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Monthly Archives: May 2009

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The National Ignition Facility Aims to Create a Mini Star

World, meet the National Ignition Facility: a massive and incredible research device to study (and create) controlled nuclear fusion. Containing the world's largest and highest-energy laser, the facility hopes to create the first...

The Scientific Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease

HBO’s documentary, “The Alzheimer’s Project”, is free for viewing on their website.  If you have not yet seen it, make sure to take a look because this masterfully crafted, easily digestible film is an...

6 in 1 Solar Robot Kit: Standing on the Shoulders of Giant Memes

I don't usually do toy reviews, but the new 6 in 1 solar robot kit from Red5 is pretty cool. It's a transformer (note the lower case t), it's solar powered, and it's a...

From Dolly to Injaz: The Cloning Revolution Takes Off

Dolly was so 90's. Most of us are waiting for scientists to clone something awesome, like velociraptors or wholly mammoths... hell, even a giant sloth would be cool. But, to quote Dr....

Create an AI on Your Computer

If many hands make light work, then maybe many computers can make an artificial brain. That's the basic reasoning behind Intelligence Realm's Artificial Intelligence project. By reverse engineering the brain through a simulation spread...

The QB1 Computer: No Mouse, No Keyboard. Just Gestures

The mouse and keyboard are fast becoming obsolete.  There are quite a few contenders in the ring vying to make it happen.  There’s an onslaught of technology that reads directly from the brain, there...

13 Year Old Girl Born With Disabilities Allowed to Sue Sperm Bank

Look in any court docket and there is sure to be a father-daughter lawsuit alleging some sort of negligent behavior by poor old Pops.  It seems now that precedent may be set allowing for...

Man Receives First US Double Hand Transplant

Ten years ago, Jeff Kepner lost both his hands and feet to a bacterial infection. Today, he is recovering from the first US double hand transplant surgery. Soon, he'll be able to...

Advancements in Brain Control: Wheelchairs that Move by Thought

The seventies gave the world “soul power” and now the new millennium is moving on to brain-power. There has been a flurry of postings here at Singularity Hub within the past few months...
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The Emotiv Headset – Gaming With Thoughts Alone

Mind control is coming to a home near you. Well, it’s not going to let you lull your neighbors into a trance, but it will let you control a computer with only a thought....

Robot See, Robot Do

You don't need to go through years of school and computer science classes to learn how to program robots. With the new Hawk robot from Dr. Robot, programming is as easy as playing with...

Machine Pumps Dead Hearts for Surgery Practice (Video)

Got an experiment in mind? Looking for a lab rat?  Unless you're trying out a new grilled cheese recipe, humans won't be your first trial subjects.  Dangerous experiments usually call for live animal testing...

The Pocket Sized Robotic Scout: a Soldier’s New Best Friend

There are robots to do everything nowadays.  They move pallets, act as a butler and even scoop kitty poo, so it must come as no surprise that robots are heavily involved in military activity. ...

The Robotic Litter Box Makes for Hearty Consumerism

Cat technology has never been this revolutionary (terrible, terrible pun… just read on) since the advent of the laser pointer and, before then, bubbles.  Litter-Robot Inc. has for sale an automatic, self-cleaning litter box. ...

The Future of Sex: Androids, VR, and the Orgasm Button

Forget the Turing test. Imagine when a machine can not only convince us of their intelligence, but attract us with it. Bladerunner gave us a great glimpse in the eighties: sexy androids manipulating...

Braingate Frees Trapped Minds

It is a horrifying concept: being buried alive. Even more terrible is the prospect of living trapped in our own bodies, unable to move or communicate. It's called locked-in syndrome. Characters like Captain Pike...

Now Recruiting: The Personal Genome Project

Everybody has a database: staffers, bankers, law enforcers and now geneticists, too.  The PGP is not a college fraternity (rush Lambda Lambda Lambda) but a new database of mapped genomes and medical records called...

Posting Tweets with Brain Power

Tired of using thumbs to endlessly update Twitter on a cell phone?  Well, worry no longer about finger injuries from marathon tweeting: the University of Wisconsin Department of Biomedical Engineering has come to the...

Thirsty Plants Can Now Use Microchip To Send Text Messages

In an effort to become more trim and efficient, everything in life has been given a miniature electronic brain. The car knows when its is not burning at the perfect air to fuel ratio,...

Intestinal Implants make Cyborgs out of Diabetics

Modern medicine may not have reached the level of the Bionic Woman, but intestinal implants are turning more and more diabetics into low-grade cyborgs. The device in question is Enterra ®, a neurostimulator from...

A Clinical Cure for Blindness Using Stem Cells

Old age is bliss.  There’s a nest egg in the bank account and nothing needs to be done but spoil the grandchildren and watch Judge Judy.  But, like a bad episode of the Twilight...

