Tiny 'Nanoneedles' Could Help Your Damaged Organs Repair Themselves

In a trial involving mice, an international team of researchers used microscopic "nanoneedles" to coax the body into generating new blood vessels. Applied to humans, the technology could eventually be used to get organs and nerves to repair themselves. » 3/30/15 1:40pm Monday 1:40pm

Size matters: Elephants and whales are the only two animals that show up from space when tracked using "commercially available" resolutions. Satellite images have been used to prevent poaching, as well as to keep track of creatures that manage to be as elusive as they are enormous. » 3/28/15 3:10pm Saturday 3:10pm

This New Infrared Telescope Could Help Us Detect Dyson Spheres

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence just got a big boost, thanks to the introduction of a powerful new infrared telescope. In addition to scanning for pulses of infrared light, astronomers will use device to search for alien megastructures, such as Dyson Spheres. » 3/26/15 10:20am 3/26/15 10:20am

When It Comes to Tech Dystopia, Portlandia Is Better Than Black Mirror

UK series Black Mirror is being lauded as the first show that really tells the truth about our dystopian tech destiny. But the best critique of technology in today's culture is not this science fiction import. For the most scathing commentary on the high-tech world we've designed for ourselves, you have to watch … » 3/20/15 6:37pm 3/20/15 6:37pm

A Robotic Arm So Advanced It Helps To Build Copies Of Itself

Behold the new UR3 robotic arm. Smaller, lighter, and more nimble than its predecessors, the Universal Robot-built arm can be programmed for a wide variety of tasks — including the construction of its own parts. » 3/17/15 2:40pm 3/17/15 2:40pm

Watch This Bipedal Robot Get Hammered With Dodgeballs

Introducing ATRIAS, a bipedal robot designed and built by Dynamic Robotics Labs. Its developers are optimistic that it'll eventually become the world's fastest two-legged robot. Until then, it'll have to endure the physical abuse typically afforded robots these days. » 3/16/15 3:40pm 3/16/15 3:40pm

Activists Stage Anti-AI Protest At SXSW

With chants of "I say robot, you say no-bot!", a group of protesters took to the streets in Austin, Texas to warn against the rise of artificial intelligence. The movement, though small in number, may be the start of a larger trend. » 3/16/15 7:40am 3/16/15 7:40am

The Wild, Nominally Edible World of 3D-Printed Foodstuffs

People have fabricated all kinds of things with 3D printers, but some of the most innovative creations yet have been edible ones. Does 3D printing really have what it takes to transform the food industry? Have a look at some prototype snacks and decide for yourself. » 3/05/15 4:00pm 3/05/15 4:00pm

The Top 10 Emerging Technologies Of 2015

Bernard Meyerson, chief innovation officer of IBM and chair of the World Economic Forum's Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, today published the Meta-Council's list of the Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2015. » 3/04/15 6:00pm 3/04/15 6:00pm

Cars From Another Universe: Bizarre Motor Vehicles That Never Caught On

When it comes to motor vehicles, history is filled with curious also-rans. If the inventors of these contraptions had had their ways, our streets might be filled with single-wheeled cars, gas-fueled chariots, and armor-plated snowmobiles. » 3/02/15 3:00pm 3/02/15 3:00pm

What’s The Best Designed Piece Of Technology You've Ever Used?

Whether you want to point to an old technology that has stood the test of time mostly unchanged or you prefer to highlight one of the newer technologies that has slipped seamlessly into your daily life, we want to know about the most perfectly designed technology you've ever used. » 2/25/15 7:00am 2/25/15 7:00am

Robot Clock Writing The Time On A Whiteboard Is Weirdly Fun To Watch

Forget hands rotating around a dial or numbers flicking in the dark; this whiteboard-mounted clock erases the time every five minutes and writes the new time. And it's kind of adorable to boot. » 2/20/15 2:47pm 2/20/15 2:47pm

How Much Longer Before Companies Start To Run Themselves?

Increasingly powerful AI is poised to threaten many well-established professions. A strong case can be made that no industry or job is safe — including the upper echelons of corporate governance. The era is fast approaching when companies will be able to operate with virtually no human intervention. Here's how it… » 2/20/15 12:00pm 2/20/15 12:00pm

A Test Of Nevada's Solar Tower Project Torched Over A Hundred Birds  

In what's turning into a public relations headache for the solar industry, news has emerged that a recent test of the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nevada resulted in some 130 birds catching fire, when they flew into an area of highly concentrated solar energy. » 2/19/15 12:30pm 2/19/15 12:30pm

Why Some Things Get Better After A Disaster

Normally, the things around us become damaged after experiencing an unexpected disruption or shock. But there are aspects to our world that actually get better after a setback. Here's why things that don't kill us can sometimes make us stronger. » 2/19/15 10:15am 2/19/15 10:15am

The Magnificent Evolution of Polar Icebreakers

Modern icebreakers are the most marvelous of civilian ships. They are huge, they are strong, they are powerful, and their history is amazing. Without them, there would be no safe waterways for other ships in the icy waters around the poles of the Earth. Here is a spectacular look into their evolution, from steamers… » 2/19/15 4:27am 2/19/15 4:27am

The Computer Simulation That Almost Started World War III

Remember the 1983 movie WarGames? The film is about a computer "game" with the potential to start thermonuclear war. But strangely this scenario is more truth than fiction. Because in 1979 programmers at NORAD almost started World War III when they accidentally ran a computer simulation of a Soviet attack. » 2/17/15 12:18pm 2/17/15 12:18pm

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into the Ultimate Spy Tool

You don't need to be Bond to get your own spy gadgets. You've already got the ultimate spy tool in your pocket: a smartphone. And who would suspect you're spying when you're probably just texting a friend? Here are the apps and peripherals you need to take your phone on a covert mission without Q in your corner. » 2/12/15 3:06pm 2/12/15 3:06pm

The Photographic History Of Robots As Restaurant Employees

We may think of robotic waitstaff as something that belongs to the future, but the truth is that robots have been serving people at restaurants since the 1980s. How well have these robot servers worked out? Here is a brief history of robot waiters over the last 30 years. » 2/11/15 3:00pm 2/11/15 3:00pm

How NASA Might Use A Robotic Sub To Explore Titan's Methane Seas

At a recent advanced concepts symposium, NASA scientists unveiled a conceptual plan to explore the frigid methane and ethane seas on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, using a robotic submarine. » 2/11/15 1:55pm 2/11/15 1:55pm