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Fastest running robot in the world - video

A robot in a University of Michigan lab can run like a human—a feat that represents the height of agility and efficiency for a two-legged machine With a peak pace of 68 miles per hour, MABEL is believed to be the world's fastest bipedal robot with knees [quote] It's stunning," said Jessy Grizzle, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science "I have never seen a machine doing a motion like this [/quote] MABEL started off walking smoothly and quickly over

Cars may monitor brain waves to awaken sleepy drivers

Several leading carmakers are exploring whether sensors built into the driver's headrest can tell if he or she is too drowsy to drive safely, based on the pattern of electrical activity in the brain Manufacturers are testing a system that sounds an alarm when the sensors pick up patterns associated with sleepiness The brain-sensing hardware comes from NeuroSky, a company based in San Jose, California, which makes basic electroencephalography EEG headsets and chips for various applicatio

The amazing Swarmanoid robots - working together to achieve a goal - video

You could call it Mission Impossible: Robot Library Heist An army of flying, rolling, and climbing robots have been taught to work together to find and snatch a book from a high shelf In a striking display of military-like precision, the robotic team, dubbed the "Swarmanoid", attacks the problem with flying "eye-bots" and rolling "foot-bots" A "hand-bot" then fires a grappling hook-like device up to the ceiling and scales the bookshelf Footage of the experiment, conducted by Marc

Charge your cell phones using a camp fire pot of water

A Japanese company has come up with a new way to charge your mobile phone after a natural disaster or in the great outdoors -- by heating a pot of water over a campfire The Hatsuden-Nabe thermo-electric cookpot turns heat from boiling water into electricity that feeds via a USB port into digital devices such as smartphones, music players and global positioning systems TES NewEnergy, based in the western city of Osaka, started selling the gadget in Japan this month for 24,150 yen $299, an

The ant spiral of death - ants walk in a circle to exhaustion - videos

Sometimes ants following the scent of other ants get locked in a never ending circle called a circular mill The circle of ants, each one following the ant in front, may continue until they all die Sometimes they escape though Beebe 1921 described a circular mill he witnessed in Guyana It measured 1200 feet in circumference and had a 25 hour circuit time per ant The mill persisted for two days, "with ever increasing numbers of dead bodies littering the route as exhaustion took its

Doctors cure common leukemia with a single injection of modified HIV - amazing!

Sensational results from a single injection could be one of the most significant advances in cancer research in decades And it almost never happened In the research published recently, doctors at the University of Pennsylvania say the treatment made the most common type of leukemia completely disappear in two of the patients and reduced it by 70 percent in the third [b] In each of the patients as much as five pounds of cancerous tissue completely melted away in a few weeks, and a year lat

The birth of self assembling robots - video

Scientists are now trying to create self assembling robots, small bots that join together to become a bigger entity Although it seems a laudable aim, it just might be easier to make a single robot designed for a certain task, such as finding people under rubble However from small ideas come world conquering monsters Is this the beginning of the [url=http://enwikipediaorg/wiki/Replicator_%28Stargate%29]Replicators[/url] [flash=640x505]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/SkvpEfAPXn4&hl=en&

Googles Self Drive car in accident with 3 other cars - image

After 160,000 miles of accident free driving Google's Self Drive car has rear ended another Prius which struck another Prius, which then struck a Honda Accord That Accord then struck another Honda Accord, and the second Accord hit a separate, non-Google-owned Prius Phew! a real chain reaction But the fundamental question that such vehicles raise is evident here Who is to blame A human operator, or Google because it owns the software and hardware In the real world will Google get sued

People without fingerprints have a genetic disorder

In 2007, a Swiss woman in her late 20s had an unusually hard time crossing the US border Customs agents could not confirm her identity The woman's passport picture matched her face just fine, but when the agents scanned her hands, they discovered something shocking: she had no fingerprints The woman, it turns out, had an extremely rare condition known as adermatoglyphia Eli Sprecher, a dermatologist at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in Israel, has dubbed it the "immigration del

Our massive brains - 87% of calories a baby consumes fuel its brain

A few minutes without oxygen may not do too much damage to our muscles but can irreparably harm the brain The brain also requires a constant supply of food Twenty-five percent of all the calories you eat each day end up fueling the brain For a newborn infant, with its little body and relatively large and fast-growing brain, that figure leaps to 87 percent Not enough fuel for the brain may lead to illnesses such as epilepsy and learning disorders One of the genes involved in feeding t

The hubless motorcycle - wheels with no spokes - video

This amazing motorcycle has wheels without any hubs, or spokes Hubless wheels work by fixing the rotating parts brake ring, bearings, hubless rim onto the outer side of a non-rotating inner ring that attaches to the motorcycle’s swingarm or forks Advantages include decreased unsprung weight, reduced structural stress no spokes to transmit forces through, increased braking leverage, more accurate steering, reduced vibration and a lower center of gravity However I wonder if ride is

Parrots have individual names and get them from their parents

Parrots, Dolphins and Humans are the only beings known to have unique names, and scientists have found that parrots are given their names by their parents, just as Humans do Dolphins and Humans are, so far, the only other members of this select club of animals who use names for individuals Scientists think this ability is related to the intensely social lives of all three of these creatures In the case of parrots, whose flocks often split up and join with other groups, having one’s own n

Want bigger stronger bones as you age? The answer is in the gut

Much to the surprise of researchers scientists have found that the creation and destruction of bone in humans occurs with the release of chemical serotonin that is manufactured in the gut itself The more serotonin your gut produces the more your bones grow weaker The solution then as you age will be to create a simple drug that inhibits the production of serotonin in the gut itself Bone growth is controlled in the gut through serotonin, the same naturally present chemical used by the

Test your hearing with the Mosquito tone test

Supposedly as you age your hearing starts to go Here is a selection of tones from 11 KHz to 18 KHz The top end 18 KHz is the end that drops off as you age This is the end that has been used to drive teenagers away from malls So visit the site and check out just how well your hearing has aged Personally I think its a hoax, there is nothing being played above 14KHz as far as I can tell http://journalplasticmindcom/ears/mosquito-tone-or-how-to-tell-youre-a-youngun/ Here is

Porsche developing computerized drive for its cars

Porsche is working on a computerised car project that it completely removes the driver's feet from the pedals The car learns the route the driver takes complete with estimates of the speed limit, curves, and elevation changes and then translates that into data the car uses to completely control the pedals The goal is to create a car that constantly monitors speed, throttle, and other aspects for a smooth and comfortable ride that optimizes efficiency Autoblog was able to take a ride in a
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