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Touch Bionics i-limb ultra revolution is controllable via a mobile app

Touch Bionics has just announced a new product in its inventory called the i-limb ultra revolution. It features a biosim mobile app that is usable …

Bionics

Programmer Creates An AI To (Not Quite) Beat NES Games

Programmer and CMU PhD Tom Murphy created a function to “beat” NES games by watching the score. When the computer did things that raised the score it would learn how to reproduce them again and again, resulting, ultimately, in what amounts to a Super Mario Brothers-playing robot. The program, …

Google's Big Chinese Competitor, Baidu, Is Setting Up Shop In Google's Backyard

There, Baidu will be trying to build computers that mimic the human brain, thinking and learning like humans do, reports Wired's Daniela Hernandez.<p>Baidu is certainly not alone in the quest for more human-like computers. Google is obviously working on this too. About five months ago, Google nabbed …

Silicon Valley

How to Adventure Prep Your Bike: Before You Go

Nobody walks out to the garage and pulls on a helmet and riding gear thinking, “I really want to be bored. I think I’ll go ride my motorcycle.”<p>Boring …

Off-roading

Watch a high-speed chase from a motorcycle-mounted officer's point of view

Riding a motorcycle through high traffic can be a stressful experience. And we don't even want to imagine what it's like to have to actually pursue someone on a motorcycle. Fortunately, we don't have to. Officer Troy Gurley of the Florence, Alabama police force recently attempted to stop a vehicle …

Self-driving cars face host of legal hurdles

One group of people eagerly awaiting the arrival of autonomous (self-driving) vehicles are lawyers, according to a recent report on <i>CNET</i>. While the soon-to-arrive vehicles are sure to save countless lives (after cigarettes, motorized vehicles are the second most dangerous consumer product on the …

Kidney grown in lab successfully transplanted into rat

Scientists have grown a kidney in a laboratory and shown that it works when implanted into a living animal. The work is an important step towards the …