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Super Bowl Ads for Geeks | Get sneak peeks at hilarious upcoming Super Bowl commercials, nerd-approved

February 1, 2012

Super Bowl Ads for Geeks

Super Bowl Ads for Geeks | For many people the Super Bowl is the only time they don’t fast forward the commercials with their TiVo.

Many Super Bowl 2012 commercials are released only days ahead of the February 5th Super Bowl game.

The first Super Bowl 2012 ads are here! See our constantly updated 2012 advertiser list to find out who’s advertising during… read more

Video Source: Super Bowl Ads for Geeks

MIT’s Mars space suit

September 4, 2012

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Throughout the history (pdf) of NASA space suits, astronauts had to deal with bulky, hard to move in, non-mobile suits that hindered their work flow as opposed to helped them achieve their tasks and jobs.

That is, until Dava J. Newman — a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, Director of Technology and Policy Program, and MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT — and her… read more

Video Source: Pop Tech

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3D-printed exoskeleton gives a little girl use of her arms

August 6, 2012

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A heartwarming new video documents the story of a small child whose life has been radically changed for the better because of 3D printing technology.

Two-year-old Emma was born with a rare disease called arthrogryposis that makes it so she can’t raise her arms without assistance. Through the use of 3D printing, a Delaware hospital created a mobile plastic exoskeleton that now allows Emma to… read more

Video Source: Stratasys

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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

‘How smart are animals?’ on Nova: Science Now

February 13, 2011

Nova: Science Now on PBS | As an astrophysicist, Nova: Science Now host Neil deGrasse Tyson has a unique view of the universe. Hear his cosmic perspective on “How smart are animals?”

Video Source: Nova: Science Now on PBS

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Air Danshin | Japanese airbag protects homes from earthquakes

March 7, 2012

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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.

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Video Source: The Guardian / Air Danshin

Robot creates ‘infinite’ WiFi network

August 8, 2012

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A team of seven undergraduate students at Northeastern University designed and built a “nearly indestructible” robot that can enter rugged territory and create a theoretically infinite WiFi networks as it goes.

The team faced three problems: they needed a robot that could travel over rough terrain or rubble; the WiFi network had to be robust, cheap and easy to deploy; and they needed a way to control the robot… read more

Video Source: Barry Son, Daniel Landers, Hector Palomares, Mauro Berti, Ryan Moynihan, Senthuran S.

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Nokia “Morph” nanotechnology concept phone

March 31, 2008

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

Video Source: Nokia

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Robots: man’s new best friend?

September 10, 2010

Robots are learning to become more human. But what are the goals and boundaries of such progress?

Meet Erica and Borka.

Erica – 29 years old – lives not far from Budapest. At the age of 2, a road accident left her confined to a wheelchair.

Video Source: euronews

DARPA SeeMe

May 9, 2012

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DARPA’s SeeMe program aims to give mobile, individual US warfighters overseas access to on-demand, space-based tactical information in remote and beyond- line-of-sight conditions. If successful, SeeMe will provide small squads and individual teams the ability to receive timely imagery on a handheld device of their specific overseas location directly from a small satellite with the press of a button — something that’s currently not possible from military or commercial satellites.… read more

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Doing business with a parrot: Goffin cockatoos trade with nuts in an exchange experiment

March 15, 2013

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Biologists in the Department of Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna has for the first time succeeded in observing self-control of cockatoos in exchange experiments.

A new study at the University of Vienna, on an Indonesian cockatoo species — the Goffin’s cockatoo — which recently made headlines, showed notable results.

“The animalsread more

Video Source: University of Vienna

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Departing Space Station commander provides tour of orbital laboratory

December 20, 2012

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In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinked the video on Nov. 18, just hours before she, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency departed in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft for a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan. The tour includes scenes of each of the… read more

Video Source: NASA

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Teacher with no arms, instructs and inspires with her feet

October 3, 2012

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Mary Gannon instructs and inspires with her feet. She uses her toes as naturally as if they were fingers, writing on the board, typing on the computer and passing out papers, Huffington Post reports.

Gannon, born with no arms, teaches math and science at Harding Middle School in Lakewood, Ohio. But it’s her handling of a disability that provides life lessons.

“If it’s going to inspire… read more

Video Source: Fox 8

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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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3D printing in zero gravity

October 2, 2013

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The goal of 3-D printing is to take this capability to microgravity for use on the International Space Station. In space, whatever astronauts have available on orbit is what they have to use — but just like on Earth, parts break or get lost. When that happens, there’s a wait for replacement parts, or the need to have multiple spares that have to be launched. The ability to conduct 3-D… read more

Video Source: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

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