Blake Chambers

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The myth of religious violence

As we watch the fighters of the Islamic State (Isis) rampaging through the Middle East, tearing apart the modern nation-states of Syria and Iraq created by departing European colonialists, it may be difficult to believe we are living in the 21st century. The sight of throngs of terrified refugees …

Collaborative Algorithm Lets Autonomous Robots Team Up And Learn From Each Other

Last week, MIT announced an exciting, but somewhat obscure breakthrough—a new algorithm, called AMPS, that turns teams of robots into better learners. It lets autonomous systems quickly compare notes about what they’ve observed in their respective travels, and come up with a combined worldview.<p>If …

Robotics

Speedy swarms of tiny robots build things in 'microfactory'

Stop whatever you are doing and watch these microrobots zoom around a "microfactory" like ants.<p>These magnetically controlled construction robots -- …

Storm Troopers Invade Twee Thomas Kinkade Landscapes

It’s just a fact of life: Every self-respecting artist in America (and maybe beyond) has made at least <i>one</i> joke in her lifetime about Thomas Kinkade, …

MIT Invents A Shapeshifting Display You Can Reach Through And Touch

The Tangible Media Group at MIT’s Media Lab has unveiled a futuristic display made of atoms, not pixels.<p>We live in an age of touch-screen interfaces, but what will the UIs of the future look like? Will they continue to be made up of ghostly pixels, or will they be made of atoms that you can reach …

Big milestone: U.S. producing more oil than it imports

The United States still imports 35% of the petroleum it uses, but its oil production is on the rise while its consumption is falling.<p>The United States tiptoed closer to energy independence last month when — for the first time in nearly two decades — it produced more crude oil than it imported, …

Where's The Best Of What's New?

<b>We're still adapting our Best of What's New pages from prior to 2014--thanks for your patience!</b><p><b>Until then, take a look at our 2014 BOWN winners.</b>

An army of robot baristas could mean the end of Starbucks as we know it

Starbucks’ 95,000 baristas have a competitor. It doesn’t need sleep. It’s precise in a way that a human could never be. It requires no training. It can’t quit. It has memorized every one of its customers’ orders. There’s never a line for its perfectly turned-out drinks.<p>It doesn’t require health …

Coffee

'Terminator' self-assembling cube robots revealed by MIT

<b>Cube-shaped robots that can flip, jump and assemble themselves into different shapes have been unveiled by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).</b><p>The small robots, known as M-Blocks, have no external parts but can move using an internal flywheel mechanism.<p>They stick together …

Future Spacecraft Will Be 3-D Printed–In Space, By Robots

In a sci-fi dream come true, a new NASA-funded project engages 3-D printers and robots to build the space systems of tomorrow.<p>Space exploration has always been restricted by the fact that all technology is to-go. Everything we put into the great beyond must first be fabricated on Earth and then …

Boeing turned a fighter jet into a drone

Its like transformers, but for real<p>Boeing has tinkered with an F–16 fighter jet and transformed it into a UAV with more capabilities than it would have with a human pilot at the controls. The adapted Lockhart–Martin aircraft, which hadn't flown in over a decade, made a solo flight above the Gulf of …

Here is every previous government shutdown, why they happened and how they ended

Since the modern congressional budgeting process took effect in 1976, there have been a total of seventeen separate government shutdowns (or "spending gaps" in Hill jargon). Given that we appear to be headed for another one imminently, let's look back at those experiences, the political …

Disney Researchers Create A Way To Make Geared Figures That Look Amazingly Life-Like

For centuries the creation of geared automata has been sort of a dark art. To design a mechanical device to move like a human or animal was a trick in itself and to build the gears and rods necessary to propel the thing was even trickier. A team of Disney researchers, however, have created a system …

Meteorite Brought Surprising Ingredient for Life to Earth In 2012

Scientists have discovered unexpected ingredients for life — organic molecules never seen before in meteorites — inside a chunk of space rock that …

Meteorites

The ACLU wages a long-shot legal battle against NSA surveillance

Convincing courts that metadata matters will be a hard sell<p>Earlier this week, the American Civil Liberties moved forward with a lawsuit filed in June, asking a New York court to stop the NSA from gathering any information from its phone lines while it attempts to end the agency’s mass metadata …

Lockbox Raises $2.5 Million Seed Round To Help Encrypt Your Stuff

It’s hard to trust the cloud. With the NSA coming in one end and hackers coming in through the other, complete encryption is key. That’s what Lockbox is for. The company, founded in 2008, has accepted $2.5 million in seed funding to further roll out their Client Portal and iPad app.<p>Lockbox offers …

Google And Microsoft: 'Today Our Two Companies Stand Together' Against US Ban On Email Surveillance Disclosures

To followers of technology issues, there are many days when Microsoft and Google stand apart. But today our two companies stand together. We both remain concerned with the Government's continued unwillingness to permit us to publish sufficient data relating to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act …

Google Project Loon Explains Smart Balloon Flocking

Google launched one its most ambitious project to date when it unveiled Project Loon, its long-term project to provide balloon-powered Internet across the world, in June.<p>Loon is one of the Internet giant’s potentially world-changing efforts since it could bring millions of people in remote places …

Piloting A Drone Is Hell

Drone pilots are remote but not detached.<p>The cover story for the <i>Atlantic</i>'s September issue reveals a surprising truth: drone warfare is more like <i>The Truman Show</i> than <i>Terminator</i>. In the future, autonomous robots might fight our battles for us, but for now, war is all too human; we rely on human …

10 Amazing Light Painting Photographers You Should Start Following Right Now

Light Painting goes as far back as Pablo Picasso, and since the true formation of the medium with pioneers such as Dean Chamberlain, Eric Staller and …

Google: don't expect privacy when sending to Gmail

People sending email to any of Google's 425 million Gmail users have no "reasonable expectation" that their communications are confidential, the internet giant has said in a court filing.<p>Consumer Watchdog, the advocacy group that uncovered the filing, called the revelation a "stunning admission." …