Nasa rover touches down on Mars

The US space agency has just landed a huge new robot rover on Mars. Continue reading


How Google is becoming an extension of your mind

Google could have us all headed for a mind-blowing future — if the company can back away from targeted advertising and better help users manage their personal information. Continue reading

Different points of hue

A computer model reveals how the way we agree on names for colours is more complex than meets the eye.

Do we all see the same colours?

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NEW YORK — Today, more than 200 startups, most from the Big Apple, came together for the first NY Tech Day, their chance to show off their wares to a gathering of more than 1,000 press, investors, and members of the public. Continue reading

Digital technologies into the physical world

Digital technologies are reaching deeper into the physical world, opening up new ways for people to interact with their surroundings, say researchers at MIT’s Media Lab.

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Does the internet rewire your brain?






Being online does change your brain, but so does making a cup of tea. A better question to ask is what parts of the brain are regular internet users using.

This modern age has brought with it a new set of worries. As well as watching our weight and worrying about our souls, we now have to worry about our brain fitness too – if you believe the headlines. Is instant messaging eroding the attention centres of our brains?
Are Facebook, Twitter and other social media tools preventing you from forming normal human bonds? And don’t forget email – apparently it releases the same addictive neurochemicals as crack cocaine! Continue reading

GRAPHENE: The Future’s Supermaterial?

Graphene, a single layer of the common graphite, is a largely overlooked allotrope of carbon as compared to the more popular ‘eternal’ diamonds (even though the chemists out there will know that diamond is, contrary to the song Diamonds Are Forever by Sierra Leone, not stable at normal temperatures and pressures and will decay into graphite eventually, thus are not forever). Continue reading