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This Treasure-Hunting Ocean Robot Can Hunt For Sunken Fortune

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The engineers at the Stanford University have developed a robotic system to recover sunken treasures from the ocean depth.

The retrieval of the precious artifacts, buried deep in the seabed is a tough task. Named OceanOne, the robotic treasure-seeker is a humanoid that has a remarkable capability to survive underwater.

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The research team demonstrated the abilities of OceanOne by employing it to recover invaluable relics from the submerged King Louis XIV’s La Lune, which went down in 1664.

The humanoid, robotic, underwater treasure hunter is fitted with a head, two arms, and a tail housing propellers. Oussama Khatib is the team mentor of the OceanOne. The Machine Learning guru used joysticks to operate the robot during its first underwater dive to salvage the valuable objects from the galleon wrecked 350 years ago.

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The robot relayed back a video using the stereoscopic cameras and enabled Khatib to feel the objects it held via the haptic response.

“The intent here is to have a diver diving virtually. It’s almost like you are there — you create a new dimension of perception.”

The enthusiastic Khatib explained the sense of feel generated by the system in this video:

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OceanOne can smartly detect and avoid obstacles, sense turbulence, and identify water current to position itself using its propellers. Even then, the controller can regain the complete control over the submersible robot and thus,human-robot interaction becomes critical in such situations.

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The ability of the OceanOne to survive under a great pressure enables it to dive deeper and reach the depths that have not yet been explored. The ultimate application of the system includes repair and maintenance of the undersea communication lines and oil rigs. Pretty cool, huh?

SpaceLiner Is A New Airplane That Will Take You From Sydney To London In 90 Minutes

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Say hello to hypersonic SpaceLiner that will reach 20 times the speed of sound and carry out transportation of passengers from London to Sydney in 90 minutes. According to sources, we could be seeing this technology in action by 2030. The plan was first proposed in 2007 by German aerospace bosses, however it was shelved only to re-surface again now with the bosses saying that this could be made possible if $33 billion can be raised. This implies that a journey between Europe and US would take about a little more than 60 minutes.SpaceLiner Is A Hypersonic Flight System That Will Be Ready By 2030 7

Martin Sippel, leader of the SpaceLiner project at DLR’s Space Launcher Systems Analysis group in Bremen, Germany at the American Institute of Aerodynamics and Astronautics Space Planes and Hypersonics Conference in Glasgow, Scotland said, “We want to come up with a development road map. We need a mission definition and this year we will do that in Phase A.”SpaceLiner Is A Hypersonic Flight System That Will Be Ready By 2030 6 SpaceLiner Is A Hypersonic Flight System That Will Be Ready By 2030 5

To make it more feasible, DLR has outlined a 100-seat version that is capable of one-hour transpacific and intercontinental missions. According to an estimate, the tickets would cost about hundreds of thousands of dollars. Sippel further added, “We have several hundred million passengers traveling intercontinental distances each year and we think space should have a tiny portion of that. But even if the share will only be 0.2% why should we do it? From a space perspective that’s a potentially huge impact.”

The system has two stages and is completely reusable. It is comprised of a passenger orbiter along with a booster stage along with a rocket propulsion system that is environmentally friendly and makes use of liquid oxygen and hydrogen as fuel. The engines will accelerate the SpaceLiner to more than 20 times the speed of sound in under 10 minutes. At an altitude of 80 kilometers booster separation takes place and the passenger stage sees the gliding down in a state of unpowered flight to land at the required destination. It would take SpaceLiner about 8 minutes to reach an altitude of about 50 miles into the Earth’s upper atmosphere before it glides back to Earth at hypersonic speeds of more than 15,000mph.SpaceLiner Is A Hypersonic Flight System That Will Be Ready By 2030 4 SpaceLiner Is A Hypersonic Flight System That Will Be Ready By 2030 3 SpaceLiner Is A Hypersonic Flight System That Will Be Ready By 2030 2

DLR says, “The vision is seductive – boarding in Europe sit back, and already after 90 minutes at the other end of the world to get out again in Australia. Before the Spaceliner, to develop the Institute of Space Systems of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), can fly this route for the first time, however, new technologies tested and the conditions have yet to be determined.”

Sippel further added, “It sounds a long way off into the future but we need to achieve our 2020 goal of funding, otherwise we cannot keep these later dates.”

