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Oct 27, 2015

This robot can precisely copy your movements

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

This robot can precisely copy your movements, but more impressively, it can solve a Rubik Cube all by itself. http://voc.tv/1cRrjAQ

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Oct 27, 2015

Why robots shouldn’t be allowed to drink

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

They cannot stop us. They cannot stop the future. At the recent DARPA Robotics Challenge, things didn’t always go as planned…

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Oct 26, 2015

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Oct 26, 2015

Our verdict on the Surface Book in under a minute. Full review…

Posted by in category: computing

Microsoft’s Surface Book in under a minute.

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Oct 26, 2015

Digital-savvy, eco-conscious drivers targeted at Tokyo Motor Show

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, space, transportation

Toyota’s three-seater exoskeleton car and an electric vehicle with touch screens that turn it into a “digital space” are among the concept models that will be on display at the Tokyo Motor Show this week.

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Oct 26, 2015

Physicists uncover novel phase of matter

Posted by in categories: materials, physics

A team of physicists led by Caltech’s David Hsieh has discovered an unusual form of matter—not a conventional metal, insulator, or magnet, for example, but something entirely different. This phase, characterized by an unusual ordering of electrons, offers possibilities for new electronic device functionalities and could hold the solution to a long-standing mystery in condensed matter physics having to do with high-temperature superconductivity—the ability for some materials to conduct electricity without resistance, even at “high” temperatures approaching −100 degrees Celsius.

“The discovery of this was completely unexpected and not based on any prior theoretical prediction,” says Hsieh, an assistant professor of physics, who previously was on a team that discovered another form of matter called a topological insulator. “The whole field of electronic materials is driven by the discovery of new phases, which provide the playgrounds in which to search for new macroscopic physical properties.”

Hsieh and his colleagues describe their findings in the November issue of Nature Physics, and the paper is now available online. Liuyan Zhao, a postdoctoral scholar in Hsieh’s group, is lead author on the paper.

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Oct 26, 2015

Future of robotics — Boston Dynamics

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Oct 26, 2015

‘Zeno effect’ verified—atoms won’t move while you watch

Posted by in categories: electronics, materials, particle physics, quantum physics

One of the oddest predictions of quantum theory – that a system can’t change while you’re watching it – has been confirmed in an experiment by Cornell physicists. Their work opens the door to a fundamentally new method to control and manipulate the quantum states of atoms and could lead to new kinds of sensors.

The experiments were performed in the Utracold Lab of Mukund Vengalattore, assistant professor of physics, who has established Cornell’s first program to study the physics of materials cooled to temperatures as low as .000000001 degree above absolute zero. The work is described in the Oct. 2 issue of the journal Physical Review Letters

Graduate students Yogesh Patil and Srivatsan K. Chakram created and cooled a gas of about a billion Rubidium atoms inside a vacuum chamber and suspended the mass between laser beams. In that state the atoms arrange in an orderly lattice just as they would in a crystalline solid.,But at such low temperatures, the atoms can “tunnel” from place to place in the lattice. The famous Heisenberg uncertainty principle says that the position and velocity of a particle interact. Temperature is a measure of a particle’s motion. Under extreme cold velocity is almost zero, so there is a lot of flexibility in position; when you observe them, atoms are as likely to be in one place in the lattice as another.

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Oct 26, 2015

The XKCD Guide to the Universe’s Most Bizarre Physics

Posted by in category: physics

Randall Munroe is the author of What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, published in September.

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Oct 26, 2015

An Unknown Manmade Object is Headed for Earth

Posted by in category: space

It’s likely a rocket casing, but astronomers aren’t for sure from where. All they know is that in three weeks, it will burn up over the Indian Ocean.

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