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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 Your GPS Uses Einstein's Relativity

How Your GPS Uses Einstein's Relativity | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Time flows slightly faster on the Global Positioning System satellites than it does on the ground, so Einstein's relativity theory comes into play when figuring out where on Earth you are.
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Cellular reprogramming turns back the aging clock in mice | KurzweilAI

Cellular reprogramming turns back the aging clock in mice | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
This cartoon depicts turning back the aging clock through cellular regeneration of progeria mice (credit: Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte Lab/Salk
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How to control a robotic arm with your mind — no implanted electrodes required | KurzweilAI

How to control a robotic arm with your mind — no implanted electrodes required | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Research subjects at the University of Minnesota fitted with a specialized noninvasive EEG brain cap were able to move a robotic arm in three dimensions just
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Zippy new jumping bot catches air again and again

Zippy new jumping bot catches air again and again | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Leaping robot can bounce from floor to wall, parkour-style, and, like a bush baby, uses a “super-crouch” to get extra oomph out of jumps.
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New neural-network algorithm learns directly from human instructions instead of examples | KurzweilAI

New neural-network algorithm learns directly from human instructions instead of examples | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Conventional neural-network image-recognition algorithm trained to recognize human hair (left), compared to the more precise heuristically trained algorithm
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This tiny electronic device applied to the skin can pick up heart and speech sounds | KurzweilAI

This tiny electronic device applied to the skin can pick up heart and speech sounds | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Illustration of the assembled acoustic sensor device and its interface with soft electrophysiology measurement electrodes and flexible cable for power supply
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"Whistled Languages" Reveal How the Brain Processes Information

"Whistled Languages" Reveal How the Brain Processes Information | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Before the smartphone or even Morse code, some rural peoples “spoke” long distance by whistling. Linguists are racing to study the dying languages
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IoT at 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Micro Hydro-Drones

IoT at 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Micro Hydro-Drones | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it

If you aren't already reading this on your smartphone, take it out now. Imagine you and thousands of other people flinging your beloved gadgets into the depths of the nearest ocean. But rather than sinking to some watery demise, they swim off together like a school of electronic fish.

 

These submariner smartphones then get to work, sending images to the surface. With onboard sensors, they capture audio, temperature readings, even the chemical composition of the water and the various substances they encounter as they resolutely pull together something we don’t have—a detailed view of the 70 percent of the world we are largely ignorant of, our oceans.

The only fiction in that scenario is finding people willing to part with their phones.

 

The overarching concept—a network of connected devices swimming around the oceans sending back all kinds of data—is real. It is being realized by MIT PhD candidate Sampriti Bhattacharyya, 28, founder and CEO of underwater smart drone startup Hydroswarm.

 

The word ‘drone’ doesn’t do justice to Bhattacharyya’s vision. She is preparing to defend her thesis in mechanical engineering and robotics, and connection is at the core of how this polymath engineer thinks and designs. She describes her product as an underwater Internet of Things. An enormous flotilla of seaworthy, connected, learning machines that will enable new breakthroughs, new economies, and new opportunities, and will offers the chance to connect our entire globe—land, air, and sea—in a data-driven, digital continuum.

 

“That’s the future, right?” she says. “There has to be this unfolding of a collection of things that are all connected, where the data that we can gather  all gets stitched together to create this very intense, high-fidelity structure that represents our world.” Connection is at the core of how this polymath engineer thinks, and how she designs.

 

It starts with connecting the technologies available to build her rotund drones: the sensors, the compute she can leverage, and the power sources to drive it. Many of these building blocks are commercially available either off the shelf or semi-customizable, so she can focus her development efforts on the magic sauce that makes her drone unique.

 

“It has to make sense, the math has to work,” Bhattacharyya says. “I can come up with an idea, but if there is a mismatch with the technologies, if it becomes just another high-concept, high-cost machine, then that is missing the mark for me. Do the economics make sense? Can I build hundreds or thousands of these? How can I, together with technology partners, push all of it—the compute, the security, and the efficiency—forward? It takes an ecosystem to make something big happen.”

 

Another connection is with the ocean environment in which these machines will operate. Bhattacharyya doesn’t want them to just survive the harsh deap-sea conditions but to move in harmony with the creatures, plants, and algae that exist there. “Whatever I design has to blend in,” she says. “It’s the negative aspect of disruptive technology that I am staying away from. You need to take responsibility as a technologist. That’s why my design has no propellers; it’s smooth to minimize noise disruption. If you are a fish, thousands of spinning propellers is no fun.”

