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Awesome January 24, 2014 posted by

Immunity Project – are we moving towards a new era of crowdfunded medical research?

A strange thing just happened. A group of Harvard, MIT and Stanford university ‘scientists and entrepreneurs’ have emerged from their shadowy labs somewhere deep in the heart of the Californian jungle, to register a project to fight HIV and AIDS. What’s interesting is the fact that the Immunity Project, as it’s called, has not only signed on with the prestigious YCombinator startup incubator scheme, but it’s also gone straight to the people to ask for funding for a crucial part…


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Immunity Project – are we moving towards a new era of crowdfunded medical research?
future tech October 25, 2013 posted by

Got a storage problem? – million year discs to the rescue

There’s a LOT of information stored on computers right now. Probably more data than you could comfortably fit into the back seat of a BMW sports wagon. Which is all fine and dandy, until you realize that it’s mostly stored on magnetic media of one sort or another, which will only survive for something like a 10 to 15 year lifespan. How on earth are we going to make sure this information is still around in the future when our…


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Got a storage problem? – million year discs to the rescue
future tech September 14, 2013 posted by

Scientists create world’s thinnest sheet of glass at only two atoms thick, insurance companies fret

Scientists at Cornwell University have managed to create the world’s thinnest sheet of glass, but don’t expect it to feature in your smartphone any time soon. Heck, if and when it does, you might never know, because it would play a role behind the scenes where your eyes can’t see. From what we understand, this sheet of ‘graphene glass‘ measures two atoms thick, so you wouldn’t want to drop it, nor would you want to drop anything on it, yourself…


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Scientists create world’s thinnest sheet of glass at only two atoms thick, insurance companies fret
Bizarre May 6, 2013 posted by

Myo Gesture Control Armband – What has science wrought??

When you read Harry Potter for the first time, you probably couldn’t help but wish that you had some magical prowess. Being able to do basically anything you can think of with a wave of your hand is kind of awesome. While we may not posses those abilities, some gizmos are starting to emerge that will let us interact with technology as if it were magic. Science is kind of awesome that way.


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Myo Gesture Control Armband – What has science wrought??
Awesome April 15, 2013 posted by

This new DNA Testing Chip scares the bits out of us, expect a science fiction world sooner rather than later

Scientists at Panasonic, along with Belgium based researchers at IMEC, have developed a new DNA testing machine on a chip that can deliver results in an hour, instead of the current 3 or 4 days. The device, which is about half the size of a business card, contains all the mechanics to process a blood sample, including a tiny electromagnetic pump which pushes the sample along a full blown analysis and processing line inside the chip.


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This new DNA Testing Chip scares the bits out of us, expect a science fiction world sooner rather than later
Awesome March 5, 2013 posted by

This riveting International Space Station Video Tour is a must watch glimpse of an alien lifestyle

Ever wondered what it would be like to live on the International Space Station for six months? Think it would be easy? Well think again. Apparently not only is it a very busy place indeed, with lots of scientists doing amazing experiments and all that boffin type activity, but it also comes with its own share of weirdness. Like the fact that you don’t ever sit down. Not for 6 months or however long your tour is. No chairs you…


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This riveting International Space Station Video Tour is a must watch glimpse of an alien lifestyle
Awesome November 5, 2012 posted by

Open Source Aerogel – awesome material can now be made by anyone, but….

We first featured the wonder product Aerogel back in 2003 when we wrote about a high performance jacket designed for mountain climbers. The €1900 coat is just one item in a rapidly growing stable of commercial products based around this wonder material, which was developed in 1931 by Dr Samuel Kistler in the US. Despite its amazing thermal insulation properties and an absolute slew of world records (lowest density solid, lowest thermal conductivity, lowest speed of sound through a material…


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Open Source Aerogel – awesome material can now be made by anyone, but….
Bizarre October 25, 2012 posted by

Learning the Lessons of Flight AF447 – the problem with pilot errors and training

It was just after 2am on the 1st of June 2009 when Air France flight number AF447, an Airbus A330-200 with 228 people on board, suddenly went missing with no explanation. The authorities mounted a search as soon as they were aware of the problem, and within hours found wreckage that indicated the aircraft had crashed into the sea. However it was only after an intensive two year search of the sea bed that the flight recorders were found, and…


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Learning the Lessons of Flight AF447 – the problem with pilot errors and training
cool tech October 18, 2012 posted by

Super Cheap Health Tests cost pennies, saves lives

One of the big challenges of our global family is to deliver affordable health care to those who don’t have much money, especially in the developing world. The massive advances in first world health mechanics is all well and good, but if it requires a $10,000 down payment, it’s not going to help someone with a median income of $10 a month. Which is why it’s great to see organizations like Diagnostics For All step up and offer low cost…


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Super Cheap Health Tests cost pennies, saves lives
hmm..interesting October 12, 2012 posted by

Animals are now officially considered to be conscious – more respect for that badger please

Anyone who’s ever owned a pet will definitely, absolutely know this for a fact already, but scientists have now moved to officially declare that mammals, birds and many other animals are indeed conscious, and therefore should be treated as such. The declaration was made at a special gathering of scientists during a conference at Cambridge University in the UK back in July of this year.


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Animals are now officially considered to be conscious – more respect for that badger please
cool tech October 11, 2012 posted by

Anti Ageing DNA Service promises instant skin care tailored to the individual

We would all love to stop the march of progress and slow down our crumbling bodily functions, but the technology still remains very science fiction. However a new system developed with the aid of Professor Christofer Toumazou at Imperial College, London, may offer a way to hold back Olde Father Tyme, at least as far as wear and tear of our skin is concerned.


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Anti Ageing DNA Service promises instant skin care tailored to the individual
hmm..interesting October 10, 2012 posted by

Don’t worry, you can now be treated for your mobile phone addiction

Well it’s official. After a fair amount of ‘is it, or isn’t it?‘ time, nomophobia, or the fear of being without your mobile phone, has finally become a real treatable illness. How do we know? Well it’s moved out of the sensational news media realm and onto the price lists of psychiatric clinics around the world. Scary eh?


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Don’t worry, you can now be treated for your mobile phone addiction