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This quarter-sized chip platform could power future Android Wear devices

While Intel has backtracked on its "Edison" chip size claims, another Android Wear partner is claiming that its system-on-chip <i>is</i> the size of the proverbial SD card. Imagination Technologies (MIPS) has just revealed the Newton platform based on its MIPS architecture, built by chip-making partner …

Scientists just took a major step toward making life from scratch

For the first time, researchers have synthesized a eukaryotic chromosome in a lab<p>Synthetic biology has come a long way in recent years. In the last two decades alone, scientists have been able to go from synthesizing the genome of a relatively small virus, Hepatitis C, to creating what researchers …

Ahead Of Build, Tastes Of Microsoft’s Coming Platform Changes

Microsoft’s Build developer conference kicks off in a month, making it not surprising that we’re seeing increasing leaks and noise regarding platform changes the company is working on that may be unveiled at the shindig.<p>Over the past few days, the Windows Phone app emulator has caused chatter due …

The power of tears: Why Google has its eye on smart contact lenses

When the cronut craze swept across New York in early spring of last year, the only major inconvenience associated with Dominique Ansel's novel culinary confection was the pain of waiting in line to get it. For a responsible person living with Type 1 (or Type 2) diabetes, like my good friend Cara, …

Goodbye Twitter fridges, hello 3D-printed food

At CES 2014, the smartest home appliances aren't smart at all<p>CES has long been the best place in the world to find a bunch of insane and impractical home appliances. Last year saw the category reach its drunk-on-tech nadir, best exemplified by Samsung's incongruous efforts to push Evernote onto …

This 3-D Printer Will Make Clothes You’d Actually Wear

Electroloom has early designs for a 3-D printer that can make on-demand apparel. And with a new grant, it may be able to print ready to wear by year’s end.<p>So far, 3-D printed clothing has yet to produce truly wearable products. We’ve seen fashion-as-art, like Iris van Herpen’s creations, gimmicks, …

3D Printing

Cops can now shoot sticky GPS probes onto fleeing cars

Here’s a new device cops can use to catch bad guys: a compressed air gun that shoots sticky GPS balls at fleeing vehicles.<p>Mounted in the front of the …

Rat Made Supersmart -- Similar Boost Unsafe in Humans?

Matt Kaplan<br>for National Geographic News<p>November 12, 2009<p><b>By modifying a single gene, scientists have made Hobbie-J the smartest rat in the world, a new study says.</b><p>A similar gene tweak might boost human brainpower too, but scientists warn that there is such a thing as being too smart for your own …

More than decoration: the smart textiles of tomorrow | ZDNet

Tech-minded designers are adding futuristic spins on everything from carpets to jackets to wallpaper. Some designs will probably never go mainstream, …

Science has made real life Transformers | ZDNet

"Transformers" like the sentient ones in the fictional series don't exist yet, but MIT scientists have created modular robotic cubes that …

First child 'functionally cured' of HIV remains in remission, scientists announce

In March, a team of medical researchers revealed that a two-year-old patient had been "functionally cured" of HIV after undergoing unusually early treatment with antiretroviral drugs. The instance marked the second documented case of HIV remission, and was the first such case involving a …

DIY Gamer Kit Lets You Build And Program Your Own Handheld Games Console

If you have ever fancied building your very own handheld games console, a new kit has been created called the DIY Gamer Kit. Which is being created …

Here's What A Constantly Plugged-In Life Is Doing To Kids' Bodies

<i>Infographic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington Post.</i><p>If it seems like your kids are constantly plugged in, tapping away on their iPhones, obsessively gaming and SnapChatting way more than they're actually ... chat-chatting -- well, that's because they are. It's estimated that children ages 8 to …

FiLIP

FiLIP is a locator and wrist watch for kids. Using the FiLIP app, you pre-program 5 phone numbers that your child can call. Your child can scroll …

SEC Gets Closer to Opening Up Crowdfunding; Here’s the Proposal

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously voted to propose a set of rules on crowdfunding that would allow smaller …

Faster-Than-Light Drive

Instead of using rockets or thrusters, a craft equipped with warp drive would move by distorting space.<p>The warp drive proposed by Miguel Alcubierre would achieve faster-than-light speeds by distorting space-time. The device would generate a field of negative energy that would squeeze or stretch …

The off switch

With the Wi-fi out of action, children might even talk to their parents<p>For many parents struggling to control unmanageable offspring, sending them to bed without supper, like Max in Where the Wild Things Are, is no longer enough by way of punishment. These days, as we report today, the most …

Wait, can the Xbox One really run generalized Windows 8 apps? | Ars Technica

Short answer: "No, with a but." Long answer: "Maybe, with an if."<p>With only a few weeks until the Xbox One launches in North America, we're still …

Microsoft enables developers to add speech recognition to Windows 8 apps

Microsoft is continuing to flesh out its Bing developer platform with a new speech-recognition control, allowing coders to add speech input to their …

Beijing Will Test This Giant Smog-Devouring Pollution Vacuum

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde has designed everything from smart highways for the United Kingdom to a dance floor that generates electricity. But his …

Tissue engineering: Grow your own smart organs

Robert Langer thinks one day we could grow tissues and organs from our cells, which contain sensors that can alert you when illness is about to strike.<p>The idea behind tissue engineering is that you take plastics, add cells to it, and if you use the right kind of plastics and the right structure and …

Biomedical Engineering

Language-Translating Glasses For The Confused Tourist

Because you'll want to know the sign says "beware of bear" as soon as you see it.<p>For all the promise of mobile technology, there's still not a whole lot an intrepid adventurer can do to break the language barrier besides, well, learning the language. Your options short of that include: using those …