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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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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

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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

Matrix-like fly-through shows brain in amazing detail

September 5, 2012

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It may look like you’re entering the Matrix but this video is actually a mouse brain fly-through captured with unprecedented sharpness. Imaged by Francesco Pavone from the European Laboratory for Non Linear Spectroscopy (LENS) in Italy and his team, the 3D map was created by combining two microscope techniques to eliminate the blurriness that typically occurs when trying to capture large biological samples.

Video Source: New Scientist

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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.

Video Source: PBS

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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

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.

Video Source: MeriTalk Conference 2010

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