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Celebrate Together When You’re Worlds Apart: Virtual Holiday Dinner (video)

This holiday season 156 people living on six different continents got to eat dinner with their closest friends and loved ones even though they were thousands of miles apart. Was it Christmas magic, a...

Universal Translators in the Next Few Years?

The universal translator is a sci-fi staple: Star Trek made it infamous. Star Wars had C3PO. Hitchhiker’s Guide had the babel fish. Stargate and Dr. Who both had some variation of a voice-to-voice translating...

A Look Inside China’s Robot Restaurant (video)

A restaurant in the city of Jinan in China is making international news by employing some unforgettable waiters. The Dalu Robot Restaurant features six custom built robot servers with some that resemble  the classic...

DNA sequencing for 1/10 the price: Ion Torrent’s sequencer arrives

Thinking of setting up your own genomics lab in the garage? Time to update your Christmas list. The Personal Genome Machine (PGM) by Ion Torrent is a DIY biologist’s fantasy: it’s fast, compact, and...

Fuji, the Bionic Dolphin With the Artificial Fin (video)

In the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, visitors still line up to see the world's first dolphin with an artificial fin. Fuji, now around 40 years old, lost much of her tail years ago to a...

Our Robot Culture: Bots Sell Coca-Cola All Over the World

Every culture has its own bizarre fascination with robots, but in Japan that fascination borders on outright obsession. How else could you explain Vending Machine Red? This eight foot tall robot stomped around Japan...

Robot Uses Air Powered Muscles To Run Like A Human (video)

When you go for a jog do you precisely measure the angle of each of your joints to keep you from falling over? No, of course not, only robots do that ...and if Ryuma...

Man Cured of HIV Using Stem Cells. Fluke or Hope?

Timothy Ray Brown has officially been declared cured of HIV. A US citizen living in Germany with HIV, Brown was treated for leukemia in 2007 at the Charite University of Medicine in Berlin. As...

Innovation and Outreach at the World’s Oldest School of Gerontology

When my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, she surmised, “Hell, something’s gotta kill you.” Well, maybe not. Researchers are working diligently to address the seemingly unavoidable realities of aging and dying. In fact,...

Breath-Taking Aerial Video of New York City – Taken by RC Plane!

Get ready for a view of New York that would make Spiderman jealous. Expert remote control pilot Raphael "Trappy" Pirker recently took his 54 inch Zephyr model plane on a harrowing tour of Manhattan...

Ray Kurzweil: The Mind and How To Build One (video)

Will we ever create an accurate simulation of the human mind? Can we detect and measure consciousness? When will artificial intelligence surpass human intelligence? Humanity has questions about the development of AI, and for...

Stem Cells Into Intestinal Tissue, More Biological Alchemy for Your Body

It's time to check off another item on the list of body parts that we can recreate in a lab. Researchers at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have succeeded in transforming stem cells...

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