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Feb 23, 2016

Dx3 to Demonstrate How Artificial Intelligence Is the Future of Retail Innovations Like Pepper the Robot to Debut at Annual Tech Conference

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI

Still not sold on the whole robotics at this point; still not at the level where it needs from a multi-functional capability state plus still too jerky and most are more like a CPU on wheels.


TORONTO, ON –(Marketwired — February 23, 2016) — ­­ Astro Boy may be a fictional character, but Pepper the Robot is its real-­world incarnation. Pepper –­­ the world’s first humanoid robot –­­ will join exhibitors like MasterCard, Fluid, Vizera and Eyris, as they interact with industry experts as part of The Retail Collective Lab, sponsored by MasterCard, at this year’s Dx3 Trade Show and Conference.

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Feb 23, 2016

Can a tree grow in space?

Posted by in categories: engineering, food, materials, satellites, space travel

Satellites and spacecraft are generally complex to build on the ground, expensive to launch and obsolete in a decade or less.

These objects end up floating in orbit around the planet contributing to the pollution surrounding the Earth. But what if there was an alternative?

That’s the question David Barnhart, director of USC’s Space Engineering Research Center and lead for the Space Systems and Technology group for the USC Information Sciences Institute, is contemplating. What if we could just “grow” spacecraft, repurpose a hybrid of inorganic and organic materials and even allow food to grow in space?

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Feb 23, 2016

Black Hole Tech?

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

In celebration of the detection of gravitational waves, Stephen Wolfram looks forward and discusses what technology black holes could make possible.

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Feb 23, 2016

NASA, Made in Space think big with Archinaut, a robotic 3D printing demo bound for ISS

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, government, robotics/AI, space travel

MOFFETT FIELD, California — Within five years, companies could begin in-orbit manufacturing and assembly of communications satellite reflectors or other large structures, according to Made in Space, the Silicon Valley startup that sent the first 3D printer to the International Space Station in 2014.

As Made in Space prepares to send a second 3D printer into orbit, the company is beginning work with Northrop Grumman and Oceaneering Space Systems on Archinaut, an ambitious effort to build a 3D printer equipped with a robotic arm that the team plans to install in an external space station pod, under a two-year, $20 million NASA contract. The project will culminate in 2018 with an on-orbit demonstration of Archinaut’s ability to additively manufacture and assemble a large, complex structure, said Andrew Rush, Made in Space president.

NASA’s selected the Archinaut project, officially known as Versatile In-Space Robotic Precision Manufacturing and Assembly System, as part of its Tipping Points campaign, which funds demonstrations of space-related technologies on the verge of offering significant payoffs for government and commercial applications. Archinaut was one of three projects NASA selected in November that focus on robotic manufacturing and assembly of spacecraft and structures in orbit.

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Feb 23, 2016

Most images of black holes are illustrations. Here’s what our telescopes actually capture

Posted by in category: cosmology

Supermassive black holes are incredibly tiny. So small that we’ve never actually seen one.

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Feb 23, 2016

Wireless charging is finally coming to the Tesla Model S, thanks to an aftermarket manufacturer

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Aftermarket wireless EV charger maker Plugless is taking preorders for its inductive charger for the Tesla Model S.

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Feb 23, 2016

Orison – Rethink the Power of Energy

Posted by in categories: energy, habitats

The first home battery system you simply plug in to install.

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Feb 23, 2016

Homesteading in Space: White House Science Office Seeks Sci-Fi Inspiration

Posted by in categories: policy, science, space

Today at the California NanoSystems Institute/ UCLA in Los Angeles, California, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) co-sponsored a look at humanity’s space future.

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Feb 23, 2016

Play nice! How the internet is trying to design out toxic behavior — By Gaby Hinsliff | The Guardian

Posted by in categories: big data, computing, education, ethics, information science, internet

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“Online abuse can be cruel – but for some tech companies it is an existential threat. Can giants such as Facebook use behavioural psychology and persuasive design to tame the trolls?”

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Feb 23, 2016

Graphene May Soon be Produced Commercially, Thanks to a Chance Discovery

Posted by in categories: electronics, materials, solar power, sustainability

Graphene is too delicate to be produced commercially, but it seem that scientists have now stumbled upon the correct method of tuning it.

Graphene has many extraordinary properties. It is carbon, but it comes in the form of a two-dimensional, atomic thick, honeycomb lattice.

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