I See With My Printed Eye

Allow me to try and simplify the title of an exciting, new scientific paper: “Adult rat retinal ganglion cells and glia can be printed by piezoelectric inkjet printing.” We have now created eye cells with an inkjet printer! Researchers from the University of Cambridge printed rat retinal ganglion cells, basically clumps of retina, using an…

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The Future of Sleep in The Cosmos Bed

There is something amazing about sleeping under the stars. We don’t do it often anymore, but I think we are all amused by the blanket of burning gas orbs millions of miles away. Our physiology is sensitive to the starry night, too. We’re more likely to sleep under a glow of street lights piercing our…

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Serious Wonder at CES 2014: The Chef Jet

3D-Printing seems to be the delight of the Consumer Electronics Show this year. Serious Wonder Editorial Director Gray Scott has been there from opening day, and he recently captured a Vine of the first 3D-printed cakes: edible, and certainly incredible. These particular printed edibles come from the 3D Systems-designed Chef Jet, a 3D printer that…

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Serious Wonder at CES 2014: Sony’s Smartwear

Life-logging, blogging, diary entries and journal records tracking our daily routines and experiences are well-worn habits. Military leaders chronicled movement and engagement well before the Industrial Revolution. Politicians made note of daily records before even a typewriter existed. So we are no strangers to the practice of keeping track of our days. But it is…

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Monday Marvels: CES, Self-Driving, Self-Flying

1.   Cars: Self-Driving to Self-Flying A study by HIS Automotive claims that self-driving cars will slowly begin to replace traditional vehicles, and by 2050 nearly all cars on the road will be autonomous. However, along with self-driving cars, there might also be autonomous flying cars as well. The first car-plane hybrid known as the TFX…

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Predicting Personal Transportation: The Solowheel

Few people take the leap to revise personal transportation with better technology, even if a lot of that technology is cheap and ubiquitous. Shane Chen, owner of Inventist, is like Buckminster Fuller in that he has taken advantage of more efficient technology, and he has created a forward-thinking system of short-range, personal transit: the Solowheel.…

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Planning Password Obsolescence: NFC and the YubiKey

Information security is one of the most important issues of our present and certainly of our future. But the habits of writing down dozens of passwords with random asterisks and underscores are antiquated. Our on-line information is distributed across social networks, blogs and banking systems, and our security isn’t any more sophisticated. Parisa Tabriz, Google’s…

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Farm 432 Harvests the Food of the Future

Whatever our lives are like in 2050, we will live with a lot less water. The Stockholm International Water Institute reported that with current consumption trends, there won’t be enough water for the expected 9 billion people living on our planet. Much of our water supply is used on livestock farms, and if people continue…

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