Archive | August, 2013

New imagery of NASA’s asteroid mission released

This concept image shows an astronaut preparing to take samples from the captured asteroid after it has been relocated to a stable orbit in the Earth-moon system. Hundreds of rings are affixed to the asteroid capture bag, helping the astronaut carefully navigate the surface. (Credit: NASA) NASA released Thursday new photos and video animations depicting the agency’s […]

NASA spacecraft reactivated to hunt for asteroids

This artist’s concept shows the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE spacecraft, in its orbit around Earth. In September of 2013, engineers will attempt to bring the mission out of hibernation to hunt for more asteroids and comets in a project called NEOWISE. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) NASA will revive the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) next month with the goal of […]

An affordable point-and-shoot 3D scanner

Combines high-resolution 3D modeling and accurate color capture for 3D printing (Credit: Fuel3D) Fuel3D Inc. has announced a Kickstarter campaign to fund the Fuel3D scanner,  an affordable handheld 3D scanner that delivers high resolution shape and color capture for a range of 3D modeling applications, such as 3D printing, 3D art, and 3D game development. Pledgers will be able to […]

Musk reveals Hyperloop concept

Elon Musk has published a blog post detailing the Hyperloop concept; a solar-powered, elevated transit system that could take passengers and cars from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. Here are the core designs. Bloomberg has further details. Hyperloop passenger transport capsule conceptual design rendering (credit: Tesla Motors) Hyperloop passenger capsule version cutaway with passengers onboard (credit: […]

When will a computer pass the Turing Test?

An interview with Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google August 14, 2013 “Many people in AI believe that we’re close to [a computer passing the Turing Test] within the next five years,” said Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google, speaking at The Aspen Institute on July 16, 2013. In a wide-ranging interview by writer/biographer Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the […]

Bacterial evolution offers clues to tradeoffs in financial investments

Bacteria have the potential to teach valuable investment lessons (credit: University of Exeter) Scientists have found that bacteria have the potential to teach valuable investment lessons. The research, published in the journal Ecology Letters, takes advantage of the fact that bacteria, like humans, have limited resources and are constantly faced with investment decisions. Bacteria though are […]

Cheap spying tool with a high creepy factor

With a handful of plastic boxes and over-the-counter sensors, including Wi-Fi adapters and a USB hub, Brendan O’Connor, a security researcher, was able to monitor all the wireless traffic emitted by nearby wireless devices (credit: Brendan O’Connor) How easy would it be to monitor the movement of everyone on the street by a private citizen […]

Existing cropland could feed 4 billion more

An abundant supply of food for a hungry world, hidden in plain sight In many areas (lighter areas), crops used for non-food uses (biofuels, other) were not delivered to the food system. Credit: Emily S Cassidy et al./Environmental Research Letters Reallocating croplands away from fuels and animal feed could boost food available for people by 70 […]

First Google Glass use for real-time location of where multiple viewers are looking

“What you are seeing here is the first use of Google glass and another device — an Android phone in this case — for real-time focus between multiple users,” CrowdOptic CEO Jon Fisher explained to KurzweilAI in an exclusive interview. Left: two users (red dots) are looking at the Transamerica building (“22″) in San Francisco. Their intersecting lines of […]