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Ruben Verborgh – Why you’ll love the future web

Posted by on July 15, 2012 in Technology with 0 Comments
Ruben Verborgh – Why you’ll love the future web

In this fascinating 3-minute TEDx video,  PhD student Ruben Verborgh describes the future web: people communicating with machines and machines communicating with other machines.  Listen to Peter talk about a layer on top of the existing web, which he calls the “Semantic Web,” that will facilitate man-machine and machine-machine communication: “What separates people from machines?  […]

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Scientists Control ‘Avatar’ Robot by Thought Over Long Distance [VIDEO]

Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Scientists Control ‘Avatar’ Robot by Thought Over Long Distance [VIDEO]

We’ve just come one step closer to making “Avatar” a reality.

(Huffington Post) Scientists with the international Virtual Embodiment and Robotic Re-embodiment project have, for the first time, enabled a person to control a small automaton thousands of miles away using nothing but thoughts.

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Looming Health Crisis: Wireless Technology and the Toxification of America

Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Environmental Hazards, Technology with 1 Comment
Looming Health Crisis: Wireless Technology and the Toxification of America

As a multitude of hazardous wireless technologies are deployed in homes, schools and workplaces, government officials and industry representatives continue to insist on their safety despite growing evidence to the contrary. A major health crisis looms that is only hastened through the extensive deployment of “smart grid” technology.

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‘Unprecedented’ Discovery Could Propel Quantum Computers to Reality

Posted by on July 8, 2012 in Quantum Physics, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
‘Unprecedented’ Discovery Could Propel Quantum Computers to Reality

It’s the holy grail of quantum computing: how to create the key building blocks known as quantum bits — qubits — that exist in a solid-state system at room temperature.

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California High-Speed Rail to Begin Construction

Posted by on July 8, 2012 in Technology with 0 Comments
California High-Speed Rail to Begin Construction

The US state of California has approved the first phase of construction of a much anticipated yet controversial high-speed rail project linking Los Angeles and San Francisco, officials said.

Following years of contentious debate, state senators voted 21-16 Friday to allocate about $8 billion for the initial stretch of tracks for a line that is expected to see trains speeding along at up to 220 miles an hour (355 kph).

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A Robot Controlled By Thought Alone [VIDEO]

Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Technology with 0 Comments
A Robot Controlled By Thought Alone [VIDEO]

It has been said that the human brain is the most complex computing instrument on the planet, so wouldn’t it make sense to use it to power a robot? What if that robot was across the country or on the other side of the world? Recent technology has shown that it is now possible to type by just thinking, so the use of thought to control a robot seems inevitable. The video seems like a scene out of Avatar but in it’s first stages of the technology.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Science of Fireworks

Posted by on July 4, 2012 in Science, Technology with 0 Comments
5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Science of Fireworks

Fireworks, a centuries-old technology, are an iconic symbol of Independence Day celebrations—but they’re also a marvel of modern science and engineering. Read on to discover the science behind the fireworks you’ll see all around the country tonight.

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New Mind-Reading Device Lets Paralyzed People Type

Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Science, Technology with 0 Comments
New Mind-Reading Device Lets Paralyzed People Type

(Smithsonian.com) Imagine that a debilitating illness, stroke or accident has left you entirely paralyzed. You’re fully conscious but unable to move or even communicate with those around you. People in this condition—known as Locked-in Syndrome—suffer greatly, locked in their own minds, appearing superficially to be in a persistent vegetative state despite a full inner life. […]

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Biological Switch Paves Way for Improved Biofuel Production

Posted by on June 30, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Biological Switch Paves Way for Improved Biofuel Production

Writing in the journal PNAS, Dr Lu-ning Lu and Professor Conrad Mullineaux from Queen Mary’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences report that by exposing cells to different light conditions, they have changed the way in which electrons are transported.

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New Spray-On Battery Could Convert Any Object into an Electricity Storage Device

Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
New Spray-On Battery Could Convert Any Object into an Electricity Storage Device

A team of researchers has just announced a new paint-on battery design.

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New Satellite Lets Anyone Experiment in Space

Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
New Satellite Lets Anyone Experiment in Space

For a few hundred dollars, anyone can now buy time to run their own experiments aboard a small satellite set to launch next year.

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Scientists Twist Light to Send Data

Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Scientists Twist Light to Send Data

A USC-led team demonstrates that beams of light can be twisted and combined to transmit data at dramatically increased speeds.

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Electronic Devices Mysteriously Stop Working Near Massive Baltic Sea Object

Written by on June 25, 2012 in Technology with 1 Comment
Electronic Devices Mysteriously Stop Working Near Massive Baltic Sea Object

Electronic equipment mysteriously stopped functioning when divers got close to the massive underwater object in the Baltic Sea.

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Scientists Discover New Material with Amazing Properties

Posted by on June 24, 2012 in Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Scientists Discover New Material with Amazing Properties

Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen have studied a material that is simultaneously magnetically and electrically polarizable.

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Sea Waves as Renewable Resource in New Energy Converter Design

Posted by on June 23, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 2 Comments
Sea Waves as Renewable Resource in New Energy Converter Design

Researchers have designed and simulated a new energy conversion device that more efficiently converts sea wave energy into electrical energy.

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