Sean Coffey

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This super-stretchy wearable feels like a second skin and can record data

This could someday replace big health monitors<p>We’re a little closer to getting rid of bulky health sensors now that scientists have created a super-thin wearable that can record data through skin. That would make this wearable, which looks like a stylish gold tattoo, ideal for long-term medical …

NASA looked to gecko feet for its latest space innovation

By studying what makes geckos’ feet sticky, NASA scientists have created a device that will adhere to almost anything.<p>The “gecko gripper” uses minuscule silicon wedges to latch onto a wide range of slippery surfaces, like solar panels and plastics. The grippers can work with heavy objects, easily …

Diamonds just got even more valuable

Diamonds just got much more valuable. Thanks to Australian research, they will soon become “lenses” offering a powerful view of individual molecules …

Physicists Just Found One of The Forces Holding The World Together Can Also Push It Apart

No, seriously, we really will need to update the textbooks on this one.<p>A type of force that makes molecules briefly stick to one another has been …

This Scientist Has Come Up With A Mathematical Model For A Time Machine

After some serious number crunching, a UBC researcher has come up with a mathematical model for a viable time machine.<p>Ben Tippett, a mathematics and …

Top Geneticist Working on How to Cheat Death

The man who successfully mapped the human genome is hoping to figure out how to cheat death with a new test.<p>“Your chances of getting every disease goes up with age, even Alzheimer’s can be prevented,” Craig Venter, executive chairman of Human Longevity, said during an exclusive interview on the FOX …

Is microdosing LSD the shortcut to happiness?

Ayelet Waldman was desperate. Her feelings of anger and despair were so overwhelming during perimenopause that they continuously caused her to act …

Teen wakes up to smoldering Galaxy S4, dad blames battery

If I am awoken by smoke in the middle of the night, I assume the neighbors are having a key party again.<p>However, one 13-year-old from Texas, says she was woken by a smoky smell and didn't even worry about it. She went back to sleep.<p>For Ariel Tolfree, though, the smell didn't go away. When she woke …

A New Idea For Colonizing Space: Send Our DNA, Assemble Ourselves Once We Get There

I mean, it’s just too hard to send actual humans, right?<p>It’s difficult to send people far into space. Why not send bacteria instead? That’s the simple foundation behind one decidedly out-there idea for sending humans to live on other planets in the future.<p>“Our best bet for space exploration could …

Two-In-One Wires Could Turn Clothes Into Batteries

The wires are able to conduct and store electricity at the same time.<p>A team of materials scientists has created a copper wire that’s able to store electricity as well as transmit it. Two in one! It’s like the shampoo/conditioner of the electronics world. Above, you can see the wire lighting an LED …

The futuristic dream of wirelessly charging your smartphone while you stand in line at the coffee shop may soon come to pass

By on May 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm<p>A new company called Energous has devised a method of wirelessly transmitting power over long distances. Its prototype …

A Little Intel Cable That Moves Data at a Staggering 800Gbps

This cute little green cable may look innocuous, but it can carry data along its core at a breathtaking 800Gbps.<p>Based on Intel's Silicon Photonics …

Supercomputers

Appmethod lets you code native Android, iOS and desktop apps simultaneously (hands-on)

With different requirements and countless other incompatibilities, building applications for multiple platforms can be a tremendous chore. Embarcadero Technologies is setting out to simplify that process a bit with Appmethod, a multi-device development platform that lets you create apps for …

Scientists design a collider that turns light into matter

Ever since the 1960s, when the food synthesiser made its appearance in <i>Star Trek</i>, the idea of a machine that could seemingly make something from nothing has been the kind of tech we dream about. But the actual technology may not be as implausible as previously thought.<p>In 1934, Gregory Breit and John …

Physics

The Week In Numbers: Overdosing On Caffeine, A Folding Bike Helmet, And More

<b>15 miles</b>: the distance you must walk to charge your smartphone using a new shoe insole that stores energy from footsteps as electricity<p><b>322 body lengths in a second</b>: the speed of the world's fastest land animal, relative to size<p><b>57.14 cups of regular brewed coffee</b>: the amount of caffeine it would …

Voynich Manuscript, most mysterious text in world, may have been cracked

By on February 20, 2014 at 2:01 pm<p>The most mysterious manuscript in the world, the 600-year-old Voynich Manuscript, has been baffling bright minds …

Google Unveils A Smartphone Prototype That Maps The World

Project Tango constantly scans its surroundings, giving people--and Google--better maps than ever<p>As great as Google Maps is, if you need to be directed to somewhere _really _specific--as in, a specific room in a specific building on a specific street--it stumbles. Not too long ago, we predicted …

South Korean Scientists Develop Cancer-Treating Nanorobots

A group of South Korean scientists from Chonnam National University became the first to create a nanorobot that can treat cancer.<p>Unlike chemotherapy, …

The power of tears: Why Google has its eye on smart contact lenses

When the cronut craze swept across New York in early spring of last year, the only major inconvenience associated with Dominique Ansel's novel culinary confection was the pain of waiting in line to get it. For a responsible person living with Type 1 (or Type 2) diabetes, like my good friend Cara, …

CES 2014: Lenovo's Horizon 2 Tabletop PC Is A Media-Sharing Monster

Just when you thought desktops were passe, Lenovo pulls you back in...<p>Just when you thought it was time to give up on desktops, Lenovo has made one worth at least a little notice. With a large 27-inch touch display, Intel Core i7 internals, a battery, and the ability to function as a standard …

Why Cops and Cable Guys Will Be the Pioneers of Wearable Tech

You've read about Silicon Valley "Glassholes" who wear Google's digital eyewear everywhere – including the shower. You've seen the ad where creepy …

Levitating and Manipulating Objects With Sound

Nerval's Lobster writes <i>"Researchers at the University of Tokyo have published a paper and video describing a technique that is explicitly not an</i> …

Mars One narrows applicant pool to 1,058 in first cut for 2025 colonization mission

Mars One, the organization attempting to send small teams of astronauts on a one-way trip to Mars, has made its first round of applicant decisions, selecting just over 1,000 people to move on to the next stage of what it hopes will be a decade-long, televised training and colonization mission. …

Grippity returns as a transparent Android tablet with two-sided touch (video)

When we last saw Grippity, it wasn't much more than a pretty media center keyboard. Well, it just grew up -- its creators have revived the concept as a full-fledged, crowdfunded Android tablet. The new design still centers on a transparent, dual-sided touch surface, but there's now more to do than …

Scientists Are Using Metamaterials To Build Everything From Wireless Phone Chargers To Invisibility Cloaks

While the holy grail of metamaterials is still to make objects and people invisible to the eye, they are set to have a more tangible commercial impact playing more mundane roles - from satellite antennas to wirelessly charging cellphones.<p>Metamaterials are simply materials that exhibit properties …

WTF Was That?!: Male Moth Displaying Its Protuberances

This is a video (complete with party-horn sound effects) of a male moth being prodded to inflate its androconial organs. The androconial organs are …

500,000-Piece LEGO Car Powered By 256 LEGO Pistons

This is the 500,000+ piece LEGO car that was built by 20-year-old Romanian Raul Oaida. Obviously it's not 100% LEGO (chassis, axles, wheels), but it …

Mind-Reading Headset For Dogs Allows Them To Speak

<i>Woof! (I want to sneak my tongue in your mouth)</i><p>NoMoreWoof is a mind-reading headset for dogs that translates their thoughts into human language. …