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Kessler Foundation | Ekso exoskeleton allowing traumatic spinal cord injury patients to walk

December 21, 2011

Ekso exoskeleton allowing traumatic spinal cord injury patients to walk

Kessler Foundation | Researchers were encouraged by observations of 6 patients with traumatic spinal cord injury: Monitored by scientists at Kessler Foundation, six people with spinal cord injuries tested Ekso, the new robotic exoskeleton (formerly eLEGS™) from Ekso Bionics (formerly Berkeley Bionics) that enables wheelchair users to stand and walk.

The six, each of whom has a different level of injury, participated in one week of preliminary testing in… read more

Max Tegmark: the future of life, a cosmic perspective

June 13, 2013

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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.

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TED | Daniel Kraft: Medicine’s future? There’s an app for that

June 14, 2011

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TED | At TEDxMaastricht, Daniel Kraft, M.D., offers a fast-paced look at the next few years of innovations in medicine, powered by new tools, tests and apps that bring diagnostic information right to the patient’s bedside.

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CNET | Fraunhofer’s portrait robot at CeBIT

March 25, 2012

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CNET | Robots are widely used now, and they’re only spread even farther into daily life. The sci-fi future may be closer than you think. The Fraunhofer Institute usually uses this robot for gauging the quality of new reflective materials, but at the CeBIT show in Hanover, Germany, it used it to draw portraits. The robot took a digital photo of a person, processed it digitally, drew a line-art portrait,… read more

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Microsoft Research | Deep neural networks for speech and image processing

November 1, 2012

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Microsoft Research | Deep Neural Networks for Speech and Image Processing: Neural networks are experiencing a renaissance, thanks to a new mathematical formulation, known as restricted Boltzmann machines, and the availability of powerful GPUs and increased processing power.

Unlike past neural networks, these new ones can have many layers and thus are called “deep neural networks”; and because they are a machine-learning technique, the technology is also known as… read more

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Reuters | New KNFB smartphone app gives sight to the blind

September 22, 2014

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National Federation of the Blind | Snap pictures, listen to printed text read aloud, store and share documents and more using the KNFB Reader iPhone app. The KNFB Reader app for iPhone is available in the Apple iTunes app store.

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Thought-controlled quadcopter takes to the skies

September 5, 2012

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Researchers at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, have developed a quadcopter that they claim can be controlled by thought alone. The idea is to give people with impaired motor abilities a new avenue for interaction, says New Scientist.

Their system relies on the commercially available Emotiv EEG headset to interpret brain activity as commands for the quadcopter. Commands are relayed first… read more

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The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates (C-SPAN)

January 24, 2013

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Author Howard Bloom discussed om C-SPAN his latest book, The God Problem: how A Godless Cosmos Creates, in which he explains his theory of how the universe was created without a creator, and how the universe might end. The talk was hosted by Columbia University Bookstore in New York City.

See the full video of the talk on C-SPAN, along with transcript.… read more

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Shimon Schocken: the self-organizing computer course

November 6, 2012

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Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer, piece by piece. When they put the course online — giving away the tools, simulators, chip specifications and other building blocks — they were surprised that thousands jumped at the opportunity to learn, working independently as well as organizing their own classes in the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). A call to forget about… read more

Electronics nerds light up the holidays!

December 17, 2012

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Building new experiences with Glass

April 5, 2013

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Timothy Jordan gave developers at SXSW in Austin, TX a sneak peek at the Google Mirror API, which is what they’ll use to build services for Glass. With the presentation, we set out to help developers and entrepreneurs start imagining what they could do on Glass.

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The New York Times | Interview with the robot Bina48

June 20, 2011

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The New York Times | Bina48 was designed to be a “friend robot,” as she later told me in one of her rare (but invariably thrilling) moments of coherence. Per the request of Martine Rothblatt, the self-made millionaire who paid $125,000 for her last March, her personality and appearance are based on those of Bina Rothblatt, Martine’s living, breathing spouse. [...]

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Nova scienceNow | The discovery and potential of RNA interference

November 13, 2012

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Nova ScienceNow | RNA, the close chemical cousin of DNA, was once thought to be a bit player in the life of a cell, but not anymore. RNA is now at the heart of a scientific and medical revolution. It’s a revolution that started with the cultivation of a purple petunia, and it has led scientists to what may be the most important advance in biology in decades.

Through a… read more

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Atlas human-powered helicopter — AHS Sikorsky Prize flight

July 12, 2013

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On June 13th, 2013, the AeroVelo‘s Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter captured the long standing AHS Sikorsky Prize with a flight lasting 64.1 seconds and reaching an altitude of 3.3 metres. The competition was initially opened in 1980, and over the course of the 33 years that followed, dozens of teams from around the world pushed the limits of existing technology in pursuit of this once-thought-to-be impossible goal.

This… read more

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Chris Anderson on desktop manufacturing’s ‘Macintosh moment’

October 1, 2012

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With the advent of affordable, advanced desktop 3-D printers like the Makerbot Replicator and Cubify’s Cube, we’re standing at the starting line of a manufacturing revolution, says Wired. These tools, once reserved for top-level firms, give curious minds everywhere rapid prototyping capabilities for almost any type of project.

Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired, DIY robotics enthusiast, and author of recently released Makers: The New Industrialread more

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