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Monthly Archives: September 2009

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DNA Electronics Has a Hand Held Genetic Testing Device – Interview with CEO!

If your computer and your DNA had a baby, it would be the SNP Dr. from DNA Electronics. SNP Dr. is the world's first hand held semi-conductor device that will be able to read...
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iCub Takes Humanoid Robotics Back to Its Infancy

When parents give birth to a child, it would seem pretty ridiculous to expect that baby to immediately live and function as well as an adult. Yet our pursuit of humanoid robots does almost...

Scanning Barcodes and Counting Calories – iPhone Has an App

Your iPhone can play so many roles in your life: tour guide, military commander, camerman, restaurant reviewer, bank teller, DJ, and now... nutritionist. The newly renamed DailyBurn (formerly Gyminee) has developed a calorie counting...

New Software Acts Like Human Brain to Find People in Videos

Now that we can program a computer to reason somewhat like a human brain, it seems a little cruel to then set that artificial intelligence to one of the most mind-numbing tasks around: watching...
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StickyBot Mimics Geckos To Climb Walls

When naming robots, I want to encourage all of you researchers to go for the obvious choice, that way we know what we're getting. Case in point: Standford's StickyBot. Giant robotic booger? No, it's...

IBM Celebrates 20 Years Since First Manipulating an Atom

It was twenty years ago when Don Eigler, a fellow at IBM, made history by moving individual atoms for the first time. Like any good employee he used his new found ability to do...

Honda’s Answer to the Segway: Motorized Unicycle U3X

Have you ever looked at a Segway and said, "hey that looks cool, but I wish someone would make a version with fewer wheels"? No of course you haven't, no one has, but Honda...

Study: Elderly With Less Vitamin D More Likely to Die

In case you were wondering about whether or not to take that walk outside today, a new study has shown that vitamin D is linked to lower death rates among the elderly. The University...

New Study Detects Oral Cancer Via RNA in Spit

I can't believe the number of things you can find out about yourself by spitting in a cup. A recent study at UCLA demonstrated that certain strands of micro RNA (miRNA) found in your...
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TEDMED 2009 is Coming – The Best of the Best Will Speak on Medicine

It's hard to find a group of speakers that are as famous, as inspiring, or as successful as those found at TED. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design - and occasionally- Medicine. TEDMED is...

HIV/AIDS Vaccine Developed in Thailand by US Army

The Associated Press wire is all abuzz with the success of a recently completed trial to find a vaccine for HIV/AIDS. The 16,000+ person study, performed in Thailand by the US Army, the National...

Ingestible Chip that Reminds You to Take Medicine begins trials

_ Not everyone likes taking their medicine. Between just plain forgetfulness and a dislike for taste or side effects, many long term prescription users routinely miss taking their meds. That avoidance leads to $290 billion...

iGEM 2009: Synthetic Biology Competition Bigger than Ever this Halloween

Like some Frankenstein monster composed of space camp, graduate school, and science fair, iGEM is ready to spring to life this Halloween. The International Genetic Engineering Machine competition is now in its 6th...
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Hexbugs – Robot Toys Mimic Animals (Videos)

Blame it on R2D2, or Bumblebee, but I have a soft spot in my heart for cute scrappy robots. Few robotic toys are as endearing in their efforts as the creations known as Hexbugs....

Implant that Shocks Brain to Treat Epilepsy in Clinical Trials

The medical uses of electrically shocking your brain have a dubious history and a worse portrayal in movies. One Flew Over A Cuckoo's Nest certainly didn't leave viewers rushing to strap electrodes to their...

Health 2.0 Conference is Almost Here!

What will your healthcare look like in the next 5 to 10 years? Maybe that's a question not for legislatures, insurance companies, or even doctors. Maybe you should ask the Internet. The Health 2.0...

Z Corp – The Lamborghini of 3D Color Printing and Scanning (Videos)

The Hub likes to highlight those groups that do things open source and cheap, but sometimes it's good to look at the people who at the high end of the price bracket. MakerBot can...

Kondo Robots – Now With Awesome Hands

Hobbyists have a tendency to use Kondo Robot kits in miniature death matches. That's not surprising considering that the model kit company sponsors a yearly event called Kondo Battle. But thanks to one developer,...

New Biosensor Finds Bacteria In Seconds

Drinking the water in a foreign country always seems like something of a gamble. Could be clean, could be a one way trip to spending the entirety of your vacation in the bathroom. Luckily,...

Henry Markram’s Artificial Brain in a Computer (Video)

Many of you, like me, are excited about the possibilities of modeling and simulating the human brain. The Blue Brain Project, based in Switzerland, and made possible by IBM, is one of the leading...

Military Surveillance Bot Jumps Over 25 Foot Walls

Holy crap that's cool! Earlier this week, Sandia National Labs debuted a four wheeled surveillance bot the size of a shoe box that can navigate urban environments by jumping walls. And not just those...

Tooth Transplanted into Eye Helps Cure Blindness

When you are blind and trying to restore your sight, you'll try anything. I mean, anything. US doctors have recently returned a woman's vision by using a transplanted tooth to help anchor a telescope...

Gene Therapy Cures Color Blindness in Monkeys

If nature gave you some bum genes, you've got a chance of fixing them. Genetic treatments have allowed researchers to cure color blindness in two squirrel monkeys. As published this month in Nature, gene...

Hard Rock Cafe in Vegas Has HUGE Interactive Video Wall

Trust Hard Rock Cafe to bring you the best of performance excess. Their newest branch opened in Las Vegas on September 8th, and debuted with the biggest touch-screen wall I've ever seen. A...
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Rodney Brooks, Co-Founder of iRobot, on to New Company

What do you do after you've climbed a mountain? Climb another one. Rodney Brooks, MIT professor, robotic guru, and co-founder of iRobot is developing another robotics company, Heartland Robotics (now Rethink Robotics). Along with...

