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World’s first solar-powered country

August 3, 2012


A $7.3 million project to convert the tiny island nation of Tokelau to all solar power is nearing completion.

Once activated, the installations should provide more than 90 percent of the power used by the islands’ 1,711 residents, MSN Future of Tech reports.

Tokelau is a remote nation northeast of New Zealand comprising three atolls, to which goods and passengers can only travel by boat. Their… read more

World’s first single-atom photo

July 15, 2012


A Griffith University research team has been able to photograph the shadow of a single atom for the first time.

“We have reached the extreme limit of microscopy; you cannot see anything smaller than an atom using visible light,” Professor Dave Kielpinski of Griffith University’s Centre for Quantum Dynamics in Brisbane.

“We wanted to investigate how few atoms are required to cast a shadow… read more

World’s First Robotised Tele-Ultrasound Exam via Satellite

July 31, 2008

French firm Robosoft has announced the world’s first “robotized tele-ultrasound” examination via satellite.

In a demonstration, a doctor in France controlled a remote robot with an ultrasound probe to examine a patient on board a ship in the Mediterranean, using an Internet communication via satellite.

World’s First Robot Census

October 12, 2010

Heather “Marilyn Monrobot” Knight, a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, plans to take the world’s first robot census, eventually canvassing as many of the home-brew and university robotics efforts as possible.

Knight’s inspiration for initiating the census is her own work in integrating robots into people’s everyday lives. By showcasing the incredible variety and utility of the robots at Carnegie Mellon and elsewhere, Knight thinks… read more

World’s first ‘printed’ aircraft

July 28, 2011

SULSA is the world's first "printed" aircraft (credit: University of Southampton)

Engineers at the University of Southampton have designed and flown the world’s first “printed” aircraft, which could revolutionize the economics of aircraft design, the engineers say.

The SULSA (Southampton University Laser Sintered Aircraft) plane is an unmanned air vehicle (UAV), with its entire structure printed. This includes wings, integral control surfaces, and access hatches. It was printed on an EOS EOSINT P730 nylon… read more

World’s first primate chimeric offspring

January 6, 2012

Roku and Hex (credit: OHSU)

Newly published research by scientists at Oregon Health & Science University provides significant new information about how early embryonic stem cells develop and take part in formation of the primate species.

The research, which took place at OHSU’s Oregon National Primate Research Center, has also resulted in the first successful birth of chimeric monkeys — monkeys developed from stem cells taken from two separate embryos.… read more

World’s first nano-enhanced carbon fiber downhill bike rim

May 2, 2012


Zyvex Technologies (the world’s first molecular nanotechnology company) and ENVE Composites have announced an exclusive partnership to provide a bicycle rim specifically for downhill mountain biking that uses the latest advanced materials: nano-enhanced carbon fiber.

This new bicycle rim gives a significant competitive advantage to the downhill cycling market as proven during the last year in development and testing. The ENVE DH rim provides performance benefits… read more

World’s first lab-grown burger is eaten in London

August 6, 2013

World's first lab-grown burger (credit: BBC)

The world’s first lab-grown burger was cooked and eaten at a news conference in London, BBC News reports.

Scientists took stem cells from a cow and, at an institute in the Netherlands, turned them into strips of muscle that they combined to make a patty.

One food expert said it was “close to meat, but not that juicy” and another said it tasted like a real… read more

World’s first green piglets born in China, sheep next

December 30, 2013


In Guangdong Province in Southern China, ten transgenic piglets have been born this year, in  and under a black light, they glow a greenish tint.

A technique developed by reproductive scientists from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine was used to quadruple the success rate at which plasmids carrying a fluorescent protein from jellyfish DNA were transferred into the… read more

World’s first flying file-sharing drones in action

March 21, 2012


The Pirate Bay’s announcement of file servers on hovering drones may have sounded like a joke, but in fact, these pirate drones already exist.

Project “Electronic Counter Measures” has built a swarm of five fully operational drones that prove that an “aerial Napster” or an “airborne Pirate Bay” is not as futuristic as it sounds.

Liam Young, co-founder of Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, said … read more

World’s First Eye-controlled Laptop Presented At CeBIT 2011

March 2, 2011

Computer manufacturer Lenovo has partnered with Swedish startup Tobii Technology to launch (at CeBIT in Hannover) the world’s first eye-controlled laptop.

It relies on the human eyes to point, select,. scroll, zoom pictures or maps,  automatically center on the area you wish to look at,  glance at an icon or widget to bring up more information, or control the screen’s brightness.

Only 20 eye controlled laptops have been… read more

World’s first cloned horse is born

August 7, 2003

The Laboratory of Reproductive Technology in Cremona has cloned the world’s first horse, which could help boost good breeds and might even help replicate equine champions.

World’s First 3D printing photo booth to open in Japan

November 13, 2012


The world’s first “3D printing photo booth” is set to open for a limited time at the exhibition space EYE OF GYRE in Harajuku, Japan, Spoon & Tamago reports.

From November 24 to January 14, 2013, people with reservations can go and have their portraits taken. Except, instead of a photograph, you’ll receive miniature replicas of yourselves.

Reservations can be madke via… read more

‘World’s fattest mouse’ appears immune to diabetes

August 24, 2007
(Image: Ja-Young Kim/Dave Gresham)

The “world’s fattest mice,” genetically engineered to overproduce a key hormone, weigh five times as much as normal mice do, but bizarrely do not develop diabetes, reveals a new study by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center scientists.

The findings shed light on how current diabetes medications work and point to new drug targets to treat the disease, say the study’s researchers.

World’s fastest transistor operates at blinding speed

April 12, 2005

The world’s fastest transistor has been developed by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers.

The prototype bipolar junction transistor has a maximum operating speed of 604 GHz, meaning it can carry out 604 billion operations per second.

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