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Toilet Innovations: History Of Where It's Been And Where It's Going

The history of the toilet is inextricably tied to  the history of humanity itself. A basic function of survival, excreting is a body function that simultaneously relaxes and repels the voider.  Through many years of employment, the toilet has evolved, but the purpose of it has remained the same.

iRobot's First Look Robot Will Give First Responders A Leg Up On Crime

I've a great deal of respect for first responders, but I'd never want their jobs. These men and women flirt with death on a daily basis, dealing with everything from chemical hazards to domestic disputes. It's not an easy job...but thanks to iRobot, it might have just gotten a little easier.

ESA Concept Robot Looks Towards The Next Frontier Of Space Exploration

There's a new video making the rounds this weekend, courtesy of the European Space Agency. Said video has a very simple purpose: to give us an idea of what the future of unmanned space exploration might look like. Let's have a look, shall we?

Quantum Based Secure Communication Offers Innovation In Cyber Security

A few years and too many serious incidents later, cyber security is the Achilles’ heel in the Information Technology industry. The communication sector is aggressively looking to evolve and use smarter means to safeguard data and prevent security threats and breaches. A significant amount of R&D is being directed towards next generation models of cyber security and quantum key distribution systems offers critical advances.

The iPad Air Is One Of The Thinnest Tablets Ever Made. Is That Enough?

Yesterday, Apple officially announced the iPad Air. It's smaller, thinner, and more powerful than the iPad mini, and represents the first major redesign Apple's brought to the tablet since the iPad 2. But is it really worth getting excited over?


The UBR-1 One-Armed Robot Could Put Shelf Stockers Out A Job

Well, folks, it's finally happened. There's an open-source robot on the way. An organization known as Unbounded Robotics yesterday announced the UBR-1; a semi-autonomous, one-armed robot which it claims is perfect for a wide range of industrial, business, and office applications.

The Top 5 Coolest Inventions From James Dyson Award’s Top 20!

The judges have selected their favorite innovations from each of the 20 participating nations shooting for the James Dyson Award, and as brilliant as all of the finalists are, I challenged myself to pick out the five new goodies that truly deserve the grand prize:

Dandelion Tires Give New Meaning To Flower Power

Dandelions have already been more generous to humans than we ingrates deserve. While we spend our spring-times trying to stamp them out of our yards, many revere the weeds as a source of vitamins and minerals essential to a variety of physiological functions. Now, agricultural engineers are cultivating the dandelion for a new purpose....

Chinese Inventor Builds Robot Roommate

Tao Xiangli - the same inventor that built his own homemade submarine back in 2008 - just recently came forward with something even cooler: where most of us would be lucky just cobbling together a few tools; he's constructed his own working robot entirely out of spare parts.

How Smart is AI, Really?

Artificial Intelligence has made some downright incredible leaps and bounds over the past few years. It's actually a little difficult to believe that only a few decades ago, the notion of a human-like, intelligent robot seemed wholly the realm of science fiction. Is that still the case?

Just how intelligent IS AI, really?