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By 2015, Humanoid Robots Will Be Better Than You At Keeping Secrets

Can you keep a secret? No? Then by 2015, robots will be more trustworthy than you. That's the year a British team of researchers plans to release new programming that allows robots to keep private information, well...private.

Harvard Scientists Clear Path For Study Of Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers at Harvard University's Stem Cell Institute have converted skin cells of patients with early-onset Alzheimer's disease into neurons that are typically affected by the disease. This is the first time researchers have been able to study the disease in human, rather than animal, cells, and this ability enhances the possibilities for earlier treatments for the disease.

Is Bitcoin's Founder 'Satoshi Nakamoto' Keyser Söze? [UPDATED]

've been fascinated with the idea of a Satoshi Nakamoto ever since I began researching the Deep Web where Bitcoin's alleged illegal transactions have run rampant. In my post, "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Bitcoins But Were Too Broke To Ask," I compared his anonymity to the villainous fictional character Keyser Söze from the hit movie, "The Ususal Suspects."

Charles Is A Robot That Can Sing, Tell The Weather, And Read Emotions

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology has just designed what he's referring to as the world's most advanced robot. The companion bot Charlie proves that size doesn't mean anything, standing at a mere 20 centimeters tall. Sweet, right?

Japanese Researchers Unveil New Wearable Computer For Your Ear

With the arrival of the Samsung Gear, and the highly anticipated Google Glass on the horizon, wearable technology seems to be the new chapter in essential gadgets.  Enter "The Earclip-type Wearable PC," an ambitious project that will grant users complete control of a miniature ear computer with a wiggle of the tongue, a raised eyebrow, or even clenching your teeth.

Finally! An App That Cures Laziness!

I'm a procrastinator. I've even procrastinated about writing this article. I read somewhere that you only procrastinate on the things you don't want to do. But then I read somewhere else that procrastination is good for you. Who knows.

Isn't there an app for this? Of course there is. And today it's free. It's called Finish.

To Build A #Dungeon: Interview With Sean Oxspring And Kieran Hicks

Earlier this week, I got the chance to host a Skype interview with Kieran Hicks and Sean Oxspring, developers of #Dungeon, a Roguelike which uses Twitter to build its levels. I was quite intrigued even before our talk, but now that it's done, I can't wait for the game to launch.

Virtual Reality Gets A Boost As Zelda Gets Oculus Rift Treament

Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, is already changing the world and it hasn't even gone on sale yet. Here we see what happens when The Legend of Zelda is transformed from 2-D fantasy game to 3-D epic using Oculus RIft and some clever programming techniques.


TheSelfie Makes Taking Your Own Picture A Snap

In the world of apps like SnapChat and Instagram, the selfie reigns supreme. To prove that point, did you know that "selfie" was the word of the year in 2013 according to the Oxford Dictionaries? For those of you that have been living under a rock for the past five years, selfie is a term used to describe the action taken when taking a picture of one's self. #TheSelfie (Hashtag included in the product name) is a shutter controlling device to make taking selfies easier.

Don't Take Your Sense Of Touch For Granted

Manual dexterity - the ability to open a bottle, to sign a birthday card is something we take for granted. When your sense of touch is impaired due to a stroke, diabetes or otherwise, tying your laces can become impossible. Recent research has found that wearable gloves that stimulate the nerves which communicate with the brain, can improve the tactile discrimination (quality of the sense of touch) of patients.

Human Exoskeleton Is "The Most Complex Wearable Robot" Ever Built

Today, we're one step closer to fully-functional robotic exoskeletons. Engineers in italy have created the world's most complex wearable robot - an exoskeleton known as the "Body Extender." They believe this device to have a wide range of applications, from therapy to industrial work. Cool, right?

Restaurant Mon Petit: Dine Like A Feline At Purina's Exclusive & Unusual Eatery

It was only a matter of time, considering the internet has made the world's obsession with all things feline rise to new levels. Cat-themed businesses aren't a new trend, and perhaps that's why the latest business might make even the craziest of cat ladies shudder with dismay.

Design Paper Towel Holder For Umbra, Win Cash & More!

GrabCAD and leading modern product designers at Umbra have teamed up to task the inventor community to create an exceptional paper towel holder. They’re ready to reward the coolest designs with cash, gifts and a potential long term partnership!

Hitler & Putin Mashup Of 'Putler' Becomes Ominous Social Media Moniker

While today's emphasis on all-things-celebrity seems at times all-consuming, the mashups of certain couples' names have entered our lexicon, dating all the way back to the ill-fated relationship of "Bennifer" [Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez]. Others like "Brangelina" [Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie] have stood the test of time, while the dubbing of the would-be coupling of "Kimye" [Kim Kardashian & Kanye West] portends a short-lived hook-up. On a much more somber note, combining the names of Hitler and Putin - to 'Putler'. . .

This 78-Fingered Robot Guitarist Is An Emotional Music Machine

Robots might not be capable of emotion, but they can certainly fake it. Take, for example, Z-Machines, a party-robot band based out of Japan. Recently, the group collaborated with an electronic artist by the name of Squarepusher. The result? A robots' song lamenting their lot as entertainment machine.

The Cure For Phantom Limb Might Involve Playing Trackmania

No one's quite sure what causes the phantom limb effect, nor do we have an adequate medical explanation for why an amputee might experience muscle cramps or pain in a nonexistant appendage. In spite of this, one researcher in Sweden thinks he might be zeroing in on a cure...and it involves gaming.

Samsung and LG Will Help People Be Healthier With New Smartphones and Fitness Technology

Samsung and LG pair fitness technology with their new smartphones. In recent years, we have see the rise in fitness technology, like heart rate monitors and fitbands. Now smartphone companies are getting involved. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G Flex will soon release their own fitness gadgets. By marketing fitness technology with smartphones, more people are being exposed to technology that facillitates an active lifestyle.

Think Bacteria Is Bad? Well You're Covered In It

If you've ever tried a Paleo diet, or taken a course of antibiotics after a nasty encounter with Bolivian water, you may be curious as to what microbes live in your body, or lived until you killed them with antibiotics. Today the founder of uBiome, a startup that allows you to discover your microbiome, was named as the leader of one of Indigogo's hottest campaigns led by women. Jessica Richman raised $351,193 back in November for her world first citizen research campaign to sequence the human microbiome.


Introducing Spritz: A Paradigm Shift On How We Read Text

Welcome to Spritz, a new spin on reading.  By using speed, conditioning, and optimal recognition point science, you can learn how to read up to 1000 words-per-minute.  Available on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear 2, will Spritz change the way we read as humans, or, will it need to wait until other technologies catch up first?

Culinary Creativity Is An Algorithm, And Computers Are Learning It

Looks like the creative class is next on the robotic chopping block: according to the folks at IBM, the best way to determine new recipes for human consumption is to use a supercomputer. The natural next step, of course, is to apply that theory to everything else - including writing.