June 13, 2013
In the Czech Republic three companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle capable of flying, The Telegraph reports. It has six propellers powered by six battery-powered engines. It’s currently only capable of five minutes of flight before the batteries need to be recharged.
Video Source: The Telegraph
June 13, 2013
Max Tegmark, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), presents a cosmic perspective on the future of life, covering our increasing scientific knowledge, the cosmic background radiation, the ultimate fate of the universe, and what we need to do to ensure the human race’s survival and flourishing in the short and long term.
Video Source: Future of Humanity Institute
June 3, 2013
With an Arduino board, a hacked brain sensor, and a little code, you can control paramecia, which will change their swimming direction in response to an electrical field.
Build instructions and source code:http://making.do/paramecium
Paramecium footage credits:
Video Source: Geva Patz
May 22, 2013
The advent of next-generation sequencing is considered the most propelling technological advance, which has resulted in the doubling of sequence data almost every five months and the precipitous drop in the cost of sequencing a region of DNA.
This is a rebroadcast of a webinar that tracks the evolution of next-generation sequencing and explores what the future holds in terms of the technology and its medical applications.
Panelists:… read more
Video Source: Gerontology Research Group
Dr. Heinrich Rohrer, IBM Fellow, Nobel Laureate and co-inventor of the scanning tunneling microscope, passed away on the evening of May 16, 2013. He was 79. Dr. Rohrer joined IBM Research – Zurich in December of 1963, where he worked for 34 years.
“The invention of the scanning tunneling microscope was a seminal moment in the history of science and information technology,” said Dr. John E. Kelly III, IBM senior vice president and director… read more
Video Source: IBM Research
May 20, 2013
JPL’s BioSleeve enables precise robot control with hand and arm gestures. It uses EMG sensors, and other devices to decode hand and arm gestures and map them onto a robot control system. The system was presented at ICRA 2013 by Michael T. Wolf, Christopher Assad, Matthew T. Vernacchia, Joshua Fromm, and Henna L. Jethani from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Video Source: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
May 18, 2013
It’s not a demo, more of a philosophical argument: Why did Sergey Brin and his team at Google want to build an eye-mounted camera/computer, codenamed Glass? Onstage at TED2013, Brin calls for a new way of seeing our relationship with our mobile computers — not hunched over a screen but meeting the world heads-up.
Sergey Brin is half of the team that founded Google. Now he’s leading the development… read more
Video Source: TED Talks
May 17, 2013
Cara is ultra-light software that turns any web camera into an intelligent sensor. Accurate, insightful, real world analytics in real time.
- Gather anonymous real time audience analytics such as gender, age and attention time using a basic webcam.
- Use Cara to create intelligent things and interactive spaces — trigger events based on the audience. Connect the online and offline worlds.
Video Source: IMRSV
What is Cara?
May 13, 2013
A revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.
With thanks to Emm Gryner, Joe Corcoran, Andrew Tidby and Evan Hadfield for all their hard work.
Find out more:
— Chris Hadfield
Video Source: Evan Hadfield
Discovery | Interview for a Spanish/English show about the future called 2111, a series covering robotics, communications, travel, longevity, and other futures scenarios. This is a segment of the episode dedicated to longevity, the part on Alcor and cryonics, featuring Alcor member Maria Entraigues. The full episode includes interviews with Dr. Aubrey de Grey at SENS Research Foundation, Alcor president Max More, Peter and Louise Voss, James Canton, and Ray… read more
Video Source: Discovery
May 9, 2013
The moon is not enough for Buzz Aldrin, the second man ever to walk on the lunar surface. If humanity is to truly realize its space travel potential, there is only one place it will find it: Mars.
Video Source: Space.com