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Homo Sapiens 2.0? We need a species-wide conversation about the future of human genetic enhancement

Jamie Metzl Contributor<p>Jamie Metzl is a Senior Fellow for Technology and National Security at the Atlantic Council.<p>After 4 billion years of evolution by one set of rules, our species is about to begin evolving by another.<p>Overlapping and mutually reinforcing revolutions in genetics, information …

UCI scientists stumble upon the key to never-ending batteries

What usually happens when someone goofs off at work? For most people this typically means missing a deadline or (at the very least) upsetting your …

You'll soon be able to 'holoport' anywhere in the world

Microsoft research manager Shahram Izadi is showing off the company’s latest innovation using HoloLens: ‘holoportation,’ enabling him to appear as if he’s there in real-time, anywhere in the world.<p>His image is captured in 3D by cameras placed around the room. This is then stitched together, …

InterAct

Construction and Engineering Are About to Change Forever With This 3D Material

Construction and engineering could be about to change forever. Snapology is the technology that allows material to change the size and shape meaning …

Engineering

'Flu trap' could stop spread of infection, scientists say

Researchers from the University of Manchester have developed a new way of trapping the flu virus, to prevent its spread, they say<p>A "flu trap" that captures viruses could help prevent the spread of infection, scientists claim.<p>Researchers at the University of Manchester have developed a fabric …

Inside the Starburst-sized box that could save the Internet

Michael Pozmantier Contributor<p>Michael Pozmantier is the program manager of Transition to Practice at the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate.<p>Cybercrime is costing us millions. Hacks drain the average American firm of $15.4 million per year, and, in the resulting …

Robotic exoskeleton for paraplegics approved for market

A robotic exosuit that will help paraplegics stand and walk is the second to be approved for clinical and personal use by the FDA.<p>After 10 years in development and a clinical trial that involved some 1,200 patient sessions, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a robotic exoskeleton …

Robotics

3-D Printed Artificial Teeth Could Stop Bacteria

Take a bite out of dental grime<p>Lost a tooth? A new 3D-printed replacement might protect against future cavities. Published earlier this month by researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, “3D-Printable Antimicrobial Composite Resins” details a tooth made from materials that kill …

Dental Care

Finding a Place for Cannabis Cash

Shaun Gindi brought a duffel bag stuffed with a thousand $20 bills to open a checking account at his local Chase branch. The bank closed his account …

Viruses Can Be Genetically Modified To Transmit Energy

Viral solar panels could be most efficient ever<p>Plants absorb sunlight and convert it to energy with nearly perfect efficiency—none of the energy goes to waste. Electrical engineers are always striving for that kind of efficiency, but nowhere is it more pronounced than in solar panels. Even the best …

Biology

This Magnet Can Change Your Faith in God

When researchers used magnetic energy to shut down the brain’s threat perception, nearly a third of patients were more tolerant to immigrants. More …

Research

The lightest metal ever has been developed by Boeing - it's lighter than Styrofoam

Microlattice is the lightest metal ever to be invented - the structure is 99.99% air<p>Aerospace Boeing has invented the lightest metal ever, called microlattice. The product is 99.99 per cent air and will be used as a primary component in aerospace engineering - it'll be used to make space rockets.<p>By …

Engineering

Scientists create a 'wormhole' for magnetic fields

Humanity is still a long way from creating space-time wormholes -- if they're even possible -- but that isn't stopping Spanish researchers from achieving something similar for magnetism. They've produced a wormhole-like effect that transports a magnetic field from one point in space to another …

Tree houses: are wooden skyscrapers the future of tall buildings?

