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Scientists Are Testing Psychedelic Drugs on Human Minibrains, With Surprising Results

So cool.<p>New research using human minibrains has revealed that a hallucinogenic compound known as 5-MeO-DMT triggers changes in neuronal signalling …

Neuroscience

Good news! We're probably not living in a computer simulation.

It's virtually impossible.<p>From <i>Star Trek: The Next Generation’s</i> "Ship in a Bottle" episode, to the eponymously named computer system in the movie <i>The Matrix</i>, the idea that life is little more than a computer simulation has served as a sci-fi standby for generations. But that technological twist on …

15 books Malcolm Gladwell thinks everyone should read

A 2015 New York Times article poked fun at how often he blurbs books and recommends them on social media.<p>The bestselling author has published multiple books and articles exploring human behavior from all angles; he also recently launched a hit podcast.<p>We dug through years of his tweets, book …

First the cloud, now AI takes on the scientific method

Cloud didn't make the scientific method irrelevant in '08—AI won't do it in '17, either.<p>Back when I was doing research, one of my advisors once joked …

Upcoming Trends in Artificial Intelligence in 2017

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the most anticipated concept ever introduced in the world of technology. We hear about AI quite frequently these days. Ever thought why humans have fallen for Artificial Intelligence? To find the answer, we need to go back to the golden days where it started from. …

Artificial Intelligence

Google made a site that shows how millions of people draw the same object

Back in November, Google released artificial intelligence experiment that asks you to draw a random object and see if the neural network can identify your doodle. Quick, Draw! was eventually turned into a tool that transformed drawings into clip art based on the best results it got, helping people …

Brain scans highlight a hidden, "higher" state of consciousness

Reaching a higher state of consciousness is a concept you're more likely to hear a spiritualist spout than a scientist, but now neuroscientists at …

12 of the most iconic and inclusive fashion campaigns of all time

As brands begin to better understand consumers' increased desire to see themselves reflected in advertising, inclusive campaigns have become …

Elon Musk's new company said to seek brain-computer link

Elon Musk believes we are ready for a mind meld, but instead of connecting the brains of two Vulcans, a la "Star Trek," the billionaire entrepreneur wants to link human brains with computers.<p>The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors is exploring just such a connection through another company he has …

Elon Musk

Thin, built-in batteries to free up valuable space on CubeSats

Real estate is a valuable commodity aboard a CubeSat, a compact satellite about the size of a shoebox, so the smaller each component can be made, the …

Origami-inspired bulletproof shield can stop a .44 Magnum

The ancient art of origami has been inspiring engineers and designers for decades. The principles behind this Japanese folding technique have been …

The Higher Ed Learning Revolution: Tracking Each Student's Every Move

On campuses today almost every educational interaction leaves digital traces. Assignments and feedback are given through online portals; debates and discussions happen via learning management systems as well as in classrooms, cafes and dorm rooms.<p>Those and other digital crumbs give technologists …

Nvidia Announces New Drive PX 2 ‘Supercomputer In A Lunchbox’ For Self-Driving Cars

Following last year’s Drive CX, Nvidia just announced an updated version of its computing platform for self-driving cars, the Drive PX 2. Compared to last year’s model, this is a much more powerful beast, able to process data from 12 video cameras and other sensors in real time to make educated …

No UI Is The New UI

Tony Aube Contributor<p>Tony Aube is the lead designer at Osmo.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Our self-flying car future<br>• The unintended ways self-driving cars will change our lives<p>A few months ago, I shared with my friends how I think apps like Magic and Operator are going to be the next big thing. …

The mobile world's walls are crumbling

Ponder the photo you see above for a moment. Yes, that's Apple Music running on a BlackBerry phone powered by Android -- products from three mobile rivals working in harmony. The very concept of this would have been outlandish just a year ago, let alone a few years earlier when these companies were …

