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Long-Lasting, Water-Based Nuclear Battery Developed

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  yesterday

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Researchers working at the University of Missouri (MU) claim to have produced a prototype of a nuclear-powered, water-based battery that is said to be both longer-lasting and more efficient than current battery technologies and may eventually be used as a dependable power supply in vehicles, spacecraft, and other applications where longevity, reliability, and efficiency are paramount."
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MIT Demonstrates Slithering Rubber Robot

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  2 days ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Once upon a time, robots were imagined as human-like machines with a distinct body complete with head, arms, hands, feet, and legs. More recently, designers have explored the benefits of emulating other creatures and their capabilities, with robots that can fly like birds, run like cheetahs, swim like a squids or, in this case, slither like snakes. Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have come up with a single 3D-printed, soft-shelled tentacle that is designed to navigate through all manner of pipes, channels, and burrows."
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Ant-Sized Radios Could Help Connect Devices to the Internet of Things

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  2 days ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "A team of researchers from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, has created prototype radio-on-a-chip communications devices that are powered by ambient radio waves. Comprising receiving and transmitting antennas and a central processor, the completely self-contained ant-sized devices are very cheap to manufacture, don't require batteries to run and could give the "Internet of Things" a serious kick start."
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ESA's Bug-Eyed "Fly-Eye" Telescope to Watch for Earth-Threatening Asteroids

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  3 days ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "One aggravating property of the housefly is that swatting one is harder than it looks. One of the reasons for this is flies have eyes designed for avoiding such a day-ruining event by detecting motion over a wide field of vision. Since asteroids have the potential to do to Earth what rolled newspapers do to flies, ESA is developing a telescope based on a fly’s eye as a new asteroid-hunting tool that could be the basis for a new asteroid defense network."
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Dirty Diapers Used to Grow Mushrooms

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about two weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "While their contents might be considered an environmental hazard by many, disposable diapers themselves pose a more significant problem for the environment. According to the EPA, the average baby will work their way through 8,000 of them before they end up in landfill where they'll take centuries to break down. In an effort to reduce the problem, scientists at Mexico's Autonomous Metropolitan University, Azcapotzalco (UAM-A), have turned used diapers to the task of growing mushrooms."
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Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about two weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "The problem with nuclear waste is that it needs to be stored for many thousands of years before it’s safe, which is a tricky commitment for even the most stable civilization. To make this situation a bit more manageable, Hitachi, in partnership with MIT, the University of Michigan, and the University of California, Berkeley, is working on new reactor designs that use transuranic nuclear waste for fuel; leaving behind only short-lived radioactive elements."
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DeOrbiter Microsatellite Could Put Wayard Satellites Back on Track

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about two weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Tel Aviv-based start-up Effective Space Solutions claims that its DeOrbiter microsatellites could not only be used to dispose of defunct geosynchronous satellites, but could also rescue a pair of errant Galileo satellites currently trapped in the wrong orbit and put them back into service."
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Fraunhofer's Google Glass App Detects Human Emotions in Real Time

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about three weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Over a number of years, researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute have developed software to measure human emotion through face detection and analysis. Dubbed SHORE (Sophisticated High-speed Object Recognition), the technology has the potential to aid communication for those with disabilities. Now the team has repurposed the software as an app for Google Glass, with a view to bringing its emotion-detecting technology to the world."
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DeepFlight Dragon Set to Usher in the Era of the Personal Submarine

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about three weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "No one with red blood in their veins buys a sports car and hands the keys to a chauffeur, so one of the barriers to truly personal submarining has long been the need for a trained pilot, not to mention the massive logistics involved in transporting, garaging and launching the underwater craft ... until now. Pioneering underwater aviation company DeepFlight is set to show an entirely new type of personal submarine at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show next week, launching the personal submarine era with a submersible that's reportedly so easy to pilot that it's likely to create a new niche in the tourism and rental market."
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Air HES System to Collect Water and Generate Electricity From the Clouds

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about three weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Using a tethered airship floating high up among the clouds, the Air HES concept is designed to yield both clean water and electricity by harvesting and condensing water vapor, which it uses to spin up an electric turbine generator to create power. The developers behind the concept claim to have built a prototype to test their theory and have also conducted feasibility studies into upping the scale of their device to produce economically viable levels of water and power."
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Northrop Grumman Gives Early Look at its XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane Design

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about three weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Northrop Grumman, in partnership with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic, has unveiled the preliminary design it is developing as part of DARPA’s XS-1 Spaceplane project. Looking like a windowless update of a 1960s Dyna Soar orbiter, it’s the next step in producing launch systems that will dramatically reduce the costs of getting into orbit."
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Transparent Solar Collectors May Replace Conventional Windows

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about three weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Researchers working at Michigan State University (MSU) have created a completely transparent solar collector which is so clear that it could replace conventional glass in windows. The new devices – dubbed transparent luminescent solar concentrators – have the potential to not only turn windows into solar electric generators, but the screens of smartphones, vehicle glazing, and almost anything else that has a see-through surface."
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New Understanding of Lizard Tails Could Allow Humans to Regrow Body Parts

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about a month ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "If you ever had a pet lizard as a child, it was quite likely a green anole. As is the case with other lizards, they have the ability to break off their own tail when attacked by a predator, and then regrow it. Scientists from Arizona State University recently announced that they have cracked the code regarding that tail regrowth process, and are now hoping that it could be applied to the field of regenerative medicine."
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Scientists Developing Remote-Control Cyborg Moths

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about a month ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "We've been hearing a lot about the development of tiny flying sensor-equipped robots, that could be sent into areas such as disaster sites to seek out survivors or survey the damage. However, why go to the trouble of designing those robots from scratch, when there are already ready-made insects that are about the right size? That's the thinking behind research being conducted at North Carolina State University, which is aimed at converting moths into "biobots.""
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VertiKUL Drone "Delivers" on Both Hovering and Forward Flight

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about a month ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "When something is sent to you by airmail, it travels in a fast and relatively fuel-efficient fixed-wing aircraft, not a fuel-guzzling helicopter. Nonetheless, when we hear about the possibility of drones being used to deliver items within cities, multirotor-style aircraft are almost always what's proposed – while they're good at maneuvering in urban spaces, they're essentially just little unmanned helicopters. With that in mind, a group of three engineering students from Belgium's KU Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) have created a prototype delivery drone known as VertiKUL, which combines the best features of both types of aircraft."
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Robotic Vehicles Team Up on First Fully Autonomous Mission Demonstration

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about a month ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "While aircraft such as the X-47B are paving the way for unmanned aircraft filling combat roles, autonomous aircraft are also being developed to tackle more mundane – but still dangerous – military operations. To this end, the first fully autonomous resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance and target-acquisition demonstration using the Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) unmanned ground vehicle, K-MAX unmanned helicopter and Gyrocam optical sensor was recently conducted at Fort Benning, Georgia."
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Software Combines Thousands of Online Images Into One That Represents Them All

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about 1 month ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "If you're trying to find out what the common features of tabby cats are, a Google image search will likely yield more results than you'd ever have the time or inclination to look over. New software created at the University of California, Berkeley, however, is designed to make such quests considerably easier. Known as AverageExplorer, it searches out thousands of images of a given subject, then amalgamates them into one composite "average" image."
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