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Bionic leg is controlled by brain power

Bionic leg is controlled by brain power | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Center for Bionic Medicine have created a prosthetic leg that reads motor intentions from tiny muscle contractions. Compared with prosthetics that are not able to "read" the intent of their wearers, the programmed robotic leg reduced the kinds of errors that cause unnatural movements, discomfort and falls by as much as 44%.

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Russian scientists crowdfunding to rebuild Tesla's free energy tower

Russian scientists crowdfunding to rebuild Tesla's free energy tower | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it

Two Russian physicists are fundraising to realize their project for wireless energy transmission once proposed by brilliant 20th-century scientist Nikola Tesla. Solar panels and an upgraded Tesla Tower could solve global energy hunger, they say.

 

Leonid and Sergey Plekhanov, graduates of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, claim they have spent years scrutinizing the Nikola Tesla’s patents and diaries and they believe that with his most ambitious project – transcontinental wireless energy transmissions – Tesla came very close to unprecedented scientific discovery that could be brought to fruition.


The enthusiasts say they need about $800,000 to reconstruct the famous Wardenclyffe Tower once created by Tesla himself to implement his ideas and find a commercial application for his ideas on long-distance wireless energy transmission.


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Face to Face with Internet Censorship

Face to Face with Internet Censorship | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it

IF YOU USE THE INTERNET, this is your last chance to comment on the TPP deal which:
- affects your privacy, censors content & limits websites access
- strengthens corporations and limits new competitors from entering the market
- has been negotiated in complete secrecy without any public input

 

Comments are being collected here: http://bit.ly/1o9ksIO
Or tweet using: #TPPOttawa #Face2FaceTPP

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NASA Reveals New Design for a Warp Drive Ship

NASA Reveals New Design for a Warp Drive Ship | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it
In 2012, NASA physicist Harold White revealed that he and a team were working on a design for a faster-than-light ship. Now he's collaborated with an artist to create a new, more realistic design of what such a ship might actually look like.
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US President Barack Obama Praises CD Projekt RED's "The Witcher" Game During Trip to Poland

US President Barack Obama Praises CD Projekt RED's "The Witcher" Game During Trip to Poland | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it

In 2011, Poland's prime minister Donald Tusk gave United States president Barack Obama a copy of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The US Commander-in-chief has not forgotten that gesture, specifically mentioning The Witcher series this week during an appearance in Poland. Obama said the acclaimed role-playing video game series developed in the country by CD Projekt Red is a "great example" of how Poland contributes to the global economy.

 

"The last time I was here, Donald (Polish prime minister) gave me a gift, the video game developed here in Poland that's won fans the world over, The Witcher," Obama said during the event, as translated by CD Projekt Red's PR agency. "I confess, I'm not very good at video games, but I've been told that it is a great example of Poland's place in the new global economy. And it's a tribute to the talents and work ethic of the Polish people as well as the wise stewardship of Polish leaders like prime minister Tusk."

 

On June 5, CD Projekt Red will hold its annual Summer Conference. During this event, the developer is expected to release a new trailer with in-game footage for 2015's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

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Suspended-animation trials to begin on humans - CNET

Suspended-animation trials to begin on humans - CNET | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it

Knife- and gunshot-wound victims will be placed in suspended animation as the first human trials begin on this emergency life-saving technique. 

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Bionic leg is controlled by brain power

Bionic leg is controlled by brain power | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Center for Bionic Medicine have created a prosthetic leg that reads motor intentions from tiny muscle contractions. Compared with prosthetics that are not able to "read" the intent of their wearers, the programmed robotic leg reduced the kinds of errors that cause unnatural movements, discomfort and falls by as much as 44%.

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Another step toward trans-humanism?  How long will it be before prosthetics are superior enough to natural limbs that people start opting to "upgrade" their apendages?

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Unusual, Undocumented Archaeological Site in Egypt

This site was documented on a rare map from Napoleon's expedition as the site of a possible lost pyramid in Egypt. The exterior of this structure reveals it ...
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Fuel3D: A handheld 3D scanner for less than $1000

The world’s first handheld point-and-shoot, full color 3D scanner available for under $1,000. Fire up your creativity!
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[NSFW] Amazing Oculus Rift demo showcases ultra-realistic humans in virtual reality

Just when you thought the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset couldn't get any more impressive, enter this demo, which uses scans of real-life models to make ultra realistic humans for your enjoyment.
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Researchers successfully hatch a rare bird from the egg of a chicken

Researchers successfully hatch a rare bird from the egg of a chicken | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it

Researchers from the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory in Dubai say that have just successfully hatched a rare bird species from the egg of a chicken. In a development being heralded as a major advancement for conservation, a team of scientists have proven that embryonic transfer from one bird species' egg can successfully develop in that of another. Fertilized yolk from a houbara bustard, a threatened desert bird native to the Middle East, was placed into the 'white' of a surrogate chicken egg.

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NASA's 3D-printed rocket part handles 20,000 pounds of thrust in test (video)

NASA's 3D-printed rocket part handles 20,000 pounds of thrust in test (video) | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it

Using 3D-printing, NASA has produced a rocket injector plate that can sustain 20,000 pounds of thrust. The original machined injector plate was made up of 115 small parts, whereas the 3d-printed plate is comprised of only 2. Such parts could one day reduce rocket costs while potentially increasing safety, since they're less-complex and have fewer points of failure.

