12. 7.2011

SkyLight device hooks smart phones up to microscopes

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SkyLight is a new device, which connects smart phones up to microscopes.

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10. 3.2011

Tiny 'nanorockets' could soon deliver drugs to our bodies

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Scientists have created tiny devices called nanorockets, which can travel through liquids at insanely fast speeds. These small rockets would be ideal for delivering drugs to different parts of our bodies when normal methods aren't as effective. But there's one problem, nanorockets are usually powered by rocket fuel, which as you can imagine isn't going to be very nice to our insides.

However, according to New Scientist, scientists at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research in Dresden, Germany have created a similar device which travels up to 200 times its own length per second and uses a much less toxic kind of peroxide solution to power it.

It's not ready to be used in hospitals yet as peroxide will still be pretty damaging, but it's fascinating to learn that these tiny and super fast ROCKETS (!) could well be used to treat certain problems in the future.

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08.30.2011

Stella: Incredible astronomy projector

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The Stella is quite different to anything we've covered here on Popgadget before.

At first glance it looks like an orb from a Tolkien novel, but just wait until you hear what it can do...

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08.23.2011

IBM creates 'brain chip'

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Computer manufacturer IBM has announced a project, which will aim to create a new chip to mimic the human brain, according to Ubergizmo.

With the help of funding from the US Defense, the company wants to create a machine which will not only learn new things, but understand them and adapt to certain situations.

Although in many ways the new chip will be a big step forwards, we shouldn't get too excited (or even scared) about the prospect of robots that are just like humans quite yet. After all, the chip is currently made up of 256 silicon neurons and the human brain can have up to one hundred billion neurons!

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08.22.2011

Could ecstasy cure cancer?

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It seems that every week we're told that something new cures, prevents or even causes cancer. From chocolate to soda, plants to animals, the media would have us believe that we have to spend our lives in small bubbles, unable to touch anything.

Now scientists from Birmingham University have found evidence to prove that ecstasy could actually help to cure cancer. They discovered that the drug could well treat or significantly slow down the growth of some illnesses such as leukaemia and lymphoma.

It seems obvious that something which dramatically alters the way your brain works so much is bound to have a pretty huge effect on other parts of your body, whether that's for better or for worse.

Let's just hope this isn't another over-hyped flash in the pan and that it could one day help people.

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08. 3.2011

Scientists create the smallest battery

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Researchers have managed to construct the world's smallest battery and when I say small I mean tiny. The device is allegedly six times smaller than a bacterium and an incredible 60,000 times smaller than a standard AAA battery!

The device was created by scientists at Rice University and is actually a hybrid between a battery and a supercapacitor, which delivers a sudden jolt of energy.

Despite being mind bogglingly miniscule and only at the prototype stage, it could have a big impact on certain sectors, especially medicine as Cnet suggests it could be used to power tiny chemical and biological sensors.

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07. 6.2011

Glasses that could help the visually impaired

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Researchers at Oxford University have been working on a special pair of glasses which could work to massively improve the lives of those with poor vision.

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06. 3.2011

Mitsubishi reveals huge OLED globe

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Mitsubishi has revealed a six foot OLED globe in Tokyo's science museum earlier this week, which produes real images of the world taken from meteorological cameras.

The globe is made up of more than 10,000 OLED screens and now hangs above the museum floor showing a highly detailed and accurate view of the world at ten million million pixels!

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05.31.2011

Fake leaves to power your home

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Scientists are currently working on creating artificial leaves that one day we may be able to use to power our homes.

The leaves will probably be made from plastic or silicone and embedded with light absorbing materials that produce fuel from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide, just like real leaves.

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05.31.2011

Scientists create creepy but helpful climbing robot

This strange little tree climbing robot that looks like an inchworm, caterpillar and stick insect all in one is actually called a Treebot and was created by Tin Lun Lam and a robotics team from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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