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MIT's Reconfigurable Robots Are Tiny Transformers That Will Turn Into Anything

MIT's Reconfigurable Robots Are Tiny Transformers That Will Turn Into Anything | leapmind | Scoop.it
The idea of transformers is cool even when they just turn from one thing to another, so how much cooler would they be if they could form into anything?
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Braden Costin's curator insight, March 21, 2013 7:07 PM

The website contains a small amount of information on a recently developed technology that is still in the early stages of developemnt. The Reconfigurable robots once completed should be able to transform into any tool on command, this would make them invaluable.

Hayden Theuerkauf's curator insight, March 21, 2013 7:21 PM

This website contains information about technology that is just starting to emerge. This will allow tiny robots to transform into anything that is needed and could be invaluable in the near future and could change our world completely.

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Theorists find a new way to improve efficiency of solar cells by overcoming exciton 'traps'

Theorists find a new way to improve efficiency of solar cells by overcoming exciton 'traps' | leapmind | Scoop.it
A major limitation in the performance of solar cells happens within the photovoltaic material itself: When photons strike the molecules of a solar cell, they transfer their energy, producing quasi-particles called excitons—an energized state of...
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Weird New Graphene Effect Makes Electrons Scoot Sideways - IEEE Spectrum

Weird New Graphene Effect Makes Electrons Scoot Sideways - IEEE Spectrum | leapmind | Scoop.it
"Neutral currents" could mean lower-power devices
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Party's 'Poeti The Pirate cian' Plans to Make Iceland a Data Haven

Party's 'Poeti The Pirate cian' Plans to Make Iceland a Data Haven | leapmind | Scoop.it
Birgitta Jónsdóttir wants to make Iceland the 'Switzerland of bits.'
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Texas to Permit Medicinal and Recreational Marijuana Use!

Texas to Permit Medicinal and Recreational Marijuana Use! | leapmind | Scoop.it
Austin, TX- On September 29, 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry will be signing a new bill into law, legalizing medicinal and recreational use of marijuana for adults ages 21 or older. Bill HB 2412 will go into effect January 1, 2015.
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Sex in the Matrix | SF Bay Guardian

Sex in the Matrix | SF Bay Guardian | leapmind | Scoop.it
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Quick-change materials break the silicon speed limit for computers

Quick-change materials break the silicon speed limit for computers | leapmind | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Faster, smaller, greener computers, capable of processing information up to 1,000 times faster than currently available models, could be made possible by replacing silicon with materials that can switch back and forth between different...
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Team improves solar-cell efficiency

Team improves solar-cell efficiency | leapmind | Scoop.it
New light has been shed on solar power generation using devices made with polymers, thanks to a collaboration between scientists in the University of Chicago's chemistry department, the Institute for Molecular Engineering, and Argonne National...
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Samsung Bets On OLED Printer Maker Kateeva - IEEE Spectrum

Samsung Bets On OLED Printer Maker Kateeva - IEEE Spectrum | leapmind | Scoop.it
Kateeva says it has figured out how to make big, cheap OLED displays, and Samsung is betting $38 million on it
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McDonald’s fresh hope to turn around slumping sales: Ordering burgers from a machine

McDonald’s fresh hope to turn around slumping sales: Ordering burgers from a machine | leapmind | Scoop.it
Battling the worst sales slump in a decade, McDonald's is testing a concept in which customers can order via tablet without the risk of being judged.
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Artificial Intelligence Is Doomed if We Don't Control Our Data

Artificial Intelligence Is Doomed if We Don't Control Our Data | leapmind | Scoop.it
The reason this Internet Economy is so broken is because we can't control or centralize our personal data.
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'Most famous wheat gene' discovered, clears way for non-GMO breeding

'Most famous wheat gene' discovered, clears way for non-GMO breeding | leapmind | Scoop.it
Researchers have found 'the most famous wheat gene,' a reproductive traffic cop of sorts that can be used to transfer valuable genes from other plants to wheat.
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Bioreactive food expiry label wins UK James Dyson Award (Wired UK)

