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Feb 18, 2016

The First Planet Discovered By Math

Posted by in categories: mathematics, physics, space

Two astronomers fought for credit when Neptune’s presence was confirmed in 1846: John Couch Adams from Britain, and Urbain Le Verrier from France. Both had used math and physics to predict Neptune’s position, but Le Verrier’s prediction turned out to be more accurate. See references.

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Feb 18, 2016

Google wants you to be able to vote online

Posted by in categories: governance, health

Like the idea of using Google to vote online for the best airline, steamed dumpling or health app?

What about using Google to vote for governor or president? That seems to be Google’s plan.

The search giant received a U.S. patent for a voting user interface (VUI). The interface would appear along with search results and would allow the user to vote for one or more contestants competing in a campaign.

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Feb 17, 2016

Atom Thick, 2D Semiconducting Material Could Revolutionize Computer Speed

Posted by in categories: computing, materials, particle physics

This 2D material is only one atom thick and allows electrical charges to move through it much faster, which would make computers remarkably faster.

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Feb 17, 2016

Leap Motion’s new motion-sensing tech is built for VR

Posted by in categories: electronics, virtual reality

For several years now, Leap Motion has been working on bringing hand gestures to virtual reality. And it makes sense; using your hands to move digital objects is way more natural than fiddling with a controller. But to do this, you needed to strap one of the company’s motion sensor peripherals in front of an existing VR headset, which is a little clunky to say the least. Plus, the sensor was still running the same software built for desktop PCs; a holdover from the days when Leap Motion’s main focus was the aforementioned PC accessory. Now, however, the company is ready to take the next leap forward. Today it’s announcing Orion, a brand new hardware and software solution that’s built just for VR.

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Feb 17, 2016

Neuroscientists reverse autism symptoms

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, neuroscience

Autism has diverse genetic causes, most of which are still unknown. About 1 percent of people with autism are missing a gene called Shank3, which is critical for brain development. Without this gene, individuals develop typical autism symptoms including repetitive behavior and avoidance of social interactions.

In a study of mice, MIT researchers have now shown that they can reverse some of those behavioral symptoms by turning the gene back on later in life, allowing the brain to properly rewire itself.

“This suggests that even in the adult brain we have profound plasticity to some degree,” says Guoping Feng, an MIT professor of brain and cognitive sciences. “There is more and more evidence showing that some of the defects are indeed reversible, giving hope that we can develop treatment for autistic patients in the future.”

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Feb 17, 2016

IBM Watson X Prize offers $4.5m for AI ready to speak at TED 2020 (Wired UK)

Posted by in categories: Peter Diamandis, robotics/AI

TED curator Chris Anderson just announced the world’s biggest speaking fee — a $4.5m (£3.1m) cheque to be awarded to a speaker at the 2020 TED conference. There’s just one catch: the speaker must be an artificial intelligence, which convinces the audience that it has mastered the art of the 18-minute TED talk.

The IBM Watson AI X Prize, announced on Wednesday at the TED conference in Vancouver, will offer $4.5 million to the team that develops an artificial intelligence showing “how humans can collaborate with powerful cognitive technologies to tackle some of the world’s grand challenges”.

Peter Diamandis, chairman of the X Prize Foundation, said the winner would be chosen by the TED audience in 2020, when three finalists — either AIs or AI human partnerships — “come on stage to deliver jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring TED talks”.

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Feb 17, 2016

China Is Kicking America’s Ass in the Robot Waiter Wars

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Well, US is failing on building a competitive waiter to go up against China’s version.


America is getting crushed by China. Not in trade or weapons or any of those things that don’t matter. We’re losing the war of the Roseys. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the new robot above, serving up deliciousness at a farmhouse restaurant in Sanmenxia, China.

Or look at this December photo of Tete, a robot in Qingdao, China. Tete can communicate over 200 words and has no trouble delivering dishes.

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Feb 17, 2016

Russian military developing humanoid robot to tackle dangerous jobs in outer space

Posted by in categories: employment, military, robotics/AI, space

Whenever, Mr Musk is ready to colonize space; Russia is ready to assist.


‘AI in perspective is not a fairytale,’ says deputy PM adding prototype astronauts will perform dangerous tasks.

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Feb 17, 2016

The shape-shifting robot tank that can transform mid-battle

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI, transportation

And, who said Transformers were only in movies — think again.


A shape-shifting robot could work alongside human troops to bring military capabilities to the next level. The unmanned ground vehicle developed by Estonian defence company Milrem has an adaptable build, so components can be swapped out to suit the needs of different missions

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Feb 17, 2016

Tata to launch first ‘Make In India’ robot ‘Tata Brabo’ soon

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Tata’s Robot


TAL Manufacturing Solutions, a Tata Group company, is all set to launch first India-made robot Tata Brabo in the next two months. Read More on India TV News.

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