Category Archives: Technology

DoD: To conquer nations and budgets, combat must go totally autonomous

DoD: To conquer nations and budgets, combat must go totally autonomous

In a turn of phrase that seems designed to provoke headlines, the US Department of Defense this week said one of its primary goals is to “take the ‘man’ out of unmanned” combat. This quote and much more comes from the latest in the Department’s ongoing series of Roadmap to the Future reports, which seek to lay out both the ...

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Chinese rover begins its journey to monetize the moon (with video)

Chinese rover begins its journey to monetize the moon (with video)

The Chinese space push is in full swing, but the CNSA (Chinese NASA) is nowhere near ready to compete in terms of PR. When Chang’e 3 — China’s first lunar rover — rolled from its lander this week, it made its country one of just three to ever drive a lander on the Moon. In celebration of the event, Chinese ...

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Smoother-than-expected electrons could mean rethinking particle physics

Smoother-than-expected electrons could mean rethinking particle physics

Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider have been exploring the limits of physics by smashing particles together, but a team from Yale and Harvard has taken a different approach. The so-called ACME collaboration is taking a closer look at the electron as a way to uncover new exotic particles, but it also has the potential to upend some popular ideas ...

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Christmas lights, nerd style: 22,000 remotely controlled lights, connected to the internet via Linux

Christmas lights, nerd style: 22,000 remotely controlled lights, connected to the internet via Linux

What do you get if you combine Christmas, jury-rigged electronics, 22,000 lights, over a dozen inflatables, webcams, and custom server software running on a Linux server? Alek Komarnitsky’s controllable Christmas lights, of course! Every year, Alek — who is one of the world wide web’s most infamous OGs — lights up his house with 22,000 lights and over a dozen inflatables, ...

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Avegant Glyph: A 3D VR headset that beams the display directly onto your retina

Avegant Glyph: A 3D VR headset that beams the display directly onto your retina

When Oculus VR first unveiled its semi-eponymous Rift device, it took the enthusiastic support of people like John Carmack and Gabe Newell for anybody to really take notice. 3D displays have tended to evoke little more than memories of E3′s now defunct Kentia Hall, the dumping ground for failed technologies and half-baked concepts. Still, the past year’s steady rise in ...

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Google wins DARPA’s robotics challenge, wonders if it was a good idea to turn down future military contracts

Google wins DARPA’s robotics challenge, wonders if it was a good idea to turn down future military contracts

DARPA’s Robotic Challenge took place in Florida over the weekend, pitting some of the world’s most advanced humanoid robots against each other in a series of complex tasks, and rather fortuitously for a famously acquisitive Silicon Valley company, the winning robot was fielded by a company called Schaft — a Japanese company that was recently acquired by Google as part ...

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Super-material could create robot muscles with 1000x human strength

Super-material could create robot muscles with 1000x human strength

When you flex a muscle in your arm, it’s not the muscle that’s shrinking, but the cells that comprise it. Each cell lining the muscle’s length has its own limited contractile ability, one driven by tiny motor and ratchet proteins that crumple up a cell and refuse to let it relax. Rather than being a single continuous muscular action, your ...

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World’s first wireless molecular network uses rubbing alcohol to send text messages

World’s first wireless molecular network uses rubbing alcohol to send text messages

Researchers in the UK and Canada have succeeded in creating the world’s first text message via a molecular communication. The messages are encoded in molecules of alcohol, which are then wafted across the room to a receiver, which sniffs the molecules out of the air and decodes the message. Molecular networks are an area of interest for applications and environments ...

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