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Architizer

Historian Yuval Harari says humanity is heading for an upgrade – via biological manipulation or the creation of a race of cyborgs

Singularity

The glove that transmits ‘touch’ over the internet

Blind-deaf people are often forced to live in a small and isolated world. But can a new glove open the way for easier communication? Lesley Ogden Evans reports.<p>It’s good to keep in touch – something that Edi Haug and Laura Schwengber know only too well. The pair have been friends since childhood. …

Trying to Be Less Stupid: The Hard Work of Brain Science

A renowned neuroscientist discusses where the next big breakthroughs in understanding the brain will come from.<p>Michael Gazzaniga was still a graduate student when he helped make one of the most intriguing discoveries of modern neuroscience: that the two hemispheres of the brain not only have …

Santa Barbara

Scientists say belt of space rocks known as ‘extreme trans-Neptunian objects’ appear to be influenced by gravitational pull<p>At least two as-yet undiscovered planets as big as Earth or larger may be hiding in the outer fringes of the solar system, scientists believe.<p>The secret worlds are thought to …

Astronomy

Aeromobil Flying Car with Collapsible Wings Fits Any Standard Parking Space

Henry Ford once says that there’ll come a day where an airplane and a motorcar combined into one. It looks like that day is not that far from now,</b> …

Mule : Modern Electric Workhorse to Slice Through Urban Traffic Easily

Not long ago horses were our only means of personal transportation. They were able to travel long distances, traverse harsh environments and carry …

Rechargeable Batteries

Google's Company That Wants To Cure Death Now Has Its Own Website

Calico, the company Google launched in September to try to cure death by tackling aging and illness, now has an official website (hat-tip to SFGate, where we first saw the news).<p>When Google CEO Larry Page first announced the new lab, he didn't give much of a roadmap for how Calico would work on …

Photo Essay Explores The Inner World Of A Trailer Park

These stark but vibrant photos of a Sonoma Valley trailer park show the community of some of America’s outcasts.<p>Though many of us think of trailer parks as the wrong side of the tracks and the people who live there as misfits, the work of San Francisco-based photographer David Waldorf portrays the …

A possible signal from dark matter?

(Phys.org) —Galaxies are often found in groups or clusters, the largest known aggregations of matter and dark matter. The Milky Way, for example, is …

Robin Williams: A Photo Gallery

Human harp plays Brooklyn Bridge

What A Balloon Shouldn't Do, But For Some Reason Does

Great teaching — just plain old knock 'em dead, get it right, make 'em laugh, make 'em wonder instruction — is always going to be rare. Good teachers abound. Great ones are special. And "Destin," who goes by one name and has his own little physics channel on YouTube called Smarter Every Day, is, …

This colorful tree is designed to grow 40 types of fruit

Even the most beautiful trees tend to bloom in only a single color, but artist Sam Van Aken is growing trees that turn into a kaleidoscopic array of flowers come spring. A project of his, the "Tree of 40 Fruit," has Van Aken grafting 40 different stone fruit branches onto a single tree, ultimately …

The Bionic Age Is Here — Helping People Walk, See, Hear, Breathe — And Creating The First "Superhumans"

It's no longer a distant dream or a sci-fi fantasy. The bionic age is here.<p>So many firsts:<p>The first bionic eye, from California's Second Sight.<br>• The first bionic body suits, for consumers and soldiers, from companies like ReWalk and Ekso Bionics.<br>• Even those trapped inside bodies that can't move or …

The Trouble with Crowdfunding and Red Flags

Writing about crowdfunding campaigns is a minefield. We don’t cover many, but when we do, we’re very careful to only bring you the highest quality projects. On one recent occasion, we may have missed the mark.<p>There are so many crowdfunding campaigns vying for attention that we reject well over 95 …

How Rooftop Farms Yield 20 Times More Produce Than Traditional Farms

As more and more people move to cities, the demand for access to fresher, more nutritious foods continues to rise. Brooklyn-based Gotham Greens builds greenhouses on urban rooftops. Inside the greenhouses, the company grows vegetables that don't have to make the long journey most food makes from …

