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Tarzan the swinging robot could be the future of farming

May 4th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Some farmers already use drones to monitor their crops, but a team of researchers from Georgia Tech have created a far more interesting alternative. Instead of designing yet another drone, they created a robot inspired by Kristen Bell’s favorite animal: the sloth. However, they named it “Tarzan” after the most recognizable character who moves by swinging from vine […]



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 […]



How long before we have self-healing smartphone screens?

April 30th, 2017 at 5:27 am » Comments Off

“When I was young, my idol was Wolverine from the X-Men…He could save the world, but only because he could heal himself,” researcher Chao Wang recently said in a press release from the American Chemical Society (ACS). Wang began working on a self-healing material that could stitch itself back together after damage, and came up […]



Marijuana ‘trimmigrants’ have the hardest job in the industry ― and they could soon be upstaged by robots

April 21st, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Every summer, tens of thousands of migrant workers swarm a remote area of Northern California — the marijuana-growing capital of the US — to find work as “trimmers” after the weed has been harvested. Their job is to prune the fluffy, green buds with small pairs of scissors to clear them of leaves before they […]



The Jetsons’ world of 3D print

April 20th, 2017 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

When I was a kid I always wondered about how cool it would be if we could live in the world of the popular American animated sitcom The Jetsons. The show aired from 1962 to 1963, but the cartoon was set 100 years in the future. As it sometimes turns out with sci-fi stories, the future […]



A UK entrepreneur takes flight by attaching miniature jet engines to his limbs

April 20th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

A YouTube collection of grainy video clips highlights the progress Gravity founder Richard Browning has made toward his outlandish dream over the past year. Each seems more terrifying than the last, with multiple jet engines attached to his limbs in various configurations, as he hovers a few feet from the ground. The press material attached […]



Rolls-Royce charts course for autonomous shipping

April 20th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

The company has secured the grant from Tekes, the Finnish funding agency for innovation, which it plans to invest in an R&D centre in Turku, Finland. Engineers at the site will carry out development projects focusing on land-based control centres and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in remote and autonomous shipping. There is still […]



A New Brain-Interface Device Lets You Control Animals With Your Thoughts

April 19th, 2017 at 12:30 pm » Comments Off

TURTLES AND YOUR THOUGHTS A team of researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed technology that allows them to control the movement of turtles using human thought. Think of it as a real life — but significantly scaled down — application of the 2009 blockbuster Avatar concept where humans control the body of an alien […]



This bricklaying bot could be the architect of the future

April 18th, 2017 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

If you want curves like this, you’ll need a robot. Designed by architects Archi-Union, the undulating exterior of the Chi She Gallery in Shanghai was made using an adapted car-manufacturing robot. “We used digital tools to transform geometry data to digital-fabrication data,” says Li Han, chief architectural designer at Archi-Union, who spent five years making […]



How graphene is going to transform the way we get power

April 15th, 2017 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  In 2002, when Dr. Bor Jang, a little-known researcher in Akron, Ohio, filed his patent for graphene, few people had a clue as to how revolutionary it would be. Certainly not the people at the Nobel Foundation who forgot to check the patent registry and instead awarded the Nobel Prize for graphene […]



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