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We can rebuild him, we just need the money

Prosthetics are advancing fast: in just a few decades they've gone from rudimentary tools to high-tech limbs capable of advanced movements. Researchers are now working on ways to integrate prosthetics even more closely with the human body, but there could be one big issue on the horizon: funding. …

Humans tend to trust robots that look human

Faced with two alternate versions of the same robot, people found the more human-like display friendlier and more trustworthy, compared to the other, more mechanical display, which they understood to be colder, "creepier," and "sterile."<p>Most robots are so much more than a pretty face, but <i>most …

Robotics

If an explosives robot becomes your friend, can you still send it off to die?

Robots do not feel pain. They can roll fearlessly into a war zone, lose a leg from a land mine, or be destroyed and replaced in short order. But for the soldiers who handle them, it's sometimes hard to see one give up the ghost. Recent University of Washington doctoral student Julie Carpenter has …

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 …

Mars One: The psychology of isolation, confinement and 24-hour Big Brother

Since April, thousands of people have applied to take a one-way trip to Mars. Following further stages of selection and training, the plan is for the first four astronauts to lift off in 2022. After a seven-month journey they will settle permanently on the red planet to conduct scientific …

Now Complete: The World’s First 3-D-Printed Room

Architect-programmers Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger have finished up what just might be the most complex architecture in human history.<p>For years, the world wasn’t quite ready for the mind-meltingly complex architecture dreamt up by computational architect-designer Michael Hansmeyer. …

How Human Do We Want Our Robots To Look?

That depends on who you are, and what the robot's for.<p>Let's say you're getting a robot butler. (Congratulations on your purchase, future-dweller!) You can choose between three models for your new _Jetsons-_style Rosie robot: a clearly robotic machine, maybe even a cutesy one, like Wall-E; a more …

FreedomPop Takes Aim At Carriers With Its New, Free Phone Plan

Is your cell phone bill too expensive? So is mine. Wireless data startup FreedomPop has been trying to tackle that little financial truth for the better part of two years now, and it’s finally ready to take aim at traditional wireless carriers and their pricey monthly plans.<p>In exchange for a …

IPCC Still Really, Really Sure We're Causing Climate Change

The latest assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released in full online today, details what we can and cannot predict about global warming.<p>Today, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finally released the final version of the first segment of their Fifth …

How Having Three Parents Leads To Disease-Free Kids

A newly approved procedure lets scientists gather DNA from three people, then use it for in vitro fertilization.<p>This summer, government health officials in the United Kingdom made headlines by announcing that they will let scientists create babies with DNA from three different people. The procedure …

Training for Fat Loss - Invictus Fitness

<b>Training for Fat Loss</b><br>Written by Calvin Sun<p>I’ve spent the better part of a decade earning a living by training clients and working with athletes. In …

Fitness

The Most Complete Guide To Beer Ever [Infographic]

It's... it's beautiful.<p>The artists at Pop Chart Lab, who've created gorgeous visualizations of everything from classic Nintendo games to bicycles, are tackling beer. A lot of beer.<p>Pop Chart has already released two beer posters, but since you can never, ever have a problem because of too much beer, …

Posters

Trigger Point Release For Beginners | The Art of Manliness

We can’t all afford a personal masseuse or athletic trainer to regularly rub out the kinks, soreness, and tight spots in our muscles. But there is a …

5 More Creative Ways to Beat Photographer's Block

I’m sure this is hardly the first article you’ve read on this topic, but it’s worth revisiting from time to time because, at some point, we all …

Creativity

Top Things to Do in Japan

When it comes to the top things to do in Japan, including Kyoto, Tokyo and beyond, most travelers have a list of major sights, shrines, parks, gardens, restaurants, museums, or neighborhoods to explore. But for many, Japan's unique culture is an attraction unto itself and simply being immersed into …

Affordable Self-Driving Car Tech Aims To Become Ubiquitous Within Three Years

It's not made by Google.<p>Google's self-driving car sure sounds appealing, but it's expensive. So another company altogether is looking to get the same capabilities for less.<p>A New York Times reporter recently took a ride in an Audi A7 equipped with cheaper—and more commercializable, the tech's maker …

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