August 29, 2013
Scientists have now confirmed the existence of a new element, No. 115 on the periodic table, by slamming atoms into each other.
Video Source: CNN
It looks like a creation from Frankenstein’s lab: a robot with tentacles modelled on an octopus — the world’s first entirely soft robot.
The first prototype has six silicone legs designed for locomotion, while two specialized arms use artificial muscles, motors and sensors to detect and grasp objects. A spring-like structure inside these tentacles, made from a shape-memory alloy, can expand, contract or bend in any direction with… read more
Video Source: Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa
Shimizu Corporation | Shimizu claims: ”The energy paradigm shift opens the door to a sustainable society — a shift from economical use of limited resources to the unlimited use of clean energy is the ultimate dream of all mankind. The Luna Ring, our lunar solar power generation concept, translates this dream into reality through ingenious ideas coupled with advanced space technologies. Virtually inexhaustible, nonpolluting solar energy is the ultimate source of green… read more
Video Source: Shimizu Corporation
TEDxLausanne — Jürgen Schmidhuber
Machine intelligence is improving rapidly, to the point that the scientist of the future may not even be human! In fact, in more and more fields, learning machines are already outperforming humans.
Artificial intelligence expert Jürgen Schmidhuber isn’t able to predict the future accurately, but he explains how machines are getting creative, why 40’000 years of Homo sapiens-dominated history are about to end… read more
Video Source: Youtube
A couple of hackers show off a series of nasty new attacks on cars—with Forbes’ Andy Greenberg behind the wheel.
“Stomping on the brakes of a 3,500-pound Ford Escape that refuses to stop — or even slow down — produces a unique feeling of anxiety. In this case it also produces a deep groaning sound, like an angry water buffalo bellowing somewhere under the SUV’s chassis. The more I… read more
Video Source: Forbes
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
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
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
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.
AppleVis | “KNFB Reader Mobile podcast”
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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.
Video Source: TEDxMaastricht: The Future of Health