This Creepy Scarlett Johansson Humanoid Robot Can Mimic Human Expressions

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While other people are convinced that she looks like Scarlett Johansson, to me she appears as a cross between her and Kristen Stewart. But to be honest, this robot doesn’t particularly fascinate me since there are some other robots that have much better performance and emotion rendering abilities but since it resembles the famous actress, it is getting the attention.

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Called Mark 1 by its inventor Ricky Ma who hails from Hong Kong China, the humanoid robot cost around $50,000 from scratch and employed advanced robotics to mimic human expressions. Since it is the attractive actress, it winks when complimented and says thank you as well. But, it is not able to do that all too well and as a result, it all looks a little quirky and creepy and not sexy as it is meant to be. Ricky Ma was a graphics designer who had no experience in robotics before who made Mark 1. he taught himself everything and learned a lot while building the robot. It took him a year and a half to achieve that. He designed most of the structure and parts from scratch which is an achievement. So, despite the shortcomings, it is a good achievement to build this robot considering the isolation he had to deal with while making it. He had been obsessed with building such a robot since he was a child and he has never stopped loving his favorite characters as well.

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The skeleton is 3D printed as part of the 70% 3D material incorporated into the making of Mark 1. It responds to a set of vocal commands and take actions accordingly. It can bend, turn its head and do simple movements with arms and legs. It can also carry out detailed movements.

According to Photojournalist Bobby Yip, who came up with this story, the Mark 1 is a beautiful thing to look at in person. Its facial expressions also appear quite real as well. Kind of like celebrities in person isn’t she? Hollow, robotic and forever smiling? Hehe!

Here is the Mark 1 in action. See for yourself if you can decide between Scarlett Johansson and Kristen Stewart!

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How ATM Works – Animation

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ATMs are responsible of dispensing billions of dollars every month around the world. These ATMs are very accurate and accurately dispense cash. Modern ATMs can also take deposits and can automatically refill them using the deposited cash. Since these machines have thousands of dollars inside them every instant, they are prone to thieves and hackers. So how does the ATM work and how it guards itself from thieves and hackers? This animation explains the functionality of these machines in detail.

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Posted by Technology Today on Monday, April 13, 2015

Stanford’s New Heating Recovering System Makes It The World’s Greenest University

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Rarely a university makes the news for going green. Let’s face it; They are the ones who should have gone green ages ago owing to constant research being done all around in their campuses especially the engineering departments. But Stanford is not your average institute. It is spread over an area of 8,000 acres having 1,000 buildings covering 15 million square feet. If the entire heating system is on natural gas, the system will be the culprit of 150,00 tons of emissions annually. Thus it is more of a small city than just an educational campus, so converting the gigantic heating requirement was by no means an easy feat.

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The new system has a heat recovery role that is being dubbed as the first of its kind. The bulk of the energy requirement of the university will come from solar panels, and emissions have been reduced by 68 percent and the fossil fuels have been reduced to 65%. The old cogeneration power plant has ben replaced after 28 years of carbonous service. It used to heat through underground steam pipes and cool with the help of chilled water pipes. The nature of heating or cooling depended on the utilization of the room. Computer rooms and certain labs need cooling while classrooms, offices and conference areas require heat. The old system used to provide the cold water and hot steam individually to these places.

The University engineers noticed that 75 percent of the times, the cooling, and heating passages intersected. They planned to use their proximity in a technique called the heat recovery system. They did this by replacing steam pipes with hot water pipes and retrofitting 155 steam settings to have hot water instead. When the chilled fluid is circulated in the building, it gets heated up. This heat is then transferred to the hot water pipes to be used as heating energy for the classrooms, etc. It is carried through electrically powered heat pumps. The system is controlled by an all-new software specially built for this purpose.

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The new system is calculated to be 70 percent more efficient than the previous cogeneration system. Due to the circulation nature of the water, it will have less water resource requirements by a margin of 70%, thus cutting the costs of water totaling 15-18 %. The main chunk of the electricity used by the university will now come from the 68 Megawatt solar farm being installed in California along with 5 MW of rooftop panels being installed around the campus. The remaining power requirement will be met by grid electricity, 25 percent of which is renewable itself, so, a total of 65 percent of the electricity will be from renewable sources.

