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L'Oreal to start 3D-printing skin

French cosmetics firm L'Oreal is teaming up with bio-engineering start-up Organovo to 3D-print human skin.<p>It said the printed skin would be used in product tests.<p>Organovo has already made headlines with claims that it can 3D-print a human liver but this is its first tie-up with the cosmetics …

3D Printing

New Liquid-Based 3D Printer Takes Minutes, Not Hours

Plus it has a real Terminator vibe<p>Rapid prototyping may soon get a whole lot more rapid, thanks to an entirely new method of 3D printing. Instead of taking hours to 3D-print something, it might soon take minutes.<p>The UNC-Chapel Hill researchers, who described their new process in the journal <i>Science</i>, …

Autodesk's new app lets kids design their own toys

3D printers can build anything from prosthetics and musical instruments to Hershey chocolates. But, even as the technology continues to make strides with materials (metal, concrete, etc.) and takes on full-fledged architectural projects, it seems to move further away from the reach of children. …

Terminator-style 3D printing grows objects from a pool of liquid

Carbon3D shows off a fascinating liquid-resin process that bypasses the typical layering approach of 3D printing.<p>Let's talk about layers. Traditional 3D printing involves a machine stacking layers of material to create a 3D object. This takes time and leaves ripples showing where those layers were …

Parrot Bebop drone review: bird's eye video without a sky-high price

Third-generation device generates good quality video for a reasonable length of time, but lacks precision control without the custom controller<p>The Parrot Bebop is a camera drone with a real focus on recording video and some seriously impressive image stabilisation. It is Parrot’s third generation …

Check In to Japan’s Creepy Robot Hotel

Nagasaki’s Henn-na Hotel will feature ten robotic, but startlingly human-like, members of staff. Now scientists are working on them being able to …

Robotics

Researchers Discover An Ancient Replica Of Our Solar System

The finding is good news for the search for intelligent alien life<p>Deep within the bowels of our Milky Way Galaxy, there is another solar system that is like a miniature replica of our own. Except this planetary system is just a tad older — by about 7 billion years.<p>Using images and data collected by …

6 tech trends for 2015 that will change our future

Technology and innovation can be frustrating to watch in action. That’s because there usually isn’t much action — just incremental change with …

NASA wants to build airship cities in the Venus sky

Since Venus is closer to Earth than Mars -- both in size and distance -- it would be a much more convenient candidate for manned exploration. There's just a slight hitch: the average temperature is 850 degrees F, and the atmosphere is 90 times denser than ours. In other words, you'd die in the …

Stretchy Artificial Skin Lets Prosthetic Hand Sense Heat, Humidity, and Pressure

It's so sophisticated, it can even tell the difference between a dry and soggy diaper<p>Prosthetic limbs that can be controlled by an amputee’s thoughts or muscle movements already exist. But what if they could also sense the environment and then send that information back to the amputee’s nervous …

Watch The Navy Destroy A Drone With Lasers

Zap!<p>With a flick of a videogame-like controller, the sailor locks the laser onto the drone in mid-air. Within seconds, there’s a flash of light and sparks, and the drone nosedives straight into the ocean, the latest victim of the U.S. Navy’s new Laser Weapon System (or LaWS). The laser, mounted on …

Why Thousands Of People Are Willing To Die On Mars

More than 200,000 aspiring space explorers volunteered for a one-way trip to Mars. Are they insane?<p><i>Editor's note: Mars One recently narrowed its pool of candidates to 100 people--many of whom we featured in the November 2014 issue (part of which exists here). We've reposted this story for your</i> …

Another flying car prototype is ready to take off

Since the 20s, inventors have been promising flying cars as part of humanity's glorious future, only to back off once they start grappling with issues like fuel efficiency and safety standards. But along the way, they've produced some remarkable prototypes, getting slightly more plausible every …

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The windowless plane set for take-off in a decade

UK developer working on replacing heavy aircraft windows with uber-light smartscreen panels to cut fuel consumption and slash air fares<p>Finally, the flying car may have landed<p>It is a glimpse into the future that will inspire wonder in some people but perhaps strike terror into the heart of the …

Will Your Next Best Friend Be A Robot?

