Alcohol Consumptions Effects Body

Here are the myriad ways that alcohol consumption affects you

By on January 16, 2014 at 4:25 PM.

Here are the myriad ways that alcohol consumption affects you

Have you ever woken up with a terrible hangover, regretting every decision that led to that moment? What if you’d had a better understanding of the effects that a long night of drinking could have on your body? We all know that drinking too much is unhealthy, but there are plenty of scientific explanations for why our bodies react the way that they do to alcohol. This Lifehacker post we stumbled upon while browsing Reddit is a convenient beginner’s guide for those who want to know more about the beer and the liquor they put in their bodies. More →

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Supervolcano Eruption Risk Increased

Here’s the latest thing scientists warn will kill you: Supervolcanoes

By on January 16, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

Here’s the latest thing scientists warn will kill you: Supervolcanoes

As if we don’t have enough to worry about in our daily lives, scientists are now warning that there’s a heightened risk of supervolcanoes erupting and ending life as we know it on the planet. The Independent reports that geologists have recently been poking around the molten rock that’s inside the dormant caldera in Yellowstone National Park and have found that it’s much more likely to erupt than previously thought. The key finding here is that supervolcanoes such as the Yellowstone Caldera may not need external triggers such as earthquakes to pop off — instead, they may erupt solely due to internal pressure. More →

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First Kick World Cup 2014

This year’s World Cup will showcase mind-blowing advances in robotics

By on January 2, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

This year’s World Cup will showcase mind-blowing advances in robotics

The first ceremonial kick at the opening 2014 World Cup game taking place in Brazil later this year may be delivered by a paralyzed teen who will control an exoskeleton body to allow him to move and actually hit the ball, NewScientist reports. The teen is now training in virtual reality with the technology that will let him kick the first ball at the competition. The teen will wear an exoskeleton that will support his lower body and will respond to wireless commands received from electrodes placed on the scalp or within the brain and converted into movement by a computer that’s also worn by the kicker. More →

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No More Woof Dog Talking Indiegogo Project

Dog-to-English translator becomes a reality thanks to crowdfunding campaign

By on December 27, 2013 at 6:10 PM.

Dog-to-English translator becomes a reality thanks to crowdfunding campaign

An Indiegogo project that aims to deliver the first gadget capable of translating a dog’s thoughts into the English language has reached its funding goal with 50 days left to go in the money-raising campaign, Fox News reports. The “No More Woof” (NMW) project developed by Scandinavian Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery (NSID) organization has surpassed its $10,000 funding goal by almost $5,000, and aims to deliver the first devices that will translate dogs’ thoughts into English and other languages at some point in April. More →

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Google Robots DARPA Competition

Google already looks poised to dominate the robotics industry

By on December 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM.

Google already looks poised to dominate the robotics industry

If robots are indeed the future then Google is getting a big head start on the competition. Technology Review notes that robots created by Google-owned companies absolutely dominated rivals in a recent competition hosted by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)  in Miami. The point of the competition was to have different robots perform a series of tasks related to disaster relief including “clambering over rubble, clearing debris, and operating a fire hose” — and Google-owned robots accounted for three of the four best performing robots overall. More →

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Touchscreen Tests

How do these awesome Intel robots test touchscreens? They play ‘Cut the Rope’

By on December 19, 2013 at 4:45 PM.

How do these awesome Intel robots test touchscreens? They play ‘Cut the Rope’

Intel’s Oculus robots play smartphone games such as the popular “Cut the Rope” title to test the accuracy of touchscreens on mobile devices. The software then actually scores screens following the tests, attributing a rating to them based on data taken from Intel’s cognitive psychology experiments conducted on hundreds of people who use touchscreen devices, MIT Technology Review writes. To score displays, in addition to the Oculus, a Hollywood-grade Red camera is used to capture video at 300 frames per second in resolution higher than HD – the camera records everything the robot does, and the data can be used to determine the accuracy and responsiveness of displays under certain test parameters. More →

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Google Five Best Robots

The 5 craziest robots in Google’s growing android army

The 5 craziest robots in Google’s growing android army

By on December 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM.

