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Opinion: We’re on the cusp of the third digital revolution, and here’s how not to be left behind

Over the past 50 years, two digital revolutions — in communication and computation — have created unprecedented wealth and transformed how we live, …

Fabrication

These pocket-sized projectors pack a major big screen punch

Projectors are traditionally big noisy machines found in school classrooms or at the back of cinema auditoriums. Today, however, miniature …

Gear & Gadgets

Researchers 3D Print Acoustic Metamaterials That Can Block Sound Waves and Vibrations

Metamaterials, which can morph according to their environment, make up a new class of 3D printable, engineered surfaces which can perform …

Nanotech

China's new stealth fighter uses powerful materials with geometry not found in nature

Metamaterials can make the J-20 an extra stealthy electromagnetic force.<p>China's new fighter, the J-20, uses a combination of stealth and datalinks to compete with the best fighters on the planet. Now, state media says the country is also mass-producing metamaterials for the aircraft, which could …

Electromagnetism

There could be an entire line of Dyson electric cars

The vacuum cleaner tycoon is also pursuing solid-state battery technology<p>Best known for slick-looking vacuum cleaners and hand dryers, James Dyson has already stated his intentions to tackle a completely different machine — the electric car. Now, however, the inventor is looking to build more than …

Thanks, Boston Dynamics! We are doomed.

I’m sorry to inform you, but it appears the end is nigh.<p>Boston Dynamics, the robotics company now owned by SoftBank (and once deemed too creepy for Google to keep its hands on), released a new video today (Feb. 12) of its latest four-legged creation.<p>The video shows the latest iteration of its Spot …

Robotics

'Suddenly it was total mayhem': Australian inventors celebrate success of revolutionary bee hive

Three years ago, a father and son in Australia finally unveiled a device they had spent a decade inventing: a beehive that releases honey via a tap, without needing to handle the bees.<p>The pair, Stuart and Cedar Anderson, who live in the hinterland near Byron Bay in eastern Australia, an area …

Insects

Tessellated technology

Not ideally the first thing one would picture in mind upon hearing the words Honey Strip, but all in all this product is rather fascinating. Using …

Industrial Design

Cauldryn has made the swiss army knife of heated travel mugs

If you thought that the cutting edge of vacuum-insulated coffee mugs was to buy one in a color other than black then, boy, have we got news for you. Cauldryn Coffee is showing off its modular coffee cup that promises to revolutionize the way we carry around beverages. At its heart, is the coffee …

Fracture-resistant cement inspired by the spines of sea urchins

The natural world is a constant source of inspiration for scientists and engineers. The latest biologically influenced innovation comes from a team …

This temperature-control mug is the best product I've tried this year

Honestly, it changed my coffee drinking habits.<p>It's fascinating how little, everyday frustrations can stick in your brain forever. Like why isn’t there an apparatus that breaks spaghetti in half without throwing shards of raw noodle all over your kitchen? Or why aren't there half-size spaghetti …

Coffee

3D printing makes stainless steel three times stronger

The new printing process has the potential to revolutionize how we manufacture steel.<p><i>Video: New 3D printing technique creates stronger stainless steel</i><p>…

Your schedule could be killing you

Viktor Koen<p>Modern lifestyles are at war with the way our bodies evolved to function.<p>It is 7 p.m. on a spring Friday, and the Highland Hospital emergency room in Oakland, one of the busiest trauma centers in northern California, is expecting. When the patient—a young bicyclist hit by a car—arrives, …

Northern California

An academic publisher is trying to kill Sci-Hub, the “Pirate Bay of science”

The academic publishing business is starting to look a bit like the music industry did in the late 1990s. Publishers have steadily raised the cost to access journal articles in recent years, and free alternatives to their high-priced subscription model—both legal and illegal—have started to spring …

Social Sciences

3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet rewrites the history of maths - and shows the Greeks did not develop trigonometry

A 3,700-year-old clay tablet has proven that the Babylonians developed trigonometry 1,500 years before the Greeks and were using a sophisticated method of mathematics which could change how we calculate today.<p>The tablet, known as Plimpton 332, was discovered in the early 1900s in Southern Iraq by …

