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New metamaterial is proved to be the world’s first to achieve the performance predicted by theoretical bounds
23rd February 2017 | Tech

In 2015 UC Santa Barbara mechanical engineer and materials scientist Jonathan Berger developed an idea that could change the way people think about high-performance structural materials. Two years later, his concept is paying research dividends.

New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
22nd February 2017 | Tech

Although scientists have been able to levitate specific types of material, a pair of UChicago undergraduate physics students helped take the science to a new level.

Third-year Frankie Fung and fourth-year Mykhaylo Usatyuk led a team of UChicago researchers who demonstrated how to levitate a variety of objects—ceramic and polyethylene spheres, glass bubbles, ice particles, lint strands and thistle seeds—between a warm plate and a cold plate in a vacuum chamber.

New Way to Fight Superbugs Found in Noxious Weed
22nd February 2017 | Animal Life, Earth, Tech

The invasive Brazilian peppertree contains a substance that keeps drug-resistant bacteria from producing their deadly toxins.

Related: New antibiotic from bacteria found on Kenyan ant could help beat MRSA

Major report prepares ground for genetic modification of human embryos
22nd February 2017 | | Tech

Powerful gene editing procedures could one day be allowed to prevent people from passing on serious medical conditions to their children, according to a major report from senior US researchers.

European City Set to Transform Industrial Site Into Remarkable Vertical Forest
21st February 2017 | Earth, Tech

To push the city toward a more eco-friendly future, Brussels is planning to build three vertical structures using recyclable materials, renewable energy sources, and 30,000 plants.

This plan to redefine the urban landscape using nature is one of many being undertaken by cities across the globe, and it could prove very beneficial to the environment.

The ultimate green technology: Creating computers that use 10,000 times less energy
21st February 2017 | | Tech

Imagine patterning and visualizing silicon at the atomic level, something which, if done successfully, will revolutionize the quantum and classical computing industry. A team of scientists has done just that, led by a world-renowned physicist and his up-and-coming protégé.

Energy-Free AC? Heat-Reflecting Wrap Could Cool Without Power
21st February 2017 | | Earth, Tech

A heat-reflecting, futuristic supermaterial that looks like a roll of plastic wrap could one day cool both houses and power plants without using any energy, according to a new study.

Eco-friendly concrete created
21st February 2017 | | Earth, Tech

In the future, wide-ranging composite materials are expected to be stronger, lighter, cheaper and greener for our planet, thanks to a new invention. Nine years ago, an American researcher invented an energy-efficient technology that harnesses largely low-temperature, water-based reactions.

Related: A small group of scientists are now racing to document rare plant life in these limestone karsts before local companies quarry them to dust and grind them up for production of the cement that is fueling this country’s building boom.

Sound waves could take a tsunami down a few notches
21st February 2017 | | Earth, Tech

A tsunami’s immense wall of water may not be stoppable. But there may be a way to take the ferocious force of nature down a few notches, using a pair of counterwaves.

If released at the right moment, a type of sound wave known as an acoustic-gravity wave could subdue a tsunami

Could a £400bn plan to refreeze the Arctic before the ice melts really work?
21st February 2017 | | Earth, Tech

Temperatures are now so high at the north pole that scientists are contemplating radical schemes to avoid catastrophe

Woolly mammoth on verge of resurrection, scientists reveal
20th February 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Tech

The woolly mammoth vanished from the Earth 4,000 years ago, but now scientists say they are on the brink of resurrecting the ancient beast in a revised form, through an ambitious feat of genetic engineering.

The scientist leading the “de-extinction” effort said the Harvard team is just two years away from creating a hybrid embryo, in which mammoth traits would be programmed into an Asian elephant.

Soon, you will never lose your boarding pass because it will be your face
20th February 2017 | Tech

Airports around the world are rolling out facial-recognition technology in an attempt to improve security and reduce the painful boarding process.

Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport is testing facial recognition technology made by Portuguese firm Vision-Box

These tiny camera lenses can ‘see’ like an eagle
20th February 2017 | | Tech

Ever wonder what it’s like to have an “eagle eye?” Surgeons and spies alike may soon find out, thanks to a new camera lens that works the same way eagle­—and human—eyes do, despite being no bigger than a grain of salt. With spy gadgets in mind, scientists started working on the microlens a few years ago, but this new version features improvements to the lens’s field of view and focusing ability.

Virtual reality weather add-ons let you feel the sun and wind
20th February 2017 | | Tech

Virtual reality devices can already fool your eyes and ears. Soon your other senses will be fooled too, with the creation of a device that can bring the weather in your virtual world to life.

Nimesha Ranasinghe at the National University of Singapore is working towards the ultimate VR experience. Last year, his team showed how electrodes can be used to add sweet tastes into virtual reality. His new accessory, called Ambiotherm, adds atmosphere into the mix as well.

DARPA: We’re on cusp of merging human and machine
20th February 2017 | | Tech

We are at the point where computers and machines are no longer going to be simply tools. Computers are becoming, literally, part of us.

“There are a couple of very interesting things happening as we speak facilitating humans and machines working together in a very different way,” said Justin Sanchez, director of the Biological Technologies Office at DARPA.

New AI Can Write and Rewrite Its Own Code to Increase Its Intelligence
20th February 2017 | Tech

A company has developed a type of technology that allows a machine to effectively learn from fewer examples and refine its knowledge as further examples are provided.

This technology could be applied to everything from teaching a smartphone to recognize a user’s preferences to helping autonomous driving systems quickly identify obstacles.

Humans Can Now “Print” Genetic Code and Engineer Life
20th February 2017 | Tech

Scientists’ ability to create organisms through synthetic biology is getting easier and cheaper fueling the start of a new era in biology.

Synthetic biology has already lead to some innovations such as lab-grown meat, advancement in medicine, and even helping to bring back extinct species.

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