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Help Accelerate Nanotechnology: Donate to the Foresight Institute With Matching Gifts Through Jan 15th

For twenty five years the Foresight Institute has been one of the leading proponents of nanotechnology, and 2011 was no exception. A 25th anniversary conference in June gathered visionary minds like Moon Express' Barney...
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Q&A with Filmmaker Jason Silva as He Preaches the Philosophy of the Singularity

There are many futurists and techno-optimists in the world, but there is only one Jason Silva. The former host of Current TV, and fledgling documentary filmmaker is a force of personality and energy that...

Want To Play Connect 4? The Nao Robot Is Ready to be Your Board Game Buddy

A team out of France has taught a robot how to play the classic board game Connect Four, but this isn't some mere act of technical expertise. The Nao robot can not only strategize...

Moverio – The Virtual 80-Inch, 3D Television You Wear On Your Face

Check Facebook posts, the Twitter feed, text someone, Google that actor in that movie you saw that time…watch a 3D movie. Epson has come up with yet another way for us to tune out...
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This Next Generation Vending Machine Has A Touchscreen And A 65-Inch HD Display (video)

We all know that robots are getting smarter, but their food-dispensing cousins are getting pretty bright in their own right. No longer the mundane machines that collect money and dispense soda and candy bars,...
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Scanadu Raises $2M For Medical Tricorder (video)

Star Trek fans rejoice, the Tricorder is here. Medical tech startup Scanadu has created a scanner that appears to have been inspired by those of Drs. McCoy and Crusher. The ‘Medical Tricorder’ scanner can take...
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Petman – Finally A Robot That Looks Like Terminator (video)

Look out cute and cuddly Nao. Get out of the way ever-attentive Asimo, a new robot’s on the march and he can smash both of you and your girly-man voices with his pinky –...
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Google Shoots Down One Company’s Plans To Turn Street View Into A First Person Shooting Game (video)

I guess it was only a matter of time before someone equipped Google Street View navigators with a gun. Pool Worldwide, a Dutch advertising company, did just that. The M4A1 pointed menacingly at blurry-faced...

CDC Issues New Guidelines for Tuberculosis As Drug-Resistant Forms Spread

The 500,000 year-old pathogen responsible for tuberculosis (TB) has infected 1 out of every 3 people on the planet, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Though other worldwide infectious diseases, such as HIV, influenza,...
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The NAO Humanoid Robot Gets Slimmer And Smarter With NAO Next Gen (video)

The next generation of our favorite two-foot, programmable, French robot, NAO, has just been released by Aldebaran Robotics. NAO Next Gen is not only smarter and more physically stable, but increased versatility means the...

Latest Victory For Regenerative Medicine: Pituitary Grown From Embryonic Stem Cells

Chalk up another part of the body that can be grown from stem cells – at least in mice. Scientists in Japan have induced mouse embryonic stem cells to form a pituitary in the...

Drug Cartels Spare No Expense, Make Tunnels High Tech (video)

In a twisted kind of way, this is really cool. Federal authorities discovered a drug-smuggling tunnel linking San Diego and Tijuana. Not a small-time shovel job, the tunnel measured 600 yards long, had a...
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New Gene Therapy Stops The Bleeding In Hemophilia Patients (video)

Finally, some good news about gene therapy. And just in time for the holidays. A recent study showed that giving hemophilia patients blood clotting genes can partially make up for their deficiencies and reduce bleeding....

How Social Media Is Ruining Your Mind

The ongoing creation of Web 2.0 has transformed the average internet denizen into a strange hybrid of producer and consumer. Everyone is now a 'prosumer', and this new role is apparently very addictive. Social...

Chinese Company Continues Plan To Replace Workforce With 500,000 Robots

How to deal with the rising cost of running your factory? Get rid of all those inefficient humans and hire robots instead. Citing labor shortage and rising wages Hon Hai, the world’s largest contract...
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TouchFire – The Keyboard Your iPad Has Been Waiting For

Perfect design is like Big Foot– maybe it exists, but it rarely gets seen. Steven Isaac and Brad Melmon may have created a Yeti of an iPad accessory with their TouchFire screen top keyboard....

