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May 21, 2006 - May 27, 2006 Archives

  • May 26, 2006
    Japan has finally realized the threat of a future revolt and has attempted to diminish killer robot potential by mandating a set of guidelines for the next robot generation. The guidelines establish basic rules for consumer robots, with requirements like sensors that prevent rob... / Continue →
  • May 26, 2006
    Scientists are considering repeatedly bombarding the moon with frozen water "comets" in order to sustain expeditionary crews and missions there. The project, called SLAM, is only in its proposal phase, but it appears to be one of the most efficient and cheapest ways to get usabl... / Continue →
  • May 26, 2006
    DARPA, DARPA, DARPA. According to a press release by the University of Utah, DARPA is funding a program at the university to create a bionic arm. If development proceeds as planned, the artificial arm will have the properties of a biological limb and be used to "revolutionize pro... / Continue →
  • May 25, 2006
    You know that the source article is going to be nerdy when the first sentence references Harry Potter. Scientists in the UK and US are working on a new "metamaterial" that will be the foundation for rendering objects completely invisible. Metamaterial can bend electromagnetic rad... / Continue →
  • May 25, 2006
    NASA has developed an inexpensive detector that can see invisible infrared light in a range of "colors" or wavelengths. Previous attempts at creating a low-cost alternative to conventional infrared technology could only detect a narrow range of infrared colors, which was the eq... / Continue →
  • May 25, 2006
    A new study has found that surgeons who play video games prior to performing surgery were faster and made fewer mistakes than those who did not. The research was conducted on 303 surgeons who were practicing laparoscopic surgery, a form of internal surgery in which narrow instrum... / Continue →
  • May 24, 2006
    The Honda and Advanced Telecommunications Research Institutes have developed a new "Brain Machine Interface" that uses brain signals to control robots. This technology is based on research that has shown an MRI-based tracking of responses in the brain can be decoded by a computer... / Continue →
  • May 24, 2006
    Xvista, a UK-based biometrics company, has developed the first portable iris scanner that's small enough to be used in cellular phones. The system offers an accurate and secure method of checking identities by using a mobile phone camera to capture the iris of the user and compa... / Continue →
  • May 23, 2006
    One of the biggest news announcements today was Nike and Apple's partnership with the launch of Nike+iPod products. The product line will be initiated with the Nike+iPod Sport Kit, which provides wireless communication between a transmitter placed in special Nike shoes and an iPo... / Continue →
  • May 23, 2006
    Stanford researchers have been developing a robot that can climb up walls in a similar fashion to that of geckos. Geckos can climb walls and ceilings thanks to tiny hairs on their feet, called setae, that are attracted to surfaces by an "intermolecular force" known as "van der Wa... / Continue →
  • May 23, 2006
    The European Eco-Shell Marathon that we mentioned a few weeks ago has completed, with an entry from France's Lycee La Joliverie crowned the winner. The vehicle averaged 6,786 miles per gallon, which was slightly less than its trial run of 6,854 miles per gallon. The range of ca... / Continue →
  • May 22, 2006
    The WMD is a custom-built computer case crafted to resemble the elaborate nuclear bombs commonly found in action blockbusters and television shows. It features a count-down clock, a lockable numeric keypad, LED displays, and a rugged stainless steel exterior. The keypad is the m... / Continue →
  • May 22, 2006
    The Glabenator is Apurv Mishra's award-winning entry in the ISEF-International Science and Engineering Fair, the world's largest "pre-college scientific research-based competition." The Glabenator provides an alternative way for physically-challenged and quadriplegic individuals... / Continue →
  • May 22, 2006
    The Book Radio is a radio concept designed by students at the Interaction Design Institute Irvea that removes the dials, switches, and buttons of a regular radio. The radio is controlled through simple interactions with the book itself, which provides a complex listening experi... / Continue →