Google Patents Eyeball Device

Google just patented a crazy device it wants to inject into your eyeball

By on April 29, 2016 at 3:17 PM.

Google just patented a crazy device it wants to inject into your eyeball

We may be accustomed to seeing high-tech companies file patents for out-there concepts and technologies, but a new patent from Google takes the cake. Originally spotted by Forbes, Google earlier this month filed a patent which describes a method of injecting a device into a person’s eyeball as a means to correct poor vision.

If you’re at all wary about inserting a Google product into your eyeball, well, you should be. The description of the patent in question seems to be lifted straight out of a bad sci-fi book.

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This humanoid robot diver is a submersible avatar

By on April 29, 2016 at 2:19 PM.

This humanoid robot diver is a submersible avatar

A professor at Stanford University has designed a robotic humanoid diver with articulated hands that is designed to be an underwater avatar, exploring the way a human would— while its driver remains safely up at the surface.

The robot, which measures about five feet long, uses artificial intelligence and also a haptic feedback system to provide its controller with a feel for what the robot is holding. While the front part of the submersible resembles a human, the back part features computers, batteries, and thrusters. More →

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Microsoft Twist DNA Storage

Microsoft’s futuristic storage solution can hold 1,000,000,000 TB

By on April 28, 2016 at 2:01 PM.

Microsoft’s futuristic storage solution can hold 1,000,000,000 TB

Bickering about the paltry amount of storage on the cheapest new iPhone might become a thing of the past… at some point in the distant future. Microsoft is currently experimenting with DNA material for the purpose of holding massive amounts of data. How massive? Try a billion terabytes, or a zettabyte. The best part about it is that the whole DNA storage receptacle would weigh just 1 gram. More →

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DARPA aims to develop smarter, nimbler vehicles

By on April 27, 2016 at 10:40 PM.

DARPA aims to develop smarter, nimbler vehicles

DARPA announced on Tuesday that it has awarded contracts to eight organizations to develop more intelligent, more agile ground vehicles that aren’t burdened by extra armor.

The problem that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said that it wants to address is that as weapons get better at piercing armor, adding armor to ground vehicles just makes them slower and more expensive to develop and deploy.

The initiative comes as part of the agency’s Ground X-Vehicle Technology program, which has awarded contracts to Carnegie Mellon University as well as to companies like Honeywell, Pratt & Miller, and Raytheon. More →

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SpaceX Mars Mission Date 2018

SpaceX will try to send a spacecraft to Mars by 2018

By on April 27, 2016 at 12:43 PM.

SpaceX will try to send a spacecraft to Mars by 2018

Right on the heels of its first successful sea landing, SpaceX announced on Wednesday that it is planning to send a Dragon spacecraft to Mars as soon as 2018. SpaceX says that the proposed Red Dragon craft will inform the “overall Mars architecture,” but has yet to release any details about the mission.

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Alien hunters claim Venus has buildings

By on April 26, 2016 at 8:12 PM.

Alien hunters claim Venus has buildings

Space might very well be considered the “final frontier,” but according to alien hunters, intelligent life on Venus includes cities for its inhabitants.

A 20-minute Spanish-language video posted to YouTube by mundodesconocido magnifies and examines images of the planet taken by NASA’s Magellan probe. More →

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Airplane Flying Explained Science

How do planes fly? This animation explains everything you need to know

By on April 21, 2016 at 9:45 PM.

How do planes fly? This animation explains everything you need to know

Lots of us have ridden on planes before, but how many of us could really explain how airplanes lift themselves off the ground and stay in the air? Well don’t worry, because a neat animation explains everything you need to know about what makes a plane take off and maintain altitude for hours at a time before landing. More →

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Battery Life Recharge Cycles

Someone found a way to recharge batteries hundreds of thousands of times

By on April 21, 2016 at 3:08 PM.

Someone found a way to recharge batteries hundreds of thousands of times

One of the worst things about batteries may soon be fixed thanks to a new innovation from the University of California. Scientists studying battery materials have invented a nanowire that can be used to create batteries that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times, potentially fixing one of the most annoying things about batteries. More →

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Human Life Earth Ribose Sharks

Two new studies will forever change how you think about evolution

By on April 20, 2016 at 8:30 PM.

Two new studies will forever change how you think about evolution

Forget what you thought you knew about evolution because researchers have determined that a particle responsible for the way DNA information is decrypted comes from space. Added to this, in an unrelated study, some biologists make the case that human hands actually derive from shark-like gills.

So did we all descend from a race of space sharks?

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MagLev Train Speed Record

I can’t stop watching this video of a rocket-powered train breaking the MagLev speed record

By on April 20, 2016 at 6:35 PM.

I can’t stop watching this video of a rocket-powered train breaking the MagLev speed record

It’s not technically a train, but it is travelling on tracks. It’s not transporting anyone to any destination either, but it does levitate with impressive speed it’s definitely a sight to behold.

The U.S. Air Force recently conducted an experiment where it accelerated a sled on a magnetic levitation track at 633 miles per hour, which just happens to be the new world record for maglev. That’s more than 120mph faster than in previous runs.

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Titanic artifacts reveal gruesome discovery of tragic ship’s last lifeboat

By on April 20, 2016 at 12:55 PM.

Titanic artifacts reveal gruesome discovery of tragic ship’s last lifeboat

Photos and a handwritten note detailing the grisly discovery of Titanic’s last lifeboat will be auctioned in the U.K. later this week.

The three photos were taken on May 13, 1912, almost a month after Titanic’s sinking, and show crewmembers from RMS Oceanic attempting to recover one of the doomed liner’s lifeboats. Inside the lifeboat, thought to be the last to leave the sinking ship, were the decomposing bodies of three Titanic passengers.

One photo shows a boat from Oceanic being lowered, another shows the boat approaching the drifting lifeboat. A third picture shows Oceanic crewmembers on the Titanic lifeboat. More →

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Robotic Swimming Snake Video

These creepy aquatic robot snakes are straight out of ‘The Matrix’

By on April 19, 2016 at 7:55 PM.

These creepy aquatic robot snakes are straight out of ‘The Matrix’

If you thought the Google-owned Boston Dynamics made the world’s most frightening robots, think again. Via Gizmodo, a new collaboration between the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Kongsberg Maritime, and Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil has produced a robotic aquatic snake that really does look like something out of The Matrix. Called the Eelume, the robot was designed to examine and repair underwater structures such as oil wells. This will save money since right now even small underwater repairs are handled by large and expensive vessels that should really only be used to make major repairs.

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