This Treadmill Uses Your Workout To Wash Your Clothes

Between watching a favorite TV show and mentally checking off a to-do list, many of us are already trying to accomplish five things at once while working out. One student designer from South Korea is taking that a step further with a treadmill that does laundry while in use.<p>Si Hyeong Ryu’s “Wheel” …

I'm reviewing every FMV game because I'm broken inside

shoot the tubes, dogmeat<p>The year was definitely 1991 and I was definitely at the theaters at the Huntington Mall. The movie I was waiting to see is slightly more foggy, but I'm betting it was <i>Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves</i>.There, from a nook just behind the popcorn stand I heard a raspy voice call …

​The 10 Worst Things About Building A New Gaming PC

Building a gaming PC can be difficult and stressful. There are a thousand things that could go wrong, and any one of them could wind up costing …

Radical Cities – Latin America's revolutionary housing solutions

The Venice Architecture Biennale is usually a grand gathering of the biggest names in architecture, where they can display their brilliance to their peers. In the 2012 edition, however, the Golden Lion awarded to the best exhibit went to something whose fascination was not primarily to do with the …

These Photos Of Hong Kong Skyscrapers Will Make You Very Dizzy

When photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze first arrived in Hong Kong four years ago, he became fascinated with the city’s architecture. “I would lift up my head while walking through the buildings to look at the sky,” he tells Co.Design in an email. He took to photographing the city from below.<p>I …

PS3 hacker GeoHot hired by Google

The hacker behind the breaking of PlayStation 3's anti-piracy measures has been hired by Google to work on the company's latest security initiative, the company confirmed in a blog post on its Project Zero website.<p>George Hotz, known best by his handle GeoHot, is joining a team dedicated to …

Google Found A Partner To Make Its Futuristic Contact Lenses

The device for diabetics would measure glucose in tear fluid and send the data wirelessly to a mobile device, Novartis said. The technology is potentially life-changing for many diabetics, who prick their fingers as many as 10 times daily to check their body's production of the sugar.<p>Success would …

These Finned Pans Require 40% Less Heat

Cooking on a gas stove is only 40% energy efficient, meaning that more than half of the heat you burn never makes it to your food. Electric ranges and induction burners perform vastly better (84% and 72% energy efficicient, respectively), but can anything be done to greenify all of the otherwise …

Flying Cars Predicted In Two Years: What Then?

People are already putting down money for self-driving flying cars. Are American motorists up to the challenge?<p>Since the dawn of aviation, Americans have dreamed of buying a flying car and opening up the skies to everyone. The utopian dream is embodied in the opening credits of <i>The Jetsons</i>, in which …

LED-lit indoor farm produces 10,000 lettuces a day

A newly opened indoor farm in Japan has been built with LEDs that emit light at wavelengths optimal for plant growth.<p>It's the work of plant …

This Startup Will Make You A Personalized Health Plan Based On Your Genes

A new startup is spending millions of dollars on a dashboard that lets doctors build health plans for patients based on their DNA.<p>When the FDA ordered 23andMe to stop giving customers medical information based on their DNA, they unintentionally opened a new market niche. The rapidly declining cost …

Every Time You Shower, This Gadget Makes Energy From The Extra Heat

An engineer’s eureka moment while in the shower is aimed at improving the shower itself.<p>A few years ago, an engineer was taking a shower and started looking at the water going down the drain and wondering how much energy was going with it. The answer, it turned out, was pretty large: after heating …

Biobots made from tissue could one day be implanted in humans

It turns out that robots don't need to be BigDog-sized to be freaky. Scientists at the University of Illinois have created one a mere centimeter (half-inch) in size built on a 3D-printed hydrogel backbone. The "ew" part is what powers it: a strip of skeletal muscle cells triggered by an electric …