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Invisible QR codes tackle counterfeit bank notes

September 13, 2012

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An invisible quick response (QR) code has been created by researchers from the University of South Dakota and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in an attempt to increase security on printed documents and reduce the possibility of counterfeiting.

The QR code is made of tiny nanoparticles that have been combined with blue and green fluorescence ink, which is invisible until illuminated with laser light. It is generated using… read more

Video Source: Institute of Physics

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Jeevan M Meruga, William M Cross, P Stanley May, QuocAnh Luu, Grant A Crawford, Jon J Kellar, Security printing of covert quick response codes using upconverting nanoparticle inks, Nanotechnology, 2012, DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/23/39/395201

Thug Notes | Science fiction and futurism classical literature collection

April 30, 2014

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Thug Notes | Thug Notes is your main hookup for classical literature summary and analysis, original gangster. I’m your host, Sparky Sweets, PhD.

You may have seen my ass on MTV, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Independent, and The Daily Dot. Educate yo self, son. Join me as I drop some of da illest classical literature you ever heard.

A hilarious,… read more

Nokia | Nanotechnology ‘Morph’ concept

December 31, 2010

Morph is a concept demonstrating some of the possibilities nanotechnologies might enable in future communication devices. Morph is a flexible two-piece device that can adapt its shape to different use modes. Morph can sense its environment, is energy-harvesting and self cleaning. Nanotechnology enables Morph to have adaptive materials yet rigid forms on demand. It is featured in the MoMA online exhibition “Design and the Elastic Mind.” Morph has been a… read more

Video Source: Nokia

Scientists produce best image yet of atoms moving in real time

April 19, 2013

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Printing a bicycle with a 3D printer

October 25, 2012

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The BBC explores how industrial 3-D printers can go from a nylon plastic powder to any conceivable shape. At this U.K. factory, engineers try to produce a ready-to-ride.bicycle in one go.

Video Source: BBC

Google | Google Science Fair 2014 launch with Ray Kurzweil

February 21, 2014

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Google | The Google Science Fair is a global online competition open to students 13 to 18 years old. What do you love? What are you good at? What do you want to change? Learn more and start your project.

Wikipedia | The Google Science Fair is sponsored by Google, Lego, CERN, National Geographic and Scientific American. The competition is open to kids around the… read more

Japanese scientists create new humanoid walking robot

September 28, 2010

Japanese scientists have unveiled a new humanoid walking robot, northeast of Tokyo. Demands are growing for socially useful robots, such as those for caring for the elderly and the sick.

Video Source: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

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Robots at ICRA 2012

May 21, 2012

(Credit: DARPA)

Robots exhibited at the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in St. Paul, Minn.

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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Hangouts in Gmail

July 31, 2012

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You can now chat face-to-face-to-face in Gmail.

Start a Google+ Hangout from Gmail to video chat with up to nine people at once, watch YouTube videos with friends, and more. To get started, click on the hangout button at the top of your chat list.

Video Source: Google

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Armless man pitches at Fenway

September 18, 2012

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Having perfected the art of grabbing a baseball with his feet, he set a goal of throwing out the first pitch at every ballpark in the country.

Video Source: Fox News

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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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Field Trip on Glass

August 25, 2013

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The history, architecture, insider tips and hidden gems from over 100 local publisher partners come to life. Right before your eyes. Field Trip for iPhoneAndroid, and now Glass.

– Niantic Labs@Google

Video Source: Niantic Labs@Google

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Body language-based gameplay

August 14, 2012

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Researchers at Goldsmiths College led by Dr. Marco Gillies have enlisted theater performers to help design computer software capable of recognizing and responding to human body language.

Using the latest generation of motion detectors, including Microsoft’s Kinect camera, actors’ interactions with members of the public and their responses to specific body language are recorded by the software.

“Two people can take on the roles of the video game… read more

Video Source: Goldsmiths Digital Studio

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Scratch Input: novel finger input surface

March 19, 2010

Scratch Input R&D team | Scratch Input: Creating Large, Inexpensive, Unpowered and Mobile Finger Input Surfaces

We present Scratch Input, an acoustic-based input technique that relies on the unique sound produced when a fingernail is dragged over the surface of a textured material, such as wood, fabric, or wall paint. We employ a simple sensor that can be easily coupled with existing surfaces, such as walls and tables, turning… read more

Video Source: Chris Harrison

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Kevin Kelly on how technology evolves

November 1, 2006

TED | Tech enthusiast Kevin Kelly asks “What does technology want?” and discovers that its movement toward ubiquity and complexity is much like the evolution of life. Kevin Kelly has been publisher of the Whole Earth Review, exec editor at Wired, founder of visionary nonprofits, and writer on biology and business and “cool tools.” He’s admired for his new perspectives on technology and its relevance to history, biology and religion.

Video Source: TED

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