This kind of system involving heat recycling and recovery running on green electricity and efficient distribution along with minimal wastage of water hasn’t been installed anywhere else in the world. It is hoped that more and more organizations will go green based on this model.

Here is the full video of the new system:

Here’s How 3D Printing Is Saving The Lives Of Hundreds Of Animals

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3D printing has brought a paradigm shift in the world of manufacturing. Especially, the innovators no longer have to work their way through the cumbersome process of prototyping. However, the most significant application of 3D printing has been in the arena of prosthetics. Apart from humans, animals and birds have also benefited from the 3D printing technology as they are given a second chance to enjoy their life.

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The use of 3D technology to help the wildlife truly showcases the extent to which the technology can be exploited to alleviate the suffering of living beings. Read on to know more about the doctors and researchers giving animals and birds a new life with 3D printed prostheses, splints, and other medical support.

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Born with retarded front limbs, Derby was abandoned by its owners. Tara Anderson, the team lead for 3D Systems, found him and adopted the dog. Tara, aided by her skilled team, designed and 3D printed a customised set of prosthetic limbs for the dog. Today, the dog trots along 3 miles each day, all thanks to 3D printing technology. Follow the charming Derby as it goes out for its daily run in this video:

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3D Printed Prosthetic Beak for the Costa Rican Toucan

Designed with PLA material, the 3D printed beak for this Toucan put it out of its misery of being famished. The Toucan was a victim of negligent teenagers and was left with a maimed beak, rendering him unable to eat anything. The design of this 3D printed beak is not only lightweight but also sturdy. Watch this video and see how the injured toucan is nursed back to its health:

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3D Printed Titanium Jaws for a Sea Turtle

A member of the endangered species of loggerhead sea turtles was left seriously injured after hitting a ship propeller. The result was horrifying and painful damage to the upper and lower right jaw of the sea turtle christened AKUT 3, for the Turkish agency that rescued him. Later, AKUT 3 was fitted with a realistic 3D printed version of his natural jaws whereby he could feed himself once again.

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3D Printed Foot for the maimed Duck

Buttercup was born with a physical deformity whereby its left foot was turned backwards, making walking as well as swimming a painful ordeal for the poor duck. NovaCopy printed a customised foot for Buttercup that has helped him in leading a healthy life. Today, Buttercup is a Facebook celebrity and enjoys his swimming excursions.

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3D Printed Architectural Wonders for the Hermit Crab Shelter

The idea is the brainchild of Aki Inomata, who combined her passion for architecture with her 3D printing skills and hit upon the idea of designing a wondrous shelter for nomadic Hermit Crabs. Modelled after the allure of Paris, the bustle of New York and culture of Tokyo, the crystalline shelters are stunning enough to make you wish for one yourself! Watch how it works in this video:

Japanese Engineers Are Creating An Invisible Train

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No, it’s not the kind of invisibility claims you have seen in recent times. The train won’t go completely invisible although we would have loved that. It is a new experiment being undertaken in Japan where trains are really fast and look like an oddity in the landscape. What Kazuyo Sejima, the lead designer behind this project aims to do is to reduce the visual imprint of the train and make it reflect most of its light around so the train doesn’t strike out while moving at such high speeds. The train is being specially made for the 100th anniversary of the Seibu Group, the country’s oldest train operator dating back to 1916. Seibu has commissioned this project to make this huge milestone memorable for them.

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According to Quartz, each train will be covered with an assortment of reflective surfaces like polished mirrors that will make it tough to spot with the naked eye. While it may not work round the clock, it will still be good for many surroundings. It is interesting that this illusionary concept of invisibility will still take a couple of years to achieve as the trains are slated to be rolled out by 2018. They will attempt to try and blend the train into the natural landscape and reduce the artificial footprint in the countryside. Yes, Japan HAS a sizable country side and probably they don’t like to mess with it.

So, how will this kind of invisibility fare? Type away in the comment section!

Assembly of World’s Largest Radio Telescope In China Has Begun

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China is now home to the world’s largest radio telescope as the gazillion or so pieces are being joined. The telescope will be ready soon and will soon allow access to a wide range of data that we couldn’t catch before.

