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High-Speed Trains That Pick Up Passengers Without Stopping Not Yet A Reality, But Almost There
Dec 28, 2013 19:12 PM E
Since the 1960s, several designs have emerged for a high-speed train that can drop off and pick up passengers without ever stopping, and although none have come to fruition, some are on the verge.
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Pupil Reflections In Photos Of Victims' Eyes Could Help Police Catch Perpetrators
Dec 28, 2013 17:10 PM E
Investigators of crimes can zoom into photographs and extract information from pupils' reflections, according to a study published in PLoS One. In the study, psychologists Rob Jenkins and Chistie Kerr found that participants were routintely able to identify bystanders reflected in a person's pupil.
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'Super Ball Bot' Rover: NASA's Crazy Wheel-Free Robot Could Bounce Around Planets One Day [VIDEO]
Dec 27, 2013 16:51 PM E
The Super Ball Bot, a conceptual tensegrity robot, may be the future of rovers sent to other planets and moons. The lightweight, revolutionary robot has no wheels, but is composed of cables and rods instead. Unlike a traditional rover, like Curiosity, multiple Super Ball Bots could be dropped on a planet, coordinating their activity with one another.
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Sharks In Western Australia Using Twitter To Warn Swimmers Of Their Presence
Dec 26, 2013 17:34 PM E
A group in Western Australia has placed 320 transmitters on sharks, causing the sharks to automatically tweet whenever they get too close to shore. The group, Surf Life Saving WA, hopes the measures will increase beach safety by giving swimmers immediate notifications about sharks near popular beaches. Western Australia is among the deadliest place for shark attacks in the world.
Rescue Robot From Schaft Tops DARPA Competition
DARPA Robotics Challenge Winner: Rescue Robot Created By Japanese Company Owned by Google [VIDEO]
Dec 26, 2013 10:15 AM E
A rescue robot developed by Tokyo-based Scaft, which was recently acquired by Google, took top honors in a competition that put 16 humanoid robots through their paces in performing disaster-related tasks, including as climbing a ladder, driving a car, clearing debris, and walking across uneven terrain.
Robot Tuna Swims With Dolphins
Realistic Sea Creature Robots With Cameras Spy On Secret Lives of Dolphins
Dec 25, 2013 12:11 PM E
An entourage of robotic animals including a dolphin, tuna and sea turtle had cameras hidden behind their robot eyes to caputure the secret lives of real dolphins. Images of sea animals hunting for food, a baby dolphin and surfing dolphins are woven into a BBC documentary of the rarely-seen undersea world.
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ISS Spacewalk 2013: Astronauts Make Rare Christmas Eve Repair To Cooling System
Dec 24, 2013 14:28 PM E
ISS astronauts performed a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk today to repair part of the station's cooling system. The Christmas Eve spacewalk was the second one of the week. On Saturday, astronauts removed the faulty cooling pump; they replaced the pump today.
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Top 10 Science Stories Of 2013: From Drone Delivery To Exploding Meteors
Dec 24, 2013 12:00 PM E
The International Science Times has gotten together and created the top 10 science stories of 2013, a snapshot of the current state of research, health, and design.
Cubli
Meet Cubli: Swiss Team Builds Robotic Box That Walks And Balances On One Corner
Dec 22, 2013 14:42 PM E
Using motors and inertia sensors inside a metallic frame, Cubli can flip itself over, balance on one edge or corner, and effectively walk itself across a floor.
Google Location
Google Location History Plots Your Every Move On A Map: Creepy Or Cool?
Dec 20, 2013 15:12 PM E
Here's something that might interest — or repulse — you. Depending on the Google location settings on your Android smartphone, the company has been logging your every move and is capable of showing you a minute-by-minute chart of your activity.
Kirobo
Japanese Robot 'Friend' Kirobo Converses With Astronaut On The International Space Station
Dec 20, 2013 10:37 AM E
Japanese scientists are testing a robot called Kirobo whose only purpose is companionship for lonely people. On Thursday, they released footage of the first conversation between a Kirobo and a Japanese astronaut on the International Space Station.
Dishes Made from Cellulose are Impervious to Water and Dirt
Self-Cleaning Plate Made Of Cellulose Could Make Dishwashers Obsolete
Dec 19, 2013 15:10 PM E
Two Swedish companies collaborated on a project to make dishes out of plant matter. The resulting celluloid cup and plate reject dirt and so never need to be washed.
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DARPA Robotics Challenge 2013: 17 Teams To Compete In 'Robot Olympics' This Week
Dec 19, 2013 13:52 PM E
Seventeen teams will compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge this week. DARPA is looking for robots that can perform search-and-rescue oeprations alongside humans. The finals will be held next year, with one winner taking home a $2 million prize.
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Messages Sent Via Vodka Could Be The Solution To Talking Where Radio Won't Go
Dec 18, 2013 21:31 PM E
Sometimes, like in nanotechnology or in collapsed tunnels, lines of radio communication don't work very well. But what if there were something more pervasive than radio signals that could be broadcast to communicate important messages?
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