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NASA Creates New 'Self-Healing' Material

September 2, 2015 Hurtling through the endless void of space in a thin aluminum can as debris zips around in every direction may have just gotten a little safer. NASA and the University of Michigan have designed a new “skin” that can heal itself within seconds of being punctured. In a study published...

This Might Be the Best New Drone to Buy for Beginners

September 2, 2015 Don’t be like Enrique Iglesias. In May the multi-platinum singing sensation was playing a sold-out show in Tijuana, Mexico, when a drone dropped down near the stage to get some close-up shots. He reached out to it to pull it closer and sliced his fingers open on the spinning propellor...

Police Drones With Tasers and Pepper Spray? They're Legal in North Dakota

August 26, 2015 North Dakota, known for its vast frackable oil reserves and being in a Coen brothers film once, is the first state in the U.S. that will allow its police to fly drones equipped with tasers and other “non-lethal weapons,” The Daily Beast reported. According to The Daily Beast, the bill,...

NASA Wants to Turn Human Waste into Plastic and Vitamins

August 21, 2015 When tomorrow’s astronauts feel the call of nature, they may be engaging in an act of creation. NASA recently awarded roughly $200,000 to researchers at Clemson University to figure out how to turn human waste into usable products, including vitamins and plastics. Mark Blenner, a professor in Clemson’s chemical and...

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NASA Is Looking To Turn Astronaut Waste Into Plastic and Vitamins

August 21, 2015 When tomorrow’s astronauts feel the call of nature, they may be engaging in an act of creation. NASA recently awarded roughly $200,000 to researchers at Clemson University to figure out how to turn human waste into usable products, including vitamins and plastics. Mark Blenner, a professor in Clemson’s chemical and...

A Digital Rat Brain Could Power Future Smartphones

August 18, 2015 In August 2014, IBM announced that it had built a “brain-inspired” computer chip—essentially a computer that was wired like an organic brain, rather than a traditional computer. These chips are designed to work like neurons—the brain’s nerve cells. Wired reported on Aug. 17 that the team working on the brain...

Time to Hide: Google’s Humanoid Robot Can Now Walk Outside on its Own

August 18, 2015 As you hide behind a tree, your heart races. You breathe shallow so they don’t hear you. But you know you’re running in vain. The robots are coming and this forest won’t hide you for long. When the robot uprising happens, you’ll have Google—or Alphabet, as its parent company is...

Robots Are Learning How to Build Better Clones of Themselves

August 14, 2015 In just about every dystopian film where robots have taken over, they’ve gotten to their dominance over humanity by being able to self-replicate and get better with each new model. Once they’ve become self-aware, they use their superior machine intelligence to make, faster, better, stronger versions of themselves. Scientists at...

There’s Finally a Great Use for IBM’s Watson: Making Fantasy Football Picks

August 12, 2015 Forget helping you with your taxes, or diagnosing cancer: IBM’s Watson cognitive computing system can now help you beat your friends at fantasy football. A new startup built on Watson’s technology, called Edge Up Sports, launched today (August 12) on Kickstarter that might give fantasy players more time to spend...

International Space Station Astronauts' New Hobby? Space-Gardening.

August 11, 2015 Space: the final frontier for leafy greens. The first food grown and harvested in space—a crop of red lettuce—is about to be eaten by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The lettuce was grown for 15 months with a system called Veg-01, which uses red, blue, and green LED lights...