A Good Chunk of the Periodic Table

Ever wonder what that mini monolithic-shaped computer you carry around in your pocket is made of? Gallium? Check. Arsenic? Check. Lead and tin? Check and check. Good... more

Written By: | Posted: 09/16/14

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