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Monthly Archives: June 2009

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Highlights From Day One At Singularity University

Yesterday was the first day of the Singularity University summer session.  I was at the NASA Ames campus throughout the day to witness and record the event on video for the Hub (see highlight...

Super Babies Reveal the Key to Strength Gene

It's known as myostatin, but it might as well be called kryptonite, because it's what keeps each of us feeling like Clark Kent. This protein tells your muscles when to stop growing, and in...

The AbioCor Artificial Heart

Earlier on Singularity Hub, we took a detailed look into the magic of heart replacement surgery (and even growing hearts with stem cells).  It’s a great way to tack on a few extra years...

The Wireless Future of Energy Tranfer

The electronic revolution of the past century has been a tangled affair. Remember when phones were always wired into the wall? When the internet required one more cord from the back of...

Vitamin D and Fish Oil – Time to Put Up or Shut Up

The western world faces three very notorious killers: heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Just this week Michael Jackson (heart attack??) and Farah Fawcett (cancer) were struck down, and the media is waiting on...
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TransMedics: Transplanting a Beating Heart

You've heard a bit about heart transplants and they're no piece of cake, but now there’s a company out there trying to make it a little bit easier.  It's not an off-color SNL skit,...

Why Your Dog Is Getting Better Stem Cell Treatment Than You

If you like controversy there's nothing that will bring you more joy than yelling "stem cell research" in a mixed crowd and then sadistically sneaking out of the room. The debate over the use...

Artificial Life on the Horizon

Admit it: you wouldn’t mind winning a Nobel Prize. Well here’s a science project for you: reverse global warming, solve the world’s energy crisis, and pave the way for breakthrough antibiotics and vaccines… all...

Singularity University To Launch June 29 – Exclusive Interview With Executive Director Salim Ismail

With the official launch of the inaugural summer session of Singularity University just days away, the Hub sat down with the University's Executive Director Salim Ismail to get an inside look at this exciting...

Breast Augmentation Balloons to Top Selling Plastic Surgery

Singularity Hub has recently and unintentionally launched an unofficial expose into the world of vain medicine. We last covered the chemotherapy cream that kills wrinkles (among other things) and now it’s time to move...

Stem Cells Used to Grow Hearts: Cool New Pics and Vid

When you're heart is broken, you'll do anything to fix it. Even replace it with a pig heart. Scientists at...

Willow Garage: The Personal Robot Will Be Open Source

Want to build a robot? Join the club. Want to improve the way we build robots? Join Willow Garage. This silicon valley based robotics company is not just designing robots, they're working on how...

Chemotherapy Skin Cream Fights Wrinkles, Knocks Decades off Your Face

Here at Singularity Hub, we are just a little bit vain. Like, what’s the point of doing all this science and technology stuff if you’re not going to look good while doing it? Well,...

World’s Smallest LCD Screen Created: 0.27 Inches in Diameter

Any insecure Hummer owner with a bad track record on the dating scene will tell you “it’s not the size that matters, it’s how you use it” and, for once, that might actually be...
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TransMedics: Transplanting a Real Beating Heart

You've heard a bit about heart transplants and they're no piece of cake, but now there’s a company out there trying to make it a little bit easier. It's not an off-color SNL skit,...

Augmented Reality is Full of Zombies

Terrified that invisibles zombies will attack you in your home? Sure, we all are. Now, thanks to the insightful people at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta (SCAD), you can use...

Google, Papa Brin Step In For 23andme

Both Google and Sergey Brin have made an investment in personal genetics company 23andme in a series B funding round.  This comes on top of a previous investment from both Google and Brin in...

Clothing Gets Computerized

Sure those name brand threads may look good, but when was the last time they allowed you to become a walking sound and light show? The Soundie, part hoodie and part electric keyboard, is...

Interactive Motion Technologies: Physical Therapy Robotics

Strokes suck.  The mass destruction of a large number of the brain’s neurons robs the body of even the most basic motor functions.  Though there is no simple preemptive cure for would-be stroke victims,...

Stem Cells Used to Grow Hearts: Cool Pics and Vid

When you're heart is broken, you'll do anything to fix it. Even replace it with a pig heart. Scientists at...

Army Exoskeleton To Give Man Superhuman Strength

Super hero movies are all the rage these days. Take a look at the swollen coffers of Marvel and DC and it will be apparent. With such a vested interest in the...

Braingate2: Your Mind Just Went Wireless

Are you ready to control the world with your mind? The possibility just got a little stronger. A few weeks ago, Singularity Hub highlighted some of the many accomplishments of Braingate, the neural interface...

The Miracle of Heart Transplants

Take a moment and think about your heart.  None of that lovey-dovey crap, this muscle is all business, beating over 2.5 billion times in the average person’s life.  It pumps blood an average of...

