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A research cockroach walks upside down
High-Speed Robots Based On Cockroaches: How Roach's Antennae Hairs Help Scientists Create Quicker Bots
Dec 04, 2013 17:58 PM E
When hairs on a roach's antenna hit an obstacle, they bend backwards into semi-circular shapes, jostling the bug backward.
SpaceX Launch
SpaceX Rocket Successfully Carries Commercial Satellite Into Space; Launch Seen For Miles Around
Dec 04, 2013 11:01 AM E
After two ditched attempts, Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully launched a private communications satellite into orbit Tuesday, a feat many say has cemented the start-up company's reputation in the commercial space travel industry.
hubble telescope
5 Exoplanets With Water Detected By Hubble Telescope, But They're Probably Too Hot For Alien Life
Dec 03, 2013 18:13 PM E
Five exoplanets show evidence of water signatures, two new studies in The Astrophysical Journal find. But that planets, WASP-17b, HD209458b, WASP-12b, WASP-19b and XO-1b, are all "hot Jupiters," meaning that they orbit nearby stars but are probably too hot to harbor alien life.
A 3-D Metal Printer That Can Manufacture Tools In The Garage
Low-Cost, Open-Source 3-D Metal Printer Could Bring Revolutionary Technology To Millions
Dec 03, 2013 10:50 AM E
Michigan Tech researchers built a functional 3-D metal printer using parts costing only $1500. They made their plans open source, meaning anyone with a shop and $1500 can build one at home.
amazon drone
Amazon Drone Delivery: How Soon Will 'Prime Air' Service Take To The Skies? [VIDEO]
Dec 02, 2013 15:47 PM E
Amazon unveiled a drone delivery prototype on Sunday on 60 Minutes. The prototype Amazon drone, called "Prime Air," would deliver goods to customers 30 minutes after an order is placed. But FAA regulations may delay the use of Amazon's drones until new regulations are drawn up for commercial unmanned aircraft, which could take as much as 13 years.
Facial Recognition Research Intensifies
'Soft' Biometric Cameras Are Watching: Govt. Intelligence Hopes To Use Cameras To Recognize People By The Shape Of Their Ears
Dec 02, 2013 09:23 AM E
Facial recognition techniques used for security surveillance are being expanded with increased "soft" biometrics development, according to the U.S. government's Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, which put out a call for researchers to work toward dramatic improvements in recognition technology.
New Nano-Camera Captures Translucent Objects in 3D
$500 Nano-Camera Takes 3-D Photos, Operates At Speed Of Light: Could Be Used For Medical Imaging, Interactive Gaming
Nov 30, 2013 17:24 PM E
Researchers from the MIT Media Lab have developed an inexpensive nano-camera that can capture translucent objects, providing 3-D photos for potential use in interactive gaming, medical imaging, and for collision-avoidance in cars.
floating city
'Freedom Ship' Plan Envisions A 40,000-Resident Floating City That Will Continuously Circle The Globe
Nov 30, 2013 15:19 PM E
A floating city planned by Freedom Ship International would house 40,000 residents permanently as it circled the globe. The plan requires $10 billion, and last week the company said they're hopeful about raising the initial $1 billion needed to begin construction.
New Safe Confinement
Building Chernobyl Disaster's New Safe Confinement 'Unprecedented in History Of Engineering' [VIDEO]
Nov 30, 2013 12:45 PM E
In order to contain the radiation at Chernobyl, a new arch, called the New Safe Confinement is being built, and it's slated to be one of engineerings biggest feats ever.
Windshield Wipers in the Rain
How To Measure Rainfall Accurately: Scientists Tag GPS Enabled Moving Cars To Increase Measurement Points
Nov 29, 2013 15:57 PM E
Scientists have determined that tracking windshield wiper use in GPS-enabled cars may be the most accurate way to figure out rainfall.
Google Bot
Google Invents Robot That Writes Your Social Media Posts; Facebook Could Someday Run On Autopilot
Nov 29, 2013 15:45 PM E
In the future, all of our social media interactions — every tweet and comment on a Facebook friend's status update — may be written by bots that mimic our personality and writing tone. The technology exists now, according to a new patent application filed by Google.
SmartWig
SmartWig Wearable Technology: Sony Patents Odd Hairpiece That Could Give GPS Directions Or Take Your Temperature
Nov 27, 2013 17:55 PM E
Sony has patented the SmartWig, wearable technology that could be used in gaming, to give directions or to take your blood pressure. Sony said the SmartWig could be made from human, horse or yak hair.
Robot Turtle
Robot Turtle Built To Explore Shipwrecks Is Inexpensive And Highly Maneuverable
Nov 27, 2013 17:02 PM E
The robotic turtle, designed by scientists in Estonia, is the newest submersible explorer, created to be among the most versatile wreckers ever invented.
Learning Computer
Computer Learns Common Sense By Looking At Pictures All Day; Potential Step Toward Strong Artificial Intelligence
Nov 26, 2013 13:13 PM E
Researchers in Pittsburgh have developed a computer that learns common sense by constantly looking at pictures.
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