Olivia Garcia

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What Technology Will Look Like In Five Years

As a driver of technical innovation for a software company, a huge part of my job depends on forecasting how current tech trends will play out, merge, dissipate or expand. Here are some of my predictions of what the world will look like in 2020.<p>Revised Notions Of Ownership<p>Think of the things you …

Buzz Aldrin: We better start thinking about colonising Mars – video

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, former-astronaut Buzz Aldrin says the world should start pursuing polices to make a Mars landing, and even settlement, possible. He suggests July 2019 to be the ideal time for a landing and explains the need for international co-operation for this to be …

The future has arrived: the sci-fi inventions that have become reality

Tractor beams, hoverboards and invisibility cloaks were once just futuristic impossibilities. Not any more<p>Hey, Marty McFly! Hoverboard available on Kickstarter for $10,000<p>They are the inventions and happenings that were once only dreamt up in the pages of fantasy novels and the far-flung corners of …

The Future Of Umbrellas Is A Stick That Shoots Air At The Rain

If you dream of a world where people use air-powered umbrellas that resemble personal massagers to fight the rain, you can wake up. The future is now.<p>The creators of a new Kickstarter campaign claim to have developed an umbrella that pushes air against the rain to protect its owner from getting …

A Bold Vision for the Future of the Postage Stamp

Of all the assumptions we make in this age of apps and startups, the biggest may be that the best way to create something great is to destroy what's …

8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

Interior Design

This Scientist Is Building A Robot Version Of Himself, And It's The Most Uncanny Thing Ever

Ishiguro is the director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory in Osaka, Japan and one of the world's leading roboticists. For nearly a decade, Ishiguro has dedicated his life to creating the most lifelike android possible.<p>Once at the lab, Whitton was struck by the casualness of Ishiguro's …

Robotics

First Space-Grown Lettuce Tastes "Awesome," Astronauts Say

Pass the dressing, please<p>NASA has been growing lettuce on the space station since May 2014, and today, astronauts finally got to test the fruits of their labors. The space station’s first fresh veggies were grown in a microwave-sized box under LED lights. And it “tastes awesome,” according to …

This smart helmet gives you eyes in the back of your head

<i>(By Ben Gruber, Reuters) –</i> For Marcus Weller the idea started off with an accident. He was riding a motorcycle in Barcelona when he took his eyes off the road to look at a road sign and smashed into the back of a car. A couple of years later he dreamt about that accident, but in the dream Weller …

Augmented Reality

3D Printing Ancient Artifacts Lets Us Figure Out What They Were Actually For

The case of the mislabeled spearbutt.<p>You are aware, of course, of that legendary ancient Irish artifact, the Conical Spearbutt of Navan, yes? No? You’re not? Well, it doesn’t matter, because thanks to to the work of PhD student Billy Ó Foghlú, it’s no longer a conical spearbutt at all.<p>Ó Foghlú was …

3D Printing

Hibernating bears could hold the key to long-distance space travel

Bone weakness is a significant problem for astronauts, but a unique biological process that occurs in hibernating bears could be the basis for a new therapy<p>Astronauts could protect themselves against bone wastage by harnessing a unique biological process that allows black bears to maintain their …

We're running out of a crucial ingredient for touchscreens

Touchscreens are pretty prevalent in today's world of technology, meaning that the demand on the non-renewable materials used to make them is getting …

FDA Approves Syringe-Like Device For Plugging Gunshot Wounds

The Food and Drug Administration has approved for civilian use a revolutionary device that can stop bleeding from a gunshot wound in less than a minute. On December 7, the agency gave the green light to deploy the XStat 30 to hospitals.<p>The simple invention is a syringe-like tool that injects tiny …

In A Driverless Car Future, More People Will “Drive” Because They Don’t Need A License

Teens and the elderly will be less dependent on others, but they might clog the roads with more traffic.<p>Driverless cars could lead to even more cars on the roads than we have today. This is almost entirely down to the fact that people without licenses will be able to use cars without bumming a ride …

Driverless Cars

The Office of the Future Is Weirder Than We Can Imagine

It's 1985 and you've been sent from the future to explain how people work in 2015 to an auditorium of curious business executives. Someone asks you how people communicate.<p>You describe a typical everyday situation in which an office worker briefly steps away from their desk to grab coffee and …

Forget Wi-Fi: You may soon access the internet via ordinary light bulbs

Light-speed internet may be upon us. A technology called “Li-Fi” uses light waves from ordinary LED light bulbs to deliver internet connectivity that that is cheaper, more secure and 100 times faster that broadband internet.<p>Velmini—a tech company in Tallinn, Estonia—is the first to test visible …

Internet of Things

There's a good reason why the next generation of robots will look like animals

Biomimetics.<p>That's the field dedicated to imitating aspects of nature to better understand, and potentially solve, complex human issues.<p>It's the reason why so many engineers and researchers are creating robot models of animals.<p>Robotic animals can help researchers better understand locomotion, …

Robotics

This Swimsuit Cleans the Ocean as You Swim

Letting an engineer design a bathing suit may seem like some sort of fashion nightmare. But when scientists and designers teamed up to create the …

Engineering

Will emoji become a new language?

Emoji are already butting their heads with traditional words, but could they take over completely? Linguist Neil Cohn casts his expert eye over the pictures taking the world by storm.<p>The year 2015 could be called the year of the emoji. They have landed a teenage boy in a police cell and prompted …

Language

Engineers Create A Titanium Rib Cage Worthy Of Wolverine

At first glance, the metallic device almost looks like a high-tech bike pedal. Or maybe the latest cooking gadget for zesting lemons. Or, perhaps, it's a secret weapon for X-Men superhero Wolverine.<p>But look again.<p>Doctors in Spain say this is the world's first 3-D-printed rib cage, made entirely …

3D Printing