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‘LarvalBot’ underwater drone will reseed coral reefs damaged by climate change

November 14th, 2018 at 1:20 am » Comments Off

    Since August 2018, the Great Barrier Reef in the ocean off Australia has had a special protector — an autonomous underwater drone called RangerBot that has monitored the status of the reef and protected the corals from the predatory crown-of-thorns starfish. But now researchers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia have announced […]



A growing number of people are getting rich selling T-shirts online – with no overhead, no inventory, and no investment

November 12th, 2018 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

Nearly every night after dinner for eight straight months, Glen Zubia brewed a cup of coffee, turned on heavy metal music, and made T-shirts. On Mondays he did research, scouring the Internet for funny slogans, like the one where Santa Claus asks, “Where My Ho’s At?” On Tuesdays and Wednesdays he designed in Adobe Illustrator. […]



Can mushrooms be the platform we build the future on?

November 11th, 2018 at 6:40 pm » Comments Off

Ecovative thinks it can use mycelia, the hair-like network of cells that grows in mushrooms, to help build everything from lab-grown meat to 3D-printed organs to biofabricated leather. Can mushrooms be the platform we build the future on? When the first bioreactor-grown “clean meat” shows up in restaurants–perhaps by the end of this year–it’s likely […]



Digital immortality: How your life’s data means a version of you could live forever

November 10th, 2018 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

Your family and friends will be able to interact with a digital “you” that doles out advice—even when you’re gone. Hossein Rahnama knows a CEO of a major financial company who wants to live on after he’s dead, and Rahnama thinks he can help him do it. Rahnama is creating a digital avatar for the […]



‘Human brain’ supercomputer with 1 million processors switched on for first time

November 9th, 2018 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

The world’s largest neuromorphic supercomputer designed and built to work in the same way a human brain does has been fitted with its landmark one-millionth processor core and is being switched on for the first time. The newly formed million-processor-core Spiking Neural Network Architecture (SpiNNaker) machine is capable of completing more than 200 million million […]



Scientists create a rare fifth form of matter in space for the first time ever

November 8th, 2018 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

For a few minutes on Jan. 23, 2017, the coldest spot in the known universe was a tiny microchip hovering 150 miles over Kiruna, Sweden. The chip was small — about the size of a postage stamp — and loaded with thousands of tightly-packed rubidium-87 atoms. Scientists launched that chip into space aboard an unpiloted, […]



What researchers with the world’s longest running study of human aging know for sure

November 7th, 2018 at 12:05 pm » Comments Off

What is aging? That’s the question the National Institutes of Health (NIH) sought to answer in 1958 when it launched the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA)—now the world’s longest-running study of human aging. Some 3,200 men and women have played a critical role in advancing our understanding of what it means to get older. […]



Eye scan may detect Alzheimer’s disease in seconds

November 7th, 2018 at 11:04 am » Comments Off

Two new studies now suggest that a noninvasive eye scan could soon be used to catch Alzheimer’s disease early. A simple eye scan may soon detect Alzheimer’s in a matter of seconds. The world’s population is aging rapidly and the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise. For this reason, the need for efficient […]



Why are robotics companies dying?

November 6th, 2018 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

Rethink Robotics shuttered its doors and closed for good on October 4, 2018. For many casual observers the collapse of a much-celebrated company, founded by preeminent artificial intelligence (AI) researcher and minor celebrity Rodney Brooks was a surprise. To others it’s just the latest indication of the trouble in robotics land. According to the company, […]



What is Volkswagen’s MEB platform?

November 6th, 2018 at 11:02 am » Comments Off

The electric car offensive from Volkswagen will soon begin. After years of laggin behind other carmakers because of the research it needed to do, the German auto giant promises that thanks to its new modular platform, there will be ten million electric Volkswagen group cars on the roads in the coming years. This new platform, […]



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