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I Can’t Believe The Hype – Beauty Products With Plant Stem Cells

The claims surrounding stem cell treatments are starting to get downright ridiculous. Case in point: so called stem cell technologies used in beauty products and herbal remedies. Various cosmetics lines have begun to market...

How Much is the Newest Advanced Artificial Hand? $11,000 USD (video)

RSLSteeper, creator of the Bebionic artificial hand, has just announced that the hand will be offered at a price of $11,000 (€9000) around the world. Amputees control the prosthetic limb using my-oelectric sensors...

Willow Garage’s PR2 Robot Plays Janitor By Cleaning Up With a Cart (video)

In its latest step towards becoming a real boy, Willow Garage's PR2 has learned another human skill: cleaning up after a party. During a recent intensive engineering session (a hackathon) the Silicon Valley startup...

FDA Will Regulate Commercial Genetics

The New York Times reports that last week the FDA announced plans to regulate commercial genetics companies like 23andMe and deCODE. The agency sent (and posted) letters to five major genetics companies, claiming...

The New Robot Vacuums from Neato are Shipping July 15

Neato's XV-11 is the new and upcoming robot vacuum. It does what others can't - clean a room without randomly bumping around. The bot uses advanced mapping software and a killer laser range to...

Singularity Summit 2010 – August 14-15 San Francisco

Now coming up on its fifth year, the Singularity Summit is the premier annual gathering for those interested in all things Singularity.  Hosted by the SIAI, the Summit brings together an impressive lineup of...

3 Ground-Breaking Miniature Biosensors To Change World Medicine

Fast, small and cheap. No, I’m not describing the latest compact sports cars, but rather the most recent group of biosensors that can detect a variety of biological agents. Over the past few years,...

MRI Scans Are Better At Predicting Your Behavior Than You Are

Researchers at UCLA have discovered that MRI scans of your brain allow them to predict your future behavior better than you can. As discussed in the Journal of Neuroscience, people are generally about 50%...

Singularity University Releases Inspirational Must Watch Video

Earlier this week Singularity University kicked off its second annual summer Graduate Studies Program 2010 (GSP 2010) with an impressive opening ceremony.  Singularity Hub posted detailed coverage of the event, including video footage of...

Amazing Video of Oscar, the Cat With Prosthetic Legs

I don't think I would have believed it if I hadn't seen it. A veterinarian in Jersey has managed to successfully graft two prosthetic limbs onto a cat that lost both its back paws...

Myon – The Child-Like Learning Robot with a Modular Body

With it's cyclops eye and shiny plastic shell the Myon robot may not exactly look like your typical eight year old, but its designers hope that you'll think there's a vague resemblance. The Myon...

Report: Stem Cells Have Cured Blindness In Patients For Ten Years And Counting

Italian researchers have demonstrated the long term effectiveness of using stem cells to cure corneal blindness. From 1998 to 2006 the team, headed by Graziella Pellegrini at the University of Modena, performed 125 stem...

Video Of Baby Hearing for First Time After Cochlear Implant

A two year old video has recently been gaining popularity around web - in it a baby hears for the first time thanks to a cochlear implant. The boy in the video lights up,...

20 Nao Robots Perform Awesome 8 Minute Dance Routine in Shanghai

Robots are mastering the Arts. The recent Shanghai World Expo not only saw robot violinists, it debuted one of the more complex robot dance routines I've ever seen. Twenty Nao bots perform a choreographed...

Ray Kurzweil Speaks at Singularity University 2010 Opening Ceremony

Earlier today I released a story covering the opening ceremonies for the Singularity University 2010 summer session, but I forgot to include a very important video!  The opening ceremony would not be complete without...

Novartis’ Drug for Multiple Sclerosis Unanimously Passes FDA Committee

Pharmaceutical giant Novartis has moved one step closer to offering its Multiple Sclerosis medication to the public. On June 10th, an FDA advisory committee unanimously voted that the drug (FTY720 aka fingolimod aka...

