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May 28, 2006 - June 3, 2006 Archives

  • June 2, 2006
    Inventor Brian Walker has developed possibly the world's largest crossbow with an intent to fire himself and a rocket-powered aircraft 20 miles into the sky. This project, awesomely referred to as RUSH or Rapid Up SuperHigh (awesome), uses a carbon fiber bowstring that is stretc... / Continue →
  • June 2, 2006
    The RoboCup is a international joint project with an ultimate goal of developing a team of "fully autonomous humanoid robots that can win against the human world champion team in soccer" by the year 2050. Until they succeed in this goal, they're holding technical conferences, pro... / Continue →
  • June 2, 2006
    Japanese multimedia production company Buildup Co., Ltd. has announced that it will begin renting high-quality animatronic suits this month. The first suit they will rent is a panda suit that contains various technological features to help it achieve a more realistic look. The pa... / Continue →
  • June 1, 2006
    Star Wars enthusiasts are bound to enter a nerd frenzy today as NASA announced the deployment of a floating droid to the International Space Station. The robot is based on a floating battle droid from the first Star Wars movie, and it was developed by the Department of Defense, M... / Continue →
  • June 1, 2006
    Bridgestone Tire has announced the world's thinest two color e-paper display, which measures only .29mm thick. Since the display is classified as e-paper, no power is required to leave an image on the screen once it has been displayed; power is only required to change the image. ... / Continue →
  • June 1, 2006
    Microbiologists at the University of Birmingham in the UK have developed fuel cells that are powered by feeding chocolate factory waste to sugar-loving bacteria. In testing, Escherichia coli bacteria dismantled caramel and nougat waste, producing organic acids and a form of hydr... / Continue →
  • May 31, 2006
    The Gryphon is a new parachute system designed by ESG, an electronics and logistics house in Germany. The Gryphon lets skydivers glide through the air at high speeds, giving them significant range in comparison to traditional parachutists. Skydivers using the system have the oppo... / Continue →
  • May 31, 2006
    Ubisense is a British company that has developed a system for tracking the exact location of people in an office and relaying their coordinates to the computer screens of the employees. The system uses RFID tags to track humans to within 12 inches of their locations and display t... / Continue →
  • May 31, 2006
    University of Southern California researchers have been developing autonomous robotic cars that use navigation systems based on the inner workings of the human brain. The system is based off of cognitive fingerprints, in which the cars take "snapshots" of their settings to use i... / Continue →
  • May 30, 2006
    Micro Reactor System Co. is a Japanese company that specializes in "electronic curtains" that alternate between translucent and opaque states depending on whether or not they're powered by an electrical current. The curtains are constructed by dispersing liquid crystal molecules ... / Continue →
  • May 30, 2006
    In a story we mentioned previously, a Russian cosmonaut was scheduled to hit a golf ball from the International Space Station (ISS) this week. Unfortunately, changes have been made to the program, and the cosmonaut will no longer be hitting the ball on this week's space walk. Acc... / Continue →
  • May 30, 2006
    Yamaha Motors realizes that we're all completely terrified of getting hit in the groin. In order to help alleviate this fear, they've released information on the ASV-3, a prototype safety scooter equipped with a multi-chambered air bag that provides comfort and protection where y... / Continue →