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‘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?”

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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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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

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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.

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Boston Dynamics “Big Dog” Ft. Benning report Feb 2009

March 15, 2009

This is the Army news channel Benning Report spot on the Boston Dynamics robot Big Dog. This video was uploaded from a .wmv file available on the Boston Dynamics website.

Video Source: Ft. Benning Public Affairs Office

Leveraging Web 2.0 to Ensure the Democracy of Technology

November 2, 2009

MERITALK | Ari Schwartz, vice president and chief operating officer for the Center for Democracy and Technology discusses the use of Web 2.0 to ensure the democracy of technology.

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George Carlin’s Modern Man

June 29, 2010

PBS | Taped at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on November 10, 2008, the 90-minute 11th Annual Mark Twain Prize honoring George Carlin featured tributes and comic testimonials from a star-studded cast including Richard Belzer, Lewis Black, Margaret Cho, Ben E. King, Denis Leary, Bill Maher, Joan Rivers, Garry Shandling, Jon Stewart, and Lily Tomlin.

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Japanese robot pop star

October 24, 2010

Japanese robot girl “HRP-C4,” created at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), danced and sang a pop song on stage at the Digital Content Expo 2010. The android has come a long way since her debut in March 2009. Wikipedia says: “The robot is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 95 pounds, including battery. Its shape and joints are based on the 1997–1998 Japanese… read more

Video Source: Digital Content Expo 2010, Japan’s AIST

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Overview of Nova: Making Stuff with David Pogue, exploring materials science breakthroughs

January 11, 2011

Nova: Making Stuff on PBS | Invisibility cloaks. Spider silk that is stronger than steel. Plastics made of sugar that dissolve in landfills. Self-healing military vehicles. Smart pills and micro-robots that zap diseases. Clothes that monitor your mood. What will the future bring, and what will it be made of? In Nova’s four-hour series, “Making Stuff: Stronger, Smaller, Cleaner, Smarter,” popular New York Times technology… read more

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Nova on PBS | ‘The smartest machine on Earth’ on IBM’s Watson

March 1, 2011

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University of California Berkeley | Scientists reconstruct video using brain waves

September 23, 2011

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Gallant Lab at University of California Berkeley | The left clip is a segment of a Hollywood movie trailer that the subject viewed while in the magnet. The right clip shows the reconstruction of this segment from brain activity measured using fMRI.

The procedure is as follows:

  • [1] Record brain activity while the subject watches several hours of movie trailers.
  • [2] Build dictionaries (i.e., regression models) that

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Robotiq robot hand

June 1, 2012

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Canadian firm Robotiq demonstrates its adaptive robotic gripper at the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in St. Paul, Minn.

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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