Technology

Raspberry Pi: Barbot 4 – the bartending Grandfather clock

Meet Barbot 4, the drink-dispensing Grandfather clock who knows when it’s time to party. The first introduction to my latest barbot – this time made inside a grandfather clock. There is another video where I explain a bit about how it works, and am happy to give more explanations. This …

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Light-triggered nanoparticles show promise against metastatic cancer

A new anti-cancer strategy wields light as a precision weapon. Unlike traditional light therapy — which is limited to the skin and areas accessible with an endoscope — this technique can target and attack cancer cells that have spread deep inside the body, according to researchers at Washington University School …

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Raspberry Pi clusters come of age

High-performance computing and Raspberry Pi are not normally uttered in the same breath, but Los Alamos National Laboratory is building a Raspberry Pi cluster with 3000 cores as a pilot before scaling up to 40000 cores or more next year. Bruce Tulloch, CEO and Managing Director of BitScope Designs, discusses …

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Tiny Robot made of Rubber by German Researchers can Walk, Crawl, Jump and Swim

Important differences notwithstanding, the majority of small-scale robots available today have very limited range of motion, which mostly comes down to their rigid bodies. Soft robots, on the other hand, are capable of a broader range of locomotion, the latter being one of the reasons for the attention they have …

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DARPA Puts Techies to the Test at Bay Area Hackfest

Hackathons provide opportunities for the public to engage and interact around upcoming forms of technology. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, held its own version of a hackathon Nov. 13 – 17 in California. Sabur Hassan Baidya sets communications with his team’s drone during the 2017 Defense Advance …

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Researchers use sound waves to advance optical communication

Illinois researchers have demonstrated that sound waves can be used to produce ultraminiature optical diodes that are tiny enough to fit onto a computer chip. These devices, called optical isolators, may help solve major data capacity and system size challenges for photonic integrated circuits, the light-based equivalent of electronic circuits, …

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DARPA Needs Your Ideas for Drone Swarms

DARPA is looking for people with innovative ideas to participate in its “swarm sprint” exercises. The project would inform tactics and technologies for large groups of unmanned air and ground robots in certain environments. The OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program envisions future small-unit infantry forces using small unmanned aircraft systems …

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Cells protect genes more than rest of genome

Whilst DNA sequence mutation is the fundamental fuel of species evolution, mutations in genes are often harmful. As a form of defence, organisms have evolved repair mechanisms to correct the DNA sequence following mutation. One of these mechanisms, is termed DNA mismatch repair (MMR). It corrects mutations that arise during …

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Removing Water From Products – Reduces Waste And Global Emissions

Mirjam de Bruijn a student from Design Academy Eindhoven created a project Twenty, that proposes an alternative to the most of our home goods. Most of household products like shampoos, dish soaps and laundry detergents consist from 80% of water. All of these products are shipped across the world, the extra weight leads …

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