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Now You Can Feel Wind and Temperature While in Virtual Reality

March 9th, 2017 at 10:54 am » Comments Off

Realistic visuals and audio are essential to shaping an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience. But these researchers from the National University of Singapore believe VR shouldn’t just cater to sight and sound. For the ultimate VR experience, other senses should come into play as well. Last year, Nimesha Ranasinghe and his team demonstrated how electrodes […]



Gravity lights the world with this brand new technology

December 2nd, 2016 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

Could you create light from a bag of rocks and a downward force? The answer may surprise you. Creating a future that’s bright and safe for all is at the heart of GravityLight – the lamp that’s lighting areas of the world with limited access to electricity using the power of (you guessed it) gravity.



Airbus: flying taxis a reality by 2020

October 30th, 2016 at 7:27 am » Comments Off

Even as self-driving cars become more and more ubiquitous, there’s one problem that Silicon Valley hasn’t solved: the traffic jam. But Airbus Group, a U.S. aeronautics and space company, thinks that it has a solution. The company’s Silicon Valley branch recently announced it’s been working on a secret project titled “Vahana,” an autonomous flying vehicle that can be used for […]



The Dawn of Synthetic Reason: DeepMind Can Learn From Its Own Memory

October 27th, 2016 at 6:34 am » Comments Off

DIFFERENTIAL NEURAL COMPUTER The artificial intelligence that beat human players in Go can now learn from its own memory. Google’s DeepMind AI, according to its programmers, is now capable of intelligently building on what’s already inside its memory.



Uber’s self-driving truck company just shipped 50,000 cans of Budweiser

October 26th, 2016 at 6:15 am » Comments Off

In the early morning hours of October 20th, an 18-wheeler tractor trailer pulled into Colorado Springs, Colorado, bearing 50,000 frosty cans of Budweiser beer. Normally, this would not be a noteworthy occurrence, but this truck was driving itself, marking the first time that commercial cargo was shipped by a self-driving vehicle.



Former Apple engineers created $1,500 oven that automatically recognizes different foods and cooks them

October 24th, 2016 at 6:58 am » Comments Off

Leanna Garfield/Business Insider If you’re an amateur cook, roasting a rack of lamb or baking fresh bread in an oven can feel daunting.



Brain-Controlled Bionic Legs Are Here At Last

October 20th, 2016 at 6:14 am » Comments Off

 NO, REALLY. AMPUTEES HAVE BEEN TESTING THEM FOR OVER A YEAR For a full decade, Gudmundur Olafsson was unable to move his right ankle. That’s because it wasn’t there. Olafsson’s amputated lower leg was the delayed casualty of an accident from his childhood in Iceland, when he was hit by an oil truck. “I lived […]



Scientists discover how to help nerve fibres repair themselves

October 19th, 2016 at 7:05 am » Comments Off

A whole new way to treat paralysis. Scientists have figured out how to make nerve fibres repair themselves in mice, having identified a gene that inhibits fibre regrowth when nerve connections become damaged. This gene, called Cacna2d2, acts as ‘molecular brake’, but now that we know how to turn the brake off, it could help […]



Paralyzed man feels through robotic fingers

October 18th, 2016 at 6:04 am » Comments Off

  A 28-year-old man left paralyzed after a car accident has been able to feel as though he was touching something with his fingers after a robotic arm was connected directly to his brain in a world-first breakthrough. Nathan Copeland, who was injured after crashing his car on a rainy night in Pennsylvania when he was just 18, spoke […]



The future of wearables: Silkworms fed graphene produce ‘super silk’

October 17th, 2016 at 7:15 am » Comments Off

Graphene just keeps getting better and better. The so-called super material – a one-atom-thick layer of carbon that has proven to be incredibly strong, flexible, light and conductive – has now been fed to larval silkworms which then created “mechanically enhanced silk”.



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