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Alzheimer's gene neutralised in human brain cells for the first time

Scientists have claimed an important breakthrough in the battle against Alzheimer’s after neutralising the most significant gene responsible for the disease for the first time.<p>A team in California successfully identified the protein associated with the high-risk apoE4 gene and then managed to …

Dementia

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018 - MIT Technology Review

Every year since 2001 we’ve picked what we call the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. People often ask, what exactly do you mean by “breakthrough”? It’s …

Now we’re harvesting electricity — out of thin air

Sounds too good to be true?<p>Well, not if ‘nothing’ means thin air.<p>Or thick.<p>Or, at least, the fluctuations in its temperature.<p>You can feel it yourself, …

No waves? No problem! These electric boards let you surf on calm waters with ease.

Surfers no longer have to worry about flat waters. Radinn just introduced a new jetboard, called "G2X", that cuts through water on waves it creates …

Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket heading towards asteroid belt after overshooting Mars' orbit

Elon Musk's super-rocket has taken flight and overshot Mars' orbit, going further out into the solar system than originally planned.<p>His cherry-red Tesla, carrying a dummy and blasting Bowie's Life on Mars, was supposed to take a path around the Sun which would take it out into Mars' orbit.<p>It …

Elon Musk

Cancer 'vaccine' eliminated all tumors in mice, human trials being conducted

A new approach to fighting cancerous tumors in mice by Stanford University researchers has been found to not only eliminate the tumors they targeted, …

This Apple Watch clone has GPS and 45 days of battery life for $99

Amazfit’s Bip provides up to a month and a half of smarts on a single charge<p>One of the biggest complaints with smartwatches is the need to recharge them as often as a smartphone. The best smartwatches you can get typically don’t last longer than two days, and most require daily charging. The new …

Intel is making smart glasses that actually look good

Exclusive first look at Vaunt, which uses retinal projection to put a display in your eyeball<p>The most important parts of Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses are the pieces that were left out.<p>There is no camera to creep people out, no button to push, no gesture area to swipe, no glowing LCD screen, no …

CRISPR can now be used to edit individual bases

Crisper Than CRISPR<p>CRISPR-Cas9 has been widely heralded as one of the most important scientific developments of recent years, thanks to its capacity …

Augmented reality? Pogue checks out 7 of the first iPhone AR apps

There’s been a lot of hype around virtual reality. That’s where you strap on hot, heavy, expensive goggles and look around you in any direction to …

This Amazing New Material Changes Shape Just Like an Octopus

Now you see it, now you … still see it.<p>If you're going to make camouflage, may as well copy from the best, and one of the best the world has to offer …

A first-of-its-kind treatment for blindness just got one step closer to approval

A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee just gave a critical recommendation for a cutting-edge gene therapy.<p>The treatment, called Luxturna, treats Leber congenital amaurosis, a hereditary form of blindness. It's been tested in people with the condition who specifically have a …

FDA

Google's taking on Apple's AirPods with $160 wireless headphones that can translate different languages in real time

Google is taking on Apple's $160 wireless AirPods headphones with a direct competitor: Google Pixel Buds.<p>Google introduced the headphones during an event on Wednesday morning in California, alongside new entries in the Google Home smart-speaker line, a new Chromebook laptop, and the next generation …

Headphones

Scientists Have Designed a Crystalline Type of Aluminium That's Insanely Light

It has fascinating properties.<p>Aluminium is already highly prized. It's conductive, has a low melting point, is very strong when alloyed, is …

Ikea uses iPhone 8 launch to remind us it still makes wirelessly charging furniture

‘This charges everything’<p>Ikea introduced furniture that can charge your phone through the Qi wireless charging standard back in 2015. Now, that Apple is adopting Qi in its latest iPhone 8 and iPhone X models, Ikea is piggybacking on the anticipated surge in popularity with some witty ads that play …

Physicists Just Quantum Teleported Complex Light Patterns For The First Time

A whole new level.<p>Wrapping your messages up with quantum weirdness is a great way to avoid sneaky eavesdropping, but in its current form it's more …

Quantum Physics

Koova Camera Robot Wins 2017 CES Innovation Award (video)

With next years CES 2017 technology show edging ever closer one company has already won a 2017 CES Innovation Award, and takes the form of the …

Your next Domino's pizza might arrive in a 'self-driving' Ford

If you're one of a lucky few Michiganders within range of one specific Domino's Pizza location in Ann Arbor, your next pizza could show up in a self-driving car... sort of.<p>Ford and Domino's announced Tuesday that the two companies have partnered up to gauge customer reaction to self-driving cars. …

Infiniti prototype melds a 1940s race car with EV power

As a rule, electric car concepts embrace the future. Even those with a retro flavor are clearly products of the 21st century. Don't tell that to Infiniti, however -- it's going deep into the past. Nissan's luxury badge has unveiled the Prototype 9, an EV whose design unabashedly recalls 1940s race …

This Spray Can Make Your Wall a Touchpad

Electrick combines conductive coatings or additives with electrodes and algorithms developed at Carnegie Mellon University. It can create a touchpad …

MRI device could bridge neuro-technologies for medical diagnostics, increase safety

A technology being developed at Purdue University could provide an affordable, smart, self-learning device that, when placed into existing MRI …

Moss-covered CityTree has the same air-purifying effect as 275 regular trees

20 of them have been deployed so far around the world<p>From smog-sucking bikes to electric taxis and paint made of car exhaust, designers and architects are stepping up to address air pollution—the world’s single largest health risk. But a new air filter making the rounds in Oslo, Paris, Brussels, …

Scientists may have found a way to stop cancer from metastasizing

Metastasis is the main cause of death in cancer, and current treatments against it are ineffective. But new research may have found a way to slow …

This personal cargo robot can move your stuff as fast as a bicycle

As manufacturer of the Vespa, Piaggio already has plenty of experience making stylish two-wheeled vehicles.<p>Now, an offshoot of the firm, Piaggio Fast …

Robotics

Vanadium Dioxide, A Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat

Scientists have discovered “exotic electrical and thermal properties” in a material known as vanadium dioxide which may be applied to develop more …

New technology is forcing us to confront the ethics of bringing people back from the dead

Imagine you have a close friend you frequently communicate with via text. One day, they suddenly die. You reel, you cry, you attend their funeral. Then you decide to pick up your phone and send them a message, just like old times.<p>“I miss you,” you type. A little response bubble appears at the …

Chatbots

Hydrogen turned into metal in stunning act of alchemy that could revolutionise technology and spaceflight

For nearly 100 years, scientists have dreamed of turning the lightest of all the elements, hydrogen, into a metal.<p>Now, in a stunning act of …

The FDA Wants to Regulate Edited Animal Genes As Drugs

It's 2017, and nothing means anything anymore. The latest logic-twisting development comes from the FDA, which last week released a draft rule saying …

21 incredible innovations that improved the world in 2016

2016 may have been a terrible year in many ways, but there was still some undeniable good to come out of the past 12 months.<p>For proof, look no …

The VR headset for iPhone we've been waiting for is here

This was supposed to be the year of virtual reality. It kinda was, but it mostly wasn't, if you judge by how much it actually penetrated the …