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New Scientist | Some interesting experiments to emulate humans with machines

January 5, 2012

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CBS 60 Minutes | SpaceX: Entrepreneur’s race to space

March 19, 2012

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From PayPal to electric cars to rockets, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk wants his company, SpaceX, to build America’s next manned spacecraft. Scott Pelley reports.

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Nanoparticles self-assemble into larger structures in real time

April 23, 2013

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In a new study performed at the Center for Nanoscale Materials at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, researchers have for the first time been able to see the self-assembly of nanoparticle chains in situ, that is, in place as it occurs in real-time.

The scientists exposed a tiny liquid pouch that contained gold nanoparticles covered with a positively charged… read more

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PBS NewsHour | Tricking the brain with transformative virtual reality

December 20, 2013

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PBS NewsHour | Want to have a just-like-real-life fantasy experience without leaving your living room? Virtual reality technology is already employed by certain industries, but economics correspondent Paul Solman considers the variety of applications it could have in the consumer market in the future.

Force for good or ill? Economics correspondent Solman explores the latest virtual reality technology with Stanford University’s Jeremy Bailenson, and weighs its societal impact with… read more

“The Pusher” by Keiichi Matsuda

January 1, 2010

KEIICHI MATSUDA | Alternative realities surround us and present possible and impossible fantasies for purposes of information, advertising, glamorising, publicising, and propagating the ideals of capitalism through consumption. The mechanisms of addiction are at play.

Shop windows, billboards, magazines are portals to parallel universes. They set-dress our mundane world, and relieve us of the responsibility of the dream. The pusher shows us what our aspirations are, and shows us… read more

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PayPal teams with Bump for revamped iPhone app

March 15, 2010

PayPal’s official commercial for their iPhone “Bump” app. Is this a sign of things to come? Is this really the end of paper money? Some critics site continued problems with security still plaguing progress in this area.

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Multiple hopes for multiple sclerosis

September 10, 2010

Anette Hansson, is one of the tens of thousands that fall prey to MS across Europe, she describes the onset of the disease:

“I had a lot of balance problems. My muscles were very weak. I had pain in my eyes. It was the optic nerve, I understood afterwards. So I went to the doctor. And after a while I got the diagnosis.”

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Geoffrey Beene Foundation’s “Rock Stars of Science” campaign raises funds, profiles cutting edge R&D in critical areas of medical research

January 27, 2011

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Dan Trachtenberg | Live action short film Portal: No Escape rips fabric of space-time

November 10, 2011

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Dan Trachtenberg | A woman wakes up in a room with no memory of who she is or how she got there. This is a short set in the world of the Portal video games created by Valve Software.

Wikipedia | Dan Trachtenberg is a filmmaker and video podcast host from the Philadelphia suburbs who currently resides in the Los Angeles metro area. He is one of the three hosts… read more

LightGuide: projected visualizations for hand movement guidance

May 8, 2012

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When performing complex gestures that require a specific form or technique, such as an exercise or playing an instrument, we use resources such as visual diagrams or videos to communicate concepts like posture, movement and speed of motion. Without incremental and real-time feedback such as those we receive from an instructor, interpreting and following a set of instructions can be a challenge.

LightGuide is a new approach to gesture… read more

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Gallery | Visions of the Future: art from the second Golden Age of science fiction

January 2, 2010

XXNIGHTOPSXX | Art from the second Golden Age of Science Fiction when books, magazines and films had some of the most amazing and memorable covers/artwork from artists like Peter Elson, Angus Mckie, Chris Foss and Tim White and John Berkey.

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Move over Dr. Moreau! Official trailer for Warner Brothers’ sci-fi movie Splice, genetic engineering nightmare

June 2, 2010

WARNER BROS. | Superstar genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley)specialize in splicing DNA from different animals to create incredible new hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But when the pharmaceutical company that funds their research forbids it, Clive and Elsa secretly take their boldest experimentation underground—risking their careers by pushing the boundaries of science to serve… read more

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Water droplet bouncing on a superhydrophobic carbon nanotube array

October 18, 2010

Video from the paper “Bouncing Water Droplet on a Superhydrophobic Carbon Nanotube Array,” authored by Adrianus I. Aria, Morteza Gharib, published online on ArXiv, Submitted on 7 Oct 2010: http://arxiv.org/abs/1010.1351

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‘Where did we come from?’ on Nova: Science Now

February 13, 2011

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Nova: Science Now on PBS | “Where did we come from?” with host Neil DeGrasse Tyson explores the origin of our solar system and the start of life itself, how head lice figure in human evolution, and more. Journey back in time to the birth of our solar system to examine whether the key to our planet’s existence might have been the explosive shockwave of an ancient supernova. Meet a… read more

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Nova: Science Now on PBS | ‘How does the brain work?’

February 28, 2011

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Nova: Science Now on PBS | This episode of Nova: Science Now delves into some pretty heady stuff, examining magic and the brain, artificial intelligence, magnetic mind control, and the work of neuroscientist and synesthesia researcher David Eagleman. Can we really believe our own eyes? Will machines one day think like us? Can magnetic wands effectively control brain functions and treat depression? Explore this and more.

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