Another Giant Leap for 3D Printing

So we can print on the nanoscale. No biggy. But now we can print five metres per second! That’s a world record – 3D printing by this method of “two-photon lithography” used to be measured in millimetres per second! The new printing technique printed 100 layers in four minutes with an accuracy of less than […]

Musical Poster Sounds a Smart Idea

The problem with using posters to promote local bands is that the performers are left relying on a catchy band name or an attractive publicity photo to attract new followers rather than the merits of their music. Until now that is. A British design agency has shown off a prototype of a poster that, despite […]

Auto-translation gets more personal

Microsoft believes it has taken automatic speech translation to the next step: using something close to your own voice rather than what sounds like a robot. There have been several developments in speech recognition and translation in recent years, most notably Google’s translation app on Android that can allow two people who speak different languages […]

The People Behind the Way We Live [Infographic]

Do you know how most of the inventions you use every day really came to be? Check out the following infographic for some interesting facts about many “technologies” that we now take for granted. Oh, and if you spot anything that you think is missing from the infographic, be sure to let us know in […]

Identify the Song Stuck in Your Head

Let’s be honest, as intelligent geeks, we know most of the stuff in how-to’s around the web. We’re pretty much the people that write them. They’re usually designed for the less-than-tech-savvy, who find them thoroughly engaging, but often we find how-to guides yawn-worthy. Well in one of the latest posts from How-To Geek I discovered […]

IBM’s Jeopardy champ gets Wall Street job

The IBM computer that beat two former champions at Jeopardy is going to work for financial giant Citigroup. It follows on from existing contracts with healthcare firms. While it may have seemed like a gimmick, there were very good reasons to develop the machine and test it on the TV game show. The “get answer, […]

World’s Fastest Running Robot: The DARPA Cheetah [Video]

This video shows a demonstration of the “Cheetah” robot galloping at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour (mph), setting a new land speed record for legged robots. The previous record was 13.1 mph, set in 1989. The robot’s movements are patterned after those of fast-running animals in nature. The robot increases its stride […]

Bender for Washington School Board President

Oddly enough, you have to know how to break into a computer like a criminal to get a job exposing flaws in existing computer setups. This is a skill best used for good instead of evil. Of course, the people who do this kind of thing are valuable because without them, we might have an […]

Robo-Teacher: Computer That Can Sense Boredom

Photo Credit: Sybren A. Stüvel The University of Notre Dame has produced the next phase of the robot take-over: now they’re teaching us. And they’re teaching us almost better than we can teach ourselves. Next on the robo-invasion master plan: indoctrinate the young. “AutoTutor” and “Affective AutoTutor” is a new technology that can read moods […]

Adorable, crocheted Matthew McConaughey gives SXSW advice!

Everyone remember when Matthew McConaughey was busted in Austin for playing the bongos neked? Well, CraftyIsCool has crocheted him in the buff, with just his bongos, and he’s spewing out cool advice for first-timers to SXSW! Want to know where to go or what to do in Austin? Check out Tolly Moseley interviewing McConaughey for […]

App Review: Wake Up Refreshed Using Science on Your iPhone with Sleep Cycle

When you use a regular alarm clock, it’s a total lottery whether it will strike when you’re at the end of a sleep cycle or in the middle of one. When you’re in the middle of a sleep cycle, you’ll find that you’ll wake up groggy and with that feeling of an anvil pressing you […]

SpeechJammer can Shut You Up!

Ever find yourself in a theater and some yammering twit is spelling out each detail of the plot to his kids, or some punk teen is adding his own commentary to make the film funnier? I bet you wish you had a device that could stop them mid-sentence and shut them the hell up without […]