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Amazing traffic inside a brain cell reveals brain’s continuous renovation

August 24, 2012

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Using bioluminescent proteins from a jellyfish, a team of scientists has lit up the inside of a neuron, capturing spectacular video footage that shows the movement of proteins throughout the cell.

The video offers a rare peek at how proteins, the brain’s building blocks, are directed through neurons to renew its structure.

“Your brain is being disassembled and reassembled every day,” said Don Arnold, associate professor… read more

Video Source: University of Southern California

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Blood-brain barrier model to test drugs for brain diseases

August 22, 2012

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Most drugs and small molecules cannot cross the blood-brain barrier to treat diseases originating in the brain. Researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University are working on a model using actual cells found in this barrier to simulate how the blood-brain barrier works. The model will help scientists better understand how the barrier works. Such a model also could be used to test… read more

Video Source: John Hopkins University

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Singularity Summit 2012 — Create the Future

August 20, 2012

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The Singularity Summit, open to the public, is the premier event on cutting-edge technologies including robotics, regenerative medicine, artificial intelligence, brain-computer interfacing, and more. The event this October 13-14 will draw over 800 thought leaders to San Francisco for discussions on the most revolutionary technological advancements on the horizon.

The annual conference was founded in 2006 by Ray Kurzweil, Peter Thiel, and the Singularity Institute as the first academic… read more

Video Source: Singularity Institute

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The Ubi — the always-on voice-activated computer

August 20, 2012

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The Ubi is an always-on voice-activated computer ready to help. Just plug it in, talk to it and it’ll help you connect with your world.

Ubi uses voice recognition technology to listen for plain language commands, responding to requests in a synthesized voice or offering simple status updates using the multi-colored LED indicator lights. It’s been designed to synchronize with other Ubis in the home or office, and users… read more

Video Source: Team Ubi

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We’re NASA and we know it (Mars Curiosity)

August 20, 2012

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A YouTube video titled We’re NASA and We Know It has gone viral since the video’s launch on August 15, 2012 with over 1.5 million views.

The video published on the Satire YouTube channel features a Jet Propulsion Laboratory “Mohawk Guy” look-a-like as the lead singer with NASA flight-suited break dancers surrounded by nerdy back-up dancers dressed in baby-blue NASA mission control polo shirts and khakis.

Exploiting the… read more

Video Source: Satire

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Double by Double Robotics

August 19, 2012

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The Double looks like an ultra-simple robot that can navigate a far-off place through two iPads. One acts as the robot’s eyes and ears, and the other controls it through an iPad application. It is the simplest, most elegant way to be somewhere else in the world without flying there. The minimalist design and intuitive touchscreen controls allow you to freely move around without inconveniencing others.

You can stay… read more

Video Source: Double Robotics

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TrapWire: spying On YOU?

August 16, 2012

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“Emails obtained via a hack of intelligence agency Stratfor have shed light on a secret, comprehensive U.S. surveillance effort led by Virginia-based TrapWire. The details were released by whistleblower site Wikileaks, but an ongoing distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against Wikileaks.org has made it difficult to access the TrapWire docs…”. The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

Video Source: The Young Turks Network

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The Eye Tribe — eye control for mobile devices

August 16, 2012

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The Eye Tribe software (formerly known as Senseye) allows users to interact with their mobile device using their eye movements.

The add-on uses a simple webcam and a set of infrared LEDs, all connected to the USB port of the tablet. Our software records the eyes and calculates the point of the screen where the user is looking.

Video Source: EyeTribe

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EyeRing — a finger-worn visual assitant

August 14, 2012

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EyeRing is a wearable intuitive interface that allows a person to point at an object to see or hear more information about it. We came up with the idea of a micro camera worn as a ring on the index finger with a button on the side, which can be pushed with the thumb to take a picture or a video that is then sent wirelessly to a mobile phone… read more

Video Source: Fluid Interfaces

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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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Shelley, Stanford’s robotic car, hits the track

August 13, 2012

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Stanford’s self-driving Audi TTS, Shelley, hit 120 mph on a recent track test. Combined with new research on professional drivers’ brain activity, the car’s performance could get even better.

Shelley is the product of collaboration between Stanford’s Dynamic Design Lab, led by mechanical engineering Associate Professor Chris Gerdes, and the Volkswagen Electronics Research Lab.

There’s very little difference between the path a professional driver takes around the course… read more

Video Source: Stanford University

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High frequency trading explained

August 12, 2012

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CNN’s Jim Boulden explains high frequency trading and why are regulators concerned about it.

Video Source: CNN

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Soft autonomous earthworm robot at MIT

August 10, 2012

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Earthworms creep along the ground by alternately squeezing and stretching muscles along the length of their bodies, inching forward with each wave of contractions. Snails and sea cucumbers also use this mechanism, called peristalsis, to get around, and our own gastrointestinal tracts operate by a similar action, squeezing muscles along the esophagus to push food to the stomach.

Now researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Seoul National University have… read more

Video Source: MIT

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Autonomous robotic plane flies indoors at MIT

August 10, 2012

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For decades, academic and industry researchers have been working on control algorithms for autonomous helicopters — robotic helicopters that pilot themselves, rather than requiring remote human guidance. Dozens of research teams have competed in a series of autonomous-helicopter challenges posed by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI); progress has been so rapid that the last two challenges have involved indoor navigation without the use of GPS.

But… read more

Video Source: MIT

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Microsoft KinEtre lets you possess people, inanimate objects

August 9, 2012

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Kinect technique lets your body control virtual avatars of things around your house.

Ever wanted to make your bookshelf shake its booty just by shaking your own? Graphics gurus at Microsoft Research have a new system that will let you do just that — possess other inanimate objects around your house or even make images of other people move. The KinÊtre project starts with a KinectFusion scan of an… read more

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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