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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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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...
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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...

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...

A Tiny Ten Year Battery For The Internet Of Things

Just as protocol standards needed to be established for the Internet to really take off, so must standards be established for what many are calling the next technology revolution: the Internet of Things. As...

A New Look At Einstein’s Brain May Answer Why He Was So Smart

Thanks to work of pathologist Thomas Harvey to preserve Albert Eisntein's brain decades ago, we can continue to busy ourselves today with trying to figure out what made Albert Einstein so smart. Knowing the world would want...
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Paralyzed Dogs Walk After Transplant Of Cells Taken From Their Noses

British researchers successfully restored the ability to walk in paralyzed dogs. Special cells taken from the dogs’ noses and transplanted to injured areas caused regrowth of neurons. Within six months the dogs amazingly regained...

Automation Reaches French Vineyards With A Vine-Pruning Robot

Now that Wall-Ye V.I.N. has been built we can rest assured that there are no jobs too sacred to be handed over to the automated expertise of robots. Wall-Ye is a robot that takes...

A Conversation With Tracy Atkins, Author Of ‘Aeternum Ray,’ A Book About Humanity’s Future

Tracy Atkins has seen the future, and wants us all to know that we should feel pretty good about it. His just released book, Aeternum Ray, is a formidable sweep of all the major technological...

Doctors Use Brain Scanner To Communicate With ‘Vegetative’ Patient

Contrary to what was previously thought, some people in a vegetative state may not be unaware of their surroundings. Brain scans recently showed one patient able to answer yes-or-no questions.  Researchers would ask the...

And Now…Even Miners Are Getting Robots

As the 33 Chilean miners, trapped for two months beneath ground in 2010, reminded us, mining is dangerous business. And other factors, such as labor shortages and deposits that are increasingly harder to get...

New At The Dentist: 3D Printing “Dental Crowns While You Wait”

The trip to the dentist just got a little less painful, at least in terms of time spent there. A new system is being used by a handful of dentists to scan patients’ teeth...

mObi – The Latest Arrival To The Crowded Telepresence Robot Scene

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: robots are taking over the workplace. Okay, but right now I’m not talking about automation putting factory workers, cooks and lawyers out of the job. Because...

Towers Of Vegetables Go Up As Singapore Builds First Vertical Farm

Short on arable land? One solution would be to plant…up. Singapore, a small country that imports most of its food, has now begun selling vegetables from its first vertical farm. And even while they’re...

Wearable Breast Cancer Test Detects Tumors Before Doctors

A new test could provide a way for women to detect breast cancer much earlier than is possible with mammograms or even MRI. And the best part is, it’s as easy as wearing a...

Cure For Multiple Sclerosis? Treatment Wildly Popular Despite Scant Evidence It Works

There are 2.1 million people worldwide suffering from multiple sclerosis. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the body’s own nervous system. To date there is no...

First Offshore Turbine For U.S. Begins Feeding Power To Maine’s Grid

Scientists and world leaders have long sought to tap the tidal power of our world’s oceans. Now an offshore turbine has begun turning near the coast of Maine, making it the first state in...
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Virtual Diva Hatsune Miku Rocks Taiwan And Hong Kong

Times, they are a changin’. I think when Bob Dylan penned the lyrics to his timeless song he had no clue that Hatsune Miku was coming. She continues to dance and sing her way into...

Mice Genetically Engineered To Detect Explosives 500 Times Better Than Normal Mice

Scientists have genetically modified mice in hopes of increasing their ability to smell TNT with 500 times the sensitivity of normal mice. If successful, the mice could provide a cheap and effective way to...

Build Your Own Robot With Multiplo

They were educators frustrated by the lack of flexible, easily accessible tools for teaching robotics. So they created the Multiplo Robot Building Kit, an open source robot building system meant to help people “learn...

Memoto – The Camera That Makes Lifelogging Mainstream? Selling Fast On Kickstarter

Here comes yet another tool for lifeloggers to catalogue those priceless moments of getting a cup of coffee or commuting to work. Memoto, a small, clip-on device that takes pictures while you live your...

Pilot Your Own Robotic Sub And Explore The Ocean With AcquatiCo

Eduardo Labarca wants to bring the ocean you. Not through the kind of striking, high-definition imagery that Planet Earth brought, but through an immersive experience where you actually get to navigate the corals, chase...

Didn’t Get The Job? A Computer May Be To Blame

Robots continue to invade the workplace. But these bots aren’t going to sift through mountains of paperwork or fetch a pair of scissors for you. On the contrary, it is you who will have...

U.S. Army Embraces 3D Printers: “It’s Kind of a Magical Thing”

The following article was written by Singularity Hub Member David McNally from the U.S. Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command, and appeared on www.army.mil. ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Oct. 3, 2012) -- When you walk...

No Hope For Jurassic Park? Scientists Say DNA Is Too Fragile

A new study that estimates the rate of DNA degradation in fossils casts serious doubt on our chances of ever having a real life Jurassic Park. The researchers looked at DNA extracted from the...

Half Of Great Barrier Reef Lost Over Past 27 Years, More To Come

The news ain’t so good from the Great Barrier Reef. According to a new study, the massive reef has lost half of its coral cover over the last 27 years. Damage from storms, bleaching, and...

Forget Robo-Cop, Here Comes Robo-Security Guard

You know those movies where the thieves wait until the security guard falls asleep to break into the art gallery? Well, those days are over, now that the Vigilus robotic security guard has been...
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Chinese ‘Starchild’ Alleged To Have X-Men-Like Cat Vision

Although the notion is revolting to many, at some point in the future we'll have the know-how and the tools to genetically modify our bodies to make us stronger, better looking, more intelligent. In...

