Jan 30, 2013

U.S. researchers map emotional intelligence of the brain

posted by Laura Domela

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We tend to think of reason and emotion as being two different things, but it turns out that there may not be a choice between the heart and the head. A University of Illinois team, led by neuroscience professor Aron Barbey, has made the first detailed 3D map of emotional and general intelligence in the brain, that shows a strong overlap of general and emotional intelligence.
via Gizmag

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Jan 29, 2013

The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6

posted by Laura Domela

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The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6: Life and Death in the British Secret Service tells the story of MI6's transformation since the end of WWII, using stories and anecdotes from actual, real-life agents who worked through and helped shape the course of world events over the last 70-or-so-years. 
via Uncrate

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Jan 29, 2013

iRobot's telepresence robot first approved for hospital use

posted by Laura Domela

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Remember iRobot's RP-VITA telepresence robot? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared it for operation in hospitals, making it the first of its kind.

The RP-VITA is a telepresence robot controlled by an iPad interface and allows a doctor to "visit" patients and hospital staff remotely. Its navigation is sophisticated to the point where it can be told to go to a specified location without crashing into things at a busy hospital.
via DVICE

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Jan 29, 2013

Voice-controlled quadcopter follows you around, films everything

posted by Laura Domela

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Quadcopters come in all different shapes and sizes, with most of them skewing on the large side. The MeCam goes small — tiny enough to fit in the palm of your hand — and brings a few neat tricks with it.

The MeCam (not to be confused with this other product with the same name) is as barebones as a quadcopter gets. Its four tiny propellers carry a module with a 1GHz or 1.5GHz ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, SD card, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a camera. MeCam also has 14 real-time sensors to keep it from collisions, two auto-pilot algorithms and a video stabilizer by Morpho to create "perfect" panoramas.
via DVICE

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Jan 29, 2013

DARPA's 1.8-gigapixel cam touts surveillance from 20,000 feet

posted by Laura Domela

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It's been three years since we first heard about DARPA's ARGUS-IS, but thanks to a PBS Nova special entitled "Rise of the Drones," we finally have more information about the 1.8-gigapixel camera that is supposedly the highest-resolution surveillance system in the world. The documentary showed video footage of the imaging system in action, though the camera itself remains shrouded in mystery for security reasons. Designed to be used with UAVs like the Predator, the ARGUS-IS (which stands for Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance - Imaging System) can spot a six-inch object within a ten square mile radius from 20,000 feet in the air. As shown in the clip after the break, the high-res cam doesn't quite reveal facial features, but you can spot details like a bird flying around a building and the color of someone's clothes.
via Engadget

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Jan 29, 2013

A conversation with Nick Goldman: using DNA to store digital information

posted by Laura Domela

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Last Wednesday, a group of researchers at the European Bioinformatics Institute reported in the journal Nature that they had managed to store digital information in synthetic DNA molecules, then recreated the original digital files without error.

The amount of data, 739 kilobytes all told, is hardly prodigious by today’s microelectronic storage standards: all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, a scientific paper, a color digital photo of the researchers’ laboratory, a 26-second excerpt from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech and a software algorithm. Nor is this the first time digital information has been stored in DNA.

But the researchers said their new technique, which includes error-correction software, was a step toward a digital archival storage medium of immense scale. Their goal is a system that will safely store the equivalent of one million CDs in a gram of DNA for 10,000 years.

If the new technology proves workable, it will have arrived just in time. The lead author, the British molecular biologist Nick Goldman, said he had conceived the idea with a colleague, Ewan Birney, while the two sat in a pub pondering the digital fire hose of genetic information their institute is now receiving — and the likelihood that it would soon outpace even today’s chips and disk drives, whose capacity continues to double roughly every two years, as predicted by Moore’s law.
via The New York Times

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Jan 29, 2013

A surprisingly beautiful photo of Mars at night, courtesy of NASA's Curiosity Rover

posted by Laura Domela

Sometime last week, while you were at work, or at home, or at school, a little robot built here on Earth shone its lights onto a tiny patch of rocks on a planet about 200 million miles away, and -- click -- it took a picture, and sent that picture back home.

Using the camera at the end of its long robotic arm, Curiosity has taken a picture of a rock illuminated by the rover's ultraviolet LEDs. 

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via The Atlantic

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Jan 29, 2013

SFJAZZ Center, America’s first concert hall specifically built for jazz

posted by Laura Domela

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The SFJAZZ Center, America’s first freestanding concert hall specifically built for jazz performance, opened last Wednesday in San Francisco. The 700 seat Center is the new home of SFJAZZ, a 30 year old non-profit organization dedicated to the presentation of jazz and related music forms. NPR Music has posted excerpts from the opening night concert.
via Laughing Squid

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Jan 28, 2013

While we waste four cores, scientists use a million at a time

posted by Laura Domela

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Chances are, the quad-core processor powering your desktop computer or high-end laptop is vastly underworked. But it’s not your fault: Writing code that executes in parallel is difficult, so most consumer applications (save for some compute-intensive video games that really need help, for example) continue to run on just one core at a time. Which makes it all the more impressive that a group of Stanford researchers recently ran a jet-engine-noise simulation across 1 million cores simultaneously.
via Giga OM

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Jan 28, 2013

A prospective umbrella that uses air to protect user from the rain

posted by Laura Domela

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Would you use this shadeless umbrella? Meet James Dyson Award entry Airblow 2050

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