The Rise of Soft Robotics

One of the more difficult challenges soft robotics aim to fix is the inflexibility of robot technology. Jointed robots are interrupted if conditions impede their performance. For better versatility, researchers are creating robots inspired by invertebrates such as octopuses and earthworms. While they would be slower and weaker than their counterparts, pliable automatons are adaptable,…

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Digestive Cryptography and Electronic Tattoos

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0385495323″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51RRKXRP0RL._SL110_.jpg” width=”72″]Cryptography and authentication are concerns for an increasingly digital-centric world. With so much of our information available on a range of devices, tablets, smartphones, laptops, now smart glasses, too, there is a need for adaptive security procedures that restrict the use of any device to its owner and prevents…

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Delivery Drones: Amazon Prime Air

Drones have either a horrible reputation or an optimistic future. Either perspective you have, they’re an important robotic feature that is relevant to our everyday lives. And Amazon.com has decided to make drones a key part of their future plan for quick delivery. The Amazon Prime Air octocopters are small drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles…

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Future Architecture of the Urban Environment

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0195019199″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/418HeFVnXzL._SL110_.jpg” width=”76″]Manhattan is a cramped space. Almost two million people live on the island with an area of 23 square miles–that’s a breakdown of about 70,000 people per square mile. It’s no wonder then that new commercial and residential construction has looked skyward instead of building horizontally. Amazingly, one fifth…

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Memories With Maya

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1482514885″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51KTlyRNtfL._SL160_.jpg” width=”105″]There are books that pump high octane into my optimistic cylinders and get me revved up for the future. Memories With Maya (MwM) is one of them and it sat on my Kindle for far too long. I have had the privilege of being on futurist panels and chatting…

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The Solar Panel Moon Mission

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B000CIADLG” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/517Zx0IrHIL._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″]Solar panels are becoming more common in commercial and domestic real estate. Homeowners recognize the cost-benefit of installing a set of panels on the south-facing side of their houses, and management understands how cheap it is to offset a building’s energy use with solar panels. These are all piecemeal…

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DrawBraille Future Smartphone For The Blind

DrawBraille may be the future smartphone for the visually impaired.  This concept by designer Shikun Sun reminds me of something  John F. Kennedy once said “A rising tide will lift all boats.”  This is a perfect example of how technology will improve our lives. The DrawBraille phone is made up of two sides and offers a rich…

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Subway-Generated Heat Could Power Your Home

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1568983557″ locale=”us” height=”75″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61zkmYzNAWL._SL75_.jpg” width=”74″]Subway-generated heat sets a great precedence for future public transit developments and energy efficiency at home. The sweltering heat that accompanies the comings and goings of London’s Northern Line will be put to use by powering up to 500 homes in the Islington borough. The power plant, Bunhill Heat…

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Monday Marvels: 3D Printing, and Drone Delivery

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00BFZOVGI” locale=”us” height=”62″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41PJIhHwW0L._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″]1.    Miracle Cells to Fight Cancer At the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, researcher Michel Sadelain has successfully engineered immune cells capable of fighting cancer. These cells have shown promising results in several patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, putting them all into remission. With this latest…

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Infrared Vision May Pave the Way for X-Ray

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B003AUF1XI” locale=”us” height=”75″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41J1H28SZcL._SL75_.jpg” width=”75″]New research on infrared vision could pave the way to ultimately realizing science fiction’s fabled X-ray vision as a viable technology. A research team from the University of Buffalo has found a way to see through multiple layers of graphene sheets in order to identify the electronic properties of…

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2D Tin Tapped as the Next Supermaterial

2D Tin has been discovered as having potential for besting Silicon in microprocessing capabilities and conducting electricity at maximum efficiency. According to researchers at the U. S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University, a single layer of tin atoms could be the world’s first material to conduct electricity with 100% efficiency…

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Grand Cancun Eco Island to Open in 2020 for City’s 50th Anniversary

The eco island is the next step in noninvasive architecture that actively improves the environment. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Cancun’s development into a worldwide tourist destination, designer Richard Moreta Castillo has envisioned the Grand Cancun eco-complex, expected to be completed in 2020.   The island’s concept was inspired by Cancun’s Mayan translation, ‘nest…

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