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3 Differences between Military Computers and Yours

So you just bought one of those fancy, new, cylindrical Mac Pros. You spared no expense. You checked all the boxes, maxed out the SSD and RAM. You even threw in a copy of Aperture, Final Cut, and Logic X just for the fun of it. They will make nice additions to your pro software collection, which includes a copy ... Read More »

3D Printing Saves a Life

3D printed heart

3D printing is the next big thing, the new revolution. And it’s only showing signs of growing. 3D printing has been used in 3D food, 3D prosthetics, 3D car parts and now it has been used in a diagnosis that saved the life of a 1-year old child, Roland Lian Cung Bawi. Roland’s heart had a hole in it along ... Read More »

An Artificial Muscle that may allow Super Strength

Crysis Muscle Strength

A team of researchers at Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California have managed to design a micro-sized muscle that is about a 1000 times stronger than a human muscle and can catapult objects 50 times heavier than itself over a distance 5 times its length in a shocking time span of 60 milliseconds. To put this in perspective, 60 milliseconds is a smaller time than the blink ... Read More »

MIT’s inFORM lets you ‘touch’ over the air

MIT inFORM touch

So far, we’ve been able to transmit visual information and sound; two of the five human senses digitally. Touch, smell and taste are still pending… a bit. MIT has come up with a brilliant technology which allows you physically move something without actually being there. According to MIT, inFORM is a “Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically”. Structurally, it’s a ... Read More »

First Ever Photos of Chemical Bonding

Molecules Bonding

Remember bonding from Chemistry? If you thought how all those atoms forming bonds conveniently was not real, you might want to have a second thought. Because for the first time ever, actual images of molecules forming their chemical bonds, have been taken by Lawrence Berkely Laboratory. The goal wasn’t to take these pictures; the laboratory was performing experiments to develop ... Read More »

Watch the World’s Smallest Movie Made by Atoms

Boy and his Atom

Interested in seeing the world’s smallest movie? No, it’s not the ‘shortest’ movie but really the smallest, down to atomic scale. Made by IBM and named “A boy and his Atom” is a 250-frame movie created by precisely moving atoms to create pictures. The intent of the movie is not to make a mini-blockbuster but to see what may become ... Read More »

This teen uses an iPhone to control Bionic Arm

Bionic Hand

Patrick Kane, 16-years old, lost his right hand as a baby to meningitis. Now, he is the first person to be fitted with the bionic arm; iLimb Ultra Revolution. The iLimb cost him £30,000 was developed by Touch Bionics. Using its iPhone app, the hand can do 24 gestures and grips allowing Patrick to do actions which were previously impossible. ... Read More »

‘Life’ Infused into Compounds

Fish

Note that the ‘life’ is put inside commas. Meaning it does not mean scientists made a living organism from non-living matter. The study was simply this, scientists flashed blue-violet light that provoked them to form a cluster or a group of particles. Why is it a big deal? How would we use it? That’s the interesting part. These ‘active’, rather ... Read More »

Graphene Makes Electron Microscopy of Liquids Possible

Image Credits: Alivisatos, Lee and Zettl research groups, LBNL

Graphene continues to make it s name in the world of science with the developments in areas that were not possible before. One such recent development is the application of graphene to analyze objects immersed in liquid using a ‘graphene sandwitch’. The development eases the inspection of objects using electron microscopy which previously needed to be held in a vacuum ... Read More »

Graphene Discovered To Be Impermeable To Everything Except Water

Researchers at University of Manchester have yet discovered another amazing property of the 2010 Noble Prize Winning material, the Graphene, the thinnest and the strongest known material on earth. This time, researchers have found that graphene doesn’t allow anything to pass through it except the water. Thus, we have found our water filter for the future. According to a report ... Read More »