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Smile, cameras are looking at you!

Fifteen years ago at the University of Southern California a team of researchers developed a program, Mugspot, that was able to recognise faces in images taken by a security camera and compare that face to a data base of faces with the aim of identifying a specific person. The software could …

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Quick as a bullet

A Kickstarter project is seeking funding to create the fastest camera flash, able to create a light flash of just 2 millionth of a second. A speed that makes it possible to freeze a bullet in the photo, see the photo taken with this system. The project is developed by Vela Labs and …

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Bionic locomotion

Walking is so easy, as long as you are able to do it. Emulating human gait, by a robot, is not easy at all, and a lot of work has and is taking place to have a robot walking as seamlessly as a human. At the same time work is …

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Storing the Sun in a tank

Among the several hurdles in making renewable energy a cost effective, reliable and diffuse reality is the storage of energy between the time it is captured and the one it is used.  This goes for tides, for wind and for solar. They are all important sources of energy that can be …

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A tough selling to your girlfriend

Producing diamonds out of cheap graphite looks like a good idea and at Purdue they managed to do just that. The have found a way to transform graphite into nano diamonds by using laser pulses to hit a graphite layer. This creates a plasma of carbon atoms that is contained on …

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Touching a ghost

Haptic interfaces have been evolving rapidly becoming more and more accurate. Their applications vary, from video gaming (I got an haptic force feedback joystick several years ago to play flight simulator….) to professional areas, like surgery training with an haptic scalpel simulating the forces one would encounters when cutting a …

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Brain to Brain interface

Last year I posted a news of a team at the University of Washington that succeeded in transmitting a signal from one brain through another via electronic transducers, one to pick up "thoughts" in a brain and converting them into a signal, the other to convert the signal received into …

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From up – down to up – left!

Ferroelectric materials are nothing really new. You probably have it in your stove under the button you press to ignite the gas. Indeed, when a pressure is applied to the ferroelectric material a current is generated (piezoelectric effect). Scientists have also been aware that ferroelectric material have a spontaneous polarisation …

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