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First MRI movies capture fetal brain connecting up

February 25, 2013

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The brains of unborn babies have now been imaged in action, showing how connections form.

This fMRI movie, produced by Moriah Thomason from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, shows a fly-through of several fetuses in their third trimester. By comparing the scans at slightly different stages of development, Thomason was able to pinpoint when different parts of the brain wire up.

By identifying how brain… read more

Video Source: New Scientist

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Deflecting an asteroid, with paintballs

February 25, 2013

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In the event that a giant asteroid is headed toward Earth, you’d better hope that it’s blindingly white. A brightly colored asteroid would reflect sunlight — and over time, this bouncing of photons off its surface could create enough of a force to push the asteroid off its course.

How might one encourage such a deflection? The answer, according to an MIT graduate student: with a volley or two… read more

Video Source: MIT

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Google Chromebook Pixel

February 22, 2013

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Today we’re excited to announce our newest laptop — the Chromebook Pixel — which brings together the best in hardware, software and design to inspire the next generation of Chromebooks.

This Chromebook has the highest pixel density (239 pixels per inch) of any laptop screen on the market today. Packed with 4.3 million pixels, the display offers sharp text, vivid colors and extra-wide viewing angles. With a… read more

Video Source: Google Chromebook Pixel

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Miguel Nicolelis: a monkey that controls a robot with its thoughts

February 22, 2013

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Can we use our brains to directly control machines — without requiring a body as the middleman? Miguel Nicolelis talks through an astonishing experiment, in which a clever monkey in the U.S. learns to control a monkey avatar, and then a robot arm in Japan, purely with its thoughts. The research has big implications for quadraplegic people — and maybe for all of us. (Filmed at TEDMED 2012.)… read more

Video Source: TED

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Russian fireball largest ever detected by CTBTO’s infrasound sensors

February 21, 2013

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Infrasonic waves from the meteor that broke up over Russia’s Ural mountains last week were the largest ever recorded by the CTBTO’s International Monitoring System.

Infrasound is low frequency sound with a range of less than 10 Hz.

The blast was detected by 17 infrasound stations in the CTBTO’s network, which tracks atomic blasts across the planet.  The furthest station to record the sub-audible… read more

Video Source: CTBTO

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University of Illinois Chicago | CAVE2 wraparound virtual world

February 20, 2013

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Video Source: Telegraph UK

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20th Century Fox | Google featured in The Internship with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson

February 17, 2013

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20th Century Fox | Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of… read more

Video Source: 20th Century Fox

TED | 2012 Intel Science Talent Search grand prize winner Jack Andraka and his detection method for pancreatic cancer

February 14, 2013

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TED | Jack Andraka: Detecting pancreatic cancer. Fifteen-year-old Jack Andraka recently won the world’s largest high school science competition for his development of a new, cheap and accurate test for detecting pancreatic cancer. Jack was the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search Grand Prize Winner.

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SENS Research Foundation — curing heart disease

February 13, 2013

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SENS Research Foundation on how they plan to apply regenerative medicine to the diseases of aging, including heart disease.

Presented by actor Edward James Olmos.

Video Source: Maria Entraigues/SENS Research Foundation

Omek Interactive ‘Grasp’ Full Hands On Demo

February 8, 2013

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Omek Interactive‘s new gesture recognition feature allows users to control a variety of apps and games. Dubbed “Grasp,” the technology captures 22 points of reference along your hands, allowing complex gesture control using simple, intuitive finger and wrist movement.

— Lazy Tech Guys

Video Source: Lazy Tech Guys

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A small robot driven by a moth

February 7, 2013

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A male silkmoth uses a small, two-wheeled robot to track down a female silkmoth from the odor of her sex pheromone. The objective: develop autonomous robots that can detect and track down environmental spills and leaks, according to University of Tokyo scientists.

Video Source: University of Tokyo

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First time-travel movies reveal surreal universe

February 1, 2013

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Developed by Wolfgang Schleich and colleagues at the University of Ulm in Germany, the first time-travel videos mathematically recreate the weird world of Gödel’s universe.

New Scientist

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Record-setting asteroid flyby

February 1, 2013

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On Feb. 15th an asteroid about half the size of a football field will fly past Earth closer than many man-made satellites. Since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s, astronomers have never seen an object so big come so close to our planet.

— NASA Science

Video Source: NASA Science

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Can robots be made creative enough to invent their own language?

January 30, 2013

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Professor Luc Steels describes his recent breakthrough experiments, in which robots are programmed to play language games and come up with novel concepts, words and meanings. He explains how this triggers a process of cultural evolution that leads to more complex forms of language and what this tells us about the nature of our own intelligence and the future of artificial intelligence.

Luc Steels is ICREA Research Professor at… read more

Video Source: University of Oxford

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Lew Keilar | The Singularity in three minutes

January 28, 2013

Lew Keilar The Singularity in Three Minutes

Happy Endings Film Fest | “Ray Kurzweil and the Singularity” is a brilliant animation short by Lew Keilar and was a 2012 Happy Endings FilmFest finalist. This is a whiteboard animation explaining, in three minutes, the Technological Singularity concept made famous by Vernor Vinge, Ray Kurzweil, and other futurists.

Credits: Illustrated, shot, edited, and co-written by Lew Keilar. Stephen Smith, co-writer and collaborator, aka BirdInHandLane. Jeff Duff, music.… read more

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