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August 28th, 2015 at 6:55 pm

DouxMatok develops new technology that makes sugar twice as sweet, so you eat half as much

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A new technology in the food industry makes ordinary sugar twice as sweet—so food tastes exactly the same with half the calories, and without the controversy of artificial sweeteners.

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August 28th, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Scientists develop a brain-computer interface for controlling an exoskeleton

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Korea University and TU Berlin scientists have developed a brain-computer interface (BCI) for a lower limb exoskeleton used for gait assistance by decoding specific signals from the user’s brain.

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August 24th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

‘WalkCar’ – battery-powered personal transporter small enough to fit in a backpack

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Kuniako Saito, a Japanese engineer, has just invented a new way to travel: A transporter called a “WalkCar” that’s small, light and apparently easy to use. The WalkCar is battery powered and is about the size of a laptop. And although it looks like it can’t hold much weight and is made from aluminum, it can apparently have as much as 265 lbs on board.

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August 20th, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Google’s humanoid robot can now chase you like a Terminator

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Boston Dynamics, a Google-owned company, scared everyone earlier this year with its hive-mind 160-pound robot dogs that can run on almost any terrain. Now the company is taking things to an all-new level with new video of its humanoid robot, which is the closest thing to a real-life Terminator we’ve ever seen.

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July 24th, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announce $100M search for ET

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Stephen Hawking, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, Martin Rees, Frank Drake and others have announced at The Royal Society a $100 million funding for Breakthrough Listen.  It is the “most powerful, comprehensive, and intensive scientific search ever undertaken for signs of intelligent life beyond Earth.”

 

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July 24th, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Izzy Swan builds a walking machine powered by a hand drill

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Izzy Swan, a retired furniture maker has built a drill-powered walking machine in his garage. He shows off the machine in action around his neighborhood and breaks down the construction process in this video he posted online.

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July 20th, 2015 at 4:33 pm

ReWalk Robotics unveils faster, sleeker exoskeleton

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Israel’s ReWalk Robotics unveiled the ReWalk Personal 6.0 this month as Robert Woo, a paraplegic, demonstrated the new exoskeleton by walking down the streets of New York City.

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June 24th, 2015 at 10:30 am

The Volocopter is a personal helicopter that could replace your car

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The Volocopter is somewhat of a cross between a quadcopter drone and a helicopter. It is  a novel mode of transportation built by the German company e-Volo.

 

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June 17th, 2015 at 4:45 pm

Japan’s giant floating solar power stations

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Japan got serious about investing in renewable energy after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster by becoming one of the world leaders in solar power. But the nation faced a problem in its solar efforts: a lack of suitable land.

 

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June 16th, 2015 at 11:33 am

Dutch designer plans to 3-D print a steel bridge in mid-air

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Dutch designer Joris Laarman will build a bridge in 2017 by wheeling a robot to the brink of a canal in Amsterdam. He will push an “on” button and then walk away. When he returns in two months, the Netherlands will have a new, one-of-a-kind bridge, 3-D printed in a steel arc over the waters. This isn’t some proof-of-concept, either: when it’s done, it will be as strong and as any other bridge. People will be able to walk back and forth over it for decades.

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