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May 31 2015

Damaged Robot Can 'Heal' Itself in Less Than 2 Minutes


Robots that are damaged in action can now quickly "heal" themselves by tapping into experiences from simulated lives, according to a new study. It may sound like science fiction, but these abilities could lead to more robust, effective and autonomous robots, researchers say.


Alt: Adaptable robots 'on their way' to the home

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May 31 2015

Farms of the Future Will Use Drones, Robots and GPS


Today’s agriculture has transformed into a high-tech enterprise that most 20th-century farmers might barely recognize.

After all, it was only around 100 years ago that farming in the US transitioned from animal power to combustion engines. Over the past 20 years the global positioning system (GPS), electronic sensors and other new tools have moved farming even further into a technological wonderland.

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May 31 2015

Driverless convoy: Will truckers lose out to software?


Sleepiness and stress are perennial risks for the long distance lorry driver, and accidents are sadly too frequent.

However, a radical new driverless truck being trialled by Daimler may offer a solution.

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May 31 2015

Hive consciousness


New research places us on the cusp of brain-to-brain communication. Could the next step spell the end of individual minds?

You already know that we can run machines with our brainwaves. That’s been old news for almost a decade, ever since the first monkey fed himself using a robot arm and the power of positive thinking. Nowadays, even reports of human neuroprostheses barely raise an eyebrow.

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May 31 2015

Future Troops Could See Through Walls


The Pentagon has put out a call for new technology that could give troops X-ray vision. The resulting gadget is meant to help military personnel prepare for unseen threats, such as assailants hidden behind barriers.

“Imagine, for example, squad members patrolling a street in a deployed urban environment, and an armed assailant crouching behind a car or a concrete barrier,” the announcement explains. “Without the benefit of different vantage points (from the air, for example), the squad could be blind to the hidden threat.

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May 31 2015

Bionic Lens Implant Could Improve Vision Beyond 20/20


A new bionic lens implant could give patients the unique ability to see three times better than standard 20/20 vision for the rest of their lives.

Dr. Garth Webb, founder and CEO of Ocumetics Technology Corp, a company committed to eliminating glasses and contact lenses for patients, invented the Ocumetics Bionic Lens, which resembles a small button.

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May 31 2015

Humans will be cyborgs within 200 years, expert predicts


Within the next 200 years, humans will have become so merged with technology that we’ll have evolved into “God-like cyborgs”, according to Yuval Noah Harari, an historian and author from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.

Harari researches the history of the human species, and after writing a new book on our past, he now believes that we’re just a few short centuries away from being able to use technology to avoid death altogether - if we can afford it, that is.

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May 31 2015

DNA: Expanding code of life with new 'letters'


The DNA encoding all life on Earth is made of four building blocks called nucleotides, commonly known as 'letters,' that line up in pairs and twist into a double helix. Now, two groups of scientists are reporting for the first time that two new nucleotides can do the same thing -- raising the possibility that entirely new proteins could be created for medical uses.

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May 31 2015

Researchers prove magnetism can control heat, sound


Phonons—the elemental particles that transmit both heat and sound—have magnetic properties, according to a landmark study supported by Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) services and recently published by a researcher group from The Ohio State University.

In a recent issue of the journal Nature Materials, the researchers describe how a magnetic field, roughly the size of a medical MRI, reduced the amount of heat flowing through a semiconductor by 12 percent.

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May 31 2015

How Did The Ancient Vikings Make This Super-Strong Sword?


When we look at the history of new technologies, we tend to think of only our most recent past. But more than a thousand years ago, blacksmiths succeeded in making a set of ultra-strong swords — that are tricky to re-create even today.

Consider this: making Damascus is not the only lost art of ancient weapon smiths.

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May 31 2015

Mystery Deepens Over Rare Roman Tombstone


Mystery has deepened over a Roman tombstone unearthed earlier this year in western England, as new research revealed it had no link with the skeleton laying beneath it.

The inscribed stone was discovered during the construction work of a parking lot in Cirencester.

Made from Cotswold limestone, it was found laying on its front in a grave — directly above an adult skeleton.

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May 31 2015

Sacrificed Humans Discovered Among Prehistoric Tombs


A prehistoric cemetery containing hundreds of tombs, some of which held sacrificed humans, has been discovered near Mogou village in northwestern China.

The burials date back around 4,000 years, before writing was developed in the area. In just one archaeological field season — between August and November 2009 — almost 300 tombs were excavated, and hundreds more were found in other seasons conducted between 2008 and 2011.

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May 30 2015

In Ancient Egypt, Life Wasn’t Easy for Elite Pets


For ancient Egyptians, owning a menagerie of exotic animals conveyed power and wealth. But the remains of baboons, hippos, and other elite pets buried more than 5,000 years ago in a graveyard near the Nile reveal the dark side of being a status symbol.

Baboon skeletons found at one tomb bear dozens of broken hand and foot bones, hinting at punishing beatings. At least two baboons have classic parry fractures, broken arms that typically occur when trying to shield the head from a blow. A hippo calf broke its leg trying to free itself from a tether, and an antelope and a wild cow also show injuries probably related to being tied.

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May 30 2015

What Is 'Manhattanhenge?'


Today through Saturday marks a biannual solar event called Manhattanhenge, where the rising or setting sun aligns with the east-west grid of Manhattan streets.


Related: INDIEGOGO: The Sophia Project: How was Stonehenge built? - "Help us recreate the lost ancient science that made the construction of Stonehenge possible"

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May 30 2015

Has the Last Human Trekked to the North Pole?


Faced with a dearth of logistical support and challenges related to climate change, human-powered trips to the North Pole may be on the brink of extinction.

"North Pole expeditions are going the way of the passenger pigeon," says Eric Larsen, a Colorado-based polar explorer who has completed three North Pole expeditions.

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May 30 2015

Sending ice to Antarctica


Scientists are planning to ship ice to the Antarctic. They're afraid that mountain glaciers around the world are melting as a result of climate change and want to store samples of ice in a new vault in the coldest place on Earth.

At 4,350m the Col du Dome sits just below the summit of Mont Blanc.

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May 30 2015

Mass deaths of endangered antelope stumps scientists


At least 120,000 of the animals have died in Kazakhstan since mid-May. Environmental and biological factors could be at play, but the exact cause is a mystery.

Experts are scrambling to understand how almost 120,000 saiga antelopes have died off in Central Asia at an unprecedented rate, harming recent efforts to protect the endangered species.


Alt: Mysterious Deaths of Saiga Antelopes May Have Sinister Cause

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