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Anti-ageing compound set for human trials after turning clock back for mice

Australian and US researchers hope an anti-ageing compound could be trialled on humans as early as next year, following a key breakthrough that saw the ageing process reversed in mice.<p>The study, involving Harvard University and the University of NSW, discovered a way of restoring the efficiency of …

How Plants Secretly Talk to Each Other

Up in the northern Sierra Nevada, the ecologist Richard Karban is trying to learn an alien language. The sagebrush plants that dot these slopes speak …

Her Is the Smartest Movie About Artificial Intelligence In Years

Either Spike Jonze is intentionally coy, or he really doesn’t care, one way or another, about science fiction cliches. That his new movie <i>Her</i> is the smartest, most thoughtful on-screen exploration of artificial intelligence (AI) in years appears to be a happy accident. Jonze didn’t consult with …

House of the Arts in Miranda do Corvo | Joao Morgado - Architectural Photography

The Casa das Artes (House of the Arts) in Miranda do Corvo expresses the meetingbetween two identities, rural and urban, in a landscape marked by the …

Villa in Bilthoven by Clijsters Architectuur Studio

Clijsters Architectuur Studio have designed a villa in Bilthoven, The Netherlands.<p>Description<p>In a residential area mainly characterised by 19th and …

CK Office / Claus en Kaan Architecten

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> We designed a visiting card in concrete and glass on one of the finest IJburg locations. The …

iA's Writer Pro maximizes the minimalist text editor

How do you add features to the app with no features?<p>Minimalist text editors aren’t the novel concept they once were, but iA Writer has done more than most to bring the idea of distraction-free writing to the mainstream. Since Information Architects released the app for iPad in 2010, it’s expanded …

Pencil on Paper: meet the stylus for FiftyThree's popular iPad sketching app

When you're the creator of an award-winning iPad sketchbook app, making your own stylus would be a logical move. Unsurprisingly, that's exactly what FiftyThree, the brains behind Microsoft's Courier project and developers of Paper, intend to do. The company's new "Pencil" capacitive stylus has just …

Guvera brings unlimited, free music-streaming to market

<b>Guvera has been around since 2008, but you would be forgiven for not recognising its interface or streaming model at first glance. Turns out that the</b> …

No Assembly Required: Ikea To Sell Solar Panels In U.K.

Ikea Corp., the Swedish housewares giant, says it will begin selling solar panels to its customers in Britain as it aims to tap into a growing market for renewable energy fueled partly by the U.K.'s solar subsidies.<p>The retailer has already gone green to power its own stores, with the goal of using …

Autodesk’s CEO on how connectivity is changing design & the power of 3D printing

Autodesk’s CEO Carl Bass is a maker. In his workshop space in Berkeley, California he makes design experiments, and this Summer he and his son …

Solar Power Is Finally Getting Closer To Battery Storage Technology

HONOLULU - Major advances in battery storage technology, not to mention sharp cost reductions, could help light the way for Hawaii’s troubled solar industry. The path forward could, it seems increasingly plausible, involve do-it-yourself solar users disconnecting themselves from the power grid …

Palo Alto will require electric-car charger wiring in new homes

With most electric-car charging today taking place in the garages of private homes, installing a home charging station can pose a hurdle to potential buyers.<p>Now Palo Alto, Calif., the city in the center of Silicon Valley, is moving to make it easier for homeowners who want to switch to an electric …

Lagoa Acquires 3D Editor 3DTin

Montreal-based Lagoa has acquired in-browser 3D editor 3DTin. The company announced its acquisition on its blog. 3DTin is used for 3D model and 3D printing.<p>3DTin, like competitors TinkerCAD and Sketchfab, allows you to make 3D models inside your browser window. These models can then be exported for …

Expanding camera lens combines insect, human vision

Insects' hemispheric eyes have a wide field of view and high resolution. What if they could be combined with the focusing abilities humans enjoy?<p>This lens from Ohio State University is a hybrid of both. It has a wide field of view as well as depth of field, and could allow smartphones to take …

Hands-On With The botObjects ProDesk3D

After months of speculation and quite a bit of skepticism, we’re pleased to report that the ProDesk3D is real, it works, and it really does print in color. How, exactly, is still under question – we weren’t given direct access to the innards of the machine – but we saw it working with our own …

Finally, An Affordable 3-D Printer Big Enough To Print More Than Trinkets

By “large” we mean 16″x16″x9″, enough to finally print a regulation-size chessboard for all those 3-D-printed rooks you’ve been churning out. …

3D Printing

Software turns 2D objects 3D; lets you 'reach into' photos; bends your mind

Modeling products in three dimensions can be a time-consuming process. It's easy enough for humans to identify the presence of 3D objects in 2D scenes, but extracting these with algorithms is tricky. A new system developed by a team of researchers from the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel and Tel …

Printing

3-Sweep makes 3D objects from 2D photos

<b>Watch this demo of a tool that can create 3D objects from a regular 2D image.</b><p>Modelling products in three dimensions can be a time-consuming process. …

Intel's updated NUC squeezes in Haswell Core-i5, HD 5000 4K graphics

Intel has cranked up its NUC (Next Unit of Computing) mini-computer to near gaming levels of power with the release of its 4th-gen Core-i5 D54250WYK kit. The new model comes with the latest HD Graphics 5000, for one, and also uses Intel's Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 to kick the CPU into overdrive …

How to live longer – the experts' guide to ageing

<b>JERRALD RECTOR, 26: Lift weights for better immunity</b><p><b>By the time we reach 80, most of us will be infected with a type of herpes virus which erodes the immune system and takes years off your life without you even knowing it. PhD student Jerrald Rector, at the University of Birmingham, knows he has</b> …

Hands-on with Adobe’s Lightroom 5

While I’ve gone all-in on Apple hardware and software for most of my creative projects (see, my Logic Review), for my graphics needs, I’m still a …

IRL: JBL PlayUp speaker and the BlackBerry Q5 on Telus

<i>Welcome to</i> IRL<i>, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we're using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.</i><p>Is it pandering to have one of our Canadian writers play with every new BlackBerry? Perhaps -- not that we …

World's thinnest keyboard unveiled by Cambridge tech firm

The company behind the technology found in wireless Beats headphones and Nike Running gadget has unveiled the world's thinnest keyboard, with a flexible, wireless touchscreen just half a millimetre thick.<p>Cambridge-based CSR, which specialises in wireless technology, showcased a prototype of the …

Essential Elements for Brand Identity: 100 Principles for Designing Logos and Building Brands

The book suggestion of this week is about branding, the title is Essential Elements for Brand Identity: 100 Principles for Designing Logos and …

Graphic Design

Painted Gradients Create Shocking Illusions of Space

These everyday scenes don't seem that exciting until the actual behind-the-scenes process is revealed. In his work, London-based photographer Benedict Morgan creates all kinds of optical illusions. This series, entitled <i>Painted Stripes</i>, features two photographs that will have viewers automatically …

Watch: The Best Science Vines

Amazing science videos, in six-second bites.<p>On August 15th, GE put forth a call: make the best science-themed Vine video you can. Vines are short, 6-second clips, often looping, made with a simple app and very little editing features. Pause and record are pretty much all you get. But the responses …

Spectacular Geometric Forms Find Balance in Nature

In <i>Back to Nature</i>, artist Fesson Ludovic produces incredible sculptures that have the appearance of simplicity, but are actually quite complex. Each piece features basic lines, arcs, and geometric forms that are buried directly on land or placed in water. The artist relies on nature to intervene …