Robots can already vacuum your house and drive your car. Soon, they will be your companions.<p>The Japanese crowd sits hushed and somber as the character on stage turns away from his co-star, an actress seated on the floor in front of a small table. He lowers his head, then turns to face the audience …

The future has arrived: the sci-fi inventions that have become reality

Tractor beams, hoverboards and invisibility cloaks were once just futuristic impossibilities. Not any more<p>Hey, Marty McFly! Hoverboard available on Kickstarter for $10,000<p>They are the inventions and happenings that were once only dreamt up in the pages of fantasy novels and the far-flung corners of …

​Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin has struck a deal with Boeing and Lockheed to build space rockets

Wondering why NASA gave Boeing the lion's share of its space taxi funding? Jeff Bezos could have something to do with it. Shortly after NASA awarded Boeing $4.2 billion in funding, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> claimed the company padded its bid with a partnership with Bezos' Blue Origin. Turns out, the …

Lockheed Martin's 360-degree laser turret gets cleared for take-off

Lockheed Martin has an affinity for lasers -- that much is apparent. Not satisfied with simply having ground-based energy weapons, though, the outfit has recently tested its airplane-mounted death ray over the skies of America's High Five, Michigan. The Aero-optic Beam Control (or ABC, as its …

Do sleepy teens need later school start times? Pediatricians say yes

If you thought trying to get a groggy teenager out of bed in time for school each morning was your own private struggle, you thought wrong.<p>The<p>American Academy of Pediatricsdeclared the chronic sleepiness of our nation's teenagers a public health issue in a policy statement Monday. And to help fix …

Pediatrics

Youth e-cigarette use rising; heart group calls for regulation

Are electronic cigarettes a bridge to help people quit smoking or a gateway to start smoking young? Either way, a leading heart health organization says it's high time that federal laws prohibit the sale of these devices to minors, and it recommends that e-cigarettes be regulated along with …

Public Health

A Beautiful Mind: Can Ariel Garten's Brain Wave Interface Improve Your Outlook On Life?

When science and art intersect<p>In college, Ariel Garten started a clothing line that took its inspiration from neuroscience. She hooked people up to an electroencephalograph (EEG) to record their brain waves, then emblazoned T-shirts with the spiky patterns reflecting their mental activity. She also …

Transformer jet is like the Optimus Prime of planes

BAE Systems unveils fascinating new concept aircraft that transform, self-heal, can 3D-print UAVs, and have concentrated laser beams to disable enemy missiles.<p>If Autobots were stealth jets, this is probably what they'd look like.<p>The aircraft concept straight out of our science fiction dreams comes …

Extreme sports drone follows you for gnarly aerial filming

An autonomous drone for filming extreme sports has smashed its $50,000 (£30,000) Kickstarter target in less than 24 hours, raising over $250,000 …

High-speed maglev toys are coming in 2015

Takara Tomy promised us that maglev technology would make its way to playsets next year, when we spoke at this year's Tokyo Toy Show. It had two very different toys on hand, one a train that the company claims can reach up to 600 KPH (relative to its scale, at least). To our untrained eyes, all we …

If This Is What Spaceships Will Look Like In 100 Years, You’re Going To Want To Get In Line Now

If we’re going to ever settle down away from this planet, we’re going to need spaceships like these–essentially living systems that can fly through space–to help get us there and keep us alive.<p>Within 100 years, humans may venture beyond the solar system. What would it take to make it possible to …

Sustainability

Move Over 3-D Printing, The Future Is Objects That Morph And Shift Shape

We’re a long way from Ikea bookcases that put themselves together, but the idea of having programmable, self-assembled “4-D printed” objects isn’t as far off as you think.<p>Airplane wings that change form in response to air pressure and temperature. Flat-pack furniture that self-assembles when you …

3D Printing