RoboGames 2009 Summary, Highlights, Pictures and Video

The RoboGames were an astounding success.  Legions of robo-lovers flocked to the games in San Francisco to watch the carnage unfold and, though we didn’t go, but BotJunkie was able to make the trek...

Kurzweil in the Lyons’ Den

Does the Transcendent Man just want to be a robot? That's part of the story coming out of Daniel Lyons' recent article in Newsweek about Singularity front man, Ray Kurzweil. The other part is...

New Manufacturing Technique Brings Bendable LCD Displays One Step Closer

Here at the hub, we’ve posted a little bit on bendable, flexible OLED (organic light emitting diode) displays.  Until recently, it was a cool and remarkably expensive gadget that was destined for a life...
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Organovo Pioneers 3-D Organ Printing: Hype or Hope?

The plastic 3-D printing machine has been around for a few years and man, is that cool. It can replicate most any mechanical system and it will function, too. Now, researchers at Organovo are...

Test for Cancer With a Take-Home Kit

What if checking for cancer was as easy as a pregnancy test? Soon, it will be. Catching cancer early is the most crucial step to providing effective and proactive treatment against it. But...
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Army Exoskeleton Suit Gives Man Superhuman Strength

Super hero movies are all the rage these days.  Take a look at the swollen coffers of Marvel and DC and it will be apparent.  With such a vested interest in the super-human, it...
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RoboGames Land at San Francisco This Weekend

San Francisco locals, this is your lucky weekend.  Well, as long as you’re sufficiently interested in robotics, it is.  The Robo Games have come to town and will inhabit the Fort Mason Festival Pavillion...

Awesome Robots With Guns [Video]

Previously we have covered the ongoing robotization (is that a word?) of the military.  Robotex Inc is one of the plethora of companies out there that are working to bring intelligent weapon wielding robots...

Gender Test for Unborn Children Now Possible Even Earlier

In this new millennium, patience is no longer a virtue.  This instant gratification society does not want to wait for anything, so why are we still waiting 18 weeks after conception to figure out...

Miniature Robot Attempts to Race Through the Body

The idea of a miniature explorer through the human body has been explored and parodied more times than one can count.  Now, science has finally caught up with imagination and, although there is no...

Implant Cures High Blood Pressure

Pills are quickly going out of style.  Ok, so the SmartPill and microchip embedded pills are still cool, but regular old blood pressure medication is as un-hip as it gets.  Thankfully the Minneapolis company...

Growing Organs in the Lab

Why transplant an organ when you can grow yourself a new one? This research isn't something that might happen in the distant future.  It's being used today to grow fresh organs, open up new ways...

Robots Unlock the Mysteries of Evolution

Researchers and engineers have begun to unravel the mysteries of evolution.  Yes, we know that DNA changes and favorable mutations are awarded with longer lives and more offspring, but how can scientists tell which...

Proteus Ingestible Microchip Hits Clinical Trials

About a year ago, we brought to light a brilliant company that could be described as a predecessor to body 2.0.  Proteus Biomedical specializes in creating a digestible, ingestible microchip called the Raisin that...

Giving Your Kidneys a Makeover: Stem Cells Cure Nephritis

Once upon a time, if you had a failing organ, you could pretty much consider it a death sentence. Then along came organ transplants, letting you swap out your defectives for slightly used...

Swarm Robotics: Beware The Swarm (videos)

Swarm robots are in vogue now.  Yeah, it was cool when one robot did something neat, like Asimo or the RiSE wall crawler, but why have one big expensive robot when a million little...

Woomba – A Robot Just For Women (Video)

Update: did not realize hulu doesn't work for international viewers.  Go here if the hulu video below does not work for you. A few years ago SNL did a commercial parody about the iRobot Roomba,...

Ingestible Intelligence: The SmartPill

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace in all studies of medicine and, luckily for all, those with gastrointestinal problems (most specifically that flatulent guy who always winds up sitting next to you at...

New Device Can Detect Viruses In A Matter Of Minutes

Hypochondriacs rejoice!  Researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have created a prototype device that is capable of detecting viruses and bacterium within the body in a matter of minutes rather than...

Another Step in Genetic Engineering: Glowing Primates

The primate family tree seems to have gotten a bit brighter lately.  Earlier, Singularity Hub reported on Ruby Puppy, the genetically engineered glowing dog, and now the puppy has been one-upped by a team...

Thirsty Plants Can Now 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,...

War 2.0 – Rise of the Robots

The face of war is changing, and it may no longer be a human one. Developing new technology has always been a cornerstone of a successful military force, but now those technologies are steadily...

Catch All the Baddies with a Keychain Spy Camera

There simply are not enough devices out there that pander to the tin-foil hat crowd.  You know, the paranoid delusional folks who think that there’s always something bad around the bend and somebody is...

Swarm Robotics: The Swarm Is Coming

Swarm robots are in vogue now. Yeah, it was cool when one robot did something neat, like Asimo or the RiSE wall crawler, but why have one big expensive robot when a million...

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