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5 Applications For Graphene, The 'Wonder Material,' That Could Change The Way We Live

Graphene, the pure carbon material that's just one atom thick and nearly transparent when laid out in sheets, manages to be roughly 200 times stronger than steel, even though it's 60,000 times thinner than Saran Wrap.<p>Graphene is also an excellent conductor of energy, can be synthesized from unique …

Nanotech

Innovative MIT Grad Teaches Human-Animal 'Talk'

<i>Can people really communicate with animals in ways that most humans seldom contemplate? Hong Kong’s Thomas Cheng, founder of the Institute of Scientific Animal Communication (ISAC), teaches talk-to-animals techniques. What he reveals, often to big rooms full of eager human students, not only deeply</i> …

Drones Reveal Hidden Ancient Village Buried In New Mexico

Thermal images captured by a small drone allowed archaeologists to peer under the surface of the New Mexican desert floor, revealing never-before-seen structures in an ancient Native American settlement.<p>Called Blue J, this 1,000-year-old village was first identified by archaeologists in the 1970s. …

Everything You Need to Know About the Bitcoin Protocol

<i>This research is courtesy of Sander Duivestein, professional speaker and trendwatcher at VINT, the International Research Institute of Sogeti, and Patrick Savalle, founder and technical director at Mobbr crowd payments.</i><p>Bitcoin is big news again. The digital cryptocurrency is on the frontpage of …

Five unusual ways in which Indians use mobile phones

<b>The mobile phone in India has many uses other than making calls and sending messages. For hundreds of millions of people, a mobile phone is sometimes the only piece of technology in their homes. This has led to unique uses for the phone in the country - the world's fastest growing market for mobile</b> …

NGOs

Bitcloud wants to replace the internet

"We want to replace YouTube, Dropbox, Facebook, Spotify, ISPs, and more with decentralised apps based on proof of bandwidth."<p>This was the bold …

Bitcloud: can hackers use bitcoin to replace Facebook and YouTube?

Programmers famously have to balance their technical concepts with the needs of the human beings on which their projects rely. Too often, an engineer's tunnel-vision means they end up focusing on the stuff that can be fixed, and abstract away the rest.<p>The latest example can be found in Bitcloud, a …

Teenage hacker creates next-gen crypto-platform

Most people think of bitcoin as a form of money, if they think of bitcoin at all. But 19-year-old hacker Vitalik Buterin sees it as something more -- …

Tablet made in Armenia – the next big thing? [updated] | Financial Times

It sounds improbable. Dogged by closed borders with Turkey and Azerbaijan, a narrow export base, pervasive monopolies and an over-reliance on …

Research Areas

Visual Computing<p>We strive to improve Disney’s production pipelines and creative processes, expanding the designer’s toolbox in terms of rendering, …

Machine Learning

4 Smart Designs For New Cities That Can Withstand Any Storm

Without serious preparation, most cities will be overwhelmed by rising waters. Here are some ideas for how to deal with climate change, from protective wetlands to shipping container reefs.<p>Since most cities are built next to water, the risk of floods threatens more people than any other natural …

Earth Singing, The Most Surprising Sound Of 2013

It’s Christmas, so a little less of the serious business, a little more pleasure. If you are looking for an awesome video to send to a friend over the Christmas period, then this one has to be up there. It will surprise you and it will probably make you feel good too.<p>A couple of years ago I used …

What The Heck Will Google Do With These Scary Military Robots?

Let’s see, we have a company that already knows everything about us, has possibly the world’s largest computer network, has recently built one of the biggest artificial-intelligence teams in the world–a company so powerful that it feels the need to soften its dominance with the informal motto, …

Apple, coffee and techno: Jonathan Ive's recipe for success

It is cluttered with bikes, skateboards and designers' models, but the ideas factory that sits at the symbolic heart of Apple's vast Californian campus is also the workspace of perhaps the world's most successful designer.<p>It is here that Sir Jonathan ("Jony") Ive gathers his select team for …

Scientists create malware that communicates using sound, no network required

Straight from camp "what could go wrong" scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication have developed a proof-of-concept malware that can communicate with other machines nearby, using just standard laptop speakers and microphones. Most importantly, the computers don't need to be on the …

Researchers propose million-year storage disk that could 'outlast the human race'

Under ideal circumstances, traditional magnetic hard disks (and the data you store on them) will last at most a decade. And when it comes to preserving vital information about the human race and all that we've achieved, that's simply not good enough. At least, that's according to researchers at …

America May Be an Energy Hog—But It’s Not as Bad as You Think

Which energy source has had the biggest impact on meeting America’s energy needs over the past 40 years?<p>It’s not coal. It’s not oil. Not wind or …

Energy

RoboRoach Lets Kids Turn Real Cockroaches Into iPhone-Controlled Cyborgs

Robots are pretty cool, but have you ever wanted to create your own iPhone controlled cyborg? Backyard Brains is banking that a lot of kids are interested in cyborg technology and neuroscience (ethical dilemmas be damned), so after three years of R&D they’ve come up with the RoboRoach – a small …

University of Washington

Google and Raspberry Pi join forces to create Coder

Over the last few years, interest in coding (especially for the web) has led to a blossoming of resources that help average people learn how to …

Teen builds flashlight powered by body warmth

Ann Makosinski is a 15-year-old with a flashlight obsession. She won a bronze award for a piezoelectric flashlight at the Canada-Wide Science Fair last year. This year, her battery-free Hollow Flashlight has taken her all the way to the top-15 finalists of the Google Science Fair.<p>Makosinski was …

Man creates 'invisible headphones' by implanting magnets into his ears

A man has implanted magnets into his ears to use as invisible headphones in a remarkable example of DIY transhumanism.<p>Rich Lee, a self-described …

Stanley Kubrick on Mortality, the Fear of Flying, and the Purpose of Existence: 1968 Playboy Interview

Besides being one of the finest filmmakers of all time and mastermind of the greatest movie never made, <b>Stanley Kubrick</b> (July 26, 1928–March 7, 1999) was also a keen observer of culture with ceaseless curiosity about the human condition, dancing between the hopeless and the heartening. From <b>Stanley</b> …

These Are the Secret Sounds of All Your Electronics

We all know the telltale hum of a computer's fan kicking on, or the barely-there buzz of flourescent lights. But even the most whisper-quiet devices …

Netflix teams up with 'Matrix' creators for new TV series 'Sense8'

Following the successful debut of <i>House of Cards</i>, Netflix has announced another new show, partnering with <i>The Matrix</i> creators the Wachowskis and <i>Babylon 5</i> creator J. Michael Straczynski to bring <i>Sense8</i> to the video streaming service in "late 2014." Details on the new show are scarce, but today's …