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The Big Future: Can we build a better brain?

How will the future change the human brain? This week's <i>Big Future</i> takes a look at a new wave of neurological techniques that directly alter the brain's electrical patterns, correcting seizures and movement disorders. Some doctors are even experimenting with using it to treat depression. Could the …

Evolution: Why do your eyes face forwards?

Why don’t we have peepers protruding from the sides of our heads? It's partly for 3D vision, but as Jason G Goldman discovers, that's not the only reason.<p>Take a stroll through a zoo and, if you're paying attention, you might notice that most animals can be sorted into two groups. There are those …

Nature

Scientists grow miniature human stomachs from stem cells

Miniature stomachs – gastric organoids – will help in study of ulcers and could be used in future to repair patients’ stomachs<p>Scientists have grown miniature human stomachs from stem cells as a way of studying gastric diseases such as ulcers and stomach cancer and in the future creating tissue to …

An Asteroid Mining Company Heads to Space for the First Time Tonight

Planetary Resources is set to piggyback its first mission on the latest Orbital Sciences commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station.<p><b>Update:</b> The Orbital Sciences Antares rocket on the ORB-3 commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station exploded into ball of fire …

Space Exploration

Shipping Containers Could Relay Quantum Information Across Oceans

Like a ‘Pony Express’ for entangled particles<p>Physics says that if two particles are entangled on a quantum level, they are permanently linked -- a change in one particle will instantaneously affect the other one, no matter the distance between them. That’s something that could be fantastic for …

Quantum Computing

Fiat-Chrysler Spinning Off Ferrari to Raise Cash for Recovery Plan

Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has wasted no time in imposing his will and financial nous on iconic supercar-maker Ferrari.<p>Less than a month after ousting long-term Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, Marchionne has pushed through a plan to slice the ultraprofitable Ferrari off from FCA’s …

Fiat Chrysler

This Porsche 356 family keeps it outlaw

Rod Emory was the founder of Emory Motorsports in Burbank, CA, and the scion to a family tradition of building "outlaw" Porsche's that is almost as cool as the cars themselves. The lovingly modified Porsche 356s are lovely artifacts, and their story, along with the story of their builders, is …

Bargain FJ45: SBC Powered 1965 Toyota Land Cruiser

This 1965 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 pick-up runs a Chevy 350ci V8 and 4-speed manual with four wheel discs and Saginaw power steering. Photos aren’t …

Poynt: A Universal Checkstand For Mobile Payments

Google Wallet. Apple Pay. QR codes. Who will win? Who cares?<p>Apple Pay. Google Wallet. Square. Paypal. Affirm. Coin. Plastc. Visa. Mastercard. Chase. Capital One. Everybody wants to collect a toll on the post-credit-card future of payments. They all use differing standards and technologies.But who …

FinTech

Formlabs Introduces New High-Resolution Resin Solutions: Castable & Flexible Allow for SLA-Enabled Investment Casting and Pliable Applications

The folks at Cambridge, MA-based Formlabs recently announced the introduction of two new materials that mark their first major release since they …

3D Printing

Stewart & Claire Cocktail-Inspired Lip Balms

After working for eight years as a food editor at Food & Wine magazine, Kristin Donnelly manifested her longstanding love of blending ingredients by making unisex lip balms from natural ingredients with no artificial flavorings or fragrances—or pastel colors and glitter, for that matter. Founding …

Cocktails

Flying car approaches liftoff as most advanced prototype yet is unveiled

With its sportscar cockpit and dragonfly wings that fold in neatly behind the cabin, it looks like something straight out of the Batcave or Q’s secret laboratory. But the creators of AeroMobil’s Flying Roadster insist their innovation is more than just a boy’s toy dreamt up by science fiction fans. …

Everything You Need To Know About The Internet Of Things

A few months ago I wrote a post called, A Simple Explanation Of The Internet Of Things where I tried to provide some clarity around what this new connected world means for all of us. In the article I mentioned some of the driving forces behind this.<p>“Broadband Internet is become more widely …

Xiaomi may now be the third-biggest smartphone maker in world

Xiaomi, the smartphone of choice in China, just had a really good few months selling phones. According to Strategy Analytics, it reckon the new phone maker is now the third largest smartphone maker in the world, trailing only Samsung and Apple. Its shipments have tripled in the space of a year, now …