The world is in the midst of a tall building boom, with more skyscrapers being built now than ever before. From the outside, these towers present the epitome of the modern city, combining weird and wonderful forms with seemingly endless curtain-wall glazing. But scratch below the surface and you …

Skyscrapers

5 Experimental Structures from the World Building of the Year Shortlist

From LED trees to floating "Solar Orchids," here are some of the best experimental designs to be proposed this year.<p>Glowing pink trees and gravity-defying hallways are among the World Architecture Festival's selects for the 2015 experimental building of the year, including top experimental …

Architecture

MIT Students Create A Brick That Could End Pollution From Dirty Brick Kilns

India’s brick industry, spread out over 100,000 kilns and producing up to 2 billion bricks a year, is a big source of pollution. To fire to hot temperatures, the kilns use huge amounts of coal and diesel, and the residue is horrendous: thick particulate matter, poor working conditions, and lots of …

Pollution

Amsterdam's new 3D-printed steel bridge is revolutionizing the building industry

Heijmans, the innovative Dutch construction company behind the smart highway and glowing Van Gogh-inspired bicycle paths, has unveiled their latest …

Say goodbye to your clunky air conditioner — this kitchen table uses no electricity to regulate the temperature of your apartment

Consisting simply of a surface and legs, the table is one piece of furniture that has remained largely the same for thousands of years.<p>But now, a French design duo has come up with a way to turn the humble table into a means of climate control that doesn't use any electricity.<p>Paris-based industrial …

Magnetically Levitating Elevators Could Reshape Skylines

They go up, down, and all around<p>With the debut of passenger elevators some 150 years ago, cities were forever changed. Freed from the tyranny of stairwells, architects built as high as they liked. That is, until they ran into another barrier: the weight of steel cables. A new elevator design from …

Skyscrapers

Plants Could Pave The Way For Greener Roads

Instead of gold the streets are paved with plant compounds<p>The road of the future will probably be incredibly high-tech: able to inform drivers of hazardous conditions, charge buses, and even communicate with the cars driving on top of it. But will the road of the future be made of green …

Roads

Boeing Just Patented A Force Field Made Of Lasers

Welcome to the future<p>So, Boeing just patented a force field. Technically, the patent is for a “method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc,” but that’s just a long way of writing out something unbelievably futuristic: protective force fields may one day make their way onto …

Electromagnetism

New concept in solar energy poised to catch on across US

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new concept in renewable energy is catching fire across the country, allowing customers who might find solar panels too …

Solar Power

Straw homes claimed to cut fuel bills by 90 percent

BaleHaus is a group comprised of three firms: Cadan Developments, ModCell (responsible for the straw insulation), and White Design. The homes …

​Eye tracking on a smartwatch? There's a prototype for that

Could eye tracking be a good idea for a small screen? The EyeTribe thinks so, and is looking to shrink down its hardware to do it.<p>BARCELONA -- How many more surprises will wearable tech spring on us? Maybe eye tracking for one. The EyeTribe, a company that already makes a $99 eye-tracking device …

Surreal 2D / 3D Manipulations

SpaceTop is a technological and design elucidation that merges 2D and spatial 3D interactions into a single desktop workspace. Extending the …

Right Now, Apple Risks Missing Out On The Next Big Thing In Technology

The initial reactions to the HoloLens have been overwhelmingly positive.<p>Business Insider's Matt Rosoff got to try it for himself on Wednesday. He says he's "convinced personal computing is on the verge of a major change," predicting head-mounted displays like these will "be a huge leap over the …

Mercedes Unveils Self-Driving, Pollution-Free Car At CES 2015

Just outside the Cosmopolitan hotel, where beads of shimmering glass stretch for several stories over blackjack gamblers and women nonchalantly dance …

Floating Toilets That Clean Themselves Grow On A Lake

Imagine you live on a floating lake house. Open air. Chirping crickets. Clear, starry nights. Everything seems great until you need to use the bathroom.<p>The natural instinct might be to make a deposit in the water. But that wouldn't be safe. Microbes in your feces would contaminate the water and …

An Algae Farm Designed To Suck Up Highway Pollution

Car exhaust turns out to be the perfect fuel for making algae grow.<p>A highway overpass might seem like an unlikely place for a garden, but if you’re growing algae, it’s ideal: All algae need to thrive are sunlight and CO2. The pollution from cars driving below is actually an asset.<p>In a prototype …

Algae

MXene: Our Energy Future May Lie in Batteries Made of Clay

Clean Energy