Gregory Ferrara

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Samsung claims a graphene breakthough — which may be huge for future wearables

Get to know the name “graphene,” as it’s primed to be one of the most important materials for the technology industry over the next few years.<p>The ultra-thin material is around 200 times stronger than steel — and most importantly, it’s flexible, unlike the fragile silicon we rely on today. Graphene …

Prisoners 'could serve 1,000 year sentence in eight hours'

Future biotechnology could be used to make prisoners feel as if they were serving a 1,000 year sentence, a team of scientists claim<p>Future biotechnology could be used to trick a prisoner's mind into thinking they have served a 1,000 year sentence, a group of scientists have claimed.<p>Philosopher …

Graphene: the next big thing in mobile displays?

Display technology is moving at a very fast pace these days. Smartphone display resolutions are already surpassing that of most television sets, and manufacturers are working hard on flexible display technology, which doesn’t appear to be too far away. But display technology isn’t all about …

Nanotech

Mars One Has Officially Raised “Millions” To Build The Red Planet’s First Human Settlement

Mars One, the private not-for-profit that’s planning to build the red planet’s first human settlement in 2023, has secured several million dollars in funding for its mission.<p>Though a few million dollars might pale in comparison to the estimated $6 billion Mars One anticipates this mission will …

Mars

South Korea Reveals Plans for 5G

4G and even LTE-Advanced seem so last generation now that South Korea has revealed plans to build a 5G network. According to Yonhap News, the country’s communications technology ministry will put in 1.6 trillion won ($1.5 billion) and work with local firms through 2020.<p>The 5G network is expected to …

My dream smartwatch: Building a perfect wearable gadget from the best bits so far

Wearable tech has a single large challenge: it's wearable. Many people don't want to wear their gadgets, and if they do, they want that thing to be perfect, stylish, useful, and non-annoying. Most wearable tech right now fails at being any of that.<p>And so, welcome to 2014. Can any gadget emerge that …

A Drone That Snaps Photos, Then Folds Up and Fits In Your Pocket

It's still unclear whether drones will become the home delivery service of the future or simply another footnote in the legal system, but that hasn't …

Drones: they come in peace

Forget the scare stories about spying or remote assassinations. Drones - the small unmanned aircraft that may soon fill our skies - are here to help<p>Lying on the shelves of Brig Gen Al Palmer's office, opposite a photograph of the air chief posing in front of a fighter jet, are all the components …

Sugar battery offers hope of green-powered gadgets within three years

Scientists in the US have developed a sugar-powered "biobattery" that they say stores 10 times more energy than the equivalent-size lithium-ion batteries found in smartphones.<p>According to the team at Virginia Tech university, the results of their work could be in use within three years – and …

Diamonds Are Bullshit

"Yeah, they say three years’ salary."<p><b>Michael Scott, The Office</b><p>American males enter adulthood through a peculiar rite of passage - they spend most of …

Want Perfect Pitch? You Might Be Able To Pop A Pill For That

<b>Listen · 4:18</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>In the world of music, there is no more remarkable gift than having perfect pitch. As the story goes, Ella Fitzgerald's band would use her perfect pitch to tune their instruments.<p>Although it has a genetic component, most believe that perfect pitch — …

Hacking our senses to boost learning power

Some schools are pumping music, noises and fragrances into the classroom to see if it improves exam results – could it work?<p>What did your school smell like? Was it noisy or peaceful?<p>It might not seem important, but a growing body of research suggests that smells and sounds can have an impact on …

Design contest: Students envision appliances of future

An army of tiny flying robots won the big prize at this year's Electrolux Design Lab competition, an annual contest for futuristic home appliances hosted by the Swedish appliance maker.<p>For Mab, an automated household system that cleans the home with hundreds of flying robots armed with drops of …

Industrial Design

Bringing Back the Unconscious: The Latest Science on Awakenings

Hundreds of thousands of patients in the U.S. languish in unconsciousness, cut off from the world by severe brain injuries. But the latest research …

A 3-D Printer That Uses the Sun to Create Glass Objects Out of Sand

Marcus Kayser's Solar Sinter project turns the desert's resources into bowls<p>When design student Markus Kayser wanted to test his sun-powered, sand-fed 3-D printer, he knew the gray skies outside his London apartment wouldn't do. So he shipped the 200-plus-pound contraption to Cairo, Egypt, flew …

Could we harness power from black holes?

It might seem like an absurd idea, but physicists have long pondered whether black holes could one day be tapped for energy, says Phil Ball. But how possible is it?<p>Imagine the scene: highly advanced civilisations get enormous amounts of energy from black holes, be it extracting it from collapsed …

Instantly Identify Any Species With Your Cell Phone, Using The Barcode Of Life

As a group of scientists completes a database of every living creature’s DNA, everyone–from conservationists to border agents and homeowners battling insects–will be able to have their own easy mobile biology lab.<p>There are 1.8 million species in danger of extinction. You probably wouldn’t be able …

Why Do We Age? A 46-Species Comparison

Why we age is a tricky evolutionary question. A full set of DNA resides in each of our cells, after all, allowing most of them to replicate again and again and again. Why don’t all tissues regenerate forever? Wouldn’t that be evolutionarily advantageous?<p>Since the early 1950s, evolutionary …

Newly discovered greenhouse gas '7,000 times more powerful than CO2'

A new greenhouse gas that is 7,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the Earth has been discovered by researchers in Toronto.<p>The newly discovered gas, perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA), has been in use by the electrical industry since the mid-20th century.<p>The chemical, that does not …

Big Idea 2014: You Will Transform Your Own Biology

<i>This post is part of a series in which LinkedIn Influencers pick one big idea that will shape 2014. See all the ideas here.</i><p><i>This post was co-authored</i> …

Consciousness

The Volkswagen XL1 Is The Most Efficient Car Ever

Drive more than 500 miles on two gallons of fuel<p>For years, automakers have worked to push fuel economy beyond 100 miles per gallon. Reaching that mark typically meant three things: cutting weight, maximizing aerodynamics, and improving powertrain efficiency. In 1999, Volkswagen engineers got close …

Hubble Spots Water Plumes on Europa

The geysers could make it easier to search for life under the ice.<p><b>Geysers spew water from the tiger-striped south pole of Jupiter's ice-covered moon Europa, suggest observations from NASA's Hubble space telescope.</b><p><b>If the existence of the plumes can be confirmed, they will perhaps allow future space</b> …

Kidney grown from stem cells by Australian scientists

Australian scientists grow world's first kidney from stem cells in a breakthrough that could alleviate the demand for organ transplants<p>Scientists in <b>Australia</b> have grown the world's first kidney from stem cells – a tiny organ which could eventually help to reduce the wait for transplants.<p>The …

Cancer Immunotherapy Named Science 'Breakthrough of the Year'

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer<p>Published: 12/19/2013 02:12 PM EST on LiveScience<p>A type of cancer treatment that directs the body's own immune system to fight cancer cells has been named as the "breakthrough of the year" by one of the world's top science journals.<p>The journal Science said today …

The year ahead: ten amazing science and technology innovations coming up in 2014

From the world's largest underground hotel to Star Wars-style holographic communication, the coming year is set to unveil an array of incredible advances in science and technology<p><b>Beam yourself across the world</b><p>The growth in video communication has been exponential. Skype now boasts 300 million …