This low-power chip could make speech recognition practical for tiny devices

March 17, 2017

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Space X plans global space internet

March 17, 2017

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Whole-body vibration may be as effective as regular exercise

March 16, 2017

Hate treadmills? The Tranquility Pod uses “pleasant sound, gentle vibration, and soothing light to transport the body, mind, and spirit to a tranquil state of relaxation” --- and maybe lose weight (and $30,000). (credit: Hammacher Schlemmer)

Transcranial alternating current stimulation used to boost working memory

March 16, 2017

The scans show that stimulation 'in beat' increases brain activity in the regions involved in task performance. On the other hand, stimulation 'out of beat' showed activity in regions usually associated with resting. (credit: Ines Violante)

First nanoengineered retinal implant could help the blind regain functional vision

Nanowires provide higher resolution than anything achieved by other devices --- closer to the dense spacing of photoreceptors in the human retina
March 16, 2017

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Reboot of The Matrix in the works

Yes, please.
March 14, 2017


Resisting microcracks from metal fatigue

Novel laminated nanostructure gives steel bone-like resistance to fracturing under repeated stress
March 14, 2017

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Future ‘lightwave’ computers could run 100,000 times faster

March 14, 2017

TeraHertz pulses in semiconductor crystal (credit: Fabian Langer, Regensburg University)

Engineers shrink atomic-force microscope to dime-sized device

March 10, 2017

A MEMS-based atomic force microscope developed by engineers at the University of Texas at Dallas that is about 1 square centimeter in size (top center), shown attached here to a small printed circuit board that contains circuitry, sensors and other miniaturized components that control the movement and other aspects of the device. (credit: University of Texas at Dallas)

A biocompatible stretchable material for brain implants and ‘electronic skin’

March 10, 2017

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Brain has more than 100 times higher computational capacity than previously thought, say UCLA scientists

Dendrites found to generate nearly 10 times more electrochemical spikes than neuron cell bodies
March 10, 2017

Neuron (blue) with dendrites (credit: Shelley Halpain/UC San Diego)

IBM-led international research team stores one bit of data on a single atom

Could lead to 1,000 times higher storage density in the future
March 9, 2017

Scanning tunneling microscope image of a single atom of holmium, an element that researchers used as a magnet to store one bit of data. (credit: IBM Research -- Almaden)

How to control robots with your mind

Making robots useful collaborators at home and at work
March 7, 2017

The robot is informed that its initial motion was incorrect based upon real-time decoding of the observer’s EEG signals, and it corrects its selection accordingly to properly sort an object. (credit: Andres F. Salazar-Gomez et al./MIT, Boston University)

Should we use CRISPR to domesticate wild plants, creating ‘biologically inspired organisms’?

"We don't want to improve nature, we want to benefit from what nature has already created."
March 3, 2017

Future logo? (credit: KurzweilAI)

Programmable shape-shifting molecular robots respond to DNA signals

Could function like living organisms in the near future, programmed by DNA computers
March 3, 2017

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