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Tag: Research

Eco-Friendly LED Light Bulb Cooled With Jet Engine Tech

Eco-Friendly LED Light Bulb Cooled With Jet Engine Tech
Going green is all fine and good for the environment and it will help you a bit when it comes time to pay those utility bills too. I have tried some of the green florescent bulbs in my normal light fixtures before, but the weird colored light bothered me so I tossed them out.

Robot Archer Hits Bulls Eye by 8th Try: Can You Learn to Dodge Perfectly in 7?

Robot Archer Hits Bulls Eye by 8th Try: Can You Learn to Dodge Perfectly in 7?
Dr. Petar Kormushev and his colleagues at the Italian Institute of Technology’s (IIT) Advanced Robotics Dept. love to teach human skills to robots. At first they were satisfied with harmless activities, like flipping pancakes, but now I’m starting to feel threatened by their research.
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Male Dance Moves That Attract Women: It’S All in the Neck

Male Dance Moves That Attract Women: It’S All in the Neck
…and the trunk, and the left shoulder, and the left wrist. And the right knee. You got that? Let’s back up a bit and cover the basics first. The study, which I bet was performed in all seriousness, was performed by psychologists and researchers at Northumbria University in the UK.

Balancing Cube: Self-Balancing Robot Can Stand on a Single Point

Balancing Cube: Self-Balancing Robot Can Stand on a Single Point
This incredible, unusual robot can balance itself on any of its corners when stood on point. The Balancing Cube was developed by Sebastian Trimpe and Raffaello D’Andrea for the Institute of Dynamic Systems and Control. The strange looking robot uses a set of DC motors and sensors attached to six networked balancing mechanisms which allow the robot to constantly maintain an upright position.

OLED Material Could Turn Any Surface Into a Nightvision Window

OLED Material Could Turn Any Surface Into a Nightvision Window
Scientists at the University of Florida have figured out a way to create a super thin film which could turn any clear surface into a nightvision portal. Using a technology similar to that found in OLED displays, the nightvision material uses seven layers of OLEDs, which are designed to react to infrared light wavelengths.

Microsoft’S Manual Deskterity Combines Pen and Touch on a Single Surface

Microsoft’S Manual Deskterity Combines Pen and Touch on a Single Surface
While I’ve been getting used to the touch-only display on my new iPad, I have to say that I really wish I could use both my fingers and a pen for doing things like taking free-form notes.

Pcubee: 3d-Ish Cubic Display is Truly Spectactular

Pcubee: 3d-Ish Cubic Display is Truly Spectactular
With all the buzz about 3D televisions coming out this year, the biggest problem with these displays is that they require special glasses to create the 3D illusion in your eyeballs. While this new device prototype doesn’t produce truly stereoscopic images, the effect it produces is the next best thing.

What You Write is What You Get: Scribblenauts in Real Life

What You Write is What You Get: Scribblenauts in Real Life
Made by Steven Zhou and Syed Olmer Gilani of the National University of Singapore’s Interactive Multimedia Lab, What You Write Is What You Get (WYWIWYG) is a visual way of learning about language. Just like 5th Cell’s critically-acclaimed DS game Scribblenauts, WYWIWYG can analyze written words and come up with a virtual representation of the corresponding object.

Ghost in the Shell: Scientists Working on Programming Morality Into Machines

Ghost in the Shell: Scientists Working on Programming Morality Into Machines
Earlier this year, Luís Moniz Pereira of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in Portugal and Ari Saptawijaya of the Universitas Indonesia published a paper describing what they think is a stepping stone to having artificial intelligence that can analyze moral dilemmas and evaluate the consequences of the resolutions to the dilemma.

Green Algae-Based Batteries Show Tremendous Potential

Green Algae-Based Batteries Show Tremendous Potential
Almost every aspect of electronic devices have been vastly improved – or at least miniaturized – these days. Touchscreen displays are becoming common. Monitors and TVs are becoming larger, thinner and the overall quality of their displays are improving as well.

Here Come the Thought Police: Fmri and Mindreading Studies

Here Come the Thought Police: Fmri and Mindreading Studies
Science is now a little bit closer to revealing the true you, thanks to research from Rutgers and UCLA researches on fMRIs, or functional MRIs. Can these brainscans read your thoughts? Not quite, but nosy scientists can get a general idea more than half the time!

Big Science at Neatorama: Expensive, Complicated & Awesome

Big Science at Neatorama: Expensive, Complicated & Awesome
The latest Neatorama exclusive talks about large-scale experiments and research and the massive and complex equipment that they require. I’m pretty sure that you’ve already heard of most of them, like the Hubble Telescope, the International Space Station, or the US and USSR’s space race, that culminated in the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Darpa Wants Killer Robots That Help Build Themselves. Great. Just Great.

Darpa Wants Killer Robots That Help Build Themselves. Great. Just Great.
DARPA‘s Self-Explanation Learning Framework (SELF) program “seeks to construct systems that can participate in their own construction.” Imagine a robot helping build itself. Who or what runs DARPA these days? Are there still humans in there?

Mesicopters: Tiny Flying Robots to Take Over the World (Someday)

Mesicopters: Tiny Flying Robots to Take Over the World (Someday)
Stanford researchers have designed these incredible little robots are about the size of a quarter for use in atmospheric research on Earth (and one day) on Mars. I just want them for conducting research in my office building.

Strategy Games May Help Conquer Aging

Strategy Games May Help Conquer Aging
This has got to be the best news for brain health since ever: playing strategy games might help prevent some ill effects due to aging. Your desire to control an animated portion of a tiny world (with your iron fist, naturally) just may be your saving grace in your twilight years.

Jumping and Rolling Robot Can Handle Any Terrain

Jumping and Rolling Robot Can Handle Any Terrain
Rhodri Armour, a PhD student from the University of Bath, has invented a robot that he hopes will be a model for future space exploration and land surveying robots. Called the Jollbot, it’s a spherical robot that rolls over smooth terrain and jumps “like a grasshopper” when it encounters obstacles.
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