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Open Science Summit 2010 – Thursday Review

Over the next few days, Singularity Hub will be bringing exclusive coverage of the Open Science Summit 2010 taking place in Berkeley, CA this weekend. The conference is bringing together a wide range...

Exclusive: I Used BlindType, Virtual Keyboard of the Future

Typing on the iPhone is like squeezing sausages into a soda can - you can get it to work, but it's not pretty. BlindType is changing that. The startup has created a new touchscreen...

Cancer Rates in the US Continue to Drop, ACS Reports

The annual report from the American Cancer Society shows that US cancer death rates continue to decline in both men and women. Since this trend began in the early 1990’s, over 767,000 cancer...

DNA Factory Plans to Open Within 6 Months

Good news for all you aspiring Craig Venters out there. Before the end of the year, synthetic biologists will have a stocked factory of DNA building blocks with which to remix microbe life...

More Crowd-Pleasing Videos of Dynamic Art Projected Onto Buildings

Is the office building across the street looking a little blasé? High powered projectors can turn the side of any structure into a huge canvas for living art. Dynamic images cover enormous surfaces often...

Army’s HULC Exoskeleton To Test at End of 2010, Hints at Industrial/Medical Uses

The problem with military technology is that people like to use it to fight wars. Lockheed Martin recently announced in a press release that they had received $1.1 million and the go ahead from...

The Future of Maps: 3D, Realtime, and Totally Personalized

What's the feature on my iPhone that I use the most? It's not games, nor music, nor texting...not even calling. The tool I use most often on my smart phone is the map. And...

Dextre Robot On Space Station Almost Ready For Duty

"The most sophisticated robot every built...is a handyman." ---Canadian Space Agency After more than two years, the International Space Station is very close to bringing its Dextre robot completely online. Built by Canada, Dextre is...

Robot Learns How to Flip Pancakes…but Not on the First Try (video)

One day robots will sell like hotcakes...especially if they can make you hotcakes. Scientists from the Italian Institute of Technology have successfully taught a Barrett WAM arm the time honored culinary skill of flipping...

Watching Genetically Engineered Cells Kill Cancer In Real Time

What if you could not only beat cancer, but watch your body do it? Researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center are using gene therapy to teach immune cells how to attack cancer,...

Video of Navy Laser Shooting Unmanned Drone Out of the Sky

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Supe---ZZZT! Well, whatever it was, it's fried now. The US Navy recently tested a Raytheon infrared laser system by shooting down four...

Sony Patents Turn 3D TV into 2-Shows-At-Once…Maybe you just want video goggles?

If you buy a 3D TV later in the year you may eventually get some bonus capabilities you never considered. According to recently filed patents, Sony is pursuing technology which would allow multiple...

Armed Robots Deployed By South Korea in Demilitarized Zone

South Korea has announced that it is performing a trial run to determine if armed robots could be used to help patrol their demilitarized zone with North Korea. These autonomous turrets were developed in...

How Do People Respond to Bad Genetic News? Just Fine.

If you were going to get Alzheimer’s disease, would you want to know? Or is genetic ignorance bliss? The new era of commercial genetics is putting all sorts of predispositions right at...

New Zealand’s Robot Legs Let Paraplegics Walk….for $150,000! (video)

The Kiwis may have won the race for robotic legs. July 14th saw New Zealand's Rex Bionics launch the Rex system, a set of powered limbs that allow a paraplegic to walk again. Designed...

New Gene Therapy Trials To Test Cure For Bubble Boy Syndrome

New research sponsored at Children’s Hospital Boston will use gene therapy to fix the malfunctioning DNA of children with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), popularly known as the bubble boy syndrome. SCID cripples the...

Teaser Trailer for a 3D Physics Engine? Yes and It’s Amazing (video)

It's a wonderful world we live in where really cool math is starting to get the same fanfare as a Hollywood movie. Thiago Costa, a computer graphics expert with some considerable skill, has released...

