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Microscopic Robots Learn To Move Like White Blood Cells

Someday they could save your life<p>In the 90s kids show <i>The Magic School Bus</i>, eccentric teacher Ms. Frizzle took her class for a wild ride in a sick student’s immune system -- only to be attacked by white blood cells. White blood cells tracked the bus using the same chemical traces they follow to find …

How To Engineer Humans To Save The Planet

How about giving people patches that would make them allergic to meat?<p>Just in case you were looking for some ideas for your next dystopian novel… in a new feature, the BBC reports on ideas for combating anthropogenic climate change by engineering humans to use less resources.<p>How about giving people …

The 5 biggest questions about surviving Soylent

Chris Ziegler spent (almost) a month eating (almost) nothing but Soylent, a brown nutritional sludge and meal replacement. He wrote about the experience in great detail, but people still wanted to know more — a lot more, it turns out — about his life eating a science project. Here, Chris gets on …

Johnson & Johnson partners with Organovo to consider 3D-printing living tissue

Janssen Research and Development, a Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company, is looking into 3D printing living tissue for drug research, according …

Piggybacking cells hold clue to cancer growth – and treatment for melanoma

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer: aggressive forms of the disease can grow and spread rapidly to other parts of the body, highlighting the urgent need for new treatments.<p>But over the past few years, genetic analysis has revealed that melanoma cells –<br>like many other tumour cell types …

Microsoft explains quantum computing in a way we can all understand

Quantum computing -- it's a term we're hearing more and more, as companies such as D-Wave build their own early versions of super-machines. Microsoft, naturally, is investing considerable resources in the field as well; its Station Q research lab in Santa Barbara brings together experts studying …

Baseline, Google’s new moonshot: learn everything about the human body

UNN<p>As part of Project Baseline, Google will use its massive computing power to analyze medical information collected from thousands of healthy individuals, in an effort to find early signs of diseases such as cancer and heart problems.<p>Baseline is a product of Google X, the company’s secretive …

The Strongest Electrical Current in the Universe Spotted, 2 Billion Light Years From Here

Looking for a source of renewable electricity? Researchers at the University of Toronto have found some serious current emanating from a huge cosmic jet 2 billion light years from Earth. At 1018 amps, the current is the strongest current ever seen, equalling something like a trillion bolts of …

Bitcoin Foundation throws up everything you need to know about Bitcoin on GitHub

Bitcoin is all about decentralization — and now even its foundation is taking this route.<p>The Bitcoin Foundation has announced a set of community resources on GitHub to educate people about Bitcoin and its potential, its website announced today.<p>Today’s announcement details how the Bitcoin …

Is Trypophobia a Real Phobia?

We investigate the fear of creepy clustered holes<p>If you're like me and you have a visceral reaction to the image above—if it makes your skin crawl, your hair hurt, and your stomach turn—you can count yourself among the trypophobic. According to its Facebook page, which is more than 4,000 members …

Electronic aura could be answer to lost passwords

You are trying to book theatre tickets online with a rarely used credit card. Prompted to give a password, you find you can no longer remember it. The result is a failed transaction and a minor rise in blood pressure.<p>It gets worse. While shopping later on, you drop your car keys. An opportunist …

Researchers fully 'delete' HIV from human cells for the first time

So far, HIV has eluded a cure because it installs its genome into human DNA so insidiously that it's impossible for our immune system to clear it out. While current treatments are effective, a lifetime of toxic drugs is required to prevent its recurrence. But researchers from Temple University may …

U.K. Supermarket To Run On Electricity Made From Its Own Rotting Food

The joys of anaerobic digestion<p>One U.K. grocery store plans to power itself using biogas harvested from its own unsold, rotting produce. Yum.<p>A Sainsbury's store in Cannock in central England is getting access to anaerobic digesters. The store plans to use electricity solely from the digesters, …

Sustainability

IBM’s $3 Billion Investment In Synthetic Brains And Quantum Computing

IBM thinks the future belongs to computers that mimic the human brain and use quantum physics…and they’re betting $3 billion on it.<p>IBM is unveiling a massive $3 billion research and development round on Wednesday, investing in weird, science fiction-like technologies–and, in the process, …

