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Forget Flying Cars—Last Century’s Artists Wanted Whale Buses (and More)

We are seldom more creative than when imagining the future. We like to dream, we like to dream big—and sometimes engineering and science makes those dreams come true. Take Leonardo da Vinci for example. Often the contraptions he drew,...Show More Summary

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 30)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Inside OpenAI, Elon Musk’s Wild Plan to Set Artificial Intelligence Free Cade Metz | WIRED "In the rarefied world of AI research, the brightest minds aren’t driven by—or at least not only by—the next product cycle or profit margin. Show More Summary

What Would Happen If Elon Musk Ran Apple?

Apple’s dismal earnings announcement shows why it badly needs to rethink its innovation model and leadership. Its last breakthrough innovation was the iPhone — which was released in 2007. Since then, Apple has simply been tweaking its...Show More Summary

These New Technologies Will Be Both Powerful and Planet Friendly

Did you know there is a 25% chance your cause of death will be due to environmental pollution? According the World Health Organization, some 12.6 million people—or nearly 1 in 4 worldwide—died in 2012 due to living or working in unhealthy conditions. Show More Summary

How to Run Wild Experiments Just Like (Google) X

This post explores how to run great experiments in your company, based on recent conversations with my friend Astro Teller, Chief of Moonshots at "X" (formally Google X, Google's R&D factory). X's mission is to invent and launch "moonshot" technologies that could make the world a radically better place…dare I say, help create a world of Abundance. Show More Summary

VR Developers Have High Hopes for This Year—But Are They Right?

As much as the headlines proclaim “virtual reality is here,” it has also only just arrived. Samsung Gear VR was released in November; this month is the initial launch of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift; and Playstation VR is just a couple months out. Show More Summary

Snapper arm on a Create 2 Base – Bricklayers Robot

Carl H made this robot for his final in Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s RBE 501 class, and color us impressed! Using the iRobot Create2 as a base and a Snapper Arm to do the lifting, Carl has put together a robot that can build a wall, brick by brick. Since there was a limited window of […]

Stanford's Humanoid Diving Robot Takes on Undersea Archaeology and Coral Reefs

OceanOne is smaller, nimbler, and easier to control than traditional underwater ROVs

How the Next Wonders of the World Will Be Built in Space

On April 12th, 1961 Yuri Gagarin launched into space on a Vostok rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, becoming the first person ever to leave the planet. Here’s the crazy thing: today’s astronauts travel to space on a nearly identical rocket, the Soyuz, which went into operation only five years after Gagarin’s historic flight. Show More Summary

Zero Zero Robotics

Zero Zero Robotics has unveiled it’s first product called Hover Camera after developing it in relative secrecy.  The company has received $25 million in funding. Hover Camera is a small drone that can fold up and fit in your bag.  … Continue reading ?

Navio2 or The Raspberry Pi Flight Controller

The world of consumer and professional drones is evolving very fast and so are flight controller systems for UAVs & Drones. At the same time, many developments are being made for consumer electronics at a low cost and the Raspberry Pi is one of the leaders in this field. This raised questions in the minds of people [...]Show More Summary

Zero Zero's Camera Drone Could Be a Robot Command Center in the Future

Hover Camera follows you by face recognition. Zero Zero Robotics says its camera drone may evolve into the eyes of a home robotics system

How the Power to Control Objects With Our Minds Stopped Being Science Fiction

The recent announcement that a young paralysed man in Ohio in the US named Ian Burkhart managed to regain the use of his fingers after having a chip implanted in his brain is an exciting step forward for science and healthcare. In fact,...Show More Summary

To Build the Best Robotic Exoskeleton, Make It on the Cheap

So says exoskeleton pioneer Homayoon Kazerooni as he brings Phoenix, his latest invention, to market

GummiArm keeps getting better

We’ve covered the GummiArm before, but it’s an ongoing project, and it just keeps getting better! This time we have a video of the GummiArm taking a hit from a full 2 liter bottle and living to tell the tale! This is quite a feat, and well executed. As before, the project files are available […]


Antbo, the programmable ant like robot that learns more as time goes on, is now up for pre-order on Indiegogo.  Currently Antobo is going for $69 for 1 or $129 for 2. Antbo is being made by DFRobot from Shanghai, … Continue reading ...

Why Hubble Still Blows Our Minds After a Quarter Century in Space

To celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope’s 26th anniversary in space, NASA released a series of images, videos, and simulations of an object known as the Bubble Nebula. In the main image, a giant star is blowing a cosmic hurricane into space, forming a brilliant halo as it smacks into the chill molecular cloud surrounding its parent star. Show More Summary

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 23)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Let Artificial Intelligence Evolve Michael Chorost | Slate "For billions of years, aqueous information systems have had to contend with extremely complex environments...And the biochemistry going on in one cubic...Show More Summary

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