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ACHIRES: Bipedal Running Using High-speed Visual Feedback

ACHIRES is an ``Actively Coordinated High-speed Image-processing Running Experiment System.'' It is composed of high-speed vision and high-speed actuators to achieve instantaneous recognition and behavior. The similar technologies are used in our Janken (Rock Paper Scissors) Robot. High-speed vision recognizes the state of the biped robot at 600 fps for stable running without falling.

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Will Genetic Alterations Modify Human Society?

"Keep in mind, this child is still you. Simply, the best, of you. You could conceive naturally a thousand times and never get such a result." - Fictional geneticist in the 1997 film Gattaca. As a side effect of science fiction novels, many of us find ourselves with an outlook of the future that's full of possibilities.

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eScienceCommons: Modern population boom traced to pre-industrial roots

By the end of the Roman Empire, humanity had crossed a critical threshold of social organization that allowed more people to take advantage of economies of scale, says anthropologist Aaron Stutz. "The Course of the Empire," by Cole Thomas, portrays the wealth and culture of the period.

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United Nations predicts climate hell in 2050 with imagined weather forecasts

The United Nations is warning of floods, storms and searing heat from Arizona to Zambia within four decades, as part of a series of imagined weather forecasts released on Monday for a campaign publicising a UN climate summit.

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DARPA explores neuromodulation of organ functions to help the human body heal itself | KurzweilAI

DARPA's new Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) (pronounced "electrics") program aims to develop new high-precision, minimally invasive technologies for modulating nerve circuits to restore and maintain human health, initiated in support of the President's brain initiative. "The technology DARPA plans to develop through the ElectRx program could fundamentally change the manner in which doctors diagnose, monitor and treat injury and illness," said Doug Weber, DARPA program manager.

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Time Travel Simulation Resolves "Grandfather Paradox"

On June 28, 2009, the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking threw a party at the University of Cambridge, complete with balloons, hors d'oeuvres and iced champagne. Everyone was invited but no one showed up. Hawking had expected as much, because he only sent out invitations after his party had concluded.

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This is the virtual reality interface Netflix made for Oculus Rift

Hack Days are great for building the weird and wonderful, and such a recent day at Netflix yielded over 50 "hacks" of the popular video streaming service. For our money the standout of the group is Oculix, "a 3D room version of Netflix UI for Oculus Rift, complete with gesture support."

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Why This Company Wants To Take You On a Balloon Ride To The Edge Of Space

If Jane Poynter has her way, a regular person will be able to ride up to the edge of space quicker than they could take a commercial flight across the country--without the hassle of a lengthy security line. Her company, World View Enterprises, is pioneering travel to the top of the atmosphere.

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Thoth: The Lunar Transportation System.

As promised over a month ago, big things have happened. To sum the events of August up:The architecture, as a whole, has been massively overhauled. MoonLab now is a BA-330 and serves as a transport hub/research station between orbit and the surface.The Thoth LEM is now the same size as the Apollo LM and partially...

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Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse

The 1972 book Limits to Growth, which predicted our civilisation would probably collapse some time this century, has been criticised as doomsday fantasy since it was published. Back in 2002, self-styled environmental expert Bjorn Lomborg consigned it to the " dustbin of history". It doesn't belong there.

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Sugar Sweetens Battery Performance

Y-H Percival Zhang, chief science officer of Cell-Free BioInnovations and an associate professor of biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech, contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. It might seem strange to use an ingredient found in cupcakes and cookies as an energy source, but most living cells break down sugar to produce energy.

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NASA is building an air traffic control system for drones

NASA is developing an air traffic control system for drones. The New York Times reports the US space agency is working on creating a management system for vehicles that fly at around 400 to 500 feet off the ground - much lower than conventional aircraft - at its Moffett Field base around four miles from Google's Mountain View headquarters.

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The Guide to the Future of Medicine: Technology AND The Human Touch

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SoftBank to Sell Robot in U.S. Stores Within 12 Months

Billionaire Masayoshi Son will start selling his humanoid robots named "Pepper" at Sprint Corp. (S) stores in the U.S. by next summer, part of SoftBank Corp. (9984) 's push to take the technology beyond factory floors.

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Japan Is Launching An Asteroid Mining Space Program

Japanese space scientists have unveiled the asteroid hunting space probe they hope to launch later this year on a mission to mine a celestial body.The probe, named Hayabusa-2, is expected to be flung into space on a rocket for a mammoth four year voyage to the unpoetically-named 1999JU3 asteroid.

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