On Thursday, the scientists at LIGO announced they’d officially found gravitational waves. This truly is a remarkable discovery, and confirms the final piece of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Read more about the announcement, and what it means for science, here. And check out our gravitational waves explainer for more background on this scientific phenomenon.
The world was understandably excited about the breakthrough, including the estate of Einstein himself.
Recent research related to the Higgs Boson particle, also known as the “God particle,” will help forward actual experimentation with teleporting. The idea is that turning off the Higgs Boson particle could let you travel at the speed of light and essentially teleport. It will only be at the beginning of testing, but there is a good chance there will be significant investing in testing teleportation
As technology changes the way we live our day-to-day lives, it is fascinating to imagine what the future will bring. We may like to imagine one day living on Mars with technology that lets us teleport our toothpaste from CVS and the ability to apparate like Harry Potter.
To help us better imagine what the future holds, Thomson Reuters’ Intellectual Property & Science division compiled a report of the 10 innovations they believe will take place by 2025. They looked through research databases to find the top patent fields with the most inventions containing a priority date of 2012 or later.
These are the 10 innovations Thomson Reuters anticipates will become a reality by 2025:
Dementia will decline.
Thanks to a better understanding of the human genome and genetic mutations, doctors and scientists will be better able to detect and prevent diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. By identifying problematic DNA, scientists will be able to produce actual technology to fight the biological decline of one’s mental capacity.
A few decades ago, people didn’t have many options when they wanted to add more protection to their homes. They could only add bars and use stronger doors and windows. In addition, some of them used dogs to get more protection. Luckily, we live in the 21st century when technology is making amazing progress each … Continue reading “Smart Home Security Systems”
A few decades ago, people didn’t have many options when they wanted to add more protection to their homes. They could only add bars and use stronger doors and windows. In addition, some of them used dogs to get more protection. Luckily, we live in the 21st century when technology is making amazing progress each year. Thanks to these technological breakthroughs, homeowners can easily include smart home security systems and features and keep their homes safe no matter where they are at the moment. In order to keep your home safe and protected, it is very important to install security cameras both in your home and outside. Most of the cameras today have integrated software solutions that help users get live feed from these cameras to their computers, TV or mobile device.
One of the biggest benefits of using smart home security systems is the fact that you will get peace and relaxation because you can rest assured that your home is protected no matter where you are. Once you set up the security equipment inside your smart home,
Brain-computer interfaces that can translate thoughts into actions will change how stroke patients, paraplegics and other people with limited mobility interact with their surroundings. But so far, these devices have involved bulky corded equipment inside research labs, requiring patients to be tethered to a computer. Now researchers at Brown University have built the first wireless version. Like a cellphone embedded in the brain, their new implantable brain sensor can relay broadband signals in real time from up to 100 neurons.
The 2.2-inch devices have been implanted in the heads of three pigs and three rhesus monkeys for about 16 months now, and are providing rich detail on the inner workings of the animals’ brains. The electronics are far more complex than those in a cell phone, yet they use a minuscule amount of power, said Arto Nurmikko, professor of engineering at Brown who oversaw the device’s invention.
“Listening to brain signals and transmitting them requires a very specific type of electronic circuitry. It’s very different from what you and I are using right now talking to each other,” he told me (over the phone). “We have to be ready to capture all sorts of points of
Japan’s insatiable love for robots and mind-reading technology has converged in the form of a new government-industry partnership. That means Japanese consumers can look forward to robots and electronics controllable by thought alone within a decade, according to Agence France-Presse
The Nikkei daily first reported on this development yesterday by citing unnamed government sources, and so technical details remain a bit murky. Any such devices would supposedly use sensor-mounted headsets to analyze the electrical signals and brain blood-flow patterns of users.
The lack of specs has not prevented the collective sci-fi imagination of said sources from running wild. Future mind-controlled devices would include television sets and smart phones which compose text messages by thought. That’s not unlike some brain-interface devices already slated to hit the market, but presumably they’d be much less expensive for daily-use items.
Other possible applications include a car navigation system which searches for restaurants when it detects the driver thinking on his or her empty stomach, and air-conditioners which adjust the temperature based on feeling too warm or cold. That’s a huge stretch by today’s standards.
