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Monthly Archives: February 2010

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Demand for Stem Cells Growing Fast, Many Turn to Medical Tourism

You can't keep a good thing down. When the US restricted stem cell research in the early part of the century that research didn't die, it emigrated. All over the world, scientists continued to...

Quirky Robot Art You Need To Buy (video)

Sure, you may know about robots, but do you know about their personal lives? A Missouri couple have taken their hobby of building sculptures of robots and turned it into an online business called...

Stem Cell Transplant Defeats HIV? Patient Still HIV Free After 2 Years

Add one more name to the ever growing list of diseases that have been defeated by stem cell treatments: HIV. That's right, according to a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine,...

BeBionic Artificial Hand and Wrist – Now With Kung-Fu Grip! (video)

Judging by the latest promo videos, the BeBionic hand is out to kick more butt than...well, an artificial foot. Full of heavy rock licks, the BeBionic demo shows off the four grips (key, pinch,...

Will 23andMe Find Which Genes Make You a Life-Long Athlete?

Back in October, 23andMe generated a little PR buzz by examining the genetic codes of 100 current and former NFL players and comparing them to non professional athletes. That genome wide association study (GWAS)...

QTC Robot Skin Feels How Hard You Touch – Coming soon to MIT, Samsung, Others

Britain based Peratech is endowing machines with a human-like sense of touch. Their material, a quantum tunneling composite (QTC), increases the electricity it conducts as it is put under pressure. This allows QTC to...

Argus III – The Artificial Retina is Near!

Restoring vision to the blind is one of the epic promises of technology, sort of like flying cars, ray guns, and a lovable robot side kick. Yet artificial sight isn't a far off dream,...

Tiny Sensor Could Run For Years Harnessing Energy from Environment

The University of Michigan has produced a miniature sensor that harnesses solar energy and could last for years without needing to be replaced. Composed of a solar cell, processor, and battery, the tiny device...

Genetically Modified Flowers That Can Smell Like Anything

Ever wanted a rose that smelled like bananas? Maybe a petunia that reeked of root beer? Researchers at the University of Florida Gainesville have isolated 13 genes in flowers that key for the blossom's...

Segway Made from Lego Robot Kit Works Without a Gyro (video)

Lego robots are putting traditional automatons to shame. NXT Programs has created a design for a robot Segway using only those pieces included with the Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 kit. What's really cool is...

Singularity University’s Summer Program Doubling in Size – Sign Up Now

Singularity University's inaugural Graduate Studies Program was such a success last year that singularity University press release they've decided to double the class size. That's an understandable trend for an institution that hopes to...

iRobot Swabs the Deck of the USS Freedom

Some of the newest robots to join the US Navy aren't spy planes or attack drones, they're house cleaners. According to the Military Times, both the USS Freedom and the USS Independence have Roombas...

Composer Uses WiiMotes and AI To Form Robot Band

Patrick Flanagan's not in your typical band. Rather than long haired hippies, his drum circle is staffed by solenoids, actuators, and a couple of controllers from the Nintendo Wii. The system, known as Jazari...

Complete Genomics Secures New Customers, 500+ Orders for Whole Genome Sequences

Complete Genomics has made some heavy predictions about the number of whole genome sequences it will complete in the next five years, so you know we have to keep tabs on them and see...

Use Your Idle Computer Time to Save the World

The World Community Grid wants to turn you spare computer power into life saving change around the globe. Sponsored by IBM, the WCG is a nonprofit that partners with research teams to help them...

Welcome To Robot Land Theme Park

The world's first major theme park based on robots is coming to Incheon, South Korea. Robot Land has already raised more than 784.5 billion Won (~$680 million USD) to create the 100+ acre facility...

MIT’s Flyfire – Miniature Helicopters Turn Sky into Digital Screen (video)

Robots may be taking your place on the factory floor, but they're also aiming for higher goals: replacing fireworks and conquering the sky. MIT's Flyfire project uses a swarm of miniature helicopters with embedded...

Want To Live Forever? Better Hope You Have the Right FOXO3A Gene

German researchers at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel recently confirmed that variants of the FOXO3A gene are a common characteristic for many people who live past 100. The CAU team studied 380+ centenarians,...

10/GUI – Desktops Without a Mouse, Operating Systems without Windows (video)

Teams of developers are racing to construct the next great human-computer interface, and most already have a product to peddle. Clayton Miller is still working on an idea. His 10/GUI is a group focused...

Theo Jansen Inspires YouTube Robot Creature Revolution (video)

Theo Jansen's Strandbeests are a strange combination of primitive robots and kinetic sculptures, but he calls them a new form of life. Assembled from long pneumatic tubes, these mesmerizing creations roam the dunes of...
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Robot Soccer (Football) Getting Better, Goes Global

Call it football or soccer, either way it's the world's most popular sport, and like all the good things in the world robots are out to conquer it. Every year, there are more and...

Robot Photo Studio From Ortery Replaces Photographers

Whenever I buy things online I'll click on the little images for the product and proceed to zoom and rotate until I've seen every angle of what I'm spending my money on. It's about...

LEGO Robot Solves Any Rubik’s Cube In Less Than 12 Seconds (Video)

Be warned my fellow humans, robots will not be satisfied until they defeat us in even the most trivial of contests. Cube Stormer is the latest creation from Mike Dobson, aka Robotics Solutions, and...

Minority Report Interface Is Real, Hitting Mainstream Soon (Video)

Steven Spielberg asked John Underkoffler to help design a futuristic human computer interface for a movie that takes place in the year 2054. Little did Spielberg know that Underkoffler would adapt that concept from...

