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The DARPA Robotics Challenge Was A Bust
Popular Science - Technology, 6 hours ago
Your Second Place WinnerErik SofgeMoments after finishing its prize-winning run at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, Team IHMC''s Atlas humanoid stopped showboating, and took an unexpected spill.It''s been close to a month since the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) wrapped up. That''s time enough t...
Making All Cars Driverless Would Reduce Emissions By 90 Percent
Popular Science - Technology, 6 hours ago
Google''s Self-Driving CarGoogleWith large tech companies like Google and Uber circling driverless cars, the conversation has mostly been one of "how soon can we do this?" and not "should we?" Of course, autonomous cars would be cool, but what are the advantages besides the obvious luxury of not nee...
Smart Mouthguard Tells Your Dentist If You're Grinding Your Teeth
Popular Science - Technology, 6 hours ago
Smart mouth guardUniversity of FloridaIf you've ever woken up with a weird headache and pain in your jaw during a particularly stressful time, it might be because you were grinding your teeth, a condition called bruxism. Don't worry, though, you're not alone-one in five Americans does it. Now a team...
DeepDream Twitter Bot Spews Trippy Photos
Popular Science - Technology, 6 hours ago
Deepdream Bot/ TwitterA picture of a boy and his dog warped by Psychic VR Lab.Transport yourself to a magical land of slug people, dog monsters, and other psychedelic scenes as you scroll though the Deepdream bot Twitter feed. Be forewarned, a significant portion of your day may be lost.Ever since G...
Japan Says Yes To Giant Robot Duel With America
Popular Science - Technology, 6 hours ago
Screenshot from Suidobashi''s robot duel response video to MegabotSuidobashi/YouTubeLast week, American giant robot makers Megabot challenged Japanese giant robot makers Suidobashi Heavy Industry to a giant robot battle. The video, subtitled in Japanese and filled with waving American flags, coincid...
You Can Now Crowdsource Your Medical Diagnoses, But Should You?
Popular Science - Technology, 6 hours ago
What happens when a diagnosis isn''t quite right?Seattle Municipal Archives via Flickr, CC by 2.0In 2003, Carly Heyman fell ill with some bizarre symptoms. She was depressed, gained 50 pounds, would sleep all day but would wake up with a start from horrible nightmares and suicidal thoughts. Her pare...
Student Invents Shapeshifting Pinecone-Inspired Building Material
Popular Science - Technology, July 03, 2015
Shapeshifting MaterialChao ChenA new material changes shape when wet, a property that has numerous uses in design and around the house.This might be one of the cooler student projects we''ve ever seen -- and it all started with a walk in the park.Chao Chen, a Master''s student in design at London''s...
Facebook Will Use These Lasers To Beam Internet From The Sky
Popular Science - Technology, July 02, 2015
Mark Zuckerberg/ FacebookA first look at the laser technology Facebook will use to beam internet from the skies.On Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he envisions a world where we can digitally send our emotions to others. But that technology is still a few years out, so it looks like now Zu...
You Shouldn't Be Afraid Of That Killer Volkswagen Robot
Popular Science - Technology, July 02, 2015
Volkswagen Assembly LineScreenshot by author, from YouTubeHeadlines rang out across the internet yesterday that a robot killed someone in Germany. Beneath the sensationalist surface, there was a tragic truth: an industrial robot at a Volkswagen plant in Germany had indeed killed a 22-year-old worker...
Why Do Seahorses Have Square Tails?
Popular Science - Technology, July 02, 2015
Seahorseshellac/FlickrCC by 2.0We've got a lot to learn from a seahorse's tail. Unlike other animals, these fishes'' tails are square, not round--a fundamental difference in shape that scientists believe could lead to new developments in medicine, robotics, and even defense.In a paper published toda...
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