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Monthly Archives: May 2012

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LED Eyeshadow, The Latest In The World Of Battery-Operated Fashion

Maybe if I went to all-night raves with colorful little glowy sticks and jammed to Paul Oakenfold (uh oh, is he old already?) this maybe, somehow, would strike me as making sense. But then...

World’s First Wikipedia Town Won’t Be The Last

Toss out the travel guide and grab your smartphone -- a new urban project has transformed a small town in Wales into the world's first Wikipedia town. The project, called Monmouthpedia, links the sights and...

First Stem Cell-Based Therapy Gets Approved – In Canada

A medical treatment that uses stem cells derived from bone marrow has just been approved in Canada. The drug, Prochymal, has already been used to treat children for a type of immune disease arising...

Robotic Quintet Composes And Plays Its Own Music

The German engineering firm Festo has developed a self-playing robotic string quintet that will listen to a piece of music and generate new musical compositions in various musical styles effortlessly. Dubbed Sound Machines 2.0, the...

Inaugural Synthetic Biology Incubator SynBio Launches At Singularity University

A bold, new venture took flight recently with the initiation of the SynBio Startup Launchpad, Singularity University's inaugural accelerator program in synthetic biology. Aimed at vaulting entrepreneurs with rapid-cycle, low-cost ideas into viable companies, the stipend-assisted program provides a foundation...

Larry Page: With A Healthy Disregard For The Impossible, People Can Do Almost Anything

In a talk titled "Beyond Today", Google's CEO Larry Page infused Zeitgeist 2012 attendees with a healthy dose of optimism and a call to make ambitious bets, be better organized and work harder to accelerate technology...

The Era Of Commercialized Space Has Begun – SpaceX, Musk Triumphant

The era of commercial spaceflight has begun. Early Friday morning SpaceX, a private company with less than 2,000 employees and and average age of 30, entered a domain that had until now been – literally...
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Now Serving The Latest In Exponential Growth: YouTube!

It goes without saying that YouTube has become the quintessential online video source for amateurs and professionals alike, but on the service's seven-year anniversary, Google made quite a startling announcement: 72 hours of video...

Telomerase Gene Therapy Extends Lives Of Mice By Up To 24 Percent

Scientists are doing their best to give us the gift of immortality. The latest in the fight against ever dying is a gene therapy that gives mice a healthy dose of telomerase, the enzyme...

Study Suggests Coffee Is Healthy, Coffee Drinkers Are Not

Older adults who drink coffee have a lower risk of death by about 10 percent, according to a large observational study of over 400,000 people published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study, which...
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Our Cyborg Future: Man Embeds Magnets In Wrist To Make Strapless Watch

Like to keep track of time and enjoy music on your iPod nano, but can’t tolerate those cumbersome bands and straps? Just surgically implant magnets into your wrist and attach your nano – strap-free. That’s...
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Submit to the Robots! …Or At Least To Their Film Festival. RFF 2012 Coming July 14th to NYC

**Update** The submission deadline for RFF 2012 has been extended from June 7th to June 15th! It's about time that the future of cinema reflected the future of the world. The second annual Robot Film...

Leap 3D Offers Amazing Gesture-Based Control of Your Computer for Just $70

For the last six years, game consoles have been the developers hot spot for motion control, but finally good old computers are getting some love. A startup called Leap Motion has announced the development of...

Satellites Track Humans, Now It’s The Animals’ Turn

Satellite technology is a modern-day "Wonder of the World." Consider that currently over 1,000 active satellites orbit the Earth, communicating with ground-based transmitters and receivers for a host of applications, such as delivering scientific measurements, weather...

“Good” Cholesterol Not So Good After All, New Study Shows

The revelation that high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is the “good cholesterol” has suffered a major blow. A meta-study involving over a hundred thousand participants used two different strategies to see if genetic mutations that...

New Study Shows Gene Therapy For HIV Safe After A Decade

A clinical trial testing a gene therapy for HIV patients is now 11 years old. Recently, the researchers running the study published an examination of the patients after all this time. Of the study’s...
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Google Search Gets Smarter With Knowledge Graph

This week Google is rolling out a new search tool: the Knowledge Graph. Breaking with the old strategy of keywords and webpages, Knowledge Graph makes use of the vast amounts of online data to...

Paralyzed Woman Controls Robotic Arm With Her Thoughts

Cathy Hutchinson hasn't moved her limbs of her own volition for 15 years, but by imagining she was using her own hand, she controlled a robotic arm to pick up a thermos of coffee...

