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World’s First Three-Parent Baby Could Soon Be Born In UK, As Government Approves Treatment

Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 1 Comment
World’s First Three-Parent Baby Could Soon Be Born In UK, As Government Approves Treatment

The world’s first baby with three genetic parents could soon be born in the UK, after the Government announced plans to legalize a controversial technique to help prevent children inheriting diseases. Britain could become the first country in the world to allow mitochondrial replacement (MR) therapy, following Government changes to fertility rules in February. If permitted, more than 100 “three-parent” babies could be born in the UK each year.

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Driverless Cars Could Change Everything

Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Driverless Cars Could Change Everything

For now, it seems like a novelty – cars that can operate independently of human control, safely cruising down streets thanks to an array of sensors and pinpoint GPS navigation. But if the technology avoids getting crushed by government regulators and product liability lawsuits, writes the Federalist’s Dan McLaughlin, it could prompt a cultural shift similar to the early 20th century move away from horses as the primary means of transportation. First and foremost, he writes, the spread of driverless cars will likely greatly reduce the number of traffic accidents – which currently cost Americans $871b (£510b) a year.

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New Technique Could Boost Internet Speeds AND Security

Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
New Technique Could Boost Internet Speeds AND Security

The internet protocol suite was a tremendous leap forward that revolutionized our paradigm for transmitting digital information. Remarkably, 40 years on, it still forms the backbone of the internet. However, despite all its merits, few would say that it is particularly efficient, secure or flexible.

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Integrating Into the ‘Internet of Things’

Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Integrating Into the ‘Internet of Things’

Within the next five years, using mobile devices simply for communication will seem outdated. The Internet of Things (IoT) will allow consumers to interact with nearly every appliance and device they own. Your refrigerator will let you know when you’re running low on milk, your dishwasher will inform you when it’s ready to be emptied. It’s possible that you will be getting more text messages from your devices than from human beings.

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Solar Decathlon: Sustainable Urban Housing Design

Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Alternative Energy, Futurism, Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Solar Decathlon: Sustainable Urban Housing Design

A solar decathlon competition took place in Paris last weekend. Take a look at the inspiring prototype winners for sustainable housing!

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DARPA Working to Build a Brain Memory Stimulator

Posted by on July 7, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 1 Comment
DARPA Working to Build a Brain Memory Stimulator

The Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA) and US military researchers claim they’re in the process of developing a new brain implant that shows promise in restoring certain mental faculties. Although this could appear like a miracle to millions of people around the world, it does not go without raising ethical concerns.

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New “Invisibility Cloak” Keeps Objects From Being Felt

Posted by on July 2, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 1 Comment
New “Invisibility Cloak” Keeps Objects From Being Felt

It’s now possible to hide an object from being felt, thanks to research by scientists at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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3D Printer Brings Kids’ Creations to Life

Posted by on June 17, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
3D Printer Brings Kids’ Creations to Life

A new 3D printer for kids promises to bridge the gap between technical know-how and your child’s imagination.

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Watch: Double Sun System Discovered – Planets Orbiting Two Suns in Figure 8 Style

Posted by on June 13, 2014 in Earth, Futurism, Sci-Tech, Space, Technology with 0 Comments
Watch: Double Sun System Discovered – Planets Orbiting Two Suns in Figure 8 Style

Planets orbiting double stars have been a favorite of science fiction writers. Until now, astronomers did not know that a double sunset like that made famous by the movie Star Wars was possible. The Kepler telescope is a game changer.

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Forging Biodegradable Plastic From Methane and Plant Waste

Posted by on June 11, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 2 Comments
Forging Biodegradable Plastic From Methane and Plant Waste

Could we make the Great Pacific Garbage Patch just disappear? What if we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions while replacing up to 30 percent of the world’s plastics with a biodegradable substitute?

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Quantum Dot Breakthrough Could Lead to Cheap Spray-on Solar Cells

Posted by on June 11, 2014 in Alternative Energy, Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Quantum Dot Breakthrough Could Lead to Cheap Spray-on Solar Cells

Quantum dots are nanocrystals made out of a semicondutor material that is small enough to take advantage of the laws of quantum mechanics. At the center of a very new and rapidly evolving field of research, they offer promise for applications in highly efficient solar cells, transistors and lasers, among other things.

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Hackers are the Internet’s Immune System

Posted by on June 10, 2014 in Technology, Videos with 0 Comments
Hackers are the Internet’s Immune System

Do hackers force us to evolve and improve? See if you agree with this TED talk by cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari.

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Chatty Robot Is World’s First to Read People’s Emotions

Posted by on June 9, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Chatty Robot Is World’s First to Read People’s Emotions

Pepper the robot is touted as the world’s first with the ability to read emotions. Pepper doesn’t look much like its name. Standing under four-feet tall with a tablet computer mounted to its chest, it has human-like hands and a mermaid-like lower torso — though its toddler-like voice seems incongruous with this state-of-the-art facade. Despite the high-pitched voice, Pepper is able to converse about everything from the weather, to more sophisticated topics like the latest fluctuations in the stock markets. Yet the great differentiator is the fact Pepper is fully interactive, making eye contact when meeting people. In addition, Pepper is “the first robot to read human emotions,” said Softbank’s CEO Masayoshi Son.

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New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones

Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones

In the future, virtual reality won’t require strapping a bulky contraption to your head. Instead, imagine stepping into an empty room and then suddenly seeing life-size, 3-D images of people and furniture. Or looking down at a smartwatch and seeing virtual objects float and bounce above the wrist, like the holographic Princess Leia beamed by R2-D2 in the movie “Star Wars.” A key to this future may lay in Carlsbad, Calif., where startup Ostendo Technologies Inc. has spent the past nine years quietly working on miniature projectors designed to emit crisp videos and glasses-free 3-D images for smartphones and giant screens.

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‘Reset The Net!’ Reddit, Greenpeace, Amnesty Unite In Anti-NSA Hit Campaign

Posted by on June 2, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
‘Reset The Net!’ Reddit, Greenpeace, Amnesty Unite In Anti-NSA Hit Campaign

Some 200 websites have joined the #ResetTheNet campaign, urging internet users, developers and content providers to use “NSA-resistant” software and tools to protect the global net against intrusive government surveillance. The sites, which vary from individual pages to internet giants like Reddit, Imgur and Boing Boing, various rights groups, including Amnesty International and Greenpeace will place an internet “splash screen” on Thursday in support of the campaign.

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