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Biotech Breakthrough: Engineers Made a New Material That Can Be Programmed

A Material You Can Teach<p>Engineers from Tufts University have just created a new, versatile material that could be optimized for a number of purposes, …

Six Itty-Bitty Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Nanotechnology

When I told my friends and colleagues that I would be writing on nanotechnology for our September Futurography course, a few were bemused. “You mean …

Jack R. Garmen Oral History

NASA Johnson Space Center Oral History Project<p>The oral histories on this Website are the transcripts from audio-recorded, personal interviews with …

From ketamine to cupboard therapy: the future of mental health treatment

With big pharma short on solutions, we talk to people pioneering new ways to beat conditions including anxiety, depression and schizophrenia<p>Once upon a time, the future of mental health treatment was drugs. The advent of Prozac and whole class of similar medication in the 1990s gave doctors an easy …

15 documentaries on Netflix right now that will make you smarter

And with binge-worthy titles like "Making a Murderer" and the vast ESPN "30 for 30" library being just a click away, you can get a lot of great nonfiction viewing any night of the week. You'll learn a lot more about the world, but don't worry — you'll also be entertained.<p>Here are 15 documentaries …

Stanley Kubrick

Will the singularity mean the death of religion?

After conquering the kitchen, the game show, and outer space, are our machines heading for religion next?<p>The singularity is a hypothesized time in …

Singularity

Joseph Gordon-Levitt quits The Sandman movie, dammit

Yesterday we reported that <b>The Sandman</b> movie had found a new writer, with Eric Heisserer stepping in for Jack Thorne. Today, well, it’s going to need …

Inside the Taboo-Filled Mind of Japan's Best BDSM Manga Artist

Gengoro Tagame makes gay manga, often involving bestiality, incest, scat, and permanent body modification. But now he is using his art to try to change current mindsets about homosexuality in Japan.<p>Gengoro Tagame makes gay manga, and it's some of the best out there. His stories often involve …

LGBTQ

App that invests spare change on the stock market launches in Australia

If you regularly have 50 cents left over from your daily coffee purchase, you could be doing more with it than simply tossing it in a jar with all …

George Lucas

Ian McDonald Explores What It Takes To Develop A Society On The Moon

What will a future look like with an inhabited moon? That’s the focus of Ian McDonald’s latest novel, <i>Luna: New Moon</i>, and we recently had the chance …

RIP to the Godfather of Robots

Marvin Minsky died last week, but his legacy—one that spans across robotics, science, and pop culture—will live forever.<p>Marvin Minsky, a pioneer of …

Robotics

My conversation with Alec Ross: How technology will change our economy and culture

The technology revolution continues at a fevered pace, while the global economy slows down. People are rightly concerned and intrigued about the future. There is much to be worried and excited about in every economic sector and aspect of human life.<p>Alec Ross is one of our nation’s top experts on …

Moot

Chatbots Are Back And They're About to Take Over

Miss Piggy doesn’t like it when I ask her about Kermit. We’re having a conversation in Facebook’s Messenger app, and the famous Muppet is trying to …

Exploring the puzzle of consciousness

The Wellcome Collection’s new exhibition States of Minduses science and art to unravel mysteries from memory loss to sleepwalking<p>On a crumpled sheet of tin foil in the Wellcome Collection’s conservation studio lies an odd assortment of plasticine forms. One looks suspiciously like the footprint of …

Deal: Alpha 1s Humanoid Robot - Technabob

Have you ever wanted your own robot? The Ubtech Alpha 1s is an impressively agile 18″ tall humanoid robot that can walk, dance, perform kung fu …

9 crazy things that could happen after the singularity, when robots become smarter than humans

Futurists say that our destiny will be shaped by the Singularity, the moment when artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence.<p>Scholars don't agree on the details, but they say it will happen between 30 and 1000 years from today, with most predicting it will emerge in the next century.<p>It …

Singularity

Landmark Study Identifies Key Brain Difference In Autism

Scientists linked differences in neurotransmitter activity to hypersensitivity in individuals with autism.<p>Neuroscientists at Harvard and MIT have identified, for the first time, a link between the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA and symptoms of autism -- a finding that may pave the way for …

Why Did NASA Take an Interest In the Sperm Whale's Echolocation Organ?

The sperm whale has an internal organ that has been of much interest to scientists for decades. What’s surprising is that it’s not biologists who are …

Neat size comparison video compares the size of spaceships from different movies

Whip ‘em out. Which science fiction movie has the biggest spaceship or station or cube thing or star planet? MetaBallStudios made this CGI video …

Trust me, this prostitution law won’t help hookers

<i>Christine Wilson is a former prostitute and a sociologist. This is not her real name.</i><p>I am a former hooker, and the first thing that I want you to know is that I would not encourage anyone to enter the sex trade. The second thing I want to say is that Canada’s proposed new prostitution laws couldn’t …

California Robot Is Teaching Itself to Walk Like a Human Toddler

Developed by Pieter Abbeel and his team at UC Berkeley's Robot Learning Lab, the neural network that allows Darwin to learn is not programmed to perform any specific functions, like walking or climbing stairs. The team is using what's called "reinforcement learning" to try and make the robots adapt …

Robotics

Hawaii Supreme Court Stops Work On Controversial Giant Telescope

What was to become one of the world's largest and most advanced telescopes may not be built at all.<p>The Hawaii Supreme Court on Wednesday invalidated a construction permit for the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope to be built atop the Big Island's Mauna Kea mountain.<p>The justices ruled the Hawaii …

Mauna Kea

Want to be more charismatic? Science finds out how

It doesn't matter how smart you are - as long as you're quick<p>Want people to think you're charismatic? Then think fast - and don't worry too much about accuracy.<p>According to a new study by researchers at the University of Queensland, an ability to think, and act, quickly plays a vital part in …

Barack Obama

Tech Tatts: Biometric tattoos raise the bar in wearable technology (VIDEO)

Inking data collectors on your skin could become the next step in wearable technology, allowing them to obtain health and other biometric data from …

Wearable Tech

The PlayStation VR Games Sony Announced Today Look Amazing

During its PlayStation Experience (PSX) event in San Francisco today, Sony unveiled some new information about the PlayStation VR and showed off some new titles. Unfortunately we’ve gotten no more information on dates aside from early 2016. However, the games we saw during today’s keynote look …

The Long Lost 1929 Science Fiction Movie That Predicted the Second World War

'Impossible' Space Engine May Actually Work, NASA Test Suggests

It's really starting to look as if an "impossible" space propulsion technology actually works.<p>Researchers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston …

Space Travel

The best science fiction, as picked by 20 A.I. experts

But even they can't help but enjoy a few choice science fiction movies and books.<p>Some movies show what our near future will look like, while others are so far-fetched but are enjoyable nonetheless.<p>Tech Insider spoke to 20 AI researchers, roboticists, and computer scientists about their favorite …

Artificial Intelligence

Why Silicon Valley Employees Are Taking LSD to Be More Productive

You think those techie types aren't like you and me? There could be a reason.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>We always know less about other people than we think we do.<p>Somehow, we manage to categorize them quickly and keep them …

Silicon Valley

Keith Stuart on AI, acting and the weird future of open-world games

Julian Togelius has an idea about where open-world games are going. Let's call it the infinite world theory. In his version of the future, titles …