New Video Humorously Imagines Life In The Singularity And All Its Potential Legal Woes

What will post-Singularity life be like in 2052 if you died and your mind was uploaded to a computer? Possibly mired in data rate throttling, advertiser-sponsored consciousness, immoral thought extraction, and memory wipes of...

Scientists Make Bird Flu Transmissible Between Humans Then Tell World How To Do It

The emergence of the avian flu in 2003 caused alarm around the world as it spread through countries in Asia, leaving victims in its wake. While largely contained to the bird population, for the...

Let the Computer Talk – Speech Synthesis is Giving Machines the Chance to Have Their Voices Heard

Just a week after Easter, Coachella music festival was shaken by the ghostly visage of slain rapper Tupac Shakur, resurrected to strut the stage for five surreal minutes, leaving the crowd stunned. It is...

Harvard And MIT Join Forces To Become Juggernaut Of Free Online Education

Online education is witnessing its own Avengers-like uniting of superhero forces as Harvard University and MIT recently announced "edX", a combined $60 million joint initiative to offer their college-level courses online for free. Launching in the...

Retailer Uses Facebook “Like” Count On Clothes Hooks To Crowdsource Fashion Advice

The Brazilian fashion retailer C&A has created networked clothes hooks that display the total number of Facebook "Likes" for each garment in real time. On the company's Facebook page, pictures of various outfits are...

Younger Generation Embracing A New View Of Privacy

For four years, nearly 200 high school students in Dallas voluntarily allowed every text, email, and IM to be monitored. That these youth would sign off on such an invasion of privacy, especially in light...

Controversial Anti-Aging Chemical Resveratrol Back In The Spotlight With New Details About How It Works

Resveratrol, the famed anti-aging supplement extracted from red wine, has experienced its share of controversy. An experimental artifact, a pair of studies that questioned its health benefits, and the shady practices of one now-discredited...

Toothless No More – Researchers Using Stem Cells to Grow New Teeth

It may be hard to remember what it was like to lose a tooth as a child, but many adults get an unpleasant reminder as they age when their teeth begin to fall out...

Automation Comes To The Coffeehouse With Robotic Baristas

Say goodbye to lattes with funky tastes or attitude from coffeehouse baristas. At the University of Texas, a startup called Briggo LLC has installed a coffee kiosk run by a robotic barista in the...

Green Light For Google’s Driverless Car As It Receives First Autonomous License

We knew Nevada was serious about becoming the first state to adopt driverless cars when the governor signed a law last year requiring the state to come up with regulations by which to authorize...

Robots Poised To Take Over Your Living Room As 3D Systems Acquires My Robot Nation

The months old startup My Robot Nation was recently acquired by high-end 3D printing company, 3D Systems, adding yet another tool in their arsenal as they break into the consumer market. It’s a robotic...

Connect The Physical World To The Web With Ninja Blocks

Most of us live in two separate worlds, the real world and the digital world of the Internet. Some strides are being made, like controlling your car with your smartphone, but there are surprisingly...
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Exclusive Interview with COO of Drchrono: iPads + Medicine = The Future

Meet Drchrono, the free app for your mobile device that could revolutionize healthcare in the modern world. Founded by Daniel Kivatinos and Michael Nusimow, Drchrono is a software platform that eliminates the need for...

Retinal Implants Restore Partial Sight To Three Blind

The blind really are beginning to see again. After receiving retinal implants in a trial, two people in the UK and one in China – all blind – regained part of their vision. And...
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Better, Faster, and Cheaper – These Robots Are Invading Car Manufacturing Plants

Does anyone doubt that it really is just a matter of time before human assembly line workers are a thing of the past? And automakers are doing their best to gain a competitive edge...

Handheld 3D Scanner Lets You Digitize Objects And Rooms In Minutes

A Silicon Valley startup wants to give you the power to "scan your world" with a handheld scanner that rapidly creates 3D maps of objects and rooms, complete with colors and textures. While it...

360° Panoramic Video Lets You Capture Everything Around You With Your Smartphone

Have you ever recorded video of an important event with your smartphone only to discover later that people were out of frame or the video was shaky from frantically panning it around? What you...

New Device Automatically Slices and Scans Brains, Then Puts Them Into A Google Map

Forget all those hours of slicing your mouse brain in to sections, snapping images, and then manually putting them back together. Researchers have come up with a new device that images while it slices,...
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Want A Robot At Home? Qbo Is Up For Pre-order

Been dreaming of a having a robot at home but want something more than Romo the iPhone robot and can’t afford to lease an Asimo? Thecorpora may have just the robot for you. After...

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