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These Metal Muscles Could Revolutionize Cars And Robots

HRL Laboratories has figured out how to replicate the rapid stiffening and softening of human muscle in metal. The technology could be used to create the ultimate automotive suspension, or give a robot the strength and sensitivity of a person.

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February 22nd

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Futuristic ‘Uncanny Valley’ Explores The Potential Unintended Consequences Of VR

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 11.30.00 AM As we dip our toes into virtual reality more and more each day, one could imagine a far-off unintended consequence — the blurring of virtual and actual reality. A short film called “Uncanny Valley” explores that notion, with a bit of an “Ender’s Game” plot and feel. Here’s the setup from its creator, Federico Heller. In the slums of the future,… Read More

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Drew Olanoff

January 7th

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We’re Close

15751836930_315ffa1902_k All of the chatter about virtual reality shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Over the years, we’ve been forcing our way to get closer and closer to content of all types. For example, before we ever sat down to watch a movie, we’d hang out at a playhouse to watch a live show. The people who actually enjoyed sitting in the back were few and far between. They were probably… Read More

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Drew Olanoff

December 31st

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Old Cigarette Card Prophecies of Future Were Sometimes Surprisingly Accurate 

Giant human brain for research purposes? Nope, nope. Nuclear fuel for ships? Yes, yes! Aerodromes in the middle of big cities? Sadly no. Will man travel in space? Absolutely! Hidden away in a sub collection, these old cigarette cards from the Digital Collections of the New York Public Library were sometimes eerily prescient when it came to predicting future.

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Attila Nagy

November 16th

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Video: What movies thought the future would look like

Video: What movies thought the future would look like

It’s always fun to look back at movies set in the future and see what their vision of the future was. Even though it’s more a reflection of the time period the movie was made and their imagination is limited to what was around them, it’s cool to see what was right and what was totally off. Robert Jones made this compilation of futuristic movies and spliced together what we thought the future would look like in this excellent video.

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Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

November 10th

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Meanwhile in the Future: One Agency Controls All Border Crossings

Every time you go from one country to the next, you cross a border. And that usually means dealing with some kind of border agency that enforces each country’s idiosyncratic rules and regulations. But what if the whole process were standardized and run by a single organization?

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Rose Eveleth

October 13th

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Russia Wants People to Road Trip from New York to London (via Moscow)

Between the western shores of Alaska and the northeastern tip of Russia, the Bering Strait is so narrow that you could drive across it in an hour, if only there were a tunnel beneath the sea. And Russian Railways wants to build one, as part of a massive road and rail project that would stretch from New York to London by way of Canada, Alaska, Russia, and continental Europe.

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Kiona Smith-Strickland

August 2nd

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Here’s more awesome footage of the Lexus hoverboard

That Lexus hoverboard that we all got collectively giddy about until we realized we could probably never afford one (if they were ever going to actually build more than one) is going to be shown off in full on August 5th. Lexus is saying that it’ll be revealing everything about the project then, which cool, we’ll see it float around in a skatepark and our minds will explode and we’ll thank Back to the Future for the advancement of humanity.

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Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Alissa Walker to Gizmodo

July 28th

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Meanwhile in the Future: Death By Supernova

We often think of stars as twinkling, harmless little points of light that fill our night sky with majesty. But stars can be dangerous too. When they come to the end of their lifespan, some stars explode fantastically as supernovae. So what would happen if one of those giant explosions happened nearby?

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Rose Eveleth

June 30th

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NASA Is Launching the HoloLens Into Space This Weekend 

If you’d told my 10-year-old self that a private space company would blast some holographic virtual reality googles to the International Space Station one day, my young head would’ve exploded. Well, that day has come. The hologram-powered, VR-enabled future of space exploration has arrived.

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Adam Clark Estes

June 25th

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