Author Archives: Technology

Your Next Pilot Could Be Drone Software

Would you get on a plane that didn’t have a human pilot in the cockpit? Half of air travelers surveyed in 2017 said they would not, even if the ticket was cheaper. Modern pilots do such a good job that almost any air accident is big news, such as t… Continue reading

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Tiny Alcohol Monitor Sits Just Beneath the Skin

A tiny chip implanted just under the skin could be the Breathalyzer of the future.

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego reported today that they had created a tiny chip that can read levels of alcohol in the body and relay that … Continue reading

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How the USB Taught North Korea to Love K-Pop

A seemingly cheap and ordinary technology may have paved the way for a cultural exchange breakthrough that saw South Korean K-pop idols receive an unprecedented welcome from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

It was not the first time that democratic… Continue reading

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Award-Winning Drone Photos Balance Beauty, Tragedy

Explore the winning drone photos from the DJI Drone Photography Award, including images of Spain’s abandoned houses and more. Continue reading

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Don’t Blame Me, Blame My Brain Implant

Mr. B loves Johnny Cash, except when he doesn’t. Mr. X has watched his doctors morph into Italian chefs right before his eyes.

The link between the two? Both Mr. B and Mr. X received deep brain stimulation (DBS), a procedure involving an implan… Continue reading

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Fastest Delivery Drone Starts Lifesaving Flights

Delivery drones can be game changers if they go beyond merely offering convenience to becoming lifesaving technologies on a daily basis. That has already become reality in Rwanda, where a Silicon Valley startup called Zipline uses delivery drone… Continue reading

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The Fantastic Bionic Flying Fox

Flying foxes — also known as fruit bats — have an elastic membrane that stretches from their fingers (they also have thumbs) to their toes, making them incredibly aerodynamic and agile while flying. For the engineers at Festo, a German automati… Continue reading

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Digisexuality: Merging Sex and Technology

Human culture has always evolved in tandem with technological developments. And that includes sexuality.

Robots, virtual reality, and telecommunication tech are all just beginning to be repurposed to fulfill sexual needs. They can range from someth… Continue reading

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When It Comes to Robots, Science Is More Creative Than Hollywood

The movies Pacific Rim and Pacific Rim Uprising are chock full of robot-versus-monster fights. Inside those massive bots are humans controlling every step, punch and kick — these are incredibly outdated assumptions about the future of ass-kicking … Continue reading

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WWII Warship Lost with Five Sullivan Brothers Has Been Found

One of the most well-known stories of family sacrifice in wartime is the loss of the five Sullivan brothers aboard the light cruiser USS Juneau during World War II. That story resurfaced after an expedition headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen d… Continue reading

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Military Weapon Uses Lasers to Produce ‘Voices’

Are you hearing voices? Say yes and many people might question your sanity. But hearing voices is exactly what the United States military hopes will happen with a weapon it’s currently developing.

The Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program (JNLWD) is bui… Continue reading

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Should We Worry About Computer Algorithms’ ‘Mental Health’?

Is my car hallucinating? Is the algorithm that runs the police surveillance system in my city paranoid? Marvin the android in Douglas Adams’s Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy had a pain in all the diodes down his left-hand side. Is that how my toast… Continue reading

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Cradles of Innovation

A closer look at the nation’s Science and Technology Centers fostering new knowledge and innovations. Continue reading

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Future Cities Could Be Designed for Drone Delivery

When you think of drone delivery, what comes to mind? Pizzas falling from the sky, crowded skies or maybe you just don’t think it’ll ever happen? No matter the case, a new video shows what a future with delivery drones might look like.

Priestman… Continue reading

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Video Shows Self-Driving Uber Inaction in Pedestrian Death

A self-driving Uber accident that killed a homeless woman represents a somber milestone in the development of self-driving car technologies. Now a video of the accident may raise more questions about why the Uber vehicle failed to react to the wom… Continue reading

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New Brain Scanner Fits Right Atop the Head

When it comes to observing the inner workings of our brains, there are a few ways we can do it. But, for most, bulky machines and carefully controlled environments are the norm. The traditional trade-off researchers face for a glimpse inside the mind… Continue reading

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Hold Off Dyeing Your Hair With Graphene Nanoparticles

Graphene is something of a celebrity in the world of nanoscale materials. Isolated in 2004 by Nobel Prize winners Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, these ultrathin sheets of carbon atoms are already finding novel uses in areas like electronics,… Continue reading

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Uber’s Self-Driving Car Involved in Fatal Pedestrian Accident

Uber’s self-driving car hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, overnight, according to the Tempe Police Department. The car was in autonomous mode with a human operator behind the wheel with no passengers, police told Discover in an email…. Continue reading

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Rediscovered US Carrier Sank in Historic WWII Duel

When the aircraft carrier USS Lexington sank beneath the surface of the Coral Sea, it represented a significant casualty of history’s first clash between carriers during World War II. 76 years later, an expedition led by Microsoft co-founder Paul… Continue reading

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The First Black Hole Close-Up

An Earth-sized telescope will capture the unseeable. Continue reading

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Can CRISPR Feed the World?

Biologists have a new tool to save oranges and other crops — if the public can stomach it. Continue reading

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On Twitter, Truths Are Continually Trounced by Falsehoods

Thomas Jefferson was quite clear in his belief that an informed citizenry formed the very foundation of a functioning democracy. If that’s the case, then the hive mind of Twitter is an indication that our democratic foundation may be crumbling.

It… Continue reading

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Drones Aid in Penguin Mega-Colony Discovery

What’s black, white and always dressed to impress? A penguin! And scientists, with the help of drones and poop stains, recently discovered a mega-colony of these dapper animals.

The Adélie penguin population in the Antarctic continues to decline,… Continue reading

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Blind Mice See Again With Gold and Titanium

Returning sight to those for whom it’s slipped away has been a goal of scientists for decades. But repairing or replacing the delicate internal machinery of the human eye has proven difficult so far. A few experimental devices have managed to grant l… Continue reading

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A Nanotech Device Harvests Water in the Driest Places

Chile’s Atacama is Earth’s driest desert. You could sit for decades in some places and never feel a raindrop.

And yet, life survives here. Well-adapted plants can catch Pacific Ocean fog; then they provide that hydration to other animals. Indeed… Continue reading

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We’ll Be Chowing Down Electronics in No Time

With the growing encroachment of Big Data and the Internet of Things and other digital buzzwords on our daily lives, it should be no shock that we’re now on the verge of literally eating the latest advance in electronics.

It’s actually pretty ne… Continue reading

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This Exosuit Learns How You Walk To Give You A Boost

Exosuits may seem the stuff of anime and superhero movies, but the technology is actually used for assisting those who might need a boost to go about their daily lives.

These wearable technologies fit onto the body, usually the legs, much like a hig… Continue reading

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Ride-Hailing Congestion Dims Promise of Robot Taxis

It’s still too early to give a definite thumbs up or thumbs down to promises of future driverless cars reducing private car ownership by acting as robot chauffeurs. But evidence from today’s ride-hailing services suggests that Uber, Lyft and Waymo… Continue reading

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World’s Largest Airplane Readies For Flight

The world’s largest airplane is taking to the runway.

The massive Stratolaunch aircraft developed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen conducted a taxi test over the weekend in Mojave, California where the aircraft reached a speed of 46 miles per hour… Continue reading

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Computers Learn to Imagine the Future

In many ways, the human brain is still the best computer around. For one, it’s highly efficient. Our largest supercomputers require millions of watts, enough to power a small town, but the human brain uses approximately the same energy as a 20-watt… Continue reading

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