The world’s first robotic kitchen prepares crab bisque for Ars Technica. "Are there any safety mechanisms to make sure it doesn't accidentally blend my face if I get too close?
" 3D-printed bionic ants team up to get the job done - tech - 26 March 2015. Video: Big bionic ants team up to move objects They're big, bionic copycats.
Developed by German engineering company Festo, these artificial ants are about the size of a human hand, and mimic the cooperative behaviour of the real insects by making individual decisions that relate to a common goal. Teamwork allows the ants to complete complex tasks they wouldn't be able to accomplish on their own, like moving a large object as they do in this video. A stereo camera in each ant's head helps it determine its location and identify objects that can be grabbed with grippers below its chin. Floor sensors also help the bots get a sense of their surroundings while they use a wireless network to communicate.
Backpack Turns a Beetle Into a Remote-Controlled Cyborg. In the video above, watch closely for the flying insect.
It swerves left and right, zigzagging across the room. Nothing too remarkable, really—until you realize that someone is controlling the insect. With a remote control. Airbus UFO Patent. Airbus/EspacenetPassengers would sit in a 360 degree cabin.
The image at right is not a UFO or a prop design idea from the new Star Wars movie — it's a patent for a new commercial aircraft. The patent application from France-based Airbus SAS, an aircraft manufacturing division of the Airbus Group, was published last month, according to The Financial Times. It shows an elaborate design with a circular passenger cabin, tucked behind the plane's nose and between its wings.
Paralyzed Man Walks After Cells for Smelling Placed in Spine. A man paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack is walking again after undergoing surgery using cells responsible for the sense of smell, marking an advance in the search for treatments for spinal injuries.
Darek Fidyka, 38, received the cells after failing to recover from a stabbing in the back in 2010, according to University College London, whose doctors developed the procedure. The technique involves using olfactory ensheathing cells and placing them in the spinal cord. The study gives hope to the thousands of people each year who suffer a severe spinal cord injury and must live the rest of their lives with permanently damaged body functions. Harvard RoboBees Closer to Pollinating Crops. This is the amazing design for NASA’s Star Trek-style space ship, the IXS Enterprise. “Warp speed, Mr.
Sulu” (courtesy of Mark Rademaker/Flickr) NASA engineer and physicist Harold White announced a few years ago that he was working on a potentially groundbreaking idea that could allow space travel faster than the speed of light. Yes, like in “Star Trek.” Could Solar Panels Replace Concrete Or Asphalt Roads? INFOGRAPHIC: Why asteroid mining is necessary. To keep hackers away from implanted devices, researchers use the heartbeat as a password. Just like a phone or computer, devices implanted inside the body can be hacked; potentially with life-threatening consequences.
It’s not a common occurrence, but researchers are keen on taking protective measures now instead of later. A new system out of Rice University uses a combination of a patient’s heartbeat and a medical care provider’s touch as a password before allowing access to an implant. “If you have a device inside your body, a person could walk by, push a button and violate your privacy, even give you a shock,” graduate student Masoud Rostami said in a release. The Skin Gun. Scientists grow blood vessels › News in Science (ABC Science) News in Science Thursday, 3 February 2011 AFP Pret-a-porter Scientists claim to have grown blood vessels in a lab for use in coronary bypass or dialysis, a promising alternative to harvesting from the patient.
The process involves taking smooth muscle cells from a human cadaver and grafting them onto tubes made of the material used in making dissolvable stitches, called polyglycolic acid. Within 8 to 10 weeks, the tubes degrade and a "fully formed vascular graft" remains, according to the research by scientists from Duke University, East Carolina University and Yale University. DNA Stores MLK's Speech, Shakespeare's Sonnets. Next, they sent the genetic instruction to the biological lab Agilent Technologies in California.
First Bionic Eye Sees Light of Day in U.S. After years of research, the first bionic eye has seen the light of day in the United States, giving hope to the blind around the world.
Developed by Second Sight Medical Products, the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System has helped more than 60 people recover partial sight, with some experiencing better results than others. Consisting of 60 electrodes implanted in the retina and glasses fitted with a special mini camera, Argus II has already won the approval of European regulators. The US Food and Drug Administration is soon expected to follow suit, making this bionic eye the world's first to become widely available. PHOTOS: Mechanimals: Animals Fitted With Prosthetics. Transcending the Human, DIY Style. BERLIN — Lepht Anonym wants everyone to know the door to transcending normal human capabilities is no farther away than your own kitchen. It’s just going to hurt like a sonofabitch. An articulate advocate for practical transhumanism. Anonym is a biohacker, a woman who has spent the last several years learning how to extend her own senses by putting tiny magnets and other electronic devices under her own skin, allowing her to feel electromagnetic fields, or — if her latest project works — even magnetic north.
