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Future Technology: Batteries

Mobile devices need power, and when it comes to electricity, LiPo is currently the most popular choice, but will it last? Researchers at UC Irvine have stumbled upon a battery technology which allows for a near infinite number of charging cycles without significant corrosion or decline in capacity. Show More Summary

Aggressive Quadrotors Conquer Gaps With Ultimate Autonomy

Entirely on-board sensing and localization makes this drone ready for autonomous acrobatics anywhere

A Simple Blood Test Helps Cure Cancer by Catching It Early

Today, it’s an unfortunate reality, but most people have either lost a loved one to cancer or know of someone who has. Miroculus, a precision medicine startup, wants to create widespread access to affordable early-stage cancer detection. Show More Summary

Deakin University unveils first robotic surgical system with sense of touch

Deakin University has unveiled the HeroSurg robot, giving surgeons the added sense of touch when they perform microsurgery via a computer.

Earthquakes Will Be as Predictable as Hurricanes Thanks to AI

In the fall of 2010, I traveled to New Zealand, and one of the places I visited was the small south island city of Christchurch. I was charmed by the tree-lined Avon River, the English-style cathedral in the main square, and the mountains looming in the distance. Show More Summary

5 Tech Forces That Will Change Insurance for Good

Massive reductions in insurance costs are coming, along with a wave of disruption. Traditionally, insurance premiums are determined by actuaries, a function of big numbers, statistics and probabilities. That's what you have to do when you don't know what's really going on. Show More Summary

Surprising Embryo Study Pushes the Limits of How Life Begins

When sperm meets egg, life is ignited in a brilliant flash of light. If you were asked how babies are made in biology class, you’d probably answer with some version of the above dogma. Although most of us have a cursory idea of how conception works, these first few seconds of a human life are actually mind-bogglingly mysterious. Show More Summary

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through September 24th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Chat Bots Aren't a Fad. They're a Revolution. Chris Messina | Medium "It’s a rare moment when it becomes clear that a technological revolution is upon us, and I believe we’re in the midst of one such transition right now. Show More Summary

Drones and robots make solar panels more efficient

Dust, pollen, and bird droppings can build up on solar panels and prevent them from absorbing the maximum amount of sunlight. A robotic cleaning crew ensures that solar panels at large power plants are spotless.

Genetic Studies Reveal Diversity of Early Human Populations — and Pin Down When We Left Africa

Humans are a success story like no other. We are now living in the Anthropocene age, meaning much of what we see around us has been made or influenced by people. Amazingly, all humans alive today — from the inhabitants of Tierra delShow More Summary

UPS tests drone delivery of urgent packages in the US

The delivery company is so far focusing its research on using drones to deliver urgent goods like medicine in hard-to-reach locations.

Get ready for the robotics A-Team

Autonomous mobile robots can accomplish a variety of tasks.

This robot runs, climbs, and opens doors -- without a gearbox

A patent-pending design makes this robot nimble enough to crawl through rough terrain. The Ghost Minitaur's creators say it can be used for search and rescue missions, or as a platform for testing sensors for autonomous vehicles.

D-Wave Founder's New Startup Combines AI, Robots, and Monkeys in Exo-Suits

Quantum computing pioneers want to patent AI telerobotics controlled by humans, and monkeys

Ray Kurzweil: We Can Control AI Before It Controls Us

Over time, technology offers solutions to old problems while creating new issues in the process. The more powerful the technology, the greater its potential to do good and harm. Artificial intelligence is no exception, and as AI has advanced, worry about its risks has grown too. Show More Summary

Why Design Is Key to Unlocking the Genius Behind Innovation

What is learning? Tony Robbins asked this question in a talk he gave on strategies for learning quickly. His answer is quite interesting: “Whenever you learn something all you are really doing is creating a relationship between two things... Show More Summary

Feds release new self-driving vehicle policy: How safety advocates see it

Safety advocates are relieved that NHTSA has released a new policy for autonomous vehicles, but they're not thrilled with the lack of details.

Asia millennials see robots in future workplace

All 4,200 respondents across six Asian markets, including Singapore and India, believe robots will replace humans in many future professions, especially in manufacturing and engineering.

BIG-i Social Home Robot Has a Big Eye, Launches on Kickstarter

A unique mobile design and easy voice programming help this social robot stand out

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