Computational creativity and the future of AI

Chris Wood

FLEX aims to detect abnormal peaks of florescence from space, providing warnings of stress...

The European Space Agency (ESA) has successfully tested its Fluorescence Explorer mission (FLEX), which is vying for a spot on the organisation’s eight Earth Explorer satellite. The mission, which aims to create global maps of photosynthetic activity, will allow for the identification of vegetation suffering degrees of stress that simply aren’t visible to the human eye. It has the potential to significantly further our understanding of the global carbon cycle, and could have an impact on agricultural management.  Read More

The CfA team created a 3D map of the Cassiopeia A supernova explosion (Image: D. Milisavlj...

Observations recorded in a study by researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian and Dartmouth College have shed light on the interior of the much-studied exploded star, Cassiopeia A. Using the astronomical equivalent of a CAT scan, the team created an interactive 3D map of the exploded star, showing that the supernova remnant is made up of a series of massive cavities.  Read More

Razer's new Blade offers better performance in the same package, at the same price point

Razer has updated its high-end 14-inch notebook with Maxwell graphics, a brand new Intel processor and double the memory of last year’s model. It’s not all change though, with the machine still offering the same trim build and QHD+ display as its predecessor.  Read More

Printing a 2-inch (5 cm) long section of windpipe takes less than two hours

Researchers at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have successfully created cartilage using a MakerBot 3D printer. The team made use of the technology to quickly and affordably prototype and refine the bioprosthesis, and even used it to create a low-cost bioreactor to facilitate the growth of the cells.  Read More

The Bluewire automatically records phone calls, even if they're using a different Bluetoot...

Bluewire is a Bluetooth 4.0 headset designed to let the user record up to 1,000 hours worth of calls. The device will record both sides of a user’s conversation, is wireless charging-enabled and offers extra functionality including a built in flashlight and “find my phone” feature.  Read More

The Duet combines Android and Windows systems with an Intel Edison mini-computer, allowing...

We’ve seen a number of smart tables from Ideum before, but the Duet brings something a little new, integrating both Windows 8 and Android computers into a single unit. The company has designed it to be easy to switch between the two operating systems, and the hardware itself is a rugged, multitouch affair.  Read More

The Milestone Prizes are designed to give teams a helping hand on their journey to the Moo...

Back in December, we learned that the final deadline for the prestigious Lunar XPrize had been pushed back to 2016, giving the teams a little more time to perfect their creations. We also heard that up to US$6 million in funding would be awarded to the most promising teams. The results are now in and the front runners are beginning to emerge.  Read More

The ESA's Integral satellite will make its way back to Earth in 2029 (Image: ESA/Medialab)

After 12 years in orbit, the European Space Agency (ESA) is in the process of enacting its retirement plan for the International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (Integral). However, while the agency is adjusting the orbit of the satellite now, the spacecraft will continue to make observations for some years, and won’t re-enter Earth’s atmosphere until the late 2020s.  Read More

The Sentinel-1A (left) and CryoSat (right) satellites have provided key data on the degred...

Both the ESA’s Sentinel-1A and CryoSat satellites have detected a significant degree of ice loss in the Austfonna ice cap, located on Norway’s Nordaustlandet island in the Svalbard archipelago. Parts of the ice cap have thinned by as much as 50 m (164 ft) since 2012 – around a sixth of its total thickness, and the speed of the outer glacier has increased to 3.8 km (2.4 miles) per year.  Read More

Delsey's smart luggage prototype has a lot going for it, but not every feature will make i...

French luggage manufacturer Delsey has revealed a prototype connected smart bag. Known as Pluggage, the bag links to a companion app, and offers various features such as fingerprint unlocking, location tracking and a built-in smartphone charger. The company is currently asking potential customers to vote for their favorite features, a number of which will be included in the final product.  Read More

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