How Google predicts stock market crashes
New research takes an extra step and tests out how well stock-buying would go using Google search trends as guidance. The result: a pretty nice return.
Any surface becomes a touchscreen with smart projected interface
While everyone seems to have a touchscreen in their pocket, the next big thing is having a touchscreen pretty much wherever you want, whenever you want it. This prototype "smart environment" lets you turn any surface into a display or control.
Activists, UN put ''killer robots'' in the crosshairs
With more and more automation of military weapon systems, it''s time to set boundaries for "killer robots," says the Human Rights Watch and the UN. Their opponents say it''s dangerous to ban technologies that don''t yet exist, but most agree that the time for debate is now.
World''s smallest stop-motion film made with individual atoms
Scientists at IBM have just unveiled the world''s smallest stop-motion film - certified by Guinness - one made by moving individual atoms. What you''re seeing is 100 million times bigger than the original elements.
Student program wins $100K prize for health innovations for developing world
Getting the correct dose of liquid medicine into a syringe is a challenge - just ask any parent treating a toddler''s fever at 3 am. Enter the DoseRight Syringe Clip, a seemingly simple L-shaped plastic gizmo that ensures accurate dosages. It was designed by students, and will likely save lives.
Three-fingered iRobot hand points to strong, nimble future machines
A robotic hand strong enough to lift a 50-pound weight yet so nimble it can pluck up keys from a table demonstrates real capabilities of a coming generation of robots that will be at work everywhere, from the battlefield to the construction site.
Robo-bugs are here! World''s smallest bot takes flight
Insect-sized robots have long held promise in the minds of sci-fi nerds, snooping on people and forming into scary swarms. On Thursday, the door to the future was kicked open when engineers at Harvard revealed a penny-sized robot that can hover like a housefly, beating its wings 120 times per second...
Open-source virtual worm worms its way to life
Biologists have counted and sorted each of the 959 cells in the millimeter-long, see-through roundworm. Now a group of coders and neuroscientists are using that data to bring that worm to life.
Solar plane makes first stopover in US odyssey
A Swiss-made, solar-powered airplane called Solar Impulse has finished the first leg of its months-long, fuel-free aerial odyssey across America.
Bug-eyed camera gets wide angle view - through 180 lensesStories 1 - 10 of 33
We may all be able to get a bug''s-eye view of the world with new camera technology being developed by University of Illinois researchers. Like an insect''s compound eye, their device uses many tiny lenses to form an extremely wide-angle image with a few interesting qualities.