Transhumanist Party presidential candidate to drive ‘Immortality Bus’ across the U.S.

"A journey of science activism against aging & death"
July 13, 2015

(credit: Zoltan Istvan)

How to visually determine thickness at one-nanometer resolution by eye

... way beyond microscopes and even the diffraction limit
July 10, 2015

Composed photo of all samples (bottom row) and adjusted color fields (top row). Residual defects of the samples can be seen at the edges of some samples. (credit: Sandy Peterhänsel et al./Optica)

3-D-printed robot is hard inside, soft outside, and capable of jumping without hurting itself

July 10, 2015

Robot nine layers rigid to flexible-ft

Self/Less movie features uploading … to an existing human body

July 10, 2015

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Neuroscientists create organic-computing ‘Brainet’ network of rodent and primate brains — humans next

Rodent network performs sophisticated image processing and avatar-control tasks, presaging future hybrid digital-analog parallel-processing organic computers
July 10, 2015


A graphene microphone and loudspeaker that operate at up to 500 kilohertz

Practical uses for graphene in breakthrough future products
July 9, 2015

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Crowdsourcing neurofeedback data

Crowdsourcing brain data with hundreds of adults could be a new frontier in neuroscience and could lead to new insights about the brain
July 9, 2015

In front of an audience, the collective neurofeedback of 20 participants were projected on the 360° surface of the semi-transparent dome as artistic video animations with soundscapes generated based on a pre-recorded sound library and improvisations from live musicians (credit: Natasha Kovacevic et al./PLoS ONE/Photo: David Pisarek)

A graphene-based molecule sensor

One of the first devices to use the unique electronic and optical properties of graphene for a practical application
July 9, 2015

Shining infrared light on a graphene surface makes surface electrons oscillate in different ways that identify the specific molecule attached to the surface (credit: EPFL)

Omnidirectional wireless charging up to half a meter away from a power source

July 8, 2015

Omnidirectional wireless-charging system can charge multiple numbers of mobile devices simultaneously in a one-cubic-meter range. Above: charging transmitter; below: a Samsung Galaxy Note with embedded receiver. (credit: KAIST)

AI algorithm learns to ‘see’ features in galaxy images

July 8, 2015

Hubble Space Telescope image of the cluster of galaxies MACS0416.1-2403, one of the Hubble “Frontier Fields” images. Bright yellow “elliptical” galaxies can be seen, surrounded by numerous blue spiral and amorphous (star-forming) galaxies. This image forms the test data that the machine learning algorithm is applied to, having not previously “seen” the image (credit: NASA/ESA/J. Geach/A. Hocking)

Could black phosphorus be the next silicon?

New material could lead to greater transistor density
July 8, 2015

Schematic of the "puckered honeycomb" crystal structure of black phosphorus (credit: Vahid Tayari/McGill University)

Engineers give invisibility cloaks a slimmer, stealthier design

July 7, 2015

An extremely thin cloaking device is designed using dielectric materials. The cloak is a thin Teflon sheet (light blue) embedded with many small, cylindrical ceramic particles (dark blue). (credit: Li-Yi Hsu/UC San Diego)

Imaging electric fields of molecules or atoms at sub-nanoscale

Opens up highly sensitive electric-potential-field sensing of biomolecules and semiconductor materials, for example
July 7, 2015

Illustration of the measuring principle: depending on the local electric potential field of a nanostructure on the surface of a sample, a single electron jumps from the tip of the microscope to the sensor molecule or back (credit:Forschungszentrum Jülich)

Smartphones not so smart for learning?

... unless social media and game apps are removed
July 7, 2015


Surfing the light fantastic

Researchers observe and control light wakes for the first time; could lead to new optical discoveries such as plasmonic holograms
July 6, 2015

Artistic rendition of the superluminal running wave of charge that excites the surface plasmon wakes  (credit: Daniel Wintz, Patrice Genevet, and Antonio Ambrosio)

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