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Sep 24, 2017

He Hacked a Way to Talk to Plants — and They Talk Back

Posted by in category: bioengineering

Bioengineer Keenan Pinto designed an application that helps hydroponic farmers “talk” to their plants.

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Sep 24, 2017

Scientists have created a BACTERIUM that inhales CO2 producing Energy

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, energy, genetics, transhumanism

It’s a bionic leaf that could revolutionize everything we thought we knew about clean energy.

Harvard scientists open the door to an energetic revolution that has allowed them to test successfully a system that converts sunlight into liquid fuel.

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Sep 24, 2017

Forget Police Sketches: Researchers Perfectly Reconstruct Faces

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Picture this: you’re sitting in a police interrogation room, struggling to describe the face of a criminal to a sketch artist. You pause, wrinkling your brow, trying to remember the distance between his eyes and the shape of his nose.

Suddenly, the detective offers you an easier way: would you like to have your brain scanned instead, so that machines can automatically reconstruct the face in your mind’s eye from reading your brain waves?

Sound fantastical? It’s not. After decades of work, scientists at Caltech may have finally cracked our brain’s facial recognition code. Using brain scans and direct neuron recording from macaque monkeys, the team found specialized “face patches” that respond to specific combinations of facial features.

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Sep 24, 2017

This 1950s car has a hidden fifth wheel to make parking easier

Posted by in category: transportation

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Sep 24, 2017

An exercise scientist explains why you shouldn’t do sit-ups or crunches

Posted by in category: health

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Sep 24, 2017

100 Million Passengers Every Year

Posted by in categories: economics, food, government, health, policy, sustainability

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Sep 24, 2017

The house in ‘Ex Machina’ is actually a stunning hotel in Norway — take a look inside

Posted by in category: futurism

Step inside the Juvet Landscape Hotel in western Norway, the main setting for the 2015 sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina.”

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Sep 24, 2017

Particle Accelerators Could Be the Key to Cheaper Solar Panels

Posted by in categories: particle physics, solar power, sustainability

It may seem counterintuitive, but we can use a particle accelerator to make solar panels. Here’s how.

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Sep 24, 2017

This is how your brain tells time

Posted by in category: neuroscience

No single area of the brain can take responsibility for our perception of time. Instead, multiple regions perform different tasks to help you watch the clock.

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Sep 24, 2017

Scientists turned these spinach leaves into beating heart tissue

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

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