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China Uses Controversial Brain Surgery To Cure Drug Addiction

A small handful of doctors in China are going to extremes to rid people of addiction. As a last resort against intractable addiction to heroine and alcohol, these doctors are attempting to erase motivation...

Tired Of Carrying Your Own Golf Clubs? You Need CaddyTrek, The Robotic Caddy

Tired of those long, arduous days on the golf course? Wish there were some way to ease the burden of having to carry all those golf clubs while your friends rest comfortably in their...

Biotech Startup uBiome Aims To Sequence The Bacteria That Call Our Bodies Home

When you look at your body in the mirror, most of what you consider to be "you" actually isn't you, at least not in a biological sense. That's because there are approximately 10 bacterial...

LifeBot 5 – The Portable Emergency Room

In emergency care every second counts. LifeBot, the telemedicine unit that connects ambulances to hospitals with patient data and live video feeds, has just got even more mobile. No longer confined to the ambulance,...

A Vision of the Future in 2013? Flexible Phone Rumors Continue Apace

At the giant electronics convention, CES 2011, Samsung showed off their flexible AMOLED displays to great fanfare. Soon after, rumors ran rampant flexible displays would be available in 2012. The year brought many things, but a...

Cyborg Future Draws Closer As Woman Controls Robotic Arm With Brain Implant

In 1996, Jan Scheuermann was diagnosed with spinocerebellar degeneration, a hereditary condition in which areas of the spinal cord and brain that control movement deteriorate. She gradually became quadriplegic, losing the use of her...

Now Learners Don’t Need An Internet Connection To Watch Khan Academy Lessons

The Khan Academy has had quite a year and to end 2012 on an even higher note, the organization recently introduced Khan Academy Lite, or KA Lite, which provides a version of the service's popular...

Winbot, The Window-Cleaning Robot, Coming Next Year

It's no surprise that the first wave of robots that people have welcomed into their homes were charged with the menial task of cleaning. Now that iRobot's Roomba has effectively quenched any fears about...

Killer Robots Are Coming – AI Experts To Determine Their Threat Toward Humanity

It's no secret that in the future robots -- not all, but certain ones -- will be designed to kill. Certainly, we'll have service bots a plenty that are as safe as golden retrievers,...

Nikon Photomicrography Competition: It’s a Small World After All

Why do we love the annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition? Because it gathers art, science, and technology into one tiny room and reminds them how much they have in common. And of course,...

After Merger, 3D Printing Industry Has A New Leader

‘Join and conquer’ – this seems to be the strategy behind a recent move by the world’s (formerly) second and third largest 3D printing companies. Stratasys, based in Minnesota, and Objet, based in Rehovot,...

Star Wars Fans Building a Full Scale Replica of the Millennium Falcon

Headed to Tennessee a decade from now? If you're a Hubber, you might consider demoting Graceland. Star Wars geek extraordinaire, Chris Lee, is building a full scale replica of the Millennium Falcon an hour...

European Project Aims To Create 1,500 New Stem Cell Lines

Europe certainly believes in the promise of stem cells. A joint public-private collaboration between the European Union and Europe’s pharmaceutical industry, called the StemBANCC project, will spend nearly 50 million euros to create 1,500 pluripotent...

Ray Kurzweil Teams Up With Google to Tackle Artificial Intelligence

Think we’ll have artifical intelligence by 2029? Ray Kurzweil does. He is simultaneously idolized and infamous for saying so. And now he will put his ideas to the test. On Friday, Kurzweil announced he’s...

Biodegradable Plastics To Go Mainstream Soon? Look To Cars For The Answer

Every Earth Day, we're reminded that though common petroleum-based plastics are durable and cheap, many aren't biodegradable or recycled. This accounts for the 72 million tons of containers and packaging in the U.S. municipal...

Japanese Researchers Continue Quest To Build Life-Like Humanoid Robots

In the graphic novel The Watchmen, the physicist Jon Osterman is vaporized in an experiment and comes back as the god-like Doctor Manhattan after meticulously putting himself together again one organ system at a time....

Patented Book Writing System Creates, Sells Hundreds Of Thousands Of Books On Amazon

Philip M. Parker, Professor of Marketing at INSEAD Business School, has had a side project for over 10 years. He's created a computer system that can write books about specific subjects in about 20...

