IBM Drug Zika Ebola Herpes

IBM helped develop a ‘magic bullet’ that might kill Zika, Ebola and other viruses

By on May 12, 2016 at 4:52 PM.

IBM helped develop a ‘magic bullet’ that might kill Zika, Ebola and other viruses

IBM isn’t just a computer company anymore. The IBM Research arm partnered up with the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) in Singapore to create a chemical macromolecule that acts as a “magic bullet” capable of killing all sorts of viral infections. The substance could be used in the future to stave off a wide range of diseases, including Ebola, Zika, herpes, influenza and other viral threats. More →

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Hyperloop One Test

We’re still a long way from a real Hyperloop

By on May 12, 2016 at 2:57 PM.

We’re still a long way from a real Hyperloop

Yesterday, Hyperloop One conducted the first test of the propulsion system that may eventually shoot people through tubes at very high speeds. Hyperloop One’s CEO Rob Lloyd described the test as an “engineering milestone,” but while it was undoubtedly impressive, Hyperloop still has a long way to go.

It’s worth remembering how Hyperloop is supposed to work. In Elon Musk’s original plans, a pod carrying humans travels down a tube in a partial vacuum, levitating using compressed air, and being propelled forwards using electromagnets.

Yesterday’s test only involved the propulsion component. A “sled” carrying the linear induction motor shot down an empty track, accelerating from 0 to 120mph in 1.5 seconds, and topping out at 300mph. It was a good spectacle for the assembled press, but in reality, little more than a glorified roller coaster.

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Hyperloop Test Watch Video

You can watch the first full-scale Hyperloop test right here

By on May 11, 2016 at 2:39 PM.

You can watch the first full-scale Hyperloop test right here

The first full-scale test of next-gen Hyperloop transportation technology has just taken place in the desert outside Las Vegas.

Although Hyperloop is an Elon Musk idea, he’s “too busy” to try and develop it himself. Instead, he released the plans for free, and private companies are designing their own solutions. At the forefront of the race is Hyperloop Technologies, which has conducted the first full-scale test.

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Shape-Shifting Interface

Materiable is a shape-shifting digital interface that can behave like a liquid

Materiable is a shape-shifting digital interface that can behave like a liquid

By on May 11, 2016 at 8:19 AM.

A group of researchers have created the groundwork for a new type of interface that could someday change the way we interact with devices.

Developed by engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Tangible Media Group, “Materiable” is an array of physical pixels mounted on motors that respond in very specific ways when manipulated. Using a computer to control the interface, it can be programmed with different algorithms in order to trigger responses that mimic different materials.

Coupled with a projector that can beam different colors onto the pixels, the possibilities are endless and exciting. More →

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Plume Labs Pigeon Air Patrol

Backpack-carrying pigeons deployed in the first line fighting pollution

By on May 10, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

Backpack-carrying pigeons deployed in the first line fighting pollution

Fighting pollution and global warming is a top priority for governments and various organizations around the world. One of them is the Paris-based Plume Labs, which has enlisted pigeons in a bold new air-monitoring project. By equipping thesebirds with sensor-laden backpacks that can monitor air pollution, Plume was able to offer more details about the air quality in London. More →

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Cool robot hand learns as it goes

By on May 10, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

Cool robot hand learns as it goes

It’s a device that brings to mind the bodyless hand, Thing, from The Addams Family: a human-like robotic hand, engineered by scientists at the University of Washington, that can learn on its own as it handles a specific task.

The hand has five fingers, tendons, joints, over a hundred sensors, and is capable of moving faster than its human counterpart. In a video the university released, the hand can be seen delicately rotating a tube full of coffee beans– an activity that the robot can improve iteratively, the university said. More →

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Climate Change Facts 2016

One look at this visualization will make you a climate change believer

By on May 10, 2016 at 7:41 PM.

One look at this visualization will make you a climate change believer

Some day the climate change argument will be over and one side will emerge victorious, but that day almost certainly won’t come in our lifetimes. People on both sides of the fence believe strongly in their stances, and neither side seems swayed by convincing arguments made by the other. Of course, the data often seems to favor one side of the argument a bit more than the other, and a new visualization we came across serves as a strong reminder of which side that is. More →

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NASA Mercury Sun Transit Livestream Photos

Live stream: Watch Mercury move past the surface of the Sun

By on May 9, 2016 at 1:07 PM.

Live stream: Watch Mercury move past the surface of the Sun

You don’t always get a chance to see Mercury, but thanks to NASA you’ll be able to get a unique view of the small planet as it passes in between the Earth and the sun. Mercury will appear as a tiny black dot on the surface of the Sun during this rare event, and you can watch it happen live.

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Jeff Bezos Blue Origin

Jeff Bezos’ plans for space travel includes ‘millions of people living and working in space’

By on May 6, 2016 at 8:15 PM.

Jeff Bezos’ plans for space travel includes ‘millions of people living and working in space’

As the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk is often regarded as a real-life version of Tony Stark. But truth be told, Musk isn’t the only prominent CEO with two jobs and grand aspirations for space travel. While Jeff Bezos is primarily known as the CEO of Amazon, he’s also the founder of Blue Origin, a privately funded spaceflight services company.

Similar to what Elon Musk is trying to do with SpaceX, Blue Origin is primarily focused on developing technologies that will allow private citizens to travel to space without breaking the bank. And though Blue Origin receives a lot less press than SpaceX, the Jeff Bezos led company this past November launched a rocket about 62 miles up into the atmosphere (the outskirts of space) and successfully managed to land it back on earth in one piece.

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