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Soft autonomous earthworm robot at MIT

August 10, 2012

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Earthworms creep along the ground by alternately squeezing and stretching muscles along the length of their bodies, inching forward with each wave of contractions. Snails and sea cucumbers also use this mechanism, called peristalsis, to get around, and our own gastrointestinal tracts operate by a similar action, squeezing muscles along the esophagus to push food to the stomach.

Now researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Seoul National University have… read more

Video Source: MIT

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Sci Fi Science on The Science Channel | Michio Kaku, Singularity and an ‘A.I. Uprising’

December 1, 2011

Michio Kaku, Singularity and an 'A.I. Uprising'

Sci Fi Science on The Science Channel | Michio Kaku comes up with a plan to stop the robots from taking over Earth. Imagine a world ruled by artificial intelligence where humans have been wiped out. This is no sci-fi fantasy. We’re fast approaching the moment when machines will be smarter than we are! We need a plan to stay on top and Dr. Michio Kaku is on the case.… read more

Video Source: The Science Channel | Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible

3D Printer – high resolution – homemade – DIY

July 12, 2012

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This is a High resolution 3D Printer I have developed at home. The printer quality is amazing.

I have been dreaming about having a 3D Printer at home for many years, but the ones with good quality are not affordable and the low costs just deliver poor quality. Sounds crazy but I decided to build a high resolution 3D Printer by myself at home (people actually said that I… read more

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The Grand Entrance (William Shatner) — Curiosity landing on Mars

July 31, 2012

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William Shatner and the Grand Entrance: As NASA prepares for Curiosity rover landing on Mars on August 5, William Shatner shares this thrilling story of NASA’s hardest planetary science mission to date. The video titled, “Grand Entrance,” guides viewers from entry through descent, and after landing.

Video Source: NASA

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DARPA’s Wound Stasis technology could save lives

December 11, 2012

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Battlefield medical care administered by first responders is often critical to the survival of injured service members. In the case of internal abdominal injuries and resulting internal hemorrhaging, however, there is currently little that can be done to stanch bleeding before the patients reach necessary treatment facilities. The resulting blood loss often leads to death from what would otherwise be potentially survivable wounds.

A foam-based technology developed under DARPA’s… read more

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Augmented-reality SpaceGlasses

August 23, 2013

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Meta’s SpaceGlasses video shows the huge potential of augmented reality, bringing the computing scenarios of “Iron Man” to life. Spaceglasses.com.

— CNET TV

Video Source: CNET TV

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Japanese robot actroid-SIT gets more social

March 25, 2013

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Actroid-SIT, a lifelike robot from Japanese firm Kokoro can function autonomously, talking and gesturing while interacting with people. Researchers are teaching the robot to handle interruptions and address crowds.

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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Portabee: an affordable, portable 3D printer

November 28, 2012

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A $480 portable 3-D printer called the Portabee comes as a kit and collapses down to fit into a laptop bag.

Video Source: Portabee

Marc Goodman: a vision of crimes in the future

July 22, 2012

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The theme of TEDGlobal 2012 was “Radical Openness.” In his talk, Marc Goodman explores the unintended consequences of this openness, giving the audience a glimpse into the future of crime and global security.

 

 

 

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Warner Brothers | Transcendence film trailers by filmmakers Wally Pfister and Christopher Nolan

December 20, 2013

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Warner Brothers | Synopsis: Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions.

His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but… read more

Bipedal hobby robot walks a tightrope

October 23, 2012

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A Japanese roboticist that goes by the handle Dr. Guero, famous for programming his hobby robot to ride a miniature bicycle and walk on stilts, has managed to get his robot to balance on a tightrope.

The video shows Dr. Guero’s robot as it slides its way along the wire, making minute adjustments to its balance by waving its arms, based on signals from its… read more

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Alexander Graham Bell voice recording recovered

April 26, 2013

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A dramatic application of digital technology has allowed researchers to recover Alexander Graham Bell‘s voice from a recording held by the Smithsonian — a breakthrough announced in the Smithsonian magazine for the first time.

The precise methods they employed in early efforts to play back their recordings are lost to history. As a result, says curator Carlene Stephens of the National Museum of American History, the discs, ranging… read more

Video Source: Smithsonian

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International Supercomputing Conference | Henry Markram on simulating the brain — the next decisive years

July 10, 2011

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Henry Markram, Ph.D., Director of the Blue Brain Project at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, speaks at the International Supercomputing Conference 2011.

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Video Source: International Supercomputing Conference 2011

Electrical near-field 3D gesture interface

November 14, 2012

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Microchip Technology has introduced GestIC, a configurable 3-D gesture controller that allows users to interact with their devices using hand/finger position tracking and intuitive free-space gestures in real time. The device is only available as a development kit. Applications include: 

  • Notebooks/Keyboards/PC Peripherals
  • Mobile phones
  • Tablet computers
  • Electronic readers
  • Remote controls
  • Game controllers

Video Source: Microchip Technology

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Back to the Moon for power?

December 11, 2012

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Lunar and Planetary Institute geologist Paul Spudis believes that human exploration of the Moon should begin again, in part to tap into polar water which can be used for rocket fuel and life support.

Video Source: Lunar and Planetary Institute

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