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Robots grow mini-organs from human stem cells

July 29th, 2018 at 10:34 am » Comments Off

An automated system that uses robots has been designed to rapidly produce human mini-organs derived from stem cells. Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle developed the new system. The advance promises to greatly expand the use of mini-organs in basic research and drug discovery, according to Benjamin Freedman, assistant professor […]



Making opaque materials totally transparent

July 28th, 2018 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

Most naturally occurring materials have a disordered atomic structure that interferes with the propagation of both sound and electromagnetic waves. When the waves come into contact with these materials, they bounce around and disperse – and their energy dissipates according to a highly complex interference pattern, diminishing in intensity. That means it’s virtually impossible to […]



These living solar cells make energy, even in bad weather

July 24th, 2018 at 9:57 am » Comments Off

When it comes to generating energy from sunlight, unusual solutions have been shown to make the process more efficient. Now, a team of researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) has demonstrated how solar cells made of living organisms can generate energy even with limited sunlight. Known as “biogenic” solar cells, these cells could […]



VRgineers new pro headset XTAL features Auto eye IPD and leap motion

July 24th, 2018 at 9:43 am » Comments Off

The new design features a raft of professional features. Czech-based virtual reality (VR) startup VRgineers specialises in producing high-end head-mounted displays (HMDs) for enterprise, having started with the VRHero 5K Plus. Now the company has unveiled a successor, XTAL, a pro headset with unique features. VRFocus first reported on the new enterprise-grade headset a few […]



The AI revolution has spawned a new chips arms race

July 13th, 2018 at 9:53 am » Comments Off

There’s no x86 in the AI chip market yet—”People see a gold rush; there’s no doubt.” A lot has changed since 1918. But whether it’s a literal (like the City of London School athletics’ U12 event) or figurative (AI chip development) race, participants still very much want to win. For years, the semiconductor world seemed […]



This beautiful golden chamber contains water so pure it can dissolve metal

June 30th, 2018 at 9:05 am » Comments Off

It can detect dying stars. Hidden 1,000 metres (3,300 feet) under Mount Ikeno in Japan is a place that looks like a supervillain’s dream. Super-Kamiokande (or “Super-K” as it’s sometimes referred to) is a neutrino detector. Neutrinos are sub-atomic particles which travel through space and pass through solid matter as though it were air. Studying […]



Thousands of Swedes are choosing to have microchips inserted into their bodies. Here’s why

June 27th, 2018 at 9:09 am » Comments Off

Thousands of people in Sweden have inserted microchips, which can function as contactless credit cards, key cards and even rail cards, into their bodies. Once the chip is underneath your skin, there is no longer any need to worry about misplacing a card or carrying a heavy wallet. But for many people, the idea of […]



World’s tiniest ‘computer’ makes a grain of rice seem massive

June 26th, 2018 at 8:52 am » Comments Off

The University of Michigan was salty that IBM made a smaller computer than it did, so it made an even smaller computer. In a compelling act of nerd rivalry, engineers at the University of Michigan have created the world’s smallest computer—again.



A new laser eye surgery fixes your vision without any gnarly eyeball slicing

June 10th, 2018 at 8:32 am » Comments Off

As someone who wears glasses, the idea of corrective laser eye surgery is certainly tempting. But then you start reading about how the invasive surgery is actually performed, along with some of (admittedly rare) risks, and suddenly glasses don’t seem so bad. Things could change, however, thanks to research coming out of Columbia University. Researchers […]



H&M is trialing a smart mirror that suggests outfits for you — and customers love it

June 5th, 2018 at 10:14 am » Comments Off

Among other things, H&M’s mirror suggests outfits to customers. VISUALART H&M is trialing a smart mirror in its flagship store in Times Square, New York. Through voice and facial recognition, customers can use voice commands to take selfies. The mirror was developed by Microsoft and Swedish digital agencies, Visual Art and Ombori. H&M is offering […]



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