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Peter Murray

Peter Murray

Peter Murray was born in Boston in 1973. He earned a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore studying gene expression in the neocortex. Following his dissertation work he spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow at the same university studying brain mechanisms of pain and motor control. He completed a collection of short stories in 2010 and has been writing for Singularity Hub since March 2011.

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NASA Puts Up Cash To Create Pizza-Making 3D Printer

In an attempt to not only expand the menu for Earth orbiters, but to also bring us one step closer to every Trekkie’s dream of a food replicator, NASA is funding a project that is aimed at creating a 3D printer to serve astronauts up some pizza.

3D Printed Windpipe Saves Baby’s Life

A group of resourceful doctors at the University of Michigan used 3D printing technology to give a young man a stint for his weakened trachea. Without the stint the boy’s prognosis was to never leave the hospital – and that was the best case scenario.

Electric Car Company Better Place Bankrupt, Burns Nearly $1 Billion

Electric cars just took a major detour, at least in Israel.

Bladderwort Study Adds To The Debate On “Junk” DNA

Only about two percent of the human genome contains genes. The other 98 percent has been likened to cosmology’s dark matter that fills the space between stars – there’s a lot of it, but nobody really know what it does.

Injected Nanoparticles Maintain Blood Sugar Levels In Diabetic Mice For Ten Days

A new device comprised of nanoparticles monitors blood sugar levels and releases insulin when sugar levels get too high.

Drones Close In On Farms, The Next Step In Precision Agriculture

Drones continue their steady approach into the different aspects of our lives. But while controversy rages over drone devastation over foreign soil and prying surveillance over US soil, experts are beginning to point our attention to the real future of unmanned aerial vehicles: farming.

Air Force Jet X-51A Goes Hypersonic, Zooms Five Times Speed Of Sound

The United States Air Force has a serious need for speed. On May first their X-51A Waverider zoomed to an amazing Mach 5.1 – more than five times the speed of sound.

You can now place your order for a burger grown entirely in a lab

It may take some time before in vitro burgers replace old fashioned farmed burgers, but the feat is a delicious victory for environmentalists and scientists alike in search for alternate ways to feed the world’s addition to meat.

Scientists Able To Slow Aging In Mice By Modifying The Brain’s Hypothalamus

Researchers have now uncovered an area in the brain about the size of almond in humans that wields powerful control over the body’s aging process.

FDA To Decide Whether Antibacterial Soap Is Safe – After Four Decades

But research now shows that the active ingredient in the soap, triclosan, alters hormonal balance in animals, is possibly harmful to the immune system, and possibly contributes to the rise of antibiotic resistant germs.

Virtual And Real Objects Meet And Become Smarter Objects At MIT

Smarter Object combines the adaptability of digital interfaces with the ease of use of real world devices.

iRobot’s RP-Vita Telepresence Robots Start Work At Seven Hospitals

Now seven hospitals across North America have enlisted the services of RP-Vita, bringing us one step closer to robotics-augmented healthcare.

NAO Robot Has Learned To Write

Robot developer Franck Calzada has brought us one step closer to creating an assistant scribe for the common man in his new program with which NAO can write any word.

Our Singularity Future: Humanity’s Trash Piling Up In Great Lakes

Technology allows us to achieve great things – so many goods are made affordable, for example, by mass production. But when mass production is not responsibly planned out and regulated, trash starts piling up.

Next Step For Glowing Plant Kickstarter Campaign? Glowing Rose

If the campaign raises more than $400,000, they’ll not only complete the Arabidopsis work, but bring illumination to the already beautiful rose as well.

Girl Receives Engineered Trachea Treated With Her Own Stem Cells

In a medical breakthrough, South Korean doctors have successfully implanted an artificial trachea into a toddler who had been born without the windpipe.
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A Box With A Hidden Video Camera Documents Journey Through The Mail

Ever wondered what it was like to be a parcel? No? Silly you. Ruben van der Vleuten thinks you should know.

Scientists Create Sensor As Sensitive As Real Skin

While prosthetic limbs continue to improve, tactile feedback is one feature that many are keen to incorporate into the prosthetics but it remains a very difficult technology to develop. But now scientists have developed...

Your Next Doctor Could Save Your Life From Hundreds Of Miles Away

Through this two-way communication tele-intensivists can aid local intensivists by helping to enforce the patient’s daily goals, review their performance with them and respond to alarms if, as if often the case, the local doctor has been called away.

Report: Energy Remains As “Dirty” As Ever Despite Rise Of Renewable Energy

A new report from the International Energy Agency shows that, despite the rapid spread of renewable technologies, the energy produced today is just as “dirty” as it was 20 years ago.

Want To Have A Better Memory? Study Shows Sounds During Sleep Can Help

If you’re not willing to send electrical shocks through your brain – “mild” as they might be – to become smarter, here’s a much gentler option: play sounds while you sleep.

New Study Suggests Autism Could Be Diagnosed At Birth – By Analyzing The Placenta

Scientists have made strides recently in coming up with ways to detect autism earlier in children. But a recent study suggests it might be possible to diagnose the disorder right at the moment of birth. The telltale signs, they found, can be seen by analyzing the placenta.

Kickstarter Campaign To Create Glowing Plant Goes Viral – Singularity Labs FTW!

“I firmly believe that this is something that’s going to revolutionize our society. With this technology we have a lot of tools that can solve a lot of humanity’s problems. We’re limited only by our imagination.”

New Device Keeps Liver Alive Outside Body

In what’s being called a medical first, doctors were able to keep a liver functioning outside the body and then transplant it into a patient.

