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Basic income could work—if you do it Canada-style

June 22nd, 2018 at 11:04 am » Comments Off

A Canadian province is giving people money with no strings attached—revealing both the appeal and the limitations of the idea. Dana Bowman, 56, expresses gratitude for fresh produce at least 10 times in the hour and a half we’re having coffee on a frigid spring day in Lindsay, Ontario. Over the many years she scraped […]



Ultrasound-powered nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood

June 13th, 2018 at 1:31 am » Comments Off

The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency aims to create a broad-spectrum detoxification robotic platform. MRSA bacterium captured by a hybrid cell membrane-coated nanorobot (colored scanning electron microscope image and black and white image below) (credit: Esteban-Fernández de Ávila/Science Robotics) Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed tiny ultrasound-powered nanorobots that can swim […]



Scientists find way to bend, stretch diamond

April 24th, 2018 at 9:51 am » Comments Off

WASHINGTON, April 19 (Xinhua) — An international team of researchers has found that diamond, the strongest of all natural materials, can bend and stretch much like rubber and snap back to its original shape. A study published on Thursday in the journal Science opened the door to a variety of diamond-based devices for applications such […]



Computer system transcribes words users “speak silently”

April 11th, 2018 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

MIT researchers have developed a computer interface that can transcribe words that the user verbalizes internally but does not actually speak aloud. The system consists of a wearable device and an associated computing system. Electrodes in the device pick up neuromuscular signals in the jaw and face that are triggered by internal verbalizations — saying […]



Researchers are developing a sustainable concrete alternative made of desert sand

April 3rd, 2018 at 9:16 am » Comments Off

The strength of bricks and concrete with half the carbon footprint Sand is the hidden ingredient of design. It’s used to make glass and computer chips, and to bulk and strengthen the concrete used in many of the buildings around us. Though it seems like an abundant resource, sand miners are depleting the gritty, building-grade […]



This $10,000 3D printed house can be built in 24 hours and is bigger than a studio apartment

March 14th, 2018 at 10:39 am » Comments Off

One of the less obvious products being unveiled this week at SXSW is a small concrete house. On the outside, it doesn’t look like anything particularly special, although the covered patio and spacious windows are less common on tiny poured-concrete buildings. That’s because the innovation isn’t in the structure or materials — it’s in the […]



XPRIZE Founder Peter Diamandis: ‘We’re Living at a Time When Individual Entrepreneurs Are More Powerful Than Governments’

March 14th, 2018 at 10:26 am » Comments Off

Peter Diamandis is the founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which designs and operates large-scale incentive competitions to, in essence, change the world. In the words of its own criteria, an Xprize must be bold, audacious, and achievable. It must target market failure, drive investment, and give birth to a new industry. And, […]



Elon Musk’s Boring Company gets preliminary permit for NYC-DC Hyperloop

February 25th, 2018 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

A 29-minute trip from D.C. to New York may seem too good to be true. And it very well may be. But that isn’t stopping Elon Musk from pushing forward with plans to build a Hyperloop along the eastern corridor.



Study: For those over 90, alcohol better than exercise for longevity

February 22nd, 2018 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

Cheers to life – seriously. When it comes to making it into your 90s, booze actually beats exercise, according to a long-term study led by University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas.



Edible electronics tattooed on your food could help track your health

February 16th, 2018 at 3:24 pm » Comments Off

The development of organic circuits that can be transferred onto food and pills paves the way for a new era of biomonitoring.



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