3-D print hair, brushes, and fur

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MIT researchers have invented a radical pixel-mapping printing technique by bypassing computer-aided design (CAD) software. They have quickly and efficiently modeled and printed thousands of hair-like structures.

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Machines want your job

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Since the beginning of the “machine age”, humans have envisioned a time where machines became intelligent. In most science fiction, there is an apocalyptic tone in which the machines determine that humans are an inefficient use of resources and seek to destroy us. Whether 2001: A Space Odyssey, Terminator or iRobot, books and movies have convinced all of us that one day machines will rule the world.

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Stroke symptoms reversed in medical study

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Doctors may have made a revolutionary breakthrough in the way we treat stroke patients. Patients in the trial study regained the ability to talk, walk and live normal lives, all thanks to a stem cell treatment.

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The longest, deepest rail tunnel on Earth just opened

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After 17 years of construction, the Gotthard Base Tunnel has opened. It’s a 35-mile high-speed rail connection beneath the Swiss Alps and is now the longest transit tunnel in the world. You better believe that Hyperloop engineers are paying attention.

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Genetic editing of humans won’t be easy to stomach

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Some futurists believe that humans will eventually  all become ones and zeroes. This would be a result of a total merger with machines and the microprocessor, before this century is out.

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The race to monetize artificial intelligence has begun

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The artificial intelligence (A.I.) battle has been heating up. IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google all continuously release impressive technologies in the space that are capturing the minds of developers and customers. From a market standpoint, A.I. is positioned to become a pillar of the next generation of software technologies. We can expect all those software giants to capture segments of the A.I. space, however, the most interesting question is who can monetize A.I. at scale first.

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Smart contact lens monitors diabetes and delivers drugs

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Researchers have made a smart contact lens that could be used to monitor diabetes and dispense drugs on-demand. The system includes cool-looking eyeglasses that wirelessly power and communicate with the circuit-lined, drug-releasing lens that a patient could wear for up to a month.

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Monsanto is cultivating a rose that won’t wilt

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Monsanto is using a genetic technology that can feed plants through vase water for anti-aging technology for flowers . The St. Louis biotech company, known for its transgenic corn and soybeans, and for being the target of anti-GMO campaigners, disclosed in a patent application that it’s now testing a new way of stopping roses, carnations, and petunias from wilting.

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Did a Chinese startup just build the world’s first bendable screen bracelet phone?

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Moxi Group, an unknown company in Chongqing China, passed these images of a magical, flexible bracelet smartphone around to the financial news press a couple days ago. However, here’s the fine print: Moxi actually claims to be working on a black-and-white version of this concept, with a color version “by 2018.”

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World’s first 3D-printed office building completed

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3D printing technology will revolutionize architecture in the near-future and allow designers to literally click-and-print complex buildings at a lower cost and faster speed than traditional construction methods allow. Another step forward in the field comes via Dubai, where what’s hailed as the world’s first 3D-printed office was recently completed.

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Lithium-air catalyst could make car and phone batteries last five times longer

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US and South Korean scientists discovered catalyst materials that could make it possible to create lithium-air (Li-Air) batteries that can potentially store five times more power than lithium-ion (Li-On) batteries do today. Lithium-air batteries work by taking oxygen from the air and then using it in chemical reactions that will produce electricity, rather than storing an oxidiser internally like lithium-ion batteries.

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