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An entirely new kind of robot has been developed by researches at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

An ivy-like plastic tentacle moves by growing and is capable of vastly expanding in size and overcoming difficult terrain.
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Friday, Mar 30th 2018 (11:13am)
3D printing might be revolutionized by a new technique where a polymer is injected into a gel. The result can be large pieces of furniture produced in minutes, not hours or days.
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Wednesday, Mar 28th 2018 (12:00am)
Apps like Waze, Google Maps, and Apple Maps may make traffic conditions worse in some areas, new research suggests.
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Sunday, Mar 18th 2018 (12:00am)
Bee colony collapse disorder (CCD) is a real threat to humanity. Most of our fruits and vegetable require pollinators. But bees are dying off at an alarming rate.

Technology to the rescue! You might think this science fiction, but it's science fact.

Now if only someone would invent a flyswatter to keep these little drones away from me.
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Friday, Feb 23rd 2018 (2:39am)
Barbara Simons believes there is only one safe voting technology.

You might think this is about politics, but it's really about the risk of certain technologies. Yes, even a pencil and paper are technology (albeit not high technology).

“Our democracy is in peril. We are wide open to attack.”
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Sunday, Feb 11th 2018 (12:02am)
Remember when it came to doing heavy lifting, the guy who always got the job done would tell you "It's all about leverage." Well, he was right, but it also helps to have some hydraulics as well.
Meet the Makinex Powered Hand Truck PHT-140, which allows a single person to safely lift up to 309 pounds.
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Thursday, Jan 4th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: Cathy
And it’s called Robutt. No, really: that’s what Ford calls its mechanized posterior, which is used to determine the durability of the seats in its cars.
By: dave
Tuesday, Oct 31st 2017 (12:01am)
The year is 2016. Driving home from a day’s work in the engineering office, I am greeted with a sight familiar to any suburban dwelling Australian — hard rubbish. It’s a time when local councils arrange a pickup service for anything large you don’t want anymore — think sofas, old computers, televisions, and the like. It’s a great way to make any residential area temporarily look like a garbage dump, but there are often diamonds in the rough. That day, I found mine: the Ricoh Aficio 2027 photocopier.
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Friday, Sep 15th 2017 (12:00am)
New York-based company Construction Robotics has developed a semi-automated brick-laying robot called the Semi-Automated Mason, or SAM, that is capable of laying more than 3,000 bricks a day, compared to the 1,000 bricks laid by the best human masons.
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Friday, Sep 8th 2017 (12:00am)
Nathan Seidle’s wife gave him this already locked safe as a gift with no combination. Weird present, but he loves a good challenge. So he built a safecracking robot. RT 4:15.
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Wednesday, Aug 23rd 2017 (12:02am)
Back in the days of Cold War espionage, foreign intelligence agencies used to communicate with agents on the field via shortwave radio. Radio transmitters placed at secret locations around the world would broadcast coded messages usually in the form of an automated voice reciting a string of numbers or letters. The message often began with a melody, or a set of beeps, or a buzz, followed by the actual coded message read aloud by a voice. Anyone with a radio receiver tuned into that frequency could hear it, but only the intended recipient with proper decoding instructions could decipher the message. For the rest of the listeners, they were just a string of random numbers. Ham radio operators, who frequently stumbled upon these secretive transmissions, called them “number stations”.
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Saturday, Aug 12th 2017 (5:54am)
You have to share this.
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Saturday, Jun 24th 2017 (11:34pm)
By 2030, rapid technological improvements and dramatic cost efficiencies in self-driving electric vehicles (EV) will sweep away the energy and economics of oil-powered cars; and with it, global oil demand will plummet. This is the verdict of a new report, Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030: The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the ICE Vehicle and Oil Industries, published in May from independent research group, RethinkX.
By: dave
Monday, May 8th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: digg
This is fascinating. In an old abandoned warehouse in urban Newark, NJ... pesticide-free and environmentally correct agriculture is taking place. Not hydroponics, aeroponics.
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Friday, Mar 31st 2017 (1:12am)
A futuristic approach to transportation: Why ride a bicycle in city traffic when you can ride above it? Meet the Shweeb, an enclosed pedal-powered concept.
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Sunday, Oct 2nd 2016 (12:01am)
Here is a good project for anyone with a 3D printer. In this project as described in the first episode of the Mojoptix podcast and video series, we see a demonstration of how to create a 3D printed sundial that can display the time in digital format without electronics.
The sundial works by allowing light to pass through a carefully arranged array of "tiny tunnels" that turn the individual pixels of the display off and on as the Sun moves through the sky.
For anyone interested but unable to 3D-print the parts themselves, kits are available for purchase that come with all the parts needed to assemble the device.
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Wednesday, Sep 28th 2016 (12:02am)
Just when I thought Send Me To Heaven was the best prank ever dealt to mobile phone types, Apple nixes the headphone jack and someone comes along to exploit the void. Bravo, you internet wag. Bra-VO.
By: dave
Tuesday, Sep 27th 2016 (12:50pm)
You would think that some of these are so basic and common sense but people still place their routers in really stupid places.
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Sunday, Aug 28th 2016 (12:00am)
Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei reported on Thursday that Funai Electric Company, Japan's last manufacturer of VHS video cassette tape recorders, will end production on the recorders this month. According to Nikkei, the company is halting production due to a declining market, and difficulty in obtaining the supply of parts.
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Thursday, Jul 21st 2016 (12:00am) | Thanks: reddit
...here's a story of a Russian robot with artificial intelligence that's escaped its lab for the second time in a week, and may need to be dismantled.
By: dave
Thursday, Jun 23rd 2016 (12:00am)
We interviewed Simone Giertz about her love of building hilariously terrible robots, from a terrifying knife wielding chopping bot to a life-affirming applause bot.
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Friday, Jun 10th 2016 (12:01am)
A blog of engineering animations, many animated GIF and also Flash videos. Gears, guns, CAD, and simulations.
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Wednesday, Jun 1st 2016 (4:42am)
Your job? Replaced. How and why? Who cares? It's going to happen.
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Monday, May 30th 2016 (12:00am)
Not yet in production (this is a Kickstarter plea), the wheel with the electric motor as a hub is slated to go on sale for $699. Embedded video here as well as specs and funding info.
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Thursday, May 19th 2016 (2:22am)
Anyone who's ever bought a new electronic device or pair of shoes will be all too familiar with those little "DO NOT EAT" sachets that come in the box. Most of us have a vague idea that they're somehow keeping our products fresh, but toss them as soon as the box is open without a second thought.

But it turns out that just might be one of the worst ideas ever because, as Eames Yates reports for Business Insider, these free sachets can be used for a whole range of life hacks that can save you time, energy, and money. And we're never throwing one out again.
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Tuesday, Mar 15th 2016 (12:01am)
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