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Engineering heart valves for the many
Medical researchers announced today a cross-institutional team effort to generate a functional heart valve replacement with the capacity for repair, regeneration, and growth. The team is also working towards...
Plasma jet engines that could take you from the ground to space
Leaving on a plasma planeFuture Workshop Electrofluidsystems TU BerlinBy Sandrine CeurstemontFORGET fuel-powered jet engines. We’re on the verge of having aircraft that can fly from the ground up to the...
Spray-on touch controls give an interactive twist to any surface
Spray-on guitar controlsFuture Interfaces Group (FIG) at Carnegie Mellon UniversityBy Matt ReynoldsIt’s a touchpad in a spray can. Spray the conductive paint on almost any surface and, with the aid of...
Tim Armstrong names leadership team for Verizon's AOL-Yahoo mashup
Team, Even though we are not yet closed, the management teams from both companies have been busy planning for the future. Today, we are taking our first important steps forward in our journey together...
Mud DNA means we can detect ancient humans even without fossils
The DNA of ancient humans can now be detected in samples of soilSylvio Tupke/Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary AnthropologyBy Michael Le PageWe have an astonishing new way to study our early human...
Artificial womb helps premature lamb fetuses grow for 4 weeks
Keeping lambs aliveChildren's Hospital of PhiladelphiaBy Jessica HamzelouExtremely premature lambs have been kept alive in an artificial uterus for four weeks. The system uses a fluid-filled plastic bag...
Ex-Walgreens chief starts venture to commercialize new technologies
For 35 years, Gregory D. Wasson worked at Walgreens, eventually presiding over some of the drugstore chain's biggest deals as its chief executive. Now he is working on a smaller scale to build up new...
Apple has a secret team working on the holy grail for treating diabetes
Apple has hired a small team of biomedical engineers to work at a nondescript office in Palo Alto, miles from corporate headquarters. They are part of a super secret initiative, initially envisioned by...
Robot volleyball machine helps Japan team practise attacks
Hands up if you’re a robotsupported in part by the High Performance Support Project, Japan Sports AgencyBy Timothy RevellTo perfect their attacks, some of Japan’s top volleyball players are training against...
Could you create the next hit iPhone game?
There are more than two million mobile apps available on the App Store right now (and that number is rising rapidly as you’re reading this), according to Statista – and a whopping 23% of those are games. Not...
Formula 1: A technical deep dive into building the world’s fastest cars
EnlargeChristoffer Rudquist reader comments 9 Share this story For over 60 years, Formula 1 teams have developed, tested, and built the fastest and most technologically impressive cars the world has ever...
This redesigned wheelchair can climb stairs
For people who use wheelchairs, going anywhere requires quite a bit more planning than for the rest of us. Will there be ramps? Lifts, maybe? Or just an impassable flight of stairs?But now a team of four...
Tyrannosaurs show their sensitive side
A team of researchers has found a new species of tyrannosaur dinosaur -- the most popular of the prehistoric creatures. After the fossils were pulled out of the muddy banks of a Montana river, the team...
What happens when the 'Amazon of Southeast Asia' meets Amazon?
The region's growth potential may actually be big enough for multiple players — at least in the short term. Online sales account for less than 3 percent of total retail sales in the region, according...
Tadpoles learn to see with new eyes transplanted on their tails
New eye in a new placeAllen Discovery Center at Tufts UniversityBy Jessica HamzelouBlind tadpoles have learned to see again, using eyes implanted on their tails. With help from a migraine drug, these...
Bias test to prevent algorithms discriminating unfairly
Algorithms discriminate, tooFrances Roberts/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Matt ReynoldsCOMPUTERS are getting ethical. A new approach for testing whether algorithms contain hidden biases aims to prevent automated...
Recoded organism paves way to new genetic language of life
Preparing for a new way of lifeJuergen Berger/SPLBy Colin BarrasA form of life that uses a fresh genetic “language” could be just a few years away. This comes after geneticists used a new technique to...
Your brain fills gaps in your hearing without you realising
“Yes, I think I caught what you said!”PeopleImages/GettyBy Aylin WoodwardNoise is everywhere, but that’s OK. Your brain can still keep track of a conversation in the face of revving motorcycles, noisy...
Drone helps Alps search and rescue teams
Swiss company Flyability said its robot, called Elios, can reach places too dangerous for humans.It joined forces with the Zermatt Glacier Mountain Rescue team to test fly one into a large crack in the...
Egyptian Researchers Turn Shrimp Shells into Biodegradable Plastic
Researchers at Egypt's Nile University are developing a way to turn dried shrimp shells that would otherwise be thrown away into thin films of biodegradable plastic they hope will be used to make eco-friendly...
Poker-playing AI program first to beat pros at no-limit Texas hold 'em
A team of computing scientists is once again capturing the world's collective fascination with artificial intelligence. In a historic result for the flourishing AI research community, the team has developed...
