Thursday, April 30, 2015

Blue Origin Officially Now in the Commercial Space Game


 Space
In a surprise announcement, commercial space company, Blue Origin launched a test flight of its suborbital New Shepard spaceship and successfully demonstrated the space capsule. They were not able to land and recover its reusable rocket booster however.

Researchers Create Electrical Component Only Three Atoms Thick


Semiconductors
Scientists are pushing the limits for how thin electronics can get. Cornell researchers have demonstrated a way to create a new kind of semiconductor thin film that retains its electrical properties even when it is just three atoms thick.

New Understanding of Memory Formation in the Brain Found

New Understanding of Memory Formation in the Brain Found

 Neuroscience
Researchers have found that the signalling protein Asef2 is a critical regulator of dendritic spines and synapses and memory formation. Asef2 has been found to promote spine and synapse formation by activating another protein called Rac. They also discovered that yet another protein, spinophilin, recruits Asef2 and guides it to specific spines.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Critical Steps to Building First Practical Quantum Computer Made

Critical Steps to Building First Practical Quantum Computer Made

 Quantum Computers
Scientists have made two advances needed to create viable quantum computers. They have shown the ability to detect and measure both kinds of quantum errors simultaneously, as well as created a new, square quantum bit circuit design that is the only physical architecture that could successfully scale to larger dimensions.

Human Brain Inspires New Computer Memory System

Human Brain Inspires New Computer Memory System

 Computers
Researchers have discovered physical mechanisms involved in new-generation magnetic memory, and have shown that these mechanisms could be used as artificial synapses in a new type of brain-inspired computer.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The New Techniques That Will Power Robot Intelligence and Control


 Machine Intelligence
Videos of robots moving slowly, or sped up are common.  This might be a thing of the past as researchers like Sergey Levin develop neural networks to control robots.  In this impressive work, the perception and the control lead the robots to work in real time and very fast.

Genome Sequencing Brings Us One Step Closer To Return of the Woolly Mammoth

Genome Sequencing Brings Us One Step Closer To Return of the Woolly Mammoth

 De-Extinction
Four thousand years after the woolly mammoth disappeared from the planet, researchers have deciphered the genetic code that may let us bring the animal back.

Is the Universe Really Just a Hologram?

Is the Universe Really Just a Hologram?

Cosmology
The idea that a universe with gravity can be described by a quantum field theory in fewer dimensions, the 'holographic principle,' has been used for years as a mathematical tool in strange curved spaces. New results suggest that the holographic principle also holds in flat spaces. Our own universe could in fact be two dimensional and only appear to be three dimensional.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Nick Bostrom Asks What Will Happen When Computers Are Smarter Than We Are


 Artificial Intelligence
In this century we unlock the potential of artificial intelligence, triggering and intelligence explosion.  Philosopher Nick Bostrom spoke about this at this year's TED Conference, and about the potential threat such a superintelligent AI might be to humanity.

The Hubble Telescope's Quarter-Century of Breakthroughs

Pillars of Creation

 Space
Twenty-five years ago, NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope. This single instrument has helped astronomers pinpoint the age of the universe, revealed the birthplace of stars and planets, advanced our understanding of dark energy and cosmic expansion, and more. 

Human Longevity Promises a Hundred Years of Scientific Advancement in a Decade

Human Longevity Promises a Hundred Years of Scientific Advancement in a Decade

 Life Extension
Scientific advances are going to really accelerate according to Human Longevity founder Craig J. Venter and the company's CMO, Brad Perkins. They both promise to bring about a hundred years worth of progress in the next 10 years, and a revolution in medicine.

How Dangerous is Artificial Intelligence?


 Artificial Intelligence
In Avengers: Age of Ultron, the villain starts out as an artificial intelligence experiment gone wrong. So is AI really the biggest threat to humanity? 

Friday, April 24, 2015

One Arm Might Be Better Than Two for Rethink Robotics

One Arm Might Be Better Than Two for Rethink Robotics

Robotics
Priced very low, Sawyer, from Rethink Robotics is a single arm, high performance, collaborative robot designed to execute machine tending, circuit board testing and other precise tasks. Along with its 'bigger brother' Baxter, Sawyer could shake up the manufacturing industry.

New Possibilities for Silicon Available with Synthesis of Previously Unvailable Oxides

New Possibilities for Silicon Available with Synthesis of Previously Unvailable Oxides

 Chemistry
Silicon-oxide materials are found in nearly every electronic device and could hold many more applications and uses. With the discovery of a method to create new oxides, even more possibilities may be available.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans on How We Are Evolving Ourselves

Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans on How We Are Evolving Ourselves


 Biotechnology
Future humans could become great caretakers of our planet, as well as a more diverse, more resilient, gentler, and more intelligent species, write Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans in their new book, "Evolving Ourselves."

