Set for a launch date of August 4, 2013, A little robot will become the first robotic astronaut as it is sent into space in order to perform communication experiments between humans and a robot in space. The little, 34 centimeter tall robot is named "Kirobo".
For anyone who has perused the internet looking at satellite imagery of various locations on the planet, you know that the high-resolution pictures can be incredible. One problem is that they can be years old at times. A small SF start-up aims to change that.
Sunrun, A San Francisco based company, has secured over $630 million in investments, led by JP Morgan, for residential solar projects. Sunrun claims to have invented "Solar Power Service", and its approach is to lease solar panels to consumers to lower up-front costs.
With the advent and greater availability of 3D printers, people have been using them to make all kinds of creative things. These range from simple 3D logos, to medical and even to guns. A Swedish company has created software to stop the printer from making gun parts.
A research team at the University of Glasgow in Scotland have been award a grant to create a diagnostic device similar to what Star Trek fans would call a Tricorder. The device is referred to a "multicorder" and the hopes are to simulate a whole lab in the device.
In a recent press release, IBM has stated that Harvard University has created a free database that catalogs the suitability of 2.3 million organic, carbon compounds for converting sunlight to energy. The data was compiled using the World Community Grid.
In a new patent application filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Microsoft is looking to patent in-vehicle, mobile device control using gestures. Microsoft looks to be moving into more gesture tech than just their Xbox Kinect device.
Decades ago, early computers ran their instructions by either having them hardwired into the machine or by using an external media like punch tape. Sixty five years ago today all that changed when the Manchester Small Scale Experimental Machine ran one stored in memory.
The International Supercomputing Conference, held in Leipzig German, announce the number one supercomputer today. The Chinese system named Tianhe-2 easily walked away with the honors by almost doubling the computation capability of the previous leader.
In the not too distant future, you may get instructions from you clothing on navigating your surroundings. A wearable device creating vibrations on the skin, and linked to a GPS, could aid the visual and hearing impaired as well as free drivers from having to view maps.
Speaking at the MIT TechnologyReview Mobile Summit, Microsoft Researcher Victor Bahl stated that while the size and resolution of image sensors has improved, not much has been done to improve the power consumption, something that's needed for continuous mobile vision.
Researchers at China's Zhejiang invented the world's lightest solid material, which they named carbon aerogel. With the lowest density, and an innovative material structure, it bears potential for countless applications in pollution-control and acoustic-dampening.
Jeremy Clarkson would be sure to tell you that's faster than a Bugatti Veyron. The British engineering group Dyson is introducing its new Airblade Tap which will be available March 1st. At £1,000 it probably won't be making it through the front door of your home.
In a media release today, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) stated that they are beginning a new undertaking called the Vanishing Programmable Resources Program (VAPR) to develop electronic devices that dissolve in the field on command.
A team of Korean scientists cracked the code to flexible or bendable lithium-ion battery cells. The innovation could revolutionize compact consumer electronics design, and complement the recent advances in bendable displays. That leaves bendable chips out?
The main image is showing a spot picked out for the first drilling site on the martian surface. This image was shot from Curiosity's right mast camera. It shows several fractures and veins in the area. This was shot on the 153rd Martian Day of Curiosity's work.
This light-bulb could take the world by storm! Putting out as much as a 100W incandescent light-bulb and only using 12 watts. With so many "energy" efficient light-bulbs out that use 20 to 60 watts to equal a 100 watt bulb, at 12 watts the NanoLight could take...
IBM's Watson seems to have a bit of a problem when it comes to deciding what is socially acceptable language and what is not. In an attempt to teach it more natural language expression, Watson learned to swear. So much for letting him babysit the kids.
For those that do not know exactly what Fracking is; it is a form of pulling oil out of shale's in the earth. There is a large controversy over fracking; does it contaminate the water supply? Is fracturing shale in the earth safe? These are just some of the concerns.
Seems that researchers at China's Life Science College of Nanjing Agricultural University have found that panda blood contains an antibiotic compound that is over six times more powerful than current antibiotics for specific applications. Mists of Pandaria is toast.