This Week In Space News [Round-Up]

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There are so many interesting bits of space stuff floating about the Innerwebz this week! Planets and moons and asteroids (with moons?!), oh my. Here’s brief rundown of each with links to in-depth articles if you’re of the space geek set. Our Eighth Planet is so Grown-Up! Tomorrow, June 12, we celebrate Neptune’s first birthday. […]

Terrafugia Transition Flying Car Finally Gets Regulatory Clearance

Terrafugia, the company that developed the transition flying car, has finally received regulatory clearance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration allowing it to take the road when it hits the market next year. Thanks to the new exemptions, the vehicle can now use a polycarbonate windshield instead of those laminated safety glasses used on […]

Virtual Grocery Shopping in the Subway [Video]

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If your busy schedule just doesn’t leave room for grocery shopping, then you just may want to move to South Korea. European grocery chain Tesco has recently launched a virtual grocery store… right in the subway. While waiting to commute, customers can now purchase food items with their smartphones on the virtual shelves installed right […]

Silhouetris: Tetris meets MS Kinect [Video]

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Maximilian Wendt and Markus Wellmann have developed a pretty cool Tetris-like game that uses Microsoft’s Kinect motion detection system to create and move pieces of various shapes around. Check it out: [Vimeo]

Welcome to the Uncanny Valley: Showa Hanako 2 the Dental Training Robot

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This dental training robot was developed by several universities, a robot manufacturer, and Orient Industry, a company that makes uh, a certain type of very specialized doll. Called Showa Hanako 2, it is used to help dental students train on realistic-looking patients. [Via [H]]

200,000 GPS devices under threat

A company planning to build a nationwide high-speed broadband network has admitted its plans would affect the performance of 200,000 GPS devices in the US. LightSquared’s idea is to put together a network of both cellphone towers and satellites to offer LTE nationwide. It wouldn’t deal directly with consumers but rather would sell access on […]

New Lifetime Goal: Buy this 20-Foot Animatronic Triceratops

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Oh, Science, you still haven’t quite given me that pet Stegosaurus, but I’d be okay I guess if I had one of these instead–at least in the meantime. Of course, I’ll have to pick up a few more jobs and maybe sell a kidney or three (wait, what?) because this presumably lifelike hand-sculpted exterior over […]

Lovotics: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?! [Videos]

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When the future promised us robots, I don’t think this is exactly what it meant. And for my part, it’s not really the Laundry-Folding Bot™ I had in mind, either. A project at the National University of Singapore intends to equip robots with all the human capabilities for love, including a fully functional endocrine system that […]

Of Mice and LEDs: New Tech Offers Lightweight Mind Control in Mice [Science]

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Thanks to a recent development in optigenetics research, mice are teaching us about our own brains… by letting us control theirs. Christian Wentz from MIT has designed a mind-controlling hat for mice; the contraption is built of a pair of circuit boards, an antenna, and some advancements in remote battery tech, which allows a set […]

Yet Another Creepy Japanese Invention: The Sense-Roid [Video]

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Why is it that every time you see videos featuring creepy-ass inventions on the web, overwhelming odds are that these inventions will come from Japan? What type of emotions could be obtained if you were able to hug yourself? When we hug someone, we feel a sense of ease coming from emotions such as belief, […]

23 Years of Computer Geekery in One Place

We’ve written several pieces about computer technology of the 80s and early 90s before and clearly struck a nostalgic chord with many readers of a certain age (and those with a historical curiosity.) With that in mind, we’ve found a site that you are sure to love. The Obsolete Technology Website at oldcomputers.net includes a […]

Anyone in the Market for a Used Space Suit?

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If you always wanted to be an astronaut (or cosmonaut, I guess depending on your location) but never quite made the cut for NASA, there’s still a chance you could hang out in a space suit… if you’ve got cash, and lots of it. In April NASA announced that they would be, ahem, donating four […]