Health & Medicine, Inventions, Nanotechnology, News

Nanotech toothbrush means you never need toothpaste again


It’s common sense – in order to brush your teeth, you need water, a toothbrush, and toothpaste. Well, a company from Japan wants to change all that: they’ve developed a nanotechnology toothbrush that basically eliminates the need for toothpaste.


Probabilistic computing is a game changer

Image via Extreme Tech.

With the development of the internet and technology, data availability is rarely a problem – it’s what you do with the data that actually matters. As a matter of fact, analyzing huge data sets and looking for patterns is a big part of what programmers do today. In what promises to be a huge change, computer scientists have developed so-called probabilistic programming languages, which let researchers mix and match different machine-learning techniques.

News, Technology

The most powerful supercomputer of tomorrow: Aurora (180 petaflop/s)

One of Tianhe-2's corridors - the current most powerful supercomputer in the world. Image: Intel

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has sealed a deal with Intel worth $200 million to build what’s supposed to be the world’s most powerful computer in 2018: the Aurora. The behemoth will be based on a next-generation Cray supercomputer, code-named “Shasta,” and will use Intel’s HPC scalable system framework. Aurora will likely reach a peak performance of 180 petaflop/s, or 180 quadrillion floating point operations per second (completed algorithm action, not just instruction). For comparison, a 2.5 GHz processor has a theoretical performance of 10 billion FLOPS.

News, Technology

NASA and IBM prepare global hackathon


What happens when NASA and IBM sponsor a hackathon and offer their infrastructure to 10,000 researchers, coders, entrepreneurs end educators? Well, I’m not really sure… but it’s definitely gonna be something awesome.

Materials, News

Polish researchers develop liquid body armor

Image credits: Moratex, via Reuters.

The future is here – scientists at a Polish company have developed a liquid body armor. Technically speaking, it’s a non-Newtonian shear-thickening fluid (STF) that is lighter than current body armor materials, and might resists the impact better than Kevlar.

Health & Medicine, News

Is this Einstein or Marilyn Monroe? Test your eyesight


This hybrid image combines low spatial components of a photo of Marilyn Monroe and high spatial frequency components of an image of Albert Einstein. At lower resolution (look at your computer screen from farther away), the low spatial component is more dominant, while at closer up the higher frequency should be more persistent. So, as the image gradually enlarges people with good eyesight should see Albert Einstein, while those with poor vision will pick up a blurry image, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who made the optical illusion.

News, Technology

Two students created a device that extinguishes fires with soundwaves


What do fires and deep sounds have in common? Not much right now, but they might have a lot in the future.Two George Mason University students have designed a device that uses sound waves to put out fires, thus potentially eliminating the need for carrying around huge quantities of water and costly cleaning operations. Here’s how it works:

News, Renewable Energy, Technology

New Tesla Battery Could Take Your Home Off The Grid


Tesla Motors are out to change the world – and they’re doing it fast, and in style. Like many other of their projects, this one seemed to pop up out of nowhere: Tesla have designed a battery that can power your home and even larger utility buildings. In other words – it could take your house out of the grid.

News, Technology

Elon Musk announces Tesla will ‘end range anxiety’ tomorrow

The Tesla S. Image via Wikipedia.

In a rather intriguing tweet, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that he will end ‘range anxiety’ by the end of the week for the entire S series. The electric Tesla Model S is already able to travel up to 265 miles before its battery runs out of power – one of the longest driving ranges of any electric car currently on the market. Now, it seems they are preparing to take things even further.

News, Robotics

Meet the fastest robot in the world


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has funded a project which promises to become the quickest two-legged robot in the world. Using technology inspired from pogo sticks, the robot could be useful for getting in and out of areas too dangerous for human rescuers.