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Umbra Composit could scan the world in 3D to the detail of a single grain of sand

October 14th, 2018 at 8:02 am » Comments Off

Umbra shows a scan of Helsinki. Last year, Umbra unveiled a tool called The Composit that will let you upload a complex 3D model to the cloud and then view it on any device. Now, the Helsinki, Finland-based company is showing how it can create a huge web-based virtual model of a city that can put […]



Scientists have connected the brains of 3 people, enabling them to share thoughts

October 10th, 2018 at 10:48 am » Comments Off

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Neuroscientists have successfully hooked up a three-way brain connection to allow three people share their thoughts – and in this case, play a Tetris-style game. The team thinks this wild experiment could be scaled up to connect whole networks of people, and yes, it’s as weird as it sounds. […]



The ‘game-changing’ technique to create babies from skin cells just stepped forward

October 6th, 2018 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

Scientists in Japan made progress recently in the quest to combat infertility, creating the precursor to a human egg cell in a dish from nothing but a woman’s blood cells. The research is an important step toward what scientists call a “game-changing” technology that has the potential to transform reproduction. The primitive reproductive cell the […]



Why DNA is The most exciting programming language today

September 23rd, 2018 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

When Sean Parker was young, he cofounded Napster and changed the way we listen to music. In his twenties, he helped jump-start Facebook and changed the way we interact with each other. Now, at age 38, he’s set on changing something else: the way we treat disease. The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, which he […]



Tenfold improvement in liquid batteries mean electric car refuelling could take minutes

September 21st, 2018 at 10:14 am » Comments Off

Tenfold improvement in liquid batteries mean electric car refuelling could take minutes. Big companies from around the world have already shown interest in Prof. Lee Cronin’s energy-dense liquid battery. One of the biggest drawbacks of electric vehicles – that they require hours and hours to charge – could be obliterated by new type of liquid […]



Researchers discover a pattern to the seemingly random distribution of prime numbers

September 15th, 2018 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

The pattern has a surprising similarity to the one seen in atom distribution in crystals. Often known as “the building blocks of mathematics,” prime numbers have fascinated mathematicians for centuries due to their highly unpredictable and seemingly random nature. However, a team of researchers at Princeton University have recently discovered a strange pattern in the […]



Who needs ink cartridges? Harvard’s acoustic printer can spit out honey or cells

September 13th, 2018 at 8:03 am » Comments Off

We’re all about innovative printing methods here at Digital Trends and, boy, have the folks at Harvard not disappointed with their latest piece of research. It involves using sound waves to make it possible to print with virtually any liquid imaginable. That includes everything from human cells and liquid metal to optical resins and even […]



Record-breaking Perlan 2 glider soars ever closer to the edge of space

September 5th, 2018 at 9:01 am » Comments Off

The Perlan 2 glider in action during a record-breaking flight last week. Airbus’ Perlan 2 glider is continuing to push the limits of engineless flight, hitting a succession of record altitudes throughout the last week, culminating in a unprecedented 76,000-ft (23,000-m) climb on Sunday. The overarching objective of the Perlan project is to harness what […]



Can we get into space without big rockets?

September 4th, 2018 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

Since humans began putting satellites into orbit in the 1950s, we’ve relied upon big, powerful rockets to escape Earth’s gravity and get into space. But big rockets have a major downside, in that they make space launches expensive. Case in point: NASA’s Space Launch System heavy lift rocket, which is scheduled for its maiden flight […]



Genetically engineered bacteria paint microscopic masterpieces

September 3rd, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

Scientists have used genetically engineered bacteria to recreate a masterpiece at a microscopic scale. By engineering E. coli bacteria to respond to light, they’ve guided the bacteria like tiny drones toward patterns that depict Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. It’s not artistic recognition they’re after. Rather, the researchers want to show that these engineered organisms […]



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