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The 3-D Printer That Can Print Circuits Right Into Other Objects

July 24, 2015 Despite all the fanfare, 3D printing has yet to hit its stride. Up until now, its best uses have been in designing, prototyping, and making creepy copies of yourself. This tends to stem from the fact that you can generally only print with one material at a time, and in...

The First National Drone Racing Championship Is Underway in California

July 17, 2015 There was a buzz in the air over a parched field in northern California. Amidst the dragonflies and hawks, a new type of aerial competition—the first of its size and scale—took to the skies yesterday (July 16). The first national drone racing championship started at the California State Fair in...

Google Wants to Make Your Cellphone Screen Disappear

July 15, 2015 Even with all the obsessive marketing and design awards handed out over the years, most smartphones pretty much look the same. They’re all basically colored rectangles with a smaller black rectangle for a screen on the front. But a new patent awarded to Google suggests the phones of the future...

IBM Has Built the Most Powerful Computer Chips in the World

July 9, 2015 Since 1965, we have held onto the belief that computing power will double every two years, as argued in a paper by Gordon Moore, the eventual founder of Intel. But in recent years, scientists have been straining to keep Moore’s Law alive, as we start to approach the physical limit...

Soon, We’ll Be Able to Control Robot Limbs With Our Minds, Like Luke Skywalker

June 25, 2015 In the future, limbs may be disposable. In 2014, a robot arm that connects into the electrical activity in muscles was approved for commercial sale by the US Food and Drug Administration. The arm allows amputees to do things like climb walls and eat sushi, albeit a little slowly. It...

The First Small Step on Mars Won’t Be Made by Humans, But by Robots

June 25, 2015 As the doors close behind him on the Mars lander, he looks out onto the dusty red surface of the planet and puts his foot down. Back at Mission Control in Houston, the crew lets out sighs of relief and cheers of joy. He doesn’t say much, however, as he’s...

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The First Step on Mars Won’t Be Made By Humans, But By Robots

June 25, 2015 As the doors close behind him on the Mars lander, he looks out onto the dusty red surface of the planet and puts his foot down. Back at Mission Control in Houston, the crew lets out sighs of relief and cheers of joy. He doesn’t say much, however, as he’s...

Robots in Japan Now Have Emotions

June 22, 2015 Amid a growing debate over humanity’s place in the world alongside artificial intelligence, a Japanese telecom company has released a robot that it says has emotions. But rather than run in fear from it, we’ve welcomed it into our homes: Pepper, the “emotional robot,” sold out within a minute of...

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NASA Has a Humanoid Robot Working Aboard the International Space Station

June 21, 2015 While we have not quite figured out interstellar travel yet, nor built any fully armed and operational off-Earth battle stations, we have gotten closer to the sci-fi trope of robots that can help out humans in space. NASA now has an award-winning robot on board the International Space Station. The...

NASA Now Has a Humanoid Robot Working Aboard the International Space Station

June 20, 2015 While we have not quite figured out interstellar travel yet, nor built any fully armed and operational off-Earth battle stations, we have gotten closer to the sci-fi trope of robots that can help out humans in space. NASA now has an award-winning robot on board the International Space Station. The...