Bioreactive food expiry label wins UK James Dyson Award (Wired UK) | leapmind | Scoop.it
A bioreactive label that becomes bumpy you when your food's gone bad has won the UK leg of the James Dyson Award
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Spacesuits of the future may resemble a streamlined second skin

Spacesuits of the future may resemble a streamlined second skin | leapmind | Scoop.it
For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: Instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an astronaut may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, musclelike coils.
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AI For Everyone: Startups Democratize Deep Learning So Google And Facebook Don't Own It All

AI For Everyone: Startups Democratize Deep Learning So Google And Facebook Don't Own It All | leapmind | Scoop.it
Startups aim to democratize deep learning so big companies such as Google and Facebook don't end up owning all the most promising tools to improve computing over the coming decades, according to a panel this week at Stanford University.
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The coming era of unlimited — and free — clean energy

The coming era of unlimited — and free — clean energy | leapmind | Scoop.it
The incredible drop in the price of solar energy will shake up our world.
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To Get More Out of Science, Show the Rejected Research

To Get More Out of Science, Show the Rejected Research | leapmind | Scoop.it
A proposal aims to address the problem of studies that go unpublished even though their findings can be important.
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Why and How Should We Build a Basic Income for Every Citizen?

Why and How Should We Build a Basic Income for Every Citizen? | leapmind | Scoop.it
What are our goals as a species? This, to me, is the most important question we can ask ourselves as human beings. Another way to say it: What is the meaning of our existence as a species?
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In 5 Years, We Could All Have 'Digital Twins' That Make Decisions For Us

In 5 Years, We Could All Have 'Digital Twins' That Make Decisions For Us | leapmind | Scoop.it
They'll hold conversations with us and mimic human emotions.
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Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, September 20, 8:51 AM

So what?—We humans will still have to deal with the full gamut of issues related to human existence: subjective qualia, salience, internal sensations, imagination, memory, feelings, needs, dreams, disappointments, aspirations, insecurities, world views, creative expression, social connections, sensory responses, search for meaning, fear of death . . .

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Will 'VIP' protect us from the flu and HIV and malaria? - Futurity

Will 'VIP' protect us from the flu and HIV and malaria? - Futurity | leapmind | Scoop.it
Scientists are testing an alternative approach to vaccines to protect us from a whole host of diseases—and so far the results are promising.
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Our brains can make decisions while we're sleeping

Our brains can make decisions while we're sleeping | leapmind | Scoop.it
Your brain doesn’t shut down when you go to sleep, in fact, a recent study has shown that it remains quietly active, and can process information t
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Scientists have "hacked" photosynthesis, and it could help them speed up food production

Scientists have "hacked" photosynthesis, and it could help them speed up food production | leapmind | Scoop.it
An enzyme found in algae can make plants convert carbon dioxide into sugar more efficiently.
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A more efficient, lightweight and low-cost organic solar cell: Researchers broke the 'electrode barrier'

A more efficient, lightweight and low-cost organic solar cell: Researchers broke the 'electrode barrier' | leapmind | Scoop.it
For decades, polymer scientists and synthetic chemists working to improve the power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells were hampered by the inherent drawbacks of commonly used metal electrodes, including their instability and...
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Google Works with NASA to Test Cars Without Backup Drivers - IEEE Spectrum

Google Works with NASA to Test Cars Without Backup Drivers - IEEE Spectrum | leapmind | Scoop.it
Google plans to test a self-driving car on NASA property to dodge California rules requiring a human driver
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Hacked photosynthesis could boost crop yields

Hacked photosynthesis could boost crop yields | leapmind | Scoop.it
Algal enzyme can speed up rate at which plants make food.
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GEN | Magazine Articles:3D Tissue Models Mirror Diseases in Depth

GEN | Magazine Articles:3D Tissue Models Mirror Diseases in Depth | leapmind | Scoop.it
Has “disease in a dish” come to seem not only flat, but also weary, stale, and unprofitable? Try “disease in a tissue”—a 3D in vitro assay approach.
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