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Ford's new robot driver

Ford Motors just released a video of what it claims is an automotive industry first: succesfully test-driving trucks with robots. Check out the video below to see their robot putting it into gear.

 

h/t Gizmodo.


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Jun 18, 2013

Robo nurse, coming to a hospital near you?

Medical machinery has come a long way -- and now robots are getting in on the action. Click on the video below to watch a robotic nurse bathe a bed-ridden patient autonomously.

 

It may move slow, but it seems to do the job. Healthcare Robotics, the company who makes the robot, reports its efficacy as such:

In our experiments, the robot removed most of the debris (>96%) on four parts of the limbs. In addition, the robot performed the wiping task using relatively low force.


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Jun 17, 2013

The 'What if' problem of government surveillance

Count me in the camp of people who aren't worried about the NSA dragging me away because of communications I've had on the phone or online. But there's one big problem with secret government surveillance of data on U.S. citizens: the "what if" problem. While our current political system doesn't seem to punish people recklessly for speaking up and excercising free speech, that could always change. And that's the heart of the issue, to me. We can't know what the future holds for our political system, and because of that, we need to be vigilant in protecting our First Ammendment rights.

Tell us: What do you think?


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Jun 11, 2013

YouTube karaoke, Tajik-style

Jun 6, 2013
Did the government of Tajikistan ban YouTube over an embarrassing karaoke performance?
Posted In: Tech, YouTube

Scientists snap first ever pictures of molecules before and after reaction

Using a new state-of-the-art atomic force microscope, scientists at UC Berkeley were able to capture the first images of a molecule just before and after it reacts. The images show the molecule's structure in detail, even the bonds connecting atoms. Until now, scientists have only been able to infer this type of information.

The series of images on the left side (labeled A) show the molecule before, while the images on the right (labeled B) display the after.

 


   

Non-contact atomic force microscope (nc-AFM) images (center) of a molecule before and after a reaction improve immensely over images (top) from a scanning tunneling microscope and look just like the classic molecular structure diagrams (bottom). Source: UC Berkeley News Center

 

 

 

 

 


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May 31, 2013

Put a GIF in your bike wheel

If you love GIF animations and love to cycle safely, here's a new crowd-funded product you'll love: The Monkey Light Pro. The bike accessory uses LED light bars that fit in the spokes of your wheel to create a rideable display system. Kind of ridiculous, but kind of great, too? 

 


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May 29, 2013

Happy Birthday Robert Moog!

Correction: The original entry referred to Robert Moog as still alive. He died in 2005.

Robert Moog would have been 79 today. He invented the analogue Moog synthesizer that first gained notoriety at a performance during the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival. It's been used by keyboard lovers like Stevie Wonder ever since.

Happy 77th Birthday, Bob Moog!


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May 23, 2013

NASA footage shows meteor crashing into moon

May 21, 2013
Things crashing into the moon -- that's how the third Transformers movie starts right? Sorry Michael Bay, when it comes to explosions, we'd rather watch the NASA source footage.
Posted In: moon, NASA, space

Retired cop makes awesome robot from appliances

Mark Haygood's humanoid robot HEX was pointed out by Damn Geeky. But Gizmodo gets points for noticing the resemblance to Johnny Five. The robot's hands at least are a dead ringer for those on the best robot from the 1980s. But even if you don't see the similiarities, you have to be impressed by a guy who spent that much time putting together a robot from basic home electronics. It's been a long time since I've seen the film, but this clip holds up pretty well. No dissassemble! No dissassemble!


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May 14, 2013

Canadian astronaut covers David Bowie on International Space Station

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has become a big hit in cyberspace with his Twitter postings from outer space. After five months on the International Space Station, Hadfield will head home to Earth today. Before he left, he made a video commemorating his time in space by covering David Bowie's "Space Oddity." Check it out below.


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May 13, 2013

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