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Monthly Archives: August 2011

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Autonomous Robot Truck Will Debut in Afghanistan This Year

While robots aren't ready to carry the burden of being a soldier, they are more than able to carry their load. Lockheed Martin's Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) is a 11 foot long, two...

Complete Genomics’ Stock Plummets Despite Thousands of New Genomes On Order

Mo' genomes, mo' problems - it's as true for Complete Genomics as it was for Biggie Smalls. The Silicon Valley startup has a revolutionary approach to sequencing the complete DNA of a human being,...

The Gamification of Google: Image Labeler, Logos, Google+, and Now Badges in Google News

The word “gamification” has gotten a lot of buzz lately, which hopefully means it will be in the running for Oxford Dictionary’s 2011 Word of the Year (hey in 2005 it was “podcast” so...
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Are Nations Less Important Than Phone Calls? New MIT Map Redraws The U.S. According to Communication

Who we talk to may be a better measure of how to draw our maps than the arbitrary lines laid down by history. MIT's Senseable City Lab has used hoards of data compiled by...

Portal 2 Achieves What Games Aspire To Be — A Funny, Enthralling, Thought-Provoking Story That Makes Money

Portal 2, Valve’s follow-up to the groundbreaking, first-person puzzle game Portal, has been out since April 19 and has received a boatload of near perfect reviews and numerous accolades. Across all platforms, 3 million...

Massachusetts Police Want To Track All Cars On The Road — Are Your Rights Being Violated?

Last month, the governor of Massachusetts approved half a million dollars in grants for 27 police departments to acquire automated license plate readers that mount to the top of squad cars. These readers allow...
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Stunning Sculpture of the Modern City Circulates 100,000 Cars Every Hour!

Information may be the fuel of the modern city, but traffic is its blood. Chris Burden's massive model Metropolis II pays respects to the never ending flow of urban autos by circulating 1200 hundred...
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Square Transforms Your Phone Into a Credit Card Machine – Now Handling $4 Million A Day!

A tiny phone attachment is helping credit cards become a truly universal currency. The Square mobile reader allows anyone with a smart phone, iPod, or iPad to accept plastic anywhere. Just plug in the...

Internet-Based Political Movement Aims To Put Presidential Ticket On Ballots For The 2012 Election

The response to the recent debt ceiling fiasco underscores how Americans are increasingly pessimistic about the U.S. government. Though many feel we are stuck with a two-party system after numerous attempts to elect a...

AIDS Turns 30: Are We Close to a Cure?

On June 5th, 1981, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report told the world about five rapidly deteriorating men who arrived at clinics in Los Angeles. They exhibited a disturbing array of symptoms - swollen...
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Robot Roommates Prove To Be a Dynamic Dining Duo Cooking Sausage and Pancakes

It's official: robots make great roommates. Sure, they may hog all the electric outlets and WiFi bandwidth, but they'll also cook you breakfast. The Technical University of Munchen (TUM) recently demonstrated the culinary skills...
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Reminder: Transcendent Man Movie Blowout Tonight – Ray Kurzweil, Steve Wozniak, Michio Kaku, and Many More!

**This article was originally posted on July 14th, but we're reposting it today to remind everyone that the event is happening tonight. Hope you'll attend and enjoy the show!** The future is coming to the...

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