Formula 1 in 2017 means fat tires and wide wings
reader comments 10 Share this story Last year's championship winning team, Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport. The new-for-2017 W08 has a lot to live up to; its three predecessors all won the World Constructor's...
How Blizzard distilled Overwatch’s hope from Project Titan’s failure
Enlarge / Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan says he thinks they did a good job capturing the feel of this very early concept art for Overwatch in the final product. We have to agree.Kyle Orland reader comments 8...
Mark Hamill, who did not die; a doll snoops; chief tattoo officer
A blond, bright-eyed doll that chatters about horses and hobbies just might be a spy — or at least an eavesdropper on your child. The New York Times reported that Germany’s Federal Network Agency has...
Vitamin D in our food could save lives
Because the likes of us can't be trusted to eat properly or go outside in the sunshine, poor old science is once again having to pick up the pieces and fix our frail, pale bodies. The latest plan that...
Team makes planet hunting a group effort, finds more than 100 candidates
An international team of astronomers released the largest-ever compilation of exoplanet-detecting observations made using a technique called the radial velocity method. They demonstrated how these observations...
The high-performance computing that made one Hyperloop team’s pod possible
Enlarge / Engineering dean Gregory Washington (right) and the HyperXite crew proudly flank their entry in the Hyperloop Pod Competition.Steve Zylius / UCI reader comments 4 Share this story Here at Ars,...
The close ties between Silicon Valley and the NBA's best team
The elder Lacob is a veteran venture capitalist from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. When he bought the team in the summer of 2010, he joined forces with entertainment mogul Peter Guber and formed an...
Newest Visual Studio Release Candidate Gets Improved .NET Core Tooling
Microsoft fixes bugs and delivers better .NET Core and ASP.NET Core experiences ahead of the Visual Studio 2017 Integrated Development Environment official release later this year. Visual Studio 2017...
Hyperloop pod competition yields a few outstanding models, tunnel announcement
reader comments 16 Share this story Megan Geuss From left to right: part of WARR's pod casing, MIT's pod, Delft's pod, all awaiting time in the low-pressure tube environment. Megan Geuss MIT's Hyperloop...
Human-pig 'chimera' embryo grown in lab
The so-called chimera embryo has been hailed as a breakthrough that could overcome the problem of organ shortages.But some experts say the development raises huge ethical issues, especially if any of...
Trump team reportedly wants to strip FCC of consumer protection powers
Enlarge / President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York City.Getty Images | Drew Angerer reader comments 43 Share this story President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is reportedly pushing...
Android's creator is jumping back into the smartphone business
Andy Rubin — the creator of the Android software that powers most of the world's smartphones — is working on a suite of hardware products including a smartphone to rival Apple's iPhone and Google's Pixel,...
Wells Fargo profit falls after scandal
Wells Fargo said Friday its profit fell 5 percent in the first full quarter after regulators said that bank employees opened millions of customer accounts fraudulently to meet sales goals. The scandal...
Trump picks Rudy Giuliani to meet with companies about cybersecurity
President-elect Donald Trump's administration will hold private industry meetings on cybersecurity preparedness, led by Rudy Giuliani, the transition team and Giuliani announced today, although important...
Trump transition team walks back request for DoE staffers’ names
reader comments 6 Share this story On Wednesday, a spokesman for President-Elect Trump’s transition team told Reuters that the team would not be seeking the names of Department of Energy (DOE) employees...
Hackers are stealing files and asking people to infect other computers to get them back
Popcorn Time was discovered last week by Malware Hunter Team, a group of cybersecurity researchers, who posted screenshots of the malware on Twitter. TWEET Users are warned that entering the wrong decryption...
Teen makes $5000 a week sitting on couch
Aussie Anathan Pham and his new team mates. Picture: OG AT JUST 16 years old, Anathan ‘Ana’ Pham told his family and friends he was dropping out of school and moving halfway across the globe to pursue...
How one F1 team uses cybersecurity to keep the crown jewels under lock and key
EnlargeGlenn Dunbar/Williams reader comments 3 Share this story As is the case for so many industries in recent years, Formula 1 has been transformed by data. Each team designs and tests its cars in silico,...
Unconscious brain training beats phobias without the stress
Don’t think about spidersPaul Waterman/EyeEm/GettyBy Clare WilsonNo need to face your fears, they could be made to just melt away. A new way of curing phobias can nudge people into unconsciously thinking...
How to Build a Threat Hunting Team to Bolster Cyber-Security Operations
Enterprise cyber-security in 2016 means going on the offensive. Perimeters are penetrated constantly, both internally and externally. Building an effective threat-hunting team can improve a network's defense...
UdeM selected as only Canadian university to take part in international AI competition
Students from Université de Montréal (UdeM) are one of 12 teams competing for the Alexa Prize.The annual university competition is dedicated to accelerating the field of artificial intelligence (AI)....
