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Meet the Immortus, the world’s first solar-powered exotic sports car - ScienceAlert

The Immortus is the brainchild of electric vehicle startup EVX, which is working on the vehicle with researchers from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. While at heart it’s an electric vehicle that runs on juice from your wall socket, extensive solar panelling on the Immortus’s roof is intended to give the car considerable staying power on the road. Perhaps never-ending staying power, in fact.

Wireless Light-Activated Circuit Connects to Mice Neurons | Science and Enterprise

Engineers at Stanford University designed a wireless circuit implanted under the skin for sending light-activated signals to nerve cells in lab mice. The researchers are seeking a simple, self-contained technique for sending electrical signals to the brain and nervous systems with optogenetics, the use of light energy to influence activities of genes sensitive to light.

IBM to Buy Watson a Pair of Eyes | TechNewsWorld

IBM last week announced a $1 billion deal to acquire Merge Health, a provider of enterprise imaging and clinical system, with the goal of giving the supercomputer "eyes." There are compelling synergies in the marriage of Merge's medical imaging and IBM's notable resources in analytics, cloud and cognitive computing, noted Jon Peddie Research's Kathleen Maher.

The Entire Country of Sri Lanka is About to Get Balloon-Based Internet, Thanks to Google

The island nation of Sri Lanka has just signed a major contract to become the first country on earth to enjoy complete, nationwide 3G internet coverage, and they’re doing it all with balloons. Yes, balloons. Specifically, 13 of them, floating high above the Indian Ocean, bobbing in the stratosphere, to ensure the entire country of over 21 million people can get online.


Hailing from the University of Stuttgart, in Germany, the Green Team Formula students have created an electric vehicle that can run from 0 to 62 milers per hour in just 1.779 seconds. That's seemingly impossibly quick, especially when you compare that figure against all manner of hyperexotic street cars and even top-tier race cars. The Porsche 918 Spyder can make the trip in just 2.5 seconds, depending on who is doing the driving and the timing. An Ariel Atom 500—you know, the one with the 3.0-liter V-8—can apparently rip off a 2.3-second run. A modern F1 car can usually make the...

IBM’s Watson is now able to critique your writing and determine how pretentious you really are

Expanding its roster of expertise beyond Jeopardy, cooking, banking, and healthcare, IBM’s Watson supercomputer will now venture in to the world of copywriting. Earlier this month, Big Blue announced the Watson Tone Analyzer, a tool capable of performing automatic linguistic analysis on text to scrutinize the writer’s tone and suggest an alternative word choice. The system is the latest addition in the cognitive computing suite of applications, which leverage the supercomputer’s depth of scale to solve issues in healthcare, banking, and retail.

Navy Seeks Graphene Nanoribbons for Electricity Distribution | Science and Enterprise

The U.S. Navy wants a more efficient way to distribute electric power on its ships, and believes ultrathin ribbons made of graphene may help them do it. An engineering lab at University at Buffalo is tasked with finding out more.

Uncanny new footage of Lexus Slide shows this hoverboard is no joke

Lexus caused some serious buzz earlier in the year when it teased visuals of its gorgeous-looking ‘Slide’ hoverboard, part of the automaker’s ‘Amazing in Motion’ series of high-tech research concepts.

At the time, details were sparse on how the hoverboard could actually levitate. Was it real? How did it work? Lexus wasn’t giving much away, only indicating that the Slide was a real, rideable hoverboard that used magnetic levitation to achieve frictionless movement, with liquid-nitrogen-cooled superconductors giving the board its misty, futuristic appearance.

Wireless System Developed to Deliver Drugs to Brain | Science and Enterprise

Engineers and medical researchers designed and tested in animals a system that implants drugs for the brain in ultra-thin optical cables, then triggers their release through wireless signals.

Teams from the labs of Washington University’s Michael Bruchas, professor of anesthesiology and neurobiology, and materials science and engineering professor John Rogers at Illinois, developed the technology for improving treatments of neurological disorders such as epilepsy, depression, addiction, and chronic pain. Previous efforts to deliver drugs to the brain with remote activation...

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