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Bare Conductive Paint Allows You to Draw an Electrical Circuit Almost Anywhere

Bare Conductive Paint Allows You to Draw an Electrical Circuit Almost Anywhere | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it

A group of students in London has developed an electrically conductive paint, which could change the way the world is wired. Unlike conventional wires, it can be applied to almost any surface, including paper, plastic, metal and even fabric.

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3D-Printed Lego-Like Blocks Can Be Assembled by Robots into Spaceships

3D-Printed Lego-Like Blocks Can Be Assembled by Robots into Spaceships | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it

Not too long ago, a couple of MIT scientists asked themselves a lofty question: "Can you 3-D print an airplane?" It didn't take long for them to realize that 3D printing anything on that scale was impractical. But 3D-printing thousands of small, Lego-like building blocks? That could work.

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Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women And Minorities

Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women And Minorities | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it

Google is offering vouchers to any women and minorities interested in learning how to code, CNET's Seth Rosenblatt reports.


In a blog post from Gregg Pollack, CEO of the Code School, Google is paying for three free months for any women and minorities interested in tech to expand their skills.

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Google shows up Oculus Rift with some cardboard and an Android app

Each year at I/O, Google gives all of the developers in the audience a gift. Some years it's a tablet. Some years it's a laptop. This year it was a piece of ...
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Earth is around 60 million years older than previously thought -- and so is the moon, new research finds

Earth is around 60 million years older than previously thought -- and so is the moon, new research finds | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it

Geochemists from the University of Lorraine in Nancy, France have analysed xenon gas found in South African and Australian quartz, which had been dated to 3.4 and 2.7 billion years respectively. The gas sealed in this quartz is preserved as in a "time capsule," allowing researchers to compare the current isotopic ratios of xenon, with those which existed billions of years ago. Recalibrating dating techniques using the ancient gas allowed them to refine the estimate of when the Earth began to form. This allows them to calculate that the Moon-forming impact is around 60 million years (+/- 20 m. y.) older than previously thought.

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Dutch Scientists Achieve Quantum Teleportation Breakthrough

Dutch Scientists Achieve Quantum Teleportation Breakthrough | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it

We may not have Star Trek-esque transporter technology any time soon—or ever—but Dutch researchers this week reported a breakthrough in the quantum teleportation of information, opening the door to a potential revolution in computing and networking.

Scientists at the Delft University of Technology's Kavli Institute of Nanoscience managed to transfer information contained in one quantum bit, or qubit, to another "entangled" qubit about 10 feet away "without the information having travelled through the intervening space," Prof. Ronald Hanson, head of the research group wrote in a summary.

In other words, as Hanson noted, "teleportation."

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Beam Me Up: Bits of Information Teleported Across Computer Chip

Beam Me Up: Bits of Information Teleported Across Computer Chip | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it

Recently, scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich made a step toward building a working quantum computer by teleporting bits of information across a computer chip. 

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Atlantis found? 60m subaquatic pyramid discovered in the Azores

Atlantis found? 60m subaquatic pyramid discovered in the Azores | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it

An underwater pyramidal structure was identified at a depth of 40 meters off the coast of Terceira Island. The perfectly squared structure was sighted by a private yacht owner, Diocleciano Silva, during a recreational trip. Estimated to be approximately 60 meters high, the enigmatic structure was recorded through CPS digital technology. “The pyramid is perfectly shaped and apparently oriented by the cardinal directions,” Silva told Diário Insular, the local newspaper.

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Ancient Roman Concrete Is About to Revolutionize Modern Architecture

Ancient Roman Concrete Is About to Revolutionize Modern Architecture | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it

After 2,000 years, a long-lost secret behind the creation of one of the world’s most durable man-made creations ever—Roman concrete—has finally been discovered by an international team of scientists, and it may have a significant impact on how we build cities of the future.

 

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NASA successfully tests 3D-printed rocket engine fuel injector

NASA successfully tests 3D-printed rocket engine fuel injector | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it
Nasa says it has successfully tested a miniature version of a rocket engine part produced by a laser-powered 3D printer.
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Virgin Galactic says it's on track to begin tours of space in 2014

Virgin Galactic says it's on track to begin tours of space in 2014 | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo underwent its second successful rocket-powered test flight yesterday, demonstrating its "wing-feathering" capabilities for the first time.
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Tiny human brain models grown in lab with tiny cortex, tiny hippocampus (video)

Tiny human brain models grown in lab with tiny cortex, tiny hippocampus (video) | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it

Through stem cells, the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) in Austria has managed to grow some tiny (3-4mm) human brain models that include parts of the cortex, hippocampus and retinas. The lab-grown tissue will allow researchers to peer into the early stages of human brain development in far higher detail than ever before.

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Researchers Shine Light on Gold Nanoparticles to Produce Electricity

Researchers Shine Light on Gold Nanoparticles to Produce Electricity | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Nano/Bio Interface Center at the University of Pennsylvania recently discovered a novel to way to generate solar power by shining light onto gold nanoparticles. The discovery has far-reaching implications in the realm of nanotechnology, and may open the door for everything from self-powering molecular circuits to super-efficient data storage.

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Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop, a futuristic, solar-powered supersonic pod-train

Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop, a futuristic, solar-powered supersonic pod-train | Science, Technology, Internet | Scoop.it
As promised, Elon Musk has published details of what he calls the 'Hyperloop' (without patents, under an open source license).
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