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Monthly Archives: November 2010

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Harvard Scientists Reverse Aging in Mice – Total Bullsh*t

According to those idiots over at the Guardian, "Harvard scientists reverse the ageing process in mice – now for humans". As if that were not miraculous enough, the Guardian also claims that "Now...

Stem Cells in Injured Mice Give Them Huge Muscles for Life

A happy accident may hold the key to healing muscle diseases and granting humans incredible physiques. Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Washington discovered that stem cells injected...

Cool Futuristic CityScape Sculpted Out of Nothing But Drill Bits

I spend a good portion of my waking hours contemplating the future, so I was a little amazed when I suddenly saw it crafted out of drill bits. Japanese artist Chu Enoki's sculpture, RPM...
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YellowBird – 360° Videos That You Can Control While Watching

Have you ever watched a video and wondered what was happening off-camera? Wonder no more. YellowBird, a media company in the Netherlands, has developed an amazing 360° video process that allows users to rotate the...

Long Bets: Putting Money Where Your Predictions Are

Think you know what will happen in the future? Would you care to make a wager on that? Since 2002, Long Bets has served as an arena for prognosticators of all calibers to make...

Japan’s Fastest Robot Mouse Takes the Cheese (video)

Every year mice gather in Japan to challenge each other to a game of wits and speed in an elaborate maze. This year's winner was named 'Tetra' and its blazing fast moves have to...

Phones Replace Keys in Swedish Hotel (video)

One day you'll be able to travel the world with nothing more than your smart phone in your pocket. The Clarion Hotel in Stockholm is piloting a new program that will allow guests to check-in,...

FDA Approves ACT’s Embryonic Stem Cell Trial For Blindness – Should We Get Excited?

For only the second time in history, the US FDA has granted approval for clinical trials for a therapy derived from human embryonic stem cells. Advanced Cell Technology (ACT), a Massachusetts based bio-firm, recently...

We’re Hiring! Write For Singularity Hub

The world is advancing exponentially, and that means here at the Hub we need to cover more and more amazing breakthroughs everyday.  Translation: we need more writers!  If you are a talented writer with...

Our Robot Culture: Bots Conquer Commercials (video)

You know you've started to accept robots when you'll buy something just because they tell you too. For decades we've been using our metal minions overlords to pimp everything from motor oil to bathroom...

Must-See Videos of Festo’s Animal Robots

Robots are ripping off nature! ...Good idea. Festo, a multinational robotics firm based in Germany, has made some of the most amazing looking and fun biologically inspired robots out there. We've shown you their...
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Killer Video of Robot Audi Racing Up Pike’s Peak. The Gauntlet Has Been Thrown Down!

It's a trecherous course with more than 12 miles of breakneck turns on dusty mountain roads 14,000 feet high. Pike's Peak is one of the oldest, most impressive, and difficult races in the US,...
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Land Crawler eXtreme is the Freakiest Riding Robot We’ve Seen (video)

If you have nightmares about many-legged bugs carrying away your children then stop reading now. (Also, maybe see a counselor, 'cause that is a weird nightmare.) Land Crawler eXtreme, the latest project from robotics...

Scotland Injects Stem Cells into Man’s Brain to Heal Stroke Damage

There are few medical calamities that terrify as many people as a stroke. Of those that survive the sudden blocks or ruptures in their brain, nearly half suffer permanent damage that will never be...

Man Sells Virtual Real Estate in Online Game for $635,000! WTF?

How much would you pay for a string of ones and zeroes? How about a string of ones and zeroes that grossed you $200,000 a year? Jon "Neverdie" Jacobs made history by selling virtual...

TRON is Coming, You Can Already Drive a Light Cycle On Your Phone (video)

I've crashed my motorcycle dozens of times in the past few days. Don't worry, it's virtual. Coke Zero has teamed up with the upcoming TRON: Legacy movie and created a fun new smart phone...

Singularity Art Show Tonight In San Francisco!

Art and Science may not always be the best of friends, but when they do get together they throw one hell of a party. The Undivided Mind art show opens tonight, Friday November 19th,...

Look Inside $2000 Augmented Reality Glasses (video)

You may think the ability to reshape your world as you see fit would be priceless, but it's not. Vuzix will sell it to you for $2000. Their Wrap920AR glasses allow users to combine...

Shirts for Kids Who Like Robots

Rejoice nerdy parents, I have found the apparel which will appease the appetites of your unruly adolescents. An internet-based clothing company has hit upon a brilliant business plan - they design shirts for kids...

Hacked iRobot Uses XBox Kinect to See The World, Obey Commands

Millions are drinking the Kinect Kool-aid, jumping around in front of their XBox and playing games by flailing their bodies. Now a student at MIT's Personal Robotics Group is going to put all that...

Cyborg Professor to Implant Camera on Back of Head

Hi Art, I'd like you to meet Cybernetics. I think the two of you are going to get along just fine. Modern artists have done a lot of strange things for the sake of their...

Obama Meets Japanese Robots, Refuses To Surrender (video)

During his recent trip through Asia, US President Barack Obama was introduced to a very unique type of Japanese citizen: the robotic kind. In a brief press event during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation...

AI Journalist Covers Every Division I College Basketball Team

It's a good day for sports fans, but a weird one for sports writers. North Carolina-based startup Statsheet has launched 347 new websites, one for every Division I college basketball team in the US....

The E-Tomb: Let Your Grave Join the Social Network

Some people put roses on graves, others leave photos, toys, or sweets. But now that we've reached the digital age, in lieu of flowers, please send tweets. It's time for the tombstone to be upgraded for...

Dairy Farms Go Robotic, Cows Have Never Been Happier (video)

Be careful, humans: cows and robots have learned how to work together - who knows what this union could produce if we let it flourish unchecked. Lely, an international agriculture corporation recently unveiled their...

