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The new device is made of organic materials (mostly carbon and hydrogen), and is also more efficient and less expensive than its inorganic competitors. Two members of the team that helped create the artificial synapse device: Alberto Salleo, associate professor of materials science and engineering, and graduate student Scott Keene. (via L.A. Cicero)   The human brain is often compared to computers through analogy, and it represents the world’s most elegant and powerful supercomputer ...
The old Stars and Stripes were created using 300 Intel Shooting Star drones, all of which were choreographed using a PC with pre-programmed algorithms. (images via Atkins)   You have to hand it to Lady Gaga, she can sure put on a show, and her Super Bowl halftime performance was no exception. During her first song God Bless America at Houston’s NRG Stadium, 300 Intel Shooting Star drones coalesced in the night sky and formed the US flag in red, white and blue. Granted, most of you ha ...
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Space cleanup crew

Posted by Cabe Atwell Feb 22, 2017
To clean up space debris and simultaneously advance exploration, a research branch of the US government is looking to re-purpose satellite parts in orbit for a mission to Mars. A computer generated image of the Sling-Sat, a satellite design which uses a grapple to capture space debris  (image via Jonathan Missel/Texas A&M)   Think your closet is a disaster zone? Imagine all that clutter whizzing through space at dizzying speeds. There are approximately 100 million pieces of debri ...
The small drone helps cross-pollinate plants by grabbing pollen with its tiny hairs covered in a sticky solution and rub if off on another flower. This small drone is not a permanent replacement for pollinating bees. (via National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)   I swear I saw this on an episode of “Black Mirror.”   Though many of us find bees to be a nuisance especially when they sting you, they’re actually an important part of our ecosys ...
Rethink Robotics has created Sawyer, a simple smart bot that’s easy to train; Tepco’s robot recently died when sent into Fukushima’s nuclear reactor. Sawyer looks more like a Pixar character than a warehouse robot (via Rethink Robotics)   Huge warehouses have a lot of supply and demand to keep up with. Think of an Amazon warehouse; a lot of work goes into making sure you get that late night purchase on time. But as of late, more warehouses are looking to bring in smart te ...
Prototype heart pump. (via Harvard) The inevitable future of bionic humans is one step closer with the engineering of a robotic heart “sleeve” by a team of American and European scientists. The sleeve is the newest model of ventricular assist devices (VADs), or devices that help hearts plagued by heart failure to beat properly. Heart failure is not a total cessation of the heart’s activity as its name would suggest, but the inability of the heart to pump enough blood. This can ...
Two recent developments in AI may pose a threat to human poke players and workers. How much can we trust AI? (Photo from Future of Life Institute)   Is AI out to take over the world? Maybe not just yet, but recent developments show it may be a bigger threat to humans than we thought. First, they want to take our entry level jobs, at least according to George Zarakadis, now they beat us in poker. For the first time, Libratus, an AI developed by Carnegie Mellon University, was crowned the vi ...

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