Chloe Holmes’ Amazing Bionic Hand


15-year-old Swindon, UK-resident Chloe Holmes has become the youngest person in Europe to be fitted with a bionic hand. After contracting chicken pox as a toddler, Chloe came down with septicemia, which claimed the young girl’s fingers. Her whole life she’s been wearing rubber hands which would cover up her lack of fingers, but were […]

Stupid Robots Are Stupid [Video]

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Set aside your fears of SkyNet and Asimovian human enslavement; if they are anything like these, I for one welcome our robot overlords. Bucking the trend of super-smart robot developments, Bacarobo participants seek to build the stupidest, least useful automated machines ever. Bacarobo, the Stupid Robot Championship, is a showcase for just such robots. The […]

Extending battery life is a walk in the park


University of Wisconsin researchers have come up with a way of converting human motion into energy to power a smartphone. But they say a commercial model is years away. While the principle of using kinetic energy from a person walking to power a device has been explored in the past, Tom Krupenkin and Ashley Taylor […]

The Mercedes-Benz Buggy


Is that what a Mercedes buggy looks like? Well, close: actually that’s the Mercedes-Benz F-Cell Roadster concept car. It’s a hydrogen electric fuel-cell powered, joystick controlled, bicycle-wheeled buggy. [Source]

iPhone to Carry Earthquake Warnings


< Apple is adding earthquake notification for Japanese users of the iPhone. But the alerts aren’t in an app: instead they are built into the operating system itself. The iOS5 feature was uncovered by 9to5Mac, which was sent a screenshot of the Japanese edition. It connects the device to an early warning system launched in […]

Teenager Uses Fibonacci Sequence to Improve Solar Panels


How can we make solar panels work up to 50% better? Thirteen-year-old teenager named Aidan Dwyer discovered how trees use math in order to maximize photosynthesis, and thought that it could well be applied towards solar panels: On a bleak winter hiking trip to the Catskill Mountains, the 7th-grader from New York noticed a pattern […]

Scientific American’s Top 10 Cities for Technology


Seattle is the best city for technology, according to a statistical analysis by Scientific American. The cities are researched for their technology opportunities then scored and ranked in three categories. Though Seattle came out on top overall, other major metro areas fared well in all categories, too. Top 10 Most Tech-Friendly Seattle San Francisco Bay […]

Awesome: LEGO 3D Milling Machine [Video]

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Arthur SacekĀ built this kick-ass three axis milling machine using only LEGO and a drill bit. The reveal is especially great, since the machine leaves most of the floral foam shavings intact and the sculpture is only uncovered after clearing away the debris. According to Sacek’s YouTube channel, this model was developed for ZOOM Education for […]

Flying Communications Before The Invention of Headphones


We take headphones for granted, but back in the days of the World War I flying aces (Red Baron, anyone?) there were no such thing. So how did flying student and instructor communicate over the noise of the airplane’s motor? With this contraption invented at the British flying school at Gosport, England: … device whereby […]

Free Online AI Course Draws 70,000 Student Hopefuls

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Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI 101), a course offered through a partnership with the Stanford School of Engineering for free online from October 10 through December 16, has received more than 70,000 pre-registration sign-ups. Participants will be allowed to register in late summer, according to The instructors, Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig are rockstars […]

Technology is neutral: cops and robbers both benefit from BlackBerries


Social networking and mobile phones have been blamed by some for fuelling last week’s riots in the United Kingdom. But now police say they were able to use the technology to head off attacks at high-profile targets. While some of the less academically gifted rioters published their intentions on Twitter or Facebook, some ringleaders communicated […]

Music-Reading, Singing Robot Head Not Even a Little Creepy… Really [Video]

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I’d like to start by acknowledging that this is a great achievement robotics–this machine can read and translate notes and rhythm from regular sheet music. That’s pretty awesome. But the weird Plasticine skin and jerky facial movement is straight out of every nightmare I had between the ages of four and ten. Chyi-Yeu LinĀ and colleagues […]