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April 17, 2014

Aldebaran Looks To Larger Humanoid Robots with Romeo



Humanoid Robot

 Robotics
After the success of it's NAO, small humanoid robot, Aldbaran Robotics has engaged a new challenge: the production of a larger robot called Romeo that will allow for interaction more effectively in everyday human environments.

Wordlogic Looks To Bring More Intelligence To Predictive Text



Wordlogic

 Artificial Intelligence
A Canadian predictive intelligence technology company has partnered with the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI) to collaborate on natural language processing and prediction research and development.

Hubble Gives Us A Cross Section of the Universe



Cross Section of the Universe
 Space
An image of a galaxy cluster taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope gives a remarkable cross-section of the universe, showing objects at different distances and stages in cosmic history. They range from cosmic near neighbors to objects seen in the early years of the universe. The 14-hour exposure shows objects around a billion times fainter than can be seen with the naked eye.

April 16, 2014

Rodney Brooks On Robots As Co-Workers




 Robotics
In celebration of National Robotics Week recently, Rodney Brooks presented on the stage at Purdue University with two of his company's Baxter Robots.  In the talk, Brooks discusses how robotics will increasingly be part of our lives.

Plant-Derived Nanotubes May Have Numerous Uses in Medicine




 Nanotubes
Nanotubes, developed from plant material have been created.  The new nanotubes may have applications in medicine, where carbon nanotube use may not be feasible.

First Measurements of the Movement of Excitons Achieved



First Measurements of the Movement of Excitons Achieved
MAIN IMAGE

 Physics
A new technique developed at MIT has revealed the motion of energy-carrying quasiparticles, excitons in solid material. Understanding the excition could lead to a more comprehensive view of photosynthesis, and impact the field of electronics.

April 15, 2014

Ted Chu on the Cosmic Goal of Humanity



CoBe

 Futurism
Ted Chu recently conducted a talk about his new book, "Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential," and why the creation of Cosmic Beings should be our goal for the future.

New Method of Hydrogen Storage Developed



Hydrogen Storage

 Fuel Cell Technology
Engineers have created new ceramic materials that could be used to store hydrogen safely and efficiently. The researchers have created compounds made from mixtures of calcium hexaboride, strontium and barium hexaboride.

Researchers Create Strong and Lightweight Nanostructures Inspired by Nature



Researchers Create Strong and Lightweight Nanostructures Inspired by Nature

 Nanomaterials
Structural nanomaterials have been developed by researchers using 3D laser lithography to create lightweight, high-strength material inspired by the the structure of bones, wood and bees' honeycombs. 

April 14, 2014

Quantum Switch Technique Could Help Accelerate Quantum Computer Development



Quantum Switch Technique Could Help Accelerate Quantum Computer Development
 Quantum Computing
Researchers have developed a new method of trapping rubidium atoms in a lattice of light, which could help the development of quantum computing.

Elon Musk's 60 Minutes Interview




 Elon Musk
Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors gave a compelling interview last month on 60 Minutes.  In the piece he tells of how all of his money and the future of his companies almost came to an end in 2008.

Google Glass May Be Very Short-Lived If Google Keeps Developing Bionic Contact Lenses



Google Glass May Be Very Short-Lived If Google Keeps Developing Bionic Contact Lenses

 Smart Contact Lenses
Google has applied for a patent application that takes one of the essential features of Glass and embeds it into a contact lens for various potential uses.

Researchers Develop Ultra-Fast Circuits With Quantum Plasmonic Tunnelling



Researchers Develop Ultra-Fast Circuits With Quantum Plasmonic Tunnelling

 Electronics
A new scientific breakthrough that may potentially revolutionize high-speed electronics with nanoscale optoelectronics allows circuits to operate tens of thousands times faster than today's electronics.

April 11, 2014

Afraid to Go Under the Knife? 5 Reasons Surgery is Safer Than Ever



Afraid to Go Under the Knife? 5 Reasons Surgery is Safer Than Ever

 Medicine
With today's advanced surgical equipment and techniques, undergoing surgery is safer than ever. Take a look at five ways going under the knife is not as scary a prospect as it once was.
 
The Story of the Chessboard


The classic parable of how the inventor of the game of chess used his knowledge of exponential growth to trick an emperor is commonly used to explain the staggering and accelerating growth of technology. The 33rd square on the chessboards represents the first step into the second half of the chessboard, where exponential growth takes off.

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