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Monthly Archives: April 2012

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NAO Robot Impresses With New Abilities At Paris Conference

During the first weekend in April, the French maker of NAO robots, Aldebaran Robotics, organized the first ever NAO Spring Dev Days in Paris, a codathon programming weekend for 40 developers to create useful...
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Same Kidney Transplanted Twice

Twenty-seven-year-old Ray Fearing suffered from focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a common type of kidney disease, and needed a new kidney. His 24-year-old sister, Cera Fearing, wanted to give him hers. The transplanted kidney immediately...

What’s In A Picture? The Descriptive Camera Will Tell You

What if a camera could not only take a picture but describe the scene, identify objects, and list the names of people within it? The artificial intelligence necessary to perform such a feat may...

Movie Theaters Ramp Up For The Next Big Thing: Satellite Delivery Of Digital Films

Technology is taking over Hollywood, and in more ways than digital films and 3D movies. This year's CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theater Owners, featured numerous shop talks and footage...

Singularity Song Sweeps Seattle’s Airwaves

Some people spread the word about the Technological Singularity by giving lectures and drawing graphs. Oscillator X uses a killer dance beat. The Washington-based duo of Kyle Ward and John Mendenhall recently released their...
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From D.C. To Beijing In 2 Hours – Evacuated Tube Transport Could Revolutionize How We Travel

Daryl Oster wants to change the world by making it smaller. He wants you to “Imagine living in warm sunny Los Angeles and commuting daily to New York City with only a forty-five minute commute.”...

World’s Smallest Full Page Scanner Is Another Tool For The Mobile Lifestyle

For anyone who has needed to scan pages from a book, the frustration of fumbling around with a flatbed scanner is all too familiar, not to mention what it does to a book's binding....
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Regenokine: The Unproven Treatment That Professional Athletes Are Flying To Germany For

Kobe Bryant did it. Alex Rodriguez did it. Golfer Fred Couples did it, even the late Pope John Paul II did it. There’s a new, yet unproven treatment for pain that people will pay...

3D Printing Robot Produces Chairs And Tables From Recycled Waste

Two years ago, a Dutch student named Dirk Vander Kooij was designing furniture and preparing for his graduation project when he was inspired by an old 3D printer. So he got his hands on...

Automated Grading Software In Development To Score Essays As Accurately As Humans

April 30 marks the deadline for a contest challenging software developers to create an automated scorer of student essays, otherwise known as a roboreader, that performs as good as a human expert grader. In...
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EMIEW2, The New And Improved Office Robot From Hitachi

Chasing down staplers and printer cartridges hurting your productivity at the office? Fret not. Hitachi has just come out with the latest version of their tireless office assistant robot, EMIEW2. Ask it where the...

New Smartphone Chips Will Pinpoint Your Exact Location Down To The Inch, Even Inside Buildings

Tired of how useless GPS tracking is inside a building? A new smartphone chip aims to pinpoint your location down to a few centimeters, even indoors. On top of that, it will track your...
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DARPA’s New Robot Conquers Stairs

No sooner does DARPA lay down the Robotics Challenge gauntlet do they then entice would be entrants by giving them a glimpse of what they get to work with. DARPA released a video recently...
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Drug To Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease Receives FDA Approval

Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lily just got FDA approval on a chemical that would enable clinicians to detect a biological marker for Alzheimer’s disease. They can detect the marker now, but currently quantifying it can...

Police Recording More and More: Cars, Uniforms, and Equipment With Cameras

“Don’t Tase Me Bro,” the YouTube video of University of Florida student Andrew Meyer getting tased by campus police spread across the Internet as fast as an electric shock through the nervous system. While...

“The Scale Of The Universe 2″ Animation Made By 14-Year-Olds Is Mind Blowing

*UPDATE: Cary Huang, creator of "Scale Of The Universe 2", answers some questions for the Hub. See his comments below.* An interactive Flash animation titled "Scale Of The Universe 2", covering everything in the universe...

