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A 3D Printed, Wifi Enabled Medical Marijuana Inhaler

The world of 3D printing shows no signs of stopping. From 3D printed guns and medical implants to food and shoes, it seems that just about anything can be 3D printed.<p>An Israeli company, Syqe Medical, thinks it has a way to make medical marijuana more accepted with the help of 3D printing. The …

The Week In Drones: Robots Piloting Robots, Indiana Drones, And More

Keeping up with the droneses<p>Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news: the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.<p><b>Robot Pilots</b><p>Most drones are actually human-piloted, with the controls elsewhere and the pilot steering remotely. In this video, the …

Drones

Self-Driving Cars: A Marketer's Dream?

The automated car of the future could become a haven for an advertising nightmare.<p>Picture this: You're on a cross-country road trip with your kids, passing through some dusty corner of Nevada in your self-driving 2030 Chevrolet Lumina. Your car then sends an invisible message across the desert:</i> …

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New iPad-Like Touchscreen On The 2015 Volvo XC90 Reinvents How We'll Interact With Our Cars

A new touchscreen on the 2015 Volvo XC90 that operates like an iPad has the potential to deliver what Audi, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz and other automakers have not been able to: a less cluttered interior with fewer driver distractions. But, like all systems that trade individual buttons for a large …

New Armored Vehicle In The Works For Australia

Getting up-armored down under<p>Over the past century, Australia has quietly participated in more major wars than expected. From a disastrous assault on the Ottoman-held Gallipoli in World War I to fighting alongside British forces in World War II and Korea, as well as fighting alongside American …

Why The CDC Thinks 1.4 Million People Might Contract Ebola By February

A crash course in modeling the outbreak of a deadly disease<p>Last June, the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone built a temporary ward in anticipation of an influx of Ebola patients. The makeshift building was covered with thin, tin metal sheets, haphazardly held to the walls by wire …

For Car Buyers, The Repo Man Is Just A Click Away

Borrowers beware: Lenders can shut down your car remotely if you don't pay up.<p>The problem with cars is that they move. For lenders interested in making sure loan repayments happen on schedule, moving collateral can present an investment risk. Recently, <i>Popular Science</i> reported on how, in an effort …

Don't Just Blame Bats for Disease Outbreaks

The Ebola outbreak in west Africa has so far claimed 2,917 lives, by far the worst outbreak of this horrible illness in history. Epidemiologists are still trying to piece together how it started, and bats keep coming up as a likely source. But unraveling this epidemic is not as simple as blaming …

Swarms Of Mouse-Sized Robots Scurry To Maintain The Nation's Bridges

A new kind of miniature robot can crawl on the parts of bridges humans never see.<p>Ask Sarah Bergbreiter, a professor of mechanical engineering and head of the University of Maryland’s Micro Robotics Laboratory, about the connection between miniature robots and bridges, and she’s likely to talk about …

Camera-Toting Drones Are Coming To Hollywood

Movie producers are now exempt from the FAA's ban on commercial drones. But is it too little, too late?<p>After four years of lobbying by the Motion Picture Association of America, the Federal Aviation Administration announced yesterday that movie producers can fly drones to shoot film. This is good …

John Paul Stapp, a Real Life Rocket (Sled) Man

In the years after the Second World War, airplanes were starting to fly higher and faster thanks to new streamlined fuselages and powerful jet and rocket engines. But pilots weren't getting any more robust; higher flight in faster airplanes meant more dangerous bail out conditions and harder …

The Week In Drones: Drones Fight Ebola, Iranian Dogfighters, And More

Keeping up with the droneses<p>Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news: the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.<p><b>Unprepared Skies</b><p>The future moves faster than bureaucracy. When the Federal Aviation Administration, responsible for the safety of …

Earth's Water Is Older Than The Sun

Why that’s good news for alien hunters<p>Since water is one of the vital ingredients for life on Earth, scientists want to know how it got here. One theory is that the water in our solar system was created in the chemical afterbirth of the Sun. If that were the case, it would suggest that water might …

Universe

Facebook Says Wi-Fi Drones Will Be Jumbo Jet-Sized

The Internet is only one flying robot away.<p>If a new Facebook plan is successful, the easiest way to access the cloud may be ... in the clouds. Facebook wants to spread Wi-Fi Internet to unconnected parts of the world with drones, and at a summit in New York earlier this week, the company revealed …

Social Media

The Devils And The Deep Blue Sky

Evel Knievel crash-landed his most famous jump. Forty years later, stuntmen are racing to succeed where the legend failed.<p>Sporting a star-spangled jumpsuit and clutching a hollow scepter that typically concealed a stash of Wild Turkey, Evel Knievel strode through a crowd of more than 10,000 on the …

Editing The Genes Of Superbugs To Turn Off Antibiotic Resistance

Fighting bacteria’s ability to fight<p>Over the past decade, deadly bacteria such as MRSA, <i>C. difficile</i>, and even tuberculosis have developed numerous mechanisms to keep themselves alive at all cost – mostly against antibiotics. Some bacteria have the ability to pump invading antibiotics out of their …

Microbiology

Are Weaponized 'Crab Walker' Robots The Future Of Chinese Land Wars?

Robotics designers in the US have long gotten their inspiration from both science fiction and biology, and Chinese engineers are no different, most especially those working on walking combat robots. Dai Jinsong and other Chinese engineers of the School of Mechanical Engineering, Nanjing University …

Robotics

FDA Takes Action Against Companies Selling Fraudulent 'Ebola Cures'

Do they also have snake oil for sale?<p>As the Ebola outbreak continues to spread throughout West Africa, one thing is on everyone’s minds: finding a cure. But while many researchers are toiling away, trying to fulfill this desperate need, others are trying to capitalize on it. Various companies are …

Ebola

Behold The Best Slow-Motion Camera On The Market

At 25,000 frames per second, the Phantom v2511 can practically stop time.<p>In the time it takes to blink, the Phantom v2511 has already captured more than 7,500 frames of video. Expand that rate to one second, and the v2511 captures 25,600 frames at a resolution of about 1 megapixel. That’s still a …

Imaging

Harvard Wants To Help You Make Your Own Squishy Robot

Modern robotics has gone soft.<p>Ever sit alone in your room and think to yourself, “If only I had a soft robot to call my own.” All right, so that scenario is pretty unlikely, but for those who might have wondered how to create a squishy automaton, Harvard has the blueprints you’ll need.<p>In …

Robotics

Enormous Butterfly Swarms, Saharan Duststorms, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week