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Blind man regains partial sight thanks to bionic eye

October 19th, 2014 at 8:23 am » Comments Off

Larry Hester is the 7th person in the U.S. to have a bionic eye implanted. Thanks to bionic eye technology, people diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease are seeing a new future. And Larry Hester is the seventh person in the U.S. to have a so-called bionic eye – an Argus II Retinal Prosthesis Device […]



Advances made with new synthetic materials open possibilities for manned space exploration

October 15th, 2014 at 11:06 am » Comments Off

A man-made leaf absorbs carbon dioxide and water and releases oxygen.  There are many challenges with space exploration. One inconvenient fact – the lack of oxygen in much of the universe – poses a real challenge to making off world exploration and living a reality. (Videos)    



RoomAlive can turn any space into a holodeck

October 14th, 2014 at 2:04 pm » Comments Off

RoomAlive Microsoft Research revealed Illumiroom last year. Illumiroom used projectors to stretch the image on your TV to take over a whole wall. Now comes the sequel, RoomAlive. The new system can turn every surface in a room–from the floor to the couch cushions to your own skin–into a glowing screen that reacts to your movement. It’s as […]



Google’s Captioning on Glass app is a boon for the hearing impaired

October 13th, 2014 at 11:21 am » Comments Off

A new app for Google Glass provides text captions from the spoken word. Life can be a little bit easier for those who have lost some or all of their hearing thanks to a new application for Google Glass. The free Captioning on Glass app was created by a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology and […]



Gravity map exposes mysteries of the deep oceans

October 10th, 2014 at 12:18 pm » Comments Off

The gravity model of the North Atlantic ocean basin reveals tectonic history in sharp detail. It’s like someone pulled a plug in the oceans and drained them away as a sea-floor map has exposed thousands of never-before-seen underwater mountains and ridges. The map was generated by the highest-resolution gravity model ever made for the oceans […]



3D printed hands turn kids into superheroes

October 10th, 2014 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

Prosthetic Wolverine claws Prosthetic hands are great. But when you’re designing and building them for children, as Arron Brown does, prosthetic Wolverine claws are even better. Brown, a 3D printing enthusiast in Grand Rapids, Michigan, volunteers for a global organization called Enabling the Future, which designs and prints prosthetic fingers and hands for people in need. […]



Scientists develop 3D, continuously multidirectional cloaking device

October 9th, 2014 at 3:51 pm » Comments Off

The multidirectional “perfect paraxial” cloak bends light around the hand to show the grid on the wall. Two University of Rochester scientists have taken invisibility cloaking back to basics. Their novel arrangement of four standard, off-the-shelf lenses keeps an object hidden (and the background undisturbed) as the viewer moves up to several degrees away from […]



Airlight Energy and IBM’s new sunflower-shaped solar concentrators produce energy and fresh water

October 1st, 2014 at 9:55 am » Comments Off

High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT) A cutting-edge solar system that resembles a 10-meter-high sunflower has just been unveiled by IBM Research and Swiss solar technology company Airlight Energy. The High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system can concentrate the sun’s radiation 2,000 times and convert 80 percent of it into useful energy, generating up to 12 kilowatts of electrical power and […]



Japanese company Obayashi plans to have a space elevator up and running by 2050

September 29th, 2014 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

Space elevator The Japanese construction giant Obayashi has announced they will have a space elevator up and running by the year 2050. If successful it would revolutionize space travel and potentially transform the global economy. (Video)    



Progress in technology is driven by our growing addiction to ‘cognitive ecstasy’

September 29th, 2014 at 11:43 am » Comments Off

“Cognitive ecstasy” is one reason humans persevere in science, art, and invention. Humans are curious because discovery is pleasurable. In Jason Silva’s latest video. he says humans don’t care about spectacle—what we care about is ecstatic understanding: “In other words, cognitive ecstasy defined as an exhilarating neurostorm of intense intellectual pleasure.” (Video)



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