Elsevier Boycott Nears 10,000 Signatures

The call to action by Cambridge professor Timothy Gowers to boycott Elsevier last January has resounded with academics, as the number of signatures recently crossed the 9,600 threshold. Researchers across the world have come out in droves...
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An Exclusive Look Inside The Foxconn Factory That Makes iPads

Shenzhen China is home to one of the world’s largest – and most talked about – factories. It is where the Longhua facility of Foxconn is driven by the manpower of a 240,000 person...
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SushiBot Serves Up An Order Of 3,600 Per Hour

Talk about “fast food,” a Japanese company just unveiled its SushiBot at the World Food and Beverage Expo in Tokyo. The countertop-sized robot makes the chef’s job easier by balling rice up into the...

New Bedside Genetic Screen Yields Results In An Hour

A new point-of-care system accurately screens a patient's DNA for a single gene in an hour. The shoebox-sized device from Canadian-based Spartan Bioscience analyzes cheek swabs taken from heart attack patients for a common genetic variant,...

Robots Will Drive, Bust Through A Wall, And Make Repairs In DARPA’s New Robotics Challenge

Five years after the DARPA Grand Challenge robotic cars are already hitting the roads and states are preparing for their eventual arrival. Now DARPA is launching a new Robotics Challenge that will test the...
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Talking With the Founders of Vergence Labs: First Steps Towards Merging Man and Machine

There are few fuels as potent as youth and genius, and Vergence Labs is sitting on a powder keg. The fledgling startup in Palo Alto is comprised of Erick Miller and Jon Rodriguez a...

The Video Resume — Modern Necessity Or Domain Of Epic Fail?

With recent reports on employers using social media to screen job applicants, it's clear that technology has changed the hiring process. Job seekers competing for positions in a brutal job market must look for...

In Utero Surgery – More Common Today, But No Less Miraculous

You might recall a particular photograph that caused quite a stir back in 1999. It was the photograph of Samuel Armas, then just a 21-week-old fetus, reaching his tiny hand out from inside the...
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On-Demand Robots From A 3D Printer

We’ve seen 3D printers churn out toys, bone models, chocolate, even human tissue. Now scientists at MIT want to print robots. Not the cool, stainless steel types that your kids will want to play...

Brain Scanner Being Used To Give Stephen Hawking A New Voice

World renowned scientist Stephen Hawking has given so much to the world of physics. Now he’s doing what he can for biology – and perhaps he will benefit from the experience himself in a...

Google Unveils Augmented-Reality Glasses, Its Vision Of The Post-PC Era

Google's venture into augmented reality has finally come out into the light of day. The Android-running device are glasses that aren't really glasses, but more like frames with one small lens over the right...
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Humanoid Robots Fight WWF Style at Japan’s ROBO-ONE

It’s kind of like Rock ‘Em Sock ’Em meets the movie Real Steel. ROBO-ONE is a tournament that pits little humanoid robots resembling bots from a toy store in a battle for gladiator supremacy...

Group Set To Sequence 1000 Genomes By The End Of The Year

When the Human Genome Project got underway in 1990 it was expected to take 15 years to sequence the over 3 billion chemical base pairs that spell out our genetic code. In true Moore’s...

Curiosity, NASA’s Latest Rover, is Halfway To Mars But It’s U.S. Planetary Science That’s In Danger

The Mars Science Laboratory mission, with a rover affectionately named Curiosity, reached a milestone this past Sunday, April 1, as it hurtled across the halfway point at over 10,000 miles per hour on its 254 day-long...

New Surveillance System Identifies Your Face By Searching Through 36 Million Images Per Second

Privacy advocates, brace yourselves - the search capabilities of the latest surveillance technology is nightmare fuel. Hitachi Kokusai Electric recently demonstrated the development of a surveillance camera system capable of searching through 36 million images...

Face.com Brings Facial Recognition to the Masses, Now with Age Detection: Interview With CEO

Looking at someone's face can tell you a lot about who they are. Running a picture through Face.com's systems let's you turn those instincts into cold hard data. The Israel-based company has made a...

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