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
Super Bowl Ads for Geeks | Get sneak peeks at hilarious upcoming Super Bowl commercials, nerd-approved
February 1, 2012
Many Super Bowl 2012 commercials are released only days ahead of the February 5th Super Bowl game.
Video Source: Super Bowl Ads for Geeks
February 1, 2012
Daniel Mellinger | Experiments performed with a team of nano quadrotors at the General Robotics, Automation, and Sensing (GRASP) Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Vehicles developed by KMel Robotics. Special thanks to Professor Daniel Lee for his support.
A nano quadrotor is a multicopter that is propelled by four rotors and nanotechnology.
Video Source: University of Pennsylvania | GRASP Lab
Sandia National Labs | Self-guided bullet can alter trajectory in flight, navigating to laser-painted target
February 2, 2012
Sandia Labs | Sandia researchers have invented a dart-like, self-guided bullet for small-caliber, smooth-bore firearms that could hit laser-designated targets at distances of more than a mile (about 2,000 meters). The four-inch-long bullet has actuators that steer tiny fins that guide it to its target. (Images here.)
Sandia’s self-guided bullet prototype can hit target a mile away. The design for the four-inch-long bullet includes an optical sensor… read more
February 4, 2012
iRobot | iRobot Ava™ is a breakthrough mobile robotics platform developed to help robot designers, application developers and market innovation specialists expedite the pursuit of practical, affordable mobile robotic solutions.
Autonomous navigation for independent, proactive point-to-point navigation. The right balance of features and robustness integrated in meaningful and productive ways. A highly accessible development platform for business or consumer applications. Comprehensive sensor arrays (laser, sonar, and 2D/3Dimaging) providing complete… read more
Video Source: iRobot
February 5, 2012
Science Bytes | How can three pounds of jelly inside our skulls enable us to do everything that makes us human? For centuries, scientists have been fascinated and puzzled by the mysterious workings of the brain. Now, for the first time, they can re-create in the computer the shapes of every one of the billions of nerve cells that make up our brains, the component parts of the intricate neural… read more
Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology | Eric Drexler explores physical law and future of nanotech
February 9, 2012
Oxford Future of Humanity Institute | Dr. Eric Drexler speaks at the Inaugural Lecture of the Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology. Introduced by Professor Nick Bostrom: “Exploring a Timeless Landscape: Physical Law and the Future of Nanotechnology”
In the inaugural lecture of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, Eric Drexler explores the implications of physical law for the future potential of nanotechnology, then… read more
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February 17, 2012
NTD | The field of regenerative medicine is moving from the realm of science fiction to science fact. From fingers and ears to complex organs like livers or hearts, scientists at Wake Forest University are making headway into growing human body parts in a laboratory.
TED | Anthony Atala’s state-of-the-art lab grows human organs — from muscles to blood vessels to bladders, and more. At TEDMED, he… read more
Video Source: NTD / TED / The Methuselah Foundation / University of Minnesota / Joseph Mercola, D.O.
Aaron Sims | In short film Archetype a combat robot rebels after malfunctioning with memories of once being human
February 19, 2012
Aaron Sims | RL7 is an eight-foot-tall combat robot that goes on the run after malfunctioning with vivid memories of once being human. As its creators and the military close in, RL7 battles its way to uncovering the shocking truth behind its mysterious visions and past.
Directed by Aaron Sims and starring Robert Joy (Land of the Dead, CSI:NY) and David Anders (Heroes, 24).
“Thanks for all the… read more
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February 22, 2012
A video produced by TranshumanistForums with audio excerpt from Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity Is Near, describing “the six epochs of technology evolution.”
Video Source: TranshumanistForums / The Singularity Is Near
The Guardian | Japanese technology firm Air Danshin has devised an airbag system that can raise a house 3cm off the ground to protect it from earthquake tremors. Sensors detect when a quake starts and ends, and gently deflates the airbags afterwards.
Inhabitat | “Japanese levitating house system could protect homes from earthquakes”
Video Source: The Guardian / Air Danshin