Radio telescopes allow us to observe the heavens in a different spectrum, one that cannot be seen by naked eye. We observe and study the celestial bodies at a radio frequency, often monitoring their movement and properties in great detail. It is not possible with visual telescopes to do this. These telescopes are prominent landmarks and due to their sheer size and assembly problems, they are incredible engineering marvels. Some of these telescopes are really huge, and I am sure many of us have dreamed of roller skating on their giant parabolic dishes. I still want to do that, and the five hundred diameters of this colossal telescope could well be the biggest skating area in the world!

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The assembly of the astronomical device started in 2011 and finally now, the pieces of the dish array are being placed piece-by-piece. The dish telescope boasts of its huge size even in its name FAST (Five hundred meters Aperture spherical telescope). There are more than 4,450 reflector panels that will make up this sky viewing monster, and when completed, they will dwarf other radio telescopes by quite a margin. The largest radio dish in the world right now is in Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico, and its diameter is only 305 meters.

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The FAST will be installed in a local depression just like other mega antennas in radio telescope to avoid Electromagnetic Interference. It works best when it is placed in an area void of any human contact, so there is a 3-mile are around the dish that has no presence of either humans or their interference signals. The area has complete radio silence planned so that the signals would not be disrupted. The Chinese space scientists working on radio signals will have unparalleled access to weaker strains of data that were inaccessible to mankind before. It will be a major upgrade for them from the “second hand” signals they have been using for quite some time.

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One of the main purposes of radio telescopes is the detection of intelligent life in outer space other than us. The radio signals generated by them can be picked up by the huge array of dishes and can even be analyzed to figure out what they mean. For people having the aesthetic appreciation of this beautiful piece of engineering, a perched platform nearby will give an unobstructed view of the telescope.

Time to book my ticket for China.

Top 15 Most Innovative Countries Of The World

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Innovation isn’t exactly a measure of intelligence or output of people living in a country. It is the ability of a state to enforce modern progressive laws, remove obstacles to trade and commerce and do business intelligently while relying on cutting edge technology as their competitive advantage. Many countries claim to be at the top of the innovation pyramid based on their contributions towards science and society, but if they were to be ranked in terms of their collective innovative imprint on the world, how will they be placed?

Lets us take a look at this survey from the Cornell University and the World Intellectual Property Organization’s annual Global Innovation Index and see how the top 15 positions fared in the list.

15. New Zealand

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The land of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy has seen a significant increase in innovative filming technology in recent years especially in the use of drone technology. It ranks 15th on our list.

14. South Korea

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The small Asian nation has been at the forefront of innovation thanks to its cutting-edge improvements in electronics and other R&D sectors.

13. Iceland

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The small Scandinavian country is back in the mix after overcoming financial woes. It is now becoming an innovative unit for housing much of the internet’s data.

12. Germany

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Germany is a robust, innovative country finding its place mainly for its countless developments in the automotive sector.

11. Hong Kong

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The Chinese government’s vassal state has cemented its place in the innovation index and won’t let go that easily.

10. Denmark

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The high rank of the Denmark is due to its high quality of education, a large numbers of researcher community and efficient system of governance.

9. Luxembourg

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One of the smallest countries in the world is ranked ninth due to its high score in investment and trade divisions. Education is also one of the things that boost its rank.

8. Ireland

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Despite the sluggish economy, the Republic of Ireland is at such a high rank on innovation because of its infrastructure and creative outputs.

7. Singapore

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The East Asian nation stands out for its sustainable development sector and stable political environment.

6. Finland

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Another Scandinavian country in the list means that this region is one of the most innovative in the world. Finland also has similar reasons for being here by excelling in technology, research and higher education.

5. United States

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The United States is back in business with a positive stock exchange, its popular social media revolution and development in Information Technology.

4. Netherlands

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The land-reclaimed nation is fourth on the list because of its strong online culture with the government and advancements in science and technology.

3. Sweden

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The high-achieving Sweden has continued to achieve more because of its countless universities and research environment.

2. UK

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The United Kingdom despite having lower education and productivity makes this list because of good all round display.

1. Switzerland

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The most innovative country in the world also happens to be the deposit bank of the world. Its knowledge-based economy and lucrative projects that spin a lot of money and knowledge keep it top of the world.

[Via Cornell University]

Watch a 5-axis CNC Cut An Impeller Blade

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CNC machines are doing wonders through manufacturing. This video demonstrates how a 5-axis CNC machine can cut an Impeller blade out of metal block. Sit back and enjoy the video