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US Navy X-47B Robot Fighter Jet Completes First Phase Of Testing

The Navy's robotic fighter just got one step closer to earning its wings. The X-47B, an unmanned stealth attack jet, has completed the first major phase of flight testing on its way to become...

Transcribe Videos And Make Them Searchable With Koemei

Wouldn't it be great to be able to search videos for what people are actually saying instead of relying on tags or descriptions? Koemei (pronounced "co-may") aims to do just that through their cloud-based...

Abundance – The Future is Better Than You Think

This post is written by Singularity University Co-Founder and Chairman Peter Diamandis. We are all unknowingly addicts. Addicts of bad news. Twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week, the news media is constantly feeding...

Why I Believe That This Will Be The Most Innovative Decade In History

This post is written by Vivek Wadhwa, Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University. Many people believe that we’ve run out of ideas and that the future will be one of bleak shortages...
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For New Movie, “The Prototype,” The Singularity Pits Man Against Machine

Gun fights, cop chase scenes, a damsel in distress, and a good man caught in a bad situation – exactly what you’d expect from a movie depicting one scenario of how the singularity might...

Stop Using Petroleum: Propel Opens First Alternative Fuel Center, Installs Pumps At Dozens Of Gas Stations

There's nothing that says 'squandered potential' like a treadmill in the corner of a room being used as a clothes hanger...well, until now. A recent Business Week article stated that more than one-third of...
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Machinima Scores $35 Million In Team Play With Google

If you've ever stumbled around on YouTube and landed on videogame footage with a snarky voiceover talking about ex-girlfriends, best snacks, and references to shows on Comedy Central, you might have been rather shocked...

Mobile Payment Startup Square Growing Strong And Transforming Small Business

Some ideas are just too good to be true, and accepting credit card payments with a mobile device is one of them. Square, the mobile payment startup conceived by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, quickly...
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Gut-On-A-Chip, The Latest In Scientists’ Attempt To Mimic Organs In The Lab

Scientifically speaking, the ideal test subject for medical research is the human being. But, for obvious reasons, we resort to the next best option: experimenting on animals. A relatively new trend in research labs,...

CEO Of Russian Email Company Fuels Robotics Revolution With $25 Million

You want a robotics revolution? Then get ready to drop $25 million. That is, of course, if you are Dmitry Grishin, the co-founder of the Mail.ru Group and CEO of Russia's #1 email service,...
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“Helping a Billion People” Began Last Night – Singularity University Opens 4th Summer Program

Singularity University's fourth Graduate Studies Program began last night with excitement and aplomb. SU is the world's premier educational institution in the field of understanding, and harnessing, exponential growth in science and technology. Cofounders...

New Patch Makes Certain Skin Cancers Disappear

What if treating skin cancer was just a matter of wearing a patch for a few hours? At this year’s Society of Nuclear Medicine’s Annual Meeting one group of researchers presented such a patch....

Ten-Year-Old Girl Receives Major Vein Grown From Her Own Stem Cells

A 10-year-old Swedish girl has had a potentially life-threatening condition alleviated by receiving a vein grown from her own stem cells. Her condition, called extrahepatic portal vein obstruction, blocks the bloodflow between the intestines and...
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Singularity University 2012 – The Graduate Studies Program is Near and We Have Insider Coverage

Monday June 18th marks the start of Singularity University's 10 week Summer Graduate Studies Program. Based in NASA AMES in the heart of Silicon Valley, SU has become the premier institution in educating the...

New Study Sheds Doubt On Omega-3’s Protection Against Dementia

It seems that omega-3 is getting a bad rap lately. Adding to research that put into doubt its protective attributes against heart and Alzheimer’s disease, its beneficial effects against cognitive decline are now also...

Non-invasive Prenatal Screen Draws Closer As Scientists Analyze Blood From Mother

Scientists have worked out a non-invasive way to sequence a fetus’ genome, using only blood from the mother and saliva from the father-to-be. The technique could one day provide clinicians a much safer alternative...

