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Monthly Archives: July 2012

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Surgeons Perform In Utero Surgery To Successfully Remove Tumor From Fetus

It was an expectant parents’ worst nightmare: an ultrasound image revealed that their unborn baby had a large tumor growing from its mouth. Even worse, if the tumor were allowed to grow for the...

Bionic Vision: “Sight” Short Movie Explores the Coming Future of Augmented Reality

A pair of graduate students at the Bezaleal Academy of Arts, in Jeruselem, have created a fascinating short video that experiments with concepts of life in a world full of Augmented Reality technology. There is...

4-Year-Old’s Missing Gene Discovered Through Crowdfunded Sequencing

Crowdfunding is starting to accomplish some pretty impressive feats beyond video game reboots and smartphone-linked watches on Kickstarter. In mid-July, the nonprofit organization Rare Genomics Institute (RGI), which sequences genomes of children with rare...
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Boy Who Received Stem-Cell Trachea Implant Doing Well After Two Years

Just as the Olympic Games are kicking off in London, one boy from the UK is pulling ahead in his race to live a normal, healthy life. Two years after becoming the first child...
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Real-Time Language Translation With UK Developer’s Own Google-esque Augmented Reality Glasses

Think that only the giant Google can make next generation augmented-reality glasses? Think again. A UK developer who has been hacking together his own Project Glass has now expanded its functionality to make a...

New Era In Space Exploration Taking Off: Entrepreneurs Step In Where Big Government Left Off

This post is written by Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, VP of Operations for Singularity University. She spent two decades in the private space sector working on program development and operations for companies and organizations like Space Adventures,...

Europe Takes The Lead Toward Approval Of First Gene Therapy Drug

A watershed moment in gene therapy has finally come to pass. This month, a committee from the European Medicines Agency recommended the approval of a gene therapy drug, named Glybera (alipogene tiparvovec), for the treatment...

Will It Matter If We Speak Different Languages In The Future?

The notion of 'foreign' languages is beginning to disappear, thanks to ongoing developments by the likes of Google and Facebook that help the thousands of languages across the world be less foreign and more...

Learn Science While Playing Video Games? Video Game Maker Valve Makes Dreams Comes True

For decades, video games and education have gone together like oil and water. No matter what attempts were made to merge the two, it seems students and teachers had to pick between one or...

First HIV Prevention Drug Approved By The FDA

Right on the heels of a new at-home HIV test receiving FDA approval comes word that the first HIV prevention pill has also been approved. Produced by Gilead Sciences, the dual-drug Truvada has been...

Battle of the Next-Generation DNA Sequencers Heating Up

With the steady evolution of DNA sequencing technology, the cost of the machines as well as the cost of running them continues to drop. Due to their revolutionary technology, one of the biggest players...

Japanese Robot Can Beat Humans At Rock-Paper-Scissors Every Time

What good is a 1-millisecond advantage? For humans, not much, but for a Japanese robot, it's means victory every time...at least when it comes to the game of rock-paper-scissors. Researchers at the University of...
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“The Future Is Ours” Video Inspires Hope In Technology And Human Progress

In a recent TED talk titled "Abundance Is Our Future," Peter Diamandis points out that though the amygdala in our brains may continually draw our attention toward negative news stories -- and therefore help...
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SH Interviews Vernor Vinge – How Will We Get To The Technological Singularity?

Science Fiction: it has been a muse of geeks, techies and scientists for decades. Many of the technologies we explore on Singularity Hub were first imagined and explored in SF (star trek tricorders, the...

Next Up For Robotic Automation: Serving Pizza Untouched By Human Hands

Anyone squeamish during the Seinfeld episode when Poppy is kneading pizza dough after failing to wash his hands in the restroom finally has a convenient place they can buy fresh pizza "untouched by human...

