Category Archives: SCIENCE

This Is David, The Teen Who Built His Own Prosthetic Arm With LEGO

This is David Aguilar. David is a regular 18-year-old form Andorra who is NOT a LEGO certified professional and more importantly, unlike most people, he was born with just one fully-formed, functional arm. Missing a fully-formed arm and his passion for LEGO drove David to dream about having LEGO as part of his body. He eventually did, at the age of nine, when he built a prosthetic arm out LEGO pieces. But, as you would have imagined, that didn’t last. Continue reading This Is David, The Teen Who Built His Own Prosthetic Arm With LEGO

Here Are 3 Ways Surveillance Tech Reinforces Large-property Perimeters

Five teens face charges of grand theft auto, burglary, and grand theft after surveillance footage caught them stealing seven vehicles from a Pompano Beach, Florida car dealership last month. According to a local news source, the thieves broke into the dealership’s office, stole some keys, used them to start a Buick SUV, and drove the SUV through a fence in order to steal additional vehicles. Thanks to the dealership’s security equipment and procedures, the vehicles were all recovered within 24 hours, though they sustained $30,000 worth of damage in the process. Continue reading Here Are 3 Ways Surveillance Tech Reinforces Large-property Perimeters

Meet Petoi, A Life-like DIY Robotic Cat Designed For STEM Education

Aspiring roboticist, Physics PhD holder and university lecturer Rongzhong Li has designed and built a robotic cat he affectionately called Petoi. This is one man endeavor with no proper workshop or even garage which is why it deserves our admiration. More so when you know how capable this robotic feline friend is. The goal is to develop programmable, highly maneuverable and affordable quadruped robots suitable for STEM education. Petoi not mimics a feline traits, such as purring when pet and meows, it is totally capable of reacting to its environment. Continue reading Meet Petoi, A Life-like DIY Robotic Cat Designed For STEM Education

Vodafone Germany Partners Nokia To Set Up 4G Network… On The Moon

Planning to call your friends living on the Moon? Well then, the good news is, the Moon will be getting its first mobile network next year. OK. You can’t actually call anyone on the Moon, even if there is anyone there. The 4G network on the lunar planet is primarily to stream high-definition images of the lunar landscape to Earth. It is part of the privately-funded Mission to the Moon project. So, while you can’t call, at least Moon will very much closer to us, the Earth-dwelling beings, come 2019. For this endeavor, telecommunication company Vodafone Germany has tasked Nokia to develop space-grade Ultra Compact Network that weighs no more than a bag of sugar. Continue reading Vodafone Germany Partners Nokia To Set Up 4G Network… On The Moon

Boston Dynamics SpotMini Robotic Dog Now Knows How To Open Doors

Just when we thought Boston Dynamics had made SpotMini robotic dog a little less creepy, the team gave its hand back and enabled it with the ability to open doors. Wait, what? Yes. Dear little SpotMini now can let itself out, or in, and that’s kind of creepy. If you think it is not creepy, well, you’d be right, it is not. I mean, the robotic company’s biped robot Atlas already did that, didn’t it? However, what makes this demonstration amazing and at the same time, goosebumps inducing was, the robotic dogs actually collaborated. And the door is one equipped with a closer. Continue reading Boston Dynamics SpotMini Robotic Dog Now Knows How To Open Doors

Police in China Uses High-tech Facial Recognition Glasses To Nab Fugitives

As one of biggest festive season draws close, China major central bus and train stations are now flocked with human traffic trying to hop on the next bus/train back to their home towns. It is also a potential period when on-the-run criminals will leverage on to get out of town unnoticed. This means, it is a good time to nab them at these major transportation hubs. While the opportunity may have present itself, humans have limited capability in identifying fugitives, but thanks to advanced facial recognition technology, the police stationed over at Zhengzhou East Highspeed Rail Station in Henan province will be have it way easier. Continue reading Police in China Uses High-tech Facial Recognition Glasses To Nab Fugitives

SpaceX Launched Falcon Heavy Rocket With Musk’s Roadster In It

In case you have not heard, this week’s biggest news yet was the successful launch of SpaceX Merlin 27-engine Falcon Heavy rocket. While the launch was no doubt monumental, but the most interesting part of this successful launch wasn’t entirely the launch itself; it was Elon Musk’s very own Tesla Roadster that was onboard, >hitching a ride into space and it had a dummy in spacesuit called “Starman” behind the wheel. Obviously, there was nothing much a wheeled vehicle with zero thrust and in a vacuum can do – even if the dummy wasn’t a dummy. Continue reading SpaceX Launched Falcon Heavy Rocket With Musk’s Roadster In It

Fake Celebrity Porn Is Not Only A Thing, It’s Easy To Create And We Should Be Very, Very Afraid

You have probably read about how a video recording of a person giving a speech can be fake and also, it should be of no surprise that fake celebrity porn is also common, but the latter is limited to still or some doppelgangers. Well, that’s until late last year when someone on Reddit showed that fake celebrity porn videos can be made easily with mind-blowing realism. Of course, by easy we meant home brewed, but it is not something a person who is clueless about computer can pull off. Still, what Redditor ‘deepfakes‘ did was so impressive that we should all be very afraid. Continue reading Fake Celebrity Porn Is Not Only A Thing, It’s Easy To Create And We Should Be Very, Very Afraid

Little Ripper Lifesaver Drone Saved Two Teens From Dangerous Riptide

Unexpected riptide can sometimes overwhelm even experienced swimmers and if that happens, the question of life and death depends on if someone or something can look out for beach users in distress. But with waves come crashing in, it sometimes can inhibit the line of sight, or even hear the call for help. This is where Westpac Little Ripper Helicopter Drone (officially, Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver) aims to make the difference between life and death. Continue reading Little Ripper Lifesaver Drone Saved Two Teens From Dangerous Riptide

NCCR Robotics Demoed Aerial And Land Robots For Rescue Missions

Disaster is an inevitable part of life. While we can’t stop it from striking, we can, however, be prepared so that when it does strike, we have what it takes to salvage the situation and save lives. Thanks to technological advancement in the robotic development, more lives can be saved while ensuring that rescuers will be safe themselves. However, the many concepts in the works have been individual developments so far. In other words, the individual developments that cover aerial and terrestrial operations have never come together to demonstrate what they can do together to become an effective force in a search and rescue operation. Continue reading NCCR Robotics Demoed Aerial And Land Robots For Rescue Missions