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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.



Revolve: The wheel in foldable form

February 2nd, 2018 at 8:01 am » Comments Off

Revolve was invented and designed by Andrea Mocellin with the aim to be the first modular wheel, which in turn will open new frontiers for the present and future of foldable vehicles.



Bill Gates thinks these six innovations could change the world

January 13th, 2018 at 1:16 pm » Comments Off

When Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press, he changed the course of history. You could say the same about Thomas Edison’s light bulb, Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine, and Grace Hopper’s compiler. What will be the next great invention to transform history? Here are a few innovations that I think are worth watching.



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