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Monthly Archives: March 2010

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StatSheet to Create Its Own Artificial Sports Journalists

A company that has already automated much of sports reporting is set to take the final step towards an artificial journalist. Statsheet collects sports statistics and puts them into easily sorted, manipulated, and embedded...

HP’s Newest Flexible Displays Will Be Rolled Out Like Newspaper

At a recent meeting in Barcelona, Hewlett Packard's CTO Phil McKinney demonstrated their latest absurdly thin flexible display. Developed using Self-aligned Imprint Lithography (SAIL) these video screens can be made in large quantities on...

Berkeley Gets Willow Garage Robot to Fold Towels – Simply Stunning Video

Robots just got roped into doing some light housework. Researchers at UC Berkeley used Willow Garage's PR2 robot to fold towels. The UCB programming used some innovative visual scanning allowing the PR2 to pick...

Haptic Vest Lets You Feel Bullets and Knives In Video Games

If enormous flat screen TVs and surround sound aren't enough to satisfy your hunger for immersive gaming then maybe you need to be shot. Virtually, that is. Saurabh Palan from the Haptics Lab at...

Automating Sports Coverage – Computers Control Cameras during Basketball Game

Researchers at the Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium have successfully developed software that can track basketball players and the ball as they race around the court. The project, Autonomous Production of Images...

Robots Battle With Guns and Skill in Mech Warfare (Video)

Fan boys everywhere dream about riding inside robots to do battle. Now that fiction has inspired some real world robotics with Mech Warfare. 1/24th scale robots do battle in an arena with Airsoft guns...

US Court Strikes Down Patent on Human Genes – Huge News for Genomics

In what is sure to become a landmark case for genomics, a US District Court Judge in New York (Robert Sweet) has ruled that patents on human genes held by Myriad Genetics are invalid....

Ipad Mania: Apple Releases Ten Ipad Guided Tour Videos

With the release of the Apple ipad just days away consumer speculation and interest in the device is rampant.  Demand has been so high that several hundred thousand ipads have already been pre-ordered online...
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Brain Preservation Technology Prize: A Proposal for Immortality?

Of all the paths we may take to longevity and immortality, Ken Hayworth's may strike you as the hardest to accept. This postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University has spent years developing techniques to scan...

Healthcare Bill Requires Restaurants to Display Calories on Menus

The recent US healthcare reform bill has a lot on its plate. Then, again, so do Americans. One of the provisions of the bill will give the FDA one year to develop standards by...

Science Journals Need to Enter 21st Century, Social Networking Not Yet the Answer

The accepted system for exchanging scientific information is publishing in a prestigious scientific journal. That journal system has been around since 1665 - it is slow and rewards work unevenly. It's only survived because...

Phenomenal Touchscreen Wall Demos Gigapixel Photos, Video Games

Students at the University of Tromso in Norway have built an amazing multitouch wall with a mind-blowing 7168x3072 resolution - 22 megapixels! The WallScope has 28 projectors whose graphics are fueled by 31 nodes...

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