Category Archives: SCIENCE

MIT CSAIL’s RoCycle Recycling Robot Identifies Recyclables By Touch

This is a single stream recycling robot, RoCycle, developed by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). RoCycle is able to differentiate if an object is paper, metal, or plastic. Machines that are able to identify a specific material is not new. I have personally seen one in action in an expo in Atlanta almost twenty years ago, but that optical sensing machine could only sort out PET bottles from non-PET bottles. Another age-old machine is the electrically powered magnet that is use to pick out ferrous metals (usually in the early stage of sorting). Continue reading MIT CSAIL’s RoCycle Recycling Robot Identifies Recyclables By Touch

Russian TV’s Humanoid News Anchor Is Far From Replacing Humans

While China state-owned Xinhua News Agency is using virtual news anchors, Russia-24 ‘employs’ a droopy eyed humanoid robot TV news anchor named Alex to read the news. And the result? Well, lets just say that was far less eye-pleasing. The robot that the state-owned TV used was developed by a Russian startup Promobot Labs that you may remember as the company behind the infamous runaway robot two years ago. Continue reading Russian TV’s Humanoid News Anchor Is Far From Replacing Humans

Watch A Pack Of Boston Dynamics’ Robo-Dogs Haul A Truck

In an ultimate display of robo-power and possibly, a teaser of what a dystopia robo-apocalypse would look like, Boston Dynamics uploaded a video of a pack of SpotMinis hauling a truck across the company’s parking lot. And mind you, though, the truck wasn’t a pickup truck; it was a full-sized truck. Obviously, the truck’s transmission had to be in neutral for it to be pulled by external forces, but clearly it is still a feat, nonetheless. Continue reading Watch A Pack Of Boston Dynamics’ Robo-Dogs Haul A Truck

This Is The First 3D Heart Printed Using Patient’s Biological Materials

In a major medical breakthrough today, scientists over at Tel Aviv University has printed the first 3D heart using a patient’s cells and biological materials. You heard that right. It is totally a 3D-printed heart, though not quite the 3D printing you have come to known (like obviously). Described as the world’s first 3D vascularized engineered heart, the 3D heart is a complete organ with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers. Imagine that! All the works that made a heart! Now, if that isn’t a big stride forward in regenerative medicine. Continue reading This Is The First 3D Heart Printed Using Patient’s Biological Materials

Wedding Photographers’ Job Isn’t Safe Too Because, Photography Robot

When we talk about robot apocalypse, it is probably not about SkyNet trying to lord over us. Most likely it will be robots taking our jobs. There are already a number of examples, including construction robot, burger making robot, supermarket stock checkers (like this and this), robot stuntman, robot Table Tennis coach and various kinds of security robots – just to name a few. The rate of robots taking over traditional jobs borderline phenomenal and it looks like even photographers, wedding photographers included, are not spared from this inevitable development. Continue reading Wedding Photographers’ Job Isn’t Safe Too Because, Photography Robot

Israel’s First Moon Landing Mission Ends In A Crash

It was to be another space-related history made in a space (pun not intended) of two days. Prior to the simultaneous, worldwide revealing of the first ever image of a black hole, Israel’s moon lander was preparing for a historic touchdown on the moon with its $90 million Beresheet spacecraft. Beresheet which means genesis or in the beginning in Hebrew, was a product of SpaceIL, an Israeli not-for-profit organization, and took nearly a decade to developed. Continue reading Israel’s First Moon Landing Mission Ends In A Crash

Mankind Finally Gets First Hand Look Of A Black Hole, Albeit A Blurry One

If you haven’t already heard, astronomers over at Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) has captured the first ever image of a Black Hole. Now, capturing the image was not simple as whipping out a camera with super zoom lens and hitting the shutter button. This thing is 500 freaking million trillion kilometers away which is obviously beyond what any typical telescope can see, let alone a consumer-grade camera and lens combo. Continue reading Mankind Finally Gets First Hand Look Of A Black Hole, Albeit A Blurry One

Teslasuit Is The Real-life Ready One Player Haptic Full-body Suit

This is Teslasuit. While it may share the same name and looks as high-tech as the electric car maker, it is not related to Tesla Motors. Teslasuit is a company that is committed to develop haptic feedback suit that will provide a fully immersive environment for gaming, for use in motion capture, climate control et cetera. It lets the wearer touch and feel the digital environments over the entire body, be touched and become the natural full-body controller at the same time. Continue reading Teslasuit Is The Real-life Ready One Player Haptic Full-body Suit

Mark Rober’s Rocket-power Golf Club Drove A Ball To Infinity And Beyond

Former NASA engineer Mark Rober is known for a lot crazy science creations. From the biggest NERF Blaster to the super sized Super Soaker to the Glitter Bomb designed to teach porch pirates a good, sparkling lesson. Rober did it all. But this latest creation/experiment/engineering project of his is by far the craziest. How crazy? Well, how does a rocket-powered golf club sounds? Absolutely bonkers! Because, rocket-powered golf club really is as crazy as it sounds. Continue reading Mark Rober’s Rocket-power Golf Club Drove A Ball To Infinity And Beyond

With Aireon System, Air Traffic Controllers Will Know Where Planes Are Anywhere In The World

If you don’t already know, all passenger airliners in the air are tracked and until now, air traffic controllers rely solely ground-based surveillance to do so. But being ground-based, it is obviously not going to cover every inch of the airspace. In fact, we learned that ground-based radars only covers 30 percent of the globe. This means airliners will be out of reach of the ground tracking technology more often than you think. To cover the void, airliners are mandated to send update of the aircraft’s position every 10-14 minutes when they are not covered by ground radars. Continue reading With Aireon System, Air Traffic Controllers Will Know Where Planes Are Anywhere In The World