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Researchers confirm new element 115

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

Frankenoctopus unveils novel shape-shifting arms

November 5, 2012


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

Frankenoctopus unveils novel shape-shifting arms

Life’s work: James Watson

July 1, 2013

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James Watson won a Nobel prize for his work on the discovery of the structure of DNA.


Video Source: CNN

Luna Ring lunar solar power generation concept

May 27, 2011

Luna Ring

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

Shimizu Corporation | Luna Ring lunar solar power generation

TEDxLausanne | When creative machines overtake man

March 19, 2012


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

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TEDxLausanne --- Jürgen Schmidhuber --- When creative machines overtake man

Digital carjackers show off new attacks

July 26, 2013

Digital Carjackers

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

Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks---With Me Behind The Wheel

** NEW VIDEO ** Comedy Central The Colbert Report | segments on robots, science and human progress

June 16, 2014

small promo Comedy Central The Colbert Nation with vintage tin robot

Hilarious collection of segments on robots, genetics, physics and the future from Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, updated regularly.

Comedy Central The Colbert Report | The enemy within: Bina the activist android. Sirius Satellite Radio founder Martine Rothblatt invents a black lesbian robot with a radical agenda. Aired June 10, 2014.

Comedy Central The Colbert Report | Morality lessons… read more

Fora.TV | Domestic spy drones raise legal concerns

February 22, 2012

domestic drone | Author P.W. Singer discusses the increasingly common “leeching” of advanced and often invasive military technology into civilian life and domestic law enforcement. Do drones engaged on American soil violate our right to privacy? Does the Second Amendment protect our right to “bear robotic arms”?

The rate of technological change over the last century has been exponential. According to Moore’s Law, computing power has doubled for the price… read more

Optical motion control of maglev graphite

December 31, 2012


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

Optical Motion Control of Maglev Graphite

Buzz Aldrin says humanity’s future is on Mars

May 9, 2013

misson to mars

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.

Aldrin’s new book, Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration, now available, charts out a course that could put astronauts on the surface of Mars by 2035.… read more

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Buzz Aldrin Says Humanity's Future Is On Mars (Exclusive Video)


October 29, 2012


An overrun world is about to be changed. Over generations, the legend lives on…

A film by Arthur Bayard, Félicien Daros, Guillaume Dadaglio, Vincent Glaize, Thomas Nivet

Video Source: ARTFX

Max Tegmark: the future of life, a cosmic perspective

June 13, 2013

how wil our universe end

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.

Future of Humanity Institute

Video Source: Future of Humanity Institute

The Future of Life: a Cosmic Perspective

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

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

June 14, 2011

Daniel Kraft on future of medicine

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.

TEDxMaastricht: The Future of Health
TED | “Daniel Kraft: Medicine’s future? There’s an app for that”
Wikipedia | Daniel Kraft, M.D.

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