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Colorful ‘Solar Glass’ Allows Entire Buildings to Generate Clean Power

Written by on February 28, 2013 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
Colorful ‘Solar Glass’ Allows Entire Buildings to Generate Clean Power

Oxford Photovoltaics has developed technology for “printing” colorful glass that can generate electricity, allowing entire buildings to generate clean energy.

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The Graphene Revolution: The World’s Thinnest and Strongest Material That Will Change the Way We Live

Posted by on February 8, 2013 in Technology with 0 Comments
The Graphene Revolution: The World’s Thinnest and Strongest Material That Will Change the Way We Live

Thinner than paper, stronger than diamond, more conductive than copper.

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Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That’s OK

Posted by on February 3, 2013 in Futurism & Inspiring Inventions, Technology with 1 Comment
Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That’s OK

Federico Pistono of Zeitgeist Italy delivered a very compelling presentation at TEDxVienna 2012 on the nature of technological unemployment and why we should embrace it. This video contains so many quotable phrases and wonderful points.

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University Study Finds Mind-meld Brain Power Is Best for Steering Spaceships

Posted by on February 2, 2013 in Technology with 0 Comments
University Study Finds Mind-meld Brain Power Is Best for Steering Spaceships

TURNS out two heads really are better than one. Two people have successfully steered a virtual spacecraft by combining the power of their thoughts – and their efforts were far more accurate than one person acting alone. One day groups of people hooked up to brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) might work together to control complex robotic and telepresence systems, maybe even in space.

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MP3 Files Written as DNA — Data of Nearly Entire Library of Congress Stored in a Single Gram

Posted by on January 27, 2013 in Technology with 0 Comments
MP3 Files Written as DNA — Data of Nearly Entire Library of Congress Stored in a Single Gram

People have started experimenting with putting binary data in biological form. Now, a new study has confirmed the flexibility of the approach by encoding everything from an MP3 to the decoding algorithm into fragments of DNA. The cost analysis done by the authors suggest that the technology may soon be suitable for decade-scale storage, provided current trends continue.

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FDA Approves First Robotic Doctor For Use In Hospitals

Posted by on January 26, 2013 in Technology with 0 Comments
FDA Approves First Robotic Doctor For Use In Hospitals

A robot, called RP-VITA, that allows patients to communicate with doctors via a telemedicine system and can move around on its own has just received clearance by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).

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New Asteroid Mining Company ‘Deep Space Industries’ Aims to Manufacture Products in Space

Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Earth & Space, Technology with 0 Comments
New Asteroid Mining Company ‘Deep Space Industries’ Aims to Manufacture Products in Space

A new private company called Deep Space Industries announced today that it intends to send a fleet of small spacecraft to near-Earth asteroids with the aim of mining resources and turning them into products using space-based 3-D printers.

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Futurist Ray Kurzweil Plans to Create a Mind at Google—and Have it Serve You

Posted by on January 19, 2013 in Futurism & Inspiring Inventions, Technology with 1 Comment
Futurist Ray Kurzweil Plans to Create a Mind at Google—and Have it Serve You

“There’s no more important project than understanding Intelligence and recreating it. I do envision a fundamental approach based on everything we understand about how the human brain [works]. And there are some things we don’t yet understand so I plan to go off and explore some of my own ideas about how certain things work.”

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Facebook’s Bold, Compelling and Scary Engine of Discovery: The Inside Story of Graph Search

Posted by on January 15, 2013 in Technology with 0 Comments
Facebook’s Bold, Compelling and Scary Engine of Discovery: The Inside Story of Graph Search

For years now, Facebook watchers have wondered when the company would unleash the potential of its underpowered search bar. (Nobody has feared this day more than Google, which suddenly faces a competitor able to index tons of data that Google’s own search engine can’t access.) They have also wondered how a Facebook search product might work. Now we know. Graph Search is fundamentally different from web search. Instead of a Google-like effort to help users find answers from a stitched-together corpus of all the world’s information, Facebook is helping them tap its vast, monolithic database to make better use of their “social graph,” the term Zuckerberg uses to describe the network of one’s relationships with friends, acquaintances, favorite celebrities, and preferred brands.

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Seeing For the Very First Time: Ambient Social Networking

Written by on January 15, 2013 in Technology with 0 Comments
Seeing For the Very First Time: Ambient Social Networking

This post originally appeared on New Plateaus We all know popular websites like Facebook and Twitter as examples of how people keep in touch with others via the Internet. We now live a world with an added layer: a virtual existence. You’re on a trip? Share your pictures. Found a cool article? Share it with your […]

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Revealed: US Spy Operation That Manipulates Social Media

Posted by on January 13, 2013 in Technology with 15 Comments
Revealed: US Spy Operation That Manipulates Social Media

The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.

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America’s First Bookless Public Library Will look ‘Like an Apple Store’

Posted by on January 13, 2013 in Technology with 0 Comments
America’s First Bookless Public Library Will look ‘Like an Apple Store’

If you want to get an idea what it looks like, go into an Apple store,” Wolff told the San Antonio Express News. Called BiblioTech, the library system plans for several locations, starting with a first one in the fall of 2013 on the south side of the county. Wolff says this system won’t be a replacement for the County’s City library system, but an enhancement to it. They plan to save money by using buildings which are already owned by Bexar County, and have estimated that beginning costs are around $250,000 to secure the first 10,000 titles for the library.

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Time Warp: What It’s Like to Experience New Technology After 25 Years in Jail

Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Technology with 0 Comments
Time Warp: What It’s Like to Experience New Technology After 25 Years in Jail

When I went to prison, in 1987, Motorola manufactured the large, gray cellphone that I used. People referred to it as “the brick.” It had the capacity to send or receive phone calls, but there wasn’t any text messaging back then. I also had a pager, but it could only transmit digits, as I recall. I had a personal computer manufactured by IBM with a DOS operating system that I didn’t really understand and 40 megabytes of memory. I was told that was a big deal.

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