50 Years of Moore's Law and Beyond

50 Years of Moore's Law and Beyond

 Computers
Moore's Law, the trend that heralds in ever-faster computers every couple of years, is now 50 years old.  Will a new paradigm take its place to continue our progress in the years to come?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Modern Medical Procedures That Help Our Daily Life

Modern Medical Procedures That Help Our Daily Life

 Medicine
Here are some more examples of medical technologies that are improving our lives.

Is Human-Level Artificial Intelligence a False Promise?


 Artificial Intelligence
Film analyst Rob Ager has looked at the subject of artificial intelligence and points out some reasons why the promise of human-level AI is an over-optimistic pursuit.

Tesla To Announce Home Battery This Month

Tesla To Announce Home Battery This Month

 Elon Musk
Tesla Motors may be more about batteries than electric cars in the next few years.  The company is soon to announce a pair of new battery technologies: the Tesla home battery and a very large utility scale battery.

Delphi Automotive's Autonomous Car Drives Itself Across Country

Delphi Automotive's Autonomous Car Drives Itself Across Country

Self Driving Cars
Car parts maker, Delphi completed the longest automated drive in North America recently, traveling from San Francisco to New York in the first coast-to-coast trip ever taken by an automated vehicle.  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hanson Robotics Shows Off 'Han'

Hanson Robotics Shows Off 'Han'

Robotics
David Hanson's new ultra-realistic humanoid robot called 'Han' recognizes and interprets people's facial expressions and can hold simple conversations. Han could one day be used in the hospitality and health care industries where face-to-face communication is considered essential.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Bill Gates and Elon Musk Discuss Superintelligence and More with Baidu's CEO Robin Li


 Superintelligence
Baidu CEO and chairman Robin Li interviewed Bill Gates and Elon Musk at the Boao Forum, last month. The discussion ranged from entrepreneurship to philanthropy, from "summoning the demon" of artificial intelligence to the pros and cons of technocratic government, to automated driving, and more.

Cancer Breakthrough - Cancer Cells Changed Back to Normal Cells

Cancer Cells Changed Back to Normal Cells

 Cancer
A new breakthrough study has shown that pancreatic cancer cells can be reverted back to normal cells by introducing a controlling protein. The work may open the door to controlling the deadly disease.

Ultrahaptic Technology Used To Transfer Emotions


 Human-Computer Interation
Human emotion can be transferred by technology that stimulates different parts of the hand without making physical contact with your body, according to a new study.

How Technology Is Helping To Keep Millions Of People Healthy Each Year

How Technology Is Helping To Keep Millions Of People Healthy Each Year

Medical Technology
Innovative technology continues to improve medical care and help us live longer, healthier lives.  Here are a few examples of advances in medicine that are having the biggest impact.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Nutrition's Role in Protecting the Aging Brain

Nutrition's Role in Protecting the Aging Brain

 Nutrition
Brain health is an important component in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As people age they can experience a range of cognitive issues from decreased critical thinking to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Recent research points to nutritional factors that may help maintain brain health.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Is Artificial Intelligence Here?


 Artificial Intelligence
Soon computers will be able to design themselves. Richard Waters of the Financial Times recently joined SciTech Now host Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the ramifications of truly intelligent computers.

Snake Robot Tries To Examine Fukushima Nuclear Reactor

Snake Robot Tries To Examine Fukushima Nuclear Reactor

Robotics
A snake robot probe sent into the damaged reactor at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant stopped working three hours into its 10-hour mission, but not before sending back the first pictures from inside.

England is the Latest Country to Allow Driverless Cars on its Roads

England is the Latest Country to Allow Driverless Cars on its Roads

 Self Driving Cars
The UK Autodrive project is rolling ahead and will soon bring driverless cars to the country.  The organization recently showed off its new autonomous vehicle, the LUTZ Pathfinder.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Researchers Create First Self-Powered Video Camera

Researchers Create First Self-Powered Video Camera

 Technology
Researchers have invented a prototype video camera that is the first to be fully self-powered. They created a pixel that can not only measure incident light but also convert the incident light into electric power.

The Science of Hearing - How Do Our Brains Process What We Hear?

The Science of Hearing - How Do Our Brains Process What We Hear?

Hearing
For most of us, our sense of hearing is something we don't think too much about, but this important ability is a big part of our neural map. Explore how you hear in this article.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Fermi Paradox - Are We The First?

The Fermi Paradox - Are We The First?

 Space
The apparent contradiction between high estimates of the probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilization and humanity's lack of contact with, or evidence for, such civilization continues as a massive survey of 100,000 galaxies has found no evidence of ET.

