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Drew Halley

Universal Translators in the Next Few Years?

The universal translator is a sci-fi staple: Star Trek made it infamous. Star Wars had C3PO. Hitchhiker’s Guide had the babel fish. Stargate and Dr. Who both had some variation of a voice-to-voice translating...

DNA sequencing for 1/10 the price: Ion Torrent’s sequencer arrives

Thinking of setting up your own genomics lab in the garage? Time to update your Christmas list. The Personal Genome Machine (PGM) by Ion Torrent is a DIY biologist’s fantasy: it’s fast, compact, and...

A Robot Stole My Job: Automation in the Recession

Are robots creating a jobless recovery? A recent forecast by the UCLA Anderson School of Business echoes a common refrain in economic circles: as the economy recovers, jobs might not. The report, released last...

Researchers Barcode Mouse Embryos, Humans Next

In most laboratories, mixing up your samples probably means a botched experiment and a bit of frustration. But if you happen to work in reproductive technologies, an accidental swap might… well… impregnate a woman...

The Pills Have Eyes: Microchipped Medicine Is Coming

Open wide! Earlier this month, Swiss pharma giant Novartis announced it will be seeking regulatory approval of “smart pills” embedded with microchips within the next 18 months. The chip-on-a-pill, developed by Proteus Biomedical (and...

The vOICe System Rewires the Brain’s Audio into Visual

Imagine if all the sounds in your world translated into visual experiences. Sound psychedelic? The cross-blending of sensory input – called synesthesia – is normally limited to individuals with a relatively unique...

Autism Diagnosed with a Fifteen Minute Brain Scan (Video)

A new technique developed at King’s College London uses a fifteen minute MRI scan to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The scan is used to analyze the structure of grey matter in the brain,...

The Alzheimer’s Drugs You Still Can’t Get

Twenty years ago, researchers made serious headway in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease (AD). They discovered a link between the brain damage in AD patients and plaque deposits in the brain – the...

App Lets You Make a Phone Call With Your Mind (Video)

And you thought having a touch screen was cool. ThinkContacts is a new smart phone app under development that uses your brainwaves to choose between callers and dial them up. The system...

Who Owns You? 20% of the Genes in Your Body are Patented

Here’s a disconcerting thought: for the past thirty years, genes have been patentable. And we’re not just talking genetically modified corn – your genes, pretty much as they exist in your body, can...

Exercise Boosts Your Brain – Here’s How

We all know exercise is your best shot at having a healthy heart, a strong immune system, and maybe even a 100th birthday party. Years of research have also shown that an active...

Robot Vans Drive, Driverless, from Italy to China (Video)

It’s the perfect sci-fi fantasy: climb into your car, set it to autopilot, then just lean back and enjoy your morning coffee as you’re whisked off to your destination. Driverless vehicles have come...

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