Tag: "technology"

Robots and Lasers

Robots and Lasers

This week we’re looking at real life surgical grade lightsabers, robotic birds that mimic the real thing, and creepy Japanese robots intended for hugging!

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Universal Translation Devices Coming Closer to Reality

Scientists have once again taken their lead from popular science fiction culture for the development of their latest piece of technology. This time the goal is Star Trek’s universal translator, a device which can translate any language.

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Image Credit: X. Pei et al., Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics

Scientists Manipulate Plasma to Help Fight Infections

A collaboration of Australian and Chinese researchers has recently come up with a new invention that may prove revolutionary, a handheld bacteria-killing flashlight.

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NASA Looks to Solar Satellites as Earth’s Next Source of Energy

NASA Looks to Solar Satellites as Earth’s Next Source of Energy

Availability of power has become a concern in recent years as renewable sources of energy run dry. NASA has come up with a new idea about how to make solar power from space practical.

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Arimaa can Foil Artificial Intelligence, but it Might Pay Big Bucks

Arimaa can Foil Artificial Intelligence, but it Might Pay Big Bucks

There is a $10,000 prize for the first computer program that can run on standard hardware and defeat the three top-ranked human Arimaa players.

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The Future of Intelligent Technology

The Future of Intelligent Technology

Technology keeps getting better and better, not simply at a steady rate, but exponentially. With any exponential increase, there are really only two possibilities: it will either level off, or explode. That explosion could result in the destruction of everything we know, for worse, or (depending on your point of view) for better. Futurists such […]

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Real Technology that Sounds like Science Fiction

Real Technology that Sounds like Science Fiction

Science fiction authors make their living by conjuring up fantastical technology and exploring the worlds that would result from such developments. The real world, however, is full of technology that could walk right off the page of a novel by Isaac Asimov or Robert Heinlein. While we don’t yet have spaceships that can travel faster […]

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South Korean Prisons Might Have Mech Guardians Soon

South Korean Prisons Might Have Mech Guardians Soon

South Korea is one of the leading developers of robotic technology, so it makes sense that robotic prison guards are about to become a very real possibility in that country.

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Is StarTram the Future of Space Travel?

Is StarTram the Future of Space Travel?

While trains that have stations in outer space might sound like something out of a steampunk science fiction novel, proponents of the StarTram system feel that it is a technology that is truly worth looking into.

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Google Is Now A Historian

Google Is Now A Historian

You may be wondering what Google has been up to lately, well, recent plans from the Google cultural institute is to make historical artifacts available over the net. That’s right the artifacts that you used to have to visit at museum will now be available from the net. Now museums can upload these artifacts to […]

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The Future of Technology

The Future of Technology

We technophiles often have a tough time keeping up with the ever evolving world of technology. There are only so many magazines that one can subscribe to, only so many websites that one can bookmark and only so much time in the day to try to keep up with it all. For those of us […]

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What are the Mysterious Markings in China’s Gobi Desert?

What are the Mysterious Markings in China’s Gobi Desert?

What is going on in the Gobi desert? Wild speculations have made their rounds about the mysterious symbols that seem like they have been carved or etched into the surface of the mostly uninhabited landscape of China’s Gobi desert. Originally spotted by Google Maps satellite, stories that range from likening it to the crop circles […]

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What Do Nerds Like?

What Do Nerds Like?

I recently checked my Google Analytics visitor logs to see what people are searching for when they come across the site. Surprisingly, there are some very weird things that people are looking for. That is for another post though.  One thing that comes up quite often (could be the site title, huh?) is a list […]

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Old School Video Games: Unforgiving

Old School Video Games: Unforgiving

I was recently going back through my old video game systems, checking in on some of my favorites from way back in the day. The original Zelda, Super Mario Brothers, Mega Man – the classics on which the current video game craze was built. After dusting off the controllers, slotting the old cartridges and sitting […]

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Taking an ‘80s Trip Down Technology Lane

Taking an ‘80s Trip Down Technology Lane

After a few relatively slow decades, technology started to advance more quickly and consumers were able to take advantage of this progress. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and reflect on some of the innovations and gadgets that were popular during the era of big hair. Commodore 64 You could say the ‘80s was […]

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New Trend In Dentistry: The Robot Will See You Now

New Trend In Dentistry: The Robot Will See You Now

Dentistry is definitely an evolving science. New technologies are enhancing everything from routine cleanings and oral examinations to diagnosis and restorations. If you haven’t been to the dentist in awhile, you’re in for a (mostly) pleasant surprise. The rough scraping and cleaning you may remember from days gone by has been replaced with ultrasonic cleaners […]

