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Humanoid Robot Learns Language Like a Baby

Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Humanoid Robot Learns Language Like a Baby

With the help of human instructors, a robot has learned to talk like a human infant, learning the names of simple shapes and colors.

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Giant Solar Plane Completes Spain-Morocco Flight

Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
Giant Solar Plane Completes Spain-Morocco Flight

(CNN) Pilot Bertrand Piccard landed the Solar Impulse in Rabat – 19 hours after taking off from Madrid. The plane – the size of a jumbo jet – was powered by 12,000 solar cells turning four electrical motors. The 2,500km-trip (1,550 miles), begun in Switzerland in May, is described as a rehearsal for a world […]

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7 Remarkable Futuristic Materials

Posted by on June 7, 2012 in Science, Technology with 0 Comments
7 Remarkable Futuristic Materials

(ThomasNet) Materials science continues to develop new substances with remarkable attributes, as well as inventive new combinations of traits. Sophisticated new materials are already playing a major role in engineering, medicine, science, design and manufacturing, as well as in everyday life. Here we highlight some new and inventive materials that are bringing science fiction closer […]

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Astronaut on International Space Station (ISS) to Livestream the Transit of Venus from Space [video]

Posted by on June 5, 2012 in Earth & Space, Technology with 0 Comments
Astronaut on International Space Station (ISS) to Livestream the Transit of Venus from Space [video]

High above Earth on the International Space Station (ISS), astronaut Don Pettit is about to become the first human to witness and photograph a transit of Venus from space.  His images and commentary will be streamed live to Earth during the crossing on June 5, 2012. “I’ve been planning this for a while,” says Pettit, […]

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Self-Driving Cars Head Down Spanish Motorway

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Technology with 0 Comments
Self-Driving Cars Head Down Spanish Motorway

(Discovery News) A convoy of self-driving cars has taken to a public motorway in Spain in normal traffic, a world first, according to Swedish car maker Volvo. A professional driver took the lead of the convoy in a truck, and was followed by four self-driven Volvo vehicles: a second truck and three cars, Volvo said […]

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SpaceX’s Dragon Craft Makes Historic Hookup with Space Station

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Earth & Space, Technology with 0 Comments
SpaceX’s Dragon Craft Makes Historic Hookup with Space Station

(MSNBC) The International Space Station’s crew reached out today with a robotic arm to grab SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule and brought it in for the orbital outpost’s first-ever hookup with a commercial spaceship. It marks the station’s first linkup with a U.S.-made spacecraft since last year’s retirement of NASA’s space shuttle fleet, and potentially opens […]

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Robotic Fish to Patrol for Pollution in Harbours

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Nature, Technology with 0 Comments
Robotic Fish to Patrol for Pollution in Harbours

(BBC) In the shallow waters of Gijon harbour, in northern Spain, a large, yellow fish cuts through the waves. But this swimmer stands apart from the marine life that usually inhabits this port: there’s no flesh and blood here, just carbon fibre and metal. This is robo-fish – scientists’ latest weapon in the war against […]

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Astounding Breakthroughs – A Conversation with David Sereda

Written by on May 24, 2012 in Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Astounding Breakthroughs – A Conversation with David Sereda

(Source: Higher Journeys) David Sereda discusses breakthroughs in water re-structuring via the sound of the sun, unique crystal healing instruments and technology, Earth changes, the Fukushima disaster, and much more in an interview with Alexis Brooks that is available as a podcast on her  Higher Journeys website. David is a filmmaker, photographer, author and public […]

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Hempcrete, Made From Hemp, Used To Build Houses

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 1 Comment
Hempcrete, Made From Hemp, Used To Build Houses

(Huffington Post) Imagine you had a building material that was energy-efficient, non-toxic and resistant to mold, insects and fire. The material may even have a higher R-value, or thermal resistance, than concrete, a claim that is still being investigated. The only problem? The base of the Hempcrete creation is hemp, which comes from the cannabis […]

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SpaceX Prepares to Launch First Commercial Flight to Space Station

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Earth & Space, Technology with 0 Comments
SpaceX Prepares to Launch First Commercial Flight to Space Station

(The Guardian) In a major step towards space privatization, SpaceX will send a Dragon capsule with supplies for the International Space Station In the early hours of Saturday morning, a rocket is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on a mission to deliver a capsule full of supplies to the International Space […]

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Researchers Use Light to Switch on Gene Expression

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Researchers Use Light to Switch on Gene Expression

Imagine being able to control genetic expression by flipping a light switch. Researchers at North Carolina State University are using light-activated molecules to turn gene expression on and off. Their method enables greater precision when studying gene function, and could lead to targeted therapies for diseases like cancer. Triplex-forming oligonucleotides (TFOs) are commonly used molecules […]

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Secrets of the First Practical Artificial Leaf

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Nature, Technology with 0 Comments
Secrets of the First Practical Artificial Leaf

(Eurekalert) A detailed description of development of the first practical artificial leaf — a milestone in the drive for sustainable energy that mimics the process, photosynthesis, that green plants use to convert water and sunlight into energy — appears in the ACS journal Accounts of Chemical Research. The article notes that unlike earlier devices, which […]

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Beam me up Scotty: Life-size Hologram-like Telepods Revolutionize Videoconferencing [video]

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Science, Technology with 1 Comment
Beam me up Scotty: Life-size Hologram-like Telepods Revolutionize Videoconferencing [video]

(Human Media Lab) Professor Roel Vertegaal’s Star Trek-like 3D cylindrical display is probably as close to teleportation as we will ever get. A Queen’s University researcher has created a Star Trek-like human-scale 3D videoconferencing pod that allows people in different locations to video conference as if they are standing in front of each other. “Why […]

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Wind Turbine Creates Water from Thin Air

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
Wind Turbine Creates Water from Thin Air

(CNN) Wind turbines have long produced renewable energy but a French engineering firm has discovered another eco-purpose for the towering structures. Eole Water claims to have successfully modified the traditional wind turbine design to create the WMS1000, an appliance that can manufacture drinking water from humid air. The company aims to start rolling out the […]

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Swiss Scientists Demonstrate Mind-controlled Robot

Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Technology with 1 Comment
Swiss Scientists Demonstrate Mind-controlled Robot

(CBS News) Swiss scientists have demonstrated how a partially paralyzed person can control a robot by thought alone, a step they hope will one day allow immobile people to interact with their surroundings through so-called avatars. Similar experiments have taken place in the United States and Germany, but they involved either able-bodied patients or invasive […]

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