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Scientists Working On Human-To-Dolphin Translator Report First Successful Interaction

Written by on April 2, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Scientists Working On Human-To-Dolphin Translator Report First Successful Interaction

Researchers testing a real-life human-to-dolphin translator have reported the first successful use of their technology in the wild, with a bottlenose dolphin pointing out a piece of nearby seaweed to a scientist in the water. Known as the Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry device (Chat), the translator uses a pair of hydrophones (underwater microphones) to capture the range of clicks and whistles made by dolphins. Rather than directly ‘translating’ these vocalisations into human speech, Dr Herzing has been teaching the dolphins a limited vocabulary defined by humans. This helps to simplify the massive range of noises made by dolphins, who produce sounds at frequencies up to 200 kilohertz – roughly 10 times higher than humans can hear.

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Will We Ever… Travel in Wormholes?

Written by on March 30, 2014 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Will We Ever… Travel in Wormholes?

The universe is huge. Travelling at light speed to the nearest star would take more than four years. Venturing to the other side of the galaxy? More than 100,000 years. So what’s an intrepid space traveler to do? One option is a cosmic shortcut called a wormhole, a tunnel through the fabric of space and time that can connect far-flung corners of the universe. Hopping through a wormhole would be incredibly difficult, say scientists, but they have yet to rule it out. So, what would it take in reality, and what exactly is stopping us now?

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MIT Engineers Design Hybrid Living/Nonliving Materials

Written by on March 26, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
MIT Engineers Design Hybrid Living/Nonliving Materials

MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots. These “living materials” combine the advantages of live cells — which respond to their environment, produce complex biological molecules, and span multiple length scales — with the benefits of nonliving materials, which add functions such as conducting electricity or emitting light.

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Fearless Research: Science and Non-Duality

Fearless Research: Science and Non-Duality

Learn about the leading edge of scientific research into consciousness in this presentation by IONS scientist Cassandra Vieten

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Einstein’s ‘Spooky’ Theory May Lead to Ultra-Secure Internet

Einstein’s ‘Spooky’ Theory May Lead to Ultra-Secure Internet

“Spooky action at a distance” describes entanglement of particles separated at large distances and may be applied to ultra-secure message transmission.

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Electric ‘Thinking Cap’ Controls Learning Speed

Written by on March 24, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Electric ‘Thinking Cap’ Controls Learning Speed

Caffeine-fueled cram sessions are routine occurrences on any college campus. But what if there was a better, safer way to learn new or difficult material more quickly? What if “thinking caps” were real? Scientists have now shown that it is possible to selectively manipulate our ability to learn through the application of a mild electrical current to the brain, and that this effect can be enhanced or depressed depending on the direction of the current.

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Facebook’s New ‘DeepFace’ Software Can Match Faces Almost As Well As Humans

Written by on March 19, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Facebook’s New ‘DeepFace’ Software Can Match Faces Almost As Well As Humans

Facebook owns the world’s largest photo library, and it now has the technology to match almost all the faces within it. Yes, even the ones you don’t tag. Technology Review reported this week that Facebook has developed new facial verification software capable of matching the same person correctly nearly every time, regardless of whether the subject is actually facing the camera.

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MIT Creates Soft Robotic Fish that Moves Like the Real Thing

Written by on March 13, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
MIT Creates Soft Robotic Fish that Moves Like the Real Thing

Soft robots — which don’t just have soft exteriors but are also powered by fluid flowing through flexible channels — have become a sufficiently popular research topic that they now have their own journal, Soft Robotics. In the first issue of that journal, out this month, MIT researchers report the first self-contained autonomous soft robot, a “fish” that can execute an escape maneuver, convulsing its body to change direction, in just 100 milliseconds, or as quickly as a real fish can.

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A Plan for Free, Global Access to the Internet

Written by on February 27, 2014 in Futurism & Inspiring Inventions, Sci-Tech, Technology with 2 Comments
A Plan for Free, Global Access to the Internet

Computing devices still outnumber the people on this planet, but less than 40% of the global population has access to the Internet. Data is a costly commodity in many parts of the world. The Outernet is a plan to bridge the global information divide.

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New App Gives You Superhuman Vision

Written by on February 25, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
New App Gives You Superhuman Vision

UltimEyes, a new app gives you superhuman vision after repeated use as researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented the eyesight training program called UltimEyes with the intention of significantly improving the average person’s eyesight. Lissette Padilla and Elliot Hill discuss how this new iPad app works and how it may be able to increase your ability to see in this clip from the Lip News.

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Michio Kaku: This is Your Brain on a Laser Beam

Written by on February 24, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Michio Kaku: This is Your Brain on a Laser Beam

Dr. Michio Kaku returns to Big Think studio. Kaku explains how we might transfer our consciousness to laser beams to explore the universe at the speed of light.

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Paralyzed Woman Walks Again With 3D-Printed Robotic Exoskeleton

Written by on February 20, 2014 in Technology with 1 Comment
Paralyzed Woman Walks Again With 3D-Printed Robotic Exoskeleton

3D Systems, in collaboration with Ekso Bionics, has created a 3D-printed robotic exoskeleton that has restored the ability to walk in a woman paralyzed from the waist down. The Ekso-Suit was demonstrated by Amanda Boxtel, who was told by her doctor that she’d never walk again after a skiing accident in 1992.

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Drone on Your iPhone: Apple Drops Objections to App Tracking U.S. Strikes Overseas

Written by on February 12, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Drone on Your iPhone: Apple Drops Objections to App Tracking U.S. Strikes Overseas

A new iPhone app has been released that tracks every reported U.S. drone strike overseas. Over the course of two years, Apple rejected different versions no less than five times. Now, for the first time, the app is finally available under the name of Metadata +, created by New York University graduate student Josh Begley.

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NASA Is Working On Star Trek Healing Devices—’It’s Not Sci-Fi Anymore’

Written by on February 10, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
NASA Is Working On Star Trek Healing Devices—’It’s Not Sci-Fi Anymore’

NASA and Houston-based company GRoK Technologies will work on the development of new “breakthrough products,” noninvasive medical technologies designed to “regenerate bone and muscle tissues.”

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Eterni.me Lets You Skype With The Dead

Written by on February 9, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Eterni.me Lets You Skype With The Dead

Do you want to live forever? Well, perhaps you can. Not literally, of course, but as an online presence that can comfort your loved ones after your death.

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