Sci-Tech

US army develops robotic suits

Rajesh Mirchandani BBC News 18.04.2008
US army develops robotic suits

On the big screen, films like Robocop, Universal Soldier and forthcoming release Iron Man show man-machines with superhuman powers. But in Utah they are turning science fiction into reality. (...) The aluminium limbs gleam in the brilliant sunshin...

Women’s attractiveness judged by software

Roland Piquepaille 01.04.2008
Women’s attractiveness judged by software

According to Haaretz, an Israeli team of computer scientists has developed a software that ranks facial attractiveness of women. Instead of identifying basic facial characteristics, this software has been designed to make aesthetic judgments — aft...


Nerve-tapping neckband used in 'telepathic' chat

Tom Simonite NewScientist.com 24.03.2008
Nerve-tapping neckband used in 'telepathic' chat

A neckband that translates thought into speech by picking up nerve signals has been used to demonstrate a "voiceless" phone call for the first time. With careful training a person can send nerve signals to their vocal cords without making a sound....

A computer simulation of the upper layer of a rat brain neocortical column. Here neurons light up in a "global excitatory state" of blues and yellows. Courtesy of Alain Herzog/EPFL

In the basement of a university in Lausanne, Switzerland sit four black boxes, each about the size of a refrigerator, and filled with 2,000 IBM microchips stacked in repeating rows. Together they form the processing core of a machine that can hand...


Tiny machines could roam the body curing diseases

Machines will achieve human-level artificial intelligence by 2029, a leading US inventor has predicted. Humanity is on the brink of advances that will see tiny robots implanted in people's brains to make them more intelligent said engineer Ray Kur...

Flapping flight is inherently unsteady, but that’s why it works so well. Birds, bats and insects fly in a messy environment full of gusts traveling at speeds similar to their own. Yet they can react almost instantaneously and adapt with their flexible wings. (Credit: iStockphoto/Steve Byland)

Natural flyers like birds, bats and insects outperform man-made aircraft in aerobatics and efficiency. University of Michigan engineers are studying these animals as a step toward designing flapping-wing planes with wingspans smaller than a deck o...


First iris scanner produced in Thailand

This is the prototype of the iris scanner, the first one produced by Thai researchers to verify identification. The iris biometric identification system is used worldwide. Thailand also imported the iris scanners to use at high security venues.

Unmanned aerial vehicles the size of a cigarette

Mark Rutherford CNET News.com 20.01.2008
(Credit: Oklahoma State University)

Researchers at Oklahoma State University are working with DARPA to deliver a sophisticated, unmanned aircraft small enough to fit into a soldier's pocket, reports the Daily O'Collegian. A state-of-the-art propulsion system, one that uses plasma th...


Body heat could charge your cellphone

Wolfgang Gruener TG Daily 13.01.2008
Body heat could charge your cellphone

Berkeley (CA) – Remarkable research findings on energy conversion have been published in the most recent edition of Nature: Scientists believe to have discovered a much more efficient way to use silicon to convert heat into electricity – for use i...

5 unbelievably cool research facilities

Deputydog writes "Otherwordly structures, massive machines, surreal technology…. Some incredible beasts have been constructed in the name of research and below are 5 of the most immediately intriguing."


Scientists: Time Itself May Be Slowing Down

John Borland Wired 30.12.2007
Scientists: Time Itself May Be Slowing Down

A group of scientists from the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, and Spain's University of Salamanca says that the passage of time itself is slowing down. The distant galaxies only look like they're accelerating because our deep-space te...

The lie detector that could decide if you’re getting on the plane

The check-in staff want to know if you have a bomb in your bag. But you're more worried that your partner might have been cheating on you. What you both need is a mind-reading machine, a way of peering into their heads and "seeing" their thoughts ...


At Wikipedia, Illustrators May Be Paid

NOAM COHEN The New York Times 04.12.2007
At Wikipedia, Illustrators May Be Paid

The foundation that runs Wikipedia has finally agreed to pay contributors to the online encyclopedia a modest fee for their work. But it won’t pay the thousands of people who participate in creating the wiki pages — just artists who create “key il...

Searching Video Lectures

Researchers at MIT have released a video and audio search tool that solves one of the most challenging problems in the field: how to break up a lengthy academic lecture into manageable chunks, pinpoint the location of keywords, and direct the user...


User Experience Of The Future

Over decades we’ve used to adapt our habits, behavior and mindset to technology. We’ve improved our productivity by using tools and devices designed especially for the tasks we have to deal with regularly. But we’ve also constrained our abilities ...

Nanosolar’s Breakthrough - Solar Now Cheaper than Coal

Their mission: to deliver cost-efficient solar electricity. The Nanosolar company was founded in 2002 and is working to build the world’s largest solar cell factory in California and the world’s largest panel-assembly factory in Germany. They have...


World’s Largest Man-Made Tornado Actually Built For Safety

What you see here is a man-made tornado standing 34.43 meters high, officially making it the world’s largest according to the Guinness Book Of World Records. But you won’t find this twister in some science center or Knowledgeum. It’s actually loca...

Forecast: Sex and Marriage with Robots by 2050

Humans could marry robots within the century. And consummate those vows. "My forecast is that around 2050, the state of Massachusetts will be the first jurisdiction to legalize marriages with robots," artificial intelligence researcher David Levy ...


Scientist invents computer pillow to stop snoring

BERLIN - A German scientist has come up with a solution for snoring -- a computerized pillow that shifts the head's sleeping position until the noise stops. Daryoush Bazargani, professor of computer science at the University of Rostock and the pil...

Robots may aid aging Japanese population

TOKYO - If you grow old in Japan, expect to be served food by a robot, ride a voice-recognition wheelchair or even possibly hire a nurse in a robotic suit — all examples of cutting-edge technology to care for the country's rapidly graying population.



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