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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.”

Video Source: euronews

Colorado State University biologist rewires plants to detect pollutants, explosives

January 27, 2011

Colorado State University | June Medford, plant biologist at Colorado State University, explains from her laboratory on the CSU campus how she’s discovered how to rewire plants so that they can detect environmental contaminants and explosives. Green plants turn white once they’re exposed to such contaminants — a discovery made by Medford and her collaborators including some 30 graduate, undergraduate, post-doctoral fellows and researchers in her lab.

Bill Farland,… read more

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Microsoft Office Labs | Prescient Microsoft ‘Retail Future Vision’ augmented reality concept video from 2004

February 19, 2011

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Microsoft | Retail Future Vision — Visit a store of the future where integrated handheld devices and store systems provide a more personalized, streamlined shopping experience. This video was created in 2004.

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Google Zeitgeist | Young Minds competition winner hacks Kinect to help blind navigate

November 21, 2011

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Google | Google Zeitgeist Americas 2011: “Spirit of the Time” — when we bring together a range of young minds seeking solutions for our time, what inspirational insights will we discover? Panel: Eric Berdinis — Young Minds Winner; Shree Bose — Google Science Fair Winner; Scot Frank — Clinton Global Initiative University moderated by Chelsea Clinton.

Kinecthesia | Kinecthesia uses a belt-mounted Kinect to aid navigation for the visually… read more

American Museum of Natural History | Beyond Earth: The future of space exploration

January 30, 2012

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American Museum of Natural History | Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration (November 19, 2011 — August 12, 2012) offers a vision of the future of space travel as it boldly examines humanity’s next steps in our solar system and beyond.

See a re-creation of a lunar habitat, a model of a space elevator rising up from the surface of the Moon, and one of… read more

Kinect + brain scans = augmented reality for neurosurgeons

March 14, 2013

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The Microsoft Research Cambridge team has built an app for brain surgeons. Kinect Fusion supplies 3D modeling of anything, which could fuel some seriously neat medical innovations. (Watch the demo of Kinect Fusion here.)

At the 13th annual Microsoft TechFest, Ben Glocker demoed a prototype app that would allow neurosurgeons to look inside a patient’s brain before they cut it open. Doctors could see the skeleton, brain,… read more

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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Microsoft | Windows Phone digital assistant Cortana, based on popular smart AI character from Halo video game

April 3, 2014

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CNET | At the company’s Build developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore demos a new addition to the Windows Phone 8 operating system, a personal assistant called Cortana.

note | The character design for the Microsoft Windows Phone smart digital assistant Cortana is based on Microsoft Studios’ popular Halo game series, in which Cortana is a powerful artificial intelligence with human-level capabilities.… read more

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

Video Source: Warner Brothers Pictures

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Apple’s 1980s Knowledge Navigator concept videos foresaw the iPad, multitouch, Internet, Google, speech recognition, e-books

October 22, 2010

Wikipedia (with edits) | The Knowledge Navigator was a concept developed by Apple in the 1980s, based on Alan Kay’s Dynabook, for a hypothetical device that could access a large networked database of hypertext information, and use software agents to assist searching for information.

Apple produced several concept videos showcasing the idea. All of them featured a tablet style computer with numerous advanced capabilities, including an excellent text-to-speech… read more

Video Source: Apple Inc.

Gapminder | Professor Hans Rosling presents:200 years that changed the world visualized with Gapminder

February 28, 2011

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Gapminder | For the first time, Gapminder can now visualize change in life expectancy and income per person over the last two centuries. In this Gapminder video, Professor Hans Rosling shows you how all the countries of the world have developed since 1809 — 200 years ago. The interactive animations and corresponding documentation are freely available at www.gapminder.org/world. Further information and other videos are available from www.gapminder.org/videos

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Video Source: Hans Rosling, Gapminder

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The Economist | 2011 Innovation Awards winners

December 21, 2011

2011 Innovation Awards winners

The Economist | This year The Economist’s Innovation Awards reached its 10th year so we invited all of our past winners and our judges from around the world to attend the ceremony and summit to mark the tenth anniversary.

The theme was “the essence of truly great innovation” and in recognition of this we launched the Anniversary Award which was presented to Steve Jobs for his contribution to innovation… read more

Dreamworks | The Fifth Estate film trailer

September 10, 2013

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Dreamworks Pictures & Reliance Entertainment | Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game.

Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, The Fifth Estate reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.

The story begins… read more

GestureTek’s GestureFX®

January 25, 2010

“GestureTek’s patented GestureFX® series is a stunning interactive visual display system that has revolutionized advertising and entertainment in public spaces. Using sophisticated cameras and body tracking software, the system intelligently responds to the subtlest of body movements to project dynamic interactive multimedia content or interactive games onto any surface, of any size.”

Video Source: GestureTek

Bringing space down to earth

April 10, 2008

European Commission | Space is a strategic asset for Europe. The European Commission’s Space Research and Development activities are coordinated within the framework of the overall European Space Policy, complementing the efforts of Member States and of other key players, including the European Space Agency.

The Space Theme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) is implemented with the objective to support… read more

Video Source: EUTube

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