News Index

"Smart glasses with liquid lenses that can automatically adjust their focus.”

Always puts into focus what you are looking at

Sat, February 11th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The Smithsonian brings to attention the work being done by the University of Utah on prototype "smart glasses" that, by using liquid lenses, are capable…


"90% of British civil service workers have jobs so pointless, they could easily be replaced by robots."

Automation in government and banks, and higher insurance rates for the self driving car

Fri, February 10th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Monetary Watch reports that Bank of America is testing out peopleless banks, putting teleconferencing in its place, effectively reducing the number of people needed to…


Man Has Been Looking for the Loch Ness Monster for 25 Years

The Loch Ness Watchman

Thu, February 9th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

As part of its Human Condition series, Great Big Story looks at Steve Feltham, a man who has been searching for the Loch Ness monster…


One-Time Injection Could Reduce Cholesterol Levels Forever

Gene editing for better living

Wed, February 8th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to New Scientist, recent tests on mice has demonstrated that by injecting a CRISPR Cas 9 protein and a guiding RNA sequence, they were…


Detroit is Disappearing

GooBing Detroit

Tue, February 7th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Downright fascinating and overly disturbing, the GooBing Detroit website collects online images showing the rapid deterioration of Detroit's neighbourhoods: from pristine houses and manicured lawns…


A Very Short Documentary on a Typeface

(Eventhough it's really a 4-minute commercial for Syracuse university)

Mon, February 6th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Created by Pentagram, this short video is basically a fascinating commercial for Syracuse university... about what we all wrongly call "a font." It's superbly done…


“AI has already surpassed us in many areas of our society.”

Artificial intelligence will kill us

Sun, February 5th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this TEDx talk, US defence expert Jay Tuck explains that artificial intelligence isn't something coming down the road, but already working among us. If…


"As Facebook points out, there is no such thing as privacy on Facebook."

Stop feeding Facebook

Sat, February 4th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Data scientist Vicki Boykis gives a lengthy tour of how much data Facebook collects from you — on or off the site — that you…


“An original short Science Fiction film set in the Blade Runner universe”

Slice of Life

Fri, February 3rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Set in the Blade Runner universe, A Slice of Life is a short science fiction movie made entirely without CGI effects. Doing it this way…


"A lot of people don't understand what 'public' really means."

I Know What You Did Five Minutes Ago

Thu, February 2nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Old video but ever so relevant today, Tom Scott shows the amount of information available online from most people simply because their privacy settings are…


"A robotic arm that prepares coffee like it would assemble a car on a factory floor."

Robots coming after barista's job

Wed, February 1st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Automation is taking over coffee making. According to Fortune, Cafe X Technologies allows customers to pre-order a customised coffee on their smartphone or on an…


"It’s sort of an astronomical fossil."

More details on NASA's planned trip to Psyche

Tue, January 31st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

If you can tolerate the way-too-many pop-ups that Big Think feels you need to be subjected to, they have this piece complete with video about…


“A self-learning robot could be handy for exploring distant planets, too.”

Robot evolves by 3D printing improved versions of itself.

Mon, January 30th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Researchers at the University of Oslo are developing a system called Generative Design that allows robots to evolve themselves: the idea is that the computer…


“In the end all we do on social media is akin to a fart in a crowded room.”

Would you delete your Facebook account?

Sun, January 29th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

By claryfing the fact that "Facebook posts are meaningless," techcrunch's John Biggs begs you to stop wasting time on social media and to, instead, do…


"If the world ends, getting contacts or glasses is going to be a huge pain in the ass."

Super-rich get ready for the end of times

Sat, January 28th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

With the idea that "contemporary life rests on a fragile consensus," the super-rich are getting ready for a potential collapse of civilisation — whether caused…


Immune Cells from Donor Cure Cancer in Infants


Fri, January 27th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

When all other treatments failed to cure the two infants of leukemia, doctors at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital used genetically engineered immune cells from…


"Work that paves the way for the creation and exploitation of entirely new life forms."

Programmable genetically engineered microbes

Thu, January 26th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to The Guardian, scientists have modified E coli to include a “beefed-up payload of genetic material” so that the microbes could be given “wholly…


"Oh, surprise. I got some pretzels for you."

Bad lip reading of Trump's inauguration

Thu, January 26th, 2017 10:00 by capnasty

Bad Lip Reading shows us what politicians were actually saying during Donald Trump's inauguration. Politicians CAN say what they're actually thinking...


“Regenerative medicines have the ability to restore or heal the body's own cells or create new body parts”

3D printed organs may soon be the norm

Wed, January 25th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to CNBC, Cyfuse Biomedical — a Tokyo-based start-up in regenerative medicine — is developing the ability to 3D bioprint organs as needed using a…


“The number of human employees may even drop to 20 someday.”

Chinese factory replaces 90% of its workforce with robots

Tue, January 24th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Even China is not immune to the destructive path of automation. According to the Monetary Watch, the Changying Precision Technology Company in Dongguan has reduced…