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NASA's new Mars Rover gets wheels

NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, is sitting pretty on a set of spiffy new wheels that would be the envy of any car show on Earth The wheels and a suspension system were added this week by spacecraft technicians and engineers These new and important touches are a key step in assembling and testing the flight system in advance of a planned 2011 launch Curiosity, centerpiece of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, is a six-wheeler and uses a rocker-bogie suspension system like its

Real world computer interface - TED presentation

Imagine being able to operate a computer interface in the real world by just using your hands, without any computer visible, for example to take a picture by merely putting your fingers in the shape in the picture below, and then project those images on a wall and sort them Well you can, and the cost is merely about $350 Another amazing TED presentation [flash=640x385]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/hKBjt5z_EcY&hl=en_GB&fs=1&[/flash] Basically, Sixth Sense is a mini-projector

Carl Sagan on the people who will reach the stars - video

Carl Sagan: It will not be we who reach Alpha Centauri, and the other nearby stars It will be a species very like us - but with more of our strengths and fewer of our weaknesses [flash=640x385]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/o9tDO3HK20Q&hl=en_GB&fs=1&[/flash]

Meet Little Dog - Boston Dynamics amazing small walking robot

Boston Dynamics are the creators of Big Dog, a walking dog sized robot, hare is their newest creation, Little Dog, which appears to be a rat sized walking robot It seems if it walks you get an affinity for it Its cute yet being black is somewhat malevolent [quote]LittleDog has four legs, each powered by three electric motors The legs have a large range of motion The robot is strong enough for climbing and dynamic locomotion gaits The onboard PC-level computer does sensing, actuator c

Next generation Minority Report computer interface - video

From the creator of the Minority Report-style interface comes the next generation which will blow your mind John Underkoffler was the tech adviser on the film, he was the guy whose work actually inspired the interfaces that Tom Cruise used The real-life system he's been developing since then, called g-speak, is unbelievable A must watch video [flash=640x385]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/b6YTQJVzwlI&hl=en_US&fs=1&[/flash]

The coming of the Asteroid Apohpis, and the destruction of Earth - video

Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson discusses Apophis, a large asteroid forecast to pass dangerously close to the Earth in the year 2029 He talks about the effects of it hitting the earth if it does so the first time around If it misses it comes back some years later in 2036 for another go at earth destruction This will be a huge event, that to date has received very little attention 2036 will happen Trust me [flash=640x385]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/xaW4Ol3_M1o&hl=en_US&fs=1

Airline pilot talks about the joy of flying a Concorde - video

Brian Walpole talks about Concorde, and the time he barrel-rolled her as well as the joy of flying a plane that responded like a fighter jet and traveled faster than a bullet at 60,000 feet [flash=640x505]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/KYQS3qAIjAo&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0[/flash]

TV display myths - nothing is what you think in TV settings - most are gimmicks to fool the buyers

So you're looking at a new TV, and the plethora of controls it offers Brightness, contrast, tint, etc, are all hanger on controls from old analogue TV's from the 1950's Most monitor and HDTV user-menu options are actually unnecessary features added for marketing purposes—gimmicks to suggest the display has unique features that other models lack Even worse, most of these options actually decrease image and picture quality In many cases, it’s not even clear what these sham controls rea

Salami sorting robots - video

Disorganized salami goes in one end, robotic FlexPicker™ hands go to work, and neatly organized rows of perfect salami exit the machine Its hypnotic From a factory in Ansbach, Germany — somewhere, robots are sorting your salami… [flash=640x385]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/aPTd8XDZOEk&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0[/flash]

Spanish full face transplant patient talks to reporters

A Spanish man who underwent a partial face transplant hugged his surgeon Tuesday and expressed gratitude to the donor's family as he appeared in public for the first time since the January operation The patient, identified only as Rafael, spoke with difficulty at a news conference at Seville's Virgen del Rocio Hospital, where he had undergone the 30-hour surgery [quote]I want to thank the donor's family and the medical team [/quote] said Rafael, who was flanked by his mother and sister

New technology can mean night vision car windscreens

Adapting technology found in flat screen television sets, scientists have created a thin film that converts infrared light into visible light The technology could give cell phones, eyeglasses and car windshields cheap, lightweight night vision I would expect the military to try to suppress or control this new development Night vision give soldiers a powerful advantage over less well equipped combatants, if the technology becomes cheap and easy to manufacture that edge will be lost [

Shells transparent working car - videos

Shell commissioned JWT and award winning director Ivan Bird to produce their latest Shell Helix TV commercial – “Crystal Car” They basically reproduced an entire Nissan 370Z accurate to the smallest details, only made of high grade Perspex acrylic, thus letting you see through the car and every single component The whole idea is to pour the lubricant in and let you see how it works its way through the engine, coating the pistons, crank, combustion chamber and other parts of the engine

Science finds that rats laugh when you tickle them - video

Scientists have found that rats love to be tickled, laugh when they are tickled and want more of it If rats can be shown to enjoy life, then higher level beings must be the same Anthropomorphism is real [flash=640x505]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/myuceywaOUs&hl=en_GB&fs=1&rel=0[/flash]

New NASA huminoid robot set to launch to the Space Station

Designed through a partnership with General Motors, the Robonaut2 is the cutting edge of android technology Equipped with a wide array of sensors and dexterous five fingered hands, NASA plans for the Robotnaut2 to work along side humans in space operations, or by itself in missions too dangerous for people The Robonaut2 began life as, surprise surprise, a DARPA project almost ten years ago The original Robonaut debuted in 2004, and sported a very Bobba Fett-like head For the new model, N

Hand operation of remotely operated robots - video

Robot being developed to work remotely from users Watch this video of researchers developing robot hands to do manual tasks such as picking up delicate objects and making standard movements This would be really handy inside of places where humans can't live, or even in space [flash=640x385]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/diO8eXfX5rg&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0[/flash]
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