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Augmented Reality

In a World-First, Scientists Have Achieved 'Liquid Light' at Room Temperature

A Frankenstein mash-up of light and matter.<p>For the first time, physicists have achieved 'liquid light' at room temperature, making this strange form …

Quantum Mechanics

China's Blockbuster Quantum Space Experiment Will Change the World

When famed physicist Niels Bohr proposed the idea of quantum entanglement in the 1930s, it was so crazy that Albert Einstein laughed it off as …

Quantum Mechanics

A new device can clean polluted air and turn it into hydrogen energy

A team of Belgian researchers has developed a device that will remove pollutants from the air and convert them into simple hydrogen — using sunlight, nanoparticles and a photoelectric chemical membrane.<p>The project was conceived and developed by two sets of researchers working on related issues, …

Clean Energy

The Supermarket of The Future

The rise of the QR code and how it has forever changed China’s social habits

On one of the hottest May days on record, Wang Jiarui walked out of school to see his grandfather, who had come to pick him up, standing in a …

China

Quantum Computers Versus Hackers, Round One. Fight!

This week D-Wave, a leader in the nascent field of quantum computing, unveiled its latest machine, D-Wave 2000Q, as well as its first customer: a …

Quantum Mechanics

ARM’s new processors are designed to power the machine-learning machines

ML plus AI, AR, and VR — ARM is taking on the full set of trendy initialisms<p>On the eve of Computex, Taiwan’s big showpiece event where PC makers roll out the latest and best implementations of Intel CPUs, mobile rival ARM is announcing its own big news with the unveiling of a new generation of ARM …

Machine Learning

AI-Powered Software Makes It Incredibly Easy to Colorize Black and White Photos

AI-powered software that can automatically colorize old black and white photos exists, but it’s often far from perfect. In comparison, manually …

Photography

A Breakthrough in Flexible Electronics Could Turn Your T-Shirts Into Amazing Speakers

2017 might go down in history as the year those boxy speakers your dad still uses finally started to go extinct. Following the development of a …

Engineering

history of the entire world, i guess

HoloLens Demo at Microsoft Build 2017

Microsoft Build 2017 keynote in 8 minutes

How Microsoft’s Story Remix does what Clippy couldn't

Microsoft is making some bold promises with Story Remix, its recently announced app for the Windows 10 Fall Creators update. Together with the company's deep learning technology, it can automatically craft your photos and videos into short films. Story Remix resembles Apple Clips and Google's Photo …

An Amazing Hypothesis for Why the Trappist-1 System Hasn't Destroyed Itself

When astronomers announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1, Earthlings immediately celebrated …

Universe

Microsoft’s Latest Workplace Tech Demos Creep Me Out

If you’re an employee under the heel of a giant corporation you should probably be terrified by the vision of the future of connected gadgets that …

Microsoft

A New Transparent, Conductive Material Is Set to Revolutionize Our Electronics

A New Material<p>Researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered a new material that could change technology as we know it. This nano-scale, …

This biped robot uses mechanics instead of a computer brain to stay upright

But it still needs a little help<p>Bipeds keep getting better. Instead of slow, heavy, and terrain-sensitive humanoids like ASIMO, researchers are building lightweight and agile bird-like robots, such as Cassie. The better the designs are mechanically, the less power and smarts are required to keep …

Robotics

This ingenious illustration reveals how much space we give to cars

Whether you're in a quiet suburb an urban downtown, most public spaces are designed for cars instead of pedestrians.<p>An ingenious illustration by Swedish artist Karl Jilg shows just how car-centric our reality is:<p>In the image, Jilg depicts city streets as gorges, crosswalks as wobbly planks, and …

Urban Design

The Life-Saving Weaving of Bolivia’s Indigenous Women

This Insanely Detailed Animation Is Made From Only 4096 Bytes of Code

The demoscene is an internet subculture that has managed to stay cool for decades. And as the winning entry in a recent demo competition in Tokyo …

Programming

Why China is beating the U.S. at innovation

For decades, America lost factories and jobs to China but retained a coveted title: the world's leader in inventing and commercializing new products.<p>Now, even that status has been eroded, and it's hurting the economy.<p>While the United States is still at the top in total investment in research and …

Innovation

Google’s AutoDraw uses machine learning to help you draw like a pro

Drawing isn’t for everyone. I, for one, am definitely not very good at it. But with AutoDraw, Google is launching a new experiment today that uses machine learning algorithms to match your doodles with professional drawings to make you look like you know what you’re doing.<p>You can use AutoDraw on …

Machine Learning

Here's How The Internet of Things Is Transforming Industries You Would Never Think Of

There's potential to unleash a new revolution in productivity<p>I was eleven years old when my family got its first computer in 1981. It didn't do much. Mostly, I used it for writing reports for school and playing video games. My dad also ran some spreadsheets to help him run his business, but for the …

Internet of Things

A new CRISPR breakthrough could lead to simpler, cheaper disease diagnosis

The controversial laboratory tool known as CRISPR may have found a whole new world to conquer. Already the favored method of editing genes, CRISPR could soon become a low-cost diagnostic tool that could be used practically anywhere to determine if someone has an infectious disease such as Zika or …

Genetics

Top 5 Booming Industries For B2B In 2017

Could 2017 be the year you launch or dramatically expand your business? B2B opportunities in one of these spaces could pay attractive dividends in the coming year. Whether it’s media services, consulting or tech, businesses require goods and services from other businesses in order to operate and …

FinTech

Tracking Air Pollution With the Pigeon Patrol | That's Amazing

More than five million people die every year from pollution-related illnesses, and nearly 10,000 of those deaths occur in London. But Romain LaCombe …

Lemmings in HoloLens Adds New Dimension to Animal Suicide

One of the most exciting things about HoloLens is that no one is entirely sure what to do with it. It’s a game-changing device that’s bound to bring …

Cool Stuff

AI is one step closer to mastering StarCraft

Tech titans around the world are racing to claim this prize<p>Last year, Alphabet’s DeepMind division captured the world’s attention by besting humanity’s top player in the game of Go. The achievement, which many experts predicted was still a decade off, showed the rapid progress being made in the …

Artificial Intelligence