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Futurist Thomas Frey predicts farming drones, driverless streets

October 20th, 2016 at 5:54 am » Comments Off

What will Iowa’s farms look like when the combines and tractors drive themselves? How will Des Moines’ banking and insurance sectors fare when supercomputers run financial markets? Where will Iowans live when a self-driving car can take them anywhere with the tap of a smartphone? These are the kind of questions Thomas Frey ponders.

Student invents kitchen appliance for people with 1 arm – Genius!

October 14th, 2016 at 6:55 am » Comments Off

  Loren Lim is a student and an inventor. He designed an award-winning kitchen appliance, which helps people with one hand, as well as stroke victims, be more independent. He was inspired to create the product by his late uncle, who had suffered a stroke himself. Lim is now going to visit IKEA’s headquarters in […]

Ray Kurzweil: Radical Life Extension Will Be Better Than You Think

August 22nd, 2016 at 6:22 am » Comments Off

According to Ray Kurzweil, we’re approaching a time when humans will begin to radically extend their lifespans. This sounds good on the surface, but will we have enough resources to support everyone? And won’t living indefinitely get boring eventually? Not so much, Kurzweil says.

Drones to start delivering blood and medicine in the US

August 17th, 2016 at 7:35 am » Comments Off

A startup that uses drones to deliver medicine and blood to remote areas of Rwanda is launching a similar program in the US. California-based Zipline will bring its drone delivery program to rural and remote communities in Maryland, Nevada, and Washington, including some Native American reservations. Zipline will announce its expansion at a White House workshop […]

3-D print hair, brushes, and fur

July 5th, 2016 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

MIT researchers have invented a radical pixel-mapping printing technique by bypassing computer-aided design (CAD) software. They have quickly and efficiently modeled and printed thousands of hair-like structures.

IKEA wants to help restaurants build their own indoor farms

June 27th, 2016 at 3:35 pm » Comments Off

The furniture chain is getting into the sustainable farming industry, one restaurant kitchen at a time. Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA is known for its simple, affordable furniture that populates dorm rooms and studio apartments across the country. Now, the furniture chain is hoping to get into the sustainable farming industry, one restaurant kitchen at […]

Moley Robotics is revolutionizing kitchens around the world

June 21st, 2016 at 2:29 pm » Comments Off

Ready to take your kitchen to the next level? Moley Robotics brings to you the world’s first Robotic Kitchen featuring oven, hob, sink and two dexterous robotic arms that allow it to cook with the skill and flair of a master chef. You won’t view cooking the same ever again.

Elon Musk’s new details on his ‘mind blowing’ mission to Mars

June 21st, 2016 at 9:59 am » Comments Off

Since Elon Musk founded a start-up space company over 14 years ago, the goal has always been the same: Establishing a colony on Mars. You’ll be amazed at how he’s planning to get there.

Robots, drones and cows that milk themselves

June 14th, 2016 at 2:36 pm » Comments Off

These cows are in no hurry and meander to the dairy. They stop as they please along the way. Chew cud. Moo. Drop pats. Moo again. They nudge the soft earth or a companion before snorting and continuing on up through the paddocks to the shed.

Stroke symptoms reversed in medical study

June 8th, 2016 at 5:49 pm » Comments Off

Doctors may have made a revolutionary breakthrough in the way we treat stroke patients. Patients in the trial study regained the ability to talk, walk and live normal lives, all thanks to a stem cell treatment.

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