Tech with a Mind of Its Own

Innovation is the name of the game when it comes to technology, and every day, incredible technological advances are unveiled. New technology has provided us with amazing solutions for a multitude of issues that range from the mundane to life-or-death. While technology often works in tandem with humans, recent innovations are proving that technology has the ability to think and work by itself. In short, humans may soon be out of the picture! From cars that drive themselves, to software that fixes itself, let’s take a look at some recent technologies that have the potential to make humans optional for operation.

Software Self-Repair

Scientists at the University of Utah have developed software that is able to detect and eradicate viruses and malware, as well as automatically repair any damage caused by the malware. The software, called A3, currently works with a virtual computer that imitates the operations of a computer, without actual hardware. A3 can detect new, unknown viruses or malware automatically by sensing when computer operations are incorrect. A3 then stops the virus, determines a code to fix the damage, and learns to prevent the bug from occurring again. Read more here.

Self-Park Electric Cars

Your car is already equipped with many various technologies that are designed to keep you safe when you’re on the road. In the future, your car may do more than notify you when your tire pressure is low or you need to refill your gas–your car might be able to drive and park itself. Researchers at E-Mobile are currently designing electric-powered vehicles that will be able to drive and park independently. The cars will also be able to locate a charging station, and they’ll do it without any human help. Read more here.

Degenerative Bone Disease Detection Gets a Helping Hand

Radiographer shortages in the workforce are further strained by the great deal of time that radiographers must spend outlining bones in x-rays, when that time could be better used to take care of patients. Developers of a new software that is able to automatically outline bones hope that their program will save thousands of hours of manual work for researchers and doctors. Developers of the software believe that automation of the process will enable medical professionals to focus more on drawing proper conclusions and developing treatments for degenerative bone diseases, such as arthritis. Read more here.

Self-Assembly Lab at MIT

Scientists working in the Self-Assembly Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are currently collaborating on creating materials that could one day build themselves. They have already successfully developed wood planks that fold into toy elephants when exposed to moisture, but the future is even more exciting. Researchers are already looking into materials that respond to weather changes, or furniture that assembles itself with a splash of water. Read more here.

Alright STEM lovers, what kind of technology is blowing your mind? Comment below.

This month’s exciting STEM news – March, 2014

Many of our featured subjects collided in the headlines last month. Here is a recap of some of our favorite STEM stories that surfaced in March.

The Animal Kingdom IconAnimal Kingdom/Under the Sea

The Animal Kingdom and Under the Sea subjects are equally represented in this month’s first story. National Geographic recently reported the longest dive lengths and deepest dive depths of any mammal ever seen. A long-term study of Cuvier’s beaked whales recently revealed that these underwater mammals travel to unprecedented depths of almost 10,000 feet. This new information is particularly important in the continuing study of the effects of sonar activity on sealife. Read article.

Extreme Weather IconExtreme Weather

A report highlighting the impact that climate change is already having across the globe was released by the U.N. last month. From agriculture to human health, this report shows that all areas of the globe are being equally affected. Read article.

Medical Innovations IconMedical Innovations/Space

This month brought another mash-up headline from the fields of Medical Innovations and Space. While it’s no secret that space travel has certain repercussions for the human body, a new study actually revealed that the shape of human heart changes while in space. The heart, which is normally, well, heart-shaped, becomes more spherical by a factor of 9.4% when exposed to low or no gravity environments. Read article.

Robotics IconRobotics

Google has taken an interest in robots. A large interest. The fact that this tech giant has been buying up robotics companies has left some people asking, “Why robots?” That question is explored in this month’s robotics article. Read article.

Video Games IconVideo Games

MIT psychologists have uncovered that when trying to make physical sense of our world, our brains act much like…video games.  Read article.

Wind Energy IconWind Energy

There’s no doubt that the use of wind energy has been on the rise in America. To show the progress that we’ve made as a country, the federal government produced these interactive maps. They’re pretty cool and definitely worth checking out. Read article.

So there, various STEM subject lovers. We’ve got you covered!