Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways—some simple and some involving new technologies—to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed at the University of Rochester, not only overcomes some of the limitations of previous devices, but it uses inexpensive, readily available materials in a novel configuration.
Wolverine, Ghost Rider, the Incredible Hulk — all of these characters have at least one awesome trait in common: the ability to heal themselves. And now, the Pentagon wants to give ordinary people this superhuman capability.
In interviews with BBC and Sky News, WikiLeaks founder explains how Google’s behavior, though legal, is like that of surveillance agencies.
A new dehydration system uses Earth’s energy field to solve rising damp problems, because it addresses the root cause by neutralizing the capillary forces. Besides drying walls of buildings, this system can also be used to dry out underground walls, basements, and cellars.
The shape of a centuries-old Buddhist singing bowl has inspired a Canberra scientist to re-think the way that solar cells are designed to maximize their efficiency.
A network of far-flung, powerful, high-tech civilizations closely tied by trade and diplomatic embassies; an accelerating threat of climate change… a rising wave of displaced populations ready to sweep across developed nations. Sound familiar? This describes our world 3,000 years ago.
When the Sidekik app is activated, the audio and video devices on the user’s smartphone will begin recording and streaming to a secure third party data storage facility; simultaneously the app will initiate a video phone call.
Everything is both a mirror and a reflection of something else, and the technological world that we’ve constructed is a glimpse at our inner universe. The way we use technology is analogous to how the mind interacts with nature, collects and stores sensory data, formulates ideas and adapts to surroundings. Humans first dominated nature by studying and imitating the workings of the natural world, and this process has evolved into a symbiotic relationship where the evolution of the species is heavily warped by our own invention. Now we are totally dependent on technology for survival and for any further evolution. As such, it is enlightening to consider just how similar the human mind is to the computer, the core technology contributing to the evolution of human consciousness most by enabling communication to occur at synaptic speeds. Consider the following…
When it comes to information and connection, we rarely want for anything these days. And that’s a problem, argues journalist Michael Harris in his new book The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection (Current, August 2014). Harris suggests that modern technology, especially the smartphone, has taken certain kinds of absence from our lives—it has eliminated our time for solitude and daydreaming, and filled even short moments of quiet with interruptions and distractions.
A report recently presented by the Pew Research Centre in the US predicts that professional roles such as doctors, lawyers and accountants could be replaced by artificial intelligence by the year 2025. This could have huge implications for a range of industries such as health care, transport and logistics. VoR’s Juliet Spare reports.
Check out this real-life transformer! Using origami-inspired computing, researchers have built a crawling robot that assembles itself in 4 minutes. Researchers hope the prototype will eventually lead to cheap, quick, and customized robot manufacture.
The “Rosetta” spacecraft has arrived at and orbited comet 67P – located more than 250 million miles away – bringing a 10-year journey across the solar system to an end.
Witness the recent trend of modern-day science catching up to an ancient understanding about the true nature of reality, its make-up, how it functions and how we can work with it to bring about change on our planet.