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Já é possível carregar o telemóvel com… som ambiente. Alguns cientistas da Universidade Queen Mary juntaram-se a investigadores da Nokia e criaram o protótipo de um telemóvel que pode ser carregado com o som ambiente, de acordo com o noticiado pelo Mashable. Já é possível carregar o telemóvel com o barulho das conversas num café movimentado ou os aplausos de um concerto, noticia o site Mashable. De acordo com a mesma publicação, alguns cientistas da Universidade Queen Mary, em Londres, juntamente com investigadores da multinacional Nokia criaram o primeiro protótipo de um smartphone que pode ser carregado com o som ambiente. "Carregar através do som e das vibrações pode ajudar a melhorar a usabilidade de dispositivos eletrónicos e permitir que eles funcionem por mais tempo, sem a preocupação de os ligar a um carregador", adiantou um dos responsáveis pela descoberta, acrescentando que "também ajudaria o meio ambiente e reduziríamos o uso de energia elétrica produzida a partir de combustíveis fósseis.

" Human 'suspended animation' trials to start this month. Successful tests on pigs were achieved in 2000. After inducing fatal cuts, scientists were able to drop the body temperatures by around 10 degrees celsius. All the control pigs died, while those 'preserved" had a 90 percent survival rate - after some heart restarts. Like these trials, the technique is currently only useful for emergency procedures after severe injuries, situations with a survival rate of only seven percent. Funding for part of the project has come from the US Army, and the idea apparently came from the Vietnam War, where military surgeons noted that the leading cause of death was blood loss in the first 5 to 20 minutes after injury, even though roughly a third of the soldiers had wounds that would have been survivable in a typical emergency room.

Science fiction-like suspended animation is still a way off: this preservation state can apparently only be prolonged for around four hours. Not nearly enough for an intergalactic journey, but possibly enough to save lives. Bioengineers create functional 3-D brain-like tissue. Bioengineers have created three-dimensional brain-like tissue that functions like and has structural features similar to tissue in the rat brain and that can be kept alive in the lab for more than two months. As a first demonstration of its potential, researchers used the brain-like tissue to study chemical and electrical changes that occur immediately following traumatic brain injury and, in a separate experiment, changes that occur in response to a drug. The tissue could provide a superior model for studying normal brain function as well as injury and disease, and could assist in the development of new treatments for brain dysfunction. The brain-like tissue was developed at the Tissue Engineering Resource Center at Tufts University, Boston, which is funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) to establish innovative biomaterials and tissue engineering models.

Hunziker added, "Good models enable solid hypotheses that can be thoroughly tested. Scientists create water ‘tractor beam’ to manipulate floating objects (VIDEO) Published time: August 11, 2014 22:30 The oil slick from the grounded container ship 'Rena' stains Papamoa Beach near Tauranga (AFP Photo) Australian scientists have created a water-based “tractor beam” – a wave generator that is able to manipulate floating objects. However, researchers say no mathematical model exists so far to explain this complex phenomenon. Researchers at the Australian National University in Canberra have demonstrated the ability of simple wave generators to control things adrift in the water – and even move them against the direction of the waves. In the research, published in Nature magazine, scientists claim that their discovery “would find a broad range of applications,” from new solutions to oil spills or ways to rescue malfunctioning ships to a better understanding of dangerous rip tides that drag swimmers into the water even when waves are heading towards the shore.

Scientists create water ‘tractor beam’ to manipulate floating objects (VIDEO) Your Electricity Company Fears this Man. Siri’s Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask | Enterprise. Viv was named after the Latin root meaning live. Its San Jose, California, offices are decorated with tchotchkes bearing the numbers six and five (VI and V in roman numerals). Ariel Zambelich When Apple announced the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011, the headlines were not about its speedy A5 chip or improved camera. Instead they focused on an unusual new feature: an intelligent assistant, dubbed Siri. At first Siri, endowed with a female voice, seemed almost human in the way she understood what you said to her and responded, an advance in artificial intelligence that seemed to place us on a fast track to the Singularity. She was brilliant at fulfilling certain requests, like “Can you set the alarm for 6:30?”

Over the next few months, however, Siri’s limitations became apparent. Now a small team of engineers at a stealth startup called Viv Labs claims to be on the verge of realizing an advanced form of AI that removes those limitations. The core Siri team came to Apple with the project. Developing Nuclear Fusion in a Basement with a Reclusive Gunsmith. Robotic-Farming Grows With the Ladybird | The Proactionary Transhumanist. My following article below was originally published by SERIOUS WONDER: Robots are going to steal your job, but that’s okay, because they’ll be liberating us away from boring, strenuous and monotonous labor and give us far more time in doing what we truly want to do.

