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​Samsung turns IBM's brain-like chip into a digital eye

IBM created a computer chip that works like a brain. Now, Samsung has used it to create a biologically inspired digital eye.<p>The IBM chip, called TrueNorth, is built of 4,096 tiny computing cores that form about a million digital brain cells and 256 million connections. Together they act like the …

These futuristic headphones transmit sound through your skull [Deals]

Imagine walking around listening to your music without buds blocking your ears, keeping you present and aware in the place you’re standing. That’s exactly what bone-conduction headphones offer, like this Bluetooth-enabled set by KOAR. Instead of air, they use your skull as the medium to transmit …

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Science Says 92 Percent of People Don't Achieve Their Goals. Here's How the Other 8 Percent Do

If you're serious about goal setting, here's what the high achievers know that you may not.<p>Did you know that a staggering 92 percent of people that set New Year's goals never actually achieve them? That's according to research by the University of Scranton.<p>I've done it many times, and if you're …

These 3D-Printed Cameras Are So Tiny They Can Be Injected Into Your Brain

The medical and surveillance applications are enormous.<p>This teeny little camera lens from the University of Stuttgart is so small it can be slipped over the tip of a strand of fiber optic. The three-lens camera, which can focus as close as 3 millimeters, is so tiny that it can be injected—complete …

Science: Here's How You Motivate People to Do Really Boring Tasks

Recent research reveals the best way to motivate your team to do donkey work.<p>Every job in the world has boring bits. That's true no matter how impressive the job title or exciting the industry. So as a manager, how do you best motivate your people to slog through the necessary but stultifying …

Toddler-Proof Your iPhone With This Quick Trick

In a parental pinch, iPhones and iPads make great pacifiers. That’s not to say you should let junior put Apple devices in his or her mouth, but their …

Want to Be Unforgettable? Science Says Do This

People forget up to 90 percent of what you communicate. Fortunately, there's something you can do about that.<p>Believe it or not, researchers have found that we forget up to 90 percent of the new information we receive--whether it's in a one-on-one meeting with our boss, or in a large industry …

A Microsoft exec thinks banner ads won't exist on mobile in 3 years

"Millennials ... are likely to sacrifice their privacy. However, they're not going to do that for banners. Why would you? There has to be a value exchange there: good contextually relevant content," Patel explained at Advertising Week Europe in London on Monday.<p>"I think this whole word 'banner' …

Scientists grow working human beta cells that can cure diabetes in mice

By on April 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm<p>Researchers from the Salk Institute have announced an exciting new breakthrough that could lead directly to a cure — …

Behavior Science Discovers Productivity Boosters

<i>(Photo: New employees arrive at the campus of Amazon in Seattle. Ruth Fremson/The New York Times)</i><p><b>Behavior Science Discovers Productivity Boosters--and you already know two of them.</b><p>There are some people who pretend at productivity, whose résumés appear impressive until you realize their greatest …

Scientists Have Grown Human Heart Tissue from Skin Cells

The advance in bioengineering could lead to growing organs for patients from their own genetic material.<p>Medical researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have successfully used stem cells to grow functioning heart tissue, a major step toward bioengineering organs for people in need of …

Lifetime breakthrough promising for low-cost and efficient OLED displays and lights

With just a tiny tweak, researchers at Kyushu University greatly increased the device lifetime of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) that use a …

MIT scientists develop flexible solar cells as light as soap bubbles

<b>Boston:</b> MIT scientists have developed the thinnest, lightest flexible solar cells ever produced that could be placed on almost any material or …

Japan Casinos Off The Table Despite Favorable Cards

Often inscrutable Japan has taken the mystery out of the casino question for this year’s legislative session. Last month, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) declared the Integrated Resorts Promotion bill will not be introduced during the current sitting of the Diet. That makes the already …

Scientists turn skin cells into stem cells that kill brain cancer

For the first time, scientists have turned skin cells into cancer-hunting stem cells that destroy brain tumors known as glioblastoma. The discovery …

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

BuzzFeed: Days of Counting Pageviews and Unique Visitors Are Over

BuzzFeed stands out among both traditional and new media entities for its obsession with data related to the content it produces and how (and where) …

New Technology Brings Finger-Level Precision To VR

Leap Motion’s Orion lets developers create virtual reality apps that incorporate users’ finger movements.<p>Virtual reality is a great technology for putting users into immersive experiences, where they can look and play all around them. But although there are some tools for incorporating hands into …

How to turn your sluggish old Mac or PC into a faster Chromebook

This startup has created a modified version of Chromium that works with most hardware, and it's free<p>Earlier today we published a story about Neverware, a New York City startup that is helping schools refurbish old Windows PCs and Macs that had been abandoned as unusable, converting them into …

Doctors 3D-print 'living' body parts

<b>Custom-made, living body parts have been 3D-printed in a significant advance for regenerative medicine, say scientists.</b><p>The sections of bone, muscle and cartilage all functioned normally when implanted into animals.<p>The breakthrough, published in Nature Biotechnology, raises the hope of using living …

Barbie's Dreamhouse is now a full-on smart home, complete with Wi-Fi

We're still a few years away from the average person embracing a fully-connected smart home, but Barbie is an early adopter. Mattel unveiled at the …

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China’s coming crash could dwarf the great recession—says an investor who called 2008

China is heading for further financial chaos. In the near future the yuan could lose a third of its value against the dollar, the government would need to print more than $10 trillion to keep banks liquid, and financial institutions are set lose trillions of dollars in equity value.<p>That’s according …

Automakers in the age of extinction

In the next few decades, the transportation sector is going to be blown up in every conceivable way. This isn't some sort of idle, dramatic prediction: we're already hitting the leading edge of it, fueled by a convergence of technology, vast climate change, urbanization, and a generation ambiguous …

Foxconn says agreed with Sharp on most points of a takeover deal

OSAKA, Japan/TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan’s Foxconn is aiming to finalise a deal to acquire Japan’s Sharp Corp by the end of the month, after the two firms reached a consensus on most points, Foxconn Chief Executive Officer Terry Gou said.<p>The logo of Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision …

Physicists investigate the structure of time, with implications for quantum mechanics and philosophy

(Phys.org)—Although in theory it may seem possible to divide time up into infinitely tiny intervals, the smallest physically meaningful interval of …

The complex problem of ‘click spamming’

There is systemic install fraud in the app economy, according to business intelligence platform Adjust.<p>In a recent VentureBeat post, Adjust CTO Paul Muller revealed evidence suggesting that certain ad networks have been claiming “a good part” of genuine organic installs as their own.<p>Working with …

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Brazil's Rousseff signs amnesty to undeclared offshore assets

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday signed a bill that gives amnesty to holders of undeclared offshore assets in exchange for a fine, part of efforts to cut a swelling budget gap and revive investment in the recession-hit economy.<p>Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff …

Improved Version Of CRISPR Gene Editing Tool Eliminates Errors

It is not called CRISPEST, however<p>From curing genetic diseases to bringing back extinct species, the applications for gene editing tool CRISPR seem as limitless as the human imagination. And though the enzyme complex is more precise and easier to use than many of its predecessors, it occasionally …

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Here's how Gorilla Glass could come to your car, walls, and fridge

Gene editing treats disease in mice

<b>Researchers in the US have used gene editing to treat mice with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.</b><p>A team at Duke University used a system known as CRISPR-Cas9 to delete DNA that was preventing cells from producing a protein essential for muscle function.<p>And a virus was used to deliver DNA alterations …