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Sep 13, 2016

The Coming Merging of Mind and Machine

Posted by in categories: futurism, Ray Kurzweil

The accelerating pace of technological progress means that our intelligent creations will soon eclipse us—and that their creations will eventually eclipse them.

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Sep 12, 2016

South China Sea War: Russia Deploys Udaloy-class Destroyers, Ropucha-class Landing Ships

Posted by in category: military

Very concerning.


The China-Russia relationship is a common knowledge among nations, even in the highly contested maritime zone of South China Sea.

Recently, Russia deployed Udaloy-class destroyers and Ropucha-class landing ships to intensify its presence in the contested waters. This is part of the joint military drills between the two major allies dubbed as the Joint Sea 2016.

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Sep 12, 2016

Stand-up wheelchair gives users outdoor mobility

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, robotics/AI, transportation

Self-stabilising wheelchair from Israeli technology start-up lets you cruise through town while standing. Matthew Stock reports.

Nearly 20 years ago Amit Goffer suffered an accident that confined him to a wheelchair. Increasingly dissatisfied with what was on offer, the electrical engineer built this — the UPnRIDE. It’s a robotic exoskeleton that helps people paralysed from the waist down to stand tall in the outside world. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER AND FOUNDER OF UPNRIDE, DOCTOR AMIT GOFFER SAYING: “The UPnRIDE device, the whole idea is that you can use it outdoors as well as indoors and in a safe manner because they, it automatically balances you and stablizes you… The concept is new because you don’t see any disabled person rolling outside in a standing position so this is a breakthrough in the industry of wheelchair manufacturing, I’m sure that others will follow.” It goes from seated to standing at the push of a button. A gyroscope — similar to that in a two-wheeled Segway — along with self-stabilising software helps manoeuvre upright over uneven urban terrain.

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Sep 12, 2016

3D printed motor

Posted by in category: 3D printing

Saw this motor completely made with a 3D printer at i3net’s Wollongong Industry Showcase on Thursday. Story coming soon.

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Sep 12, 2016

3D printer creates magical gravity-defying cocktails

Posted by in category: 3D printing

My only question is how much and how can I get one?


Intricate patterns printed straight into your drink.

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Sep 12, 2016

This Device Turns Phones Into Portable 3D Printers

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, mobile phones

Nice.


A digital factory looks to make the printing process more accessible with a mobile-friendly box concept.

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Sep 12, 2016

Is Dubai the World’s Next Big Rainforest Destination?

Posted by in category: futurism

Want to see Dubai’s rainforest?


Most people don’t think of humid temperatures, lush tropical forests, and flora and fauna when they think of Dubai. But the desert destination has big plans for two artificial rainforests, one that opened earlier this month, and another on its way.

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Sep 12, 2016

Scientists Can Now Read Books Without Opening Them

Posted by in categories: government, law enforcement

Interesting — imagine now how this can be used in so many areas (legal/ law enforcement, government, etc.)


Because that’s basically what researchers from MIT and Georgia Tech are able to do with a new imaging system that can read individual pages without opening the cover.

So far the system, designed by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been able to distinguish the lines on the first nine pages in a stack of paper.

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Sep 12, 2016

Auroras Seen Moving to the Rhythm of Earth’s Magnetic Field

Posted by in categories: electronics, satellites

The majestic auroras have captivated humans for thousands of years, but their nature – the fact that the lights are electromagnetic and respond to solar activity – was only realized in the last 150 years. Thanks to coordinated multi-satellite observations and a worldwide network of magnetic sensors and cameras, close study of auroras has become possible over recent decades. Yet, auroras continue to mystify, dancing far above the ground to some, thus far, undetected rhythm.

Using data from NASA’s Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms, or THEMIS, scientists have observed Earth’s vibrating magnetic field in relation to the northern lights dancing in the night sky over Canada. THEMIS is a five-spacecraft mission dedicated to understanding the processes behind auroras, which erupt across the sky in response to changes in Earth’s magnetic environment, called the magnetosphere.

These aurora images were taken in 2013 from the ground looking up with a network of all-sky cameras spread across Canada, studying auroras in collaboration with THEMIS. Taking images of aurora from the ground in conjunction with satellite data taken from above the atmosphere gives scientists a more comprehensive picture of how and why auroras form.

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Sep 12, 2016

Tiangong-2: Second space lab

Posted by in categories: biological, physics, satellites

China’s 2nd spacelab launches next week. Now, I wonder how QSS will be leveraged given the note on new communication capabilities as well as other types of experiments that can be conducted.


Chinese space agency is all set to launch its second spacelab Tiangong-2 next week. Long March 2F rocket will lift up the spacelab and both the entities have been transported to the launch pad located at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, yesterday. Tiangong-2 will test life support systems and refueling technology for its 60 ton modular space station.

Tiangong-2 will be placed in an orbit of 393 kilometers above the Earth and it will help in studying fundamental physics, biology, fluid mechanics in microgravity, space science and will monitor Earth from space. In addition, it has the capability to measure the topography of the oceans with very high precision which will enable scientists to study Earth’s gravity field.

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