Of course, the headsets would also allow the elderly or disabled to communicate with
In recent years, scientists have been developing new and creative ways to put electronics in the brain. These devices are useful for paralyzed patients to control prosthetic limbs with their minds, to help locked-in patients communicate with the outside world, or to help researchers better predict seizures in epileptic patients. But implanting them requires opening the skull, an intrusive procedure. Now researchers from the University of Melbourne have created a device that can be inserted into the brain through the blood vessels, no invasive surgery required. The study was published this week in Nature Biotechnology.
The device, about an inch long, looks similar to a stent, an apparatus placed around the heart to open up clogged blood vessels—in fact, the researchers named it a “stentrode.” To insert it, the researchers put a catheter into a vein in the neck, then snake it through the blood vessels into the head until the end is in the desired part of the brain, next to the motor cortex. Once the catheter reaches the right spot, the stentrode sticks to the sides of the blood vessel, where it can collect data from the activity of neurons nearby. The data reaches the
We were so busy looking at the sky, we forgot to notice the changes happening on the ground. As automation improves, and as sensors get better and people get more comfortable trusting the autonomy of machines, the biggest change to delivery may not be flying unmanned robots, it will be smart package-carrying vans.
As discovered by Mike Murphy of Quartz, the patent filed yesterday is for a truck with a bunch of lockers on its back, each with a unique identifier. The car drives to the delivery location, and then the customer presumably goes out, finds his or her locker, and unlocks it with a pin code. Then the truck continues on autonomously, delivering more packages to more people.
This is roughly similar to the drone delivery concepts developed by both Amazon and Google, which envision flying robots dropping off a single package at a time, before returning to a central warehouse. Those plans are as cool to think about as they are likely to face legal tangles regarding airspace usage and pilot line-of-sight.
One appealing alternative by a company called Workhorse takes the drone delivery concept, and puts it on a truck. With Workhorse,
What do cotton candy and artificial tissues have in common? They are both made of layers of thin, fibrous material. And now they can both be made with a $40 cotton candy machine, according to Vanderbilt News and reported today by Fast Company. The researchers published their proof-of-concept study last week in the journal Advanced Healthcare Materials.
The researchers were making hydrogels, a matrix of gelatinous fibers that can support living cells and replace any number of tissues in the body, especially muscle tissue like those in the heart. Hydrogels are about as close as researchers can currently get to emulating human tissues because the moist fibers that make up the hydrogel allow oxygen and nutrients to flow to and from the living cells. To create these gels, researchers spin polymer fibers together into a mass using a process called electrospinning. However the process of making viable hydrogels would often take weeks and the water-soluble gel material frequently would not dry or cool properly.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University wanted to see if electrospinning using a cotton candy machine would work as well as the traditional processes. After fiddling with the contents and concentration of the polymer
On Sunday, a hacker threatened to dump the contact information of thousands of FBI and Department of Homeland Security employees online. Then on Monday, the hacker made good on said threat and released the information, first from the DHS, then from the FBI. The hacker who released the information claimed to have had access to up to 200GB further of information, meaning there could be plenty more releases to come in the days ahead. So how did a person break into the systems of two of America’s most high-profile agencies? A phone call, it appears.As is so often the case, the easiest way into a secure system is by asking someone for the key. This is the same tactic that a teen hacker claims to have used to gain access to CIA chief John Brennan’s personal email. And it’s fairly similar to “spearphising” attacks, where emails with links to download malicious software are sent to specific people inside a network, in the hopes that they’ll open the email, follow the link, and compromise the system. This is reportedly how Russian hackers got into a Pentagon email server, Ukrainian power stations, and even less conspicious targets, like a German
Learning to code is increasingly becoming an important part of education in the 21st century. Knowing the basics of code is nearly as important in the world of the web as knowing one’s ABC’s. But in the world we live in, new apps and games release constantly—there’s almost no time for teachers to keep students current while simultaneously teaching old, but necessary, lessons. That’s what Games For Change hopes to address.
Games For Change was founded in 2004 with the sole mission of teaching kids how to craft video games that teach about social issues. The non-profit, based in New York City, does double duty in what it teaches students. President Susanna Pollack comments on this two-fold mission, being “to excite kids to see the value and learn how to make games. But not to stop there—we want the next generation to know games are actually part of a solution to social issues and are not just a form of entertainment.”
