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University of Texas | Mirage invisibility effect using transparent carbon nanotube sheets

October 25, 2011

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University of Texas | Researchers at UT Dallas recently demonstrated that transparent carbon nanotube sheets, which can have the density of air and the specific strength of steel, can be used to make objects invisible.

Vanishing act creates a stir in the nanotech world,” Oct. 25, 2011 | Sheets made of microscopic carbon fibers seem to disappear when heated. Dr. Ali Aliev, a research scientist at UT… read more

University of Pennsylvania | Water drops slide off of any surface with Nelum Science’s coating

December 12, 2013

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University of Pennsylvania | Hanging hundreds of feet off the ground to wash a skyscraper’s windows or pumping water out to a desert solar array to keep its panels and mirrors clean is more than just a hassle — it’s an expensive problem with serious ecological implications.

A spin-off company from Penn has found a way to solve the problem of keeping surfaces clean, while also keeping them transparent.… read more

University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab | A swarm of ‘nano’ quadrotors in agile formations

February 1, 2012

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Daniel Mellinger | Experiments performed with a team of nano quadrotors at the General Robotics, Automation, and Sensing (GRASP) Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Vehicles developed by KMel Robotics. Special thanks to Professor Daniel Lee for his support.

A nano quadrotor is a multicopter that is propelled by four rotors and nanotechnology.

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Video Source: University of Pennsylvania | GRASP Lab

University of Illinois Chicago | CAVE2 wraparound virtual world

February 20, 2013

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Video Source: Telegraph UK

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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

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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University of Arizona | 3-D moving images possible with new hologram technology

February 8, 2011

University of Arizona News | Traditional holograms are printed much in the same way a poster or a painting are, in that once the image is printed on a surface, it is permanent. But a technological breakthrough at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences has brought the possibility of full color, rewritable, holographic displays and televisions one step closer to reality.

Video Source: The University of Arizona

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University of Arizona solar energy demo

February 20, 2009

University of Arizona News | U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords initiated a series of public forums on the economy at the UA and in Phoenix. During one visit to the UA, Giffords attended a Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory solar energy demonstration where UA scientists burned a hole through a piece of steel within a 15-second period.

Video Source: University of Arizona News

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Under Armour | Smart garments include embedded sensors and on-board computer for biofeedback

February 26, 2011

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Yahoo Sports | At the 2011 scouting combine, about 30 players will be wearing clothing technology that allows coaches and scouts watching the various drills to receive specific technical data about the players. The E-39 compression shirt is fitted with electronic touchpoints that send biofeedback via Bluetooth or to a computer or handheld device, and expands the specific awareness of what the body is doing during the drills.

The… read more

Video Source: Under Armour

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Ubi Interactive: turn any surface into a touch screen

August 15, 2013

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Microsoft announced Tuesday that its Ubi Interactive system, which instantly turns any surface into a touchscreen, is now available. It requires a computer running the Ubi software, a projector, and the Kinect for Windows sensor.

Video Source: Ubi Interactive

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Twentieth Century Fox | Prometheus official full HD trailer

March 28, 2012

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Twentieth Century Fox | In the distant future, two superpowers control Earth and fight each other for all the solar system’s natural resources. When one side dispatches a team to a distant planet to terraform it for human colonization, the team discovers an indigenous race of bio-mechanoid killers.

Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology,… read more

Video Source: Twentieth Century Fox

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TrapWire: spying On YOU?

August 16, 2012

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“Emails obtained via a hack of intelligence agency Stratfor have shed light on a secret, comprehensive U.S. surveillance effort led by Virginia-based TrapWire. The details were released by whistleblower site Wikileaks, but an ongoing distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against Wikileaks.org has made it difficult to access the TrapWire docs…”. The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

Video Source: The Young Turks Network

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Trailer for new film by Doug Wolens The Singularity

January 24, 2013

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Doug Wolens | The Singularity is defined as the point in time when computer intelligence exceeds human intelligence. This notion of superhuman machines has long served as fodder for tales of science fiction. Yet most scientific leaders argue that these changes are inevitable, based on the accelerating rate of technological progress.

Clearly, some emerging technologies could have unknown consequences that could lead to catastrophic events or be abused for… read more

Video Source: Doug Wolens

Toward Intelligent Humanoids | iCub 2012

April 15, 2013

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This video, released by the IDSIA Robotics Lab as part of the ongoing work in the EU-funded project IM-CLeVeR, shows recent skills learned by the iCub humanoid.

The IM-CleVeR project, launched in 2009, aims at “developing a new methodology for designing robots that can cumulatively learn new skills through autonomous development based on intrinsic motivations, and reuse such skills for accomplishing multiple, complex, and externally-assigned… read more

Video Source: IDSIA Robotics Lab

Tour of The Daily, the world’s first iPad-only news app in the U.S.

February 4, 2011

The Daily Holdings, Inc. | The Daily is the world’s first iPad-only news app in the U.S., owned by News Corporation, with original daily content created exclusively for the iPad and covering: breaking news, sports, pop culture, entertainment, apps, games, technology, opinion, celebrity gossip and more. The Daily has the depth and quality of a magazine but is delivered daily like a newspaper and updated in real-time… read more

Video Source: The Daily Holdings, Inc.

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