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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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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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Micro and nanotechnologies are revolutionizing medicine

January 25, 2010

EUTUBE | Micro and nanotechnologies are revolutionizing medicine. ‘Almost invisible’ tools are being developed by European researchers to discover diseases earlier and to treat patients better. The miniaturization of instruments to micro and nano dimensions promises to make our future lives safer and cleaner. A team of European researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Technologies Institute near Saarbruecken is using nanotechnology to improve diagnostic capabilities. In the “Adonis”-project, nano-sized… read more

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MeBot: A robotic platform for socially embodied telepresence

March 10, 2010
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MIT MEDIA LAB | The MeBot is a semi-autonomous robotic avatar that gives a person a richer way to interact remotely with an audience than is allowed with phone and video conferencing. The robot was designed with an emphasis on being able to convey the non-verbal channels of social communication. That is, it is able to communicate some body posture, a wide range of head movement and very expressive hand… read more

Video Source: Sigurdur Orn Adalgeirsson, MIT Media Lab

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Meet the robots

September 9, 2010

On hi-tech this week – Acroban, a humanoid robot who plays with children, technology to control robotic hands and arms and Digoro the ‘Partner Robot’

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Intel CTO Justin Rattner on Intel and the Singularity

November 4, 2008

Alvis Brigis, FutureBlogger | Intel CTO Justin Rattner paints a scenario in which humans have access to “computers, and cameras, and phones that run infinitely”, relating that the feasibility and demand for such devices has spurred Intel to seriously research the underlying technologies that could spawn such a future reality.  Rattner says Intel has been coming at wireless power “in a number of ways”, first from

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IBM Labs | Stream computing: massive pattern recognition at 200+ times/second

February 17, 2011

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IBM Labs | Stream computing software enables massive amounts of data to be correlated and analyzed for patterns and trends at more than 200 times a second, faster than a hummingbird can flap its wings. This advanced analysis can be quickly turned into insight that is used to determine which actions drive optimal results. Organizations across industries have begun to use analytics to sift through 1000s of simultaneous data streams —… read more

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Radiolab | Talking to machines

March 26, 2012

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Radiolab | We begin with a love story — from a man who unwittingly fell in love with a chatbot on an online dating site. Then, we encounter a robot therapist whose inventor became so unnerved by its success that he pulled the plug.

And we talk to the man who coded Cleverbot, a software program that learns from every new line of conversation it receives…… read more

Video Source: Radiolab

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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Wearable gesture control: unleash your inner Jedi

March 5, 2013

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With a wave of your hand, MYO will transform how you interact with your digital world.

The MYO armband lets you use the electrical activity in your muscles to wirelessly control your computer, phone, and other favorite digital gadgets.

— Thalmic Labs

Video Source: Thalmic Labs

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GE Healthcare: engineers molecularly alter garnet to convert X-rays into light

June 5, 2008

GE | Building upong the natural properies of garnet gemstone, scientists at GE have created a new material, making the world’s first HDCT possible.

At the heart of Gemstone Spectral Imaging is the first new detector material in 20 years; one that is, quite literally, a gem. GE engineers discovered that, by changing the molecular structure of real garnets, they could develop a scintillator capable of delivering images 100… read more

Video Source: GE Healthcare

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Colorado State University develops artificial tissue for training

January 27, 2011

Colorado State University | Medical students in both the human and veterinary world must translate information from the classroom to surgical suite with limited realistic practice. Students learn basic techniques such as sutures by practicing on carpet foam, rubber sheets, pig feet and whole, raw chickens from the grocery store, and orange rinds. Colorado State University veterinarians Dean Hendrickson and Fausto Bellezzo have developed artificial silicone models that realistically respond… read more

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Microsoft Office Labs | Prescient Microsoft ‘Manufacturing Future Vision’ smart environment concept video from 2006

February 19, 2011

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Microsoft | Manufacturing Future Vision — Imagine a manufacturing environment of the future where workers collaborate seamlessly across time-zones, predictive technologies automate processes, and sense and respond systems are connected across organizations. This video was created in 2006.

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University of Georgia | Scientists develop ‘super’ yeast to turn pine trees into ethanol for biofuels

November 27, 2011

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University of Georgia | Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a “super strain” of yeast that can efficiently ferment ethanol from pretreated pine — one of the most common species of tree in Georgia and the U.S. Their research could help biofuels replace gasoline as a transportation fuel.

International Business Times: “Scientists develop ‘super’ yeast to turn pine trees into ethanol for biofuels” | [...]… read more

Video Source: University of Georgia

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