Check Out These Incredible Robot Costumes

Dressing up as a robot does not give you special powers...unless you count looking awesome as a special power. With Halloween well past us I was finally able to hunt down videos for all...

Robonova Plays Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the Piano (video)

Move over keyboard cat, there's a new ham-fisted pianist ready to capture the hearts and minds of the internet. Alyssa Batula, a graduate student at Drexel University's Music Entertainment Technology (MET) Lab, has taught...

Will Life-Logging Be Led by Xtreme Sports and Thrill Seekers? (video)

We all have events in our lives that we wish we could remember better. A photographic memory would sure come in handy. Luckily, technology could provide us with one. An increasing number of people...

Goertzel Tells Us Not To Fear The Machine

Below is a guest post written by Dr. Ben Goertzel CEO of AI software company Novamente LLC and bioinformatics company Biomind LLC; leader of the open-source OpenCog Artificial General Intelligence software project; Chairman of Humanity+; Chief Technology...

UK Spends $9 Million To Develop An STD Test For Your Smart Phone

HIV, herpes, syphilis...one day there will be an App for that. Researchers in the UK are developing a device which could enable you to test yourself for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) using your smart...

New Colon Cancer Screening Tests the DNA in Your Poop (video)

Usually testing for colon cancer involves sticking things up your bum, but the newest tests for the disease are more concerned about what comes out. Exact Sciences (NASDAQ: EXAS) is developing a screening process...

BGI – China’s Genomics Center Has A Hand in Everything

When it comes to genomics, China seems a little like the proverbial kid in the candy store - she wants a taste of everything. Of course, unlike the child, China might be making a...

SpectroPen Lets Surgeons Find Tumors, Leave No Cancer Behind

Even to experienced surgeons, the inside of your body can look like one indecipherable undulating pink mass of flesh. When removing a tumor it's crucially important to extract all the cancerous cells, but how...

23andMe Raises $22 Million in Funding – SNP Genetics Isn’t Dead

23andMe, one of the pioneering companies of personal genetics, is ramping up for another round of growth. According to a recent press release, the Mountain View based DNA analysis business raised more than $22...

Michio Kaku: Invisibility Cloaks, Programmable Matter, Singularity

Futurists come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. Michio Kaku is like a giant coconut ice cream cone of techno-realism. The seasoned physicist is a professor at CUNY with an impressive resume of publications...

Post Human Era – Transhumanism Music You Can Dance To

Artists love to say their music has a message, but what happens when that message is "the Singularity is Near"? Musician Daniel Finfer creates albums that explore the concepts and consequences of accelerating technology...

Transforming Your Skin Into Blood (video)

Researchers at McMaster University in Canada have performed biological alchemy - they managed to convert skin cells into blood cells. The team, lead by Mick Bhatia, used proteins and cytokines to induce human fibroblasts...

Retina Implant Restores Vision, Lets Cyborgs See IR Spectrum!

Scientists in Germany have developed a retina implant to restore vision to the blind that hints at the augmentation cyborgs may receive in the future. The device, developed by Retina Implant AG, is an...

Complete Genomics Gears Up for IPO This Week

Open up your financial umbrellas, Complete Genomics is going to make it rain. The Mountain View startup has built a name for itself as one of the premier providers of whole genome sequencing for...

Videos of Japan’s 3D Hologram Rock Star Hatsune Miku in HD!

Everyone gets a little obsessed with famous musicians now and then, but things get really weird when the famous musician is actually just a piece of software. Hatsune Miku is a rising star in...

Fish Oil Fails To Treat Alzheimer’s

A recent study from Oregon Health and Sciences University casts doubt on whether fish oil may help patients with Alzheimer's Disease. For 18 months, patients with the illness where given either 2 grams a...

Robot Operating System Celebrates 3rd Birthday with Exponential Growth (video)

Open source robotics is working. For the past three years, the Robot Operating System (ROS) has served as one of the premier libraries for robotics code in the world. Software shared through ROS is...

China Owns the Fastest Supercomputer …Now What? (video)

Early in October, China revealed that they have developed the world's fastest supercomputer at their National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin. Known as the Tianhe-1A, the machine is capable of a remarkable 2.5 petaflops....

Genetic ‘Secret’ Shows Why Some People With HIV Don’t Get AIDS

If you've ever taken a class on sexually transmitted diseases, you were probably taught this fact: once you contract HIV, you will eventually get AIDS. Yet for about 1 in every 300 people this...

New Augmented Reality Software Removes Objects From Video Feeds In Realtime

What if you could remove all the ugliness in the world? It's not a hypothetical question. Researchers at Ilmenau University of Technology in Germany have developed a new augmented reality technique that erases images...

Android Crushing iPhone – Open Source For the Win

Google's Android is spreading like wildfire.  In little more than a year phones based on Google's Android OS have gone from clumsy looking wimps to worthy Apple iphone competitors.  The latest reports show that...

New Skin Printer Could Print You Some New Skin

Healing your wounds quickly and safely may be as easy as filling an inkjet printer with your cells. Wake Forest's Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) and the Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM)...

Google Street View Is Recording the Entire World

Google has already conquered the world. Since its inception in spring of 2007, Google's Street View application on their maps has allowed users to explore the real world through the comfort of their desk....

Entire Buildings Turned into 3D TVs – Awesome Videos

Sometimes an idea is so good, that everyone has it at the same time. Sony, Samsung, and Toshiba, three major forces behind 3D television sets, each decided to promote their new TV technology with...

New Vaccine May Finally Rid World Of Polio

Researchers in India and Switzerland have found that a relatively new vaccine may hold the key to eradicating Polio from the face of the Earth. Bivalent oral poliovirus vaccine (bOPV) not only performs as...

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