Google's Quest for Cheap Wireless VRCardboard is convenient from the perspective of cost and usability, but is lacking in processing power, a method of interacting within the virtual world (save for one button on the side) or even ... More >
Robot Surgeon "Superior" To Human DoctorsIn recent years, robots have steadily crept their way into the operating room, helping to perform procedures as humans direct their movements. Robotic devices in surgery have a lot of potential ... More >
Infecting Mozzies... To Kill Zika?For its size, the Wolbachia bacterium packs a powerful punch. When it infects an insect, it hijacks the animal's reproductive system and ensures that it can only mate with other infected ... More >
The Biggest Player in Offworld Mining is...The next gold rush might be the race for asteroids, and the nation-states that dominate this new industry may not be the usual suspects. After all, in space the amount of land you control on Earth ... More >
China Wants Humans Back on the Moon by 2030Lieutenant General Zhang Yulin, deputy commander of the manned space program, announced that China would land a man on the moon in the next 15-20 years. Chinese authorities also announced their ... More >
Drones are a tool of precision. Flying overhead, their cameras scan for targets. The agri-drone is a small-scale adaptation of the same premise. Developed by researchers at Japan's Saga University, the agri-drone scans crops for clusters of bugs, and then delivers a precision dose of pesticide to the plant-eating critters below.
Forecasting a volcanic eruption is difficult and nearly impossible with particularly restless volcanoes that constantly shudder and emit gas and steam. But a team of volcanologists led by Diana Roman of the Carnegie Institution for Science has found a way. Like the proverbial "calm before the storm," the researchers say that restless volcanoes go quiet just before they erupt.
It was a much a technological demonstration as it was a trial run for the future. Yesterday, a small hexacopter collected medical samples from people on the land, flew to its home ship, and then returned to shore, carrying medicine. Operated by drone delivery service Flirtey, the promise is better medicine after coastal tragedies.
Carl Sagan dreamt of navigating the cosmos on sails pushed by the solar wind—the steady stream of charged particles emanating from the Sun. These solar sails may one day carry humans to other planets and maybe even other star systems. The Planetary Society, led by CEO Bill Nye “The Science Guy”, aims to make this dream a reality.
Google is one of the companies at the forefront of robotics and artificial intelligence research, and being in that position means they have the most to worry about. The idea of a robot takeover may still be an abstract, science fictional concept to us, but Google has actually compiled a list of behaviors that would cause them great concern, both for efficiency and safety in the future.
Scorpions dig similar digs (which they dig, because they live in burrows, ya dig?). That's according to a recent study that looked at the dwellings of three species of the predatory arachnid from three distinct locations. Scorpion burrows can vary widely in depth and complexity, but the study, published in The Science of Nature, found that across species and habitats, their homes tend to share some key features.
Robots are not like us. They may inhabit the same spaces, and they may mimic life in their movements, but the kinds of bodies that lend themselves to metal and springs are not the same as those built from flesh and bone. No one knows this better than Boston Dynamics, the formerly Google-owned robotmakers whose shambling, bouncing machines all look like an evolutionary tree from a metal world that forgot about skin. Their latest, SpotMini, combines all that artificial weirdness into a compact, adorable form.
In June 2016, the PLAN released a clear photo of its newest, stealthiest nuclear attack submarine (SSN) being loaded with missiles. China's nuclear submarines are among the most secretive Chinese military platforms- it's a rare event to have even a photo of a forty year old Type 091 Han submarine, or the Type 092 Xia nuclear ballistic missile submarine. So an official photo of a modern Type 093B submarine is definitely big news in the world of PLA watching.