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NASA is testing rocket parts made from laser 3D printing

By now you’ve probably heard the hullabaloo around 3D printed guns, but NASA is cranking up the heat even more with its laser 3D printed rocket parts, as noted by Ars Technica.<p>NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center recently completed a successful test of a rocket injector part. Printed using a …

New ultra-thin glass is just two atoms thick, earns Guinness World Record

A new record for the world's thinnest sheet of glass has been set, and it comes in at just two atoms thick. The ultra-thin glass, now recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, was an accidental discovery by scientists at Cornell University and Germany’s University of Ulm. As they were …

iPhone’s M7 motion processor to integrate with Maps as Apple develops indoor mapping, public transit

Besides the main 64-bit A7 processor in the new iPhone 5s, Apple has included a dedicated motion co-processor called the M7. The chip powers many of the sensor technologies in the iPhone, such as the accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope in order to move the weight off of those technologies from …

Drones Are Now Delivering Packages In One Chinese City

Like robot courier pigeons, with about the same carrying capacity<p>After a user on the Chinese social media site Weibo posted about seeing flying robots with the SF Express logo, the delivery company admitted that it has begun trials of package-delivery drones in the city of Dongguan in southeast …

Meet the Japanese challenger to Google Glass: Telepathy One

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How Kiip Ties Brand Rewards To Game And Life Achievements To Make Mobile Ads Engaging

Mobile rewards network Kiip thinks every great moment in life should be rewarded, and that advertisers should be the ones giving away the prizes. With a brand new app, a major new round of funding, and expansion beyond games, its model seems to be working.<p>Any brand that has ever tried to advertise …

Redox Power Plans To Roll Out Dishwasher-Sized Fuel Cells That Cost 90% Less Than Currently Available Fuel Cells

Redox Power Systems, a Fulton, MD-based start-up company founded last year, sealed the deal on a partnership with researchers at the University of Maryland to commercialize a potentially game-changing distributed generation technology.<p>Redox says that it plans to bring to market a fuel cell that is …

No Time for Coffee? Spray Caffeine On Your Skin

Patent-pending Sprayable Energy is now available and itwillmakeyoutypelikethis.<p>Caffeine is America’s favorite drug, bar none. And while we’ve extolled the culinary and social aspects of coffee over the years, sometimes people don’t have time for a leisurely cup of joe and just want a quick …

Machine empathy: Computers learn to read emotions

<i>Last week, I stood …</i><p>… in the cramped office of a Sand Hill Road venture capital firm, staring through Google Glass eyewear at an 18-year-old with a blank expression.<p>In the display above my right eye, the word “neutral” appeared. Then he cracked a wide smile and the word changed to “happy.”<p>The young …

A scientist used some electrodes, a magnet, and a swim cap to play a video game using his colleague’s brain

University of Washington<p>“Yes! Success!”<p>It wasn’t quite “Mr. Watson. Come Here. I need you.” but it could prove to be just as revolutionary: Researchers at the University of Washington have completed the first experiment demonstrating human brain-to-brain communication. Fittingly given the sci-fi …

The Brain

Transparent, flexible speaker runs on ions

The transparent ionic speaker, with parts labeled, above a laptop screen showing what it is playing.<p>A research team at Harvard has created a remarkable proof of concept device: a thin, transparent speaker powered by ions instead of electricity. Such "ionic devices" could lead to artificial muscles, …

How colour-changing technology could revolutionise the medical industry

You might not want to hear this, but there's a good reason to be scared of needles: the most deadly clinical procedure in the world is a simple injection.<p>Every year, 1.3 million deaths are caused by unsafe injections, due to the reuse of syringes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that …

Qatar’s Floating Hotels for the 2022 World Cup

The small Arab state of Qatar has had to deal with much criticism for being chosen to host the 2022 World Cup. Not only have there been concerns about cooling the large stadiums and guests during the brutal summer months, but questions have risen about where the large influx of spectators will stay …

Architecture

Custom Video Game Makes Grandpa As Good At Multitasking As Grandkids

Watch out.<p>Grandma may not be able to multitask quite as well as you can, but that doesn't mean she can't learn. In a new study, researchers developed a driving-based video game that helped 60-plus folks multitask better than twentysomethings who didn't play the game.<p>So much for so-called "digital …

