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Bill Nye 'the Science Guy' gets political

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> On the eve of Earth Day, environmental activist Bill Nye told CNN that while everybody is more aware of climate change "than ever before," we still have a long way to go.<p>The science educator and engineer, who became an icon on his 1990s hit show "Bill Nye the Science Guy," …

Engineers have built a computer of water droplets to better manipulate matter

A team of bioengineers have created a computer that runs on water droplets. It’s not going to replace any of your gadgetry, but the goal is to use the logic behind a computer network to control and manipulate physical matter.<p>Essentially, very small droplets of water—carrying any number of chemical …

Nanotech

Holus Is A Tabletop Device That Turns Digital Media Into A 3D Hologram

Launched on Kickstarter this morning, Holus is a tabletop device that converts digital content into a 3D hologram. Created by H+ Technologies out of Vancouver, the campaign has nearly doubled its goal of $40,000 in its first 2 hours.<p>Don’t expect to use this to summon Obiwan with a seven-inch image …

Injectable, Flexible Mesh Picks Up Activity In Mouse Brains

Like a neural wiretap that could someday modify the brain<p>Ever since scientists figured out that the brain communicates via electricity, they've been trying to understand it--and manipulate it. Now a team led by researchers from Harvard University has developed an injectable mesh that can pick up …

Fortune.com

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Disney Uses Fabric Store Supplies to Build Robot Muscles

By coiling thread, shockingly strong arm muscles can be built<p>Using a braided bit of sewing string, Disney engineers have figured out a way to make strong muscles for robot arms, helping their automatons to grow even more life-like. They used conductive sewing thread, like that used in …

LightSail spacecraft declared a success after unfurling solar sail in orbit

Tiny privately funded vehicle will re-enter atmosphere after testing thin sails that could be used to gain propulsion from sun’s rays<p>A privately funded space project to demonstrate an innovative solar sail passed with flying colours despite a series of near-fatal technical issues, program managers …

Space Travel

Google's Robot Dog Shows Off Some New Tricks

See Spot jump.<p>Boston Dynamics builds robots so lifelike that demonstrations tend to send viewers deep into the uncanny valley, sputtering clichés about Skynet and saving the human race. In February, the advanced engineering company introduced a nimble four-legged creation called Spot that rebounds …

Bacteria-powered folding batteries could power paper biosensors

We've seen flexible displays for some time now, and engineers at Binghamton University developed an origami-inspired foldable battery. The folding part is great, but these batteries are also powered by bacteria and made from paper, providing an low-cost option for remote locales where resources are …

Virtual reality gym brings all the benefits of a strenuous workout

Need a spot of exercise but can’t face the gym? Love gaming but not the couch? Icaros could be the answer. Devised by German design company Hyve, the contraption is paired with a VR headset to bring physical activity to a virtual experience.<p>“You are balancing your centre of mass,” explains senior …

A Tanzanian engineer has built a customized water filter using nanotechnology

Despite Tanzania’s proximity to three major lakes almost half of it’s population cannot access potable water.<p>Groundwater is often the alternative, but the supply is not always clean. Mining waste (pdf, pg 410) and toxic drainage systems easily leak into fresh groundwater, leaving the water …

Snorkeling

15-Year-Old Boy Discovers New Planet 1,000 Light-Years From Earth

This is Tom Wagg. He’s an avid space buff, and at the age of 15, he achieved something most astronomers can only dream of.<p>He discovered a new planet.<p>According to the U.K.’s Keele University, Wagg was engaged in a work-experience program at the college two years ago when “he spotted the planet by …

Universe

GM CEO Mary Barra on Safety, Robot Cars and the Tesla Challenge at Code Conference 2015 (Video)

Walt quizzes the auto executive on how GM plans to adapt to the rapid tech coming for the car.<p>Tech has come for the cars. Platform companies are racing to stamp their software imprints on the car dashboard. Google, Tesla, Uber and a host of others are racing to build vehicles that run on their …

Sony shifts to pricey game rentals in UK PlayStation Now beta

Sony kicked off closed beta testing of its PlayStation Now game streaming service in the UK a couple of months ago, and now it's time to talk turkey. Beta participants previously had unrestricted access to the PS Now streaming catalogue, but Sony's just started experimenting with rental pricing. A …

Samsung’s foldable tablet could look like this

The Korean Intellectual Property Office just published a design patent that may give us a better idea of what to expect from Samsung’s future foldable devices.<p>Samsung applied for patent No. 30-0757696 in November 2013, and today the Korea Intellectual Property Office published it (via Dutch website</i> …

Mobile

Review: Drift Stealth 2 iPhone-controlled action cam

Action cams are a great way to relive fun experiences, and also provide the reassurance of video evidence should anything untoward happen while cycling. I’ve run a camera on my bikes for a few years now, my current one being the Garmin Virb Elite. The Drift Stealth 2 has a similar form-factor to …

An artificial leg which can feel and reduce pain

Every step which Wolfgang Rangger takes with his artificial leg is sending information to his brain. There is a hardly a hint of a limp in the Austrian’s walk and having the leg fitted has not prevented him pursuing many of his hobbies.<p>That’s because the artificial limb is fitted with small sensors …