Mark Giambruno

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LA combats congestion by synchronizing all 4,500 traffic signals

Los Angeles is well known as a city plagued by gridlock, but a new traffic control strategy three decades in the making could help to ease the pain. That's the goal of the Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control system, which was completed in February and synchronizes all 4,500 traffic signals …

Sony's 4K TVs Will Be Surprisingly Affordable—in That They Cost Less than a Car

The $25,000 pricetag attached to Sony's 84-inch UltraHD set—the one that's been haunting your dreams since CES—may put that super-sized set out of …

NASA to launch planet-hunting mission with Google-backed satellite

NASA this week announced plans to launch two new projects: a mission to search for new planets, and an International Space Station (ISS) experiment to analyze X-rays emitted from neutron stars. Both are slated to launch in 2017, under the agency's Astrophysics Explorer Program.<p>NASA's Transiting …

Daggers out for Windows 8, plaudits for the iPad

The war on Windows 8 continued this week. But there's probably something more to that than an unpopular operating system.<p>The week began with Dell -- ostensibly one of the biggest proponents of Window 8 -- making bleak predictions about the OS in an SEC filing.<p>Dell didn't stop there. It had a …

Microsoft Windows

Two Makers Come Together To Make A Robotic Hand For A Boy In South Africa

Two makers on opposite ends of the globe, Ivan Owen in Bellingham, Washington and Richard Van As in South Africa, teamed up to build a custom robotic hand and publish it on Thingiverse. The best part? They built it for Liam, a five-year-old South African boy who was born without fingers on his …

3Gbps LED light bulb WLAN achieved by Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

We first noted it back in 2008: the possibility of using LED light bulbs for secure and directional wireless internet access. Well, the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute is claiming that speedy data rates of up 3Gbps have are indeed feasible. The boost comes from its latest enhancements, allowing …

Solar Panels Now Make More Electricity Than They Use

And by 2020, the solar industry will have completely "paid back" the energy it took to produce the world's panels.<p>Solar panels make energy, but they take energy to make, too. And, until about 2010 or so, the solar panel industry used more electricity than it produced, according to a new analysis. …

Meet the Makers of the Wearable Robot

Ekso Bionics's wearable robot is getting paraplegics back on their feet.<p>Nearly 1.3 million people in this country are paralyzed as a result of spinal cord injury. Around the world, there are millions more. Eythor Bender wants all of them to have a robotic exoskeleton in their homes. When that's …

Robotics

Paralyzed woman completes London Marathon in robot suit

Claire Lomas suffered a T4 spinal injury in a 2007 horse riding accident that left her paralyzed from the chest down. In 2012, she completed the London Marathon. What happened in between was the development of a robotic suit that let her tackle the challenge on her own two legs.<p>It took 17 days for …

London Marathon

How the U.S. Military Can Win the Robotic Weapon Revolution: Pictures

In 2003, the U.S. invaded Iraq with just a handful of unmanned vehicles. Now, less than a decade later, we have 7000 robots overseas in the air alone. The U.S. dominates the robot war room, for now.<p>In 2003, the U.S. invaded Iraq with just a handful of unmanned vehicles. Now, less than a decade …

PETMAN robot struts and squats in hazmat attire

PETMAN, the creepily lifelike robot from Boston Dynamics, has made some remarkable strides in the last few years. Once nothing more than a headless walker with a penchant for push-ups, PETMAN has now morphed into a veritable Terminator, capable of squatting, swiveling, and celebrating, as evidenced …

Chinese Scientists Create Ultra Light, Low-Cost Carbon Nanotube Aerogels from Bacteria

Scientists at the Univeristy of Science and Technology of China have developed an environmentally friendly method of creating carbon nanotube …

How to Build a Space Elevator

<i>Is a ribbon made out of carbon nanotubes the key to building a cheaper, safer pathway to space?</i><p>Wikimedia Commons<p>Getting into space is hard, not to mention expensive. Only a few people go every year. What if, instead of rocket propulsion, you could just hop on a space elevator?<p>It sounds far fetched …

Carbon nanotube transistors orders of magnitude better at spotting cancer, say bioengineers | Kurzweil

Carbon nanotube field-effect transistor coupled to engineered antibody element for detecting prostate cancer (credit: University of …

Graphene: The Next Tech Revolution?

Torment Closes as the Best Funded Game in Kickstarter History

I realize that saying something is the “most something” in Kickstarter history isn’t all that impressive given how young the service is, but what Torment: Tides of Numenera has achieved is definitely worth highlighting.<p>We’ve been following the project for a while now, and the funds just kept …