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Monthly Archives: November 2009

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The Present and Future of Military – Talon Robot (Video)

Expendable. It's a word that is rapidly disappearing from use when describing soldiers in the field. Instead, that label has fallen on the shoulders of the newest unit in armed forces: the robot. Drones,...

The Next Generation of 3D Printer: RepRapII (Video)

Innovators are rarely satisfied with the first draft, even when that draft is revolutionary. RepRap, the open source 3D printer team that hopes to one day develop fully self replicating machines, has released its...

Manipulating Just One Gene Makes a Smarter Rat

According to recently published results in PLoS One, researchers at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) and East China Normal University have genetically engineered a rat to be significantly smarter than its peers. The...

Brain Controlled Robot Follows Mental Commands (Video)

Ask any super villain and he'll tell you - good robotic henchmen are hard to find. That's why I love the robot from Rajesh Rao's lab at the University of Washington. The little humanoid...

Brainport Lets The Blind See With the Tongue (Video)

Part of the reason I love my job is that I get to see things that I would never have dreamed of or even believed. Case in point: using your tongue to see instead...

Genome Study Reveals New Links to Parkinson’s

Affordable genetic testing continues to enable scientists to find exciting new discoveries that may help doctors predict, prevent, and treat disease. Two teams of researchers recently published in Nature Genetics (a Japanese team from...

Universal Translators Are All Around Us (Video)

When watching Star Trek, I was always amazed that the aliens all spoke English. Writers explained this happy coincidence by the presence of a universal translator (UT), a portable device which could take any...

Swarm Bots Evolve Communications Skills and Deceit (Video)

Oh what a tangled web a robot weaves when it first practices to deceive. S-bots, the swarm bots developed in Lausanne, Switzerland at EPFL were shown to evolve communication skills over time. The S-bots...

Larry Smarr Video From Singularity University Available Online

Didn't get enough of the Singularity University's summer session videos? Another Singularity University presentation is now available for you to watch online! As far as our brains are concerned, our world is mostly visual. In...

Augmented Reality Does Time Travel Tourism

Great scott! Augmented reality is taking tourists and thrusting them back in time to experience the sights (and sometimes sounds) of the ancient world. Using a camera and video screen, AR blends live and...

HUBO-2 Robot Shows Off (Video)

The Beatles and The Monkees. Scooby-Doo and Josie and The Pussycats. Transformers and Gobots. It seems like whenever someone creates something amazing, someone else has to copy it. But what happens when the copy...

Daniel Kraft – The Future of Medicine

There's some amazing things coming down the healthcare pipeline and Daniel Kraft knows a little about all of them. Kraft teaches at Stanford University, is an expert on regenerative medicine, and a member of...

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