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James Dyson Award-Winning Robotic Arm Can Make You Superhuman

A battery-powered robotic arm designed to give humans a power boost was declared winner of the 2013 James Dyson Award. The Titan Arm, devised by mechanical engineer students from the University of Pennsylvania, can help people lift an extra 40 pounds – or help those with back injuries rebuild and …

Nanosatellites Will Give Everyone Access To Space

In the future, everyone on Earth will have ubiquitous access to outer space. That might seem to be a bold statement or to border on science fiction, yet a glance back in time at the influence and trajectory of technology in our lives makes it seem almost inevitable.<p>The nascent commercial space …

A Look At Aereo: The Live Internet TV That's Scaring The Pants Off Broadcasters

Broadcasters like CBS and Fox are not happy about Aereo.<p>They've been suing the three-year-old startup, which is backed by billionaire media mogul Barry Diller, so far to no avail.<p>In the meantime, Aereo has expanded its service to more cities nationwide. It's available in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, …

Televisions

Meet Coin, a Card to Replace Every Swipeable Card in Your Wallet

Square Wallet. Google Wallet. PayPal. For many years, these mobile payment apps have been heralded as the successors to our overstuffed wallets and purses. Adoption of these services, however, have been slow. It’s driven one startup to launch a crowdfunding campaign for Coin, a physical card that …

IBM Opens Up Its Watson Cognitive Computer For Developers Everywhere

IBM may be locked in the middle of the cloud war against rivals such as Microsoft and Amazon, but it has leapfrogged its competitors in the push to make a commonplace out of cognitive computing (in which machines think for us and sometimes like us). Big Blue announced today it will begin offering …

This Real Life Version Of X-Ray Glasses Can See Through Your Skin

Evena Medical’s new Eyes-On Glasses System enables medical professionals to essentially peer underneath a patient’s skin in order to more easily locate veins for IV treatments.<p>Google Glass has received endless press coverage for its futuristic form factor and novel, consumer-friendly applications. …

Google Glass

Google Reveals Its 9 Principles of Innovation

Want to know what’s in Google’s secret sauce? Chief social evangelist Gopi Kallayil dishes out the tech giant’s success recipe.<p>Ever wonder what makes the Google the holy grail of productivity and creativity? There’s no magic in the drinking water at the Mountain View, CA company. The tech giant …

Google Street View

Forget Solar Panels: This Sun-Powered Light Doesn’t Need Electricity

A simple coating to a building’s windows can redirect incoming sunlight to where it’s needed–say, on a ceiling for an ambient glow or to a desk fixture so you can get to work.<p>Picture a dark, windowless office–the sort of depressing scene where telemarketers sit in cubicles or Peggy Olson first …

Watch: LG G Flex smartphone heals itself after being scratched

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: YouTube<p>The LG G Flex features a curved screen, but that isn’t even the weirdest thing about it. More interesting, I’d …

Bringing Back the Unconscious: The Latest Science on Awakenings

Hundreds of thousands of patients in the U.S. languish in unconsciousness, cut off from the world by severe brain injuries. But the latest research …

You Built What?! A Homemade Scanning Electron Microscope

The hardest DIY project ever<p>Ben Krasnow has built his share of odd contraptions, including a liquid nitrogen generator made from an air conditioner, and the "thirst extinguisher," a commercial-grade fire extinguisher that cools, carbonates, and dispenses his homemade beer. Now, for no other reason …

New ‘liquid metal’ will let you print circuits on paper, T-shirts, or even leaves

Three Chinese scientists say they’ve found a way to create a metal that’s liquid at room temperatures, can be printed as if it was ink in ordinary, everyday desktop printers, and will adhere to surfaces as diverse and supple as rubber, paper, cotton T-shirts, or a leaf off an oak tree.<p>Need an RFID …

Energy harvesting chips: The next big thing for a connected world

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>If you can imagine a world of connected sensors embedded in walls, roads and consumer goods you probably don’t want to imagine …

Brazil mulls use of balloons to bring internet to Amazon rainforest

Balloons equipped with radio transceivers could soon be bringing the internet to remote parts of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil<p>The airborne devices are said to provide the same connection speed as the 3G network from almost 800ft in the air.<p>The balloons, which aim to connect regions cut off by …

How Thieves Stole $1 Million In Bitcoins From A 'Bitcoin Bank'

The crooks walked away with 1,295 bitcoins, BIPs founder and CEO Kris Henriksen, told his customers via a post to the company's online forums. That's about $990,00 based on today's value of Bitcoins on Coindesk (about $760 per coin).<p>BIPs offered a service that lets merchants accept bitcoins and …

Digital Currency

How A Backpack That Converts To A Tent Is Tackling Homelessness

The founders of Backpack Beds wanted to design something that would be good enough to give Jesus himself.<p>A unique backpack that converts into a bed may be the key to easing just a few of the indignities faced by homeless people living on the street. Water- and windproof, the fire-retardant, …

Homelessness

Honda Is Working On Hydrogen Technology That Will Generate Power Inside Your Car

Although fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) are rare today, they may have what it takes to be very popular one day.<p>FCEVs run on hydrogen gas and oxygen, which an onboard fuel cell stack converts, via a chemical reaction, into electricity.<p>This version of the electric car offers the same performance …

Fuel Cell

Experimental 3D scanner creates clear images with almost no light

We've seen single-pixel cameras, and now MIT researchers have figured out how to create clear images of dimly-lit objects using single photons -- in 3D, no less. The technique doesn't involve any fancy new hardware, either, as the team worked with a standard photon detector that fired low-intensity …

PowerUp 3.0 Is A Bluetooth Module That Turns A Paper Plane Into A Lean, Mean App-Controlled Flying Machine

This embed is invalid<p>There’s something intrinsically appealing about a choreographed blend of low and high tech. To wit, meet PowerUp 3.0: a Bluetooth 4.0 device that turns a bog-standard paper airplane into, well, a smartphone-controlled lean, mean flying machine. Or so its makers claim. And if …

A rare event turns the Grand Canyon into Cloud City

That word "cyber" -- I do not think it means what you think it means

Today, cyber means war. But back in the 1990s, it meant sex — at least, the kind of sex you can have in a chat room. Why did the word change, and …

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

Google Forces CyanogenMod to Pull Its One-Click Installer

Well that didn’t last long. CyanogenMod today announced it has pulled its one-click installer from Google Play. The Google Play Support team informed the startup that its app is in violation of Google Play’s developer terms and advised it to “voluntarily remove the application, or they would be …

Will the UK Face a Mobile Spectrum Crunch by 2020?

Mobile spectrum is a key resource in keeping our smartphones, tablets, and other devices connected to the Internet. Without it, we simply wouldn’t have any connectivity whatsoever while away from a fixed-line.<p>Unfortunately, as well as being a key resource, it’s also an increasingly rare one. Mobile …

This Is Not a Photograph of Morgan Freeman

This incredibly realistic painting of Morgan Freeman was created with just one finger on an iPad Air, all in one layer.<p>Artist Kyle Lambert is a …