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A Tiny Ten Year Battery For The Internet Of Things

Just as protocol standards needed to be established for the Internet to really take off, so must standards be established for what many are calling the next technology revolution: the Internet of Things. As...

A New Look At Einstein’s Brain May Answer Why He Was So Smart

Thanks to work of pathologist Thomas Harvey to preserve Albert Eisntein's brain decades ago, we can continue to busy ourselves today with trying to figure out what made Albert Einstein so smart. Knowing the world would want...
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Paralyzed Dogs Walk After Transplant Of Cells Taken From Their Noses

British researchers successfully restored the ability to walk in paralyzed dogs. Special cells taken from the dogs’ noses and transplanted to injured areas caused regrowth of neurons. Within six months the dogs amazingly regained...

Japanese Robot Transforms Into A Car And Back Again Like A Boss

Transformers ranks as one of the top franchises in the entertainment industry, so it should come as no surprise that transforming robots are an ongoing pet project for robotics developers. But developing a working robot...

3D Printing “Photo Booths” Popping Up Across The World

It's no secret that 3D printing is one of the superstar emergent technologies of 2012. New 3D printers have been announced, crowdfunded projects launched, prices have dropped, and adoption among professionals and enthusiasts alike continue...

Automation Reaches French Vineyards With A Vine-Pruning Robot

Now that Wall-Ye V.I.N. has been built we can rest assured that there are no jobs too sacred to be handed over to the automated expertise of robots. Wall-Ye is a robot that takes...

America’s Titan Surpasses Sequoia as World’s Fastest Supercomputer

Last week, a throng of computer geeks descended on snowy Utah to show off, admire, and debate the future of the fastest computers on the planet. And of course, to find out which Boolean...

A Conversation With Tracy Atkins, Author Of ‘Aeternum Ray,’ A Book About Humanity’s Future

Tracy Atkins has seen the future, and wants us all to know that we should feel pretty good about it. His just released book, Aeternum Ray, is a formidable sweep of all the major technological...

Doctors Use Brain Scanner To Communicate With ‘Vegetative’ Patient

Contrary to what was previously thought, some people in a vegetative state may not be unaware of their surroundings. Brain scans recently showed one patient able to answer yes-or-no questions.  Researchers would ask the...

Space Exploration on the Cheap: Kickstarter Sensation NanoSatisfi Launches in 2013

While information technology may be advancing exponentially—the pace of the space race has seemed glacial since the 1970s. By now, most of us are used to a top-down, monolithic model of space exploration with...

Longevity Shocker! Exercise Increases Life Expectancy Regardless Of Your Weight

Now we are all without excuse, at least when it comes to exercise. A new study on physical activity that involved more than half a million participants over age 40 found that modest exercise...

X Prize to Sequence Genomes of World’s Oldest People. Hopes To Unlock Secrets of Longevity

Toni Balcean turned 101 in September. How’d she beat a century? Simple. “Clean living and good Italian wine.” Case closed! Unless, of course, you like science. A retooled Archon Genomics X PRIZE aims to help scientists better understand...

European Union To Spend $900M Building Super Lasers More Powerful Than Any Yet Constructed

On the coattails of CERN's success with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), Europeans and the world at large have another grand science project to be excited about: the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) project involving 40 research...

A Google Surprise — Worldwide Alternative Reality Game Ingress Revealed

Google is venturing again into the realm of augmented reality with its reveal of a new mobile game called Ingress. Though the multiplayer game is currently in closed beta, Google has built a marketing campaign...

Paging Dr. Watson: IBM and Cleveland Clinic Collaborate to Train Watson in Medicine

Can you imagine telling someone a century ago that a hundred years hence a stack of electrified silicon would be studying for its medical exam? It’s the stuff of Star Trek. (“Computer? Early Grey,...

A Billion Years In The Future, This Disc Containing 100 Images Will Tell Our Story

Think you could tell the story of the human race in only 100 pictures? That's the challenge that MIT resident artist Trevor Paglen tackled when he conceived The Last Pictures five years ago. The goal of...

Google Fiber Finally Launches: Kansas City Homes Now Get Superfast 1 Gigabit Internet

Citizens of Kansas City who signed up for Google Fiber are about to see how fast online access can be with the company's new fiber-optic infrastructure. The company, which started home installations recently, has...

Singularity Hub Acquired! Now Part Of Singularity University

Dear SH Readers, I am extremely pleased to announce today that Singularity Hub has been acquired by Singularity University. Singularity Hub’s mission has always been to offer readers the best news coverage of sci/tech breakthroughs...

A Talking Teddy Bear With Artificial Intelligence? ToyTalk Raises $16 Million For Toy Wonder

When you're a San Francisco startup looking to raise millions in funding and your secret weapon is a talking teddy bear, you better come ready to impress. Apparently, ToyTalk did just that. Though little is known about the talking...

