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Tractor beam created in water, gravity guns here we come

Tractor beam created in water, gravity guns here we come

By 11 August 2014

A real-world tractor beam has been created for pulling-in and pushing-out objects. The catch? It's water only, for now. Next step, air control for gravity guns. Both Star Wars and Star Trek agree on one thing the future will hold – tractor beams. And... >>

Scientist invents ice cream that changes colour as you lick it

Scientist invents ice cream that changes colour as you lick it

By 29 July 2014

Science might be busy working on interstellar travel and curing disease but that doesn't mean it can't give some time to ice cream. Specifically making it better visually. Spanish physicist and electronic engineer Manuel Linares has done exactly that.... >>

Suspended animation could soon be reality, trials to begin on 10 human volunteers

Suspended animation could soon be reality, trials to begin on 10 human volunteers

By 26 May 2014

Suspended animation, the technique most often used in science fiction movies such as Alien and Lost in Space, could soon be possible for humans. Doctor's at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh are to start trials on a process of suspending life... >>

Star Trek replicator could arrive in 12 months if theorised collider turns light into matter

Star Trek replicator could arrive in 12 months if theorised collider turns light into matter

By 19 May 2014

The dream of turning useless into valuable has been alive since Midas touched items to turn them to gold. Now scientists have apparently cracked how to turn light into matter, just like Star Trek's replicator. The theory was proposed way back in 1934... >>

Scientists link two rats' brains over web to create remote control rodents

Scientists link two rats' brains over web to create remote control rodents

By 1 March 2013

In a sort of bizarre high-tech version of the Shining, scientists have successfully linked a pair of rats' brains over the internet, allowing one to control the other remotely. The experiment, carried out by Duke University in North Carolina, sees electrodes... >>

Brit boffins to send Google Nexus phone into space to drive Satellite

Brit boffins to send Google Nexus phone into space to drive Satellite

By 8 February 2013

Scientists have built a Google Nexus One smartphone into a satellite due to launch into space on 25 February. Barring software changes, the Android phone is completely unmodified and will be used in the heart of the orbiting spacecraft during its six-month... >>

New software shows just how much celebs are photoshopped

New software shows just how much celebs are photoshopped

By 2 December 2011

Researchers from the Department of Science at Dartmouth College have developed a software tool for rating the extent to which a photo has been Photoshopped, aiming to bring a bit of honesty back into images of celebrities and models. This kind of unrealistic... >>

Government aims for video games dominance with ICT reform

Government aims for video games dominance with ICT reform

By 29 November 2011

UK schools may be getting widespread reform in computer science lessons, in the hope it'll provide a foundation to take advantage of the multi-billion video games and visual effects industry. The decision to target computer science comes in response to... >>

Augmented reality contact lenses almost here: focus on emails and gaming

Augmented reality contact lenses almost here: focus on emails and gaming

By 22 November 2011

A leap in augmented reality could be just around the corner as developments in nano-projection have enabled scientists at the University of Washington to say that such tech would be not only feasible, but also safe. After testing on rabbits, the researchers... >>

Honda Asimo slims down, grows up and goes it alone

Honda Asimo slims down, grows up and goes it alone

By 8 November 2011

The "all-new" Asimo has been shown off,  equipped with what Honda describes as "autonomous behaviour control technology". The new system allows Asimo to continue moving without input from a controller, whilst its new, slimmer body gives the automaton... >>