Robot Athletes Got Game [Video] – Scientific American

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For holiday fun I’ve collected videos of humanoids as well as nonhuman-like contraptions that play a real game on a real surface—with a little latitude for “real.” Each video (below) follows a caption explaining it.

via Robot Athletes Got Game [Video] – Scientific American.

via Robot Athletes Got Game [Video] – Scientific American.

Syrian Electronic Army hacks Daily Telegraph, L.A. Times and more

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LONDON — Numerous publications have have their sites hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, causing some visitors to be presented with a popup telling them “you’ve been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.”

via Syrian Electronic Army hacks Daily Telegraph, L.A. Times and more.

via Syrian Electronic Army hacks Daily Telegraph, L.A. Times and more.

Uber suspends operations in Nevada after ruling

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Uber suspended operations in Nevada late Wednesday, after a Washoe County District Court judge granted the state’s request for a court order blocking the ride-sharing service. The judge said Uber’s refusal to comply with state laws regulating commercial motor carriers and passenger transportation services could put the public’s safety at risk.

via Uber suspends operations in Nevada after ruling.

via Uber suspends operations in Nevada after ruling.

Strange thrust: the unproven science that could propel our children into space – Boing Boing

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We tend to think of mass as a fixed quantity, but this is not necessarily so. We certainly know that mass is convertible into energy, as this happens on a daily basis in fission reactors. The general theory of relativity also describes an increase in mass that occurs with velocity, although the effect is negligible in everyday life.

via Strange thrust: the unproven science that could propel our children into space – Boing Boing.

via Strange thrust: the unproven science that could propel our children into space – Boing Boing.

Automakers Aim to Drive Away Car Computer Hackers – ABC News

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hese hackers worked on behalf of the U.S. military, which along with the auto industry is scrambling to fortify the cyber defenses of commercially available cars before criminals and even terrorists penetrate them.

via Automakers Aim to Drive Away Car Computer Hackers – ABC News.

via Automakers Aim to Drive Away Car Computer Hackers – ABC News.

The Doctor Will See Through You Now – Digits – WSJ

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“This is the first time doctors can actually see the anatomy and not just rebuild it in their minds. We enable doctors to view the image floating in the air from a wide angle and to interact with it directly,

via The Doctor Will See Through You Now – Digits – WSJ.

via The Doctor Will See Through You Now – Digits – WSJ.

Video: ‘Beam’ of static electricity raises man’s hair outside Google offices in London – Telegraph

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“Initially it didn’t hurts us, just surprised us. Then it seemed to intensify and my phone started crackling and the video cut. My friend got a strong electric shock from holding my phone up high”, Simon later wrote online

via Video: ‘Beam’ of static electricity raises man’s hair outside Google offices in London – Telegraph.

via Video: ‘Beam’ of static electricity raises man’s hair outside Google offices in London – Telegraph.

Will humans be replaced by robots? They might take some of our jobs, but they’ll also create new ones | City A.M.

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Professor Nicola Millard, expert in future working relationships between people and technology, says that while some jobs are being taken by robots, these tend to be the ones that are dangerous for humans, or the ones most people don’t want to do.

via Will humans be replaced by robots? They might take some of our jobs, but they’ll also create new ones | City A.M..

via Will humans be replaced by robots? They might take some of our jobs, but they’ll also create new ones | City A.M..

Group plans robot playground | Boston Herald

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A new nonprofit is aiming to keep local robotics companies in Massachusetts and attract others by establishing a wide-open robo-testing ground outside Boston.

via Group plans robot playground | Boston Herald.

via Group plans robot playground | Boston Herald.

First Take: The robot next door – Yuma Sun: Opinion

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Folks living on a certain street in Campbell Creek, Tenn. finally understand why neighbors were so darn unsocial homebodies.

That’s because everyone living on a row of three houses was a robot.

Not strange enough? News reports confirm they were SWEATY robots.

It turns out that Tennessee Valley Authority set up robotic housekeeping in the trio of homes five years ago to study energy conservation.

via First Take: The robot next door – Yuma Sun: Opinion.

via First Take: The robot next door – Yuma Sun: Opinion.

This walking, 56-foot-long dragon is the world’s largest robot – SlashGear

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It’s 27 feet (8.23 meters) tall, 56 feet (17.1 meters) long, breathes fire through its mouth and nostrils, and can be found in Berlin, Germany. Don’t worry, it isn’t a real dragon, just an amusement park attraction, but it is now the world’s largest robot according to Guinness World Records.

via This walking, 56-foot-long dragon is the world’s largest robot – SlashGear.

via This walking, 56-foot-long dragon is the world’s largest robot – SlashGear.

Can Robots Help Stop the Ebola Outbreak?

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WASHINGTON:  The US military has enlisted a new germ-killing weapon in the fight against Ebola -a four-wheeled robot that can disinfect a room in minutes with pulses of ultraviolet light.

via Can Robots Help Stop the Ebola Outbreak?.

via Can Robots Help Stop the Ebola Outbreak?.

Robot races | This Way Up, 12:15 pm on 22 November 2014 | Radio New Zealand

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South Korea is one of the most connected countries on the planet, and a leading manufacturer of flat screen TV’s, smartphones, cars, and ships.

If the Korean government succeeds, it’ll become a global leader in the production of robots too. The government is making a big push to develop its advanced robotics industry, including humanoid robots that do a whole lot more than mow the lawn or vacuum the house. There’s even plans afoot for a robot theme park, ‘Robot Land’; a US$1 billion state-sponsored venture with rides and testing labs set to open in 2016.

via Robot races | This Way Up, 12:15 pm on 22 November 2014 | Radio New Zealand.

via Robot races | This Way Up, 12:15 pm on 22 November 2014 | Radio New Zealand.

Japan investing in robotic workforce to regain status as world’s top manufacturer – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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On sale for $2,000 from next year, Pepper is sure to be big seller. As a household robot, Pepper will do the washing, the vacuuming and all the mundane chores with a smile.

via Japan investing in robotic workforce to regain status as world’s top manufacturer – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

via Japan investing in robotic workforce to regain status as world’s top manufacturer – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Auto Experts Are Drooling Over Tesla Motors Inc.’s New Vehicle (TSLA)

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Reynolds said that in the first 1/20th of a second, the car is four feet ahead of the fastest-accelerating sedan Motor Trend has ever tested, the Audi RS 7, and has a zero-to-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds — or a tenth quicker than the Audi and the McLaren F1’s accepted time.

via Auto Experts Are Drooling Over Tesla Motors Inc.’s New Vehicle (TSLA).

via Auto Experts Are Drooling Over Tesla Motors Inc.’s New Vehicle (TSLA).