Software Could Automatically Put Your Vacation Photos in Perfect Order 

If you rely on just a single camera while traveling, it’s easy to organize your photos by time and date when you get home. But most of us use multiple cameras, and smartphones, and action cams, to document our travels. So researchers at Disney and the University of Washington are working on software that can… » 4/17/15 9:45am Yesterday 9:45am

The World's First Self-Powered Video Camera Can Record Forever

It makes perfect sense. The sensors that capture images for a digital camera and the sensors that convert light into electricity for a solar cell rely on the same technology. So why not build a device with a sensor that does both, and create a self-powered video camera? Some Columbia University researchers … » 4/15/15 9:00am Wednesday 9:00am

The Army's Developing a Crash Test Dummy to Measure Explosive Shockwaves

The automotive industry has developed some of the most sophisticated crash test dummies in the world for testing and improving a vehicle’s ability to protect its passengers in the event of an accident. However, when that vehicle is designed to protect its passengers from explosions, the U.S. Military decided it needed… » 4/13/15 9:25am Monday 9:25am

We Definitely Shouldn't Have Taught Robots How To Sword Fight

Japan’s Namiki Laboratory is known for its robotic arms and high-speed vision systems that can move and react faster than a human being can. That’s the neat part. The scary part is that for some reason the researchers there have decided that teaching their creations to effectively fight with swords was a good idea.… » 4/10/15 5:30pm 4/10/15 5:30pm

Waving Your Phone Around Can Turn It Into a Surprisingly Accurate Ruler

There are lots of easy-to-use apps that allow you to generate 3D models of physical objects using just your smartphone’s camera. But when it comes to calculating the exact size of an object, those same apps are actually pretty inaccurate. They don’t have to be, though, because researchers at Carnegie Mellon have found… » 4/02/15 10:40am 4/02/15 10:40am

It's Almost Impossible To Tell This Butterfly Is Actually a Robot

The butterfly is one of nature's most graceful creations, but with upgrades from Festo, this robotic doppleganger is better equipped to navigate large spaces. It might flap and flutter like the real thing, but this butterfly is 100 percent artificial—although the branding on the wings probably gave that away. » 3/27/15 4:10pm 3/27/15 4:10pm

A Re-Introduced Bill May Unlock Published Scientific Knowledge

Promising public access legislation FASTR (Fair Access to Science & Technology Research Act) has been re-introduced by a bipartisan coalition in Congress. Lawmakers now have an important opportunity to strengthen and expand rules that allow taxpayers to freely read articles resulting from research their tax dollars… » 3/26/15 5:30am 3/26/15 5:30am

GM Is Developing Smarter Headlights That Will Follow a Driver's Gaze

There are already cars on the road with intelligent headlights that can sweep left or right to improve visibility as a vehicle steers into a turn. But Opel/Vauxhall, a European subsidiary of GM, are developing next-generation headlight systems that can keep track of where a driver's looking, and automatically… » 3/25/15 2:30pm 3/25/15 2:30pm

Swallowing This Capsule Lets Doctors Keep Tabs On Gas in Your Gut

A build up of intestinal gases isn't just an etiquette problem — it's also linked to conditions like irritable bowl syndrome. So researchers have created a swallowable capsule packed with sensors that's able to measure the concentration of gases inside a patient, and wirelessly relay that info back to a smartphone app. » 3/18/15 5:25pm 3/18/15 5:25pm

Most Americans Aren't Protecting Themselves Against Surveillance

As we inch up on the two-year anniversary of the Snowden leaks, it's important to think about how the Earth-shattering revelations about America's intelligence-gathering have affected Americans. We're all using Tor and DuckDuckGo and PGP and protecting ourselves against surveillance now, right? LOL, no. » 3/16/15 3:30pm 3/16/15 3:30pm

Tiny Robot Grippers Dissolve Away in Your Body Once Their Job Is Done

As robots get small enough to easily swim around inside the human body, they'll soon be used to perform medical procedures all from within a patient. And researchers at Johns Hopkins University are making such an idea even more plausible with the development of tiny robotic grippers that will actually dissolve away… » 2/24/15 11:35am 2/24/15 11:35am

Electron Microscopes Can Reveal Filed-Off Serial Numbers

To make it difficult for law enforcement to trace stolen cars or weapons, thieves will usually grind off their metal vehicle identification numbers or serial numbers. And while techniques for trying to recover those numbers do exist, they're not as accurate as a new method developed by researchers at the National… » 2/23/15 2:30pm 2/23/15 2:30pm

Pinchable Headphone Cords That Control Your Music Are a Brilliant Idea

The limits of battery life means that dealing with cords and cables—instead of going completely wireless—is still our reality for at least a few more years. So researchers at MIT figure we should just start using them to our advantage as smart remotes and controllers, instead of just a means to transfer power and data. » 2/20/15 9:47am 2/20/15 9:47am

Color-Changing Rubber Sheets Show Areas of Extreme Stress When Stretched

Researchers at Japan's National Institute for Materials Science—or NIMS for short—have taken some inspiration from insects like beetles and butterflies to create a stretchable rubber-like material that changes color under stress. As the material is stretched, it moves through a spectrum of shimmering colors that can… » 2/12/15 11:25am 2/12/15 11:25am

"Spot" Is a Smaller (More Kickable) Version of Boston Dynamic's Big Dog

We haven't seen much of Boston Dynamic's four-legged self-balancing Big Dog robot since it was last spotted hurling cinder blocks in a lab. And that's maybe because the company's robotic geniuses have been hard at work building a smaller more agile version called Spot that weighs just 160 pounds so it can safely… » 2/09/15 3:30pm 2/09/15 3:30pm

Deep Web Search Engine Memex Fights Crime a Bit Like Minority Report

Exactly one year ago, DARPA announced a characteristically scifi-inspired mission: to create a search engine that could find things on the deep web that Google's crawlers would miss. The so-called Memex project is now well underway, and for the first time we're getting a look at the crime-fighting search engine in… » 2/09/15 12:40pm 2/09/15 12:40pm