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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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Colorado State University biologist rewires plants to detect pollutants, explosives

January 27, 2011

Colorado State University | June Medford, plant biologist at Colorado State University, explains from her laboratory on the CSU campus how she’s discovered how to rewire plants so that they can detect environmental contaminants and explosives. Green plants turn white once they’re exposed to such contaminants — a discovery made by Medford and her collaborators including some 30 graduate, undergraduate, post-doctoral fellows and researchers in her lab.

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Geoffrey Beene Foundation’s “Rock Stars of Science” campaign raises funds, profiles cutting edge R&D in critical areas of medical research

January 27, 2011

Video Source: Geoffrey Beene Foundation

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Keynote: Don Tapscott – Zeitgeist Europe 2010

January 26, 2011

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Macrowikinomics murmuration: swarming, dynamic self-organization

January 24, 2011

Video Source: Don Tapscott

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Amber Case: We are all cyborgs now

January 19, 2011

TED | Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on “external brains” (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves. Amber Case studies the symbiotic interactions between humans and machines — and considers how our… read more

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IBM | AI program ‘Watson’ competes in a practice round on the TV game show Jeopardy!

January 14, 2011

Scroll down to see a series of videos showcasing Watson’s skill, and some background from IBM on the AI’s capabilities and impact. View more videos on the official “IBM Challenge” website.

IBM-produced video on Watson

Some background on IBM’s Watson

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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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Documentary on Joseph Weizenbaum, computer pioneer, Rebel at Work

January 5, 2011

Il Mare Film | [Weizenbaum] created the first banking computer in the world, was perhaps one of the first computer nerds ever and pursued an unprecedented career at MIT, where he invented the first virtual persona, ELIZA/DOCTOR, a program that engaged humans in conversation with a computer.  Later, Weizenbaum was branded as a heretic when he began to criticize his colleagues in public.  Joseph Weizenbaum eventually became a “preacher.” strictly demanding… read more

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Audiopad: Motion-Based Electronic Instrument

January 2, 2011

James Patten & Ben Recht | Audiopad is a composition and performance instrument for electronic music which tracks the positions of objects on a tabletop surface and converts their motion into music. One can pull sounds from a giant set of samples, juxtapose archived recordings against warm synthetic melodies, cut between drum loops to create new beats, and apply digital processing all at the same time on

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Video Source: James Patten & Ben Recht

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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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Nokia | Nanotechnology ‘Morph’ concept

December 31, 2010

Morph is a concept demonstrating some of the possibilities nanotechnologies might enable in future communication devices. Morph is a flexible two-piece device that can adapt its shape to different use modes. Morph can sense its environment, is energy-harvesting and self cleaning. Nanotechnology enables Morph to have adaptive materials yet rigid forms on demand. It is featured in the MoMA online exhibition “Design and the Elastic Mind.” Morph has been a… read more

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Smart fabrics

December 31, 2010

Video Source: Cetemmsa

Smart clothing, embedded electronics

December 31, 2010

Video Source: EuroNews, Futuris

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D

November 12, 2010

These images, called the Hubble Deep Field (HDF), were assembled from 342 separate exposures taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) of the Hubble Space Telescope between December 18 and 28, 1995. Representing a narrow “keyhole” view stretching to the visible horizon of the universe, the HDF images cover a speck of the sky only about the width of a dime located 75 feet away. Though the… read more

Video Source: Tony Darnell’s Deep Astronomy

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