As a young biologist in Africa, Alan Savory helped set aside national park lands. His organization removed indigenous “hunting, drum-beating people” to protect animals. However, burgeoning herds of elephants were soon identified as causing desertification by overgrazing. Show More Summary
Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones can be controlled by touch, gesture, eye movement—and your mind. Well, not exactly. Not yet. Not even close. Perhaps half in the name of science, half in the name of publicity, Samsung’s teamed up with Roozbeh...Show More Summary
The little humanoid wants to help kids with special needs and autism
In October 2004, Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites claimed the $10 million Ansari X Prize when their spacecraft SpaceShipOne achieved suborbital flight—the first private organization to do so. Now, eight and a half years later, the commercial...Show More Summary
There’s nothing like a well-conceived picture to drive a point home. You know the point, right? Sure you do. (Hint: It's in the title.) Shall we run through these items? (I don’t know if I can ID them all perfectly—feel free to leave details/corrections/reminiscences in the comments!) Far right first. Show More Summary
When the Mythbuster’s team needs a creative eye-tracking solution for one of their myths, who do they turn to? Our friends over at EyeTech of course! Over the the last two years Jamie Hyneman has been working with EyeTech on a cool project that uses eye-tracking technology and one of our PhantomX Robot Turrets. The [...]
Through this two-way communication tele-intensivists can aid local intensivists by helping to enforce the patient’s daily goals, review their performance with them and respond to alarms if, as if often the case, the local doctor has been called away.
A new report from the International Energy Agency shows that, despite the rapid spread of renewable technologies, the energy produced today is just as “dirty” as it was 20 years ago.
A Dutch company is hatching a little robotic bird for children
This year’s Robogames and Mech Warfare was an absolute blast! We watched Com-Bots battle it out, Kung-Fu bots compete, and of course the Mech-Warfare contestants fight for supremacy. Check out this gallery for a taste of the Robogames experience. Stay tuned for more photos, videos, and news from Robogames/Mech Warfare 2013
Researchers used motion-capture data of a horse to make a cheetah robot walk and run
What would Dr. Evil do with a supercomputer, a giant laser, and a 30-meter deformable mirror? Hold the planet for ransom, of course. The billion-dollar Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project, on the other hand, will assemble these components...Show More Summary
Kiwi Robots are part of the Ready for Robotics project by Professor Marina Umaschi Bers from Tufts University. The simple robots are easily programmed with blocks or on a computer using the same symbols as on the blocks. This method allows for very young children to learn basic programming and become interested in engineering and [...]
The US stock market is approaching a record high—having finally regained all it lost in the 2008 bear market. It would be cause for celebration, if it didn’t feel so out of touch with the “main street” reality of elevated unemployment. Show More Summary
If you’re not willing to send electrical shocks through your brain – “mild” as they might be – to become smarter, here’s a much gentler option: play sounds while you sleep.
National Instruments will provide FIRST teams with a brand new, and much more powerful, control system for their robots
Scientists have made strides recently in coming up with ways to detect autism earlier in children. But a recent study suggests it might be possible to diagnose the disorder right at the moment of birth. The telltale signs, they found, can be seen by analyzing the placenta.
Enjoy this Video Friday as IEEE Spectrum Automaton heads to Switzerland and Germany for two weeks of robotics research
[READY] Despite Spread Of Renewable Energy, World Still As Dependent On Carbon [READY] Fossil Fuel Energy Still As Strong After 20 Years, Despite Spread Of Renewable Energy [READY] Report Says World Dependence On Fossil Fuels Despite Spread Of Renewable Energy With all the news about record-breaking wind farms, record-breaking solar [...]
Given our current understanding of how mirror neurons and human emotion works, a new study from the University of Duisburg Essen should come as no surprise. Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten and other researchers used fMRI to measure the reaction in human test subjects who watched video of a Pleo robot being either tortured or treated with affection. Show More Summary