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The weirdest Super Mario games ever
Philips CD-iThink Bates Motel, but with more koopalings - Hotel Mario is almost as horrific. A shoddy puzzle game developed for the Philips CD-i console, this one thankfully wasn't developed by Nintendo,...
Soft, microfluidic 'lab on the skin' developed for sweat analysis
A research team has developed a first-of-its-kind soft, flexible microfluidic device that easily adheres to the skin and measures the wearer's sweat to show how his or her body is responding to exercise....
'Virtual food' becomes a possibility with this taste simulation system
With sight, sound, smell and touch now digitised, only one human sense remains for computers to conquer - taste. Now researchers at the University of Singapore have developed technology that takes us...
Britain to develop futuristic laser weapon
The futuristic "energy" cannon is set to be created under a £30m deal being finalised by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).It forms the first part of a programme aimed at showing how pioneering technology,...
New digital antenna could revolutionize the future of mobile phones
Researchers have developed a method that allows antennas to make the shift from the analogue to the digital world. The antennas currently in use are mostly based on technology developed half a century...
Insect-Sized Drone Will Spy On Terrorists
The Dragonfly drone fits in the palm of a hand and has four flapping wings and four legs.It can fly through the air with great agility, allowing it to penetrate buildings through open windows, and perch...
Cuttable display sheets developed
New display sheets that can be cut into any shape with scissors have been developed by researchers. As you can cut this display into any shape you like, and attach it on the surfaces of things that has...
Service robot Floka’s big debut
What must an intelligent apartment provide in order to make everyday life safe, healthy, and comfortable? Robotics experts have developed the service robot Floka. Floka is fitted with a new "social" robotic...
New equation reveals how other people's fortunes affect our happiness
A new equation, showing how our happiness depends not only on what happens to us but also how this compares to other people, has been developed by researchers. The team developed an equation to predict...
This desert moss has developed the ultimate water collection toolkit
Scientists and mechanical engineers teamed up to understand how a desert moss uses its leaves instead of roots to collect water from the atmosphere. The study reveals how the highly evolved plant has developed...
Australian cricket team uses guided missile technology to improve bowling
Researchers have developed a revolutionary algorithm using submarine and guided missile technology to reduce injury and improve performance in cricket fast bowlers. The 'torpedo technology' is being used...
Long-range secure quantum communication system developed
A novel approach to the construction of quantum communication systems has been developed for secure data exchange. The experimental device based on the results of the research is capable of transmitting...
New models predicting where to find fossils
An international team of scientists have developed a way to help locate fossils of long-extinct animals. The models were developed for Australia but the researchers provide guidelines on how to apply their...
Microsoft launches AI chat bot, Tay.ai
Microsoft is testing a new chat bot, Tay.ai, that is aimed primarily at 18 to 24 year olds in the U.S. Tay was built by the Microsoft Technology and Research and Bing teams as a way to conduct research...
Highly efficient hollow copper electrodes developed
Scientists have developed an electrode in the form of a hollow porous copper fiber which is able to convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide (CO) extremely efficiently. In principle the invention enables...
AI-Powered Trump Tweets Are Like The Real Thing
An artificial intelligence-powered Twitter account which has learned to tweet like Donald Trump has been developed at one of America's top universities. 'Deep Drumpf' was created by post-doctoral student...
New way to turn sunlight into hydrogen developed
Inspired by the way plants convert sunlight into energy, Korean scientists have developed a new type of multi-layered photoelectrode that boosts the ability of solar water-splitting to produce hydroge...
Exact formula now available for measuring scientific success
Scientometrics research is the science of evaluating scientific performance. Physics methods designed to predict growth based on a scale-free network have rarely been applied to this field. Now, scientists...
Tech Skills Drive Career Opportunities for Young Workers
The Infosys survey of 1,000 young people worldwide further shows a large technical knowledge gap between emerging and developed economies. While young people worldwide understand the role that technology...
Fuel cell electrolyte developed to offer cleaner, more efficient energy
A new thin-film electrolyte material that helps solid oxide fuel cells operate more efficiently and cheaply than those composed of conventional materials, and has potential applications for portable power...
New experiments determine effective treatments for box jelly stings
Mānoa (UHM) developed an array of highly innovative experiments to allow scientists to safely test first-aid measures used for box jellyfish stings - from folk tales, like urine, to state-of-the-art technologies...
New app 'hides' user location from third parties
Researchers have developed an app that blocks third parties from identifying an individual's location based on what they search for online. Credit: Jonathan Cohen, Binghamton University Researchers who...
Twins share cancer risk: Study
A twin sibling diagnosed with cancer poses an excess risk for the other to develop any form of the disease, a new Harvard study has found. An excess familial risk was seen for almost all of the cancers,...
CES 2016: Netflix goes global
LAS VEGAS--In 2015, Netflix ate up the bulk of the United States's Internet bandwidth. In 2016, Netflix will consume the world's broadband.Netflix is expanding to cover the globe. So, if you want to watch...
CES: Smart jewellery and hair growth helmets
I've just returned from CES Unveiled - a surreal smorgasbord of tech inventions great and small. The event is designed to offer a preview of some of the 3,500 exhibitors who are flocking to Las Vegas this...
First chip that uses light for data transfer developed
A microprocessor chip that uses light, rather than electricity, to transfer data at rapid speeds while consuming minute amounts of energy has been developed by researchers, including those of Indian-o...
Tiny sensor may have big impact in tackling cancer, cystic fibrosis
A low pH level has been linked to ischemia, cancer and cystic fibrosis says Xiao-an Zhang. Credit: Ken Jones A new sensor developed at the University of Toronto that provides greater accuracy in pH measurement...
Basic technology of high thermally-durable all-solid-state lithium ion battery developed
Hitachi, Ltd. and Tohoku University's Advanced Institute for Materials Research have developed a basic technology to reduce the internal resistance of the all-solid-state lithium ion battery using a complex...
Gaming technology may improve X-ray precision
With the aim of producing high-quality X-rays with minimal radiation exposure, particularly in children, researchers have developed a new approach to imaging patients based on the Xbox gaming system. Using...
Tissue cartography: A way to reduce dynamic bio-image data to 2-D developed
Today's state-of-the-art optical microscopes produce voluminous three-dimensional data sets that are difficult to analyze. Now, two postdoctoral scholars from UC Santa Barbara's Kavli Institute for Theoretical...
Scientists developed super-sensitive magnetic sensor
Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a new hybrid magnetic sensor that is more sensitive than most commercially available sensors. This technological breakthrough...
An innovative response to the challenge of storing renewable energy
A system for managing and storing energy, developed by EPFL's Distributed Electrical Systems Laboratory, has been inaugurated on the school's campus. The system, which received extensive co-financing from...
Treating pulmonary diseases using Alaska pollock gelatin
In recent years, patients with pulmonary emphysema have been increasing mainly among middle-aged and elderly males due to aging and excessive smoking. Emphysema makes brittle lungs, and in severe cases,...
Boeing demonstrates lightest metal ever
(Phys.org)—Airplane maker Boeing has unveiled what it calls the "The Lightest Metal Ever"—called microlattice, the material is a construct that is 99.99 per cent air. It has been developed by Boeing's...
Beam me up: Zuckerberg to put Internet into orbit
"Over the last year Facebook has been exploring ways to use aircraft and satellites to beam internet access down into communities from the sky," Zuckerberg wrote. "To connect people living in remote regions,...
The truth behind AI fiction
Artificial intelligence (AI) is the science of making smart machines, and it has come a long way since the term was coined in the 1950s. Nowadays, robots work alongside humans in hotels and factories,...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark