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Prized Science | Chad Mirkin: gold nanoparticles & the future of medical diagnostics

November 8, 2012

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Chad Mirkin, Ph.D., the 2012 winner of the American Chemical Society’s Award for Creative Invention, is no stranger to the value of gold, but not in the traditional sense. Working in the nano scale, Mirkin uses gold particles to create promising new medical diagnostic tools that could lead to future cancer treatments and ways to track and treat diseases at earlier stages. Mirkin and his team discovered a method in… read more

Video Source: American Chemical Society

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Prized Science | Robert Langer: a founding father of tissue engineering and controlled drug release

November 7, 2012

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The first episode of the 2012 season of Prized Science highlights the work of Robert Langer, Institute Professor at MIT. His influential research on tissue engineering and controlled drug release earned him the 2012 American Chemical Society Priestley Medal, the highest honor given by the world’s largest scientific society.

To get a sense of Langer’s prolific career, just look at the numbers: He runs one of the largest academic… read more

Video Source: American Chemical Society

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Oakley | Airwave goggles

November 7, 2012

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The $600 Oakley Airwave snow goggles feature a small corner display that lets you see how fast you’re going, where your friends are on the mountain, vertical feet attained, maps, incoming calls/text messages, and music playlist. The Airwave app for Android or iOS lets you control your phone and playlist through the Airwave’s wrist controller. The display is perceived to be the size of a 14-inch screen viewed from a distance of… read more

Video Source: Oakley

The Verge | Google Now and the future of predictive search

November 7, 2012

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The Verge | An interview with the engineering team behind Google Now on Android to find out what’s next for the innovative search feature. Google executives Hugo Barra, Scott Huffman, Jeff Dean, and Vincent Vanhoucke tell the story behind how Google Now came into being and why it represents the best of Google. Read the full article here.

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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

A paper-like, low-power color video display

November 6, 2012

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Japan Display has developed a paper-like, low-power color reflective LCD that can display video.

Source: Diginfo TV

Frankenoctopus unveils novel shape-shifting arms

November 5, 2012

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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

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Minority Report arrives with Oblong (Part II) — mind-blowing UI

November 4, 2012

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“This is part II (Part I at http://youtu.be/fcMhZ9J0qN8 showed off the technology, in Part II you see where Oblong is taking the technology and productizing it). John Underkoffler, chief scientist, Oblong Industries, was the tech advice behind the film ‘Minority Report’ and then he built his own company to make that science fiction real. Here … you’ll see a new conference room that Oblong has built using these technologies.” —… read more

Video Source: Robert Scoble

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Minority Report arrives with Oblong (Part I) — mind-blowing computer/human interface

November 4, 2012

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“John Underkoffler, chief scientist, Oblong Industries, was the tech advice behind the film ‘Minority Report’ and then he built his own company to make that science fiction real. Here he shows me his latest work which is, indeed, mind blowing. This is part I, in Part II, you’ll see a new conference room that Oblong has built using these technologies.” — Robert Scoble

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Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom

November 4, 2012

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In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class with Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence at Stanford attended by 175 students in situ — and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast. He shares what he learned about teaching to a global classroom.

Video Source: TED

BeeBee’s special enhancement

November 1, 2012

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BeeBee, a tiny Chihuahua, was born with no shoulder blades; she can’t put any weight on her front legs or straighten them. So engineering students at Bollman Tech, in Thornton, Colorado built a special wheelchair just for her.

Video Source: USA TODAY

Andrew McAfee: are droids taking our jobs?

November 1, 2012

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Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating — jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain’t seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes up with a surprising and even thrilling view of what comes next. (Filmed at

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Video Source: TED

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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

Video Source: Microsoft Research

Parallella: a supercomputer for everyone

October 31, 2012

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The Parallella project aims to make parallel computing accessible to everyone. The project has successfully raised its Kickstarter.funding goal of $750,000, with $898,921 pledged.

According to Adapteva founder Andreas Olofsson:
Making parallel computing easy to use has been described as “a problem as hard as any that computer science has faced”. With such a big challenge ahead, we need to make sure that every programmer has access to cheap and… read more

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Autonomous robot swarm takes over farm work

October 31, 2012

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A new robot developed by David Dorhout and colleagues from Dorhout R&D is designed to plant seeds in a field while coordinating with a gang of other robotic farmhands, according to New Scientist.

The robot can walk in any direction while avoiding obstacles, using a sensor underneath its body to detect where seeds have already been planted. Once it finds an untouched patch, it drills a hole… read more

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