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The Huge List of Real Science Articles That Inspire Science Fiction

Some of the science behind our science fiction!


With Xbox One, You'll Never Watch TV Alone

In Xbox One 's newest software updates, which roll out in November, the gaming console's television functions will be integrated with Twitter. This means you can watch a show on the top portion of the screen and simultaneously send out tweets in the "Snap" sidebar.

Security Experts Build $150 Safecracker

Thanks to a pair of Melbourne security researchers, the cost of opening safes just hit a new low. Using an arduino platform and 3-D printed parts, the pair has created a contraption that can open many combination locks, like those on ATMs and gun safes.

Want to Stay Healthy? You'll Need to Become a Human-Animal Hybrid.

Biologists have been mixing the DNA of different animals since the 1970s, but the idea of injecting the genes of animals into humans remains taboo. Called transgenics, it's a practice that could cure illness in the future -- and eventually reshape our species. Here's what you need to know about it.

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Light Forms Crystal-Like Structure On Computer Chip

recent paper. This is the first time anyone has accomplished this effect in a lab.Here's why it's so hard: Atoms can easily form solids, liquids, and gasses, because when they come into contact they push and pull on each other. That push and pull forms the underlying structure of all matter.

Tying Light in Knots [Slide Show]

Newfound solutions to Maxwell's electromagnetism equations show light can get as tangled as a sailor's rope Knots can help unravel some knotty (sorry!) situations. The mathematical study of knotted shapes has proved constructive for many branches of physics, from understanding how fluids flow to developing quantum computers.

The Stroke of Genius Strikes Later in Modern Life

Young geniuses might have once made nearly all of the significant breakthroughs in science, but nowadays that's doesn't seem to be the case, suggests a new study. Einstein once said, "A person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of 30 will never do so."

Artificial Heart 'Jacket' Made on 3D Printer

The outer layer of the heart was made of silicon embedded with tiny sensors. The heart layer was made on a 3D printerCredit: Rogers et al Using a 3D printer, scientists have made an elastic membrane that closely mimics the outer layer of the heart's wall. The new membrane, which was described Tuesday (Feb.

Looksery Launches A Video Chatting App That Makes You Look More Attractive

Want to look more attractive on video? Or just different? Earlier this year, a company called Looksery popped up on Kickstarter to raise crowdfunding for a new kind of mobile video chat application that allows users to look more attractive on video using special effects that can remove blemishes, let you change your eye color, slim your face, and more.

Anti-Surveillance Hoodie And Scarf Prevent Drones From Tracking You

The increasingly vast suite of surveillance tools available to state authorities has certainly given privacy advocates something to bristle at. In an exhibition launching this week, NYC-based artist Adam Harvey and fashion designer Johanna Bloomfield are demonstrating fashion's potential to thwart surveillance by state actors via accessories like a heat-cloaking anti-drone hoodie and scarf.

Designer Reverse-Engineers Face-Detection Tech to Develop Camouflage Makeup

Face-recognition technology is already helping surveillance cameras pick out individual faces of suspects, and even smartphone apps may soon allow you to ID strangers on the street. Future lovers who want a bit more privacy could soon paint on anti-face-recognition camo that protects against such electronic eye intrusions.

New app lets deaf people 'hear' group conversations

Researchers have developed the first mobile app to make group conversations possible between deaf people and their hearing peers. The Transcense app "listens" and interprets conversations, providing real-time captioning on mobile devices. The app was developed by researchers from Berkeley, along with University of San Francisco graduates from the US, France, the Netherlands, and Taiwan.

Suspended Animation In Space Travel: What Scientists Still Need To Learn

fast asleep. In a NASA-commissioned study on human stasis, aerospace engineers at SpaceWorks have found that the benefits of placing a crew in suspended animation for the duration of the journey could be legion. Without living spaces or kitchen facilities, the ship carrying the crew could be lighter and smaller.

Ebola: How Pop Culture And Infotainment Flame Our Fear

Last week, CNN's Don Lemon did a segment on Ebola. It makes sense for the media to cover the virus, considering that the current outbreak has been raging for several months in West Africa- where it has killed more than 4,400 people-and that the first Ebola-related death in America occurred in Dallas on October 8th.

7 Experimental Interfaces That Show the Future of UI Design

Trade shows might be sexier, but there's no beating academic conferences for weird new tech. Today, at the 27th Software and Technology Symposium in Honolulu, dozens of researchers presented a glimpse into the future of UI design--here are six of the most interesting. Meanwhile, you can find me at "Beach Activities."

A Spoonful of This New Material Can Suck Up a Whole Roomful of Oxygen

A team of scientists in Denmark just invented a crystalline material that can absorb oxygen with astounding efficiency. How astounding? Well, a single spoonful of the stuff can suck all of the oxygen out of a room. The best part is that it can release it again with just a little bit of heat.

Haven smart door lock can stand up to a battering ram | Mobile |

As mobile technology and wireless networks continue to saturate the world, some companies have turned to adding smarts to the lock that keeps your home secure. However, even the smartest lock can still fall victim to a particularly motivated thief with a bump key or a strong kick.

A Google Glass App That Detects People's Emotions

Sometimes people are hard to read. Why not leave all that work to a computer? Perhaps you could use this experimental app that works in Google Glass. Aim Glass's camera at a person's face and the app reads the human's facial expression and tells you to what extent the person is feeling happy, sad, angry, or surprised.

The Germans Have Figured Out How to 3-D Print Cars | WIRED

The assembly line isn't going away, but 3-D printing is going to reshape how we make cars. The EDAG Genesis points the way, with an beautifully crafted frame made from a range of materials and inspired by a turtle's skeleton.

How Skype Translator Learns Language from Social Media

When Microsoft and Skype revealed Skype Translator in May, everyone displayed awe and wonder at a service that could finally traverse the language barrier. The premise was that the Skype Translator app would convert speech in real time allowing fluid conversation between speaking partners with different lingual tongues.

MIT Scientists Say Humans Would Rather Take Orders From Robots

Welp. This is how it all begins. Bow on bended knee before your robot overlords. New research from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) shows (with science!) that when working in groups of three-two humans, one robot-us lowly bags of flesh and blood would rather the robot just take over.

TransVision: Shared Hand-held Augmented Reality

The TransVision system is an attempt to use augmented reality (AR) technology for collaborative designing. The system uses the palmtop video-see-through display instead of bulky head-mounted displays. The user can see a computer-generated 3D model superimposed on the real world view. The position and orientation of the display are tracked by the system such that...

Apple's interactive augmented reality system identifies real-world objects, allows screen sharing

Apple on Tuesday won a patent for an augmented reality (AR) system that can identify objects in a live video stream and present information corresponding to said objects through a computer generated information layer overlaid on top of the real-world image. Published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's U.S.

DARPA Thinks Less Armor Could Make Tanks Safer

The heavy, treaded, gun-swinging battlefield behemoths know as tanks haven't changed much since their invention a century ago. Using a crapload of armor, the tank is meant to keep soldiers inside safe from bullets and other projectiles, while shooting a cannon at anything that poses a threat.

This Heads-Up Display Puts the App Info You Need On Your Windshield

Using your smartphone or tablet while driving is not only illegal in most sane states, it's also just a dangerously stupid thing to do behind the wheel. But since access to your device can make your travels easier, the dashboard-mounted Navdy provides a heads-up display that shares info from your devices, and lets you interact with them through voice and gesture commands.