Evidence Found for Liquid Water on Mars

Evidence Found for Liquid Water on Mars

Mars
Although they did not detect the actual salty brines, researchers looking at data from the Mars Curiosity rover are now confident there are small amounts of liquid water just beneath the surface of the red planet. 

Science and Technology: How Can They Change Our Mindset?

Science and Technology: How Can They Change Our Mindset?

 Technology
Science and technology help to shape your mindset in many ways. Here are a few examples of this phenomenon.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Would You Let A Robot Draw Blood From Your Arm?


 Robotics
Start-up company, VacuLogic has created a medical robot designed to safely, accurately, and consistently draw blood and place intravenous catheters.

DARPA Aims to Create Software That Can Evolve Over 100 Years

DARPA Aims to Create Software That Can Evolve Over 100 Years

 DARPA
DARPA's new Building Resource Adaptive Software Systems (BRASS) project looks to overcome the challenges of obsolescence by developing software systems that can still change and continue to operate properly for a hundred years.

Food Delivery in 2015

Food Delivery in 2015

 Business
On-demand grocery delivery has been a business model struggling to gain traction since the first dot-com boom. Now the UK's Ocado is looking to expand international operations, despite heavy competition from the likes of Amazon and others.

Researchers Use Shape-Memory Wires To Create Artificial Muscles in Robot Hand

Researchers Use Shape-Memory Wires To Create Artificial Muscles in Robot Hand

 Robotic Hands
Researchers have taken a leaf out of nature's book by equipping an artificial hand with muscles made from shape-memory wire. The new technology enables the fabrication of flexible and lightweight robot hands for industrial applications and novel prosthetic devices. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Tiko 3D Printer May Put Service Bureaus Out of Business

Tiko 3D Printer May Put Service Bureaus Out of Business

 3D Printing
Tiko may be the 3D printer you have been waiting for. Priced at $179, this machine just might be the one to push 3D printing into into widespread use.

Your House Is Becoming Amazon's House

Your House Is Becoming Amazon's House

 Internet-of-Things
Quietly and deliberately Amazon is getting into your home.  New home automation features unveiled for the Amazon Echo device should make the device even more desirable, and not incidentally, make it easier for you to send orders though to Amazon.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

NASA Researchers Confident We Will Discover Alien Life Soon

NASA Researchers Confident We Will Discover Alien Life Soon

 Space
In a recent panel, NASA scientists said we may be 10 to 20 years away from finding life beyond Earth.  They are not talking about intelligent aliens, but confirmation of microbe life.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Neuromorphic Computer Design To Be Simulated on Supercomputer

Neuromorphic Computer Design To Be Simulated on Supercomputer

Neuromorphic Computing
Researchers will explore the design and potential of next-generation supercomputers that incorporate a highly efficient neuromorphic processor, which more closely represents the human brain in its architectural design. 

Tyler Cowen and Peter Thiel on the Future of Innovation


 Innovation
Peter Thiel talks with Tyler Cowen about stagnation, company names, chess, favorite TV shows, and especially innovation.

Nanorobots Used to Open the Blood-Brain Barrier

Nanorobs Used to Open the Blood-Brain Barrier

 Medicine
Scientists have used nanorobotic agents to open the blood-brain barrier, offering hope for new brain treatments in a new proof-of-concept study.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cellular Rejuvenation and Skin Tightening - Can it Even Be Done?

Cellular Rejuvenation and Skin Tightening

 Aging
In the battle against aging, skin creams and pills containing collagen will not help much, but there are many products on the market that can stimulate new cellular growth, help existing wrinkles, and prevent new ones from forming.

Surprise Helps Babies Learn

Surprise Helps Babies Learn

Learning
Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that babies learn new things by leveraging the core information they are born with. When something surprises a baby, like an object not behaving the way a baby expects it to, the baby not only focuses on that object, but ultimately learns more about it than from a similar yet predictable object.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Is AI Truly the Future? What Real Engineers think About Artificial Intelligence

Is AI Truly the Future? What Real Engineers think About Artificial Intelligence

 Artificial Intelligence
What are the computer engineers and industry-related experts' opinion of artificial intelligence? Do the recent depictions in science fiction of the technology match up with reality?

4 Futuristic Devices That Are Breaking Into Mainstream

4 Futuristic Devices That Are Breaking Into Mainstream

 Technology
The promise of devices that were once only realizable through science fiction is being realized in more and more areas. Here are a few teleological innovations that are rapidly becoming a part of our everyday lives.

Ford to Ramp Up Efforts for Driverless Cars at New Silicon Valley Lab

Ford to Ramp Up Efforts for Driverless Cars at New Silicon Valley Lab

Self Driving Cars
Car maker Ford recently expanded its presence in Silicon Valley to develop future automotive technologies like self driving cars.  The company also announced a collaboration with Google, to integrate Nest home automation apps into dashboard infotainment systems.