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We’re beginning to see the medical revolution CRISPR had promised

May 19th, 2017 at 8:33 am » Comments Off

There’s a revolution happening in biology, and its name is CRISPR. CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”) is a powerful technique for editing DNA. It has received an enormous amount of attention in the scientific and popular press, largely based on the promise of what this powerful gene editing technology will someday do.



Space Race: Experts say 2018 is the year space tourism takes off

May 11th, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

Space. The final frontier, and quite possibly your family’s next March Break vacation. Experts say 2018 will be the year space tourism takes off. But while great leaps are being made at what seems like warp speed, it’s a venture that’s still fraught with issues that go far beyond its out-of-this-world price tag.



Elon Musk’s boring tunnels don’t look boring at all

May 2nd, 2017 at 10:45 am » Comments Off

Elon Musk’s new Boring Company tunnels look pretty, well, not boring. The company on Friday published an animated concept video on YouTube that shows how tunnels underneath a city could work. In the video, a car drives onto a metal platform that then lowers itself underground. The platform, with the car on top of it, speeds along […]



MIT’s Color-changing Robot ‘skin’ Was Inspired by the Golden Tortoise Beetle

April 9th, 2017 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a 3D-printed robot “skin” capable of changing color according to the physical stimuli that it receives. The work was inspired by the so-called “goldbug,” a golden tortoise beetle, which changes color in the wild. “I was googling online about two and a half years ago, looking for creatures […]



Hyperloop tech company offers first look at futuristic travel pods

April 7th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Building a new 700mph transport system sounds pretty tricky, so one Hyperloop company has decided to kick things off by building the passenger pods first. Hyperloop is a proposed plan to transport people or cargo between cities at near-supersonic speed in vacuum-sealed pods. The technology is just a pipedream at the moment, with rival companies […]



Liquid metal nano printing set to revolutionize electronics

March 17th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

A new technique using liquid metals to create integrated circuits that are just atoms thick could lead to the next big advance for electronics. The process opens the way for the production of large wafers around 1.5 nanometres in depth (a sheet of paper, by comparison, is 100,000nm thick).



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 […]



Vespa just unveiled a personal cargo robot

February 16th, 2017 at 11:03 am » Comments Off

The Vespa brand’s owner, the Piaggio Group, doesn’t have a reputation for cutting edge tech (it only just started making an electric scooter). However, it’s making up for that in style. It’s establishing a robot-focused company, Piaggio Fast Forward, and has unveiled that company’s first product: meet Gita, a personal cargo robot.



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. […]



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