Archive | January, 2013

DARPA SHOWS OFF 1.8-GIGAPIXEL SURVEILLANCE DRONE, CAN SPOT A TERRORIST FROM 20,000 FEET

ARGUS view from 20,000 feet DARPA and the US Army have taken the wraps off ARGUS-IS, a 1.8-gigapixel video surveillance platform that can resolve details as small as six inches from an altitude of 20,000 feet (6km), ExtremeTech reports. ARGUS is by far the highest-resolution surveillance platform in the world, and probably the highest-resolution camera in the […]

NEAR-EARTH ASTEROID 2012 DA14 TO MISS EARTH ON FEB. 15

(Credit: NASA JPL) A small asteroid named 2012 DA14 will pass inside the geosynchronous satellite ring on February 15, but the orbit will be no closer to the Earth’s surface than 3.2 Earth radii , according to NASA JPL.. Although its size is not well determined, this near-Earth asteroid is thought to be about 45 meters […]

IBM BREAKING THE MILLION-CORE SUPERCOMPUTER BARRIER

A floor view of the newly installed Sequoia supercomputer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (credit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories) Stanford Engineering‘s Center for Turbulence Research (CTR) has set a new record in computational science by successfully using a supercomputer with more than 1.5 million computing cores to solve a complex fluid dynamics problem: the prediction of noise generated by […]

DARPA LOOKING FOR TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE ‘TRANSIENT ELECTRONICS’ DEVICES

Salvador Dali painting? No, Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR) (credit: DARPA) The sophisticated electronics used by warfighters in everything from radios, remote sensors and even phones can now be made at such a low cost that they are pervasive throughout the battlefield. But it is almost impossible to track and recover every device. These electronics are […]

FDA CLEARS FIRST AUTONOMOUS TELEMEDICINE ROBOT FOR HOSPITALS

Now doctors can provide patient care from anywhere in the world via a telemedicine solution. But what happens to nursing jobs, and how will patients react to a giant robotic machine? The iRobot RP-VITA in action (credit: iRobot) iRobot Corp., a leader in delivering robotic solutions, has announced that its RP-VITA Remote Presence Robot has received 510(k) […]

A STAR TREK ‘TRACTOR’ BEAM FOR MICROSCOPIC OBJECTS

In the experimental system, a light beam is converted into a pulling device that gathers microscopic (<5 microns) polystyrene spheres,  like when using a chain (credit: University of St Andrews) A miniature “tractor” beam that allows a beam of light to attract objects (as featured in Star Trek movies) has been created by researchers from the University of St Andrews and […]

PRINT YOUR OWN LIFE-SIZE ROBOT FOR UNDER $1,000

InMoov robot (credit: Gael Langevin) Gael Langevin, a French sculptor and model-maker, has created a life-size, 3D-printed robot.called InMoov, CNNreports. Langevin’s animatronic creation can be made by anyone with access to little more than a basic 3D printer, a few motors, a cheap circuit board, and about $800. A work in progress, the robot boasts a […]

NEW FILM BY DOUG WOLENS THE SINGULARITY

Doug Wolens | The Singularity is defined as the point in time when computer intelligence exceeds human intelligence. This notion of superhuman machines has long served as fodder for tales of science fiction. Yet most scientific leaders argue that these changes are inevitable, based on the accelerating rate of technological progress. Clearly, some emerging technologies […]

BILLION-EURO BRAIN SIMULATION AND GRAPHENE PROJECTS WIN EUROPEAN FUNDS

Neocortical column studied in Henry Markram’s Blue Brain project (Credit: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) The European Commission has selected the two research proposals it will fund to the tune of half-a-billion euros ($650 million U.S.) each, after a two-year, high-profile contest, Nature News reports. The Human Brain Project, led by neuroscientist Henry Markram at the Swiss Federal Institute of […]

COMMERCIAL ASTEROID HUNTERS ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR NEW ROBOTIC EXPLORATION FLEET

World’s first fleet of asteroid-hunting spacecraft announced by Deep Space Industries Deep Space Industries (DSI) announced Monday night that it will send a fleet of asteroid-prospecting spacecraft out into the solar system to hunt for resources to accelerate space development to benefit Earth. These “FireFly” spacecraft utilize low-cost cubesat components and get discounted delivery to space […]