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A rescue drone that finds survivors by tracking their mobile phone signals

July 31st, 2014 at 8:41 am » Comments Off

The drone can pick out the location of an individual phone within 30 feet. A mobile phone can be the device that saves you in an emergency, even if you aren’t able to make a call. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne have developed a drone that can pinpoint the location of a mobile […]

New York Times has called federal government to repeal marijuana ban

July 30th, 2014 at 5:06 pm » Comments Off

The Times said marijuana should only be available to people over 21 years old. The New York Times has called for the federal government to repeal its ban on marijuana. They likened the federal law outlawing the drug to the failed prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s and ’30s. (Video)    

Home Depot starts selling MakerBot 3D printers

July 28th, 2014 at 7:19 am » Comments Off

3D printed nuts and bolts from a MakerBot. Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement chain, announced the start of a pilot program to sell MakerBots. They are described by the manufacturer as a type of professional-grade 3-D printing machine and will be in a dozen stores following a three-month period of online-only sales. (Video)  

New LED light technology sheds light on the future of food

July 23rd, 2014 at 8:41 am » Comments Off

LED growing lights, delivering sunlight whatever the weather. This century, the challenges of growing enough food to feed the world have grown more severe. We need to feed more people with limited agricultural land and resources. We need to make better use of land, light and logistics for an increasingly urban population. And we need to […]

Electric life forms that live on pure energy are unlike any other life on Earth

July 18th, 2014 at 10:54 am » Comments Off

Geobacter is one type of ‘electric bacteria.’ ‘Electric bacteria’ are unlike any other life on Earth, these extraordinary bacteria use energy in its purest form – they eat and breathe electrons – and they are everywhere. (Video)    

Jibo – the world’s first family robot for the price of a tablet

July 17th, 2014 at 8:10 am » Comments Off

Jibo Jibo is the world’s first family robot. He can relate to you and will become part of your family. Jibo looks like a sleekly designed minimalist version of R2-D2. Jibo is stout with a big round glassy face and turns to greet you when you walk in the door. (Video)  

FAA approves proposed SpaceX launch site in Texas

July 16th, 2014 at 8:14 am » Comments Off

Proposed launch site for SpaceX. A “Record of Decision” giving approval for a SpaceX Texas Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas has been published by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) office of Commercial Space Transportation. (Video)    

Coolest Cooler Kickstarter campaign on track to beat Kickstarter record

July 15th, 2014 at 8:00 am » Comments Off

Coolest Cooler A man in Oregon has set out to reinvent the cooler that you take to the beach or on camping trips. He has already raised $3 million for the project, and his fundraising effort is on track to possibly beat the Kickstarter record, The Oregonian reports. (Video)    

GimBall is a crash-proof drone that can fly almost anywhere

July 11th, 2014 at 9:28 am » Comments Off

GimBall The GimBall is an autonomous drone that is in a fully immersive rollcage that keeps it protected from whatever it might fly into, but the robust safety of the thing means it might soon be perfectly applicable for combing disaster areas or any other tight spaces. (Video)    

Shadow’s robotic hand uses AI to grip any object

July 10th, 2014 at 10:46 am » Comments Off

Shadow’s Dexterous Hand It’s not easy to build a robot that can compete with that astounding piece of machinery called the human hand.  But the UK company Shadow has a solid contender. And while its robotic hands imitate nature, why keep nature’s limitations? Shadow’s Dexterous Hand “sees” the shape of the object approaching it to help it […]

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