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Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was long thought absent, …

Neuroscience

Injecting Electronics Into Brain Not as Freaky as it Sounds

No need to wait for the cyborg future—it’s already here. Adding to a growing list of electronics that can be implanted in the body, scientists are working to perfect the ultimate merger of mind and machine: devices fused directly to the brain.<p>A new type of flexible electronics can be injected …

The Brain

Audi Just Created Fuel Using Only Air And Water, ‘Blue Crude’ To Revolutionize Pollution-Free Travel

Audi might just have revolutionised pollution-free transportation after it was revealed that the company created diesel from just water and air.<p>The …

Robots Used In Long-Distance Surgery Can Easily Be Hacked

Telemedical security could really use a facelift<p>In 2001, a doctor in New York completed what may seem like a routine surgery to remove a patient’s gallbladder. But in fact that procedure wasn’t routine at all, because the patient was in France. That was the first successful long-distance robotic …

More than a third of infants are using smartphones, tablets, study says

Have you ever been befuddled by a feature of your iPhone, only to have your 6-year-old show you how it works? A new study helps explain how this happens.<p>Most children have been using smartphones and digital tablets practically since birth -- literally. Fully 36% of parents who answered a recent …

Parenting

Smartphones could be charged in 60 seconds with new battery

An iPhone 6 takes around two hours to charge but could be full of power in a minute if fitted with a new aluminium battery<p>Smartphones could be charged in less than one minute after scientists at Stanford University invented an aluminium battery so powerful it could revolutionise the industry.<p>The …

Clean Energy

Facebook is planning to test its 747-sized internet drones this summer

Facebook's ambitious plan to bring internet to the entire world with a fleet of broadband-beaming unmanned aerial vehicles has taken a step closer to fruition. The company's vice president of engineering, Jay Parikh, told <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> that Facebook is planning "a real test flight" of its …

Project Loon

Penis transplant declared successful for the first time in history

'We've proved that it can be done.'<p>For the first time in medical history, a penis transplant has been declared successful, doctors at the Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital in South Africa announced today. The man in question lost the organ three years ago because of complications …

South Africa

Rise of the robots: how long do we have until they take our jobs?

Google’s Ray Kurzweil predicts robots will reach human levels of intelligence by 2029 – if they overcome current limitations<p>They have mastered the art of poker, helped write a cookbook and can cope with a basic conversation. The decision by a Japanese bank to staff their frontdesk with a bevy of …

Red meat triggers toxic immune reaction which causes cancer, scientists find

Scientists at the University of California discovered that the human body views red meat as a foreign invader and launches an immune response<p>Red meat has been linked to cancer for decades, with research suggesting that eating large amounts of pork, beef or lamb raises the risk of deadly tumours.<p>But …

Immunotherapy

Scientists pledge to increase interference with the Church

UK Church groups have recently been criticised for campaigning against the legalisation of mitochondrial donation. As their efforts failed, a group of emboldened scientists has vowed to turn the tables and interfere with matters of religion<p>The Catholic Church and Church of England have recently …

AP's 'robot journalists' are writing their own stories now

Minutes after Apple released its record-breaking quarterly earnings this week, the Associated Press published (by way of <i>CNBC</i>, <i>Yahoo</i>, and others) "Apple tops Street 1Q forecasts." It's a story without a byline, or rather, without a <i>human</i> byline — a financial story written and published by an automated …

Human-Like Robots Are Getting Jobs

At the Consumer Electronics Show, a crowd gathered around Chihira Aico, a life-sized robot in a pink party dress who was standing at the Toshiba booth. At first, the android stood perfectly still, like a mannequin in a window display. But there was something odd about her, even though she looked …

Robotics

This 3D printed plastic dress flows like fabric

Gallery: This 3D printed plastic dress flows like fabric<p>Gallery: This 3D printed plastic dress flows like fabric<p>+ 3<p>+ 2<p>+ 1<p>The design studio Nervous …

9 Wearables Totally Changing the Medical Industry

When someone says “wearables” you naturally think about fitness and health wearables or smartwatches. These wearables can relay notifications to you or track your calories burned — which is cool and all — but the medical industry has been making their own amazing advancements in wearable …

