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Rocketeer Frank Malina’s Life as an Artist

Rocketeer Frank Malina’s Life as an Artist

Editor’s Note: In his 2014 article “ Frank Malina: America’s Forgotten Rocketeer,” James L. Johnson explored the engineer’s pivotal role in establishing the early U.S. rocket program and founding the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. As the article notes, Malina’s life took an interesting turn in the 1950s, when he “cut loose from everything and became an […]

Study: DNA Test Agreements Disregard Consumer Privacy

Study: DNA Test Agreements Disregard Consumer Privacy

Photo-Illustration: iStockphoto Some personal genomics companies rely on so-called “clickwrap” contracts—agreements to which consumers could one day regret having clicked “Agree.” Anyone today who spends time in the digital world also enters into contracts in the digital world. And while many consumers today just click through so-called “clickwrap” contracts without reading them, one new study […]

Conductive Concrete for Ice-Free Roadways

Conductive Concrete for Ice-Free Roadways

Photo: Chris Tuan and Lim NguyenResearchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln designed concrete slabs that melt ice on demand. The slabs also possess electromagnetic shielding capabilities. If you’re tired of shoveling snow, conductive concrete could be your savior. Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineered concrete that melts ice.  The energized concrete can be used on […]

Wi-Charge Promises Phone Charging by Infrared Laser

Wi-Charge Promises Phone Charging by Infrared Laser

Photo: Wi-Charge In the world of wireless gadgets, charging is still a big problem Israeli startup Wi-Charge is looking to change that by allowing us constant wireless charging using infrared laser technology. Broadly speaking you can divide wireless power technologies into two general categories: near field (a few centimeters or even physical contact) and far field […]

Smart Wearable Sensor Takes Sweat-Monitoring To Next Level

Smart Wearable Sensor Takes Sweat-Monitoring To Next Level

Illustration: Der-Hsien Lien and Hiroki Ota Sweat might not be pleasant but it contains dozens of chemical compounds whose concentrations change in real time, compounds that could reveal your body’s response to disease, drugs, diet, injury, and stress, among other things. To tap into that treasure-trove of information, researchers have built a wearable sensor that measures […]

Monster Machine Cracks The Game Of Go

Monster Machine Cracks The Game Of Go

Illustration: Google DeepMind/Nature A computer program has defeated a master of the ancient Chinese game of Go, achieving one of the loftiest of the Grand Challenges of AI at least a decade earlier than anyone had thought possible. The programmers, at Google’s Deep Mind laboratory, in London, write in today’s issue of  Nature that their program AlphaGo defeated Fan Hui, the European Go champion, […]

Roll to Roll Electronics Manufacturing Rolls On

Roll to Roll Electronics Manufacturing Rolls On

Photo: Heliatek Imagine a future where everything—your bed, your wallpaper, the box your cereal comes in—is capable of connecting to the Internet and the windows and walls of skyscrapers harvest energy from the sun. It’s a scenario many technologists talk about, but it would certainly strain today’s infrastructure for building silicon-based electronics. The future many […]

Health Apps Study Raises Questions About Digital Medicine's Future

Health Apps Study Raises Questions About Digital Medicine's Future

Photo: Withings Smartphone apps designed to monitor patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease may help reduce health care costs in the long run. But one of the most rigorous studies to date has found no big difference in health care costs for patients using mobile health apps and similar patients who did not rely […]

NASA Picks Dream Chaser Shuttle for Space Station Resupply

NASA Picks Dream Chaser Shuttle for Space Station Resupply

Illustration: Sierra Nevada Corp. A winged spacecraft that resembles a mini space shuttle will join the fleet of private rockets ferrying supplies to the International Space Station. NASA has announced that its new round of US $14 billion in commercial resupply contracts for the space station includes the Dream Chaser spacecraft made by the Sierra Nevada […]

Human Life Is a Gas

Human Life Is a Gas

Illustration: RMIT University Changes in production of certain gases in the human gut have been linked to gastrointestinal disorders including painful constipation, irritable bowl syndrome (IBS), and colon cancer. Yet how and why this happens is not well understood. Without resorting to stressful invasive means, measuring and tracking gas concentrations in our stomachs and small […]