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The future of moon exploration

July 24th, 2014 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

Bigelow Aerospace plan to build bases on the moon. One day, a rocket carrying more than a dozen privately built probes touches down on the moon. The robots burst from the vehicle in a race to beam back high-definition video and other data while roving the surface of Earth’s nearest natural satellite. The people of […]



New spongelike material converts solar energy into steam

July 24th, 2014 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

The DLS that consists of a carbon foam supporting an exfoliated graphite layer. MIT has developed a new material structure that generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure — a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam — is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits […]



Researchers develop new process that raises prospects of 3D printed bone grafts

July 24th, 2014 at 8:55 am » Comments Off

3D printing could help mend broken bones. One of the 3D printing health applications of 3D printing discussed the most is the manufacturing of bespoke scaffolds that could be used to mend broken bones. It’s promising, but it  has been held back by the difficulties in printing materials that are strong, flexible and can encourage […]



How humans have changed over the past 100 years

July 24th, 2014 at 8:32 am » Comments Off

(Some) people have grown taller People are getting taller and they are also fatter than ever and live longer than at any time in history. And all of these changes have occurred in the past 100 years, scientists say.    



The story behind Japan’s drone boom

July 24th, 2014 at 8:17 am » Comments Off

The U.S. Air Force has deployed two of its most advanced long-distance surveillance drones to Japan. Japan has been the world’s playground for design innovation for decades. But now it may become ground zero for the future of something far more hostile: military drones.



The future impact of the Internet of Things can’t be underestimated

July 23rd, 2014 at 9:28 am » Comments Off

Internet of Things The Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot new buzzword. Its purpose and definition are grossly misunderstood. When some people hear the term IoT they immediately associate it with a refrigerator reminding us to order milk or our Fitbit wearable device tweeting how we just ran 4 miles. Neither of those uses […]



Cellphone users get their own lane on the sidewalk

July 23rd, 2014 at 9:03 am » Comments Off

Cellphone lane There are slow lanes, fast lanes, and bike lanes. And now, at least for a little while, there’s a lane for cellphone users.    



New LED light technology sheds light on the future of food

July 23rd, 2014 at 8:41 am » Comments Off

LED growing lights, delivering sunlight whatever the weather. This century, the challenges of growing enough food to feed the world have grown more severe. We need to feed more people with limited agricultural land and resources. We need to make better use of land, light and logistics for an increasingly urban population. And we need to […]



‘Uncanniest valley’ – when robots know us better than we know ourselves

July 23rd, 2014 at 8:19 am » Comments Off

Robots don’t judge. Humans do. Japanese roboticist Mashahiro Mori coined the term “uncanny valley” in 1970 to describe the strange fact that, as robots become more human-like, we relate to them better—but only to a point. The ”uncanny valley” is this point.    



When Everyone Becomes Blackmailable

July 22nd, 2014 at 10:17 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: On a recent driving trip, my wife and I became immersed in the audio version of one of Tom Clancy’s last novels titled, “Threat Vector.” Without giving away too much of the plot, a Chinese super-geek villain has hatched a plan to hack into our most secure networks and blackmail people with […]



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