Curiosity Game Goes Viral! Millions Want to Know What’s Inside Giant Cube

Video game developer 22Cans’ Curiosity—What’s Inside the Cube has the net all a-twitter. What is inside the cube? The answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything? Or better still, the question? An all expenses paid trip to Disney...

Another Smartphone Personal Assistant Takes On Siri — Hello Maluuba

When Siri first hit the scene, many smartphone users were either enamored by the app or were jealous that they either had an unsupported iPhone or used Android devices. But over the last year...

Glow-In-The-Dark Smart Highways Coming To The Netherlands in 2013

UPDATE: And Holland delivers - glow-in-the-dark highways are now a real thing! Transportation thoroughfares in the Netherlands are about to take a big leap into the 21st century. The Dutch design firm Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans...

1 Million Robots To Replace 1 Million Human Jobs At Foxconn? First Robots Have Arrived.

Foxconn, the Chinese electronics manufacturer that builds numerous mobile devices and gaming consoles, has been in the media lately because of labor issues, complaints over working conditions, rumored riots, and even suicides, all occurring...

Traders Employ Choppers, Satellites, and Infrared Telephoto Lenses to Gauge Food, Oil Supply

Spies snapping pics with infrared telephoto lenses. 24/7 helicopter and high def satellite surveillance. Special forces in Afghanistan? The latest espionage thriller? Hardly. Just oil data providers gathering information in Cushing, Oklahoma to give...

And Now…Even Miners Are Getting Robots

As the 33 Chilean miners, trapped for two months beneath ground in 2010, reminded us, mining is dangerous business. And other factors, such as labor shortages and deposits that are increasingly harder to get...

Cheap, Paper-Based Blood Test Costs Only Pennies, No Lab Equipment Needed

An inexpensive diagnostic test made from paper has been developed that can assess liver health in only 15 minutes and for only pennies a test. The test uses a single drop of blood from...

Nate Silver and Political Data: Every One of His State-level Presidential Predictions Proved True

For the last few months, the political pundit class has been at war with NYT/FiveThirtyEight blogger Nate Silver.  Joe Scarborough of MSNBC called him a “joke,” while an op-ed in the LA Times accused...

Pacemaker Powered By Beating Of The Heart On The Horizon

A prototype device that harvests energy from heartbeats shows promise to replace batteries in medical device implants, such as pacemakers, according to the BBC. In preliminary testing, the natural beating of the heart produces...

Bionic Limbs Step Up – Thought-Controlled Prosthetic Leg Climbs 2,100 Stair Building

On November 4, Zac Vawter climbed 2,100 steps to the top of Chicago’s Willis Tower. Vawter made the climb on a prosthetic leg. Neither of these facts would be particularly notable but for one...

New At The Dentist: 3D Printing “Dental Crowns While You Wait”

The trip to the dentist just got a little less painful, at least in terms of time spent there. A new system is being used by a handful of dentists to scan patients’ teeth...

Saudi Arabia’s “Magic Powder” Freezing Water Droplets

Our hunt for intriguing new tech research recently turned up a mini-buzz about some so-called “magic powder” freezing water droplets. Following are some cool high-speed photographic sequences in a video from King Abdullah University...

mObi – The Latest Arrival To The Crowded Telepresence Robot Scene

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: robots are taking over the workplace. Okay, but right now I’m not talking about automation putting factory workers, cooks and lawyers out of the job. Because...

Towers Of Vegetables Go Up As Singapore Builds First Vertical Farm

Short on arable land? One solution would be to plant…up. Singapore, a small country that imports most of its food, has now begun selling vegetables from its first vertical farm. And even while they’re...

Wearable Breast Cancer Test Detects Tumors Before Doctors

A new test could provide a way for women to detect breast cancer much earlier than is possible with mammograms or even MRI. And the best part is, it’s as easy as wearing a...

Campaigns Embrace Big Data, Algorithms, Mobile Tech…They Know Who You Are

Otto von Bismarck said, “Politics is not a science, as the professors are apt to suppose. It is an art.” Truer words there never were. Even modern polling requires a healthy dose of interpretation...

Cure For Multiple Sclerosis? Treatment Wildly Popular Despite Scant Evidence It Works

There are 2.1 million people worldwide suffering from multiple sclerosis. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the body’s own nervous system. To date there is no...

Explosives Detector As Sensitive As A Dog’s Nose

As any canine lover will tell you, you'd be hard pressed to find a true replacement for a dog. But for the past few decades, researchers have been attempting to mimic a dog's sense...

The Race to a Billion Billion Operations Per Second: An Exaflop by 2018?

Control Data Corp’s (CDC) first supercomputer, the CDC 6600, operated at a speed of three megaflops (106 floating-point operations per second).  A half century on, our most powerful supercomputers are a billion times faster....

First Offshore Turbine For U.S. Begins Feeding Power To Maine’s Grid

Scientists and world leaders have long sought to tap the tidal power of our world’s oceans. Now an offshore turbine has begun turning near the coast of Maine, making it the first state in...

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