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3D printing creates film without film

As our technologies increasingly move towards digitisation, perhaps the old techniques are becoming lost to younger generations. Take film. Although we still refer to motion pictures as "films", it is not often that we see film any more: we shoot moving images on our smartphones, watch films on …

Thinking about buying a 3D printer from a crowdfunding website? Take a look at this data first

So, you want to buy a 3D printer. You’re familiar with staples like RepRaps, the MakerBot Replicator and the Formlabs Form 1+. But seeing as you’re …

How to take photos of fireworks

Taking photos of fireworks is not as difficult as you might think. Rather than pointing your smartphone or dSLR toward the sky and hoping for the best, keep these tips in mind before setting off to watch the holiday light show.<p>Set up<p>Get into position early. For the best results, scope out the area …

The Sleep Schedules Of 27 Of History’s Greatest Minds

The science of sleep and its glorious effects on creativity, productivity, and sanity gets a lot of press these days. That said, the sleep habits of some of your favorite writers, musicians, and artists may surprise you a little.<p>The bedtimes and rising times of history’s greatest minds are …

Would you really trust a 'secret' app to protect your secrecy?

It’s hard to pinpoint a single reason for the current buzz around anonymous and ephemeral apps, which promise to mask your identity and/or delete the stuff you share.<p>The ongoing revelations about the surveillance activities of NSA and GCHQ are undoubtedly fuelling interest in “secure” email apps, …

3D scanner startup Fuel3D raises $2.6 million, eyes IPO

Five months after Kickstarter backers awarded 3D scanner maker Fuel3D with more than $325,000, private investors have chipped in with an additional …

Termite-like robots can construct buildings with no central leader

Insects don’t have the capacity to reason, and yet some are capable of building complex structures and executing complex foraging expeditions with no …

Look to your jobs – the robots are coming

A second machine age is dawning, and it’s not only Bob Crow’s striking Tube workers who will be made redundant by the rise of the intelligent machines<p>Watch out for the second machine age – it’s about to eat your job, and your income. It’s also destined to shake systems of government and taxation to …

Why robot sex could be the future of life on earth

If self-replicating machines are the next stage of human evolution, should we start worrying?<p>When René Descartes went to work as tutor of young Queen Christina of Sweden, his formidable student allegedly asked him what could be said of the human body. Descartes answered that it could be regarded as …

Being labeled a 'radical' is meant to be an insult. History tells us otherwise

America has a propensity for dismissing people and ideas with labels. Terms like "socialist" and "communist" are frequently hurled at those who dare to promote substantial programs that address poverty, or suggest that government provide what many other "developed nations" deem fundamental services …

Trickle-down economics is the greatest broken promise of our lifetime

The richest 85 people in the world have as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion – or half the world's entire population – put together. This is the stark headline of a report from Oxfam ahead of the World Economic Forum at Davos. Is there a reason why the world's powerful, gathering at the …

Forget devices; the future of technology is seeded in biology

A lot of you, dear readers, may remember a time when mobile phones didn't exist, let alone smartphones with touchscreens, apps and pro-grade cameras. Some may even recall a childhood completely devoid of TV, when the phrase "playing in a sandbox" meant literally that. Not content with books that …