Mathematics

Mighty fills an iPod shuffle-sized hole for Spotify subscribers

Everything that’s old is new again. That’s how the tech game is played. Products evolve and leave vacuums for new startups to rush in and fill. For Mighty, the long, slow death of the MP3 player presented just such an opening.<p>The company launched a Kickstarter last year with the promise of …

Gear & Gadgets

This New Tire Has No Air And Is 3D Printed From Biodegradable Materials

The VISION, a new tire-wheel combination from Michelin, means the clean car of the future can have clean tires, as well.<p>In recent years, there’s been an undeniable explosion in talk about the automobile of the future. It’ll be self-driving, we imagine, powered by electricity instead of gas. It’ll …

5 Mind-Bending Experiments That Show Where Creativity Is Headed Next

Researchers showed off new tools to augment human creativity at Siggraph, the year’s biggest computer graphics conference.<p>Every year, the Association for Computing Machinery hosts a conference called Siggraph where artists, researchers, designers, and developers show off their work on computer …

The strange topology that is reshaping physics

Topological effects might be hiding inside perfectly ordinary materials, waiting to reveal bizarre new particles or bolster quantum computing.<p>Charles …

9 Things All Great Cooks Do in the Kitchen

Becoming a professional chef takes years of learning and refining techniques, and for those who love to cook as a hobby, your skills improve with …

Desktop Metal gets $115 million in funding to deliver metal 3D printing for manufacturing

Desktop Metal has already earned a number of fans with its 3D printed metal technology — Lowe’s, Caterpillar and BMW were all among its earliest clients. As first noted by CNBC, the Massachusetts-based startup is also getting some healthy monetary support, adding $115 million of venture funds to …

Ravens are so smart it’s actually kind of disconcerting, new study finds

Unlike so many of us, they actually plan for the future.<p>A flock of ravens ravaging a carcass may technically be called an unkindness, but the real unkindness is using that term. Everyone is always hating on the smarty pants, but ravens are not terrifying. Do they have sharp, curved beaks that they …

Ravens

Chinese scientists just teleported an object into Earth's orbit for the first time

Since then, the process has become a standard operation in quantum optics labs around the world. In fact, just last year, two teams conducted the world's first quantum teleportation outside a laboratory.<p>Now, researchers in China have taken the process a few steps further: They successfully …

The world's first wireless charging laptop is a Dell, and it's as cool as your dad

No offense to Apple, but the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar hasn't been the game-changer we originally thought it would be. Most people now agree it's a …

Stop Using PowerPoint, Harvard University Says It's Damaging Your Brand And Your Company

PowerPoint, the much maligned and misused presentation platform, is harming people’s perception of you and your brand, according to new research from Harvard University. The research team at Harvard conducted a double-blind study to answer the immortal question: “How effective is PowerPoint as a …

Public Speaking

The Unique Science of Left-Handedness

Being a lefty goes beyond just a hand preference.<p>Steak knives, scissors, writing desks, and power tools: If you bring any of these things up around …

Roomba creator wants to do for gardens what he did for your floors

Let's be honest: while planting your garden can be fun, weeding it usually isn't. Not unless you enjoy crouching down for long stretches, anyway. You might not have to endure the drudgery for too much longer, though. Roomba co-creator Joe Jones and Franklin Robotics are launching Tertill, a robot …

Gardening

China's new submarine engine is poised to revolutionize underwater warfare

It looks a lot like 'Red October' in real life.<p>In Tom Clancy's book (and, later, the 1990 film) <i>The Hunt For Red October,</i> a Soviet submarine debuts a revolutionary, ultra-quiet engine that uses pumpjets and electrical propulsion technology to elude its foes. Chinese state media has reported that the …

Military

Draper’s DragonflEye cyber-bug takes flight

Back in January we heard about Draper’s efforts to outfit a living dragonfly with a sort of solar-powered mind control backpack. This project, known as DragonflEye, is cruising right along, and the R&D firm just released a video of the modified insect taking flight.<p>The idea is to control a living …

Robots copy their coolest moves from animals

Cheetahs, ostriches, octopi, cockroaches and humans.<p>For decades, robot makers have turned to animals to help them understand how to build a machine that can travel over Earth’s diverse terrain.<p>“Almost any animal you can imagine has been used as inspiration for robots,” says Aaron Johnson, a …