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NOVA: Finding Life Beyond Earth

Scientists are on the verge of answering one of the greatest questions in history: Are we alone? Combining the latest telescope images with dazzling CGI, "Fi...
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How one eye could save the other - Futurity

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Stem cells from one eye could be used to prevent a blinding scar on the injured cornea of the other, experiments with mice suggest.
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Organic matter detected on Mars | KurzweilAI

Organic matter detected on Mars | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
This self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager on Feb. 3, 2013 plus three exposures
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Artificial Intelligence: Hawking's Fears Stir Debate : DNews

Artificial Intelligence: Hawking's Fears Stir Debate : DNews | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Stephen Hawking said the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. For real?
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Ancient creature discovered in the depths of the Arctic Ocean

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In the depths of the Arctic Ocean, buried deep in the sediment, an ancient creature waited for over a million years to be discovered. Paul Valentich-Scott, from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (California), and three scientists from the United States Geological Survey (USGS, Menlo Park, ...
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Researchers Have Found That Plants Know They Are Being Eaten

Researchers Have Found That Plants Know They Are Being Eaten | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Vegetarians and vegans pay heed.
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Scientists in Tokyo have demonstrated what they say is the world's first 3D projection that floats in mid air. A laser that fires a pulse up to a thousand times a second superheats molecules in the...

Scientists in Tokyo have demonstrated what they say is the world's first 3D projection that floats in mid air. A laser that fires a pulse up to a thousand times a second superheats molecules in the... | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Scientists in Tokyo have demonstrated what they say is the world's first 3D projection that floats in mid air. A laser that fires a pulse up to a thousand times a second superheats molecules in the air, creating a spark which can be guided to certain points in the air to shape what the human eye perceives as an image. Matthew Stock reports.
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Artificial sweeteners may contribute to diabetes, controversial study finds

Artificial sweeteners may contribute to diabetes, controversial study finds | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
But researchers warn not to abandon sweeteners yet
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Webbed octobot swims speedily | Science News - YouTube

Adding a soft silicone web to a small robotic octopus helps the machine hit the gas. The first robot shown propels itself by snapping shut rigid plastic legs...
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An Atomic View of Brain Activity - YouTube

This, in all its molecular complexity, is what the bulging end of a single neuron looks like. A whopping 300,000 proteins come together to form the structure...
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Generating electricity from water droplets | KurzweilAI

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False-color time-lapse images captured via high-speed imaging show a droplet jumping (colored green) from a superhydrophobic (water-repelling) copper oxide fin
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Researchers regrow human corneas in mice | KurzweilAI

Researchers regrow human corneas in mice | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
A restored functional cornea following transplantation of human ABCB5-positive limbal stem cells to limbal stem cell-deficient mice (credit: Kira Lathrop,
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Crowdsourcing for robots | KurzweilAI

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The UW’s robot builds a turtle model (credit: University of Washington) Crowdsourcing can be a quick and effective way to teach a robot how to complete
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Thoughts make robot hand pinch and scoop - Futurity

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Using only her thoughts, a woman with quadriplegia was able to manipulate a robot hand into four positions to reach, grab, and place a variety of objects.
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Saving information on a computer boosts human memory resources for new information | KurzweilAI

Saving information on a computer boosts human memory resources for new information | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
(Credit: iStock) The simple act of saving something, such as a file on a computer, may improve our memory for the information we encounter next, according
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Robotic-leg prosthetic allows amputees to walk normally | KurzweilAI

Robotic-leg prosthetic allows amputees to walk normally | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Amputee with robot-inspired artificial leg can walk at near-normal speed on a treadmill (credit: UT Dallas) Wearers of a new robotic leg can walk on a
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The man who hears colour

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Neil Harbisson was colour blind until an antenna was attached to his skull - now he can "hear" colours represented by musical notes.
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Scientists find 'hidden brain signatures' of consciousness in vegetative state patients

Scientists find 'hidden brain signatures' of consciousness in vegetative state patients | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Scientists in Cambridge have found hidden signatures in the brains of people in a vegetative state, which point to networks that could support consciousness even when a patient appears to be unconscious and unresponsive. The study could help doctors identify patients who are aware despite being unable to communicate.
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Sleep learning? New research shows how to make dozing brain work

Sleep learning? New research shows how to make dozing brain work | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Wouldn't it be nice if we could get a full eight hours of restful sleep but still have our brains working for us? Scientists now say that...
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Interactive Bionic Man, featuring 14 novel biotechnologies | KurzweilAI

Interactive Bionic Man, featuring 14 novel biotechnologies | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
NIBIB Bionic Man (click image to go the interactive site) (credit: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering) The National Institute of
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Bike Helmet Meets Black Box

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A future smart bike helmet can track the rider's motion, determine if a crash was likely and call for help if the rider is incapacitated. Larry Greenemeier reports
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Worm neuron hack to probe the mysteries of our brains - life - 23 July 2014 - New Scientist

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Hijacking how neurons of nematode worms are wired is the first step in an approach that could revolutionise our understanding of brains and consciousness
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Collaborative learning for robots | KurzweilAI

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(Credit: 20th Century Fox) Researchers from MIT’s Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems have developed an algorithm in which distributed
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FingerReader: MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time

FingerReader: MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.

 

The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user’s finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office.

 

Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text. Special software tracks the finger movement, identifies words and processes the information. The device has vibration motors that alert readers when they stray from the script, said Roy Shilkrot, who is developing the device at the MIT Media Lab.

 

For Jerry Berrier, 62, who was born blind, the promise of the FingerReader is its portability and offer of real-time functionality at school, a doctor’s office and restaurants.

 

“When I go to the doctor’s office, there may be forms that I wanna read before I sign them,” Berrier said.

 

He said there are other optical character recognition devices on the market for those with vision impairments, but none that he knows of that will read in real time.


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Chris Carter's curator insight, July 10, 11:39 AM

This is extraordinarily useful!