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Weight Loss Pill Recommended By FDA Panel, Company’s Stock Doubles

Want to lose weight? Well now there’s a drug that allows you to shed ten percent of your body weight – no exercising, no unsavory dieting necessary! Just take a pill and start watching...

Lab-Grown Burger To Be Served In Six Months

A number of laboratories around the world are trying to grow meat in a Petri dish. So far we’ve heard about clumps of cells grown from stem cells with the hope that those cells...

The Logic Behind Bailing Out the Auto Industry: Job Creation With Robotics

"Today, I'm calling for all of us to come together- private sector, industry, universities, and the government - to spark a renaissance in American manufacturing and help our manufacturers develop the cutting-edge tools they...

How Should a Singulatarian Vote?

As the 2012 U.S. Presidential election draws near, many followers of the Singularity are asking themselves how their vote might best reflect their desire for a positive outcome. There is even a movement to...
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Ekso Bionics Sells its First Set of Robot Legs Allowing Paraplegics to Walk

Mark down February 14th, 2012 as the day when exoskeletons became an established medical therapy. Ekso Bionics, formerly Berkeley Bionics and creators of the HULC army exoskeleton, have delivered their first commercial lower body...
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Transforming Skin Cells into Neurons Leads to New Insights for Alzheimer’s

Researchers at UC San Diego have created a new weapon in the fight against Alzheimer's: living neurons in the lab. Lead by Laurence Goldstein, director of UCSD's Stem Cell Program, the team of scientists...
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New ‘Robot and Frank’ Movie Looks Like A Realistic Portrayal Of The Not-Too-Distant-Future

Get excited Singularitarians, a new robot movie’s coming out. But don't expect them to transform into gigantic battle bots and destroy whole city blocks, and don’t expect them to turn on their human keepers...
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Chronicle Movie’s Real Superpower? Cameras.

What if three young high school students became more than just ordinary teenagers, and what if an action-packed blockbuster movie was about more than it seemed? I just got back from watching Chronicle, the...

Brain Scans Detect Autism In Six Month Olds

Autism is normally diagnosed in children at around 18 months to 2 years of age, when parents see odd behavior and take their child to the doctor. Unfortunately, by the time outward symptoms are...

Drug Delivery Microchip Implanted in Patients, Passes Human Trial

A remote drug delivery system has successfully been tested in a human trial. A microchip was implanted in 8 women and delivered a drug to treat osteoporosis once a day for 20 days. There...
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Starting March 1st, A Red License Plate in Nevada Means the Driver is a Robot!

*UPDATE: Nevada DMV director Bruce Breslow wrote into the Hub, see his comments below.* An extended campaign in Nevada by Google has led to a new host of provisions which will allow automated cars to...

U.S. Being Left In The Dust Of The Global Telecommuting Revolution

A recent poll from Ipsos/Reuters shows the extent of workplace evolution as well as the fallout of globalization. Nearly 1 in 5 (17%) of the over 11,000 users from 24 countries polled online indicated...
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“Heart Stop Beating” – New Film Documents Heartless Man

By criteria doctors conventionally use to analyze patients, Craig Lewis was dead. He had no heartbeat, no pulse, his EKG was flatlined. Yet he left the hospital and returned home to his wife. Drs. Billy...
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The First Kickstarter Project to Raise $2 Million is an Adventure Video Game!

The future of video games is in the hands of the crowd...and it looks like it's going to be a great adventure. In the last week, Double Fine Adventure has become the highest grossing...
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Canadian Man Excavates His Basement Using R/C Trucks Over 7 Years!

One man's incredible hobby is another man's vision of the future. Since June of 2005, farmer Joe Murray has been excavating a basement in his home in Saskatchewan Canada using only radio controlled vehicles....

Free Facial Recognition With KLIK: Point Your Phone At Friends, It Knows Who They Are

I never forget a face. Neither, apparently, does my iPhone. KLIK, the exciting new app from Face.com, can automatically recognize faces through the smart phone's camera. Just open the app, take a photo, and...
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A Vintage Toy Robot Website For The Nostalgic Nerd In All Of Us

There’s nothing like vintage toys to take us back to days gone by, and there’s nothing like vintage robot toys to take us back to nerdy days gone by. One toy collector, known in...

Gene Therapy For Blind Again A Success, More Patients To Be Treated

In 2009, 12 people participated in a clinical trial through which they received an experimental gene therapy for an inherited form of blindness. The correct form of the gene, meant to replace their faulty...

Scientists Use Brain Waves To Eavesdrop On What We Hear

The day we can scan a person’s brain and “hear” their inner dialogue just got closer. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley recorded brain activity in patients while the patients listened to a...

While Average Lifespans Increase, 114 Remains A Stubborn And Mysterious Upper Bound. Why?

Ray Kurzweil predicts that in the coming decades the term “life expectancy” will become irrelevant. By then medical advances and nanotechnology will be such effective tools with which to repair our bodies as they...

