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Genomic Vending Machines Coming To University Campuses

The machines analyze both full genome sequences and exomes, or portions of genomes (typically 1 to 2 percent) where 85% of common diseases stemming …

Hot Rods

Nanotubes: Can we make speakers as thin as paper?

The idea of light, thin speakers is almost 100 years old, but now thanks to nanotechnology scientists think it might finally be possible.<p>It’s time for one of those imagined futures which always miss the mark by a mile – you know... “Imagine setting off for work with your jet-pack…” But here we go …

You can now replace your PC with a smartphone. But will you?

Sales of PCs continue to decline, and that’s forcing PC makers to get creative. The latest example is an attempt by Acer, currently the number four maker of PCs in the world by market share, to replace the PC forever—with the smartphone.<p>Meet the Acer Extend prototype, which was unveiled this week …

Android Phones

Watch These Robotic Plant Roots Grow Like The Real Thing [Video]

One day, they could be used to monitor soil. Or your inner organs.<p>This robot is putting down roots. Recently at the Living Machines conference in London, researchers from the Italian Institute of Technology debuted a system of robotic roots that can grow and turn in response to stimuli in their …

You Can Now Print Any Food You Want, As Long As It’s Algae

More appetizing details: The algae is dispensed via inkjet-like printing, which Sawa has developed in partnership with Imperial College London. The …

The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food

Anjan Contractor’s 3D food printer might evoke visions of the “replicator” popularized in <i>Star Trek</i>, from which Captain Picard was constantly interrupting himself to order tea. And indeed Contractor’s company, Systems & Materials Research Corporation, just got a six month, $125,000 grant from NASA …

Synthesizers

Nettlebox Is A $28,000 Hologram Rig That Lets You View Real-Time 3D From All Angles

Russian startup Nettle, which is based in the Skolkovo Tech City area, is showing off a $28,000 holographic gaming set-up at TechCrunch Disrupt SF’s Hardware Alley. The Nettlebox rig consists of a 3D plasma display, with four fisheye lens infrared cameras at the corners to track the position of the …

Electronic tattoo tracks the heat running through your veins

Wearable sensors can tell more and more about what happens inside us<p>Thermometers don't seem like they need reinventing. Just stick one beneath your tongue, wait a minute, and everything you need to know is right in front of you. But there's a lot more that temperature can tell us if we're paying …

Time Travel Is Possible But Only To The Future, English Physicist Says

We may be able to book our ticket to the future someday -- it'll just be a one-way trip.<p>In a presentation at the British Science Festival, particle physicist Brian Cox said that time travel is possible but only in one direction.<p>"The central question is, can you build a time machine? The answer is …