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Robotic Bartender on Cruise Ship

Makr Shakr WANT TO MIX A DRINK WITH YOUR PHONE? On Wednesday May 15, Makr Shakr – a new robotic bartending system designed by researchers at the MIT Senseable City Lab – will be unveiled at Google I/O in San Francisco. The new mixology system allows users to create in real-time personalized cocktail recipes through [...]

-3500 – glass

Naturally occurring volcanic glass (obsidian) was use before we learned to make glass around -3,500 in Egypt and Mesopotamia. The earliest form of glass made by humans was probably glazes that were used on ceramic pots. By mixing crushed quartz with calcite (calcium carbonate) from limestone, a solution is produced which can be fired into [...]

Thermopower Waves from Nanotubes

Heat produced by burning fuel in a carbon nanotube “wick” can force a wave of electrons down the tube, producing electric current. An engineering lab at MIT has made new progress on this technique. Thermopower Waves (from “Daily Planet”) [youtube.com] A clip from an episode of “Daily Planet” on Discovery Channel Canada featuring the research [...]

NeuroSynaptic (brain-inspired) Chip by IBM

In 2008, DARPA started a program called SyNAPSE (Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics), with the intention of designing new computing infrastructure based on human biological brains. In April, 2014, engineers at Stanford University announced a circuit board using 16 “Neurocore” chips that together can simulate the capability of one million neurons with billions [...]

Growing Food in Space

Once we establish living habitats in space, it will not be practical to lift food out of the gravity well on Earth for consumption in space. Rather, food will be grown where it is consumed, using advanced agricultural techniques and robot attendants. Gravity will be supplied by rotation of the habitat. Water used in agriculture [...]

timeline of information theory

Information theory was founded by Claude Shannon in 1948 with an article he wrote that was published in the Bell System (Labs) Technical Journal. The article dealt with the mathematical engineering process involved in transmitting information over noisy connections. Shannon defined the unpredictability of information as “entropy” and applied statistical analysis techniques similar to those [...]

The Greatest Scientists

-0575 Pythagoras – pythagorean theorem, mathematical ratios, geometrical harmonies – subsequent: Euclid, Llul -0325 – Euclid – encyclopedia of geometry – subsequent: Eratosthenes, Apollonius, Heron, Theon, Hypatia, ibn Sina, Omar Khayyam, Mersenne, Non-Euclidean geometry -0287 Archimedes – screw pump, buoyancy from displacement, three dimensional geometry, spirals, mathematical exhaustion technique – subsequent: al-Jazari, Fontana/Tartaglia, Mersenne, Descartes, [...]

Refueling in Space Means Staying There

Our future lies in space, not pinned down on the surface of a planet at the bottom of a gravity well. Once we have managed to climb out of that dark hole, we will have little reason to go back down into it. Most of the fuel required for space travel is burned up in [...]

Life Can Be Suspended – Then Continued

The concept of suspended animation has been used in science fiction for many years. As medical science has advanced, our ability to extend life has grown to the point where it is difficult to define the difference between “alive” and “dead”. There are many documented cases of hypothermia (extreme cold) slowing down body functions and [...]

Human Service Helper Robots

Availability, lack of fatigue, wide sensory input, precision, strength, and other factors make robots ideal human service helpers. Here is a list of domestic chores where they may be helpful: Doing laundry Cleaning windows Cleaning floors Doing dishes Cleaning kitchen Cleaning bathroom Lawn/yard maintenance Empty waste containers Transportation Medication dispensing Preparing food Communications Security Assembly [...]