An interested look at the Placebo effect, its history and how this phenomenon affects the drug makers.
Robonaut is evolving. NASA and General Motors are working together to accelerate development of the next generation of robots and related technologies for use in the automotive and aerospace industries. Engineers and scientists from NASA and GM worked together through a Space Act Agreement at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to build a new humanoid robot capable of working side by side with people. Using leading edge control, sensor and vision technologies, future robots could assist astronauts during hazardous space missions and help GM build safer cars and plants.
Weâ€™ve been hearing the word â€œbionicâ€ in the news a lot lately, but it has primarily been referring to the Droid Bionic smartphone thatâ€™s soon to be released. However, todayâ€™s bionic news is centered on a 15-year-old girl who lost all her fingers to septicaemia as a toddler and has never been able to pick things up herself. Thanks to a bionic hand made by Touch Bionics in Scotland, Chloe Holmes can now do the simplest things she was previously unable to do.
Cleaning the dirty water from our drains and toilets is an expensive and energy-sucking task. A new fuel cell uses bacteria to remove grossness from the water and generate power at the same time.
Descending into and exploring the ice caves on Mount Erebus has to have been the most surreal experience of my entire trip to Antarctica this past field season. Now that Iâ€™m back from the ice, Iâ€™ve had time to sift through all of my photos and those of my colleagues, and Iâ€™ve picked out the very best of the ice cave photos from Erebus Expedition 2010-2011.
While most 13-year-olds spend their free time playing video games or cruising Facebook, one 7th grader was trekking through the woods uncovering a mystery of science. After studying how trees branch in a very specific way, Aidan Dwyer created a solar cell tree that produces 20-50% more power than a uniform array of photovoltaic panels.
Researchers at the University of Michigan have successfully crafted a chilling portrayal of what the future surely holds: a running, obstacle-scaling robot. This robot, which is called MABEL (not an acronym), is capable of running at speeds of up to 3.06 meters per second, or 6.8 mph. This might not sound very fast â€” humans jog at around 6 mph, and run at up to 25 mph â€” but just watch the video embedded below, and then try to tell me that youâ€™re not impressed.
A real-life version of the famed robotic exoskeleton is a “mere” five years from production.
Lightning gun maker Applied Energetics recently lost a $3 million contract. The reason? The Marine Corps decided the companyâ€™s device, which is meant to zap improvised bombs, just isnâ€™t what they needed.
I saw this on Gizmodo today… There are only three countries in the world that don’t use the metric system: Liberia, Myanmar and yes the United States of America – So even when our government gives in as I expect at some point they will I will still use standard US or SI units proudly. In fact in school whether it was an engineering problem or just a simple math question, anytime units were used I would always convert any non SI unit to SI – it would drive the professors crazy at times because they’d have to convert it to metric to match their answer key but they couldn’t mark it wrong!
“The mystery surrounding the electrical fault last week at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN has taken a new twist today. Last week, a piece of baguette was found to be lying on an electrical connection in one of the eight above-ground cryoplants – used to cool the LHC to 1.9 K – that caused two of the eight sectors around the LHCâ€™s 27 km ring to heat up to 10 K.
But in the latest issue of the CERN Bulletin, James Gillies, head of communication at CERN, claims that a bird carrying a baguette did not stall the worldâ€™s most powerful particle-physics experiment from starting up on schedule.”