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Harvard University: A Soft Exosuit for Running

Building upon previous soft exosuit technology, researchers at the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS have developed a soft exosuit for running. This exosuit applies forces to the hip joint using thin, flexible wires, assisting the muscles during each stride. Using an off-board actuation system, compared to not wearing the exosuit, this exosuit can reduce the …

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MIT: Secrets of the conch shell and its toughness

The shells of marine organisms are though, but one type of shell stands out above all the others in its toughness: the conch. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have explored the secrets behind these shells’ extraordinary impact resilience.  

DeepFrame – revolutionary Mixed Reality that looks like living holograms

The Danish company Realfiction has developed a screen called DeepFrame which gives us a mixed/augmented reality experience without using glasses. DeepFrame is a square-shaped 64-inch (115x115cm) transparent screen that is most similar to a window pane. Viewers can see what’s happening on the other side of the screen while displaying digital 3D objects in 4K …

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Vox: The fight to rethink (and reinvent) nuclear power

New nuclear energy technology has come a long way – but can we get over our fears? This is the fifth episode of Climate Lab, a six-part series produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox. Hosted by Emmy-nominated conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, the videos explore the surprising elements of our lives …

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Wired: What happens as we meld with ever more capable machines?

Earlier this year, scientists at the Imperial College London announced smart sensor technology that allows a robot arm to be controlled via signals from nerves in the spinal cord. We, humans, are interacting with robotics to an ever greater extent. Wired explores this robotic augmentation and asks what happens as we meld with ever more …

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The MegaBot Mk.III Heavy Lift Arms and Leg Day

In the MegaBot web-tv series we get to follow MegaBots Inc. building an enormous robot, the Mark 3. The team is now testing the legs and arms of the Mk.II. When completed, it will have a total of 430 horsepowers, be five meters high (15 feet), weigh 5 metric tons (12,000lb) and – among other …

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Look Out: Robots Could Soon Teach Each Other New Tricks

Someday soon, robot assistants will be a part of our everyday lives—but only if we can teach them new tasks without programming. If you have to learn to code, you might as well make the sandwich yourself. Now, a new system makes teaching robots almost as easy as teaching a child. And conveniently—or alarmingly, if …

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MIT: New Method Removes Micropollutants from Water

A team of MIT researchers has developed a new way to clear pollutants from water, even when present in extremely low concentrations. The system uses a novel method, relying on an electrochemical process to selectively remove organic contaminants such as pesticides, chemical waste products, and pharmaceuticals, even when these are present in small yet dangerous …

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Hankook Mirae Technology’s ‘Method-2’ Robot is a Giant Mecha

The world’s first giant, manned robot “Method-2” took some of its first steps in the Gunpo studio of Hankook Mirae Technology recently. The Mech (‘Mecha‘) was designed by Vitaly Bulgarov, a veteran of science fiction blockbusters, having previously worked on film series such as Transformers, Robocop and Terminator. The 3,9m (13ft), 1.5 ton Method-2 robot …

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Nat and Friends: How Computer Vision Is Finally Taking Off, After 50 Years

Computer vision is fascinating to me because a) it sounds intriguing and b) it’s a part of so many different things we use today (augmented reality, image search, Google Photos, cameras, those yellow first down lines we see watching football on TV, self-driving cars, selfie lenses, and more.) In this video, I talk with several …

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Watch how Elon Musk’s Boring Company will transport cars underground

A video shown during Musk’s TEDTalk from Friday morning includes a rendering of a future underground transit network where cars travel on crisscrossing layers of tunnels that include sleds shuttling vehicles around on rails at around 130 mph (210 km/h).  

MIT: System can 3-D print an entire building

The list of materials that can be produced by 3-D printing has grown to include not just plastics but also metal, glass, and even food. Now, MIT researchers are expanding the list further, with the design of a system that can 3-D print the basic structure of an entire building.    

UC Berkeley: Pulling drinkable water out of dry air

Imagine a future in which every home has an appliance that pulls all the water the household needs out of the air, even in dry or desert climates, using only the power of the sun. That future may be around the corner, with the demonstration this week of a water harvester that uses only ambient …

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WIRED: A Brief History of Our Robotic Future

Artificial intelligence and automation stand to upend nearly every aspect of modern life, from transportation to health care and even work. So how did we get here and where are we going?  

Moore’s Law Is Ending – Here’s 7 Technologies That Could Bring It Back To Life | Answers With Joe

Moore’s Law states that computer processing power will double every 2 years, but we may be reaching a limit to this exponential growth. Thankfully, some new technologies may be turning that around.  

Nature Video: Printing glass

3D printers normally print using polymers, but glass has all sorts of advantages. Now researchers have found a way to 3D print with glass, with the detail of the objects only limited by the accuracy of the printer.  

MIT: New coating could prevent pipeline clogging

Researchers at MIT have developed a coating that could stop the buildup of hydrate ices that slow or block oil and gas flow. These hydrates are potentially explosive and are largely responsible for the initial failure to contain the oil spill that rocked the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.  

The Future Tire by Goodyear – It’s a Sphere!

Goodyear’s vision of the future looks radically different from tires today — it’s a sphere. The concept tire ‘Eagle-360’ is a spherical, 3-D printed, tire that presents an inspiring solution for when autonomous driving is expected to be more mainstream.  

The New Far-Out Fliers of NASA’s Famed X-Plane Program

The X-planes are a series of experimental US aircraft and rockets, used to test and evaluate new technologies and aerodynamic concepts. These X-planes have been developed and flown in the Mojave desert for seven decades. NASA is now building the future of flight, like an all electric plane and a quieter supersonic jet. WIRED made …

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Why China has become the world leader in renewable energy

China is the now world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, using fossil fuels to drive rapid industrialization. But it has also become the world leader in renewable energy. The Economist investigates how the country is now investing billions of dollars in green technology. China’s investments into green tech can be clearly illustrated by the facts …

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