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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

Keiich Matsuda | Artist concepts of the future of augmented reality

June 12, 2015

Image from the concept film Augmented City 3D. -- credit | Keiichi Matsuda

Keiichi Matsuda | Augmented City 3D — an artist’s concept of embedded, real time augmented reality.

The architecture of the contemporary city is no longer simply about the physical space of buildings and landscape, more and more it is about the synthetic spaces created by the digital information that we collect, consume and organize.

An immersive interface may become as much part of the world we inhabit as… 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

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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

Reuters | Seasteading Institute aiming for floating cities within decade

February 6, 2012

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The Seasteading Intitute | The Seasteading Institute believes that innovative political systems could serve humanity far better than our governments do today. That’s why we work to enable “seasteads” — floating cities — which will give people the opportunity to peacefully test new ideas about how to live together. The most successful will become thriving new societies — inspiring change around the world. We’re creating this future because our governments… read more

Video Source: Reuters / The Seasteading Institute

Heinrich Rohrer, Nobel laureate who opened the door to nanoscience 1933–2013

May 21, 2013

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Dr. Heinrich Rohrer, IBM Fellow, Nobel Laureate and co-inventor of the scanning tunneling microscope, passed away on the evening of May 16, 2013. He was 79. Dr. Rohrer joined IBM Research – Zurich in December of 1963, where he worked for 34 years.

“The invention of the scanning tunneling microscope was a seminal moment in the history of science and information technology,” said Dr. John E. Kelly III, IBM senior vice president and director… read more

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CNET | Parrot Bebop Drone + Oculus Rift

May 12, 2014

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CNET’s Donald Bell shows off Parrot’s compact, tablet-controlled Bebop Drone and uses a pair of virtual reality goggles to see from a drone’s point-of-view.

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Building the #Knowosphere

April 27, 2012

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In a talk, “Building the #Knowosphere: How new ways to share and shape ideas can help build durable progress on a finite planet“ on Earth Day 2012 at MIT, New York Times Dot Earth blogger Andrew Revkin suggests how to use the Web and other emerging communication tools and networks to make the world a better place

The notion of Knowosphere has… read more

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The coming civil war over general purpose computing

August 27, 2012

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Even if we win the right to own and control our computers, a dilemma remains: what rights do owners owe users?

Cory Doctorow gave this talk at Google in August, and for The Long Now Foundation in July 2012.

Video Source: BoingBoing

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Robot copies your muscles and bones

December 12, 2012

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Meet Kenshiro, developed by University of Tokyo researchers as a bio-inspired musculoskeletal humanoid robot. They have added more muscles and more motors to their Kojiro robot from 2010, making Kenshiro’s underlying structure the closest to a human’s form so far.

Video Source: University of Tokio

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The Daily | ‘Tase of Our Lives’

March 19, 2012

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The Daily | New police surveillance drones could be armed with nonlethal weapons. As a Texas sheriff prepares to use an unmanned drone as his force’s eye in the sky, and perhaps even arm it with nonlethal weapons like tasers and rubber bullets, civil liberties groups are crying foul.

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Hackers On Planet Earth 2012

July 20, 2012

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Highlights of the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference, held July 13-15, 2012 in New York City.

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