Medical Technology

Tech and Science

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Science

3 Girls Won The Google Science Fair With A Bacteria-Based Plan To Solve The Food Crisis

"By the year 2050 we actually need 50 percent more food just to feed everyone," Emer Hickey, one of the three winners, told Scientific American.<p>Hickey worked with her classmates Ciara Judge and Sophie Healy on their project. The three teenage girls, who live in Ireland, were simultaneously learning …

Agriculture

Scientists Find That Martian Soil Is Actually Pretty Good For Growing Stuff

Now our space settlers can have local, organic produce. It just might not be super healthy.<p>Dutch ecologist Wieger Wamelink couldn’t believe what he was seeing. There, in one of the 840 pots he had been monitoring since April, a mustard plant had sprouted a greenish knob. <i>No, this can’t be</i>, he …

Gardening

New Oculus Rift prototype brings out the best in virtual reality

Presence. It's the ability of VR headsets to fool your mind and body into thinking that you are actually in a virtual world, and that experience is what Oculus seeks to deliver with its latest prototype. Code-named Crescent Bay, it's an evolution of the DK2 headset that only recently started making …

Google vs The DMV: How To Test A Self-Driving Car

See copies of the results of the Google car's driving test at a Nevada DMV<p>In May 2012, Google's self-driving car underwent a classic American teenage ritual. It took a driving test at a DMV. The car passed, but apparently not without a little lobbying from its parent.<p>As state officials have …

Super cheap diaper insert alerts parents to dehydration and more

As a new parent, there are some issues that I can't see with the naked eye. Things like dehydration and bacterial infections can go unnoticed in little tykes, but there's a group of engineering students that's are looking to help. A team from University of California, Riverside developed The Diaper …

Stonehenge researchers discover site is much larger than previously thought

Researchers find series of hidden chapels, burial mounds and ritual shrines, transforming view of historic area<p>Dry spell at Stonehenge reveals secret that has eluded archaeologists<p>Stonehenge stood at the heart of a sprawling landscape of chapels, burial mounds, massive pits and ritual shrines, …

Alzheimer's Is Type 3 Diabetes

The idea that Alzheimer's is a form of diabetic disease has been gaining currency in medical circles for almost ten years. The accumulated evidence …

Diabetes

Could technology replace you at work and put wealth in the hands of the few?

There have always been fears about new technologies in the workplace. But what if automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence are bearing down on us at a faster rate than we ever anticipated?<p>Sure, jobs change over time. Doctors now use lasers, MRIs, and CAT scans — tools they didn’t have 50 …

Sony challenges Google Glass with its new 'Smart EyeGlass'

Sony’s prototype smartglasses use a built-in projector to display text and images in both eyes, and includes cooking and maps apps<p>Sony is developing a pair of smartglasses to rival Google Glass product, and has produced a slimmed-down pair of glasses with an integrated screen in the lens.<p>The Sony …

3D-printed wind turbine puts 300W of power in your backpack

For the most part, portable energy generators are intended for modest uses. They can charge your phone, but they won't drive high-powered laptops or small appliances. That might change if Omni3D gets its crowdfunded AirEnergy 3D off the ground. The 3D-printed wind turbine should fit into a …

Squid Protein Could Help Brains 'Talk' to Computers

Unfortunately it won't allow humans to squirt ink, at least not yet.<p>In the most advanced prosthetics--such as this crazy mind-controlled robotic arm--electronic hardware interfaces directly with nerves and muscles in the human body. But getting living tissue to play nice with a circuit board is …

How DNA Scissors Can Perform Surgery Directly On Your Genes

These gene-slicers may help tackle HIV, Alzheimer's, and brain cancer.<p>Jay Johnson’s DNA was cut into pieces. Tiny molecular scissors chopped it into slices the cell couldn’t readily repair. The cell did its best at a speedy patch-up job, but the gene was left effectively useless. As the battered …

An E-Cig That Tells You How Much You’ve Increased Your Life Expectency With Every Puff

Forget for just a moment that e-cigarettes contain several of the same toxic substances in regular cigarettes but in higher quantities such as carbon monoxide, heavy metals and <i>several</i> substances used in antifreeze known to cause cancer. Smokio claims to be the first connected e-cig to actually add …

How Candy Crush gets you hooked - six addictive tricks

From colour theory to cultural awareness, psychologist Dr Simon Moore explains the compulsion secrets hidden in mobile games like Candy Crush Saga<p>Casual games like Candy Crush Saga and Angry Birds may look simple, but underneath those bright colours, calming sounds and flashing messages, there's a …