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Researchers Develop a Technology That Digitally Creates Odors From Ambient Molecules in the Air

April 23rd, 2017 at 11:14 am » Comments Off

Perfumery is an intricate science that takes a lot of effort to get right. Many people don’t realize the amount of work that goes into perfecting that fragrance that we so willingly splash on in the morning. With the advancement in technology over the past two decades, chemists have been able to develop techniques that […]



The maker of an internet-connected garage door disabled a customer’s device over a bad review

April 23rd, 2017 at 10:21 am » Comments Off

There’s a new, dystopian risk to using internet-connected gadgets: If you complain, the company that made it might remotely kill your product. This is what happened to one customer who bought Garadget — an internet-connected garage door opener. It lets you remotely lock or unlock your garage with an app, or see if it’s open.



A real-life company is implanting microchips in employees

April 22nd, 2017 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

After a semi-painless injection between the thumb and index finger, a microchip is implanted in another employee. A cyborg is now created, and this human/machine mashup runs off to buy a smoothie using his or her new sub-dermal implant. If that sounds futuristic, it’s because we’re conditioned to this as a sort of science fiction trope: […]



America’s unhealthy obsession with productivity is driving its biggest new reading trend

April 22nd, 2017 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

“I probably started reading ultra hardcore about seven or eight years ago,” says Tom Bilyeu, an entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. “Ultra hardcore” means that Bilyeu reads everywhere: While he brushes his teeth, while he gets dressed, in the 30 seconds it takes to cross rooms in his house, he’s reading. “My big secret is,” […]



7 companies working to make ‘flying cars’ a reality

April 21st, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk may think flying cars are a bad idea, but several companies are working to make them a reality as early as next year.The vehicles these companies are working on aren’t the same from flying cars from “Back to the Future.” Rather, they are pursuing electric, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft […]



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 […]



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