01 Jul '15, 9am

Scientists closer to creating a 'Star Trek'-style replicator

The world imagined in "Star Trek " has its share of sensational technologies, including warp drives, transporters, universal translators, phasers and holodecks. Perhaps the most improbable technology of them all, however, is the replicator, a device capable of instantly materializing almost any object imaginable with the simple push of a button (or, as is often the case, via voice command). Imagine being able to generate a perfectly cooked steak and lobster dinner on a whim — without having to first track down an actual lobster or steer. Or imagine if you suddenly desired a new phone, or television, or chair, or anything else you can dream up, and you could produce one instantly, seemingly out of thin air. Needless to say, this technology would be about as close to magic as it gets. It would be a miracle machine. Well, believe it or not, scientists are currently working on...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/storie...

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