Discover a new way to find and share stories you'll love… Learn about Reading Desk

All Blogs / Hobbies / Posts With Video

WidowX Robot Arm Integrated Into Senior Design

Check out this University of Pennsylvania Bioengineering Student’s Senior Design Project using the WidowX Robot Arm. The setup is a mock up as an Robotic Arm Device for Cerebral Palsy Users. The user presses a colored pad and the robot moves a small cube to the corresponding color pad. This is a great demonstration of [...]

Nonirrigated native plant garden of Lee Clippard is a foliage lover’s dream

4 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Earlier this month I visited the East Austin garden of Lee Clippard, blogger at The Grackle, and his partner, John. The first fall rains had just arrived, following a relatively mild summer, so their foliage-centric garden of native plants was looking lush and green. Show More Summary

The Disappearing Scarecrow

4 months agoHobbies / Birding : Looking Up

There once was a Happy Scarecrow AND a very determined red squirrel. Seems he had winter on his mind. "Cozy" was a concern. First he went after the cravat. The scarecrow just looked on... He was determined... but the cravat held.. So he dropped to the belt buckle.. Show More Summary

6th London Chess Classic

6TH LONDON CHESS CLASSIC (6-14 DECEMBER 2014)PRO-BIZ CUP - 9 December 2014, Olympia Conference CentreA unique chance to play chess alongside world champions! The 2014 London Chess Classic features a doubles chess rapidplay knock-outShow More Summary

Artificial Spleen ‘Cleans’ Blood of Pathogens

In one of the gutsiest performances in sports history, NFL quarterback Chris Simms had to be carted off the field after taking several vicious hits from the defense during a game in 2006. Remarkably, Simms returned to the game shortly thereafter and led his team on a scoring drive before […]

What a carve-up!

Well, tomorrow some time Ray Keene's friend will be elected President of the English Chess Federation, not that "elected" is the right term for a one-candidate affair deliberately organised in such a way as to avoid a contest. ThereShow More Summary

Wild Fish Works: Oregon Coast (Official Trailer)

5 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Moldy Chum

Wild Fish Works: Oregon Coast (Official Trailer) from Russ Schnitzer on Vimeo. Wild salmon and steelhead are important to more than just anglers. They represent significant social, cultural and economic ties up and down the Oregon coast. Show More Summary

Navy’s Boat Drones Pack Hunt Like Wolves on Water

The US military is building a droid (er, drone) army. You’ve likely heard of flying drones—but the robot arms race won’t end there. The Navy recently demonstrated a pack of autonomous boats performing defensive and offensive swarm tactics. Why robots? The military hopes to augment its human forces with superhuman […]

Unlocking Big Data: Lessons Learned From The God Particle

It’s a puzzle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a symphony. It’s the Higgs boson, the so-called God particle, the greatest physics find of the 21st century, turned into music. Chamber music, to be exact. Admittedly—and especially for fans of Pythagoras—this conversion is a little mind-blowing. But once you get […]

Monarchs and Milkweeds (video)

Check out the latest from the fine folks at Yosemite Nature Notes, Monarchs and Milkweeds, a really cool look into the complex ecosystem that is home to one of Yosemite's prettiest visitors. Related posts: Yosemite Nature Notes: #23 Birdsong (video) Yosemite Nature Notes 21: Snow Plants Yosemite Grant: Inspiring Generations (video)

Cute Robot Searches Post-Apocalyptic Paris for Friends in Short Film “L3.0?

Dystopian visions of the future often explore post-apocalyptic scenarios where life on the surface is rare or extinct. If robots are commonplace when life were to disappear, what would their existence be like? Would they continue to carry out their functions among the decaying cities? In the new short film L3.0 made by a team of students from Isart Digital, […]

Drones Portray Flying Lampshades in Cirque du Soleil’s Short Film “Sparked”

The Flying Machine Arena is a drone wonderland. Researchers have used the sensored space to make quadcopters build structures with ropes and bricks, perform balancing acts, synchronize with music—they’ve even run tests allowing humans to juggle with flying machines. But the latest production goes a little further. Recorded using the arena, the new […]

Make Halloween Masks for a Party

5 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Make and Takes

We have another fun and festive craft idea to make for your next Halloween party! Whether you’re hosting something at your home with family and friends or you’re helping with the arts and crafts for your child’s school, these masks are... Continue Reading ? The post Make Halloween Masks for a Party appeared first on Make and Takes.

Reflections of 2014 Sinquefield Cup

5 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Like everyone else I waited in great anticipation for the 2014 Sinquefield Cup… since the first one ended! The excitement was so high in last year’s successful inaugural event that fans were in anticipation of the names being bandied about. The field this year could not have been much better and it was a collective […]

GoPro to launch budget friendly camera

5 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Moldy Chum

Along with the new Hero 4 models, GoPro will also be unveiling a less expensive entry-level action camera called the HERO. LINK (via: PetaPixel)

BTT 5th International Symposium and Art & Film Festival – Nov. 7-8

If you like bonefish or tarpon or permit (and I’m guessing you would say yes to at least one of those), you may be interested in BTT’s 5th International Symposium on Nov. 7-8 (IGFA Hall of Fame and Museum, Dania Beach, FL). Something new this year will be the Art & Film Festival attached to this […]

Big Brother Is Feeling You: The Global Impact Of AI-Driven Mental Health Care

Big Brother is feeling you—literally. A few months back, I wrote about Ellie, the world’s first AI-psychologist. Developed by DARPA and researchers at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies, Ellie is a diagnostic tool capable of reading 60 non-verbal cues a second—everything from eye-gaze to face tilt to voice tone—in the hopes of […]

Our Growing Addiction to “Cognitive Ecstasy” Drives Technology’s Progress…And That’s Okay

Why are humans so damn curious? Because discovery is pleasurable. Jason Silva, in his latest video, says humans don’t care about spectacle—what we care about is ecstatic understanding: “In other words, cognitive ecstasy defined as an exhilarating neurostorm of intense intellectual pleasure.” Maybe you’ve experienced this “cognitive ecstasy” at one […]

What We’re Reading and Watching This Week (up to Sept 20, 2014)

In the midst of all the technological progress being made globally on a daily basis, sometimes it’s tough to appreciate how we’re changing as humans. This week, we’ve been exploring articles and videos from around the internet that delve into the cultural and societal changes that technology induces. Enjoy this week’s offering […]

Copyright © 2011 Regator, LLC