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What New Dictionary Words Tell Us About How Much We Suck

What New Dictionary Words Tell Us About How Much We Suck

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary is turning 100 years old and to celebrate they added 400 new words. For those of you who were smarter than to study etymology (study of words), semantics (study of meaning) or lexicography (the study of dictionaries) and thus don’t know, this is kind of a big deal. The new […]

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The Top Five Electronics of 2011

The Top Five Electronics of 2011

2011 began the new decade with a technological bang. Products that once only appeared in science fiction magazines were popping-up on store shelves around the world. Homes and businesses were suddenly filled with gizmos and gadgets from another time. Here are the top five electronics of 2011: 1) Cyberdyne Challenge Hybrid Assistive Limb – HAL […]

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Nerdy or Just Lazy? Three Technologies That Push the Envelope on Sloth

Nerdy or Just Lazy? Three Technologies That Push the Envelope on Sloth

In today’s tech-crazy world, all kinds of things that were originally more complicated can be accomplished with a few clicks of the mouse or tapped out on touch-pad. Forget buying envelopes, stamps, and waiting weeks for a reply- an email, text, or instant message will suffice. Gone are the days of searching for a payphone […]

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You Know You’re a Techno-Geek When…

You Know You’re a Techno-Geek When…

You get kidded all the time: Your friends tease you. Your family ridicules you, and you still think they’re all just jealous. Your state of denial is so encompassing, that you were awarded its own zip code, but still you resist admitting it, for its intensely personal. But how do you know you’re not just […]

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Make Your Own Backyard Listening Station

Make Your Own Backyard Listening Station

Humans have long questioned whether or not the Earth is home to the only intelligent life in the universe. As technology has advanced, more people have become interested in searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, creating a field known as “SETI.” SETI is an acronym that stands for the “Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence,” and professional astronomers and […]

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How Does a Frickin’ Laser Beam Work?

How Does a Frickin’ Laser Beam Work?

You might remember Dr. Evil’s pool of sharks with “frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads,” but do you know how a laser beam actually works? We don’t have Dr. Evil here to help us explain it, but we’ll do our best. Laser (“Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”) was first termed in 1959. […]

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Do or Do Not, There is No Try

How to Put Up With A Nerdy Significant Other

Have you found yourself in a relationship with someone who seems like they’re cheating on you – with fictional characters? It can be extremely frustrating to be with someone who spends hours every day playing video games or role playing games. Sometimes, it may feel like they don’t want to be with you, or care […]

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SETI Allows You to Help Search for Aliens

SETI Allows You to Help Search for Aliens

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” Dr. Carl Sagan The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe has plagued humanity for ages. With the advance of science and space exploration, the possibility of finding life occurring elsewhere in the universe is becoming more and more likely. However, the gulf […]

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Rockstars of Science – James F. Bell III

Rockstars of Science – James F. Bell III

Professor James F. Bell III is an astronomy scientist who has recently received the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science for his contributions in bringing the public greater understanding of current discoveries and research in the planetary sciences. Professor Bell’s work focuses on creating complete pictures of the different physical […]

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Sci-Fi Retro: DS9 Series Finale Revisited

Sci-Fi Retro: DS9 Series Finale Revisited

June 2nd will mark the 12-year anniversary since the series finale of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Having recently re-watched all seven seasons in sequential order over the last few months, primarily while working at my computer, I am left with quite a mixed reaction to the series finale. Whether you think the Bajorans were […]

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Can corporations do better than governmental agencies?

NASA and Commercial Space Exploration: The Future of the Final Frontier

With the space shuttle due to be retired in mid-2011 after almost 20 years of service, geeks everywhere are wondering what the future of space exploration will hold. Was the Narrator of Fight Club right? Will the big corporations name everything in deep space exploration: IBM Stellar Sphere, Microsoft Galaxy, Planet Starbucks? Not exactly. Where […]

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We all have to start somewhere

Starting Model Rocketry As a Hobby

Having Fun with Model Rockets Model rocketry is a hobby that is enjoyed by many enthusiasts. For many beginners, it is necessary to understand the two main parts of model rocketry: the building and then the launching of rockets. For those who are just starting out, a model rocket kit is the best way for […]

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What to do with old tech?

Computers and other related pieces of hardware become obsolete faster than almost anything else because newer, faster models are constantly being released into the market. And while it can be hard to part with that computer you put together with your own two hands when you were just a tot teething on your first motherboard, […]

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