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Robots finding their voice - video of an artificial mouth

Once robots can talk, then they can give orders This system of blowing air through an artificial mouth really just seems like a design exercise I imagine a solid state system would be far better than a mechanical one [flash=600x493]http://wwwliveleakcom/e/7dd_1271045642[/flash]

Australian Laser invention is a threat to the Free World

As a summit of world leaders begins in Washington, a prominent US physicist is warning that an Australian invention poses a significant threat to nuclear security Dr Francis Slakey, from Georgetown University in Washington DC, says a revolutionary uranium enrichment process using lasers has the potential to make it much easier for rogue countries or terrorist organisations to conceal any nuclear program In scientific circles the process is called 'separation of isotopes by laser excita

Lifelike robot mimics human expressions - video

As robots develops across a number of fields, now human likeness is being mimicked Japanese professor Hiroshi Ishiguro yesterday unveiled a female android that can laugh and smile as it mimics a person's expressions Using a motion-capture system, the robot, called Geminoid TMF, can move its rubber face to imitate a smile, a toothy grin, and a grim look with furrowed browsThe robot is equipped with 12 actuators, powered by air pressure, and her motion can be synched to imitate that of

The Archaeoraptor fossil had been featured as a "missing link" between Dinosaurs and Birds and is a clever fake

The Archaeoraptor fossil, from the Liaoning region of China, had been featured in National Geographic magazine as a "missing link" between Dinosaurs and Birds Its a fake Here, in one animal, was a unique range of dinosaur and bird features It had the skull and upper body of a bird, but the teeth and hands of a dinosaur It also had the legs of a bird but the tail of a dinosaur It was the most complete set of transitional features ever found in one creature The debate, started by T

Invisible sun throws life destroying comets at Earth

AN invisible star may be circling the Sun and causing deadly comets to bombard the Earth The brown dwarf - up to five times the size of Jupiter - could be to blame for mass extinctions that occur here every 26 million years The star - nicknamed Nemesis by Nasa scientists - would be invisible as it only emits infrared light and is incredibly distant Nemesis is believed to orbit our solar system at 25,000 times the distance of the Earth to the Sun As it spins through the galaxy, its gra

Zodiacal light - a luminous triangle in the northern hemisphere

If you live in the northern hemisphere, now is the time to look for the Zodiacal Light It jumps up in the west after sunset, a luminous triangle that can amaze observers in dark rural areas The phenomenon is caused by sunlight shining on billions of tiny dust particles scattered throughout the plane of our solar system The tilt of the sky favors evening sightings in the weeks of late winter and early spring--in other words, now! For best results, get away from city lights Find a place w

Scientists try to kill Mosquitos with a laser system

Scieentists, some veterans of the US anti-ballistic-missile programme, are working on what they call a "photonic fence" that will use cameras and lasers to detect mosquitoes from a distance and then shoot them down automatically Solar-powered photonic fences could be installed around homes and other buildings to spare people at least some bites Astrophysicist Jordin Kare from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Wood, Myhrvold, and other experts have developed a handheld laser tha

Robot baby learns how to crawl then walk then take over the world and grind humanity under its boot

OK the last one was an bit exaggerated A team of researchers in Osaka, looking to learn more about the mechanisms involved with infant development, publicly presented a robot on March 3rd that is designed after human babies The robot named the M3-neony has learned to crawl on all fours, among other child-like capabilities Weighing 35 kilograms, and 50 centimetres from head to toe, M3-neony has software that can experiment randomly with its 22 "muscles" to learn the consequences of its

When toys were REALLY fun - an Atomic lab with radioactive materials

Imagine being the fist kid on your block to turn your playground into a nuclear wasteland Popular Mechanics has assembled a list of five popular toys that were eventually banned in the US Among the toys on the list is the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab, marketed between 1950-51, which contained actual radioactive materials: Called “the most elaborate Atomic Energy educational set ever produced” by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, this sophisticated science kit contained four type

Jellyfish are invading Japan. Solution - turn them into products

The industrious Japanese are at it again, seeing a crisis as an opportunity Coastal Japan is being inundated with giant jellyfish that break nets and ruin fishing Their large size, up to 200 kg each, mean they are hard to remove The massive Nomura jellyfish have decimated fishing villages by devouring fish eggs and tearing apart fishing nets Swarms around Hawaii and Japan have wreaked havoc on tourism industries that rely heavily on snorkeling and boat tours What to do with them Ho

All small dogs originate from packs of wolves in the Middle East, more than 12,000 years ago

Imagine, packs of small yappy dog wolves roaming the plains of the Middle East A new genetic study, traced a gene called IGF1, that determines small size in dogs, back to the first domesticated grey wolves, which lived in this area Melissa Gray and Robert Wayne, from the University of California, led a team of researchers who surveyed a large sample of gray wolf populations She said, [quote]The mutation for small body size post-dates the domestication of dogs However, because all

Radio controlled flying monocopter video

A monocopter is a copter with only one wing, based on a Sycamore seed This great video shows it from initial conception through revisions over a number of years An interesting development of technology, considering how few parts it needs to fly The culmination of 35 years of research has led to controllable monocopter that can autorotate like a maple seed Acer diabolicum Blume and fly like a helicopter hover and forward flight The vehicle, invented at the University of Maryland

The totally robotic automated factory - welcome to the future - video

Here is a world of manufacturing that you don’t get to see — the world of highly automated manufacturing This video is of the future of factories with machines building machines FANUC, is a Japanese company that came from Fuji the acronym stands for Fuji Automatic Numerical Control [flash=640x505]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/-SREct28lJM&hl=en_US&fs=1&[/flash]

The 2013 Mars Rover - as big as a car

It weighs almost a tonne, has cost more than $2bn and, in 2013, it will be lowered on to the surface of Mars with a landing system that has never been tried before The landing of such a big payload is, for many scientists, as exciting as the project itself How is it fueled The Mars Science Laboratory rover will carry a radioisotope power system that generates electricity from the heat of plutonium's radioactive decay This power source gives the mission an operating lifespan on Mars' s

Another US food shocker: There's a good chance you may be eating a livestock drug banned in 160 nations

While researchers and scientists investigate the cause of diabetes, obesity, asthma and ADHD epidemics, they should ask why the FDA approved a livestock drug banned in 160 nations and responsible for hyperactivity, muscle breakdown and 10 percent mortality in pigs, according to angry farmers who phoned the manufacturer The beta agonist ractopamine, a repartitioning agent that increases protein synthesis, was recruited for livestock use when researchers found the drug, used in asthma, made m
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