Now Your Smartphone Can Be Used To Diagnose Ear Infections At Home

Cameras in smartphones will inevitably replace nearly all portable cameras and camcorders, but could they also make basic medical instruments obsolete? A startup called CellScope plans to do just that by turning smartphones into...
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Recorded Future Attempts To Unlock The Predictive Power Of The Web

What’s going to happen tomorrow? What about next week or next year? Recorded Future says they can tell you. No, they don’t claim to be psychics. In fact, they maintain that any one of...

Rethinking the Concept of “Outliers”: Why Non-Experts are Better at Disruptive Innovation

This post written by entrepreneur and philanthropist Naveen Jain.  He is the founder of World Innovation Institute, Moon Express, iNome and Infospace. Naveen is a trustee of Singularity University and X Prize foundation.  Follow Naveen Jain on Twitter: @Naveen_Jain_CEO Bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell says it takes...
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Extending People’s Lives – One Artificial Heart At A Time

A retired high-school teacher has become the first person in New England to receive an artificial heart. James Carelli, 66-years-old, was suffering from a rare condition that leads to total heart failure if left...

The Secret Behind Silicon Valley’s Enduring Success

Around the world, we regularly read stories about an attempt to create "The Silicon Valley of <fill in country>," but we rarely read about a successful new competitor to Silicon Valley. There have been many theories advanced about...

Test Tube Babies Reach Major Milestone: 5 Million Born Since 1978

It's time to applaud fertility specialists for all their baby making efforts: an estimated 5 million "test tube babies" have been born worldwide since the first successful in-vitro fertilization (IVF) birth in 1978. Delegates of the non-profit organization...

FDA Approves First At-Home HIV Test

This past May an FDA advisory panel unanimously approved a test for HIV that people can perform at home. Relatively easy to use, the at-home test could greatly increase the number of people being...

India To Biometrically Identify All Of Its 1.2 Billion Citizens

When you think of cutting-edge innovation, a massive bureaucracy might be the last thing that comes to mind.   But in India, a massive experiment is underway to take a technology that was once...

Tapping Your Smartphone On A Surface Can Now Initiate Actions With Samsung’s TecTiles

When it comes to making smartphones even easier and more powerful to use, Apple’s voice recognition app Siri has been stealing the spotlight lately. After all, commanding your phone to call someone is easier...

Sophisticated Robotic Hand Also Doubles As A Human Exoskeleton

It may be time to jettison the notion that robots in the future will have grippers or claws for hands. The German robotics company Festo recently unveiled the ExoHand, a sophisticated robotic hand that...

Stunning Progress in Technology Brings The Death of Unskilled Labor

As part of the online web series Which Way Next, hosted by Singularity University, Vivek Wadhwa, VP of Academics and Innovation, sat down with Carl Bass, CEO at Autodesk, to explore some of the...

Scientists Use Brain Scan To Detect Autism In Children As Young As Two

It has been known for some years now that autistic brains are abnormally large, but the inconsistent way in which the brains of different subjects were enlarged has made it difficult for scientists to...
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Physicists At CERN Believe They Have Found Elusive Higgs Boson

The world of physics is electrified today with the news that a new particle has been detected that is consistent with the elusive Higgs boson, the long-sought after particle responsible for the forces in...

New Software Can Diagnose Parkinson’s Disease Simply By Listening To Your Voice

Software like Apple's Siri that responds to your voice is convenient and incredibly cool, but what if a similar kind of voice analysis could diagnose disease? A new initiative aims to make detection of Parkinson's disease...

Healthcare — 5, 10, 20 years in the past and future

This is a guest post by Farai Chideya.  She has covered Presidential elections, natural disasters, and dictatorships -- as well as the arts and technology -- in a two-decade journalism career that spans print, radio,...
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i-SODOG, Your New Four-Legged Robotic Best Friend

It’s cute, likes to be pet, easy to train, and best of all, doesn’t need to be housebroken. Unveiled recently at the Tokyo International Toy Show, Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy’s i-SODOG is your new...

Education is Undergoing a Startling Revolution — Let’s Support it!

This post is written by Rob Nail - CEO of Singularity University, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, who loves to surf and surf the waves of accelerating change. Education is undergoing an incredible and exciting transformation, but I...

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