Waterproof Nanotech Sand Could Change Deserts into Farms

Nanotechnology may conjure up images of tiny robots, or machines in our blood stream, but what about really cool dirt? DIME, a company based in the United Arab Emirates, has licensed a nanotech process...

Car Running on Algae Fuel to Cross Country on Just 25 Gallons of Fuel

We usually don't report on the renewable energy or environmental impact beat, but sometimes you see something that is just too cool not to share. Algaeus, the world's first algae-powered plug-in hybrid car, was...

The Power of Massive Twitter Accounts – Or Lack Thereof

One of the most interesting and sensational aspects of Twitter are its mega accounts: Twitter accounts with huge numbers of followers.  These days mega accounts have anywhere from 1 million to 3 million followers,...

Fat From Liposuction May Be Good Source for Stem Cells

If you've been hunting for useful stem cells, look no further than your butt. Work done at Stanford University's School of Medicine in California, and recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy...

Dutch Gas Station Has Robot Pumping Gasoline (Video)

An inventor in the Netherlands has merged the spirits of robotics with the only joy of New Jersey. No, I'm not talking about a cyborg Tony Soprano, though that would be cool. Nico Van...

World’s Oldest Person Gertrude Baines Dies at Age 115

In the search for longevity, we tend to focus on healthy lifestyles, miracle supplements, or potential technologies. It's easy to forget the people who have accomplished that goal seemingly without the intention to do...

MIT Helps Little Dog Navigate Rough Terrain

Sometimes robot videos just make me laugh. CSAIL at MIT has been working with Boston Dynamics' robot Little Dog, helping it navigate rough terrain in novel ways. The scrappy quadruped can dynamically shifts its...

Someone Made A Flexpicker Out of Legos – Video

Okay, I love Legos, I love robots, I even love robotic Legos, but I can't decide if the tribute FlexPicker Lego-bot is awesome or just ridiculous. FlexPickers are lightning fast movers and sorters from...

Illumina’s Genome Sequencing Service Gets First Customers

The race to provide you with access to your genome is really heating up. Industry leader Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN) has completed its first genome sequencing service for an individual at the low-low price of...

New Preview of Transcendent Man with Director Barry Ptolemy

The Tribeca Film Festival releases daily videos to help viewers get an idea of what happens during their screenings. For those of you who couldn't make the TFF premier of Transcendent Man, check out...

The Scoop on Zirus from CEO David Perryman

If the Home Alone movies taught me anything (and that's doubtful to begin with) it's that defeating the bad guys goes hand in hand with well-laid traps. Well, there are few bad guys as...

Cool New Vid of MakerBot Visiting Google NYC

  I'm pretty jealous of my friends at Google because they get to hear some of the most interesting people in the World give talks just for them. Luckily, the big G is friendly enough...

3 Genetic Variants Account for 20% of Risk for Alzheimer’s

  Two recent studies from Europe have shown that three genetic variants may be responsible for about 20% of the risk of developing Alzheimer's. This discovery not only could help scientists refine tests that let...

healthBase Medical Search Engine has Wins and Epic Fails

Surf the Internet these days and you're likely to drown in a sea of information. New "better than search" engines like Bing, and Wolfram Alpha hope to provide users not just with content, but...

Should I Save My Child’s Cord Blood?

As if you didn't have enough to worry about, now you've got to figure out if storing your child's umbilical cord blood might just save his or her life. With the advent of amazing...

Video of Kurzweil’s Latest Talk at Google

It's appropriate that a man who often talks about the democratizing effects of technology can be seen for free on the Internet. Ray Kurzweil visited Google campus in Mountain View in July as part...

Sequenced Human Genomes Nearly Doubled Since March

Complete Genomics has had a busy spring. For those of you who missed our February story, or our recent article, CG is a human genome sequencing company that is focusing on economies of scale....

Rovio Does for Security Cameras What Roomba Did for Vacuums

The next must-have robot has arrived. Rovio from WowWee is a mobile webcam that uses WiFi to work like a...

I-Swarm Micro Robots are Up and Running

I-Swarm, You swarm, we all swarm for --- OMFG, robots! While many robots find success by mimicking humans, there's a whole set of robotics dedicated to imitating ants and bees. We've seen some of these...

Singularity University Promo Video Is Pretty Sweet

Singularity University recently released a highlight video of its recently completed 9 week summer session. The video represents just a tiny sliver of the hundreds of lectures, activities, workshops, and more that occurred...

Stem Cell Treatments in Europe – Are They Real?

It's hard to get a good grasp on the quality of stem cell treatments in the world. There are so many treatments centers which are frauds that picking out the one or two that...

In Vitro Fertilization About to Go On Sale < $360

While celebrities have been making a habit of going to Africa to adopt children, couples looking to conceive through in vitro fertilization (IVF) may soon be journeying there as well. That's because Sudan and...

Check Out These Desktop Industrial Robots

When it comes to industrial robots we often focus on lightning fast line workers like the flexpicker, or heavy lifters like Kiva, or just cool looking podiums with arms like the Motoman SDA10. There's...

Dog Hair is Defined by Just Three Genes!

There are few species as diverse as man's best friend. Yet, every breed from the chihuahua to the great dane has much the same genome. A recently published article in Science, however, explains that...

CellScope: Your Cell Phone Just Got a Microscope

I think we need to stop calling them cell phones, because our hand held devices are starting to have more capabilities than Batman's utility belt. Controlling robots, projecting images, depositing checks, augmented reality, not...

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