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BioTac Robotic Finger
Robotic Fingertip Outperforms Humans In Feeling Textures
Jun 19, 2012 18:00 PM E
Robots with the sense of touch may seem unnecessary, or even slightly creepy, but the researchers say this touch technology could be used in consumer product testing, personal assistive robots, or human prostheses.
firefly with glow
Firefly Glow Powers Nanorods that Could Become Electricity-Free Lights
Jun 18, 2012 22:09 PM E
Imagine stringing up your Christmas lights and never having to plug them in. The newest breakthrough in biomimicry - co-opting nature's tricks for our own technology - could lead to decorative light displays that don't use batteries or electricity to power them, but rely on nanorods that take their cues from fireflies.
Sequoia Supercomputer
U.S. Reclaims Supercomputing Crown With World’s Fastest Machine
Jun 18, 2012 19:23 PM E
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Sequoia supercomputer leads the world in computing speed, according to the 39th TOP500 list, which ranks the most powerful supercomputers.
iCub Robot DeeChee
Robot Learns Baby Talk Through Conversation With Humans
Jun 14, 2012 20:47 PM E
A small, child-like robot dubbed DeeChee, which is similar to a child between 6 and 14 months old, can learn rudimentary language skills that are not pre-programmed into the robot.
Stem Cells
Vein Grown From Stem Cells Saves 10-Year-Old Girl
Jun 14, 2012 09:05 AM E
A 10-year-old girl is alive thanks to the world's first vein transplant grown from stem cells,
zebrafish
Robot fish accepted as one of the pack by real fish
Jun 08, 2012 14:38 PM E
The artificial fish may look anything but real to us, but its tail movements had zebrafish convinced.
DASH bot
Micro-robot flip maneuver inspired by fleeing cockroaches
Jun 07, 2012 15:06 PM E
Ever notice how roaches seem to disappear when chased? Scientists have figured out how they do it, and created a robot to mimic the move.
Donuts
Japanese ‘diet glasses’ keep weak-willed wearers from eating too much
Jun 06, 2012 17:33 PM E
These virtual reality glasses make snacks look larger, leading wearers to eat less.
Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning
Video chat with strangers and friends with Parker and Fanning’s new Airtime
Jun 06, 2012 15:54 PM E
Strict safety policies could keep the new video chatting platform out of Chatroulette territory, but is there enough demand for it to stick?
Amelia Earhart
Mystery solved? New evidence pins distress calls to Amelia Earhart’s radio
Jun 04, 2012 16:17 PM E
Amelia Earhart didn't just disappear, and now we have the proof. Previously dismissed distress calls from the South Pacific have been verified as Amelia Earhart’s calls for help, bringing a decades-old mystery to a close with modern technology.
Vegetable Lie Detector
Lie Detector Determines If You’re Eating Your Veggies
Jun 04, 2012 10:50 AM E
A new lie detector uses a laser to determine if you are eating your veggies
Virus
Researchers Use Virus To Generate Electricity
May 16, 2012 09:10 AM E
In the future, you may be able to charge your phone simply by walking. Researchers developed a way to use viruses to turn mechanical forces, such as walking, shaking or pressing, into electricity.
Google Driverless Car
Google's Driverless Cars Get Green Light
May 08, 2012 14:05 PM E
Nevada granted Google the first U.S. license for driverless cars on Monday, allowing the company to test its autonomous cars on public roads for the first time and bringing driverless cars one step closer to public use.
In a Samsung Galaxy far, far away ... will Android still rule?
In A Samsung Galaxy Far, Far Away ... Will Android Still Rule?
May 03, 2012 09:14 AM E
(Reuters) - Samsung Electronics is the world's largest smartphone manufacturer and biggest user of Google's Android operating system.
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