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Plants can talk, and these scientists are working out a way to listen

Studies have long suggested that plants can communicate with one another, and now a group of researchers are developing a way for humans to decode the leafy language. By using a network of micro-sensors inserted into special kinds of plants, the researchers, from Britain, Spain and Italy, hope to be able to interpret information on how plants respond…

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Sadie HalePlants can talk, and these scientists are working out a way to listen

Scientists create a bionic hand that can actually feel

Scientists are currently working on a new kind of bionic hand, which will allow amputees to actually feel what they're touching, according to The Independent. The pioneering technology will be implanted into an unnamed man later this year and could prove to be the next step in the advancement of artificial limbs, which will obviously…

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Becca CaddyScientists create a bionic hand that can actually feel

Girl builds a rocket and sends Hello Kitty up into space

A US girl decided to become the star of her class and an internet sensation overnight by sending a Hello Kitty doll up into the stratosphere on the back of a rocket she built. Wow she's making us feel really lame about our lives right now. The 12 year old from California watched an ad…

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Becca CaddyGirl builds a rocket and sends Hello Kitty up into space

Doctor uses Kinect imaging on the operating table

The last place you'd expect to see a Kinect is on an operating table, but the device could be the ideal way for doctors to consult medical images during complicated procedures. Last week a surgeon at the Guy's and St Thomas' hospital in London started using a new system that relies on an Xbox Kinect…

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Becca CaddyDoctor uses Kinect imaging on the operating table

Scientists create robotic arm you can control with your mind

Researchers at Brown University in the US have created a robotic arm designed to help disabled people carry out basic tasks. Now we know what you're thinking, that's been done before. A lot. But this new device is unique in that it can be controlled by your mind. For some time now robotics engineers have…

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Becca CaddyScientists create robotic arm you can control with your mind

WTF: Researchers find gadgets work just as well under our skin

Researchers are currently devising a way to gauge out a bit of our arms to replace all of that unnecessary muscle and flesh with our favourite gadgets. You know, to make life that little bit easier. A few months ago we saw that Nokia had patented a crazy vibrating tattoo that would live on our…

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Becca CaddyWTF: Researchers find gadgets work just as well under our skin

New glasses could help blind people see again, kind of

A kind of advanced technology used to help robots navigate their way around without bumping into everything could soon be used to help blind people see again. Well, kind of. Scientists at the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris are currently developing a special pair of…

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Becca CaddyNew glasses could help blind people see again, kind of

Science: Babies now available thorough the Lottery

We're used to seeing white goods and TVs as prizes in lotteries. But a new British Lottery seems to have gone too far by offering a baby. Okay, not an actual live one, but all you need to make one, minus a womb. (You have to provide that bit yourself.) It's a lottery specifically focused…

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Anna LeachScience: Babies now available thorough the Lottery

Roll up! The cows that make human breast milk – special juice could hit shops in three years

We believe it's customary to issue "trigger" warnings for contents such as the following. At least it's pretty gross - what you will see in the video are COWS that secrete HUMAN milk and the whole think will probably make you feel a little bit SICK. We're sort of hoping for a follow-up post in…

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ShinyJessRoll up! The cows that make human breast milk – special juice could hit shops in three years

Star Wars holograms? Now you can make those at home

You'll need a motion-sensor camera such as the Kinect, the add-on to the Microsoft Xbox 360 game, and possibly a degree from a top American science university - but Princess Leia would be proud. The Kinect is a range-finding camera that detects your movements, as is necessary to use your body as a controller for…

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ShinyJessStar Wars holograms? Now you can make those at home

The kissing machine that may be the future of celebrity worship

Kiss Transmission Device by amaliak The machine is designed to transmit the feeling of a kiss, apparently. In reality it's a rotating straw, presented by a painfully geeky kid in a deeply disturbing little video clip. But never mind that - Japanese boffins are on the case, and if they are successful, long distance couples…

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ShinyJessThe kissing machine that may be the future of celebrity worship

Uncanny likeness achieved, but sorry, the robot still looks freaky

There may well be such a thing as too close a match, judging by the above photograph. The displays in Madame Tussaud's aren't fantastic either, but there is just something a bit eerie about robots that are identical twins to their role models. This particular robotic doppelganger is called a Geminoid, presented by the Advanced…

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ShinyJessUncanny likeness achieved, but sorry, the robot still looks freaky

Ten technologies that will make life more like Star Trek

In spite of my personal status as a shameless Trekkie, I appreciate not everyone is as into the geeky stuff as I am. But even those misguided folks out there who fail to worship at the altar of Roddenberry will still appreciate the excitement of the technologically augmented future. Even Stephen Hawking once said it:…

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ShinyJessTen technologies that will make life more like Star Trek

Robot skin becomes reality: For lovable androids, or android police?

In the Star Trek universe it was the Borg Queen who introduced Data to skin that meant he could feel touch - in reality this is now being developed right here on earth. The sci-fi dream is taking place at Stanford University, where Professor Zhenan Bao is hard at work creating something she calls "super…

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ShinyJessRobot skin becomes reality: For lovable androids, or android police?

Take me to your leader: Computer demonstrates reasoning skills and wins 'Jeopardy'

While data storage has never been a problem for the computer mind, its ability to follow tricky nuances of language and reasoning has held back any plans for world dominance. This problem might be soon conquered, however, as an IBM computer demonstrated its skills by winning a top game of Jeopardy. An IBM computer called…

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ShinyJessTake me to your leader: Computer demonstrates reasoning skills and wins 'Jeopardy'

Software made for astronauts and designed in Surrey finds alternative use in Game design

It was meant to help astronauts control space ships, but it has a surprise alternative use - Game Design. The iKinema software was developed by the space research station at Surrey University and has been snapped up by big game makes 20th Century Fox and is now being used to help characters in games react…

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Anna LeachSoftware made for astronauts and designed in Surrey finds alternative use in Game design

How the Internet of Everything ends up in the Stomachs of Japanese Cows

Qualcomm are better known for making chips for top smartphones than for cows' intestines. That could be about to change. The Internet of Everything aka the Internet of Things is where chips are embedded in everything from toasters to cars to CD players. With everything wired up to a chip, all these separate devices can…

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Anna LeachHow the Internet of Everything ends up in the Stomachs of Japanese Cows

The 3D Food Printer: why IKEA predicts we'll be printing out dinner in 2040

Forget the ice-cream maker, top of our new kitchen gadget wishlist is a 3D food printer. Oh yes, we said 3D Food Printer. Capable of printing out your dinner, scientists in MIT invented the gadget back in January, and IKEA have just fingered the Food Printer as one product they think will make a big…

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Anna LeachThe 3D Food Printer: why IKEA predicts we'll be printing out dinner in 2040

How a Sun-Flare could blow out GPS satellites

A little thought for the day - what if a sun flare blew the circuits on the satellites orbiting the earth and destroyed the world's GPS system? Just a little disaster scenario for you to mull over. The issue has come to light because - yes - there has been a sun-flare and yes it…

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Anna LeachHow a Sun-Flare could blow out GPS satellites

Is Sat-Nav ruining our sense of Geography?

I've just been on the radio (briefly) chatting about whether GPS and sat navs are eroding our sense of geography. Whether we're so busy peering at our screens that we don't see the lambs gambolling in the field nearby or whether we never bother to learn where places are because we know we can just…

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Anna LeachIs Sat-Nav ruining our sense of Geography?