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Atlas human-powered helicopter — AHS Sikorsky Prize flight

July 12, 2013

Human-Powered Helicopter

On June 13th, 2013, the AeroVelo‘s Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter captured the long standing AHS Sikorsky Prize with a flight lasting 64.1 seconds and reaching an altitude of 3.3 metres. The competition was initially opened in 1980, and over the course of the 33 years that followed, dozens of teams from around the world pushed the limits of existing technology in pursuit of this once-thought-to-be impossible goal.

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Video Source: AeroVelo

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DIY (Drone It Yourself) v1.0

July 11, 2013

Drone It Yourself

The DIY (Drone It Yourself) v1.0 kit offers you the opportunity to turn any object into a drone, simply by attaching four motors and a control unit — no technical know-how needed. The kit consists of multiple parts that are easy to assemble and can be attached to a wide range of different objects.

For more advanced uses, you can take the original designs and alter the kit… read more

Video Source: Jasper van Loenen

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Driverless car research shifts into higher gear

July 11, 2013

Lexus autonomous research car

The automotive and tech industries are increasing their research in autonomous driving, but a truly driverless car remains years away.

Video Source: Network World

Life’s work: James Watson

July 1, 2013

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James Watson won a Nobel prize for his work on the discovery of the structure of DNA.

— CNN

Video Source: CNN

Rodney Brooks: why we will rely on robots

June 29, 2013

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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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David Hanson, Dmitry Itskov, Phillip K. Dick on Charlie Rose show

June 28, 2013

Hanson, Itskov

Robotics designer David Hanson & Dmitry Itskov, founder and chair, 2045 initiative on robotics and avatars of the future.

— Charlie Rose show

Video Source: Charlie Rose

PayPal Galactic: aiming for the final frontier

June 28, 2013

PayPal Galatic

PayPal Galactic aims to create a secure and functional space commerce ecosystem.

Video Source: PayPal

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Google developing Android game console: WSJ

June 28, 2013

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Google is developing a videogame console and wristwatch powered by its Android operating system, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

Video Source: Wall Street Journal

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Video on Instagram

June 22, 2013

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Over the past two and a half years, Instagram has become a community where you can capture and share the world’s moments simply and beautifully. Some moments, however, need more than a static image to come to life. Until now these stories have been missing from Instagram.

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce Video on Instagram and bring you another way to share your stories. When… read more

Video Source: Instagram

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ELYSIUM — Official Full Trailer

June 20, 2013

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n the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and… read more

Video Source: Sony Pictures

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War with Syria?

June 17, 2013

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John McCain and his contemporaries are saber-rattling in the general direction of Syria and Howard Bloom offers his opinion on that.

– The Amazing Atheist

Video Source: The Amazing Atheist

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Flying electric bicycle invented in Czech Republic

June 13, 2013

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In the Czech Republic three companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle capable of flying, The Telegraph reports. It has six propellers powered by six battery-powered engines. It’s currently only capable of five minutes of flight before the batteries need to be recharged.

Video Source: The Telegraph

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Max Tegmark: the future of life, a cosmic perspective

June 13, 2013

how wil our universe end

Max Tegmark, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), presents a cosmic perspective on the future of life, covering our increasing scientific knowledge, the cosmic background radiation, the ultimate fate of the universe, and what we need to do to ensure the human race’s survival and flourishing in the short and long term.

Future of Humanity Institute

Video Source: Future of Humanity Institute

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Nikola Tesla pitching Silicon Valley VCs

June 10, 2013

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Nikola Tesla pitches wireless energy to VCs.

Video Source: Northern Imagination

Mind-controlled microbes

June 3, 2013

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With an Arduino board, a hacked brain sensor, and a little code, you can control paramecia, which will change their swimming direction in response to an electrical field.

Build instructions and source code:http://making.do/paramecium

Paramecium footage credits:

Mon Microscopic
Proyecto Agua
desertfox326

Video Source: Geva Patz

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