Sep 26, 2016

Robot arrested by Russian police at political rally in Moscow

posted by Larra Morris

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A robot has been detained by police at a political rally in Moscow, with authorities attempting to handcuff the machine.

The rally was for Valery Kalachev, a candidate for the Russian Parliament, who had rented the robot for his campaign.

Police have not confirmed why they detained the machine named Promobot, but local media was reporting the company behind the robot said police were called because it was "recording voters' opinions on [a] variety of topics for further processing and analysis by the candidate's team".

A Promobot representative suggested it was detained because "perhaps this action wasn't authorised".
via ABC News

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Sep 26, 2016

Driverless highway lane could eventually connect Vancouver and Seattle

posted by Larra Morris

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A group of West Coast tech entrepreneurs are so confident self-driving cars are the way of the future, they want to dedicate an entire highway lane to them. CBC News reports that Madrona Venture Group, which is made up of several high profile tech industry experts, recently released a report proposing that at least one lane of the I-5 highway connecting Seattle and Vancouver be given over to autonomous cars.
via Mental Floss

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Sep 22, 2016

Robots can perform surgery inside your eyeballs

posted by Larra Morris

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Doctors at Oxford University made medical history recently by successfully completing the first robot-assisted intraocular surgery. Robert MacLaren, Professor of Ophthalmology at the university, and his team managed to gently peel off a 1/1000th millimeter membrane from the inside of a patient's eye. To do so, the team relied on a cutting-edge medical device known as the Robotic Retinal Dissection Device, or R2D2.
via Engadget

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Sep 22, 2016

"Anger Release Machine": a coin-op for shattering fine breakables

posted by Larra Morris

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In 2008, the Swiss/Danish design team Yarisal & Kublitz created their "Anger Release Machine," a vending machine stocked with "crystal glasses, plates, porcelain, various items" (the catalog helpfully adds "70 x 77 x 182 cm") -- insert coin, shatter breakables, feel better.
via Boing Boing

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Sep 16, 2016

Ford tech lets drivers drink from their air conditioners

posted by Larra Morris

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When a car's air conditioner is running, water vapor in the air accumulates on its condenser, changing into a liquid state and then dripping to the ground. Doug Martin, a powertrain controls engineer at Ford, didn't like the idea of all that water being wasted. That's why he created a prototype system which collects that condensation, and repurposes it as drinking water within the car.

Martin was initially inspired by a billboard in Peru, that captures humidity in the air and renders it into drinking water. Working with colleague John Rollinger, he proceeded to build the On-the-Go H2O system, in which air conditioner condensation is collected, filtered, and then pumped into a faucet in the car's console.
via New Atlas

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Sep 16, 2016

Selfies can calculate the monetary value of conservation, study finds

posted by Larra Morris

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You can put a price on people’s access to nature, and for states, it’s a pretty good deal. A new study uses selfies taken on conserved lands, like state parks, to calculate more precise visitor rates than parks services typically record, finding that nature preserves provide a pretty good boost to the tourist economy, as Popular Science reports. 

A study led by the University of Vermont’s Laura Sonter (who’s taking the selfie in the image above) examined geo-tagged photos uploaded to Flickr, and compared them to maps of conserved lands in Vermont created by the Nature Conservancy. Using photos from 2007 to 2014, the researchers counted the number of people each day who uploaded at least one photo from the specified areas. The research is published in PLOS ONE
via Mental Floss

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Sep 16, 2016

Google street view blurs cow's face in Cambridge

posted by Larra Morris

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A cow which had its face blurred by Google street view has proved a hit on social media.

The animal was snapped by Google's cameras at Coe Fen, Cambridge, and seemingly given the same treatment humans receive for privacy reasons.
via BBC News

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