Kiosk Robots Selling Big, Could Soon Be At An Airport or Museum Near You

Service kiosks are about to get a lot more personable. Future Robot, the makers of people-friendly robot FURO, just struck it big with an order of over 100 to a buyer in Brazil. The buyer...

Lives Saved On The Go – FDA Approves Implantable Defibrillator

Each year in the United States about 325,000 people die due to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The vast majority of arrests occur at home, far from medical help which, if not delivered within minutes,...

Turing Test Prize Has Two Winners

The day we can’t tell the difference between a human and robot just got a little bit closer. A Turing Test of sorts has been put to humans to see if they could differentiate between...

Yet Another Study Casts Doubt On The Heart Benefits Of Fish Oil

A new study adds to a growing body of evidence that fish oil does not protect against heart disease. Rather than conduct their own research, the scientists gathered all the data they could find...

Geologists Plan To Drill 6 Kilometers Down – All The Way To Earth’s Mantle!

It’s an expensive journey – costing a billion dollars – and it’s wrought with hazards that could derail the explorers at any moment. But if these explorers reach their destination, they will have gone...

Researchers Sequence Whole Baby Genome In 50 Hours

Using new technology, researchers were able to sequence and analyze whole genomes of infants in about 50 hours. While the rapid data is impressive, even more impressive was how they demonstrated the data’s timely...

Woman’s Ear Regrown In Her Forearm

In one of the more bizarre, but nevertheless miraculous, feats of modern medicine, doctors at Johns Hopkins University were able to give a woman her ear back by first growing it beneath the skin...

Genetic Study: Breast Cancer Isn’t One Cancer – There Are 4 Types

A new study shows that breast cancer can be divided clearly into four different subtypes based on genetic differences. Having been established years ago, the four subtypes are nothing new. What is new is...
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Brusspup Goes Viral With Dazzling Optical Illusions

Like optical illusions? You’re going to love these. And the best part of it is, you can recreate them in your own home. A YouTube user who goes by the name of brusspup has garnered...
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Dave The Incredible Mindreader – How Does He Do It?

Ever wonder how all those mall psychics stay in business? I mean, who’s actually sitting down with them – crystal ball and all – and paying $20 for 15 minutes of “You will find...

California Becomes Third State To Legalize Driverless Cars

Another state bill passed, another step closer to never having to drive again. On Tuesday California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that allows driverless cars to be tested and operated on public roads, paving...

MakerBot’s 3D Printer Replicator 2 Is Larger, Faster, Sleeker

MakerBot Industries, creators of the Replicator 3D printer that hit stores this past January have just upgraded their award-winning printer. The Replicator 2 has increased resolution, can print larger objects, and sports a stylish...

Build Your Own Supercomputer With Raspberry Pis and Legos – For Reals!

Ever dreamt of owning a supercomputer but didn’t have millions of dollars to spare? Thanks to some inventive thinking by one professor, you can now make a supercomputer all your own. All you’ll need...

Double, The Latest Telepresence Robot, May Just Beat Out Its Competitors

Look out, here comes another iPad on wheels. To feed our evidently voracious need to be in two places at once, robotics company Double Robotics has added its contribution to the ever growing pool of...

Chinese Company To Acquire Complete Genomics, Become World Genomics Powerhouse

Complete Genomics, the whole human genome sequencing powerhouse in Mountain View, California, is being acquired by the Chinese company BGI-Shenzhen. The acquisition could be read as a signal to the world that China is...

Can You Hear Me Now? Stem Cells Restore Hearing In Deaf Gerbils – When Will It Work On Humans?

In a new study, scientists were able to restore partial hearing to deaf gerbils by implanting human embryonic stem cells in their ears. The breakthrough offers hope that one day a similar treatment may...

New Software Makes Synthesizing DNA As Easy As ‘Drag and Drop’ With Icons

Omri Amirav-Drory wants to be the Bill Gates of the DNA world. Windows revolutionized personal computers by providing a graphic user interface for MS-DOS. Afterwards people didn’t need to be trained in the arcane...

Blind Woman Receives Bionic Retinal Implant

In what’s being claimed a world first, doctors have implanted a bionic eye into a woman, allowing her to see flashes of light. The early stage prototype performed well as a proof-of-principle, offering hope...

New Video Of Army’s Alpha Dog Robot: “This Thing Is Awesome”

For the last decade now Boston Dynamics has continuously provided some of the best two- and four-legged walking robots on the planet, and they're continuing this trend with their latest version of Alpha Dog. Most...

New Spray Containing Neonatal Cells Helps Skin Heal Faster

Another group of scientists are trying to bottle the miracle of regenerative medicine. A new skin cell spray was shown to improve the conventional treatment for leg ulcers. When applied prior to wrapping the leg...

Exclusive Interview With Complete Genomics CEO — The Future Of Genetics-Based Medicine?

The Human Genome Project concluded with the successful sequencing of the first human genome in 2003. Since then medical breakthroughs enabled by unlocking the secrets of our DNA have been much touted, yet hardly...

Honda’s Miimo Robot Is Roomba For Your Lawn

It’s an automated, household robot. Small, round, even kind of cute, it circles to and fro, cheerfully tending to its job so you don’t have to. No, I’m not talking about Roomba. I’m talking...

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