Mindsy Wants To Be The Netflix Of E-Learning

Launched publicly last month, Mindsy is a new UK startup that’s building a Netflix-style service for consuming e-learning content, specifically online video courses. Instead of selling individual courses as per sites like Udemy and Skillshare, the company is repackaging some of the same premium …

8 Superpowers Brought to You by Technology

Advances in cybernetics, aviation, and other areas have created a convincing argument that one day we can read minds, turn invisible, fly, and live forever.<p>Superheroes are unbelievable, and that's the point. But technology is quickly closing the gap between what is human and superhuman. Advances in …

The Fridge Has Eyes: Cara Gives Anything With A Camera Powers To See Faces, Age, Gender, More

IMRSV developed software for smart advertising billboards. But now it’s bringing sight to the Internet of Things. It could even make a toy smile back.<p>When Jason Sosa started work on a webcam technology that detects, in real time, the age, gender, attention time, and glances of the people looking at …

Living Rooms

Infrared Car System Spots Wildlife On The Road From 500 Feet Away

Here's how it works.<p>Since their debut 13 years ago, in-car night-vision systems, which identify pedestrians approaching a roadway, have arguably made driving safer. But they come with a pretty big blind spot: animals. Each year, drivers in the U.S. strike about a million deer, causing 27,000 human …

NASA is farming lettuce in space

Starting in December, NASA will begin producing its own food in orbit for the first time ever, according to a new report in <i>Modern Farmer</i>. Called the Vegetable Production System (or VEGGIE for short), the minimal rig will accommodate six romaine lettuce plants grown under pink LED lamps, ready for …

Your next car's suspension could generate electricity

Auto enthusiasts are well familiar with the concept of regenerative braking, but now electricity-generating shocks may soon find their way to consumer cars. That's what Levant Power and ZF are hoping, anyway. The two have partnered up to develop "the world's first fully active, regenerative …

Electric cars: Future of motorsport or green gimmick?

<b>The future of motorsport was unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show. Well, that's what some people claim.</b><p>An ambitious all-electric racing series starts next year, and the car to be used made its first public appearance.<p>It looks like it should be on a Formula 1 grid, but this racer wants to take …

Motorsport

World's biggest ferris wheel features AR sightseeing

<i>(Credit: UNStudio)</i><p><b>A Ferris wheel to be built in Japan is going to be the biggest in the world — and will integrate augmented reality (AR) into the</b> …

Augmented Reality

You Can Now Print Any Food You Want, As Long As It’s Algae

More appetizing details: The algae is dispensed via inkjet-like printing, which Sawa has developed in partnership with Imperial College London. The …

Imperial College London

The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food

Anjan Contractor’s 3D food printer might evoke visions of the “replicator” popularized in <i>Star Trek</i>, from which Captain Picard was constantly interrupting himself to order tea. And indeed Contractor’s company, Systems & Materials Research Corporation, just got a six month, $125,000 grant from NASA …

3D Printing

Music site chatbot wins AI Loebner contest

<b>A chatbot called Mitsuku has won an annual contest to see if computers can convincingly imitate humans.</b><p>The chatbot took top prize in the Loebner contest that puts the artificially intelligent programs through their paces.<p>The contest involves the programs trying to convince judges they are human by …

Chatbots

Nettlebox Is A $28,000 Hologram Rig That Lets You View Real-Time 3D From All Angles

Russian startup Nettle, which is based in the Skolkovo Tech City area, is showing off a $28,000 holographic gaming set-up at TechCrunch Disrupt SF’s Hardware Alley. The Nettlebox rig consists of a 3D plasma display, with four fisheye lens infrared cameras at the corners to track the position of the …

The 3D specs bringing 'virtual holograms'

3D technology adds visual depth to images - but they are still seen from the same viewer perspective.<p>However, a system from Russian start-up Nettle gives wearers of its 3D glasses the illusion of seeing holograms inside a screen, recreating scenes from different perspectives as the user moves …

Augmented Reality

Researchers Create Data Glasses Controlled By Your Eye Movement

Researchers at the Franhofer Research Institution for Organics, Materials and Electronic Devices (COMEED) in Dresden say they’ve created a way for you to control data with your eyes through new OLED (organic light emitting code) interactive glasses.<p>OLEDs are used to create digital displays you …

Electronic tattoo tracks the heat running through your veins

Wearable sensors can tell more and more about what happens inside us<p>Thermometers don't seem like they need reinventing. Just stick one beneath your tongue, wait a minute, and everything you need to know is right in front of you. But there's a lot more that temperature can tell us if we're paying …