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Rockets are heading to Mars. Artificial intelligence is creating arts and music. Genome technologies are finding new ways to help us stay healthy. So many tech developments happen everyday. We are sharing the most exciting ones with you here. Enjoy!
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An algorithm that can spot cause and effect could supercharge medical AI

The technique, inspired by quantum cryptography, would allow large medical databases to be tapped for causal links

Why we like it

AI could lead to major breakthroughs in medicine, tapping medical databases for causal links


Water-conducting membrane allows carbon dioxide to transform into fuel more efficiently

Methanol is a versatile and efficient chemical used as fuel in the production of countless products. Carbon dioxide (CO2), on the other hand, is a greenhouse gas that is the unwanted byproduct of many industrial processes.

Why we like it

Converting or breaking down C02 is a key challenge for our environment


Ocean Cleaning Device Succeeds in Removing Plastic for the First Time

An enormous floating device designed by Dutch scientists for the non-profit Ocean Cleanup successfully captured and removed plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Why we like it

It's so exciting to see technology used to clean up our environment, especially an important resource like water.


Harvard researchers find ways to improve on soap and wate

Harvard researchers have devised what they hope is a better way to disinfect hands, using tiny aerosolized nanodroplets of water and nontoxic disinfectants that not only leave hands sterile, but use so little water the hands stay dry.

Why we like it

There are more ways to kill germs than soap and water. New technologies may lead to impressive ways in fighting disease and keeping people healthy.


Scientists Velcroed 3-D Glasses to Cuttlefish to Study Their Depth Perception

The results of the eye-popping study suggest cuttlefish see the world in surprisingly human ways

Why we like it

Who would have ever thought that scientists would velcro 3-D glasses to fish


Patterns in the brain shed new light on how we function

The patterns created by neurons in the brain can be used to shine a light on how the brain functions, and take us a step closer to creating intelligent robots, scientists claim.

Why we like it

Studying human brain function leads to discoveries and innovation in artificial intelligence.


Inventing the perfect umbrella

Umbrellas shield people from the rain, but the current design is far from perfect. They fold down into soaked, dripping messes. They crumple when hit by powerful blasts of wind. ...

Why we like it

We often take for granted that products can't be improved, but why not a 'better umbrella''?


This Open-Source ‘Precious Plastic’ Project Is Changing What Waste Means And How Recycling Is Done

People involved in more than 400 projects around the world are using a recycling system that they downloaded for free from the internet.

Why we like it

Most of us never consider plastic valuable, but the concept of plastic being precious may be coming soon.


Video of the Sun - What Does the Sun Look Like? - Sun Close Up

The National Science Foundation's Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope has released the most detailed video of the sun's surface ever. It's incredible.

Why we like it

It's just very cool to be able to see what the surface of the sun looks like!


Going Beyond Machine Learning To Machine Reasoning

Machine learning is necessary for systems to gain value from data, but it just pushes the problem of intelligence to the next level: reasoning.

Why we like it

Machine learning offers great opportunity to advance our understanding


Scientists Assemble Frog Stem Cells Into First 'Living Machines'

The so-called 'xenobots' could replace traditional metal or plastic robots without polluting the planet, but they raise ethical questions

Why we like it

Developing biological robots has interesting and potentially controversial possibilities


Robots in Space - India's Half-Humanoid Space Robot

The Indian Space Research Organisation has released footage of its newest astronaut: a half-humanoid robot named Vyommitra. ISRO will send her to the moon.

Why we like it

Using robots instead of humans for extended space flight could save lives and lead to further advances in understanding the challenges of living in space.


Glitzy Beetles Use Their Sparkle for Camouflage |Smart News

A new study suggests eye-catching iridescence isn't just for standing out in a crowd—it can conceal, too

Why we like it

Studying and understanding the amazing capabilities of even the smallest creatures often benefits society in developing new innovations.


The Long Goodbye of Wi-Fi Has Begun

Local 5G networks could replace the familiar wireless standard

Why we like it

5G and cellular technology may one day replace wifi, and with that create a new era of wireless communication


Atoms Bonding, Splitting - Video of Atoms - How Do Atoms Bond

Scientists have used electron microscopy to record atoms bonding for the first time. This is the best short film you'll see this year.

