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A Pair Of Robot Arms Could Make You Dinner

This machine learns to cook by watching you<p>The 2011 MasterChef champion Tim Anderson has a new apprentice--a robo-chef.<p>“It’s the ultimate sous-chef,” Anderson told BBC News. “You tell it to do something--whether it’s a bit of prep or completing a whole dish from start to finish--and it will do …

Malcolm Gladwell Says Entrepreneurs Like Steve Jobs And IKEA Founder Ingvar Kamprad Share These 3 Personality Traits

As he said on stage at on Tuesday at the World Business Forum in New York, they are <b>open to experience</b>, <b>conscientious</b>, and <b>disagreeable</b>.<p>Let's go over each:<p><b>• Openness to experience</b> describes the way you relate to new information. If you get really excited about novelty, then you're highly open — which …

Self-improvement

Can Psychedelics Expand Our Consciousness?

<i>"One of the great responsibilities we have as a society is to educate ourselves, along with the next generation, about which substances are worth ingesting and for what purpose and which are not. ... If I knew that either of my daughters would eventually develop a fondness for methamphetamine or</i> …

A Cooking Machine That Lets You Make Dinner In Your Kitchen–From Anywhere

Forget picking up takeout on your way home from work. Loaded up with 35 ingredients, the Collaborative Cooking machine will cook up the meal of your choice.<p>You no longer need to be anywhere near a kitchen–or even food–to cook dinner. A new cooking machine, loaded up with 35 ingredients, can be …

8 iPad Apps to Teach your Children about Space

I’ve been interested in space for as long as I can remember and I was trying to wrack my brains to figure out exactly what it was that got me into it. In a dark corner of my brain, a book appeared: The Arthur Mee’s Children’s Encyclopaedia. I remember having the abridged version as a kid and the …

iPad Apps

Could This Gigantic Ocean Plastic Clean-Up Machine Actually Pick Up Our Ocean Trash?

An outlandish idea, floated by a 17-year-old two years ago, now has funding, a 530-page feasibility study, and the backing of 15 institutions. Next step: Actually picking up some trash.<p>Two years ago, when Boyan Slat first proposed his giant ocean clean-up device, it didn’t seem likely he would …

Spurious Correlations finds the hidden, totally pointless connections between everything

Spurious Correlations is the virtual embodiment of a useful rhetorical cudgel: correlation does not equal causation. Sift through its data sets, and you'll find all sorts of statistics that can be mapped onto each other — margarine consumption and the divorce rate, crude oil imports and number of …

This Tiny Scanner Will Tell You Exactly What Is In Your Food

The scanner harnesses the power of physics and chemistry to figure out everything from the sugar content of a given apple to whether or not that drink you left on the bar has been drugged.<p>The device, called SCiO, actually uses a technology similar to the one that helps astronomers figure out the …

Atoms

This Week In BI Intelligence: eBay's Payment App Is Blowing Up On College Campuses

<i>This week's payments roundup comes from Payments Insider, the daily briefing delivered first thing every morning exclusively to BI Intelligence members.</i><p><b>'VOYEURISM' HELPS VENMO ADD USERS</b><p>Why? Venmo includes a social network-style news feed that shows transactions to and from a user's Facebook …

FinTech

Inside the Science of an Amazing New Surgery Called Deep Brain Stimulation

Like most people in need of major surgery, Rodney Haning, a retired telecommunications project manager and avid golfer, has a few questions for his …

Google embeds camera in smart contact lens

Earlier this year, Wired.co.uk wrote about Google's invention of a smart contact lens that could monitor blood glucose levels through tear fluid. …

SociBot: the 'social robot' that knows how you feel

Capable of mimicking human expressions and emotions, the SociBot is designed to bring a human touch to teleconferencing – or to imitate your friends. But will it just creep you out?<p>If Skype and FaceTime aren't giving you enough of the human touch, you could soon be talking face to rubbery face with …

The polyphonic me | Beardyman

Design for All 5 Senses | Jinsop Lee | TED Talks

Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu: A mouse. A laser beam. A manipulated memory.

Eric Berlow and Sean Gourley: Mapping ideas worth spreading

Leather and meat without killing animals | Andras Forgacs