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Daniel Wolpert: the real reason for brains

January 15, 2013

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Neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert starts from a surprising premise: the brain evolved, not to think or feel, but to control movement. In this entertaining, data-rich talk he gives us a glimpse into how the brain creates the grace and agility of human motion.

- TED

Video Source: TED

Audi piloted driving at CES 2013

January 11, 2013

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Video Source: Audi of America

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At CES, more gadgets talk to each other

January 10, 2013

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Imagine a day when all of your gadgets can talk to each other. Your phone will control your television and your computer can run your gaming device. At the annual Consumer Electronics Show going on now in Las Vegas, that vision is becoming more of a reality.

— CNET

Video Source: CNET

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CES 2013: flying a helicopter with brain waves

January 10, 2013

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The Neurosky MindWave is a headband with EEG sensors that, paired with software, let’s you control things by thinking.

The latest gadget to use the Neurosky interface, the Puzzlebox Orbit, has a helicopter inside an orb (to keep it from damaging itself when it inevitably crashes). It comes with a transmitter that hooks up to a mobile device, software, and a Neurosky headset; the package costs $189.… read more

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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Meet Diego-san, a robot baby than learns

January 9, 2013

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“DIEGO-SAN” by Hanson for the Machine Perception Lab at the UCSD Institute for Neural Computation.

With a face by David Hanson and Hanson Robotics, which mounts on a body by Kokoro, this robotic baby boy was built with funding from the National Science Foundation and serves cognitive AI and human-robot interaction research.

With high definition cameras in the eyes, Diego San sees… read more

Video Source: Hanson Robotics

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How you can change the past

January 8, 2013

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The outcomes of recent experiments in quantum physics show that “particle” and “wave” are concepts we latch on to because they seem to correspond to guises of matter in our familiar, classical world. But attempting to describe true quantum reality with these or any other black-or-white concepts is an enterprise doomed to failure.

Video Source: New Scientist

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Asteroid to fly between Earth, satellites

January 7, 2013

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An asteroid will narrowly miss hitting Earth in February.

Video Source: CNN

Arthur C. Clarke predicting the future in 1964

January 2, 2013

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A great clip from the BBC’s Horizon programme in 1964. Arthur Charles Clarke was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, most famous for the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey.

He was also a host and commentator in the British television series “Mysterious World.”

For many years, with Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke were known as the “Big Three” of science fiction.… read more

Video Source: BBC

Optical motion control of maglev graphite

December 31, 2012

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Graphite has been known as a typical diamagnetic material and can be levitated in the strong magnetic field. Here we show that the magnetically levitating pyrolytic graphite can be moved in the arbitrary place by simple photoirradiation. It is notable that the optical motion control system described in this paper requires only NdFeB permanent magnets and light source.

The optical movement is driven by photothermally induced changes in the… read more

Video Source: Masayuki Kobayashi and Jiro Abe, Aoyama Gakuin University

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Google Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review

December 25, 2012

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1.2 trillion searches.

146 languages.

What did the world search for in 2012?

2012 was a year of big moments, from global games to historical elections and everything in between. With this site, we’ve analyzed over one trillion queries to showcase what the world searched for.

We studied an aggregation of over one trillion searches (or queries) that people typed into Google Search this year. We used data… read more

Video Source: Google Zeitgeist 2012

SpaceX Grasshopper 12 story test flight

December 25, 2012

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SpaceX’s Grasshopper — a 10-story vertical takeoff and landing (VTVL) vehicle — took a 12-story leap towards full and rapid rocket reusability in a test flight conducted December 17, 2012 at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas.

Grasshopper rose 131 feet (40 meters), hovered, and landed safely on the pad, using closed-loop thrust vector and throttle control. The total test duration was 29 seconds.

Grasshopper consists of… read more

Video Source: SpaceX

AIRobots: remotely controlled aerial robots

December 24, 2012

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The University of Twente AIRobots project is developing a new generation of remotely controlled “aerial service robots” (a.k.a. drones). The researchers plan to use virtual reality, augmented reality, and haptic (touch) devices to allow the operator to guide the robot while hiding the complexity of the vehicle dynamics.

Video Source: University of Twente

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NASA Johnson Style (Gangnam Style Parody)

December 22, 2012

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NASA Johnson Style is a volunteer outreach video project created by the students of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. It was created as an educational parody of Psy’s Gangnam Style. The lyrics and scenes in the video have been re-imagined in order to inform the public about the amazing work going on at NASA and the Johnson Space Center.

Special thanks to astronauts Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Mike Massimino and Clay… read more

Video Source: Students of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Bringing light: an innovation in detecting brain tumors

December 21, 2012

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In the painstaking process of removing brain tumors, neurosurgeons are constantly challenged by the inability to distinguish healthy tissue from tumor in the operating room. “Bringing Light” focuses on a new innovation that will change everything.

BRINGING LIGHT is a Finalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition and is in the running to become the $100,000 Grand Prize Winner. It could also be named an Audience Favorite if… read more

Video Source: Bert Klasey, Chris Baron, James Allen Smith/Focus Forward Films

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LS3 Follow Tight (mobile, semi-autonomous legged robot)

December 21, 2012

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For the past two weeks, researchers from DARPA’s LS3 program have been testing the Legged Squad Support System (LS3), a four-legged robot.

They have demonstrated new advances in the robot’s control, stability and maneuverability, including “Leader Follow” decision making, enhanced roll recovery, exact foot placement over rough terrain, the ability to maneuver in an urban environment, and verbal command capability.

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Video Source: DARPA

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