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Sep 24, 2017

This guy proposed to his girlfriend in a VR version of her grandmother’s house

Posted by in categories: habitats, virtual reality

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Sep 24, 2017

Robots learn to walk naturally

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

The challenge with bipedal robots isn’t so much getting them to walk at all (although that’s sometimes a problem) as it is getting them to walk naturally. They tend to either step cautiously or quickly run into trouble. Swiss researchers think they can do better, though: they’re working on COMAN (Compliant Humanoid), a headless robot designed to master walking. The automaton is more graceful through a combination of more flexible, elastic joints and a control algorithm that helps the bot understand its own body.

COMAN is aware of the symmetries in its dynamics and structure, which helps it not only walk with a natural gait but carry objects, navigate uneven surfaces like stairs, and react to surprises. If you push the robot, for instance, it knows exactly where to place its foot so that it doesn’t tip over like some of its peers. And thanks to that added flexibility, it’s more likely to survive that rudeness.

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Sep 24, 2017

This Amphibious Motorcoach is a beast

Posted by in category: futurism

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Sep 24, 2017

This 3D printer can print PIZZA

Posted by in category: 3D printing

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Sep 24, 2017

He Hacked a Way to Talk to Plants — and They Talk Back

Posted by in category: bioengineering

Bioengineer Keenan Pinto designed an application that helps hydroponic farmers “talk” to their plants.

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Sep 24, 2017

Scientists have created a BACTERIUM that inhales CO2 producing Energy

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, energy, genetics, transhumanism

It’s a bionic leaf that could revolutionize everything we thought we knew about clean energy.

Harvard scientists open the door to an energetic revolution that has allowed them to test successfully a system that converts sunlight into liquid fuel.

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Sep 24, 2017

Forget Police Sketches: Researchers Perfectly Reconstruct Faces

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Picture this: you’re sitting in a police interrogation room, struggling to describe the face of a criminal to a sketch artist. You pause, wrinkling your brow, trying to remember the distance between his eyes and the shape of his nose.

Suddenly, the detective offers you an easier way: would you like to have your brain scanned instead, so that machines can automatically reconstruct the face in your mind’s eye from reading your brain waves?

Sound fantastical? It’s not. After decades of work, scientists at Caltech may have finally cracked our brain’s facial recognition code. Using brain scans and direct neuron recording from macaque monkeys, the team found specialized “face patches” that respond to specific combinations of facial features.

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Sep 24, 2017

This 1950s car has a hidden fifth wheel to make parking easier

Posted by in category: transportation

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Sep 24, 2017

An exercise scientist explains why you shouldn’t do sit-ups or crunches

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Sep 24, 2017

100 Million Passengers Every Year

Posted by in categories: economics, food, government, health, policy, sustainability

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