Our new robot overlords: The terrifying uncertainty of our high-tech future

<b>(Ociacia, MaraZe via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Are computers taking our jobs?<p>Scientific American<p>July 23, 2014 11:30am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Last fall economist Carl Benedikt Frey and information engineer Michael A. Osborne, both at the University of Oxford, …

This Algae-Powered Building Actually Works

The BIQ algae-powered building has been operating for over a year. It’s faring well so far.<p>Does it make sense to power buildings with algae? That’s the question that arises with the Bio Intelligent Quotient (BIQ) building, in Hamburg, Germany, which has now been operating for more than a year. …

Scientists Are Afraid To Talk About The Robot Apocalypse, And That's A Problem

I thought it'd be a cool story to interview academics and robotics professionals about the popular notion of a robot takeover, but four big names in the area declined to talk to me. A fifth person with robo street cred told me on background that people in the community fear that publicly talking …

Singularity

How DNA Scissors Can Perform Surgery Directly On Your Genes

These gene-slicers may help tackle HIV, Alzheimer's, and brain cancer.<p>Jay Johnson’s DNA was cut into pieces. Tiny molecular scissors chopped it into slices the cell couldn’t readily repair. The cell did its best at a speedy patch-up job, but the gene was left effectively useless. As the battered …

Genetics

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

Jurassic fossils may mean that feathers were all in the family.<p>Almost all dinosaurs were probably covered in feathers, Siberian fossils of a tufted, two-legged running dinosaur dating from roughly 160 million years ago suggest.<p>Over the past two decades, discoveries in China have produced at least …

Google To Stop Labeling Apps With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

<i>Disclosure: I’m co-director of ConnectSafely.org, a non-profit Internet safety organization that receives financial support from Google. Also, ConnectSafely works with the European Commission on Safer Internet Day.</i><p>The change is in response to an agreement with the European Commission (EC), which is …

Nvidia Shield Tablet: Mobile Gaming Strategy Gains Clarity

Nvidia announced today two new members of the SHIELD family, the SHIELD tablet and the SHIELD controller for gaming. This comes on the heels of the Nvidia SHIELD portable released a year ago. I think the SHIELD tablet will get a warm reception by the press and gamers for multiple reasons and a much …

Burglary bungled after being transmitted over Xbox Live voice chat

A robber was caught when his burglary was overheard on Xbox Live voice chat.<p>As reported by The Argus, on 1st April shortly before 5pm, 19 year old …

PlayStation 4 gets 3D Blu-Ray support next week

<b>UPDATE 29/7/14 10:30AM</b> Sony has now released PlayStation 4 firmware update 1.75, users report, bringing with it 3D Blu-Ray support and a few other …

Google acquires Twitch for $1 billion - report

In May we reported that Google was looking into purchasing streaming video service Twitch for $1 billion, and now it looks like it could be a done …

'Angry Birds Transformers' Trailer Shows Toys In Action

Having had information about the toy robots and cars for Angry Birds Transformers I have been looking forward to seeing what the game looks like in practice. Today we got a step closer as Rovio released a game-play trailer for Angry Birds Transformers (although strangely the trailer itself states …

BioWare trailer teases new project, possibly named Shadow Realms

<b>UPDATE 31/07/2014 11.13pm:</b> A new teaser video for BioWare's upcoming project, ostensibly titled Shadow Realms, has arrived via its You've Been Chosen …

Oculus Rift DK2 now shipping out to buyers | PC Invasion

The next version of the Oculus Rift VR headset is now on its way to buyers.<p>The moment VR fans have been waiting for had finally arrived, the DKs are …

How To Build A $400 Home Theatre Gaming PC

The PC is still a massively popular platform for gaming and a whole host of other tasks. In fact the PC gaming market is far larger than that of consoles, with more money tied in too. For many, though, the cost of mid-range and high-end PCs are a little too much. However, not everyone wants to play …

Dragon Age: Inquisition Video Preview

GOG site glitch gives away stacks of free games by mistake | PC Invasion

The big news this week for GOG was Linux releases but the big news for GOG customers was free games.<p>Yesterday GOG accidentally gave away a whole …