Agriculture will not be an exception, and is in fact moving fast in becoming a model of what the entire workforce will eventually transform into. In today’s age, we’ll be witnessing the coupling of the agricultural revolution with the industrial revolution – robotic farming. From drones to autonomous tractors, robotic farming is here to stay and (dare I say it?) Grow! Researchers of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, located at the University of Sydney, has recently introduced the latest family member in the field of farm ‘bots known as the Ladybird – an autonomous data collecting and analyzing vehicle.

“Ladybird is a completely new approach to agriculture robotics. Like this: Like Loading... First-person Hyperlapse Videos. Criado chip informático inspirado no cérebro humano. O TrueNorth, revelado no dia 8 de agosto, foi construído de forma diferente dos chips convencionais que separam a memória do processador, exigindo conectores para transferir dados entre eles. Este novo modelo de chips não necessita deles, tal como o cérebro humano. Também à semelhança desse órgão, o chip será capaz de executar ações somente quando for necessário, reduzindo bastante a potência e, consequentemente, o consumo energético. Esta nova tecnologia poderá depois possibilitar, por exemplo, a criação de óculos para cegos que façam uma análise do ambiente que os rodeia, permitindo-lhes "caminhar com segurança pelas ruas de qualquer cidade sem necessidade de uma conexão wi-fi", explicaram os investigadores ao El Mundo.

A pesquisa dos investigadores americanos foi aprovada num trabalho da Agência de Projetos de Pesquisa Avançada de Defesa (DARPA), que consistiu em reconhecer objetos e pessoas num determinado cenário. The Visual Microphone: Passive Recovery of Sound from Video. MIT researchers can listen to your conversation by watching your potato chip bag. Imagine someone listening in to your private conversation by filming the bag of chips sitting on the other side of the room. Oddly specific, I know, but researchers at MIT did just that: They’ve created an algorithm that can reconstruct sound (and even intelligible speech) with the tiny vibrations it causes on video. When sound hits an object, it makes distinct vibrations. “There’s this very subtle signal that’s telling you what the sound passing through is,” said Abe Davis, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT and first author on the paper.

But the movement is tiny – sometimes as small as thousandths of a pixel on video. It’s only when all of these signals are averaged, Davis said, that you can extract sound that makes sense. This particular study grew out of an earlier experiment at MIT, led by Michael Rubinstein, now a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research New England. The results are certainly impressive (and a little scary). These Battery-Free, WiFi Devices Run On Radio Waves. In the last decade, mobile devices have become radically smaller and more powerful. The list of tech-related tasks that the miniature black monolith we all tote around has grown longer by the year. The next step in technology’s great disappearing act? Absorption into our clothes, body, and environment.

The question of how best to power that next step, however, remains an open one. Wearable and Internet-of-Things technologies need to be ‘on’ all the time. In the former case, taking something on or off for recharging—like a health monitoring device—causes data loss and increases the chances it won’t be used as much as it should or at all. But what if these devices could pull enough power wirelessly from the air to run themselves and send signals? How does it work? Using this method, more powerful central devices like smartphones, tablets, or laptops can communicate with a range of low-power devices and sensors within about two meters and at a rate of one kilobit per second.

Part Human, Part Machine, Cyborgs Are Becoming A Reality. Meeting a cyborg for the first time is a nerve-wracking experience. We had arranged to meet in an area of London known as Silicon Roundabout. Near Old Street, the district is home to high-tech start-up firms, giving birth to Britain’s recent software industry boom. In its coffee bars, internet entrepreneurs and programmers share hot drinks and electronic dreams. Neil Harbisson walked into the cafe wearing a bright orange blazer and a 12-inch metal antenna curved over his head.

Daylight glinted from the camera implanted in the tip of his antenna as it surveyed the room. “For me, a cyborg is someone who feels their technology is a part of their biology,” he says. Newsweek Magazine is Back In Print In Harbisson’s case, his is an antenna. The implant was not sanctioned by the medical profession. “My antenna allows me to detect not only colour visible to the human eye, but also beyond,” he adds. Other cyborgs have also become high profile thanks to their implants. New indoor positioning system lets you do Batman-like echolocation on your phone. One of the big limitations of GPS is that it doesn’t work indoors, and many of the possible solutions to this problem come from firmly within the box. In general, so-called indoor positioning systems (IPS) are just GPS indoors, taking similar concepts of triangulation and time of flight, just on a local scale.

