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Can Petridish Become The Kickstarter Of Science? We Ask The CEO

Science in the U.S. is slated for a devastating blow on January 2, 2013 when the debt deal Congress passed last year kicks in, implementing a 9% cut in science funding lasting until 2021. While university...
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New Video Of Sand Flea Robot Leaping (Onto) Tall Buildings 30ft High

It doesn’t look like much, kind of a simple RC car. That is, until it jumps. Boston Dynamics just released a video of their Sand Flea robot, and man can it jump. It rolls around,...
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First User Of Google’s Self-Driving Car Is Legally Blind

Google has released a video taken in January of the first user of it's self-driving car, Daniel "Steve" Mahan, who is 95 percent blind. The video shows Steve casually sitting in the driver seat...
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Speech Jamming Gun From Japan Silences People From Up To 34 Meters Away

Usually when someone says they're going to silence you with a gun, you should start worrying about bullet holes. Japan's SpeechJammer gun, however, can keep you quiet without aerating your shirt. This prototype device...
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Google Maps Now Lets You Take A Virtual Boat Ride Down The Amazon

I am continually surprised at the extent to which Google Maps cameras have travelled to bring us street views from so many places along the paved world. Just last year they took us on...

If You’re Not Advertising Online, How Screwed Are You? Great Infographic On Growth of Digital Ads

A dozen years ago the world didn't even have social media. Now it's a major portion of many marketing budgets...and it's only one of many ways in which digital ads are changing how companies...

Dr. Fill, The Crossword Playing Computer Competes At American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

Inspired by Watson’s success on Jeopardy!, AI specialist Matthew Ginsberg wanted to see if computers could out-duel humans in another language-based game. What he created was Dr. Fill, a software program that fills in...

Singularity University To Incubate Synthetic Biology Startups With New Program

Synthetic biology is poised to become one of the big technologies of the 21st Century – a game changing area of science that could alter everything we know about health, energy, and humanity. But...

Telepresence Robot To Join Doctors On Rounds Next Month

Another robot wants to give busy doctors the ability to be in two places at one time. Reminiscent of – and resembling – iRobot’s AVA, the Telepresence Puppet is a telemedicine platform that allows...

Neutrino Beam Carries Message Through 240 Meters Of Solid Rock

One of the earliest demonstrations of the Samuel Morse’s telegraph was used to bring updates of the Democratic National Convention in Baltimore to lawmakers in Washington D.C. The year was 1884, and newspapers all...

TacoCopter – Tacos Delivered Straight to Your Home With GPS Guided Quadcopters

Quadcopters plus tacos plus a delivery service equals a college student's dream, and with it, rampant speculation across the web. Around since last July, the TacoCopter website suddenly grabbed the web's attention days ago...
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Smart Phones, WebCams, and Computers are Changing Cinema – Watch The Disposable Film Festival Here

Let's be frank: these days a trip to the movies often ends in more disappointment than intellectual stimulation and wonder. Last night, however, my film-watching experience blew me away. I attended the Disposable Film...

51 Percent Of Total Online Traffic is Non-Human

It probably is no surprise to most that much of online traffic isn't human. Hacker software, spam, or innocuous data collection from search engines all get their slice of the bandwidth pie. But what...

100-Year Old Wonder Drug Now Shown To Prevent Cancer and Heart Attacks

For years, research has shown that aspirin is beneficial in preventing heart attacks. Now new studies support its ability to prevent cancer as well. Considering that cardiovascular disease and cancer are the two leading...

3D Printer Cranks Out Exquisite Structures Smaller Than Dust Mites And Sets A New World Record

Researchers from the Vienna University of Technology have refined a 3D printing technique to make incredibly small structures at record-breaking speeds. The technique, called two-photon lithography, allows the sculpting of intricate objects with micron...
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The Next Stop on Your Journey Towards Longevity: The Personalized Life Extension Conference

What do you do after pushing the world for 25 years to invest in nanotechnology? Try to live forever, of course. Christine Peterson, co-founder and former president of the Foresight Institute, is also a...

Amazon Goes Robotic, Acquires Kiva Systems, Makers Of The Warehouse Robot

In a move that makes so much sense one wonders why it didn’t happen sooner, Amazon has acquired Kiva Systems, makers of the warehouse robot. The acquisition, which took place on Monday, cost $775...

Raising The Mammoth – Russian And Korean Scientists Set Out To Bring Back The Extinct Giant

South Korean and Russian scientists have agreed on a project right out of “Jurassic Park.” Maybe not as cool as resurrecting T. Rex, but bringing back a woolly mammoth is sure to attract paying...

Twine, The Gadget That Senses Your Environment And Tweets You, Is Coming In May

For every kid who tinkered with electronics or learned how to program on an old computer, creating a gadget that someday everyone would want to own was merely a dream. But times have changed,...

8,200+ Strong, Researchers Band Together To Force Science Journals To Open Access

Academic research is behind bars and an online boycott by 8,209 researchers (and counting) is seeking to set it free...well, more free than it has been. The boycott targets Elsevier, the publisher of popular journals like Cell and The...
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Encyclopedia Britannica Ends Print Version After 244 Years, Now Completely Digital

The digital age has claimed yet another victim. Citing the fact that most of their users already utilize their digital version, Encyclopaedia Britannica is doing away with print. It marks the end of a...

