George Takei Smartphone Physical Video

George Takei shows how to give yourself a physical with your smartphone

By on August 7, 2014 at 10:15 PM.

George Takei shows how to give yourself a physical with your smartphone

Oh myyy: George Takei, the famous Star Trek actor and social media icon, has just released a sweet new video in which he talks with representatives from several biotech companies who show off new apps and accessories that could help you give yourself a physical using your smartphone. More →

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How To Fight Internet Trolls

A 13-year old just came up with the perfect anti-trolling weapon

By on August 7, 2014 at 4:10 PM.

A 13-year old just came up with the perfect anti-trolling weapon

The Internet is filled with many trolls, and one young scientist has figured out how to stop them… some of the time, at least. Trisha Prabhu is just 13 years old, but she already has a study that got her a spot in Google’s 15 Global Science Fair finalists, and it’s quite an interesting one. Prabhu wants to put a stop to cyber-bullying by making teens and tweens rethink the things they want to post online that may be hurtful to others. In short, she’s appealing to their conscience to prevent annoying messages from being posted online. More →

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MIT Video Recording Audio Vibrations

Future spies might not need to hear you to understand what you’re saying

By on August 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Future spies might not need to hear you to understand what you’re saying

Being able to extract audio from a soundless visual recording is something that intelligence agencies will likely one day use – if they don’t already do it – for their operations. Researchers from MIT, Microsoft and Adobe have managed to create an algorithm that can reconstruct audio “by analyzing minute vibrations of objects depicted in video,” like bags of chips found in the same room with a target, as well as other objects including aluminum foil, the surface of a glass of water, and the leaves of a plant. More →

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South Korean Baseball Robot Fans

Korea’s worst baseball team builds robot fans to cheer demoralized players

By on July 31, 2014 at 12:05 PM.

Korea’s worst baseball team builds robot fans to cheer demoralized players

When a baseball team hits a slump, it can feel insurmountable at times. It doesn’t help when the fan base isn’t there to support the team either, which was the case for the Hanwha Eagles, a South Korean team which has lost more than 400 times in the last five season, consistently coming in last in their league, reports ABC News. Now that the fans have all but given up on their hometown Eagles, the team is making it easier than ever to show support without actually having to sit through another tragic loss with an ingenious solution: robot fans. More →

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Google Search Baseline Study

Next big moonshot project puts Google inside your body

By on July 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Next big moonshot project puts Google inside your body

Google is far from being done searching for answers for some of your most pressing questions, including many surrounding health and the human body, The Wall Street Journal reveals. Baseline Study is a new Google X “moonshot” project that wants to look into the human body and find out exactly what makes us healthy so that the company can find new ways to improve our health. More →

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Maneuvers Video

Check out these wild Boeing 787-9 maneuvers you’ll hopefully never have to experience

By on July 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM.

Check out these wild Boeing 787-9 maneuvers you’ll hopefully never have to experience

Boeing has a new gigantic Dreamliner ready to fly you to a hot destination, Engadget reports, and the company decided to demo the longer 787-9 variant at the Farnborough Airshow in London. To highlight the new aircraft’s powers, 787-9 pilots performed various extreme maneuvers, like steep takeoffs and high-bank turns off the ground – or the kind of airplane action you’ll hopefully never have to experience yourself – with Boeing recording the whole experience on video. More →

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Vantablack Video

Scientists have developed a black so deep it makes 3D objects look flat

By on July 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Scientists have developed a black so deep it makes 3D objects look flat

Coating objects with a layer so black it makes them look like flat holes in reality is potentially important for developing stealth weapons. But we all know the coolest implementation would be an iPhone that would look like a black splotch on the table.

We are now a step closer to this reality, as British scientists have developed a new material called Vantablack. More →

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Harvard RoboBees Robots Development

Yes, we want to replace bees with tiny flower-loving robots

By on July 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Yes, we want to replace bees with tiny flower-loving robots

Honeybees are very important to humans, sustaining Earth’s dominant species with help of their unique ability to pollinate plants. However, humans are not equally helpful to bees, as bees are dying at unprecedented rates thanks to a colony collapse disorder (CCD) that’s apparently so dangerous, even the White House wants it fixed. While some scientists are trying to figure out how to prevent bees from dying, others are thinking about how to replace them with tiny robots that will be able to take their jobs one day, Business Insider reports. More →

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Solar Vs. Coal Power

Rooftop solar power is making coal obsolete in Australia

By on July 9, 2014 at 4:38 PM.

Rooftop solar power is making coal obsolete in Australia

Rooftop solar panels are becoming such a powerful factor in the energy market that they now can push the price of electricity to negative territory in the sunniest regions of the world. This is possible because powering down fossil fuel energy generators during peak solar power periods would be more expensive than paying customers to use the electricity. More →

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Smartphone Battery Life

New breakthrough could lead to huge battery improvements

By on July 9, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

New breakthrough could lead to huge battery improvements

A research team at the University of Alberta may have made a breakthrough that ultimately leads to dramatic improvements in the batteries that power everything from laptops and smartphones to medical devices and tools. According to lead researcher Xinwei Cui, the lithium-ion battery technology his team is currently developing charges faster, lasts longer and outputs more power than current lithium-ion batteries. More →

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North Korea Architects Future Buildings

North Korea’s vision of the future is surprisingly cool

By on July 9, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

North Korea’s vision of the future is surprisingly cool

Given how many times North Korea has threatened to nuke us, you may think that its vision of a perfect future involves a decapitated Statue of Liberty standing in front of a pile of smoldering ruins. However, The Independent reports that some North Korean architects were recently asked to come up with sketches for the cities of tomorrow and they’re actually very cool and interesting concepts of what what the future might (but probably won’t) have in store for us. More →

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