Singularity University Launches Class of 2010 With Opening Ceremony

Monday evening Singularity Hub was in attendance as Singularity University hosted the opening ceremonies to officially welcome a class of 80 incredible students to its 2010 summer session.   An impressive cast of attendees,...

MIT’s Robot Lamp with Augmented Reality (video)

MIT has created its own version of a magic lamp. Nathan Linder of the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT Media Lab has created the LuminAR Bulb, a compact system that combines a pico projector,...

The Cheap Generic Drug That Could Save 100,000 Lives A Year World Wide

Researchers in London, UK and Lima, Peru have determined that a widely available and cheap generic drug may be the key to saving trauma victims all over the world. Tranexamic Acid (TXA) prevents the...

Stem Cell Experts Launch Site Warning Against Unregulated Clinics (video)

The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) is looking to grab the reins of the conversation about controversial stem cell clinics. They have just launched "A Closer Look At Stem Cell Treatments" a...

Plastic Antibodies Save the Lives of Mice, Are Humans Next?

Researchers in Japan and California (Stanford, UC Irvine) have developed plastic antibodies capable of seizing and neutralizing dangerous materials in the body. The polymer nanoparticles were injected into live mice after they had been...

Care For a Game of Chess? Let’s Use My Huge Lego Robots (video)

The latest project for Lego robots is a clear indication that your toys are ready to defeat you in a battle of wits. Dubbed 'Monster Chess' the 156 square foot board and game set...

Have You Noticed Chrome’s Auto-Translator? It’s Awesome (video)

Earlier this year Google quietly rolled out one of the best features of their Chrome web browser: an automatic translation service. The Translation Bar pops up whenever the program detects that a page you...

Robotics Industries: We’re Creating Jobs, Helping the Economy

The Robotics Industries Association wants to remind the American public that automation can create jobs for people just as easily as others worry they may take them away. President Jeff Burnstein recently wrote an...

Ericsson Asks 20 Innovative Thinkers About the Year 2020

Swedish telecomm giant Ericsson is building a picture of the future. Their 2020 project is seeking the opinion of twenty innovative thinkers on how the world will change in the next decade. People like...

The Rise of Urban Aquaponics: Farm Fresh Fish in Wisconsin (Video)

Entrepreneurs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin are working to offset ecological disaster and build up a new model for food production all in one setting. Sweet Water Organics is an urban aquaponics company that raises fish...

Parrot’s AR Drone Gets Cool New Augmented Reality Games (video)

Just in time for the E3 Expo, Parrot has released new augmented reality video games for its awesome AR Drone. Able to put any geek into a fit, the flying quad-copter is piloted using...

Mark Roth Freezes Worms To Learn the Secrets of Preserving Life

Every year people survive long periods underwater after falling in freezing lakes and rivers. Mark Roth and his colleagues at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center want to know why. A paper soon to...

IBM’s ‘Watson’ Takes on Jeopardy! You Can Challenge the Computer to a Trivia Duel

Back in 1997, IBM made history when its computer Deep Blue defeated Grandmaster Garry Kasporov in a game of chess. Now their new questioning answering system, Watson, is looking to do the same with...

Great New Video of Robot Waiters in Thailand

The Hajime restaurant in Bangkok became an international sensation this spring. It's secret to success? Robot waiters. The machines, made by Motoman, are dressed as samurai and glide around on tracks as they serve...

Willow Garage Teaches Robot to Play Pool In One Week!

The whiz kids at Willow Garage have worked another robotic wonder. This time the Silicon Valley startup taught a PR2 robot to play billiards - in just one week! Using open source operating system ROS...

Sweet Little Lies – The Bitter Truth About Sugar

The world is hooked on sugar. Ray Kurzweil calls it the “White Satan.” And he might be onto something. The futurist guru has found overwhelming evidencethat consuming refined sugar is linked to cardiovascular disease, obesity,...

H+ Summit @ Harvard: Rise of the Citizen Scientist – Review of Day 1

The 2010 H+ Summit @ Harvard – Rise of the Citizen Scientist was quite an exciting event. Hosted by the Harvard College Future Society in Cambridge, MA, it featured a wide range of speakers...