1.5 Million Lessons And Growing: ShowMe App Emerges as Leader in iPad Digital Education Revolution

In 2011, the poster child of digital education was the Khan Academy, Sal Khan's brainchild of over 3,000 lessons, but a new star is emerging for 2012 that's taking Khan's approach to the crowd....
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Football’s Not A Rough Sport Until A Bunch Of Japanese Robots Play It

When my brother and I were young we used to get on opposite sides of the kitchen and slam our matchbox cars into high-speed, head-on collisions. Our mom didn’t think it made much sense.   Which...

Privilege Has Its Rewards — How Longevity Will Become The New Class Inequality

Here's a news flash that isn't really new: the rich live longer than everyone else. Now, on the surface, this seems like a no-brainer. The ability to afford the best of everything should translate...
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Archetype Futuristic Viral Video to Become Feature Film. Aaron Sims Uses Youtube, Web to Conquer Hollywood

Sometimes dreams do come true, just ask special effects guru and burgeoning director Aaron Sims. His short film, Archetype, looks like a blockbuster Hollywood movie, and now it has a chance to become one....

India Plans To Create 12 Times The Number Of Colleges As The U.S. By 2020

After 20 years of economic reforms, India is emerging into a new prosperity thanks to progressive polices and globalization, which has reduced poverty and helped its middle class thrive. But now, the country faces a seemingly...
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Most Viral Video of all Time? Kony Video Released 7 Days Ago Has 70+ Million Views

This weekend I became the 55,240,519th person to view a certain YouTube video. Can you guess which one? After being posted on March 5th, a video about a murderous leader of an Ugandan guerrilla...
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The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 In Action

Just when you thought the Parrot AR.Drone was awesome, it gets awesomer. Parrot gave quadricopter enthusiasts a sneak peek at its new AR.Drone 2.0 at CES Las Vegas. Sporting new HD cameras it can...
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NETRA, The $2 Device That Turns Your Smartphone Into An Eye Test

About two billion people worldwide suffer from visual impairments brought on by refractive errors when light entering the eye isn’t properly focused. Uncorrected common refractive errors like nearsightedness and farsightedness are the second leading...
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Robot Begs to be Allowed to Live – Don’t Miss The Impressive “Kara” Video Demo from Quantic Dream

How human does a robot have to act before the world will think it's alive? Video game studio Quantic Dream, makers of the 2010 hit Heavy Rain, unleashed an intriguing demo at the recent...
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Mobile Payment Revolution Continues With The IPad Cash Register From Square

Makers of mobile credit card reader, Square, have taken the next logical step. Not only can your iPad become a credit card reader, it can become a cash register now too. The fast-growing startup has...
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Flying Robots Rock the James Bond Theme Song to Amaze Onlookers at TED 2012

My confidence in humanity's superiority over robots has been shaken...but not stirred. Flying drones can play the James Bond theme song from the series of famous action films. In one of the most fun...
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Futulele Combines iPad And iPhone Into Real Functioning Ukulele

Forget the cloud, here’s a new way to sync your Apple devices that’s sure to get your toes tapping – or hips swinging. Amidio Inc, makers of the popular OMGuitar have created the Futulele,...
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Need a Little Robotic Help Around the House? Say Hello to Romeo

Good help is hard to find. So why not just build it? Project Romeo is a €10 million project aimed at creating a robotic helper for those who can no longer live on their...
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Around the World Without a Drop Of Gasoline – Solar-Powered Catamaran Nears End Of More Than Two Years At Sea

Right now crossing the Gulf of Aden on its way to the Red Sea is a catamaran that is nearing the end of a journey that, when it’s completed, will have taken it around...
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Why Outsourcing Science May Be The Best Hope for Its Future

No human is an island, so why should research scientists be any different? YCombinator backed startup, Science Exchange, helps researchers hire the expertise, equipment, and labor of other scientists from around the world. Think...
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More Robots, Less Farmers – Company Installs 12,500th Robotic Cow Milking System

A decreasing number of farmers are getting their hands dirty, lest they gunk up their smartphone. Dutch maker of farming technologies, Lely, recently installed their 12,500th cow-milking robot. That means that hundreds of thousands...

The Crowd-Funding Phenomenon Continues – Comic Raises $1.2M on Kickstarter (+Q&A with Creator Rich Burlew)!

After years and years of giving his work away for free, Rich Burlew just raked in more than a million. That's the power of the crowd. Burlew started his Kickstarter campaign to raise money...
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Love That New Single? Mathematical Equation Predicts Music’s Hits And Flops

Technology is continually getting better at predicting our behavior, and signaling to us that perhaps we’re not as unpredictable and free-willed as we humans like to think. Software can predict where crimes are going to...

The New Nokia TrueView Has A 41-Megapixel Camera

Tired of trying to capture the moment only to have your phone take a grainy photo that you post on Facebook anyway? Well with the new Nokia 808 PureView, you’ll be the envy of...
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Raspberry Pi is Ready to Buy! $35 Computer is so Popular it’s Crashing Websites with Sales

You want a $35 computer? You got a $35 computer. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has finally launched its Model B Linux computer through two major electronics retailers: RS and Farnell. Since the announcement on...

A Dozen Years In The Making, Highest Resolution Picture Of Universe Released

At the last dim horizon, we search among ghostly errors of observations for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial. The search will continue. The urge is older than history. It is not satisfied and...
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Happy Future Day! March 1st, 2012 Marks the Start of this Soon to be Great Tradition. Celebrate Change!

March 1st, 2012 – Today is the best Future Day that's ever been. It's also the only Future Day that's ever been, but that's besides the point. Future Day is the new holiday focused...

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