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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 […]

This water gun can cut through concrete

October 12th, 2018 at 8:19 am » Comments Off

How do firefighters put out a blaze when they can’t reach the flames? That’s the challenge firefighters confronted in 2008, when a B-2 Stealth Bomber crashed on the runway at an American airbase in Guam. The crew successfully ejected, but the hugely expensive aircraft was completely destroyed by a fire that burned deep within its […]

Scientists grow full-sized, beating humanity hearts from stem cells

September 25th, 2018 at 10:35 am » Comments Off

It’s the closest we’ve come to growing transplantable hearts in the lab. Of the 4,000 Americans waiting for heart transplants, only 2,500 will receive new hearts in the next year. Even for those lucky enough to get a transplant, the biggest risk is the their bodies will reject the new heart and launch a massive […]

HP’s new 3-D printers build items not of plastic but of steel

September 16th, 2018 at 9:28 am » Comments Off

  HP is hoping its new Metal Jet 3-D printers will provide inroads into manufacturing sectors such as automobiles and medical devices.HP WHEN YOU THINK about 3-D printing, chances are you think of little plastic doodads created by desktop devices like those made by MakerBot. Computing and printer giant HP wants you to think about […]

Easy-to-make videos can show you dancing like the stars

September 10th, 2018 at 10:26 am » Comments Off

Want to dance like a professional ballerina or strut like a rapper? A new machine-learning technique can transfer one person’s motion to another in a simple process. Mapping one person’s motion onto the movement of another has changed the way filmmakers, animators, and game designers create action. With this technique, one person can appear to […]

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