Mozilla Seabird Phone Concept. Tooth Regeneration Gel Could Replace Painful Fillings. Scientists Have Created Crystals That Are Almost Alive. Scientists Have Created a Microscopic Tractor Beam. Hydrogen Tech Generates Juice from Heat. Engineer, ex-NASA scientist and inventor Lonnie Johnson has come up with something that could truly be revolutionary–a device capable of doubling the efficiency of today’s solar panels, by harnessing heat gain to produce electricity. It is called the Johnson Thermoelectric Energy Converter (JTEC). The machine contains no moving parts, and works by splitting hydrogen atoms into protons and electrons, thereby producing electricity. The JTEC system utilizes the electro-chemical potential of hydrogen pressure as applied to a proton conductive membrane, which, along with a pair of electrodes, form a Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) similar to those used in fuel cells. Super-fine sound beam could one day be an invisible scalpel.
ANN ARBOR—A carbon-nanotube-coated lens that converts light to sound can focus high-pressure sound waves to finer points than ever before. The University of Michigan engineering researchers who developed the new therapeutic ultrasound approach say it could lead to an invisible knife for noninvasive surgery. Today's ultrasound technology enables far more than glimpses into the womb. Doctors routinely use focused sound waves to blast apart kidney stones and prostate tumors, for example. The tools work primarily by focusing sound waves tightly enough to generate heat, says Jay Guo, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, mechanical engineering, and macromolecular science and engineering. Guo is a co-author of a paper on the new technique published in the current issue of Nature's journal Scientific Reports.
The first flexible, fiber-optic solar cell that can be woven into clothes. An international team of engineers, physicists, and chemists have created the first fiber-optic solar cell. These fibers are thinner than human hair, flexible, and yet they produce electricity, just like a normal solar cell. The US military is already interested in weaving these threads into clothing, to provide a wearable power source for soldiers.
In essence, the research team started with optical fibers made from glass — and then, using high-pressure chemical vapor deposition, injected n-, i-, and p-type silicon into the fiber, turning it into a solar cell. Functionally, these silicon-doped fiber-optic threads are identical to conventional solar cells, generating electricity from the photovoltaic effect. Whereas almost every solar cell on the market is crafted out of 2D, planar amorphous silicon on a rigid/brittle glass substrate, though, these fiber-optic solar cells have a 3D cross-section and retain the glass fiber’s intrinsic flexibility. How to turn living cells into computers. Ref. 1 Synthetic DNA can perform logic operations such as “NAND” and give out the answer by lighting up the cell with green fluorescent protein, or GFP.
Synthetic biologists have developed DNA modules that perform logic operations in living cells. Nokia Morph Concept Phone - Future Phone Technology. Morph is a Nanotechnology concept for future phones which is stretchable, flexible, and wearable having self cleaning surface and transparent electronics. The morph concept was developed by Nokia Research Center (NRC) and the University of Cambridge (UK). A brave new world of fossil fuels on demand. Scientists Invent Vanishing Electronics That Dissolve in the Body. Scientists have created ultra-thin electronic devices that can "melt away" in the body once their job is done. A new study, published in the journal Science, details how scientists have created a tiny, fully functional electronic device capable of vanishing within their environment, like in the body or in water, once they are no longer needed or useful.
Researchers Create First Working Qubit Based on Single Atom in Silicon. LG produces the first flexible cable-type lithium-ion battery. Scientists create photon-based bio transistor - Spooky chip could speak to the living. Scientists have been making inroads into interfacing the human body with electronic systems for some time now. But a massive step towards true integration and communication between human bodies and electronics devices has been made by a team of researchers creating an organic transistor. World's Smallest Motor Composed of a Single Molecule E. Charles H. Why wood pulp is world's new wonder material - tech - 23 August 2012. THE hottest new material in town is light, strong and conducts electricity.
Cover Charge: New Spray-On Battery Could Convert Any Object into an Electricity Storage Device. Scientists Invent Particles That Will Let You Live Without Breathing. MIT creates glucose fuel cell to power implanted brain-computer interfaces. Israeli firm developing electricity-generating roads. No Pulse: How Doctors Reinvented The Human Heart. Envelope for an artificial cell. New technique puts chemistry breakthroughs on the fast track. Future Feeder » Blog Archive » Extracting Video from the Brain. The GOP is trying to rig the electoral college. Experimental therapy gives paralyzed new hope - The Early Show. Imaginary Phone Turns Your Hand Into a 'Touchscreen'; Gets Weird Looks From Others. Scientists Cook Up Artificial Leaf, Quantum Dots for Solar Cells. MIT TechTV - Tiny Bubbles.