Why we like it

Molecular bonding was something only thought possible as a mathematical proposition, but scientists can now record atoms bonding.


These are the most detailed photos yet of the far side of the moon

China's Chang'e 4 lander and Yutu-2 rover have now exceeded their expected mission lifetime, and have just begun their 14th lunar day.

Why we like it

Current space exploration is making discoveries that we had previously not thought possible.


How well can computers connect symptoms to diseases?

MIT researchers find automatically generated health knowledge graphs that map disease-symptom relationships by crunching patient data require fine-tuning for certain conditions, and can perform poorly in diseases with high percentages of very old or young or male or female patients.

Why we like it

One of the biggest advantages of greater computing capability is quality of life, especially considering the advances in healthcare.


Introducing the Human Screenome Project

Millions of screenshots sent from personal devices every five seconds will transform our understanding of everything from fake news to depression.

Why we like it

The Screenome project is interesting in that it is an attempt to understand what effect media has on our lives.


Astronomers discover class of strange objects near our galaxy's enormous black hole

Astronomers from UCLA's Galactic Center Orbits Initiative have discovered a new class of bizarre objects at the center of our galaxy, not far from the supermassive black hole called Sagittarius A*. They published their research today in the journal Nature.

Why we like it

New celestial objects are being discovered which don't fit classic definitions


This weird-looking pigeon is actually a drone that flies with real feathers

Bird brains: Roboticists have been turning to birds for flight inspiration for years, but they haven’t yet successfully managed to get a drone to fly like one.

Why we like it

Drones can now look very much like real-life natural-world creatures


An algorithm that learns through rewards may show how our brain does too

By optimizing reinforcement-learning algorithms, DeepMind uncovered new details about how dopamine helps the brain learn.

Why we like it

AI may help us understand how our minds work too


Hollywood Is Using Artificial Intelligence To Pick Its Next Blockbuster

AI has already received a modest amount of use by studios up until now, so Warner Bros. entry is likely to open the floodgates even further.

Why we like it

AI has already had some amazing applications, including picking the next film blockbuster


How to solve the plastics paradox

Plastics pose a huge environmental challenge - but they also offer enormous environmental benefits, too. Here's how we can address the former without sacrificing the latter.

Why we like it

Plastic is a paradox in that it can be a solution but also a problem


WindFloat Atlantic | The World's Largest Floating Wind Turbine

Unlike most offshore wind farm projects, this one floats.

Why we like it

Floating wind farms may offer another to sustainable energy production


How These Nocturnal Moths Sparkle at Night

The nocturnal insect might flash its reflective spots at a potential mate

Why we like it

We're constantly discovering anew the complexity and beauty of nature.


How strong is your knot?

MIT mathematicians and engineers have developed a mathematical model that predicts how stable a knot is, based on several key properties, including the number of crossings involved, and the direction in which the rope segments twist as the knot is pulled tight.

Why we like it

Math is essential in nearly every field of innovation, even tying a knot!


New time-lapse video shows how fast the Arctic Ocean’s oldest sea ice is melting | World Economic Forum

The warmer temperatures are disturbing polar weather patterns, which could have dramatic consequences for the planet.

Why we like it

Climate change is explained graphically


Amazon Fires and the Horrifying Science of Deforestation | WIRED

At the core of Brazil's out-of-control fires in the Amazon is deforestation. Here's how human meddling fundamentally transforms a rainforest.

Why we like it

Helps understand deforestation in the Amazon


Artificial Intelligence Is This Year's Hottest Job | Fortune

A.I. specialist is the fastest growing job in terms of number hires, at least according to LinkedIn.

Why we like it

Artificial intelligence will enhance and expand human capabilities


Curious Kids: Why do feet stink by the end of the day?

Sweaty feet and certain cheeses have something in common that makes them reek – can you guess what it is?

Why we like it

Explains a common problem for many school children and finding out the science behind it.