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NASA's real life Enterprise may take us to other star systems one day

Dr. Harold "Sonny" White is still working on a warp drive at NASA's Johnson Space Center. His work is still in the experimental stage but that …

Staggering Promise of Exponential Technologies in a Succinct 5-Minute Video

Have you ever wanted to explain exponential technology to someone—but didn’t know where to start? We’ve got a video for you. Watch Peter Diamandis …

Better tissue healing with disappearing hydrogels

When stem cells are used to regenerate bone tissue, many wind up migrating away from the repair site, which disrupts the healing process. But a …

A Straightforward Method for Making Wearable Tech

Considering the pace of technological growth in recent decades, the convergence of humans and machines seems a foregone conclusion. Yet, unlike most …

Study: Electrical Signals Can Regrow Brain Cells

Researchers uncover a new kind of neuron that can tell the stem cells in a mouse brain to grow more neurons.<p><b>Scientists have found a kind of brain cell in</b> mice that can instruct stem cells to start making more neurons, according to a new study. In addition, they found that electrical signals could …

Graphics related possible paths to Radical Life Extension

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Wearable tech can be implanted in brains, thanks to new power technique

A research breakthrough has identified a way to charge tiny health-tracking devices that could be embedded in our brains, hearts or livers<p>A breakthrough in wireless technology could allow a new wave of health tracking tools that can be embedded inside our bodies – in our livers, hearts and even in …

Single injection to cut risk of heart attack

Scientists believe a single injection which reduces the likelihood of heart attacks in mice could be used on humans in 10 years and decrease the risk by up to 90 per cent<p>A single injection can reduce the likelihood of suffering a heart attack by 90 per cent and could be used as a vaccination in …

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How It Works: The Highest-Efficiency Solar Cell

I'm going to soak up the sun.<p>Solar cells typically convert no more than 20 percent of incoming energy into electricity, in part because they capture only certain wavelengths of light. Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems have developed a solar cell that converts …

How to print your own 3D designer dildo

Thought 3D printing was just for geeks? A German programmer has come up with a way to create bespoke sex toys online and print them out - whether at home, or in public<p>Whoever invented 3D printing probably didn’t envision this.<p>Forget handguns, housing or healthcare: the latest item to emerge is a …

Study finds weird magic ingredient for quantum computing

A form of quantum weirdness is a key ingredient for building quantum computers according to new research from a team at the University of Waterloo's …

Scientists smash crystals to determine the true age of the moon

The violent impact that created our moon may have occurred millions of years earlier than previously thought, according to new research.<p>Mounting evidence suggests that the moon came into being after the Earth got slammed by a Mars-sized object named Theia in the early days of the solar system. The …

Handheld terahertz cameras could replace MRI - Futurity

Thin sensors that use carbon nanotubes to detect terahertz waves could offer a less intrusive way to screen passengers at airports or to scan for …

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New nano-dots could mean cheap, paint-on solar cells

They're too tiny to see, but a new form of light-sensitive nanoparticles could flood the world with solar power.<p>Colloidal quantum dots sound like something that young Jedi might use for training in a starfighter flight simulator, but they're actually a new form of solid nanoparticles that could …

Clean Energy

Nanotube forests drink water from arid air

(Phys.org) —If you don't want to die of thirst in the desert, be like the beetle. Or have a nanotube cup handy. New research by scientists at Rice …

Did A Chatbot Really Pass The Turing Test?

Popular Science Blogs<p>Boxplot<p>Exploring the world of science through graphic narrative. By Maki Naro<p><i>Hint: No. But it did win a contest!</i><p>By now you've all been swept up in the cult of personality of <b>Eugene Goostman</b>, the chatbot that made news when it convinced 10 out 30 judges at the University of …

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Ask Ray | Response to announcement of chatbot Eugene Goostman passing the Turing test

Eugene Goostman chatbot. (credit: Vladimir Veselov and Eugene Demchenko)<p>On June 8, 2014, The University of Reading announced that a computer program …

Zoom into a microchip video causes brain meltdown in my sorry skull

Zooming into a computer chip going from a digital camera's zoom to a scanning electron microscope leaves me as dizzy and amazed as zooming into the …

Building Soluble Circuits To Help End E-Waste

It takes 1,000 years for a typical silicon wafer to dissolve in a bucket of water.<p>The Challenge<p>For every human on the planet—and there’s more than seven billion of us—43 pounds of electronic waste is generated each year. The United Nations predicts that by 2017, the figure will climb by as much as …

Nanotech

How It Works: An Ultra-Precise Thermometer Made From Light

This isn't your average thermometer.<p>The world’s most sensitive room-temperature thermometer uses two colors of light to measure temperature with a precision of 30 billionths of a degree. This kind of precision far exceeds that of regular medical or home thermometers that we come into contact …

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Google could launch a health data service at I/O this month

Google and personal health data have a rocky past. That includes a unified medical record service called Google Health that the company shut down less than four years after its launch. Now, with a rise of wearable devices — including upcoming ones running Android Wear — Google wants to offer a way …

How Starbucks, Apple, General Motors and AT&T Are Preparing The World For Wireless Energy

If you visited a Starbucks in Boston or Silicon Valley during the last year or so, you may have noticed black circles embedded in the coffee bars and tables. You may have even glimpsed an early adopter with a special cellphone case charging an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy simply by resting it on a …

Physicist and artist unveil designs for warp-speed spacecraft

The technology needed to create a faster-than-light spacecraft doesn’t exist yet. Will a spacecraft like this one someday carry humans to the …

Spit here: can Cue's $199 lab-in-a-box keep you healthy?

Leaving your house to take some lab tests could be a thing of the past<p>Technology has added plenty of new annoyances to life, but it's also done away with countless others. One more that could be on its way out? A visit to the doctor's office. That's the vision of a company called Cue, which wants …

Moving Beyond The Turing Test To Judge Artificial Intelligence

A computer program known as "Eugene Goostman" passed the Turing Test by convincing a group of people, via chat, that it was actually a 13-year-old boy. Cognitive scientist Gary Marcus argues that the Turing Test needs an update for the 21st Century.<p>Transcript<p>ARUN RATH, HOST:<p>It's ALL THINGS …

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NASA Reveals Latest Warp-Drive Ship Designs

Look at the picture above. Nope, it’s not a snapshot of a Star Wars scene, or any other sci-fi movie. It’s what you get if you combine a NASA …

Speed Of Light