 

Finally, there is the connection to people who might make use of Bhattacharrya’s underwater ecosystem. She wants the intelligence gathered from her ocean data farm to enable others to develop better aquaculture, tap into clean geothermal energy, and formulate new drugs. The underwater micro drones will gather data we’ve never before had access to and enable new insights to help us better understand the place where life first formed.

 

Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Could these three brain regions be the seat of consciousness? | KurzweilAI

Could these three brain regions be the seat of consciousness? | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
(Left) A coma-specific region in the left pontine tegmentum in the brainstem (red). (Right) Multiple nuclei implicated in arousal surround the coma-specific
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Carbon nanotubes turn spinach plants into a living bomb detector

Carbon nanotubes turn spinach plants into a living bomb detector | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Spinach plants with added nanotubes can detect explosive molecules in the soil around them and raise the alarm
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Sustainability: Laying waste : Nature : Nature Research

Sustainability: Laying waste : Nature : Nature Research | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Edward Humes weighs up an analysis of dangerously partial solutions to environmental damage.
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How our brains become 'disembodied' - BBC News

How our brains become 'disembodied' - BBC News | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Scientists in Italy have discovered how our brains can be tricked into feeling disembodied from our own limbs.
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Protein found in hookworm ‘soup’ could fight asthma, other autoimmune diseases

Protein found in hookworm ‘soup’ could fight asthma, other autoimmune diseases | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Study adds evidence to benefits of parasites
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METHOD-1 is a giant robot mech that's a cross between Alien's Power Loader and the Iron Giant

METHOD-1 is a giant robot mech that's a cross between Alien's Power Loader and the Iron Giant | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it

Starcraft II concept artist Vitaly Bulgarov has helped design a working, bipedal manned robot

 
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'Phone seismometers' prove their worth - BBC News

'Phone seismometers' prove their worth - BBC News | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
An app that turns a smartphone into an earthquake detector helps citizens monitor tremors.
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A robotic hand with a human’s delicate sense of touch | KurzweilAI

A robotic hand with a human’s delicate sense of touch | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
A soft, sensitive robotic hand mounted on a robotic arm (credit: Cornell University) Cornell University engineers have invented a new kind of robotic hand
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Caterpillar robot uses squishy, 3-D printed legs to inch and crawl

Caterpillar robot uses squishy, 3-D printed legs to inch and crawl | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Squishy, 3-D printed legs help a caterpillar robot switch between inching and crawling, and offer sensory info about the world.
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New unique brain ‘fingerprint’ method can identify a person with nearly 100% accuracy | KurzweilAI

New unique brain ‘fingerprint’ method can identify a person with nearly 100% accuracy | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
A research team led by Carnegie Mellon University used diffusion MRI to measure the local connectome of 699 brains from five data sets. The local connectome
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New unique brain ‘fingerprint’ method can identify a person with nearly 100% accuracy | KurzweilAI

New unique brain ‘fingerprint’ method can identify a person with nearly 100% accuracy | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
A research team led by Carnegie Mellon University used diffusion MRI to measure the local connectome of 699 brains from five data sets. The local connectome
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Brain scan better than polygraph in spotting lies | KurzweilAI

Brain scan better than polygraph in spotting lies | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Significant clusters in fMRI exam are located in the anterior cingulate cortex, bilateral inferior frontal, inferior parietal and medial temporal gyrl, and the
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Researchers restore leg movement in primates using wireless neural interface | KurzweilAI

Researchers restore leg movement in primates using wireless neural interface | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Brain-spinal interface bypasses spinal cord injuries in rhesus macaques, restoring nearly normal intentional walking movement (credit: Jemère Ruby) An
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‘Passive haptic learning’ (PHL) system teaches Morse code without trying | KurzweilAI

‘Passive haptic learning’ (PHL) system teaches Morse code without trying | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Study participants learned to tap Morse code into Google Glass after four hours (credit: Georgia Tech/Caitlyn Seim) Researchers at the Georgia Institute of
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What is it like to be a bot? The strange world of telerobotics

What is it like to be a bot? The strange world of telerobotics | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Telepresence technology may soon give us new insight into one of philosophy's most intriguing questions
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Riding roller coasters might help dislodge kidney stones

Riding roller coasters might help dislodge kidney stones | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Researchers took a 3-D printed kidney containing tiny stones and urine for a spin on a roller coaster and found their patients’ stories of kidney stones passing on the ride to have merit.
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Video: Creating artificial tissues just got easier, thanks to this Tetris-like building technique

Video: Creating artificial tissues just got easier, thanks to this Tetris-like building technique | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
New method grants unprecedented flexibility for creating organs-on-chips
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