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Milk without the Cow. Eggs without the Chicken

February 13th, 2019 at 12:44 pm » Comments Off

Yeast-derived “animal products” may soon be part of an environmentally balanced diet. In 2008, the biotech industry had fallen on tough times: capital was drying up and businesses were struggling to survive. That’s when Ryan Bethencourt saw an opportunity. A biologist with an entrepreneurial streak, he and a couple of friends started buying equipment from […]



Hyundai’s four-legged car isn’t the future we imagined, but we’ll take it

January 24th, 2019 at 12:22 pm » Comments Off

It’s clear at this point that the future of the automotive world revolves around bleeding edge technology that’s self-driving or, perhaps, even flying. But what if it’s none of those things? What if it’s a car that walks on four legs? Hyundai puzzled CES audiences the world over at this year’s event with a concept […]



Scientists engineer shortcut for photosynthetic glitch, boost crop growth by 40 percent

January 16th, 2019 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

Aerial view of the 2017 field trials where scientists studied how well their plants modified to shortcut photorespiration performed beside unmodified plants in real-world conditions. They found that plants engineered with a synthetic shortcut are about 40 percent more productive. Credit: James Baltz/College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Plants convert sunlight into energy through […]



AI can generate interactive virtual worlds based on simple videos

December 13th, 2018 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

Nvidia’s new AI represents a major leap forward in graphics generation based on neural networks. Crafting an interactive virtual world of the kind found in many modern video games is a labor-intensive process that can require years of work, hundreds of people, and millions of dollars. Soon, some of that work may be done by […]



Can mushrooms be the platform we build the future on?

November 11th, 2018 at 6:40 pm » Comments Off

Ecovative thinks it can use mycelia, the hair-like network of cells that grows in mushrooms, to help build everything from lab-grown meat to 3D-printed organs to biofabricated leather. Can mushrooms be the platform we build the future on? When the first bioreactor-grown “clean meat” shows up in restaurants–perhaps by the end of this year–it’s likely […]



Is anti-gravity real? Science is about to find out

November 4th, 2018 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

The warping of spacetime, in the General Relativistic picture, by gravitational masses is what causes the gravitational force. It is assumed, but not experimentally verified, that antimatter masses will behave the same as matter masses in a gravitational field.LIGO/T. PYLE One of the most astonishing facts about science is how universally applicable the laws of […]



‘Twisted’ fibre optic light breakthrough could make internet 100 times faster

November 4th, 2018 at 11:05 am » Comments Off

A new development in fibre optics could make internet speeds up to 100 times faster – by detecting light that has been twisted into a spiral. The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, can be used to easily upgrade existing networks and significantly boost efficiency, scientists say. Fibre optic cables use pulses of light […]



Honda is giving cars the ability to see around corners to avoid accidents

November 1st, 2018 at 7:17 am » Comments Off

Traffic accidents are an unfortunate reality, and what may be most frustrating about these sometimes fatal incidents is that they can often be avoided. Honda has a plan to help cut down on accidents in one specific and common road feature: intersections. The Japanese auto manufacturer is introducing, in a limited capacity, its “Smart Intersection” […]



At 10 trillion frames per second, this camera captures light in slow motion

October 21st, 2018 at 10:51 am » Comments Off

Light is the fastest thing in the universe, so trying to catch it on the move is necessarily something of a challenge. We’ve had some success, but a new rig built by Caltech scientists pulls down a mind-boggling 10 trillion frames per second, meaning it can capture light as it travels along — and they […]



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 […]



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