Jun 20, 2013

Wireless restoration of sight to the blind (rats) (video)

posted by Larra Morris

Stanford researchers developed a retinal prosthesis that wirelessly transmits images from a video camera in a pair of glasses directly to a chip implanted inside the retina tissue. The innovations of lead scientist Daniel Palanker and his colleagues is that their system does away with any cable between the implant and the video eyeglasses, and buries the chip in the sub-retinal layers of the eye instead of on its surface to eliminate a kind of interference. They published their latest breakthroughs in the science journal Nature Communications.
via Boing Boing

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Jun 19, 2013

EADS unveils its vision for the future of aviation

posted by Laura Domela

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EADS has once again taken to the Paris Air Show to present a vision of commercial aviation in 2050. Developed in partnership with Rolls-Royce to increase the efficiency of future airliners, its E-Thrust concept is a hybrid electric propulsion system that EADS says could cut fuel consumption, emissions and noise. EADS and Airbus have baked the E-Thrust into an aircraft design, which EADS calls the eConcept.
via Gizmag

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Jun 19, 2013

John McAfee teaches you how to uninstall his antivirus software

posted by Laura Domela

John McAfee—founder of the McAfee antivirus software—has created a humorous, yet bizarre video that ‘teaches’ you how to uninstall his software from your computer. 

Uploaded onto YouTube, this ‘instructional’ video features John McAfee himself, scantily dressed women, smoking, drugs, bath salts and firearms.
via Design Taxi

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Jun 19, 2013

OpenSkan: an open source full body 3D scanner

posted by Laura Domela

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HeatSync Labs’ Moheeb Zara built this full body scanner with a Kinect that raises and lowers on a gantry while a turntable rotates the subject. The resulting scans are rendered with the help of ReconstructMe software.
via Make

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Jun 19, 2013

Tesla to unveil quick-swap batteries for the Model S electric car this week

posted by Laura Domela

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Tesla could revolutionize the electric car industry by solving one of the main reasons why buyers don’t make the switch from gasoline – range anxiety. Tesla already announced plans to expand its Supercharger network across the US, and now the automaker is working on another fix to keep Tesla Model S owners on the road. Tomorrow Tesla will demonstrate a new way for owners to swap out their drained batteries for fully charged units – and it’s faster than the time it takes to fill up a tank of gas in a traditional car.
via Inhabitat

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Jun 19, 2013

Qubit spin doctors take it down to nanometers

posted by Laura Domela

The University of New South Wales, working with Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, is celebrating what it hopes will be another step towards large-scale quantum computing: a technique that can address single electron qubits separated by mere nanometres.

Quantum bits - qubits - are the quantum-physics counterpart to the binary bits that make up data stored in today's digital computers - except that whereas your traditional binary bit is either 1 or 0, a qubit can be 1, 0 or what's known as a superposition of both. A quantum computer should be able to use this property to process huge numbers of calculations in parallel.

But at some point classical binary data will need to be written to a line of qubits, which is where today's research comes in.
via The Register

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Jun 19, 2013

Two accelerators find signs of a particle that nobody can explain

posted by Larra Morris

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Two different accelerators have found evidence for a particle that appears to contains four quarks, according to papers published in Physical Review Letters. Although particles with two and three quarks are common, this would be the first time that something containing four quarks has been spotted. Depending on the precise nature of the interactions among the quarks, this could be a discovery that keeps the theoreticians very busy.
via Ars Technica

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Image: The Belle detector at Japan's KEK facility. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

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Jun 19, 2013

Huge Lego Wizard of Oz build includes a motorized tornado (video)

posted by Larra Morris

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At last weekend's Brickworld 2013 in Chicago, one Lego build stood out above all else, a 3D diorama that showcased virtually every major scene from 1939's The Wizard of Oz. The detail is incredible—and it features a tornado!

The team of 12 builders hailed from VirtuaLUG (Virtual Lego User Group) and three countries. They each worked on their builds separately then brought them together to display at Brickworld, where they won the 2013 Collaborative Display award.
via Gizmodo

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Jun 18, 2013

Artists are 3D-printing a room that looks like an alien cathedral (video)

posted by Larra Morris

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Who cares about plastic 3D-printed models of your head when an amazing, ornate room is being 3D printed out of sandstone? Digital Grotesque, as the project is called, looks like it was ripped from the frames of a sci-fi film.

Designers Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer recently previewed a 1:3 scale model of the room at Materializing Exhibition in Tokyo, and before that at the Swiss Art Awards in Basel, Switzerland. The entire room will be unveiled on July 22.
via Gizmodo

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Jun 18, 2013

Dragonflies outfitted with brain sensor backpacks

posted by Larra Morris

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Neuroscientist have attached an electronic "backpack" to dragonflies that jack into the insect's brain and wirelessly transmit the data back to a base station. Howard Hughes Medical Institute researcher Anthony Leonardo and his collaborators hope the telemetry will deepen our understanding of how dragonflies target and catch their pray.
via Boing Boing

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