This Is What Happens When You Wring Out A Wet Cloth In Space

The weightlessness of space makes it a unique place to conduct experiments that can’t be done on Earth, like growing perfect protein crystals, finding out how rat memory changes in zero G, and finding out what happens when you ring out a soaked washcloth.

US Supreme Court To Decide Whether Or Not Genes Can Be Patented

Coming up with an answer that’s satisfactory to the researchers, doctors and patients who have a stake in the case is turning out to be as knotty as the genome itself.

New Technique Turns Brain Transparent, Gives Scientists Direct Look Into Brain

A new technique, developed by a scientist who’d already contributed an extraordinary tool to neuroscience, literally allows scientists to peer directly into the brain by making it transparent.

Chinese Restaurant Owner Says Robot Noodle Maker Doing “A Good Job!”

Noodle peelers should probably start looking for other things to do around the kitchen – there’s just no competing with these robots.

RNA-Based Drug Offers New Hope To Hepatitis C Patients

A new drug may present a way for patients to rid their bodies of infection without being subjected to the same severe side effects as current treatments.

Lab Grown Kidney Transplanted Into Rat

Imagine a future in which no one died anymore waiting for an organ. Harvard researchers have taken a major step toward that reality by transplanting a lab-grown kidney into an animal and showing that it works.

America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Closer To Reality After Receiving $2 Billion From Japanese Bank

Offshore wind farms are finally arriving on US shores – and they’re doing it with foreign help. Plans to install Cape Wind, a 468 MW, 130 turbine wind farm in the waters off the...

Red Meat Is Bad For Your Heart, But Possibly For A Previously Unknown Reason

You knew that too much red meat wasn’t good for you, but maybe you didn’t know the whole story.

Autism Rate Rises To 1 In 50 Children – Cause Still A Mystery

It is thought that the increase is due to more autism cases being reported which had previously gone unreported, rather than an actual rise in the incidence of autism.

Multiple Vaccinations on Same Day Does Not Raise Autism Risk

A new study that should help assuage concerns shows that giving children multiple vaccines on the same day does not increase the risk for autism. How persuasive the study will be to doubting parents, however, is anybody’s guess.

PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Joins $5 Million Backing For Robot Security Company RoboteX

Along with RoboteX founder Nathan Gettings, chief executive Alexander Karp, and four other unnamed investors, the group filed $5 million in funding for the California-based company.

World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Online In United Arab Emirates

And now, this country that has risen from poverty to become the world’s thirteenth richest after striking oil, is doing renewable energy in a characteristically big way. They’ve just completed the world’s largest solar power station.

Controversial No More – Study Shows Much Hyped Multiple Sclerosis ‘Cure’ Doesn’t Work

Paolo Zamboni didn’t buy into the conventional wisdom that multiple sclerosis was an autoimmune disorder resulting in the wearing away of the nervous system’s cellular insulation: myelin. Instead, the vascular surgeon from Italy was...

Drones Light Up London Night Sky – With Star Trek Logo

It’s not the Bat Signal, but if you’re a Star Trek fan, it’s even better. And if you’re a geeky Star Trek fan that’s really into cutting edge technology – that was deliberately redundant – you’re really going to love this.

Scientists Inject Human Brain Cells Into Mice, Make Them Smarter

And you thought it was all about the neurons. In an experiment that might seem like something only a mad scientist would conjure, researchers injected human brain cells into the brains of mice to see...

Rare Disease Science Challenge Brings Funding To An Overlooked Area Of Research

In the United States a disease is considered rare if fewer than 200,000 Americans have it. About 7,000 diseases meet this criterion, and the number of people affected by them: 25 million. Doesn’t sound so...

China High-Speed Rail Nears 10,000 Kilometers, Plans To Expand to 50,000 By 2020

By 2015, China is projected to nearly double to 18,000 kilometers of high-speed rail. By 2020 they plan on expanding to 50,000 kilometers.

The Toa Mata All Robot Band

Tired of listening to all of your favorite songs over and over again on Pandora? Or the loud and way-too-human bands that leave your ears ringing after every concert? One alternative is the Toa...

Scientists Create 581 Clones From Same Mouse

Scientists in Japan have taken cloning to a whole new level. They haven’t cloned a new species or even come up with a new technique. They have, however, managed to push the technique to...

Brain Scans Can Now Tell Who You’re Thinking About

Beware stalkers, these neuroscientists can tell who you’re thinking of.

New Brain Implant Transmits Wirelessly To Computer

Scientists at Brown University have made brain-machine interfaces that are even more hip that BMIs researchers are using now. Like an upgrade from landlines to cell phones, their new device can record and transmit...

“H.M.” – The Man Who Had Part Of His Brain Removed And Changed Neuroscience Forever

He never got used to the graying person that greeted him in mirror every morning decades later. But even though his condition left him incapable of remembering new facts and new people, including his own aged self, the AAAS session that gathered in Boston last month affirms that he will always be remembered by a field on which he left a lasting mark.
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Boats, Planes And Automobiles – Today’s RCs Are Amazing

The RC world has come a long way since the lumbering vehicles I used to pilot when I was a kid. They couldn’t go very fast, but if need be, they could flex their...

MIT’s Robot Cheetah On The Run

MIT scientists are taking a page out of biology’s playbook in their attempt to create a robot cheetah. While nowhere near as fast as the real thing, their biomimetic approach has certainly resulted in...

New Glasses Help Colorblind To See Normally

With a new pair of stylish shades, people with colorblindness are beginning to see the world just as the rest of us do.

Window Cleaning Robots Making Their Way To Skyscraper Happy United Arab Emirates

These robotic window washers are not afraid of heights, high winds, or hard-to-reach places. Gekko Façade and its sister, solar panel cleaning robot Gekko Solar, imitate their lizard namesake by clinging to high places...

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