The Rise of the Levitating Mouse

Russian designer Vadim Kibardin has designed a levitating mouse for the computer. This may either sound like magic or science fiction, but Kibardin’s design is based on principals of basic ergonomics. The repetitious movements of mouse work at the computer, if you’re a graphic designer or gamer, eventually lead to impaired movement and flexibility of…

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Behold, the Human Brain

Research scientists at The Institute of Molecular Biotechnology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences derived segments of a human brain from stem cells. The study was published in Nature, and it is an early opportunity to experiment using actual human brain tissue cells instead of mice or rat brains. Juergen Knoblich, an author of the…

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Jaws! No, just the Espy 360° ROV

For marine biologists to maintain a staff of professional divers is an expensive responsibility, so Australian industrial designer Dale Wakeham created the Espy 360° ROV, a small, inexpensive remote vehicle to monitor underwater life. Inspired by pressures like cost and the fact that human divers disturb aquatic life, Wakeham designed the Espy 360° ROV to…

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Look, It’s One of Those Flying Jellyfish Robots!

Scientists have drawn inspiration from the ocean by creating a flying “jellyfish” robot in order to rethink flying technology. Leif Ristroph and other colleagues at New York University have created a winged prototype that moves like the aquatic creature. This particular design is more stable in air than any other insect-modeled counterpart. The frame is…

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Google This, Google That, Google Robotics

Google wastes no time with investment in forward-thinking projects–the company has plucked former Android chief Andy Rubin to lead their new robotics research. The once solely search-focused company will be taking robotic engineering very seriously; they acquired seven companies that were working on all manner of robotics. Notable among these companies is Bot & Dolly…

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The Invisible Infinity Tower

The architecture of modern skyscrapers tends toward grandiosity, but the proposed Infinity Tower in South Korea rethinks this trend. The design is impressive because it uses networks of cameras and LEDs to cloak the tower in a state of semi-invisibility. By day, the tower will reflect the surrounding landscape and hide its actual form. By…

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TRANSHUMAN VISIONS CONFERENCE San Francisco

The Transhuman Visions Conference will take place in San Francisco Feb 1st 2014. I asked my friend and event organizer Hank Pellisseir of BrighterBrains.org to tell me about this event and why Serious Wonder fans should attend. Get your ticket HERE! GS: Tell me about the Transhuman Visions Conference. What is it all about?  HP:…

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Introducing the Self-Healing Battery

Self-healing battery electrodes are an exciting development for lithium ion based products. Scientists at Stanford University’s SLAC laboratory have developed electrodes that are able to heal the small cracks in silicon that come from repetitive battery operation, as reported in the Nov. 19th issue of Nature Chemistry. Silicon electrodes are a prized commodity for charging and…

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