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.
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.
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.
Within the next five years, using mobile devices simply for communication will seem outdated.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.
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.
It’s now possible to hide an object from being felt, thanks to research by scientists at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.