With news breaking late last week that Google has acquired cutting-edge robotics firm Boston Dynamics, we thought it would be a good time to check in on just how many different kinds of robots the company has as part of its growing army of androids. After all, Boston Dynamics is the eighth — yes, eighth — robotics company that Google has scooped up in just the last six months. So if we’re going to be bombarded with new Google robots over the next few years, it would be a good idea to get acquainted with them. More →

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WiTrack 3D Motion-Tracking

Video: New 3D motion-tracking system sees you through walls

By on December 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM.

Video: New 3D motion-tracking system sees you through walls

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with a radar-like 3D motion-tracking system that can spot body movement through walls, Engadget reported. Called WiTrack, the system uses wireless signals that are 100 times less powerful than usual Wi-Fi and 1,000 times less powerful than cellular signals, to track movement. Unlike similar technologies employed in some of the current gaming consoles that require the user to be in the same room with the tracking device or wear some sort of receiver, the WiTrack system works without such restrictions. More →

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Amazon Drones Bird Sniper Threats

Amazon drones will face constant threats… from snipers and birds

By on December 6, 2013 at 11:45 PM.

Amazon drones will face constant threats… from snipers and birds

In addition to meeting whatever requirements the Federal Aviation Administration may have in place for such projects, Amazon Prime Air drones may also have to face actual physical threats. Assuming the company will be allowed to use unmanned autonomous flying devices to deliver goods in 30 minutes or less, Amazon will need to figure out a way to help its drones avoid bird attacks and even sniper threats. Slate mentions a variety of examples from the wild, in which various species of birds attack other birds or flying devices perceived as potential dangers to their habitat. More →

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Google Andy Rubin Robots

One-time Android boss Andy Rubin becomes… Google’s android boss

By on December 4, 2013 at 8:35 AM.

One-time Android boss Andy Rubin becomes… Google’s android boss

Ever since Andy Rubin stepped down from his post as Google’s Android boss, questions arose about what would be his next job within the company. And now The New York Times has given us the answer: Rubin is still working with androids, albeit of the “small a” variety. According to the Times, Google has put Rubin in charge of a new “moonshot” initiative “to create a new generation of robots” that will be used for manufacturing and for retail delivery operations. The most realistic scenario, say the Times‘ sources, is that Google will make a fleet of robots for “automating portions of an existing supply chain that stretches from a factory floor to the companies that ship and deliver goods to a consumer’s doorstep.” More →

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Motorola Smart Tattoo Patent

Motorola files patent for terrifying ‘smart tattoo’ technology

By on November 8, 2013 at 11:20 AM.

Motorola files patent for terrifying ‘smart tattoo’ technology

Google’s creepier tendencies have clearly made an impression on Motorola, which has now started filing patents for technologies you’d expect to see in Philip K. Dick stories. Engadget has spotted a new Motorola patent application for a kind of “smart tattoo” that basically involves tattooing a microphone to a user’s throat that will then send voice commands to their smartphones and tablets. The idea behind this terrifying creation is to have a microphone that will more easily pick up users’ voice commands and eliminate background noise that could make using voice functionality on your smartphone inconvenient. As weird as this all sounds, we have to admit that the smart tattoo idea is still less creepy than Google’s earlier proposal for password pills.

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Google Barges Interactive Spaces Confirmed

Google finally confirms the purpose of its magical mystery boats

By on November 6, 2013 at 4:30 PM.

Google finally confirms the purpose of its magical mystery boats

After days of speculation, Google’s mysterious barges were finally identified, and now Google is speaking out about the true purpose of the boats. TechCrunch received the following statement from a Google spokesperson on Wednesday: “Google Barge … A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above. Although it’s still early days and things may change, we’re exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.” More →

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