Antibody Neutralizes 91% of HIV Strains, Strong Step Towards a Vaccine

Will HIV eventually go the way of smallpox and polio? Earlier this month, scientists at the National Institute of Health (NIH) announced their discovery of three new HIV antibodies, the most powerful of which neutralizes 91%...

Lungs Grown on Scaffolds Breathe After Transplantation in Rats

Scientists have used the remains of old lungs to grow new ones capable of being transplanted. Researchers led by Laura Niklason at Yale University took a set of healthy rat lungs, stripped them of...

Computer Chip Implant to Program Brain Activity, Treat Parkinson’s

An international team of researchers led by Dr. Matti Mintz at the University of Tel Aviv is working on a biomimetic computer chip for brain stimulation that is programmable, responsive to neural activity, and...
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The Solution To Global Population Growth is Saving Children (video)

Think the global human population is growing too quickly? Then work to decrease infant mortality among the world's poor. That's the message that world-class health analyst and statistician Hans Rosling presented at the recent...
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Your Entire Life Recorded – Lifelogging Goes Mainstream

Lifelogging - recording every single minute of your life - is quickly moving from science fiction fantasy to real life phenomenon.  Of course to truly document every minute of your life today is still...

Makerbot 3D Printer Replicates Itself (Kind of)

Makerbot's 3D printer is starting to clone itself. Earlier this summer, Christian Arno (aka Webca) used the CupCake CNC to print out the frame for...another CupCake CNC. Usually made of wood, Webca's printer frame...

The Growing Robot Culture: China Builds Giant Optimus Prime Out of Junk (video)

As if you needed convincing that the world loves robots, China's given us 6 tons of more evidence. That's the weight of the colossal 38 foot tall (11.5 m) statue of Optimus Prime that...

Neato’s Robot Vacuum Cleaned My Home, Yours Could Be Next (video)

Unlike most robot invaders, Neato's XV-11 didn't leave my house a flaming wreck. That's probably because it's a vacuum. The latest technology in robotic cleaners, the XV-11 ($399) is head and shoulders above first...

Give Loved Ones a Digital Tombstone For Free with 1000Memories

We're spending more of our lives online than ever before, so it only makes sense that more of our deaths will be there, too. Websites like 1000Memories provide the means to share photos, memories,...

Android Phone and Lego NXT Solve 7x7x7 Rubik’s Cube (video)

Remember that Lego NXT robot that could solve Rubik's cubes in a variety of sizes at high speed? Well its inventor, David Gilday from the UK (aka IAssemble), has decided to upgrade the larger...

Tokyo’s Digital Billboards Know Who’s Checking Them Out

Be careful if you're riding the trains around Tokyo this summer, the billboards may be watching you. A consortium of 11 Japanese railway companies have teamed up with marketing researchers to determine who looks...

New Cancer Vaccine Kills Lymphoma, Now in Phase III Clinical Trials

Why fight cancer with chemotherapy or radiation when you can teach the immune system to do it for you? Sound far-fetched? In fact, cancer vaccines have already arrived. We’ve recently reported on Provenge, a...

marXbot Feeds Itself By Hot-Swapping Batteries (video)

Swap out a robot's battery, and you feed it for a day. Teach a robot how to swap its own battery...and you better prepare yourself for the robot apocalypse because it doesn't need you...

Is The Movie ‘Inception’ Getting Closer to Reality? (video)

In the upcoming movie Inception, Leonardo DiCaprio plays a criminal with the technology to project himself into the dreams of others. The circumstances of the film seem utter fantasy - amazing special effects are...

NY Times Interviews Replicant While Its Owners Prepare for Digital Resurrection

Modern robots don't make the best conversationalists. That's something that New York Times reporter Amy Harmon found out the hard way. She recently published her interview with Bina48, a robotic head created by Hanson...

New Livers Grown on Scaffolds In Rats

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have successfully grown new livers on the remains of old ones. Using a series of detergents, scientists were able to strip the cells from a rat liver (decellularization), leaving...

