A new material created by researchers at MIT performs a pretty handy trick: it turns small amounts of water vapor into energy.
What will happen in the future? BBC Future has decided to make some bold predictions for the next 150 years.
Although we have yet to perfect an artificial intelligence that can solidly pass the Turing Test, developers are nevertheless endeavoring to create humanoid robots that can mimic our physical attributes. A team from Switzerland aims to take this humanoid robot trend in an interesting new direction by creating a realistic robot boy.
In tech, five years is an eternity. Five years ago, it was 2007. You probably don't even remember 2007. I certainly don't: 2007 was 5,000 articles ago. IBM has a longer memory than us all, however, and based on its history, the company has five five-year predictions as to how technology will make our lives better within the next five years.
Just days after we told you about an organization working to prevent robot drones from becoming autonomous death machines, a new organization has been announced along a similar theme: Ensuring the survival of humanity in the face or newly intelligent machines.
In the paranoid future of the genetically discriminatory security state, your life will be defined by your DNA, and access will be controlled by machines that instantly read samples of your genetic code to verify your identiy. When will this all kick in? It won't be long now, thanks to NEC's new DNA analyzer that can brand you as an in-valid in under 25 minutes.
The marriage of artificial and bio-materials to create cyborg insects and rats is still a bleeding-edge field with fascinating possibilities for human applications. That sometimes controversial vision of the future just took a dramatic turn towards blurring the man-versus-machine lines with the debut of a 3D-printed robot that uses heart cells to walk.
The Kinect has already shown us the beginnings of a new world of console gaming interfaces controlled by gestures, but a new development promises to bring that dynamic to tiny mobile devices using the world's first electrical field-based 3D gesture controller.
If you're the kind of person who likes to hang out in the local Best Buy checking out its big home theater or playing video games without ever actually buying something, new security software could mess up your strategy.
Whatever you think of the Alien prequel Prometheus, it's hard to deny that one of the coolest parts is when the mohawked geologist throws his robotic sensor drones to map the alien ship. Now a company has taken us a step closer to such a reality with a throwable sensor and camera device.