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Teacher with no arms, instructs and inspires with her feet

October 3, 2012


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

Mary Gannon, Ohio Teacher With No Arms, Instructs And Inspires With Her Feet (VIDEO)

Prized Science | Robert Langer: a founding father of tissue engineering and controlled drug release

November 7, 2012


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

Ep. 1: “Robert Langer: A Founding Father of Tissue Engineering and Controlled Drug Release”

Parrot’s MiniDrone

January 13, 2014


The new Parrot MiniDrone is a miniaturized version of the AR.Drone quadcopter, at about a tenth the size.

An optical flow camera, sonar rangefinder, and computer allows it to sense how high it is off of the ground, and using optical flow, sense its own motion relative to the ground. This, with the assistance of a barometer, accelerometer, and gyro, enables the MiniDrone to self-stabilize.

It… read more

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

Parrot Unveils Jumping Robot and Wheeled Quadcopter [New Videos and Details]

David Orban’s interview with John Nash

March 23, 2010

DAVID ORBAN | During this conversation, John Nash (profiled in the movie “Beautiful Mind”) insisted for a while that change having been always present would not represent anything new today. Who was I to convince him of the contrary? I told him the example of heating water: nothing changes for a long time but temperature. Then, unexpectedly, the same change that from 85 C to 95 C did nothing much,… read more

Video Source: David Orban

About John Nash
PBS documentary on John Nash: A Brilliant Madness
John Nash Princeton webpage
Nobel Prize website: John Nash autobiography

** films collection ** Triton Films | Somnolence

June 13, 2014

(credit: Triton Films)

Triton Films | By 2031, Earth has exhausted its supply of fossil fuels. With the world on the verge of collapse, nations from around the globe form a coalition called AREN: the Manhattan Project of clean, self-replenishing energy. When an experiment goes wrong that threatens the world’s existence, David Canterra and a team of elite soldiers are sent on a mission to stop the anomaly. What they find is a… read more

Moogfest 2016: Day 2

May 24, 2016


Day 2 recap of Moogfest 2016 — Durham, NC May 21, 2016

“The key to freeing yourself from oppression is to make your way out of it.”  — Martine Rothblatt, PhD

Video Source: Moogfest

Innowattech | Harvesting mechanical energy from roadways to produce electricity

October 25, 2011


Innowattech Ltd. | Innowattech Ltd. has developed a new alternative energy system that harvests mechanical energy imparted to roadways, railways and runways from passing vehicles, trains and pedestrian traffic and converts it into green electricity.

The system, based on a new breed of piezoelectric generators, harvests energy that ordinarily goes to waste and can be installed without changing the habitat. Innowattech innovation provides environmental benefits where parasitic mechanical energy on… read more

Bonnie Bassler: How bacteria ‘talk’

July 30, 2012


Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria “talk” to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry — and our understanding of ourselves.

Bonnie Bassler studies how bacteria can communicate with one another, through chemical signals, to act as a unit. Her work could pave the way for new, more potent medicine.

Video Source: TED

Bonnie Bassler: How bacteria "talk"

Boston Dynamics | Introducing SpotMini

June 24, 2016


SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot, weighing 55 lbs dripping wet (65 lbs if you include its arm). SpotMini is all-electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. SpotMini is one of the quietest robots we have ever built. It has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors… read more

Video Source: Boston Dynamics

Fever Picture | Artist Gavin Blake illustrates Ray Kurzweil’s talk

December 28, 2011

Artist Gavin Blake illustrates Ray Kurzweil's talk

Ray Kurzweil recently keynoted Australia’s Creative Innovation 2011 conference. Artist Gavin Blake (director of Fever Picture “graphic facilitation agency”) documented the event  with these clever illustrations. You can see more examples of their work on here. Click on the [+] expand button in the upper right-hand corner of the two images below to expand them to full size for best readability.… read more

Video Source: Fever Picture | Gavin Blake

High frequency trading explained

August 12, 2012

high frequency trading

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

Video Source: CNN

High frequency trading explained

Nike | FuelBand

November 8, 2012


Nike | The FuelBand team talk about the inspiration behind the product’s design for everyday athletes.

Nike | FuelBand
Wired | “Nike’s high-tech wristband fuels your workout”

Video Source: Nike

SAP | Michio Kaku fires off on America’s H-1B ‘genius visa’ and declining skilled worker population domestically

January 25, 2012

Michio Kaku at SAP event

Full video, from SAP’s Sapphire Now/TedEd conference in Madrid, Spain, November 8-10, 2011. (The Big Think panel discussion transcript is here.):

The72tube | Michio Kaku, Ph.D., speaks about how America’s poor educational system has created a shortage of Americans who can perform highly skilled technology jobs. As a result, America’s H-1B “genius visa” is used to attract immigrants who are skilled enough to perform these jobs.… 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

MediaCart | Shopping cart of tomorrow

March 27, 2010


MediaCart | MediaCart has developed a computerized shopping cart that assists shoppers, delivers targeted communications at the point of purchase, and streamlines store operations. The MediaCart system accurately anticipates and responds to the shopper’s needs — helping them locate products, check prices and product information, and manage their shopping lists.

Most product purchasing decisions (over 70%) are made at the point of purchase in the store. Until now, effectively… read more

Video Source: MediaCart


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