Year two of the pandemic brought a new flood of security concerns—domestically, internationally, and, of course, digitally. It may not be enough to outright guarantee that you’ll sleep peacefully at night, but at least there’s less of a threat of being hacked through the Bluetooth on your alarm clock. Whether players choose to stream games from Xbox, PlayStation, or Steam, the Backbone controller helps provide a consistent, high-end experience a smartphone alone can’t touch. Plugged directly into an iPhone’s Lightning port, the controller offers all the familiar buttons and analog sticks of a full-fledged console’s interface—while the hard connection drastically cuts down on game-ruining lag. And, thanks to the telescoping brace that runs across the back of the device , players don’t have to worry about accidental drops or disconnects.

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  • We live in a highly digitalized world where alarming news of data breaches surface every day.
  • Uncannily realistic, they are entirely synthetic – generated by generative adversarial networks, the same type of artificial intelligence behind many deepfakes.

Today, though, biologists are starting to find ways to organise single cells into collectives capable of performing simple tasks. They’re tiny machines, or as biologist Josh Bongard at the University of Vermont refers to them, ‘xenobots’. The idea is to ‘piggyback’ on the hard work of nature, which has been building tiny machines for billions of years. But in ethically sound studies, CRISPR is poised to treat life-threatening conditions. Before the controversy, Chinese scientists injected CRISPR-edited immune cells into a patient to help them fight lung cancer.

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From a protected cabin, the miner manipulates a pair of arms to place explosives, while engineers and geologists back at the control room remotely offer real-time advice as conditions change. Once the charges are set, the driver moves the Avatel clear and wirelessly sends a signal to detonate. From deadly floods in Queens, New York, to a deep-freeze in Texas, the climate crisis is banging on the US’s front door. This year’s top engineering innovations reflect a growing awareness that crucial industries like construction and shipping can no longer conduct business as usual. These honorees answer some of the burning questions about the future of a burning planet, including how to address tough-to-decarbonize realms like food and energy production.

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With space in cities so limited, often the only option for those who can afford to expand their property is to go underground. Luxury basements are already a feature beneath many homes in London, but with urban populations set to continue growing, subterranean developments are beginning to appear on a much larger scale. The next 10 years looks to be no different, only now we can add fingerprints, genetic profiles and face scans to the list of information we hand over. Of course a smartphone can’t replace a doctor, but given these devices are with us at almost every moment of the day and can track our every action, it would be remiss to use this ability for good.

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And that’s before you even turn Super X-FI on, which takes everything up a notch for an even more cinematic experience. During setup, the original Nuraphones would fire out a range of frequencies and then measure your ear’s response to each of them, building a sound profile that perfectly equalises the output to your hearing. The company has now shrunk their clever tech and shaped it into a set of Bluetooth earphones called the NuraLoop.

Fitted with a 360 degree camera, 8 microphones, and a speaker, it aims to replicate an in-person meeting while separated from colleagues. With an 18-foot audio pickup radius and an automatic zoom that responds to who is speaking at the time, it’s a sophisticated bit of kit that integrates with Zoom, Slack, Google Hangouts and more. Marketing itself as a DSLR quality camera in webcam form, this could be the future of webcams. Along with 4K quality, the camera also features intelligent noise cancellation and a lot of adjustable settings. Charging devices is one of those daily pains that we could all live without, and while battery lives have improved, it is still a regular occurrence. This is a problem Urbanista is attempting to resolve with the Los Angeles headphones.

The toxic toads were introduced from Hawaii in 1935 and have killed almost anything that has tried to eat them ever since. The same scientists propose controlling grey squirrels with gene drives, in order to save the UK’s native reds. Dubbed “gene drives”, self-replicating edits based on CRISPR technology could ravage through entire populations. In lab trials, the newly-introduced DNA often makes one sex sterile, duplicating itself to infect both copies of an animal’s chromosomes so that it’s passed on to all its offspring.

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