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Researchers confirm new element 115

August 29, 2013

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Scientists have now confirmed the existence of a new element, No. 115 on the periodic table, by slamming atoms into each other.

— CNN

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Reuters | New KNFB smartphone app gives sight to the blind

September 22, 2014

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National Federation of the Blind | Snap pictures, listen to printed text read aloud, store and share documents and more using the KNFB Reader iPhone app. The KNFB Reader app for iPhone is available in the Apple iTunes app store.

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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

Rhythm Ring: interactive rhythm sequencer

January 2, 2011

Creators Brian Yung & Hanson Jiang, Cornell University | The Rhythm Ring interactive rhythm sequencer is an engaging musical device that enables the user to create a plethora of rhythms and beat patterns with the touch of their own fingers.

Besides being fun to play with, the Rhythm Ring provides a tangible method of arranging a musical rhythm. In our design, the user can arrange beats and… read more

Video Source: Brian Yung & Hanson Jiang, Cornell University

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Road trip: 3 months, 13,000km… and no driver

September 9, 2010

Two electric autonomous orange vans are on their way from Italy to China. They will brave the traffic of Moscow, the intense summer heat of Siberia and the bitter cold of the Gobi desert before their planned arrival in Shanghai in October.

Video Source: euronews

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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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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Robotic exoskeleton turns grunts into super soldiers

November 19, 2007

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Robotic wheelchair climbs over steps

October 19, 2012

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Chiba Institute of Technology engineers have developed a robot wheelchair that can climb over steps by using its wheels as legs. All the user control direction using a joystick. The robot automatically assesses the surrounding terrain and moves appropriately, using sensors on its feet to see if there’s anything nearby and how far it is from a step.

Video Source: DigInfo TV

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Robotics Unlimited | OutRunner is world’s first remotely controlled running robot

May 27, 2014

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Robotics Unlimited | Meet OutRunner, the world’s first remotely controlled robot, running up to 20 miles per hour on various terrain, with up to 2 hours of battery life.

Video Source: Robotics Unlimited

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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

Robots at ICRA 2012

May 21, 2012

(Credit: DARPA)

Robots exhibited at the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in St. Paul, Minn.

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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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

Rodney Brooks: why we will rely on robots

June 29, 2013

Baxter & programmer

Scaremongers play on the idea that robots will simply replace people on the job. In fact, they can become our essential collaborators, freeing us up to spend time on less mundane and mechanical challenges. Rodney Brooks points out how valuable this could be as the number of working-age adults drops and the number of retirees swells. He introduces us to Baxter, the robot with eyes that

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Video Source: TED

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Russia Today | AI researcher says people will fall in love with human-like robotic romantic partners

February 4, 2012

Love and Sex with Robots book

Russia Today | Experts say human-like robots could be the way of the future. A perfect partner who’s always happy and never complains, is apparently now a reality. But there’s a catch — he or she is likely be made of plastic. From simple dolls to sophisticated robots, they seem to be winning the hearts and minds of people who’ve given up on finding true love. Gayane… read more

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