Alex Larsson

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Wasp Zombifies Ladybugs Using Virus as Bio-Weapon—a First

A parasitic wasp deploys a virus to enact a sinister mind-control strategy.<p>A tiny parasitic wasp injects a virus into ladybugs that turns them into zombie bodyguards for its young, a new study says.<p>The discovery of <i>Dinocampus coccinellae</i>'s secret biological weapon, and its bizarre effect on the …

Biology

Google Added A Puppy To Its Creepy Robot Family

Boston Dynamics has given its humanoid robot a terrifying—but cute—new best friend.<p>Spot is the latest effort from Boston Dynamics, the Google-owned robotics company known for creating the freaky humanoid robot Atlas and the four-legged automaton originally known as Big Dog. Announced via YouTube …

Scientists Hack Into a Cockroach's Nervous System and Control Its Movements

Take a left, cyborg roach<p>Cyborg cockroaches (yes, totally a real thing) have received an upgrade: Scientists can now tap directly into their central nervous system and control their bodily functions, which is in no way unsettling. It's something you could (almost) make at home.<p>Using a cheap …

Texas A&M

IKEA launches furniture that wirelessly charges smartphones and tablets

<b>News:</b> Swedish furniture giant IKEA has incorporated induction-charging stations into products from its latest collection, which will allow users to …

Furniture

Sugru: The Most Handy DIY Tool You've Probably Never Heard Of

The miraculous moldable glue known as Sugru is perfect for everything from repairing busted iPhone cables to improving kitchen appliances, and even …

New MakerBot 3D printing materials imitate stone, wood and metal

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: MakerBot<p>3D printing is slowly moving out of plastics and into, well, anything. MakerBot got in on the shift Tuesday at …

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

High School

Move Over Tesla, this New Car is Powered by Salt Water and Has Over 900 Horsepower

In a breakthrough that is bound to catch the attention of the oil industry and even electric car makers, a company has just gained approval for its …

10 best apps to train your brain

Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.<p>"Stress and anxiety are among the most pressing and far-reaching public health problems we face," says …

3D Printing Is Comfortably Correcting How We Heal

On a scale from 1-10, the hype about the potential of 3D printing has reached a fevered mark deserving a Spinal Tap-ian “11”. But where the …

How New York City's Hottest Bar Was Made

<i>This is Made & Crafted, a series that explores distinctive restaurant and bar design.</i><p>About six months into operating food and beverage for The NoMad Hotel on Broadway at 28th Street in Manhattan, partners Will Guidara and chef Daniel Humm realized they had a problem. The team had encountered two …

How to run the world's best bar

Words by: Jane Ryan<p><b>The top ten bars in the world all have a few common threads, most importantly the way their guests feel as they leave the venue:</b> …

A Coach Flight That Doesn’t Suck? Just Wait Until 2018

The Embraer 2 cabin, to hit the skies in 2018, has slimmer, roomier seats, 40% more space for luggage, and more.<p>The design of airplane cabins has come a long way since the early days of commercial flying, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement, as anyone who’s battled for elbow room or …

Hilla Shamia Melds Aluminum With Wood In Her Striking Furniture Designs - The Fox Is Black

Creating surprising combinations in furniture design seems to be the biggest challenge these days. Hilla Shamia, an Israel based industrial designer, …

Beautiful Hybrid Creatures Combine Organisms and Machines

Artist Gaby Wormann reimagines living organisms as if they were combined with machines. Using the bodies of tarantulas, crabs, winged insects, and more, she adds gears, springs, and other mechanics to their fragile forms. The incredible works are intricately constructed and beautifully fuse organic …

Augmenting reality in the name of soft drink sales! http://www.phenoptix.com/...

Augmenting reality in the name of soft drink sales! …

Facebook’s DeepFace Project Nears Human Accuracy In Identifying Faces

Facebook has reached a major milestone in computer vision and pattern recognition, with ‘DeepFace,’ an algorithm capable of identifying a face in a crowd with 97.25 percent accuracy, which is pretty much on par with how good the average human is (97.5 percent accurate) at recognizing the faces of …

Giant glass biodomes could help revive endangered species

A green, tree-lined valley in Yeongyang-gun, South Korea could soon be turned from a picturesque slice of nature into a scene out of a sci-fi film, complete with giant glass domes encapsulating the landscape. Despite disrupting nature in the short term, the plan is actually a national research and …

Futuristic Paddle Shapeshifting Smartphone Inspired by Rubik’s Puzzle

When all major electronic manufacturers try to design and develop new type of screens which are flexible and super thin, a research team from Hasselt …

How Researchers Built An Invisibility Cloak For Sound

Duke University researchers invent a cloak-like structure that could be used to improve everything from defense technology to acoustics in concert halls.<p>Technology for an invisibility cloak hasn’t yet been perfected, but researchers at Duke University have just invented what they’re calling the …

The Most Unfortunate Design Flaws in the Human Body

Sometimes evolution is stupid, and the human body is proof. Here are the most problematic physical and behavioral "scars of evolution" we humans have …

Do Plants Sleep?

I’ve been thinking a lot about sleep lately, mostly because I wrote a story on the topic for the March issue of Popular Science. Sleep, of course, is a key part of our lives as humans. We do it every night (or at least we should). We also see other animals sleep, from our pet dogs snoozing at our …

The CUPID drone strikes with 80,000 volts to the chest

Future shock<p>In a studio in downtown Austin, we're tasing a dummy. We've been instructed to stand back and not to move at all during the test itself, which consists of a six-pronged copter-drone flying closer and closer to a silver mannequin, before it shoots a pair of electrocuted barbs into the …

New 3D printer can print in carbon fiber

A Boston startup has introduced the first 3D printer capable of printing in carbon fiber, the super-strong and lightweight material used in race cars and space shuttles. After a year of stealth development, the Mark One printer from Mark Forged was unveiled at the SolidWorks 3D-printing expo this …

Eye-Opening Portraits of Living Conditions for Animals in Zoos

<i>Captive</i> is a powerful series by Washington D.C.-based Canadian photographer Gaston Lacombe that takes a look at animals in zoos and their living environments. Shooting his images from the perspective of any regular visitor, Lacombe manages to capture portraits of creatures, big and small, confined …

Energy Source of the Future: Bacteria

A few years ago, architecture firm MADLAB created quite a stir with their Bacterioptica chandelier, above, where illumination from the fiber optic …

These Self-Assembling Blocks Will Make Real-Life Transformers Possible

Imagine 3-D printing, without a 3-D printer. MIT’s robotic M-Blocks could change the landscape of design forever. Here’s how.<p>The M-Blocks, created by John Romanishin at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, are self-assembling robots that move themselves around like magnetic …