Microsoft Hopes to Lure Developers from Slack With Teams
Microsoft's move into the team collaboration space with Microsoft Teams is aimed not only at knowledge workers, but squarely at developers. Microsoft’s new team collaboration tool, Microsoft Teams, is...
Microsoft Teams is the firm's app-filled answer to Slack and HipChat
Microsoft has not been sitting idly as Slack and HipChat have become the de facto kings of online workplace collaboration. The firm has just announced the long-rumored Teams app, a familiar-looking answer...
Drone World Championships: Drone racing in the land of Jurassic Park
reader comments 3 Share this story A drone lifts off from the start line at the Drone Worlds 2016. David Stock Drone Worlds 2016. in Hawaii. You might recognise the backdrop from Jurassic Park. Pictured...
Google Adds 5 New Features to G Suite
G Suite's new capabilities will allow users to collaborate more efficiently using Google's suite of email and productivity apps, the company said. Google has updated its G Suite set of cloud applications...
New technique allows for holograms that can be seen from any angle
In December 1977, when Star Wars first lit up the screens of movie theatres around the world, cinemagoers watched as as a holographic Princess Leia pleaded for help from Obi-Wan Kenobi.Today, she'd probably...
Anomalies Discovered in the Great Pyramid
Scientists using new technology have announced some intriguing new discoveries while peering deep inside the great pyramids of Giza. The results come from the Scan Pyramids group, a collaboration between...
A team of physicists dispels Rayleigh's curse
The resolution of an optical system (like a telescope or a camera) is limited by the so-called Rayleigh criterion. An international team has broken this limit, showing that it is not a fundamental curse....
Project Blue plans to send space telescope to snap nearby worlds
LET’S take a look next door. A team of astronomers, entrepreneurs and philanthropists has launched an ambitious campaign to grab the first ever picture of a distant, possibly Earth-like world. Project...
Overwatch continues its Team Fortress-ization with first PvE brawl
Overwatch's first Halloween update. reader comments 13 Share this story If you were concerned that the online team-combat game Overwatch didn't have enough blatant similarities with online team-combat...
Vaccinating babies without vaccinating babies
Scientists have long understood that mother's milk provides immune protection against some infectious agents through the transfer of antibodies, a process referred to as "passive immunity." A research...
Low energy electric field found suitable for quick magnetic recording
A novel, highly energy efficient and ultrafast magnetization control scheme has been successfully demonstrated by international team of scientists. With low-energy terahertz photons, the team succeeded...
When you mix high explosives with worms
The classic game is back with a vengeance. WORMS are traditionally thought of as friendly garden-dwelling creatures essential to any good compost heap. Take garden variety worms, however, put them in a...
Camera spots your hidden prejudices from your body language
Look to the body languageCavan Images/plainpictureBy Aviva RutkinARE your hidden biases soon to be revealed? A computer program can unmask them by scrutinising people’s body language for signs of prejudice....
Cyclists break human-powered speed record
A major record was shattered this month, when cyclists managed to break the land speed record for human-powered transportation twice at the 2016 World Human-Powered Speed Challenge. During the event, held...
Plastic flower blooms thanks to its own internal molecular clock
Shape-shifting puttySheiko et al. Nature CommunicationsBy Sandrine CeurstemontTick-tock. Shape-shifting objects can now have their own version of a biological clock, thanks to a new material that transforms...
Exclusive: World’s first baby born with new “3 parent” technique
Blackout Concepts/AlamyBy Jessica HamzelouIt’s a boy! A five-month-old boy is the first baby to be born using a new technique that incorporates DNA from three people, New Scientist can reveal. “This is...
A world first: Cardiovascular team carries out a new type of procedure on a heart valve
A team of heart surgeons and cardiologists used new catheter technology to repair a leaky tricuspid valve for the very first time. The Cardioband serves as an innovative and low-impact method of repairing...
‘Goat Man’ Among 2016 Ig Nobel Winners
Not to be confused with the august Nobel Prize, Thursday night saw the awarding of this year’s Ig Nobel Awards, which are given to scientific studies that “make people laugh, and then think.” While the...
Google makes it easier to share photos, notes and more with family members
Because constantly swapping passwords and usernames can be a pain, (if not also a security risk) Google is adding new ways for families to share with each other while still staying logged-on to their...
DeepMind’s AI beats world’s best Go player in latest face-off
Ke Jie deep in concentration during the first matchWU HONG/EPA/REX/ShutterstockBy Matt ReynoldsAlphaGo is at it again. Google DeepMind’s Go-playing AI has defeated Ke Jie, the world’s number one player,...
Google's AlphaGo A.I. beats world's number one in ancient game of Go
This week's games between AlphaGo and Ke are being live streamed by Google online, but Chinese censors already block access to Google and its services, such as Gmail and YouTube, in the country. Chinese...
All 38 major Google IO announcements ranked
Google IO is the company’s chance to express its bragging rights, and it did that at the start of its keynote by telling one and all that Android is now up to 2 billion active users.What’s more, seven...
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