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April 24th, 2014 at 9:58 am

Sand Flea – Boston Dynamics’ incredible jumping robot

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Sand Flea Robot

Boston Dynamics, a Google-owned robotics company, makes a number of stunning robots, perhaps most notably its Atlas humanoid and the “Big Dog” cargo-carrying robot. (Video)

 

 

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April 23rd, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Here’s what Americans think technology will look like in 50 years

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Americans surveyed believe that the next fifty years we’ll see the custom creation of transplantable organs, and computer-developed art, music and novels rivaling human talent.

Over the past 50 years, Americans have witnessed the first man walk on the moon, the birth of the Internet and cellphones, large and small and large again. What will the future of technology and science hold in the next 50 years?

 

 

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April 23rd, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Mayo Clinic’s ‘Better’ turns your smartphone into a personal health concierge

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The Mayo Clinic is offering unlimited access to the famed hospital’s nurses through a smartphone app for about $50 a month. The Mayo Clinic partnered with Better, a California-based health technology startup, to launch the new subscription-based app. The app is not covered by insurance but offers real-time, 24/7 health care assistance. Think of it as a mobile WebMD. (Video)

 

 

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April 23rd, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Criminals use drones to rob marijuana farms

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Criminals use drones and infrared cameras to find cannabis farms.

Some criminals in the U.K. are borrowing a tactic from the police, they are using drones equipped with infrared cameras to steal or extort from marijuana grow operations.

 

 

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April 21st, 2014 at 11:44 am

Google X really did try to design a space elevator

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A space elevator is just the thing that is needed to open up the high frontier of space.

A working space elevator is still not a reality as of yet. But some of the most intelligent and imaginative minds on Earth have been looking into the logistics of building such a space elevator. Rich DeVaul, head of Google X’s Rapid Evaluation team, has confirmed for the first time ever that Google’s super hush-hush R&D lab actually tried to design one.

 

 

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April 21st, 2014 at 8:26 am

Facebook and Google are drooling over drone companies

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Interest in Titan Aerospace and others is not just about the “next billion” Internet users.

Last month it seemed as if Facebook would acquire the long-range solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace and use its technology to deliver Internet to remote areas of the world. It was ostensibly a hedge against Google’s balloon-driven Project Loon and the possibility that Google, rather than Facebook, would connect the “next billion” Internet users.

 

 

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April 21st, 2014 at 8:16 am

Top 10 ways 3D printing could change space

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A closeup of a titanium lattice ball manufactured using a 3D printing process.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has identified ten ways to transform how space missions put together in their investigation of the potential of additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing.

 

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April 19th, 2014 at 8:25 am

Google buys Titan Aerospace, a solar-powered drone company

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Solar-powered drone

This week, Google announced the acquisition of Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum in a move that sees the technology giant enter the unmanned race for the skies.

 

 

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April 18th, 2014 at 11:04 am

The Guardian launches its robot newspaper in the U.S.

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The U.K. paper, the Guardian, is taking a very modern strategy and applying it to an old-school format. Starting this week the paper is going to experiment with a robot-generated print edition. The paper is to be called #Open001 and will be distributed for free every month at U.S. media and ad agency offices including Mindshare, Horizon Media and Digitas. Distribution will start with 5,000 copies.

 

 

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April 18th, 2014 at 10:45 am

Netherlands debuts glow-in-the-dark roads

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Glow-in-the-dark highway.

Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a 0.3 mile stretch of highway in the Netherlands.

 

 

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