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Monthly Archives: April 2014

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Can Elon Musk and SpaceX Take Space Travel From Evolutionary to Revolutionary?

Recently, off the coast of Florida, a 22-story rocket hurtled out of the upper atmosphere, fired its engines, and briefly hovered upright over a stormy Atlantic ocean. The Falcon 9 launch vehicle was built...

Beyond the Hype and Hope of 3D Printing: What Consumers Should Expect

The latest 3D printing Kickstarter smash hit, the Micro, raised its target $50,000 in eleven minutes. The Micro bills itself as the first truly consumer 3D printer—it plugs in with a USB cable, costs...

SCiO’s Handheld Scanner Aims to Detect Food Ingredients and Identify Pills

An Israeli company is offering a flash drive-sized scanner that can tell users what exactly is in the food or medicine on the table using near-infrared spectroscopy.

You Can Hear the Taste of Spices by Touching This Poster

If you have synesthesia, where one sensory input involuntarily stimulates another, the world is a symphony of color and a painting of sound. Taken from the Greek words "syn" (together) and "aisthesis" (perception), folks with...

The FBI’s Massive Facial Recognition Database Raises Concern

The Federal Bureau of Investigation plans to start using a facial database, according to papers obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation in a FOIA lawsuit. But facial recognition technology isn't very accurate yet.

The Surprising Medical Value of Poop

A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine and an FDA committee hearing suggest that a stool test called Cologuard will likely be approved as a non-invasive screening for colorectal cancer.

Singularity Surplus: Slithers, Sparkles and Stays

Artificial life worm available online; washable connected T-shirts; concrete that lasts 100 years.

Will the Military Get a Flying Car Before the Rest of Us?

If you build things, you may well have a truck—but does it fly? The Advanced Tactics Black Knight Transformer does, and it took to the air for the first time recently. The Transformer is basically...

64 Billion Messages in 24 Hours: Key Takeaways From WhatsApp’s Massively Disruptive Statistics

In February of this year, Facebook's $19B acquisition of mobile messaging platform WhatsApp set a record for the largest software acquisition of all time. It set the value of WhatsApp at more than Sony Corporation. Most recently, the...

Data Scientist Hacks Monitoring Device, Puts Heartbeat Online

Data scientist Jen Lowe’s put her heart online. Open her site, One Human Heartbeat, and a cyclopean red eye blinks in rhythm to yesterday’s heartbeat. Lowe wears a Basis Band fitness tracker. Like other fitness trackers...

Bionic Athletes With Exoskeletons, Robotic Limbs, and Brain-Control Devices to Compete in 2016 Cybathlon

While traditional sports only grudgingly accept technological augmentation, the 2016 Cybathlon, a kind of hybrid between the XPRIZE and Olympics, embraces it with both robotic arms. Disabled competitors (or pilots) will compete using assistance...

Google Glass Signals a Wearables Revolution

Google Glass is crazy fun, but don't worry if you missed your chance to buy a pair on Tuesday, when it went on sale to the public for $1,500. While the current generation of Google...

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