Personal Assistant Catfight Is Brewing As Evi Tries To Keep Pace With Apple’s Siri

It seems that Apple rivals are everywhere these days, and the world of personal assistant apps is no different. Since October of last year when the iPhone 4S was unveiled, Siri has become an incredibly...
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Founders of Leap Motion: Our Amazing 3D Tracking Will Be Everywhere

In the past few weeks the Leap Motion device has sent shudders of delight through gadget lovers and computer designers alike by promising a new kind of ultra-accurate, and very cheap, optical 3D tracking...
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The Transformer You’ve Always Dreamed Of Is Here

Man, where the heck was this when I was a kid? The Transformers I played with were die cast metal figurines that I posed, providing the “err-arr-errnght!” transforming sounds myself. Now there’s an RC...
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Awesome Video Explains Synthetic Biology

A succinct, yet powerful animation titled "Synthetic Biology Explained" shows the incredible potential of this emergent field and how engineering will transform the field of genetics to produce some truly amazing technology. With the...

London Crackdown Continues — Police Using Mobile Fingerprint Scanners To Nab Criminals On The Spot

Sherlock Holmes would likely be uncharacteristically doling out high praise to Scotland Yard for employing the latest technology for the Olympics. In preparation for this year's summer Games, the London Metropolitan Police are going to great...
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RoboJelly, The Unmanned Underwater Vehicle That Uses Water For Fuel

These are the kinds of jellyfish you don’t need to be afraid of. They look and swim like jellyfish, but they're actually water-dwelling fuel cells attached to an artificial muscle, and they might just...
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Inventor Of Biochip That Makes 10,000 Simultaneous Measurements Wins “Oscar For Inventors” – And $500,000

An inventor used the same principles of an integrated circuit to develop a ‘biochip’ that can perform nearly 10,000 independent simultaneous measurements – orders of magnitude above and beyond pipetting scientists in the lab....

When Resumes Aren’t Enough: Prove To Employers That You Know Your Stuff With Smarterer

Say you’re an employer and you’re thumbing through the fresh stack of resumes. You spot some candidates that look pretty strong, have an impressively diverse skill set. But then, how can you be sure...

3D Printed Prosthetics Company Bespoke Acquired By 3D Systems

Just like the creations which emerge from their printers, 3D Systems is incrementally growing. The high-end 3D printer maker is continuing its effort to acquire companies that will enable it to break into the...

Paralyzed Man Regains Use Of Hands After Having Nerves Rewired

A quadriplegic man has regained partial control of his hands after doctors rewired the nerves in his arm. The 71-year-old patient suffered a spinal cord injury after a car accident four years ago that left him partially...

Companies Making The Necessary Transition From Industrial To Service Robots

The robotics industry is on the cusp of a major transformation. Today’s factory robots are solitary precision instruments, mimicking the repertoire of capabilities of skilled craftsmen while repeating a handful of tasks thousands of...

Canon Camera Factory To Go Fully Automated, Phase Out Human Workers

In the second Star Wars prequel, Attack Of The Clones, C3PO walks into a droid factory and exclaims, "Machines building machines? How perverse!" Although it may be an abomination to a fictional robot, for the...
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Buttons Morph Out Of Your Touchscreen With Tactus

So you love your touchscreen tablet, smartphone, and dashboard. But then you still have those moments when your fingers are missing that tactile feel, that haptic feedback. Wouldn’t it be awesome if our tablets...
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Screwed by ZionEyez? Vergence Labs Will Give You A Pair of Their Video Glasses for Free!

***As always: the opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, and may not reflect the opinions of Singularity Hub, its advertisers, or its owners, and have not been reviewed or endorsed...

3D Printing Is The Future Of Manufacturing And Neri Oxman Shows How Beautiful It Can Be

To be on forefront of a cutting edge field like 3D printing, the skill set required is pretty stacked. You need to be a designer, engineer, researcher, innovator, and technologist. You should be a...
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Meet ROBOT-Rx, The Robot Pharmacist Doling Out 350 Million Doses Per Year

Come to think of it, why do we still have pharmacists? I mean, how hard is it to count by “twos”? I’m just kidding of course. You probably want that extra pair of human...
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Facial Recognition Software Distinguishes Between Real And Phony Smiles

Con-artists, deceivers, and fakers take note: feigning emotion to manipulate others is about to get a lot harder. Researchers at the MIT Media Lab have developed software that can differentiate between a genuinely delighted smile...
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Quadcopters Make 3D Scans Of Historic Buildings

Humans continue to make their lives easier with drones. Small-sized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are already chasing after wanton criminals, inspecting contaminated power plants, even bringing us our order of delicious tacos. Now researchers...

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