James Holliday

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Scientists Have Located the Brain's On/Off Switch for Consciousness

Every one of us loses consciousness on a daily basis: it's called sleep. But scientists have never understood which part of the brain controls when …

Drinking 'nanojuice' makes gut glow in laser light - Futurity

A drinkable "nanojuice" could help diagnose illnesses of the small intestine, report researchers who tested the technique in mice.

Shocking but true: students prefer jolt of pain to being made to sit and think

It was not so much how hard people found the challenge, but how far they would go to avoid it that left researchers gobsmacked. The task? To sit in a chair and do nothing but think.<p>So unbearable did some find it that they took up the safe but alarming opportunity to give themselves mild electric …

Cell discovery could lead to strep throat vaccine - Futurity

New understanding of how Streptococcus bacteria evade the immune system gets researchers a step closer to a safe vaccine for strep throat.

Retired NASA probe brought back to life after 27 years drifting in space

The last time ISEE-3 fired its engines, Madonna was moving up the charts, the stock market was booming and President Reagan was busily denying that he'd secretly sold weapons to Iran. After that final gasp from its thrusters, in February 1987, the International Sun-Earth Explorer probe would have …

The Exoplanet That Wasn’t There

Scientists were excited about the possibility of the first rocky exoplanet—but it turns out, they weren’t quite right.<p>Exoplanet astronomy—the search …

Tiny robots powered by living muscle tissue

Rather than hydraulic actuators, springs or hinges, these tiny "bio-bots" are powered by living muscle tissue.<p>Creating an articulated robot usually involves putting together a series of parts and utilising one or more technologies to make it move, including hydraulics, rubber bands and wheels. …

Robotics

Inhabitat's Week in Green: solar homes, 'Soofa' benches and a levitating transportation system

Solar Decathlon Europe is officially underway in Versailles, where 20 teams of students from 17 different countries are competing to build the world's most efficient solar-powered homes. Like the American version, the European Solar Decathlon has attracted some truly innovative entries. For …

The Most Ambitious Artificial Intelligence Project In The World Has Been Operating In Near Secrecy For 30 Years

IBM's Watson and Apple's Siri stirred up a hunger and awareness throughout the U.S. for something like a Star Trek computer that really worked — an artificially intelligent system that could receive instructions in plain, spoken language, make the appropriate inferences, and carry out its …

Remote-controlled chip could be the future of contraceptives

A tiny chip implanted under a woman's skin can deliver hormonal birth control for up to 16 years and is entering pre-clinical trials next year.<p>If you could have safe, effective, long-term birth control that you didn't have to think about, would you jump at the chance? That's what's being proposed …

Remote Controls

Want To Communicate Anonymously Without Being Monitored Or Tracked? 'Blackphone' Now On Sale

Snowden, the NSA, getting “Scroogled”; do these various buzzwords making the rounds these days get your hackles up? Frankly, I don’t blame you. Personally, I don’t have enough “interesting” information to share. And though I lead a rather “regular” existence, I do realize there are plenty of folks …

iPhone 6 May Be Made By Foxbot Robots At Foxconn

iPhone 6 production is expected to start this month, with the handset rumored to launch in September, and now it would appear that one of Apple’s …

Mobile Technology

A new Kinect for Windows is coming, and this is why you should care

July 15th marks a new era for Kinect hacks<p>Microsoft’s second Kinect for Windows sensor is arriving on July 15th for $199, and it’s aiming to take things even further away from gaming. While Kinect’s early usage was boosted by the Xbox 360, developers haven’t enthusiastically supported Kinect on the …

Cortana Not Coming To Windows Phone In The UK This Month

We were expecting Windows Phone in the UK to get Microsoft’s Cortana last month, the update never arrived, after a number of hints from Microsoft, …

Windows Phone

Foxconn is ready to release an army of robots to build the iPhone 6

For years now, Foxconn has been expressing its interest in replacing its workers with robots, raising the possibility that future iPhones could be built with machines. In fact, in December of 2012, Foxconn quietly began testing a program to replace human workers with iPhone-building robots.<p>But now, …

Foxconn