Academia.edu – $4.5M in Funding, 3M Unique Monthly Visitors – Can They Change Science Publication?

Don't call it “Facebook for Scientists” - it's not about socializing, it's about knowledge. Academia.edu may appear to be a social network, but it's actually focused on allowing scholars all over the world to...
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A Drop-In Solution for Replacing Human Labor? Kawada’s Nextage Robot

Automation poses a real threat to the factory worker – two armed robots like Nextage can perform many of the same tasks as a human, but only take as much money to run as...
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Blueseed Project To Overcome Immigration Bureaucracy By Building Startup Incubator In the Ocean

Bureaucracy? Ha. Work Visas? Ha. A seasteader craves not these things. The Blueseed Project is one of the more exciting, and by some estimates outrageous, solutions to the bureaucratic hurdles that face many new...

Shopping for the Holidays with a Singularity Twist – A Robot Tea Infuser for the Nerd You Love

Their long delayed quest to kill all humans will just have to wait another day – these robots are taking a tea interval. This holiday season Singularity Hub wants to spend a brief moment...

How Dangerous Is Your Street? Find Out With New Traffic Fatality Maps (video)

Ever wonder how safe that street corner is you cross or turn at every day on your way to work? It seems busy, sure, but you’ve never actually seen an accident, much less anyone...

Freezing Life: Cryogenics Is The Last Hope For Many Endangered Species

The Great Barrier Reef is dying. As pollution and other man-made influences threaten the reef, which is not expected to survive past 2050, Australian scientists are taking measures to freeze the corals’ demise –...

American Middle Class Dwindles As Household Income Drops To 1996 Levels

Back in 1999, middle-class Americans were following the impeachment trial of President Clinton, reeling from the Columbine shootings, and fretting about Y2K. But if they knew then what we know today, they would have...
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The Singularity Summit Videos – A Treasure Trove For Futurist Geeks (video)

The Singularity Summit 2011 took place in New York this past October 15th and 16th. Once again the meeting was was filled with a lot of smart people, a lot of thought-provoking discussion, and...
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Smartphone Pushes – Urban Airship Raises Millions of Dollars, To Send Billions of Notifications a Month

In the future, apps on your smart phone will know where you are, what you want, and how to grab your attention. That future is here. For those that own a smart phone or...

Robotics Meets Architecture: 50 Quadcopters To Autonomously Build 20ft Tower

A new generation of architects is on the march. Leaving their rulers and compasses behind, these builders are trading in their blueprints for algorithms and putting the finer details of design in the hands...
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New Startup Romotive Turns Your Smartphone Into A Robot (video)

How awesome is Romo the Smartphone Robot? Without knowing anything about it, you simply have to look at the robot’s Kickstarter page. The pledge goal was $32,000. The robot has raised $114,796. I’d say these...

Step Inside Buildings and Restaurants With Google Maps Interior View

Google keeps moving forward with their secret mission to make it possible for people to never leave their houses. If you haven’t seen it yet, those buildings that just got a 3D upgrade in...
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What Is The Great Garbage Patch In The North Pacific? (video)

In the North Pacific swirls an enormous clockwise vortex generated by four converging currents from the north, south, east, and west. Like a slow and steady whirlpool, the North Pacific Ocean Gyre, as these...
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Seafaring Robots Begin Record-Breaking, 300-Day Journey Halfway Around The World (video)

Meet Piccard Maru, Fontaine Maru, Benjamin, and Papa Mau, the four sea-faring robots that set out from San Francisco November 17th for a 300-day journey that will take them to Australia and Japan. Named...
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Obese Monkeys Given Miracle Weight Loss Pill (video)

Do we finally have a miracle weight loss drug? I mean, for real this time? The data seems to support such a claim, at least for overweight monkeys that simply can’t drop those extra...

Financial Priorities Force Geron To End Human Trials For Promising Stem Cell Treatment

The promise of future stem cell treatments just took a significant hit. Biopharmaceutical trailblazer Geron Corporation just called it quits as far as their stem cell research program goes. Citing an uncertain economy and a...

Prisonless: How Modern Technology Allows Prisoners To Walk And Live Among Us

Have you ever thought about how ineffective different parts of our legal system are? I've often thought about how restraining orders are such a quaint throw-back to a time before technology: So-and-so might do...