Apps

You can now try Firefox OS on your Android phone

Mozilla has dropped the latest version of Firefox OS into everybody's lap, and there's a special treat tucked inside for brave Android users. A new developer preview of the software can be downloaded and tried as an alternative home screen on your phone that, thankfully, doesn't require you to wipe …

Android Phones

Meet The LucidCam, The Future Of Consumer VR

I was at a meet and greet thrown by a prominent VC firm this week and it was quite enjoyable. There were friendly faces, conversations and a couple of folks huddled around a desk in the corner. Wait. That’s so not “social.” I went over to explore and what were they doing? Checking out virtual …

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

How A 1200-Year-Old Hacking Technique Can Already Crack Tomorrow's Encrypted Vaults

In the ninth century, Baghdad was not the violent epicentre of a conflict between Western and Eastern ideologies it would become once Bush and Blair sent the troops to Iraq. It was, rather, the centre of the civilized world and home to a renowned scientific hub, Bayt al-Hikma, known in English as …

Databases

Asus VivoStick Continues The Trend Of PCs On A Stick

Windows 10 in the palm of your hand<p>The Asus VivoStick is the latest HDMI dongle computer out of the Taiwanese computer maker. The VivoStick offers a Windows 10 machine in the same slim, tiny form factor as a USB drive, or Google's Chromecast. Like the latter product, it seeks to replace the need …

Quantum Dots Will Turn Your Windows Into A Power Supply

Imagine installing an air conditioner that won’t send your summertime power bills skyrocketing. That’s the promise of new quantum dot infused …

13 scientific breakthroughs inspired by nature

Biomimicry, the field of science that takes direct R&D cues from nature's own solutions, has provided us with breakthrough materials, inspired developments in robotic locomotion and informed new medical techniques. We've even gotten introspective and looked at our own biological functions in order …

Biomimicry

Massless particle discovery could radically accelerate electronics

An exotic particle theorized more than 85 years ago has finally been discovered. Dubbed the "Weyl fermion", it is a strange but stable particle that …

The 10 Laws of Robotics--according to one of our alums

When Nick Morozovsky, a Ph.D. student in robotics here at the Jacobs School, was writing his dissertation, he realized his experiences had led him to …

HoloLens Hands-On: How We Built An App For Microsoft’s Augmented Reality Headset

Microsoft’s HoloLens is no joke. We’ve now tried the company’s latest revision of its unreleased augmented reality headset and even built an app for it. The new hardware, which Microsoft also showcased during its Build developer conference keynote yesterday, feels very solid and the user experience …

Augmented Reality

Aluminum-Ion Batteries Are Flexible, Fast-Charging, And Won't Catch On Fire

But don't expect to find them in Costco just yet<p>Almost all of the electronic devices that we carry around with us all day now rely on one key, but increasingly antiquated, technology: the lithium-ion battery. A mainstay of rechargeable power for the last couple decades, this battery technology has …

Replace Your Eyeballs With Synthetic Ones

Vision would no longer have to be #nofilter<p>Our eyes are such elegant, complex, specialized organs that their existence seems almost hard to believe--Darwin himself called their evolution “absurd.” But that doesn’t mean they’re perfect; eyes sometimes don’t focus correctly, they break down over …

16 Ways to Create Your Own Happiness at Work | Inc.com

Let's face it, happiness and work do not tend to go hand in hand. A 2013 Gallup study, which reported data from more than 180 million people, found that just 13 percent of us consider ourselves to be "happily engaged at work."<p>Those who do rate themselves as happy are 36 percent more motivated, six …

Happiness

Lessons For The Future From The World's First Smartwatch

The world’s fashion magazines wait for the Apple Watch. Pebble and Kickstarter are pushing the $20 million dollar project of the Pebble Time and the Pebble Steel. Google and its partners are wondering what happens next with Android Wear. But long before these technological marvels, wearable …

The best animation apps for iPhone and iPad

From bringing your pictures to life to creating your own masterpiece or making your own animation video, this list has you covered. These apps range …