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Craig Venter’s ‘digital-to-biological converter’ is based on real science

June 16th, 2017 at 8:27 am » Comments Off

Right now, it prints proteins. In the far future, it could print human babies on Mars. Craig Venter and Elon Musk have even discussed how printed life could help terraform Mars.



Artificial intelligence can now predict suicide with incredible accuracy

June 11th, 2017 at 8:11 pm » Comments Off

When someone commits suicide, their family and friends can be left with the heartbreaking and answerless question of what they could have done differently. Colin Walsh, data scientist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, hopes his work in predicting suicide risk will give people the opportunity to ask “what can I do?” while there’s still a […]



Robot completes 2-hour brain surgery in just 2.5 minutes

May 21st, 2017 at 5:59 am » Comments Off

Brain surgery is precision business, and one slip can spell doom for affected patients. Even in one of the most skilled jobs in the world, human error can still be a factor. Researchers from the University of Utah are looking to provide less opportunity for those errors to occur. A robot that the team is […]



Ray Kurzweil predicts computers will be as smart as humans in 12 years

April 4th, 2017 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

12 years. That’s how long Google’s Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil thinks it will take for computers to reach human levels of intelligence. Singularity Is Coming “By 2029, computers will have human-level intelligence,” Kurzweil said in an interview at the SXSW Conference with Shira Lazar and Amy Kurzweil Comix. Known as the Singularity, the event […]



Do certain sounds enrage you? Neurologists know why

February 24th, 2017 at 4:00 pm » Comments Off

If the sound of a co-worker repeatedly clicking his pen can send you into a flaming furor, take heart: You’re not being hypersensitive, and you’re not alone. Neurologists in the UK have spotted physical differences in the brains of people with this sound-related rage, although whether these differences are the cause or the result of […]



Students are zapping their brains for a boost

January 16th, 2017 at 6:12 pm » Comments Off

Last October, Matt Herich was listening to the news while he drove door to door delivering pizzas. A story came on the radio about a technology that sends an electric current through your brain to possibly make you better at some things — moving, remembering, learning. He was fascinated.



Ray Kurzweil’s three technologies that will define our future

January 6th, 2017 at 4:13 pm » Comments Off

Over the last several decades, the digital revolution has changed nearly every aspect of our lives. The pace of progress in computers has been accelerating, and today, computers and networks are in nearly every industry and home across the world.



Humans can now move robots just by thinking

December 23rd, 2016 at 10:59 am » Comments Off

Most robotic arm systems required a very complex and very invasive brain implant… until now. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a new system that requires only a sexy helmet and a bit of thinking, paving the way to truly mind-controlled robotic tools.



Scientists can remove fears from your brain

December 2nd, 2016 at 10:05 am » Comments Off

Can’t stand the sight of anything with eight legs? New technology could cure arachnophobes as scientists have worked out how to remove specific fears from the human brain.



Electrodes let you taste and chew in virtual reality

November 30th, 2016 at 6:26 pm » Comments Off

You’re having dinner in a virtual reality game. The banquet scene in front of you looks so real that your mouth is watering. Normally, you would be disappointed, but not this time. You approach the food, stick out your tongue – and taste the flavours on display. You move your jaw to chew – and […]



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