That’s fine and, hey, if it works it works, but it still seems a bit uncreative — not to mention limited. After all, such a system would mean that your ability to do indoor location would be dictated by the building’s owner, and whether they’d installed IPS infrastructure. Now, new research from Berkeley shows that the speakers and microphone on a common laptop (and, presumably, smartphone) can be used to map a room or building using echolocation, much like a bat. They call their system SoundLoc. This isn’t quite the Dark Knight’s memorable echolocation software, but it does work quite similarly. The data don’t look exactly like a Batman gadget… ‘Impossible’ space drive tested by NASA foretells future of deep-space travel. Published time: August 01, 2014 08:35 Photo from emdrive.com NASA has conducted long-awaited experiments to prove that the fabled space drive, capable of generating its own thrust and breaking a fundamental law of physics, works.

If the find survives fresh scrutiny, space ship construction will be revolutionized. The drive’s creator, British scientist Roger Shawyer, has been facing criticism since his 2006 claims, based on the premise that thrust can be created without huge thrusters, instead using electricity to direct microwaves inside a special container. Shawyer’s company, SPR Ltd., writes that it has “demonstrated a remarkable new space propulsion technology. [It] has successfully tested both an experimental thruster and a demonstrator engine which use patented microwave technology to convert electrical energy directly into thrust. No propellant is used in the conversion process.

Tesla, Panasonic agree to team on U.S. gigafactory. Related Topics TOKYO -- Tesla Motors Inc. and Panasonic Corp. have agreed to cooperate on the construction and operation of the American carmaker’s so-called gigafactory, its envisioned large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the United States. Under the plan, electric vehicle-maker Tesla will provide and manage the land and buildings; Japanese electronics giant Panasonic will outfit the factory with machinery and manufacture the cylindrical lithium-ion battery cells.

“The Gigafactory is being created to enable a continuous reduction in the cost of long range battery packs in parallel with manufacturing at the volumes required to enable Tesla to meet its goal of advancing mass market electric vehicles,” the companies said in a joint statement. Both partners will continue negotiating such details as sales and investment. The companies did not give any updates on where the plant might be located. You can reach Hans Greimel at hgreimel@crain.com. -- Follow Hans on advertising. Weapons of mass production: US Army making warheads with 3D printing. Published time: July 31, 2014 15:05 Reuters / Pichi Chuang The US Army is building deadlier, more efficient, and less costly warheads using 3D-printing technology, according to new reports.

While 3D printers have made more headlines for their ability to make homemade firearms, and for more benevolent uses like the development of prosthetic arms or facial reconstruction surgery, the Army is planning to use them to print sophisticated warhead components on the cheap, according to Army Technology magazine. “3D printing of warheads will allow us to have better design control and utilize geometries and patterns that previously could not be produced or manufactured,” James Zunino, a researcher at the Armament Research, Engineering and Design Center, told Motherboard. Weaponry made by 3D printers will also allow the military to engineer more precise specifications on warheads, such as blast radiuses.

Zunino added that the Army is not likely to stop at mere component manufacturing. Stanford creates ‘Holy Grail’ lithium battery, could triple smartphone and EV battery life. They’ve done it again: The battery barons of Stanford, led by Yi Cui, have created what those in the industry call the “Holy Grail” of lithium-ion battery design. In specific, they’ve finally worked out how to create a rugged lithium electrode that can increase the capacity of a lithium-ion battery by three to four times — as in, this lithium electrode, on its own, could increase the battery life of your smartphone by three times, or significantly reduce the size and cost of an electric car’s battery pack. A lithium-ion battery’s capacity (i.e. the amount of work it can do before it runs out of juice) is mostly dictated by how many lithium ions can be sucked up into the anode during charging.

(For a more details on lithium-ion battery chemistry, read our featured story about how they work.) In almost all modern LIBs, the anode is made of graphite. Lithium anodes crack and form dendrites — but not with Stanford’s new carbon nanosphere coating! DrinkPure - A Novel Water Filtration Device. Sewing an invisibility cloak with a needle made of light. UK to allow driverless cars on public roads in January. Audi testing driverless car on Florida highway. Ténis inteligentes que funcionam como um GPS. The tree of forty fruits: Sam Van Aken at TEDxManhattan. This tree produces 40 different types of fruit. Biologists discover electric bacteria that eat pure electrons rather than sugar, redefining the tenacity of life.

