Archive | July, 2013

Detecting DNA in space

Gene-sequencing chip can survive space radiation on Mars, MIT scientist finds Is there DNA on Mars? (credit: NASA) If there is life on Mars, it’s not too farfetched to believe that such Martian species may share genetic roots with life on Earth, based on RNA or DNA. That’s because more than 3.5 billion years ago, […]

Introducing ATLAS, DARPA’s most advanced robot

Let’s get ready to rescue DARPA’s Atlas robot. You got a problem with that? Talk to the (four) hands. (Credit: DARPA) He stands at 6′ 2, 330 pounds. His name: ATLAS — possibly the most advanced humanoid robot every built. Move over Petman. The mighty ATLAS, Boston Dynamics‘ new robot, sports an on-board real-time control computer, 28 hydraulically actuated […]

Building 3D heart tissue with a programmable chip-making device

This image of shows multiple thin layers of an elastic “biorubber” polymer (purple) and interwoven muscle tissue (green) formed from neonatal rat heart cells (credit: MIT photo) By adapting a programmable device used to manufacture integrated circuits, MIT Draper Laboratory researchers have devised a semi-automated process to build three-dimensional heart tissue, MIT Technology Reviewreports. Tissue is […]

Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach

Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach, by Roman V. Yampolskiy Indiegogo fundraiser for Roman V. Yampolskiy‘s book. The book will present research aimed at making sure that emerging superintelligence is beneficial to humanity. Many philosophers, futurologists and artificial intelligence researchers have conjectured that in the next 20 to 200 years a machine capable of at least human level […]

Robot ape to colonize the Moon?

iStruct Demonstrator, space robot (credit: DFKI) The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and the University of Bremen are working on an ape-like robot called the iStruct Demonstrator that they classify as a “Space Robot.” Lately the mechanical monkey has been practicing how to walk and balance in the center’s mock lunar landscape, Gizmag reports. An ape-like body […]

Wi-Fi signal used to track moving humans — even behind walls

Tracking human motion with Wi-Vi. Left: traces for one human; center: for two humans; and right: for three humans moving behind the wall of a closed room. (Credit: Fadel Adib and Dina Katabi) ‘Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.are developing a system called “Wi-Vi” that transmits a low-power Wi-Fi signal and uses its reflections to track […]

A quantum computing solution for unstructured search

Bose-Einstein condensate (credit: Wikimedia Commons) Tom Wong, a graduate student in physics and David Meyer, professor of mathematics at the University of California, San Diego, have proposed a new algorithm for quantum computing, that will speed up unstructured search. The goal is to locate a particular item within an unsorted pile of data. Solving this problem on a […]

Revolutionary space engine turns an airplane into a spaceplane

How Skylon will look as it takes off bound for Earth orbit (credit: Reaction Engines) A revolutionary engine that can turn an aircraft into an orbiting spaceplane has won fresh backing from the British Government. The hybrid engine called Skylon (Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine) — is currently being developed by Reaction Engines, SEN reports. Until now, spacecraft heading […]