Latest Game In The Star Wars Universe Cost $200 Million, Inspires Millions To Envision The Post-Singularity World

On December 20, 2011, a new chapter in the Star Wars universe was unleashed on the world. After 5 years in development at a cost estimated at around $200 million, Bioware, in partnership with Electronic...

Can A Free Online Education Land You A Job? The Era Of Online Education Dawns

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently announced an initiative to create a learning platform for online education. Preliminarily dubbed "MITx", the initiative aims to take the MIT's OpenCourseWare program, which provides nearly all...
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Special FX Guru Aaron Sims Unveils ‘Archetype’ – New Short Film on Robots With Memories

What good is a killing machine that's developed a conscience? In Aaron Sims' exciting new short film Archetype, RL7 is a devastatingly powerful military robot that seems to be remembering its past life...as a...

Ray Kurzweil for President (Seriously?)

Ray Kurzweil has made a name for himself by forecasting important trends in consumer technology, global politics, and computer intelligence. Yet even Kurzweil couldn't predict the latest disruptive event in his life: Ray's running...

Want to Prepare Your Kids for the Singularity? Read Jonathan Mugan’s The Curiosity Cycle

In the future your children won't just be competing against other children, they'll be pitted against robots and computers too. What's a parent to do? Teach them about the best parts of being human:...
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Meet The Author Of “Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That’s OK”

Growth is a good thing, right? It’s the buzzword on seemingly every politician’s lips, the answer to our economic woes. You know this if you watched President Obama’s latest State of the Union Address....
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The Era of Robotic Warfare Has Arrived – 30% of All US Military Aircraft are Drones

Some herald it as the cure for terrorism, others deride it as mindless video game warfare, but few doubt that the American era of drone warfare has arrived. From short range surveillance craft like...

Hospital Throws Down $25,000 Prize To Decode Genomic Information

Children's Hospital Boston recently announced a $25,000 competition for the development of an interpretation and communication system that can deliver genomic information from the lab to physicians and patients. As the cost of genome sequencing...
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Boston Dynamics Takes Alpha Dog Military Robot Out For Its First Walk

First there were porters, then beasts of burden, then mechanized vehicles. And now we’re back to beasts of burden – and I mean beast! Yesterday Boston Dymanics took their Alpha Dog for a walk...
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Man Receives New Bionic Hand With Electronic Opposable Thumb

On January 12 Matt Razink received a prosthetic hand equipped with an electric opposable thumb. The Michelangelo Hand has given Razink so much added control that he no longer needs to change attachments according...

High-Speed Photography Captures Art In Drops Of Water

Jim Kramer is an amateur photographer, but his subjects aren't waterfalls or cityscapes. He narrows his focus on a natural process that most of us see everyday but rarely take notice of. He captures...

Another First For 3D Printing – Woman Receives Jaw Implant

An 83-year-old woman suffering from a lower jaw infection became the first person to receive a jaw implant manufactured with a 3D printer. Infections such as hers are normally remedied with reconstructive surgery, but...

Kurzweil Featured In Superbowl Ad? Yes, It’s True!

If you were watching the Superbowl yesterday then you were probably as stunned as I was to see none other than Ray Kurzweil featured in a Best Buy commercial about "phone innovators".  Has the...
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Google’s Eric Schmidt On Collective Intelligence: “In God We Trust…But All Others Bring Data”

There are few people in the world with a resume like Eric Schmidt. Just finishing his decade long run as Google's CEO, Schmidt is also a former Apple board member, former Stanford Business School...
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Flying Robotic Swarm of Nano Quadrotors Gets Millions of Views, New Company

These acrobatic robots can launch themselves through rings, duck and weave around obstacles, and even fly through your bedroom window. Hell, they can construct your bedroom window. Flying quadrotors first developed at UPenn's GRASP...
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Computer Algorithm Used To Make Movie For Sundance Film Festival

Indie movie makers can be a strange bunch, pushing the envelope of their craft and often losing us along the way. In any case, if you’re going to produce something unintelligible anyway, why not...
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Dropping the F-BOMB, A Disposable Spy Computer Funded by DARPA

Attach a camera to a drone, fly the drone around the back of the house, locate the bad guys. Robotic UAVs are being used for surveillance by everyone from the military to local law...
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A Look At BMW’s Semi-Autonomous Driving Car

While robotic cars have a ways to go yet before rolling (themselves) out onto showroom floors, BMW is incorporating driver assistance features into its cars that drivers can use – and they can sell...
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Take A Look At Dropcam’s New High-Definition Surveillance Camera

The dropcam surveillance camera was already about as user-friendly as could be, now it’s added high-definition video and two-way audio to its arsenal of awesomeness. The previous model, Dropcam Echo rolled out in 2010,...

The Current State Of Wind Power — 2012 Should Be The Biggest Year Yet

When Barack Obama ran for President back in 2008, one of the 'changes' that he set forth was a New Energy Plan for America, which included a requirement that by 2012, 10% of US...

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