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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

Russian fireball largest ever detected by CTBTO’s infrasound sensors

February 21, 2013

CTBTO

Infrasonic waves from the meteor that broke up over Russia’s Ural mountains last week were the largest ever recorded by the CTBTO’s International Monitoring System.

Infrasound is low frequency sound with a range of less than 10 Hz.

The blast was detected by 17 infrasound stations in the CTBTO’s network, which tracks atomic blasts across the planet.  The furthest station to record the sub-audible… read more

Video Source: CTBTO

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Samsung smartwatch, other gadgets

September 5, 2013

Samsung smartwatch

New gear showcased at the IFA tech show includes Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, and Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet; and a new type of camera from Sony that clips onto a smartphone.

— CNET

Video Source: CNET

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Sandia National Labs | Self-guided bullet can alter trajectory in flight, navigating to laser-painted target

February 2, 2012

Sandia self guided bullet

Sandia Labs | Sandia researchers have invented a dart-like, self-guided bullet for small-caliber, smooth-bore firearms that could hit laser-designated targets at distances of more than a mile (about 2,000 meters). The four-inch-long bullet has actuators that steer tiny fins that guide it to its target. (Images here.)

Sandia’s self-guided bullet prototype can hit target a mile away. The design for the four-inch-long bullet includes an optical sensor… read more

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

Science Bytes | Blueprint for the brain

February 5, 2012

brain branching

Science Bytes | How can three pounds of jelly inside our skulls enable us to do everything that makes us human? For centuries, scientists have been fascinated and puzzled by the mysterious workings of the brain. Now, for the first time, they can re-create in the computer the shapes of every one of the billions of nerve cells that make up our brains, the component parts of the intricate neural… read more

Scientists grow new heart

January 13, 2008

Scientists at the University of Minnesota experimenting with tissue engineering having created a working rat heart by using heart cells from newborn rats.

Video Source: Associated Press

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Scientists produce best image yet of atoms moving in real time

April 19, 2013

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Scratch Input: novel finger input surface

March 19, 2010

Scratch Input R&D team | Scratch Input: Creating Large, Inexpensive, Unpowered and Mobile Finger Input Surfaces

We present Scratch Input, an acoustic-based input technique that relies on the unique sound produced when a fingernail is dragged over the surface of a textured material, such as wood, fabric, or wall paint. We employ a simple sensor that can be easily coupled with existing surfaces, such as walls and tables, turning… read more

Video Source: Chris Harrison

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Search by Sketch

March 19, 2010

SEARCH BY SKETCH R&D TEAM | After several months of intense development alongside Stacey Kuznetsov, the Rapid Content-Based Image Search (RCBIS) engine was ready for use in user oriented programs. The most obvious and appealing project was to develop an image search engine which took not text, but a sketch as input. Search by Sketch was born – developed by Stacey Kuznetsov, Teobaldo Fernandez and myself.

Mirroring the RCBIS… read more

Video Source: Chris Harrison

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SENS Research Foundation — curing heart disease

February 13, 2013

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SENS Research Foundation on how they plan to apply regenerative medicine to the diseases of aging, including heart disease.

Presented by actor Edward James Olmos.

Video Source: Maria Entraigues/SENS Research Foundation

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