IBM’s Virtual Mirror Brings Augmented Reality to Makeup Counters (video)

Mega-corp IBM has teamed up with Israel-based EZface to create a "virtual mirror" that allows you to see what makeup looks like on your face without ever opening a compact. Inside your favorite retail...

Is There a Digital Afterlife?

There are well defined legal, social, and religious traditions that come into play when our physical lives end that help decide how people remember us, and what happens to our property. Yet we also...

New Research Sheds Light on Autism’s Genetic Causes

Autism remains one of the most poorly understood and troubling developmental disorders of modern medicine. But the genetic revolution could turn that around. Recent research by the groundbreaking Autism Genome Project has...

An AI Physician On Every Smartphone? An Xprize Challenge

One of the exciting ideas being tossed around recently over at the Xprize Foundation is the creation of an Artificial Intelligence physician that you could access from your smartphone.  Have a strange rash on...

New York Times Hearts Singularity, Hub Featured

The Singularity meme gained some huge press this weekend with a piece in the New York Times titled In the Singularity Movement, Humans Are So Yesterday.  The story by Times writer Ashlee Vance represents...

Awesome Deus Ex Trailer, But Why Does Everyone Hate The Future?

E3, the ultimate conference in the video game industry, is just days from beginning and Square Enix has previewed their hottest new title: Deus Ex: Human Revolution. This trailer rocks! Set in the year...

Can DNA Prove Your Nationality?

Controversy surrounding a new proposal in the United Kingdom is proof that genetics is starting to shape the world. In 2009, the U.K. Border Agency (UKBA) unveiled a program that would genetically test East...

Next Chapter in the Lego Robotics Saga: Amazing Bipedal Walking

Students at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena have made an awesome looking bipedal humanoid robot using nothing but Legos! "Pinocchio", as the robot is called, may be suspended from strings, but it can...

Bone Marrow Stem Cells Reverse Sickle Cell Disease

A revolutionary new procedure for stem cell transplant is reversing the effects of severe adult sickle cell disease. For years, adults suffering from sickle cell anemia have relied on consistent blood transfusions and...

Monkey Controls Robot Arm With Brain Implant (Video)

If you want the epitome of cool cybernetics, it doesn't get much better than a monkey waving around a robot arm. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have placed two neural implants in the...

Two Genes Help Explain How Tibetans Survive in High Altitude

Researchers from the University of Utah and Qinghai University in China have discovered two genes which assist ethnic Tibetans survive in the high altitude of the Himalayas. Their study, recently published in the journal...

Costa Rica Shuts Down Stem Cell Medical Tourism Destination

Costa Rica's Health Ministry has shut down the ICM Clinic (aka Cell Medicine), an enterprise that has served as a popular medical tourism site and treated more than 400 non-Costa Rican patients with stem...

What’s The Secret Behind Diapers.com Success? A Kiva Robot Warehouse

Starting in July, Quidsi, Inc will try to dominate drugstore retailers with Soap.com, an online megastore that will sell 25,000 products - everything from toilet paper to makeup. According to Quidsi's recent press release...

Nanotechnology ‘Tattoos’ To Help Diabetics Track Glucose Levels

Scientists are developing special tattoos which may allow those with diabetes to more accurately and quickly monitor their glucose levels. Two different research teams, led by Michael Strano at MIT and Heather Clark at...

Underwater Drones from iRobot Helping Monitor Gulf Oil Spill

Researchers are employing iRobot's Seaglider unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) to monitor the damage caused in the Gulf of Mexico by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The six foot long autonomous robots are capable of...

Crizotinib Targets Gene To Stop Lung Cancer Tumors in 90% of Treated Patients

The drug Crizotinib (PF0234-1066) was shown to shrink or stabilize tumors in about 90% of the patients who took it. Dr. Yue-Jue Bang of Seoul National University presented these results at the annual meeting...

Genetic Testing Mix-up at 23andMe, Another Blow to the Industry

23andMe may have provided the wrong results to as many as 96 customers for its genetic testing services. According to statements made on the 23andMe blog, human error was behind the mistake at ...

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