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University of California develops valuable injury training simulation

By: Chris Smith | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 4 hours, 34 mins ago

Technology buffs at the University of California have created this technical simulation of a shrapnel-induced wound on someone's leg, aiming to bring Saving Private Ryan gore to real life, this time for education and training purposes.



Developed by Jeff Eldredge and his colleagues, this training simulator is designed for use by combat medics to prepare for, understand and know to to deal with what is a grim possibility when out in the field.


In an interview with New Scientist, Eldredge stated that "We're genuinely hopeful that our simulations will enhance the educational experience for medical trainees." In true father fashion, he added "But I'm really pleased just to get visceral reactions from my kids. That probably makes me a horrible father."

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Humai wants to transfer your consciousness to an artificial body

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 3 days, 12 hours ago

With cloud and NAS backups being of utmost importance, what about your consciousness? Don't worry about that, because when you die, Humai promises to bring you back to life.




Humai is an Australian startup that claims it is working on transferring a person's consciousness to an artificial body, after they've died. Company CEO Josh Bocanegra says on the Humai website: "We want to bring you back to life after you die. We're using artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to store data of conversational styles, behavioral patterns, thought processes and information about how your body functions from the inside-out. This data will be coded into multiple sensor technologies, which will be built into an artificial body with the brain of a deceased human. Using cloning technology, we will restore the brain as it matures".


Bocanegra thinks that his company will be able to transfer your consciousness from your dead body within the next 30 years, but right now the company has just four staff and is securing more. The company seems to be waiting on large scientific breakthroughs before it could make this a reality, but it's a cool thing to think about. The big question is: would you want to live after you've died, in an artificial body?

Google brings Star Trek to life with 'Combadge' communicator prototype

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 5 days, 12 hours ago

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens so close to release, Star Trek gets some love from Google in the form of the Combadge prototype. Fans of the franchise will see that the small wearable communications device from Star Trek was being worked on by Google in prototype form.




Senior VP of Search at Google, Amit Singhal, admits to being a huge Star Trek fan, and during an interview with Time, he revealed that he always wanted a Combadge-like device, which then saw Singhal and his team build a prototype. The device didn't get far in terms of escaping the prototype phase, but the black circular wearable did feature a speaker, microphone, power light and a button that looks like it activates communication, just like in Star Trek.


Google didn't go ahead with production on the device, but it's great to see Google thinking out aloud here - and even entering the prototype stage on a crazy device like this.

FAA wants all drones over 250 grams registered with the government

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 6 days, 4 hours ago

Now that private companies like Google, GoPro, DJI and Amazon have submitted their recommendations to the FAA about drone registration, the group has hit back saying that all drones over 250 grams should be registered with the government.




This registration would be similar to car registration, where the owner's name and street address are noted down. The registration process would possibly include an educational presentation about when, and where to fly your drone. The FAA thinks that if a drone falls out of the sky and causes damage, or possibly hurts or even kills someone, the authorities would be able to track down its owner.


The task force recommends that the drone registration process to be electronic, with an API that would allow owners to register their drone through the device's app if the manufacturer includes that ability.

Google's Skynet dog begins training, with Spot training with Marines

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week ago

Google's incredibly scary robo-dog was enjoying its walk outdoors in September, where the Skynet-infused robot dog was training with the Marines.




Boston Dynamics, which Google acquired in December 2013, had the Marines testing Spot's abilities of traversing rougher terrains like hills, woodlands, and cities while they controlled it from 500 meters (0.31 miles) away on a laptop with a game controller. They said it was so easy to control that a four-year-old could do it, which should scare us all.


During the test, the Marines were able to teach the robot dog to peek around corners to spot enemies - a nice trick for a robot dog. Spot also weighs a hefty 160 pounds (72.5kg).

NASA will use SpaceX to get astronauts to the ISS starting in 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

NASA has announced that it has ordered a crew rotation mission for the ISS from SpaceX, which will start in 2017. As it stands, astronauts leave from Russia in order to get to the International Space Station.




This has become NASA's Commercial Crew Program's second mission, with the first being awarded to Boeing earlier this year. NASA has said it is looking forward to working with SpaceX, adding that commercial launches will reduce the costs of getting astronauts and supplies to and from the ISS.

Hasbro launches robotic cats for old people

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Games and toys company Hasbro has launched its first line under the Joy for All brand. Known as Companion Pets, it comprises animatronic pet cats and is specifically aimed at seniors seeking companionship who are perhaps not in a position to take care of a living cat.




The cats are said to respond to motion and touch and have lifelike fur, mannerisms, and sounds.

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Super Science Friends is wondrous science history remade

By: Chris Smith | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Ever wondered what real-life science superheroes would be like? Well, wait no longer. 'Tinman Creative Studios' has released an incredible 16 minute video to show what the description claims to be "Just the right amount of smart, just the right amount of stupid."



Coming off the back a funded Kickstarter campaign in 2014, this video depicts "time-travelling super scientists" lead by no one other than Winston Churchill himself. There are many adventures to be had, with this super group battling against Nazi's, zombies and other various villains.


Sitting at over 35,000 views, watch episode one for yourself here.

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Researchers have successfully grown vocal cords in a lab

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

In something that sounds completely stunning, researchers from the University of Wisconsin Medical School have published a preliminary study in the journal Science Translational Medicine, where they have successfully created 170 sets of vocal cords in a lab.




The created vocal cords don't require the normal set of immunosuppressants that normal transplants require, with study senior author Nathan Welham telling Buzzfeed: "We never imagined that we would see the impressive level of function that we did". The researchers started off with collecting cellular samples from four volunteers and one cadaver, then grew them on collagen scaffolds.


It took just two weeks for the sample cells to grow into functional vocal cords, and once they did, the researchers began testing the bioengineered larynxes by grafting them onto the kidneys of lab mice to prove the grown vocal cords wouldn't be rejected by their new hosts. These initial tests were completely successful, with the next step for the researchers is to hold longer immune response trials in mice before moving onto larger animals in the near future.

AI program achieves above average score in Japan's college exam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Japan's National Institute of Informatics has said that its AI program has achieved an above average score on the country's standardized college entrance exam.




Corporate and university researchers have been developing the AI system since 2011, with the latest exam by the AI scoring 511 out of a possible 950. The national average is 416, with the institute adding that the AI system would have an 80% chance of being accepted into the 33 national universities, and 441 private colleges.


The text covers five subjects, with the AI program performing the best when it comes to history and math. In physics, the AI system wasn't so great, which is said to be because of its shortcomings in processing language.

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