The future of toys – Disney 3D prints animated eyes for interactive characters


Today, they are just cute, animated eyes. But tomorrow, curved displays could change the way we interact with everything.  According to Frog’s chief creative officer, Mark Rolston, in the next five years a doll will come out with a face made from a curved display, and that will change the way toys are made forever.



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Men and women really do see the world differently

Research has shown that the differences between the male and female visual cortex means that men and women literally see the world differently. From differences in sensitivity to color, patterns, and hue to being more or less sensitive to movement against a pattern, understanding and making use of these differences in visual processing is essential to many fields such as advertising, manufacturing, and video development



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Space-Time Cloak’ to Conceal Events

The beauty of time travel may be here sooner than we think!

The study, by researchers from Imperial College London, involves a new class of materials called metamaterials, which can be artificially engineered to distort light or sound waves. With conventional materials, light typically travels along a straight line, but with metamaterials, scientists can exploit a wealth of additional flexibility to create undetectable blind spots. By deflecting certain parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, an image can be altered or made to look like it has disappeared.

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Quantum Memory for Communication Networks of the Future

Quantum networks able to protect  information better than the current communication networks.

Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen have succeeded in storing quantum information using two ‘entangled’ light beams. Quantum memory or information storage is a necessary element of future quantum communication networks. The new findings are published in Nature Physics.

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Researchers Develop Light Technology to Combat Hospital Infections

HINS-light decontaminates the air by bathing them in a narrow spectrum of visible-light
A pioneering lighting system that can kill hospital superbugs — including MRSA and C. difficile — has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Second ‘Quantum Logic Clock’ Based on Aluminum Ion Is Now World’s Most Precise Clock


NIST postdoctoral researcher James Chin-wen Chou with the world’s most precise clock, based on the vibrations of a single aluminum ion (electrically charged atom).

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built an enhanced version of an experimental atomic clock based on a single aluminum atom that is now the world’s most precise clock, more than twice as precise as the previous pacesetter based on a mercury atom.

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Diamonds Become Stronger When Squeezed Rapidly Under Extreme Conditions


Time-integrated photograph of an OMEGA laser shot (43633) to measure high-pressure diamond strength.

Most people know that diamond is one of the hardest solids on Earth, so strong that it can easily cut through glass and steel.

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New on-Off ‘Switch’ Triggers and Reverses Paralysis in Animals With a Beam of Light


This tiny worm became temporarily paralyzed when scientists fed it a light-sensitive material, or “photoswitch,” and then exposed it to ultraviolet light.

In an advance with overtones of Star Trek phasers and other sci-fi ray guns, scientists in Canada are reporting development of an internal on-off “switch” that paralyzes animals when exposed to a beam of ultraviolet light. The animals stay paralyzed even when the light is turned off. When exposed to ordinary light, the animals become unparalyzed and wake up.

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Next-generation Microcapsules Deliver ‘Chemicals On Demand’


A new generation of microcapsules, shown above, promise to deliver “chemicals on demand” for a wide range of uses, including medicine and personal care.

Scientists in California are reporting development of a new generation of the microcapsules used in carbon-free copy paper, in which capsules burst and release ink with pressure from a pen. The new microcapsules burst when exposed to light, releasing their contents in ways that could have wide-ranging commercial uses from home and personal care to medicine.

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Light And Sound Vibrations Trapped Together In Nanocrystal For First Time


Top: Scanning electron micrograph of the optomechanical crystal. Bottom: closer view of the device’s nanobeam.

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have created a nanoscale crystal device that, for the first time, allows scientists to confine both light and sound vibrations in the same tiny space. Continue reading… “Light And Sound Vibrations Trapped Together In Nanocrystal For First Time”

First Hyperlens For Sound Waves Created


The acoustic hyperlens is fashioned from 36 brass fins arranged in the shape of a hand-held fan.

Ultrasound and underwater sonar devices could “see” a big improvement, thanks to development of the world’s first acoustic hyperlens. Created by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), the acoustic hyperlens provides an eightfold boost in the magnification power of sound-based imaging technologies. Continue reading… “First Hyperlens For Sound Waves Created”

Discover the Hidden Patterns of Tomorrow with Futurist Thomas Frey
Unlock Your Potential, Ignite Your Success.

By delving into the futuring techniques of Futurist Thomas Frey, you’ll embark on an enlightening journey.

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