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Surgical robot makes highly precise eye injection possible

For the first time ever, a team of eye surgeons were able to inject a thrombolytic drug directly into a patient's retinal vein to dissolve a blood clot. It was a success despite the fact that the vein is as thin as human hair thanks to a surgical robot developed by researchers from KU Leuven, a …

The Next Big Thing in 3-D Printing? Shapeshifting Materials

A team of researchers at MIT found a way to alter objects after they're printed.<p>Three-dimensional printers have brought major advances to every corner of manufacturing: Scientists have used the process to engineer human tissue, print a rubber material to make drones less dangerous to people on the …

3D Printed Material 10X Stronger Than Steel

Last September, we wrote about the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Germany and their R&D on metamaterials, hacking the internal structures of materials to create simple, non-powered machines. By experimenting with various microstructural designs, researchers were able to 3D print simple machines that …

6 Meditation and Mindfulness Apps That Will Help You Feel More Zen This Year

Ways to be that well-adjusted person.<p>If you've ever wondered how that impossibly calm, resourceful colleague or friend keeps a level head under pressure—while juggling a full schedule and not pitching a fit about it—chances are she's already up to speed on mindfulness and daily meditation exercises.<p>…

What 2016 Taught Us About Smart Contracts

<i>Jeffrey Billingham is a vice president in Markit's Processing division, and also leads the company's Chain Gang, focusing on blockchain product</i> …

Blockchain

Ethereum Undergoes Unintentional Hard Fork

Ethereum has forked again, only this time, the event was unintentional.<p>2016 has been a rough year for the Bitcoin competitor. Things began in July …

Australian Government Pushes for Bitcoin Accounting Standards

The Australian government's financial reporting standards agency is pushing for international action in the area of digital currencies.<p>The Australian …

Digital Currencies

Chinese Scientists Become First to Use CRISPR Gene-Editing on Humans

Chinese scientists are attempting to use CRISPR to develop a new treatment for cancer patients, and the U.S. will soon follow their lead.<p>A team of Chinese scientists from Sichuan University in Chengdu have become the first to inject a person with cells modified with the gene-editing tool …

Want to Be Happier? Science Says Do These 11 Things Every Single Day

Try them. They work. (If you can't trust science, what can you trust?)<p>Obviously, we all want to be happier. But there's another reason to wish to be more lighthearted and content: Happiness is definitely a result, but happiness is also a driver.<p>While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve …

Happiness

6 Habits That Will Turn You Into One of the Most Mentally Tough People on the Planet

Learn from the best.<p>Who are the most mentally tough people on the planet? Well, that's subjective--but one group without question would have to be Navy SEALs.<p>This incredible article breaks down what SEALs do to cultivate such mental strength and fortitude. But I figured I would add my own …

Blockchain wallet Jaxx integrates Rootstock RSK

Rootstock has also officially unveiled its smart contracts based platform at laBITconf, Argentina.<p>Decentral, creators of the universal wallet Jaxx …

Inside Magic Leap, The Secretive $4.5 Billion Startup Changing Computing Forever

The hottest ticket in tech is an invitation to a banal South Florida business park, indistinguishable on the outside from countless other office buildings that dot America’s suburban landscape. Inside, it’s a whole different story. A different reality, in fact. Humanoid robots walk down the halls, …

Augmented Reality

The World's First Home Robotic Chef Can Cook Over 100 Meals

Apparently, having a home cooked meal from the kitchens of Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse and Gordan Ramsay could become a reality. In 2018, Moley will launch the world’s first fully-automated and integrated intelligent cooking robot—a robotic kitchen that has unlimited access to chefs and their …

Masterchef

SA banks successfully swap asset via blockchain network

South Africa’s largest banks have successfully swapped an asset via a blockchain network, set up among themselves.<p>The banks – Absa, Investec, …

China's Huawei Joins Hyperledger Blockchain Project

Linux Foundation-led Hyperledger blockchain project announced the addition of ten new members, including Chinese telecom device maker Huawei. Other …

Russia

For Blockchain Startups, Switzerland's 'Crypto Valley' is No New York

A tiny province in Switzerland is proving such a magnet for blockchain startups that it's increasingly being compared to California's famed Silicon …

Blockchain Startups

Walt Disney Company Goes Big On Blockchain With Dragonchain

Advertisement<p>The Walt Disney Company is #71 of the top 2000 companies in the world ranked by Forbes. It has an annual revenue in the tens of billions …

Blockchain

Blockchain is empowering the future of insurance

The embers of innovation are beginning to char the massive $1.2 trillion underbelly of the largest industry in the world. Every segment of insurance is under competition by entrepreneurs touting new ways to underprice risk, creating new types of premiums and servicing consumers in a tightly …

3 Secrets That the Happiest, Healthiest People Know

Above all, keep growing. Don't become complacent.<p><i>What are some of the biggest keys to long-term health and happiness in life? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer</b> <b>by Joshua Reeves, CEO and</b> …

The first fully 3-D-printed heart-on-a-chip

Harvard University researchers have made the first entirely 3-D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing. Built by a fully automated, digital …

Virtual And Augmented Reality Become Realistic Revenue Generators

When gaming app <i>Pokémon GO</i> took over this summer, augmented reality (AR) was really thrust into the mainstream. After becoming the most successful U.S. mobile game ever, the app’s popularity inevitably declined. However, according to Newzoo, the game is still making $2 million per day, and is the …

Augmented Reality

Stanford Scientist: We'll Have A Century of Medical Advances in the Next Decade

Looking Beyond Gadgets<p>Just this year alone, we’ve seen several tech companies jump into medical research. From Sean Parker’s $250-million …

20 Innovative Ways Companies Are Using Virtual Reality

Virtual reality might be the new reality for concerts, home renovation, roller coasters, and commercial real estate.<p>Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Magic Leap, Google Daydream View, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR have created immense buzz about the potential of Virtual Reality (VR). VR has been met …

Two major banks just paid for a cotton shipment on the blockchain

Australian cotton trader Brighann Cotton Marketing bought the shipment bound for the port city Qingdao from U.S. division Brighann Cotton in Texas, the companies and their banks said in a joint statement. The blockchain trade, for 88 bales, totalled $35,000, Commonwealth Bank told …

Commonwealth Bank

Facebook shows Oculus Rift-powered social network of the future, complete with VR versions of your friends

At the moment, virtual reality is the ultimate isolation. But Facebook hopes that it will become the social network of the future.<p>Mark Zuckerberg has …

Forget About Setting Goals. Focus On This Instead.

We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives -- getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a championship, and so on.<p>And for most of us, the path to those things starts by setting a specific and …

Wall Street

Slack's arch-rival Atlassian just beat it to the punch in a big way

It might seem small, but it speaks to a big trend in tech. And it's beating its rivals to the punch in a big way.<p>If you grabbed a random Silicon Valley entrepreneur by the shoulders and asked them about the next big thing, they'd probably tell you it's video.<p>(Well, they'd probably tell you to let …

Atlassian

How 4 universities are using 3D printing to create ears, cartilage and blood cells

Innovations in 3D bioprinting continue to shock this year, with announcements of exciting new projects around the US aiming to make medical treatment …

Ethereum Tests "Light Speed" As More Banks Go Blockchain

Big week in blockchain tech. Simultaneous to our coverage that Swiss-based banking giant UBS appears to be building a smart bonds platform using Ethereum technology, it was revealed that Bank of America Corp, HSBC, and R3 have succeeded in developing a way to significantly reduce international …