New Device Makes It Possible to Take Pictures With Your Mind. One injection stops diabetes in its tracks: Treatment reverses symptoms of type 2 diabetes in mice without side effects -- ScienceDaily. NASA: We will find aliens within 20 years. Vantablack - the blackest black: Scientists develop a material so dark that you can't see it... - Science - News. Fire and Forget: DARPA successfully tests revolutionary self-guiding bullet (VIDEO) EXACTO Demonstrates First-Ever Guided .50-Caliber Bullets. Germany: Meet the scientist preparing to FREEZE himself to beat DEATH. Electrifying: Giant futuristic 'Tesla Tower' in abandoned woods near Moscow (PHOTOS, VIDEO) Съемка с воздуха: Катушка Тесла. The internet of 3500-pound things: Big data arrives in your car. Stanford scientists discover a novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plants. Pentagon orders 500 new state-of-the-art spy glasses. Scientists discover gold's hidden value.

Time-traveling photons connect general relativity to quantum mechanics. HIGH TECH SPOON COULD HELP MILLIONS! Scientists Achieve First Quantum Teleportation. Princess and the Pea? Invisibility cloak prevents an object from being felt -- ScienceDaily. These Incredible New Buses Are Charged Wirelessly by the Road Itself. Brain-Controlled Robo-Suits Going into Production. Scientists work on ‘quantum superclock’ to reveal mysteries of time itself. The future of technology will "pale" the previous 20 years. All Our Patent Are Belong To You. Forget batteries: future devices could store power in wires. Human stem cells used to create light-sensitive retina in a dish -- ScienceDaily. Engineers build world's smallest, fastest nanomotor: Can fit inside a single cell -- ScienceDaily.

Cancer Bursting Nanobubbles Prove Effectiveness in Preclinical Trials. Muse Headband Opens the Door to Brain-to-Computer Applications. World's first '3D Printed Car Design Challenge' has its winners. Generating Electricity By Walking - Google Science Fair 2014. Teen creates gadget that charges your phone as you walk. Wearable submarine to hunt for 2000-year-old computer - tech - 04 June 2014. Beam me up, Scotty: teleportation ‘could become reality’ New smartphone chip will beam high-definition holograms as early as 2015. How To Prove That Light Can Be Converted Into Matter. Google is building 180 satellites to spread internet access worldwide. Scientists 'reactivate' Alzheimer's patients' memories.

Oxford University scientists create a 'SUPERNOVA' in the lab. Korean Robot Raptor Breaks Usain Bolt's Top Speed Record. ‘Critical challenge’: Doctors can now 3D-print blood vessels. Futuristic highways in the Netherlands glow in the dark. Solar Roadways Indiegogo Video. Inside The New Dragon Spacecraft. Scientists achieve reliable quantum teleportation for first time.

Scientists Report Finding Reliable Way to Teleport Data. A First Drive. Pilots use their MINDS to fly a plane. Make Your Own World With Programmable Matter. M-Blocks Modular Robots. Forget Robots. We’ll Soon Be Fusing Technology With Living Matter | Business. U.S. Just Launched 'Spy Satellite On Secret Mission' Into Space! Google Developing Tablet With Advanced Vision Capabilities. Scientists Discover a Way to Turn Light Into Matter. California Carries The Only 'Smart Gun' In America. New Technology Could Allow Government To ‘Turn Off’ Your Gun - NEWSWATCH. Nano-Robots That Compute With DNA Installed Into Living Cockroach. Cops In Dubai Are Using Google Glass To Catch Speeding Drivers. Já é possível transformar luz em matéria. These Are The Surprising Jobs You'll Be Doing By The 2030s. Matter will be created from light within a year, claim scientists | Science. Scientists discover how to turn light into matter after 80-year quest.

Solar-Panel Windows Made Possible by Quantum Dot Breakthrough. The ultra-lethal drones of the future. Cars could drive themselves sooner than expected after European push. The 2,900 km/h train: China could soon have maglev faster than commercial jet. Cool Tech! Students Design Car That Gets 2,824 MPG! Beast Tech : Facial Recognition Technology to Track Your Every Move (Feb 07, 2014) Never Forgetting a Face. It's electrifying: the paint that becomes conductive when it dries | Business.

10 Brain Implant Superpowers. Implanted Computer Chip Injects Patients with Medication Remotely Controlled by Doctor. QUANTUM ENERGY GENERATOR REVEALED!