Luke Dormehl

Luke Dormehl

I'm a UK-based tech writer covering Cool Tech at Digital Trends. I've also written for Fast Company, Wired, the Guardian, Politico and others. I'm the author of Thinking Machines and The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems... And Create More.
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From monkey selfies to Intel allergies, here are the 7 weirdest tech lawsuits ever

When technology meets the legal system, things can get pretty weird. From monkey selfies to the evils of autocomplete, here are seven of the strangest tech-themed lawsuits in history.
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You can help a cyborg drummer get a new, improved robot arm so he can tour

Thanks to researchers at Georgia Tech, amputee Jason Barnes received a robot arm that lets him play the drums again. Now he's hoping to get a new, improved prosthesis to go on tour with.
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Accidental mutant enzyme sounds scary, but it could help eliminate plastic waste

The world has a plastic waste problem. Fortunately, researchers from the U.K. and United States are here to help, courtesy of a newly created mutant enzyme that can break down PET bottles.
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A new bracelet can detect if you’re being attacked, automatically call help

Researchers from the University of Alabama have developed a wearable device that could keep people safe in the face of possible physical assault, or elderly people experiencing a fall.
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MIT’s new A.I. could help map the roads Google hasn’t gotten to yet

Researchers from MIT CSAIL have come up with a neural network artificial intelligence that can make the manual mapping of the 20 million miles of roadways around the world significantly easier.
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Mind-reading A.I. algorithm can work out what music is playing in your head

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new dee- learning algorithm that can work out what music a pianist is imagining in his head. Here is how it works.
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Nasal vaccine suspends peanut allergies in mice. Could humans be next?

Researchers at the University of Michigan's Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center have developed a vaccine that can temporarily switch off peanut allergies in mice. Could humans be next?
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7 ambitious DARPA projects that will help out the military of the future

With a multibillion dollar annual budget and access to some of the sharpest minds around, few research labs can dream of matching DARPA. Here are 7 of the amazing projects they're creating.
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The FDA approves special contact lenses that turn dark on sunny days

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given its stamp of approval to contact lenses which darken or lighten depending on how much ultraviolet radiation they come into contact with.
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‘Omniphobic’ smartphone display coating repels it all, from water to peanut butter

Univerity of Michogan researchers have developed a clear 'omniphobic' screen coating that causes everything from water and oil to alcohol and even peanut butter to simply slide off its surface.
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Noninvasive brain zapping can make your hands feel things in VR

Neuroscience researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have found a new way to make people experience sensations in virtual reality by using a bit of trusty brain-zapping tech.
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We’re waiting! 7 technologies that sci-fi films promised us, but aren’t here yet

Cutting edge technology constantly makes us feel like we're living in the future, but there is still science fiction technology we'd love to see in the real world. Here are seven examples.