We want the next generation to know games are actually part of a solution to social issues.”
It’s been a while since video games were laughed-off as the stuff of children. Not only have
The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will start to ship in March, but you won’t be able to use it if you don’t have a relatively powerful computer. If you’ve already pre-ordered one for $599, and haven’t gotten the memo, or are interested in buying one and want to know how much the computer required would cost, this is your one-stop shop.
First thing’s first: what’s a “relatively powerful computer?”
In May 2015, Oculus released its minimum specifications that a computer would need to run games and applications displayed through the Rift.
- Processor: Intel i5-4590
- Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD 290
- RAM: 8GB
The processor and RAM required are pretty standard, actually, and can probably already be found in most modern PCs. The recommended processor, Intel’s i5-4590, was released in May 2014, and can hardly be called cutting-edge. As for RAM, 8GB is pretty much the default in any laptop used for more than surfing the internet and Microsoft Word.
However, the graphics card is the most expensive part of the entire endeavor. The two suggested, Nvidia’s GTX 970 and AMD’s 290, run from $320 to $370, a little rich for the taste
HONG KONG (Reuters) — Riot police fired warning shots on Tuesday to disperse an angry crowd after clashes erupted when authorities tried to move illegal street vendors from a working-class Hong Kong district, the worst street violence since pro-democracy protests in 2014.
Protesters prised bricks from the sidewalk to hurl at police, while others toppled street signs and set fire to rubbish bins in Mong Kok, a gritty neighbourhood just across the harbour from the heart of the Asian financial centre.
A police spokeswoman said two warning shots were fired into the air, with pepper spray and batons also used to disperse the crowd. Television footage showed the shots were fired as angry protesters surrounded several traffic police, pelting them with rubbish, bricks and bottles and wrestling one of them to the ground.
The remains of burned bins and flower pots, chunks of brick and broken bottles lay scattered along the world-famous Nathan Road shopping strip later on Tuesday morning. A taxi with shattered windows also lay parked nearby.
The clashes broke out after police moved in to clear “hawkers”, or illegal vendors who sell local
TOKYO — For top Japanese companies, staff retention has never been much of a concern. Most employees joined the company after graduation and invariably stayed until retirement. Yet a recent study by professional recruitment company Hays may have many Japanese employees asking themselves: Does it make sense to stay in Japan?
According to the 2016 Hays Asia Salary Guide, salaries for management level and highly skilled workers in China, Hong Kong and Singapore were higher than Japan; sometimes by as much as two-fold. A chief executive officer in the electronics field could garner an annual salary of four million yuan ($600,000) in China, but only expect 35 million yen ($300,000) in Japan.
Furthermore, Japan lacks momentum in salary increase. Hays compared the wage projections of five Asian economies. A majority of Japanese companies said they plan to increase wages by no more than 3%, whereas in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore most companies said “3% to 6%.” In China, 60% of companies said they would increase salaries by more than 6%, 16% of which said wage hikes would surpass 10%.
The survey covered 3000 companies across
MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) — Riding a wave of voter anger at traditional politicians, billionaire Donald Trump won New Hampshire’s Republican presidential nominating contest on Tuesday and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont won the Democratic primary.
The results, though decisive, did little to clear up confusion about who would emerge as the establishment contender to Trump on the Republican side, and there were signs that the campaign of Sanders’ rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was defensive about her future prospects.
Trump’s win solidifies his front-runner status in the race to be the party’s White House nominee for the Nov. 8 election. The former reality television star, 69, has campaigned to deport illegal immigrants and temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States.
Ohio Governor John Kasich was projected to win second place in the Republican race, ABC News and MSNBC reported.
Sanders, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, has called for eradicating income inequality, breaking up the big banks and providing free college tuition. He had 59 percent of the vote based on about 32 percent of the vote, ahead of former Secretary
BEIJING — Just before the start of the Lunar New Year celebrations on Monday, an important political event took place in China.
Huang Xingguo, a close aide to President Xi Jinping and acting party secretary of Tianjin, appeared before the media for the first time since a series of explosions at a chemical warehouse in the port city south of Beijing killed or injured nearly 1,000 people. He broke his silence on Jan. 8 with a bold statement at a meeting of local officials.
