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3D Printing On The Frontlines — Army Deploying $2.8M Mobile Fabrication Labs

Throughout history, war and innovation have gone hand in hand, whether it's breakthroughs out of heavily funded R&D programs or makeshift contraptions thrown together with spare parts. Soldiers are trained to use the technology on hand to get the job done, one way or the other.

High-Tech Clothing Store Hointer Employs Robots And Mobile Tech Instead Of Salespeople

Hointer is a startup selling men's designer jeans that launched in Seattle last November and offering customers a 21st century shopping experience. The store has no salespeople, confusing signs, or stacks of clothes to riffle through to find the right size. Instead, lines of clothes in hundreds of styles hang for you to browse through. When you find something you like, you scan the QR code on the tag, pick your size on the Hointer app with your smartphone, and your selection automatically drop into a chute in a changing room from the robot-operated stockroom. Once you find everything you want, you put your items in a bag, checkout by swiping your credit card at a station, and walk out the door...just like that.

Tech Giants Promote Video With A Simple Message: Kids Need to Learn Programming

What kind of movement would Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, Gabe Newell of Valve, and Microsoft's Bill Gates all back enthusiastically? A call for more computer programmers, specifically really young ones. The nonprofit organization Code.org recently commissioned a short film titled What Most Schools Don't Teach that profiled some of the most recognizable names in technology, along with musician will.i.am and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, to put out a call to get kids excited about something that is shrouded in geekitude: computer programming. The film strongly drives home two main messages: coding is not as hard/geeky/foreign as you think and it's as vital to your future career as any subject in school (perhaps more so).

Dietary Antioxidants Don’t Protect Against Dementia Or Stroke, New Study Shows

Still dutifully taking your antioxidants in order to fend off cancer, heart disease, or to maintain a healthy, lucid mind? If you answered yes to number three, you may be wasting your time. According...

Kickstarter 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen Nothing of the Sort – But Somehow Raises $2 Million

Five days after launch on Kickstarter, the 3Doodler 3D printing pen boasted over 21,000 backers and $1.9 million in pledges. Their goal was $30,000! What’s so special about the 3Doodler? If nothing else, it rivals the lofty infomercial marketing heights of Slap Chop or ShamWow. But let’s get something straight—3Doodler is a crafting “pen” not a handheld 3D printing pen (whatever that even means).

Quest to Model the Human Brain Nets a Billion Euros

Is a billion euros enough to understand the human brain? The Human Brain Project thinks it’s a good start, and on January 28th, the European Commission agreed. The Human Brain Project was one of two projects to get a billion in backing after a two year decision period. Henry Markram, the project’s founder and co-director, hopes to use the funds to build a digital model of the human brain from the ground up to better understand how the brain works.

Blazing Fast Staubli Robot Picks 200 Items Per Minute

Even John Henry, had he been a factory picker instead of a steel driver, couldn’t keep up with this robot. The Switzerland-based TP80 Fast Picker robot by Stäubli Robotics can sort your prescription bottles, Tic-Tac...

Interview: 16-Year-Old Jack Andraka Invents Cheap, Accurate Cancer Test

Jack Andraka is 16 years old, a sophomore in high school, and a pretty endearing chap. Andraka’s alter ego? Mad scientist. Last year, Andraka developed a very cheap, accurate diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer...

Scientists Create Mice That Can’t Feel Cold

By knocking out a specific group of neurons, scientists were able to prevent mice from feeling cold. The study sheds light on how the nervous system transmits sensory information from the body to the brain and may help develop more sophisticated pain medicines.

Robokids – A Growing Generation Of Housebound Kids Telecommuting To School With Robots

Devon Carrow was born with eosinophilic esophagitis, an allergic inflammatory disease in which white blood cells build up in the esophagus that makes exposure to common foods such as peanuts, milk and eggs life-threatening....

Deep Brain Stimulation Used To Treat Early Stage Parkinson’s Disease

A device that delivers electrical shocks directly into the brain has been shown to alleviate symptoms in people with early stage Parkinson’s disease better than the best treatments being used today. Normally reserved as...

Catherine Mohr: The Da Vinci Surgical Robot and Beyond

Humans have been doing surgery for 10,000 years, and for most of that time, undergoing a procedure was an immensely painful, high-risk endeavor. But with the rise of advanced techniques in the last 150 years, modern surgery has become sterile, anesthetized, and often minimally invasive. So how has surgery improved more recently? Robots, of course. Robotic surgical tools are not only already here, they’ve been on the surgical scene for over a decade.

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