Newly Found “Secrets To Aging” Are Over Hyped

Recent work in Newcastle, UK and at the University of Ulm, Germany has been toted as discovering the "secrets to aging" but is really just another small step in understanding why our bodies wear...

Woman Seeks Husband for Health Insurance on YouTube

With the US economy in recession and socialized medicine unlikely, healthcare is becoming precious. How precious, you may ask? Well, Terri Carlson is willing to marry you for your healthcare. This 45 year old...

A Global Social Network Without The Language Barrier – Mojofiti

Mojofiti has a simple but awesome concept behind it: connect people together in a world without language barriers. The Mojofiti website, now in its second round of Beta testing, allows you to build a...

The Remarkable JO-Zero Robot (Video)

In this uncertain economy, it's important to find the right opportunity to securely invest your money. This story is not about one of those opportunities, it's about a toy robot. A really awesome programmable...

Newest Graffiti Belongs to Robots (Video)

Dang-blasted kids with their music, and their clothes, and no respect for authority. They've gone and corrupted law-abiding robots, teaching them how to graffiti! Students at Carnegie Mellon University's new Fabrication Lab programmed an...

Heywood at TEDMED – Information is a Patient’s Power (Video)

Jamie Heywood is out to convince you that the most powerful tool in medicine is information. He is the head of Patients Like Me, an online community of more than 45,000 patients with serious...

Athersys Secures Stem Cell Patents and Stock Swells

Biopharmaceutical company Athersys (NASDAQ: ATHX) received a major boost in its stock price on February 10th, following the announcement that it had received US and European patents related to its MultiStem technology. Guess there's...
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10 Year Documentary To Follow Bluebrain Project (Video)

Henry Markram isn't afraid to make optimistic predictions for his enormous endeavor to map and model the human brain. Noah Hutton isn't afraid to film him doing it. The budding filmmaker has recently released...
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What Are We Supposed To Do With Pico Projectors?

The age of pico projectors has officially arrived with their huge presence at CES, and the first projector phone, the LG Expo, going on sale in the US. There was even a pico projector...

1.5 Million Facebook Fans For A Robot?

Apparently a sausage roll has more than 1 million fans on facebook.  If a sausage roll can do it, then a robot can do it too:

Database for Autism Holds Hope for Answers, Treatments

Those looking to better understand and treat Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) now have a powerful new weapon in their fight. The US National Institute of Health (NIH) has developed the National Database for Autism...

Technology from Caprica Series on SyFy is Already Here

I love great science fiction, especially when it takes the scientific truths of today and cranks them up a notch. That's probably why I'm hooked on the SyFy channel's newest drama, Caprica. It is...

No Humans, Just Robots – Amazing Videos of the Modern Factory

Modern manufacturing isn't based on human labor, it's based on the robot. Still, most people cannot grasp the breadth of automation in factories. We still picture plants full of human workers toiling to make...

Counsyl – Test Yourself for Genetic Risk Before Having a Baby

If you know that you're a carrier for a genetic disease, you can choose not to risk passing that disease on to your offspring. Yet so many of us don't know which maladies we...

Body Suit Controls Robot With Gestures (Video)

Of all the ways you could command a robot, turning your body into a game controller sounds like the most fun. Future Robotics Technology Center (fuRo), part of the Chiba Institute of Technology, has...

Even Ultrasound Machines Are Becoming Tablets

From the iPad to the Slate, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger Tablet, and that's even true in medicine. Toshiba Medical's latest ultrasound machine is a convertible tablet that can either be controlled...

Google Buzz Challenges Facebook, Twitter In Social Evolution

I just watched the live presentation announcing the official launch of Google Buzz, a new and innovative play on the social networking space from Google.  My takeaway is a resounding Wow!  As we are...

GM and NASA Create Robonaut and Mounds of Hype

The press seems to love the new robonaut from GM and NASA, but is it really all it is hyped to be? The Robonaut 2 looks like a human from the waist up, with...

Geo-Medicine: Where You Live Matters To Your Health (Video)

Bill Davenhall gave a brief but enlightening presentation about the importance of geo-medicine at the most recent TEDMED conference. We know that your health can largely be predicted by looking at your genetics, lifestyle,...

Suck it up! Neato Is Ready to Kick Robot Vacuum Butt

It's been more than seven years since iRobot introduced the world to the Roomba robotic vacuum. Seven years without fundamental innovation, and its left the market ripe for competition. Enter Neato. This Silicon...

Thinking Surveillance System, Vitamin D Video, Now For Sale

Ground breaking surveillance software, Vitamin D Video, is now available for sale at an impressively low price. I had a chance to review the program's impressive object recognition and recording capabilities when I covered...

LiveU Puts the Power of a News Van in Your Backpack (Video)

I was covering Apple's recent premiere of the iPad when I saw some guy with a professional video camera plugged into his backpack. Was he some Apple mega-fan with a screw loose? Nope, turns...

Venter’s Successes in Creating Synthetic Life (video)

Craig Venter is pushing the boundaries of what humans can do with DNA and aims to create new life to serve our needs. At TEDMED this past year, he discussed what he and his...

Siri: a Free Personal Assistant in Your iPhone (video)

You're about to get your very own genie in a bottle. Simply talk into your iPhone and tell Siri what you want. Tickets for a show, reservations at a restaurant, a taxi to pick...

Google Challenges You To a Game of Tron

Update: Google, the event sponsor, has not officially announced a cash prize for the winner. The annual Google AI Challenge has been announced: contestants will be competing to see who can build the program that...

Impressive Nano Layer of Liquid Glass To Coat Every Surface in Your Life

A Germany company is determined to coat your life in a thin layer of Liquid Glass. Also known as SiO2 in ultra thin layering, this transparent film of material is only 100 nm thick...

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