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Cyborg Roses Could Be Used To Grow Computer Systems

March 24th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Imagine you could inject a special, electrically conductive fluid into a rose, which then spreads out through the plant and grows into it. Imagine creating an entire garden or forest of cyborg plants that act as a gigantic, biological computer network. Well, imagine no more – scientists from Sweden’s Linköping University have successfully managed to […]



Modern-Day Witchcraft: This Hair Dye Changes Color

March 13th, 2017 at 12:19 pm » Comments Off

Last year, Lauren Bowker was halfway through a nostalgic re-watching of the cult ’90s teen film The Craft when the idea struck. More specifically, it was during the “glamor spells” scene, when Robin Tunney’s character goes from brunette to platinum blond just by combing her fingers through her hair. “It was in that moment that the penny kind […]



New VR cabinet will let you smell and touch a virtual world

March 5th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Ever wanted to get so immersed in a virtual world that you can feel and smell it? Thanks to Koei Tecmo, you might be able to! Koei Tecmo showed off their new cabinet, called “VR Sense” in a press conference this weekend. It’s a sturdy silver monstrosity, about the size of a dresser.



Researchers invent paper that can be printed with light and reused 80 times

February 24th, 2017 at 4:11 pm » Comments Off

In an effort to fight the detrimental environmental impact of inkjet printing, researchers have invented a new type of “paper” that can be printed with light and re-written up to 80 times. Their invention employs the color-changing chemistry of nanoparticles, which can be applied via a thin coating to a variety of surfaces – including […]



Technology is now forcing us to confront the ethics of bringing people back from the dead

February 22nd, 2017 at 4:24 pm » Comments Off

Imagine you have a close friend you frequently communicate with via text. One day, they suddenly die. You reel, you cry, you attend their funeral. Then you decide to pick up your phone and send them a message, just like old times. “I miss you,” you type. A little response bubble appears at the bottom of […]



This robot will draw anything you do

February 17th, 2017 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

Line-us is by far the cutest drawing robot we’ve ever seen. Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, this little bot is essentially a USB-powered arm that connects to an app on your tablet or smartphone and copies anything you draw in real time. (The software also works on Macs and PCs.) You can use it to just play […]



We may finally have a way of mass producing graphene

February 15th, 2017 at 4:04 pm » Comments Off

Hailed as the future’s 2D miracle material, graphene has remarkable applications. Graphene is essentially a one-atom thick graphite layer, made from elemental carbon. Graphene’s unique properties are due to the arrangement of carbon atoms in it, which are densely packed and arranged following a two-dimensional hexagonal pattern called a benzene ring.



Scientists find a way to turn hydrogen into a metal

February 15th, 2017 at 3:50 pm » Comments Off

It’s not every day that scientists are able to create an entirely new substance, but Harvard researchers managed to do just that, and in the process created what could be a world-changing material with a bunch of different applications. It’s called atomic metallic hydrogen, and it’s exactly what it sounds like: hydrogen in the form of metal. […]



AI software learns to make AI software

February 14th, 2017 at 11:41 am » Comments Off

Progress in artificial intelligence causes some people to worry that software will take jobs such as driving trucks away from humans. Now leading researchers are finding that they can make software that can learn to do one of the trickiest parts of their own jobs—the task of designing machine-learning software.



Airbus is planning to make autonomous, flying cars by 2017

February 14th, 2017 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

We live in a time where Level 5 autonomous cars are close to becoming a reality, and more than one company is working towards bringing humans to Mars. Consider all this, it’s almost surprising that flying cars haven’t taken to the skies yet. But it turns out we may not have to wait too long: Airbus is […]



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