Mysterious Structures In Chinese Desert Captured By Satellite Explained…Most Probably (video)

There’s nothing like satellite pictures of strange structures in the Chinese countryside to spark an online conspiracy debate. News sites all over the web are posting the mysterious pictures and receiving a flood of...

Now Available At Wal-Mart: Credit Card Processer That Plugs Into Your Smart Phone

Don’t you just hate it when you try pay for something and they don’t take credit cards? I mean, who carries cash these days? Well, now even those small corner stores will be getting...

Surgeon Uses 3D Printer To Make Models Of Bone – And Saves Hospital Bookoo Bucks

While necessity is the mother of invention, frustratingly high costs can motivate us to ask if there’s another way. Mark Frame, an orthopedic surgeon in training, came up with a new way to make...

Copper’s New Role: Germ Killer

We’ve already got hand sanitizer at every entrance and waiting room, signs in the bathrooms to remind us to wash our hands when we leave, and signs in the hallway reminding us to cover...
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NASA Launches Next Generation Weather And Climate Satellite (video)

In the early morning hours of Friday, October 28, the NPP satellite blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. To the profound relief of the engineers that have witnessed continual project setbacks...
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A First Look At The Slimmer And Smarter Asimo Humanoid Robot (video)

Wanna get a glimpse of what the future will look like? Take a look at the all-new Asimo humanoid robot. Honda’s star robot has polished its act by not only improving past capabilities, but...
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LifeStraw Brings Clean Water To Almost One Million In Kenya (video)

Most of us take access to clean water for granted. But for nearly a billion people around the world, clean water is a commodity that’s hard to come by. In places like Sub-Saharan Africa...
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Latest Hatsune Miku Videos in High Definition – Virtual Singer Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

Good news for all you Hatsune Miku fans: the virtual diva is ready for you to enjoy in high definition. Ever since her US debut in Los Angeles this past summer, bootleg copies of...
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A Real World ‘Superhero’ Living in Seattle? Another Strange Byproduct of Technology’s Advance

Get ready for a new kind of hero...the really laughable kind. By day he's 23 year old Benjamin Fodor - husband and father. By night he's Phoenix Jones, the leader of Seattle's growing superhero...
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Knewton, The Adaptive Learning Company, Receives $33 Million To Revolutionize Learning (Video)

The way you learn is about to change. At least Knewton, the makers of an innovative Adaptive Learning Platform, would like that to be true, and they just got a lot of money to...
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Wherever You Go, Cameras Are Watching You

The modern digital camera is small enough to fit on a phone, powerful enough to record in high definition, and popular enough to be almost everywhere. With the rise of camera technology have come...
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Sphero, the $130 Robot Ball That’s Also a Video Game, Rolls Out in December

Robots. Video Games. Smart phones. What do they all have in common? Sphero. The robotic ball that you control via your iOS or Android device is the flagship product of startup Orbotix. Not only...
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The Most Incredible Video Game Simulator Ever Built Brings Battlefield 3 To Life…With Pain

Any video game enthusiast can buy a home theater system and improve their playing experience, but it takes a real group of obsessive lunatics fans to build a simulator that hurts you just to...
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The Latest Updates to Augmented Reality: 3D and Gravity

Augmented reality allows you to look through the camera on your mobile phone and see a digital world superimposed on the real one. Metaio allows augmented reality to actually understand the physical world. The...
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From the Amazon to the Alps, Google Street View Takes You Beyond The Streets

The journey towards a completely digitized life takes some very subtle steps, and Google is one of the companies doing most of the walking. Open up any web browser, fire up Google Maps, and...
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TRON Light Cycle Is Real and Ready for the Streets – And You Can Win One!

Behold! The most badass motorcycle your geek eyes will ever see is here. The TRON Light Cycle isn't just in movies anymore - a full scale and working model of the motorcycle is riding...
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Google’s AI Challenge: Who Can Build The Smartest Ant Colony

Want to prove to Google that you've got some serious programming chops? Then you better prepare yourself for war. Ant war. The Fall 2011 AI Challenge, sponsored by the giant of search engines, is...

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