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As MapReduce fades, Apache Spark is now a top-level project

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock/Loops7<p>MapReduce was fun and pretty useful while it lasted, but it looks like Spark is set to take the reins …

Drug lets blind eyes 'see light'

<b>A drug can restore the ability of the eye to sense light after blindness, animal studies show.</b><p>Reacting to light is the job of the rods and cones in the retina, but these can be destroyed by disease.<p>A study, in the journal Neuron, showed a chemical could give "support-duty cells" in the eye the …

How a pomegranate inspired a new lithium ion battery design

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>The lithium ion battery could get a boost from the humble pomegranate. According to researchers at Stanford, including Amprius …

Harvard researchers look to termites as inspiration for autonomous building robots

Termites may be among the most repellent and invasive insects on the planet, but they've also provided the inspiration for a set of swarm-based construction robots designed by a group of Harvard researchers. The TERMES robot project is based on the behavior of actual termites: while the insects may …

Insects

Tiny Sensors Are a Game Changer at Toy Fair 2014

Every year the toys at the American International Toy Fair in New York get a little bit smarter, and this year did not disappoint. Crayola has infused augmented reality into its new products, robots are now considered toys and Nerf guns can keep track of scores with RFID-capable smart darts.<p>This …

Google Launches Project Tango Smartphone To Experiment With Computer Vision And 3D Sensors

Google today announced Project Tango, an Android-based prototype 5″ phone and developer kit with advanced 3D sensors out of its Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) hardware skunkworks group.<p>Using its sensors, the phone doesn’t just track motion, but it can actually build a visual map of rooms …

Artificial Intelligence

What Should You Do With the World’s Most Powerful Laser? Study Proteins, Naturally

Nutrition

Kenguru is a tiny electric hatchback for wheelchair users

Kenguru's electric car has no seats, and you drive it by putting your hands on motorcycle-style handlebars. It's built for wheelchair users, who can roll right through the rear hatch of the car into the driver's area. The Austin-based company is preparing to launch its first product, which has an …

Wheelchairs

Stem cell 'major discovery' claimed

<b>Stem cell researchers are heralding a "major scientific discovery", with the potential to start a new age of personalised medicine.</b><p>Scientists in Japan showed stem cells can now be made quickly just by dipping blood cells into acid.<p>Stem cells can transform into any tissue and are already being …

These molecule-sized wires could stop the computer industry from hitting a brick wall — Quartz

In case you missed it, the end of the age of ever-faster computers is nigh. In his speech (pdf) at last summer’s Hot Chip conference, Bob Colwell, Intel’s former chief architect, said Moore’s law—the prediction that computer power doubles every 18-24 months, which has held largely true since Intel …

Computer Hardware

This $75 synthesizer will turn anything into an instrument

Yuri Suzuki, the designer that brought you cabs that create music from street noise and helped Disney turn your earlobe into a speaker, is launching a Kickstarter through his company Dentaku for a circuit board that turns anything and everything into a musical instrument. Calling Ototo a circuit …

Synthesizers