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Monthly Archives: August 2009

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Eric Giler Pimps Wireless Electricity at TED 2009

Eric Giler wants to cut the cords out of your life. He's the CEO of WiTricity, a company looking to provide the means to wirelessly connect all of your electronics to the current running...

China: “We Don’t Use Executed Prisoners for Organs…Not Anymore”

The Chinese government has many strengths, but I don't think that international PR is one of them. In a report released from the Chinese Health Ministry, and reported in their nationalized press last week,...

Monkey DNA Swap Paves Way to Engineered Babies

Great joke I just heard: How many monkeys does it take to make a baby? Answer: Three. Two for chromosomal DNA, and one for mitochondrial DNA. Ha ha ha... Yeah...maybe it's only funny to...

Get Your Entire Genome From Complete Genomics For $5000

It's getting progressively cheaper to sequence your entire genome. Earlier in June, Illumina announced it would provide sequencing for close to $50k, half of their original price. Not to be outdone, Complete...

Helping 1 Billion People in Under Ten Years – Singularity U Completes Inaugural Year

Today marks the final day of the inaugural 9 week summer session of Singularity University, and what a finish it will be.  40 talented students with impressive academic and entrepreneurial backgrounds have spent the last nine...

Motoman Robot Does It All in Videos

Teach a robot to fish and it will fish forever. Give a robot humanoid arms and it will build the fishing pole, catch the fish, gut it, pack it in ice, cook it, and...

Augmented Reality Is All Around You – Cool New Pics and Vids

Like mushrooms after a rainy day, Augmented Reality (AR) is appearing everywhere. AR technology, which allows recorded and synthetic images to be blended and viewed in real time, is established in smart phones, marketing...

Bionic Limbs With Artificial Intelligence

They won't give you superhuman strength, and they definitely don't cost six million dollars, but the artificial limbs from Ossur can think to help you walk better. The Rheo Knee, Power Knee, and Proprio...

Robots to Get Open Source Operating System

E Pluribus Unum...robot? The International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) saw a lot of amazing robots and computer programs. It also saw another round of discussions about the developing robotics operating system (ROS)....

Virtual Reality at SIGGRAPH

With the amazing video recording and production systems commercially available, how hard can it be to create a realistic virtual reality environment? I mean, all we really need are some cameras, some computers, and...

CDC Report: Americans Living Longer, But Not As Long as Everyone Else

With the ongoing health care debate raging across the US, it's good to know that we lived slightly longer in 2007 than in 2006. According to a report released on August 19th by the...

Military Robot with Point and Go Commands

How do you say 'Geronimo!' in binary? Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to a fantastic new sport: robot tossing. Like any good pastime, 'bot tossin' has applications in the real world....

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