The Lost Robot Saga Continues: Munich

You think that these robots would start investing in a GPS system. Recently, Singularity Hub covered the Tweenbot, a simple cardboard-wrapped automaton that was guided through New York City by the hands of New...

Just Like That, Sakhan Dosova No Longer World’s Oldest Person

Last month we wrote about Sakhan Dosova, a woman from Kazakhstan who created a sensation when it was revealed that she might be 130 years old, easily making her the world's oldest person.  Now,...

RiSE: The Robotic Wall Crawler

The robot invasion is nowhere close to over.  Singularity Hub has reported on a multitude of autonomous machines (the autonomous forklift, KIVA, Asimo) that may one day force honest, hardworking people to the unemployment...

Robot Overlords Battle For World Supremacy

Like so many epic robot battles, this one began in Tokyo, Japan. Pairs of robots stepped into a padded ring to fight, each vying for the chance to knock over and trounce their opponent....

Excited About The Wolfram Alpha Launch? Watch It On A Webcast – Seriously!

With the relentless barrage of Wolfram Alpha media coverage all over the net these days (including plenty here at the Hub), it is easy to get “news fatigue” about the company.  You start wanting...
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Enter the AlloSphere: a 360° Audiovisual Research Dome

"Data analysis." Sounds exciting, right? Most of us would sooner put out an eye than crunch some numbers. But what if you could trade in that Excel spreadsheet for a giant, 360...

The Autonomous Forklift

Here at Singularity Hub, we are interested in the different types of robots capable of doing a normal person’s job.  We have discussed Honda’s Asimo (who replaces the average butler) and recently talked about...

Security Checks Reaching Towards Your Brain

When Descartes said "I think therefore I am" he probably didn't know that he was answering a security question. Using behavioral or physical characteristics to identify people, biometrics, has gotten a big boost in...
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Genetically Engineered Puppies Glow In The Dark

Dog training is poised to become much more interesting.  In addition to the usual tricks (sit, lay down, heel, look adorable), “glow” may soon be added to the repertoire.  A team at Seoul National...

Smart Toilets: Doctors in Your Bathroom

To those unfamiliar with Japanese culture, certain trends may seem unusual: manga and anime, the love affair with robotics, tea ceremonies...computerized talking toilets. Yeah, Americans don't often run into those. So get the jokes...

Health Care’s Wireless Future: Vital Signs in Remote Real-time

When we have to act fast, today's technology puts critical real-time information right at our fingertips. Weather updates on your cell phone can send you running for shelter moments before a downpour. Getting...

Wolfram Alpha Official Launch May 18 – Check Out Their Datacenter (Video)

Is the new question answering service from Wolfram Alpha a big stud or a big dud?  According to a recent post from the Wolfram Alpha blog, we will all get to decide for ourselves...

Where No Augmented Reality Has Gone Before!

Last week,  Singularity Hub gave you the low-down on Total Immersion's Augmented Reality. Well, hold on to your phasers Star Trek fans, because AR has come to the starship Enterprise! That's right, Paramount has...

KIVA Robots Continue to Conquer Warehouses

Blue-collar robots don't really get the press they deserve. These dedicated, well designed, and efficient workers provide unparalleled improvements in almost every major industry. Let's face it, though, they are rarely photogenic. Singularity Hub...

Tweenbots – Depending on the Kindness of Strangers

Would you help a lost robot? Just picture a tiny, cardboard skinned automaton making its way down the streets of New York City, asking for help. No chance it would survive, right? If someone...

Viruses – Batteries Now Included

Microscopic workers of the world unite!...

Biometrics Turns Your Ear Into Your Password

What is your mother's maiden name? What was your high school mascot? What town were you born in? Who cares! Pretty soon, your body could be the only password you'll ever...

Reality – Now With Augmentation

Somewhere between the harshness of reality and the fantasy of virtual reality lies the domain of Augmented Reality (AR). The...

Robots Take To The Stairs – This Is Just The Beginning

Robots can climb stairs, and they are doing it everywhere you look.  "No big deal" you say, but it really is a big deal.  Five to ten years ago almost nobody was doing it. ...

Exponential Trends – What Are Your Favorites?

Over at Hacker News there was a discussion about our ebay genome story that I thought was cool enough to post below.  In the first part of the thread user davidmathers is talking about...

Company Uses Nanobots To Fight Cancer…But Its Not At All What You Thought It Would Be

Nanobots the size of living cells swimming around our bodies, doing our bidding to fight disease, make repairs, and augment our abilities?  Futurists and sci-fi books have cooked up this fantasy for years, but...

Is the University a Dying Breed? Technology and Education

Goodbye freshman seminars, beer-pong, student loans, and your cap and gown. Hello online coursework, digital textbooks, lecture mp3's, and a radically new form of higher education. I can hear it already: "College...

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