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The revolution has begun - BigDog learns to throw cinder blocks - video

Boston Dynamics BigDog gets violent, once they solve the power supply issues its going to be great BigDog handles heavy objects The goal is to use the strength of the legs and torso to help power motions of the arm This sort of dynamic, whole-body approach to manipulation is used routinely by human athletes and will enhance the performance of advanced robots Boston Dynamics is developing the control and actuation techniques needed for dynamic manipulation The cinderblock weighs abo

The future of the internal combustion engine - no crankshaft - free valves - video

Christian Von Koenigsegg and Urban Carlson demonstrate their Free Valve technology that does not require a camshaft to run This engineering is being pioneered by Koenigsegg for future use, but is already running in a Saab 9-5 test mule 30% fuel saving, and 30% power increase! Why have they never developed this in the past [flash=640x360]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/Bch5B23_pu0[/flash]

Amazing airborne surveillance camera can see real time down to 6 inches - video

A new airborne surveillance camera gives the US military the ability to track movements in an entire city like a real-time Google Street View The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA, an agency that researches and develops cutting edge technologies for the United States Department of Defense, has released information about a new 18 gigapixel camera that can recognize 6-inch targets from up to 20,000 feet in the air The ARGUS-IS cameras can be attached to unmanned drones and

Audi make the ultimate parking car - drives itself to the parking building and comes back when called - video

This is stunning, really, the new Audi drives itself to the parking building and parks, and then returns when called Tough luck if it has to pay when leaving however Audi's automatic parking systems operate by means of either ultrasound or cameras, which display images via the onboard monitor One particularly convenient solution is park assist When backing into a parking space, it performs all the necessary steering movements; it can handle both parallel parking and parking perpendic

How the cavebro's made swords - the origin of Damascus steel

This excellent article explains how sword makers made their swords and the difference between steel construction methods Funny and informative Read it, even if you are not into swords who isn't into them http://wwwredditcom/r/Blacksmith/comments/16t49n/damascus_steel_theories/c7z6ih9

Why I love Windows 8 - image

This image contains two desktop print screens of my work machine, that has two Dell 24 inch monitors on it In Windows 8 you have a span command that fills both monitors with one image across them both The top image shows the left monitor with the start screen open, more tiles off screen, and the second monitor desktop The printscreen doesn't show a gap between each monitor so it looks like one long monitor The bottom image has both monitors showing the desktop Sometimes it hard

Beer glasses fill from the bottom - no more pouring pints - video

Here is a fast no mess way to fill beer glasses, inject beer through the bottom, instead of pouring it from the top It still seems to make a nice head on the beer The good thing about this system is that it automatically fills to the correct height as there is no spillage However with this version everyone has to drink the same type of beer [flash=640x390]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/wiu_IX14wLI[/flash]

A most awesome ball morphing robot - worth watching video

A robot to rule the world, except it would be stopped at the first set of stairs Football sized robot that morphs into a crab type walking thing and can roll in any direction it wants Amazing, even considering the video must be sped up somewhat From the submitter [quote] THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!! who left me a personal vote at the Boca Bearings 2012 Innovation Competition! MorpHex became the April's winner! If you want to read more about this project visit my blog at http://robot-kits

Scientists produce petrol from air - really

A small company in the north of England has developed the “air capture” technology to create synthetic petrol using only air and electricity Experts tonight hailed the astonishing breakthrough as a potential “game-changer” in the battle against climate change and a saviour for the world’s energy crisis This is the same technology that the [url=http://xmbstuffucanusecom/xmb/viewthreadphptid=8376] US Navy has been testing to extract C02 from sea water and make jet fuel [/url] The techno

Overview of the Internet - slide series

A fascinating overview of the internet showing the trends towards mobile and smartphones and the decline of old media Well worth watching Want a future get into Mobile, its going to be inevitable that it dominates the media, and there are few who have the coding skills and abilities to exploit it http://wwwbusinessinsidercom/state-of-internet-slides-2012-10

In 2014 a new comet will be brighter than the moon and may be one of the greatest comets in human history

A new comet has been discovered that is predicted to blaze incredibly brilliantly in the skies during late 2013 With a perihelion passage of less than two million kilometres from the Sun on 28 November 2013, current predictions are of an object that will dazzle the eye at up to magnitude —16 That's far brighter than the full Moon If predictions hold true then C/2012 S1 will certainly be one of the greatest comets in human history, far outshining the memorable Comet Hale-Bopp of 1997 and

Standard types of cooked steak - image

These are the main types of cooked steak, good to know for the BBQ The amount of time a steak is cooked is based upon personal preference; shorter cooking times retain more juice, whereas longer steak cooking times result in drier, tougher meat but reduce concerns about disease A vocabulary has evolved to describe the degree to which a steak is cooked The following terms are in order from least cooked to most cooked: Raw — Uncooked Used in dishes like steak tartare Seared, Blue rare

How to tell the time till sunset - use this simple technique to find out - image

Out in the wilderness, looking to make camp or carry on further This simple technique tells you how much time you have until dusk Each finger gives you approximately 15 minutes of daylight, so therefore 1 hand width is one hour Note: Accuracy is dependent on latitude

NASA satellite falls over in lab when bolts removed

A very expensive accident happened to a satellite when it was being repositioned and fell off its stand Basically, the team responsible for it had bolted it down, some other team came and 'borrowed' their bolts without asking First team didn't re-check the bolts because they assumed they were still there [quote]As the NOAA-N Prime spacecraft was being repositioned from vertical to horizontal on the "turn over cart" at approximately 7:15 PDT today, it slipped off the fixture, causin

Staying positive will help you make better decisions - scientific research

New research suggests that keeping away from tendency to brood even for a small amount of time will help you to increase problem-solving ability To understand how rumination affects problem solving, researchers asked 51 study participants to watch a short movie clip The movie clip was designed to make viewers sad Afterwards they were given tests to check their problem solving abilities Researchers found that people who were able to distract themselves did better at the tests sad person
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