Body 2.0 Here We Come: Fitbit Tracks Your Vital Signs 24/7

In the midst of the data and gadget revolutions, a new, crossbreed movement is emerging: around-the-clock health information tracking devices. With healthcare growing more and more expensive, people are turning to alternative ways to take...

MIT’s Pranav Mistry Makes Your Computer Mouse Invisible for $20 (Video)

Take your hand off your computer mouse, Pranav Mistry from MIT is ready to make it disappear. He's designed 'mouseless' - an infrared system that tracks your hand motion and translates it to cursor...

The Best Robot Dances On the Web (Videos)

When you perform as many internet searches for "robot" as I do, you come across a lot of funny videos of people acting like machines. Just a hazard of the trade, I guess.  Here...

Cure For Multiple Sclerosis? Liberation Procedure Moves Forward

For years, scientists have struggled to understand why the immune systems of multiple sclerosis patients attack their own bodies. With such a debilitating disease, a simple cause – and a simple cure –...

Potential Flaws in Longevity Genetics Study

Here at Singularity Hub, any study that shows the genetic origins of extreme longevity – especially one showing huge effects and published in a journal as prestigious as Science – is basically our bread...

Your Mobile Phone Becomes A Robot With Cellbots (video)

Sure, we've all seen robots being controlled by a mobile phone, but how about a robot that is your mobile phone. Cellbots, an open source project based in Silicon Valley, has developed simple robots...

Anybots’ Bipedal and Armed Robots On Hold While Telepresence Launches (video)

Anybots has started to make a name for itself as a telepresence company. Their new QB telerobot will go on sale in October. Yet the Silicon Valley startup has a history of exploring many...

Inside Anybots And The Rise of Human-Size Telepresence Robots (videos)

*Updated 7/12/10 Telerobots are here.Anybots wants to put you inside a robot. The Silicon Valley startup recently announced that their telepresence bot, the QB, will be shipping in October of this year with a price...

Biological Microchip Mimics a Real Lung – It Even Breathes!

Who says biology, engineering, and medicine are different fields? Researchers led by Dr. Donald Ingber at Harvard’s Wyss Institute reported in Science that they have engineered a coin-sized microchip that can be loaded...

Rodney Brooks Leaves MIT, Is Heartland Robotics About To Take Off?

Rodney Brooks is one of the founders of iRobot, and an influential figure in the world of robotics. For the past 26 years he's been a professor at MIT, but that changes starting July...

With Mystery Solved, Promising Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease May Return

Researchers in the UK and Sweden may have solved the mystery as to why a revolutionary treatment for Parkinson's Disease had such disastrous side-effects. From the 1980s through the mid 90s, the big news...

The 1000th Post Is Near…No Wait…It’s Here!

Crack open the champagne and light the fireworks - this is the 1000th post ever published on Singularity Hub.  It has been an exciting year for us at the Hub - in January we...

Implantable Eye Telescope That Treats AMD Now FDA Approved

A telescopic implant that fits directly into the eye to treat certain kinds of blindness has finally received FDA approval for use in the US after more than five years of waiting. The Implantable...

New Reports Show ‘Artificial Pancreas’ Is On Route To Treat Diabetes

An 'artificial pancreas' developed with funding from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) could allow diabetics to control their blood sugar automatically. Consisting of an insulin pump, continuous glucose monitor, and advanced control software,...

Willow Garage Robot Fetches Beer, Engineers Rejoice (Video)

Not convinced that robots are the wave of the future? Maybe an ice cold lager will change your mind. Willow Garage has pulled off the ultimate engineering feat: teaching a robot to fetch you...

Kurzweil’s New Movie “The Singularity is Near” Debuts in New York

Warning: This review might be judged by some as a “spoiler” so be ready! Last Thursday, Ray Kurzweil’s new movie “The Singularity is Near: A True Story About the Future” premiered in New York City...

Terrafugia Car-Plane Gets FAA Aproval, Hitting Skies and Roads 2011

Flying car? Well, the Terrafugia Transition is more like a plane that drives, but it's damn cool looking and has cleared another hurdle on its way to becoming street and sky legal. The Federal...

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