We must protect General Secretary Xi at all costs,” Huang said, calling him he xin (“the core”). In short, Huang’s words are an acknowledgement that Xi has abandoned the party’s collective approach to leadership, putting himself in complete control.
Huang owes his position to Xi, whom he served when Xi ran Zhejiang Province. Although his career was tarnished by the Tianjin explosion, Huang, with his fulsome praise for the president in January, repaid his debt to his patron. A big unanswered question is whether Huang will be promoted at next year’s Communist Party Congress.
The history of China’s ruling party is marked by the struggles
HONG KONG — Hong Kong police charged 37 people on Thursday following clashes that erupted on Monday when officials tried to evict street hawkers in the shopping hub of Mong Kok.
Of those charged, two are prominent university students. One is Edward Leung Tin-kei, a spokesman for activist group Hong Kong Indigenous, who is running in the February by-election for a seat in the Legislative Council, the city’s de facto parliament. The other one is Stephen Ku Bok-him, the editor-to-be of the University of Hong Kong’s magazine.
Like most other defendants, the two have been barred from entering parts of Mong Kok in Kowloon and their case has been adjourned to April 7 to allow for further police enquiries.
“There are more important things to deal with at this stage than the by-election,” Leung told reporters outside the court, without commenting on the clashes. Leung said he would organize a team of lawyers to assist the defendants, adding that funding would be necessary. His group had announced on social media that it would accept public donations.
By Thursday, the number of arrests had climbed to 64. Among
TOKYO — Japan is considering upgrading to a next-generation missile interceptor that could reach higher altitudes than existing models, as well as adding a third layer to its missile defense scheme, in response to North Korea’s rocket launch Sunday.
Japan and the U.S. are developing the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA system, which can be loaded on Aegis-equipped destroyers. The new interceptors will be tested for accuracy for the first time this fall off Hawaii. The aim is to begin production in fiscal 2017 and deployment by fiscal 2019.
Existing SM-3 interceptors can hit targets only about 300km above ground. The new system will be able to reach an altitude of over 1,000km. “The higher we intercept the missiles, the more area we can defend,” a Japanese Defense Ministry official said.
Each destroyer equipped with the Block IIA will be able to defend a radius of about 1,000km, significantly more than the current range of several hundred kilometers. Japan needs three Aegis destroyers equipped with the existing interceptors to protect its territory, but “two will be enough if we have the new SM-3s,” the official said.
Tesla is already making a splash, but by 2025 electric vehicles will take over traditional vehicles. Their battery will be able to last longer, so you will be able to travel longer distances more easily. And airplanes will adopt the technology too, which will totally change the way we travel.
Everything will be digitally connected.
Wireless communications will dominate our everyday lives by 2025. Cars, homes, and appliances will be connected, and this will be the case around the world in every location. New technology will be able to store energy and serve as electrodes to deliver this hyper-connectivity.
Biodegradable packing will be the norm.
Packaging will be made of cellulose materials that are plastic-like but actually made of plant matter so it’s biodegradable and better for the environment than the plastic bags we currently use at grocery stores.
There will safer, healthier drugs to fight cancer.
The toxic chemicals currently used to treat cancer can have harmful and debilitating side effects on patients, but by 2025, cancer-fighting drugs will be more precise and exact, leading to reduced side effects. More targeted drugs can bind to specific proteins and antibodies to cause
By 2025, methods for harvesting, storing, and converting solar energy will be advanced enough to make it the primary source of energy on our planet. Something called solar photovoltaic energy will use solar panels to heat buildings and water while powering devices at home and in the office.
Type I Diabetes will be preventable.
A human genome engineering platform will make it possible to modify disease-carrying genes and prevent conditions like Type I Diabetes. Doctors and scientists will be able to modify the RNA and DNA sequences that pass on the disease.
Food shortages and food price fluctuations will no longer be a problem.
Lighting and imaging technologies will improve crop growth year round and combat the problems of traditional farming. We will also be able to grow genetically-modified crops indoors. That means that disease and environmental factors will be less of an issue for crops, and the food we buy at grocery stores will be more consistently priced and available.