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Monthly Archives: January 2011

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Automation Domination: Robotic Hydroponic Lettuce Farm in Belgium

The steady march of industrial automation continues to envelop the world. Many of us have a quaint early 20th century vision of agriculture, but the truth is that the farmer of the 21st century...

DLR Robot Hand is Tough Enough to Withstand a Hammer (video)

Most experimental robot hands are delicate fragile instruments of advanced research. In other words, they're wimps. Not so for the latest fist coming from the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Their Institute of Robotics and...

Making Predictions for the Year 2030

We often cover the big names in futurism: Ray Kurzweil, Aubrey de Grey, Michio Kaku, etc, but what about the rest of us? Can't we make predictions, too? Christian Henrik Nesheim is a self-described...

The Era of Brain-Based Law through the Eyes of David Eagleman

Law is the distilled essence of the civilization of a people, and it reflects people's soul more clearly than any other organism. - A.S Diamond, the Evolution of Law and Order Accelerating technologies will...
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Could Quadrotor Robots Construct Buildings? (video)

What works in teams, can build any tower you design, and makes a horrifically angry buzzing sound? No, not super intelligent construction wasps. Quadrotors. UPenn's GRASP Lab has been experimenting with these autonomous aerial...

Paying For Starbucks With Your Smartphone – Now in 6800+ Locations!

Wake up and smell the coffee, techies, Starbucks has made its mobile app payment plan a national phenomenon. Since late 2009, customers at select Starbucks locations in San Francisco, Seattle and New York have...

Ultra Sharp 3D Outdoor and Indoor Maps for Mobile and Home

C3 Technologies makes Google Maps look like it was drawn by a toddler. A Swedish offshoot of SAAB, C3 has ultra sharp 3D maps of major cities based on de-classified government aerial photography technology....

Harvard Controls The Minds of Worms…With Lasers! (video)

I love cutting edge science, but sometimes it can seem nefarious enough to make a James Bond villain squeal in delight. Researchers at Harvard University have designed a laser system that can control your...

Holding Signs on the Side of the Road – Robots Take That Job, Too

You've surely seen them: the men and women standing alongside a highway holding a sign that entreats you to "Act Now" and "Save 50%" at some local venue. Well, those people might lose their...

Catching Students (and Teachers) Who Cheat In the 21st Century

Your child's smart phone could be helping them fake their own intelligence. School administrators, teachers, and industry organizations are worried that high tech gadgets are making it easier than ever before for students to...
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China Erects 15 Story Hotel in Less Than 6 Days! (video)

There are many ways to get your message out to people, but one of the most impressive has to be making a building magically appear in less than a week. China's Broad Group wanted...

Our Digital Culture: Hunting for the World’s Strangest Features on Google Maps (video)

Google Earth lets you see the surface of the world in remarkable detail. Turns out there was a lot hiding out there. Since its release in 2005, Google Earth has been fueling a sort...

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