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Fake Pain
A Computer That Sees Through Fake Facial Expressions Better Than Humans Can
Mar 20, 2014 12:07 PM E
Humans are incredibly handy at faking facial expressions — like when you seem glad to see somebody at a party and you're really not. For others, it's tough to know the difference. But a new computer system has proved much more adept at seeing through phonies.
Flight Radar
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Light-Based Radar Could Have Helped Track Lost Plane, Engineers Say
Mar 19, 2014 16:34 PM E
Light-based radar systems could replace the clunky technology used in airplanes today, according to a new report published in Nature. But could it have prevented Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 from going missing?
Vibration Platform
New Microscope Platform Eliminates Vibrations For Super High-Res Photos
Mar 18, 2014 13:47 PM E
Scientists in Germany have developed an advanced kind of table for use with scanning electron microscopes. It eliminates nearly all vibrations, from the person walking across the room to the elevator running down the hall.
bionic robot arm
Crazy 'Doc Ock' Robot Arms Can Learn The Best Way To Pick Up Objects [VIDEO]
Mar 17, 2014 13:00 PM E
The Bionic Handling Assistant is modeled on the way an elephant's trunk picks up objects, but looks more like the tentacle arms of Spiderman's enemy Doc Ock. The robot can learn the best way to grab objects using "goal babbling," a process that babies use in which they grasp at an object a number of times before doing so successfully, thus learning the right way to do it.
cotinga
Inspired By The Colorful Cotinga Bird, Scientists Attempt To Create Everlasting Color
Mar 16, 2014 14:31 PM E
Regular inks use pigments that, sooner or later, begin to deteriorate. But with inspiration from the colorful cotinga bird, researchers tried to replicate a different kind of color, known as structural color.
robot fish
Robot Fish From MIT Swim Like The Real Thing, Escape Predators In An Instant [VIDEO]
Mar 14, 2014 18:06 PM E
A soft robotic fish created by MIT can move swim in a similar fashion to real fish. MIT researcher Daniela Rus says the fish "are also capable of very rapid, agile maneuvers, which pushes the envelope on what machines can do today." The robotic fish can change 100 degrees in just 100 milliseconds.
google
Why Google’s Big Data Pill May Not Be Best Medicine For Flu Bug
Mar 13, 2014 14:12 PM E
Google Flu Trend (GFT) is a web service operated by Google and provides up-to-date estimates of influenza activity for more than 25 countries.
Solar Panel
Atomically Thin, Flexible, And Transparent Solar Panels May Soon Cover Building Facades
Mar 09, 2014 14:18 PM E
A new material, called tungsten diselenide, may one day replace graphene solar panels, since they are thinner, more flexible, and better at turning solar energy into electricity.
electrons
Handling Nano-Objects Just Became Simpler Thanks To Nano-Tweezers
Mar 02, 2014 14:38 PM E
Researchers have been trying to figure out for some time now, how to handle nano-sized objects without damaging them. Now, a nano-tweezer that uses low-intensity laser light might be able to help.
HEXI
'HEXI,' Responsive Wall, Is What Happens When Technology Meets Art [VIDEO]
Feb 28, 2014 11:27 AM E
An artist in Canada has recently constructed a responsive wall called HEXI. Art plus motion-sensor cameras equals this really neat toy.
water
Scientists Use Sapwood To Filter Water
Feb 26, 2014 17:59 PM E
A small piece of freshly-cut sapwood can filter out more than 99 percent of the bacteria E. coli from water.
wind farm
Could Offshore Wind Farms Calm Hurricanes Before They Hit Land?
Feb 26, 2014 10:37 AM E
An array of offshore wind turbines could reduce the wind speed of hurricanes and reduce storm surges, according to a study led by Mark Jacobson of Stanford University. While it would take a huge wind farm--about 78,000 wind turbines--Jacobson said the farms could pay for themselves through reduced storm damages and through electricity generated by the turbines.
condom
Shocking Condom: The Next Generation Of Protection May Electrocute You [VIDEO]
Feb 25, 2014 11:19 AM E
A prototype condom takes the principles of a shock collar and applies them to a male's most sensitive nether regions. Raising funds for the project on Indiegogo, the developers promise to "make you one of these devices" in exchange for $350.
Pizza Being Developed For Military
Pizza Delivery Three Years Later: Military Developing Long-Lasting Version of Favorite Comfort Food
Feb 23, 2014 21:32 PM E
American military troops have long been asking for pizza in their MREs, or Meals Ready to Eat, and a military research lab has finally come up with a recipe that has a three-year shelf-life, but hot is not promised in the delivery - the pizza will be at room temperature.
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