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Six Of The Best Robot Videos Of Lego Mindstorms NXT

The success of Lego's Mindstorms NXT has been one of the main contributing factors to the widespread interest in robotics. NXT enthusiasts of all ages have created some of the coolest designs, even capturing the attention of engineers who develop industrial robots. Now, Lego has announced that the third generation of its NXT bot, dubbed EV3, will be available this August and will be easier than ever for anyone to get into building new bots. To celebrate, we thought we'd take a look at the best NXT bots to come out in the last few years.

Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Suspends Trading As Prices Crash

The market price of bitcoins in USD has fallen and fallen hard. After peaking at $266, prices plunged Wednesday morning. There was a strong late rally, such that some data providers listed the “close” around $165. But the cryptocurrency trades round the clock, and Wednesday morning’s decline continued throughout the evening and into Thursday.

Jurassic Park – But For Real This Time. De-extinction On The Move

Scientists may soon bring a species of frog (Rheobatrachus silus or the gastric brooding frog) back from the dead. The frog—which bizarrely swallowed its eggs, incubated them in its stomach, and gave birth to them through its mouth—has been extinct since 1984. However, researchers from the University of New South Wales harvested dead cell nuclei, frozen in the 70s, and implanted them in a living egg of a different but related frog species. Some of the eggs began to divide into early embyros, and the researchers were able to confirm the genetic material in the dividing cells was a match.

Red Meat Is Bad For Your Heart, But Possibly For A Previously Unknown Reason

You knew that too much red meat wasn’t good for you, but maybe you didn’t know the whole story.

Google Fiber Expands In Kansas City, Heads To Austin Next

If you suffer from Google Fiber envy, which delivers close to gigabit speeds, there's good news: you don't have to move to Kansas anymore. It was only last November when Google Fiber launched in Kansas...

Man Puts House in the Canadian Rockies Up For Sale – in Bitcoins

You can use the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin to buy an ever-lengthening list of items. Last week, a 2007 Porsche Cayenne sale was settled in the currency. But a house? Sure, why not. 23-year-old Taylor More is listing his grandparents home in the Canadian Rockies in Canadian dollars (C$) or Bitcoin—a minor detail More has yet to relay to grandma and grandpa.

Exponential Growth In Small Machines — Don’t Fear, They’re Here To Protect You

Small machines are ubiquitous. They’ve proliferated exponentially for forty years and are now all around us. Since new technology can be scary, especially small machine technologies that human eyes can’t see, I’m writing to tell their story. They’ve been here protecting us, we use them for fun and games; and we expect them to have a continued bright future. From their beginning as air bag collisions sensors for protecting, to smartphone motion games they’re moving into health and activity monitors. They’ve recently become a $10B market across their myriad uses.

Bitcoin Blows Up, Exchange Rate Jumps Ten-Fold in Recent Weeks

Recent headlines are humming over the booming digital currency Bitcoin—it’s either the next big thing or the digital equivalent of Tulipomania. Either way, there’s no debating the fact Bitcoin’s on a wild ride.

Breathometer — A Breathlyzer For Your Smartphone

A California-based company wants to take the guesswork out of the rhetorical question, "Did I drink too much to drive?" The Breathometer is a small $20 device that plugs into a smartphone's audio jack, much the way that the popular credit card reader Square does, and measures the relative quantity of alcohol in breath as accurately as other consumer breathlyzers. Using the accompanying app, a smartphone can then display BAC or blood alcohol concentration level, which is the legal measure used to assess when someone is driving under the influence.

Liquid Robotics Launches New Powerful Data Collecting Ocean Robots

Maker of the epic ocean-going robot, Wave Glider, Liquid Robotics announced it’s engineered and will ship the next generation this fall. The new Wave Glider SV3 combines Liquid Robotics’ proprietary wave-energy harvesting tech (see here for more) with good old fashioned solar power to ensure the glider is master of its own destiny in any conditions.

Are We Paying Enough Attention to Information Technology’s Dark Side?

For centuries, the threat and selective use of brute force has steered the international balance of power. In the last couple of decades, the system has increasingly accommodated economic power as a means of non-violent leverage between states. Now, according to Marc Goodman of Singularity University, we must add technology to the equation.

Distributed Weather Network On Smartphones Crowdsources Data Meteorologists

A startup called Cumulonimbus Inc launched an Android app called PressureNET that displays barometric pressure and allowed users to submit their data. The latest version of the app goes a step further with a way for the 18,000+ users to not only visually display data but also opt-in on data sharing features. The startup wants to transform their app into a distributed, crowdsourced scientific platform that's open source using devices that people already carry around with them.

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