3D Printing Goes Prime Time As Staples To Offer “Easy 3D” Service

Excited about the potential of 3D printing but not quite ready to invest in a printer for your home? Then you are just the market that Staples is looking to woo as it moves...

The Awesomeness of Satellites

On October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, and with it, the space age. By today’s standards Sputnik wasn’t much of a satellite. It was the about the size of a beach...

Norway Begins Four Year Test Of Thorium Nuclear Reactor

A Norwegian company is breaking with convention and switching to an alternative energy it hopes will be safer, cleaner and more efficient. But this isn't about ditching fossil fuels, but rather about making the...

Automated Blackhawk Helicopter Completes First Flight Test

Does it seem believable that the wars of the future will be fought entirely with robots while humans are safely miles away, monitoring and controlling? The US military is certainly making a case for...

Scientists Create Artificial Brain With 2.3 Million Simulated Neurons

Another computer is setting its wits to perform human tasks. But this computer is different. Instead of the tour de force processing of Deep Blue or Watson’s four terabytes of facts of questionable utility,...

Yes, You Can Hack a Pacemaker (and Other Medical Devices Too)

On Sunday’s episode of the Emmy award-winning show Homeland, the Vice President of the United States is assassinated by a group of terrorists that have hacked into the pacemaker controlling his heart. In an...

AliveCor, Heart Monitor That Attaches To Your iPhone, Receives FDA Approval

Technological innovation and the ubiquity of smartphones continue to combine to enable diagnostics outside of the traditional healthcare setting. AliveCor is an electrocardiogram monitor that attaches to your iPhone and can take readings of...

You Know The Robot Invasion Is Real When Mine-Sniffing Dolphins Start Losing Their Jobs

If you've lost a job to automation, take heart -- it's more than just humans who are getting muscled out by robots. UT San Diego recently reported that in the next five years, the...

Singularity University Expands Further – Acquires Singularity Summit

Just before closing out an exciting year, Singularity University (SU) has made yet another announcement -- the acquisition of the Singularity Summit, one of the premier annual conferences on the future of artificial intelligence now in its sixth...

Student Project Turns Ordinary Desk Lamp Into An Animatronic Homage To Pixar

Three students at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand set out to bring a very famous lamp to life: Pixar's lamp from its Luxo Jr animated short. The project, dubbed Pinokio, was for...
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Filmmaker Jason Silva Brings You Kurzweil’s Six Epochs Of Evolution

When asked by his colleagues why he spent so much time talking about science instead of doing science, Carl Sagan answered, “When you’re in love, you want to tell the world.” I think Jason Silva...

Implant Devices Collect Patient Data, But Patients Denied Access

On the brink of a health information revolution that promises to offer round-the-clock body monitoring and personalized medicine, the medical implant company Medtronic has some sobering news for patients who use their devices: you...

Mini Shape-Shifting Robots That Fold Into Different Configurations Developed At MIT

Having been modeled after a variety of organisms (or their parts), robots come in all shapes and sizes but researchers at MIT now report that they've designed their robots after the very structures that make up...

Telepresence Robots Invade Hospitals – “Doctors Can Be Anywhere, Anytime”

A disembodied human face hangs atop a robot chassis next to a Redmond, Oregon hospital bed (not pictured). The doctor on the screen is 20 miles distant, in Bend. But from there he is...

Latest Call Of Duty Game Raises Franchise To The Heights Of Star Wars And Harry Potter

The latest Call of Duty game continues the franchise's dominance of the video game market. Activision reported that within the first 24 hours after Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 went on sale, a...
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Australian Outback Launches Fastest Radio Telescope in the World

Radio telescopes have been sifting the stars since 1937. Most slowly scan a small percent of the sky. But that’s about to change. A new radio telescope will be the fastest sky surveyor yet—and it’s part...

New, Faster Way To Make Vaccines – Use Messenger RNA

Researchers in Germany have found a new way to make a flu vaccine. Their approach, shown to protect mice against the virus, utilizes messenger RNA instead of purified protein to generate the immune response....

Bebionic: Bionic Hands Are Getting Closer To The Real Thing

The bebionic is tightening its grip on its reputation as one of the world’s most advanced prosthetic hands. Watching a recent video of an amputee with the bebionic and it’s clear that bionics are...

$25 Million Michigan Project Hopes to Add Cars to Internet of Things

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is conducting a 12-month, $25 million study to see if cars sending data to each other over Wi-Fi can make driving safer. Cars talking to each other and maybe braking...

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