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Health from above: a drone to deliver defibrillators to heart attack victims

German non-profit group Definetz wants to make defibrillators readily available across its country so that any time someone has a heart attack, the life saving devices are within arms reach. And it's looking to drones to help it bring its vision to fruition. On Friday, the group announced the …

Getty Museum's Open Content project makes 4,600 pieces of art freely available to download

Much of the world's great artwork is tightly controlled, but the Getty Museum just announced a significant initiative to open things up — its new Open Content Program has made some 4,600 pieces of art from the museum's collection free to use. Users can visit the Getty Search Gateway to browse …

Watch Lab-Grown Heart Tissue Beat On Its Own [Video]

Be still my heart.<p>A team of scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has created lab-grown human heart tissue that can beat on its own, according to a new study in <i>Nature Communications</i>.<p>In 2008, a University of Minnesota study showed that the original cells from a rat heart …

Elon Musk Hyperloop Designs: Futuristic Transit System Envisioned at Traveling Over 700 MPH

Elon Musk, CEO and Chairman of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, published open source designs for the futuristic Hyperloop transportation system on August 12.<p>…

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Swimming Robot Tested for Billion-Mile Trip to Saturn Moon

<b>Where do you get a robot ready to visit a lake a billion miles away?</b><p>The glacier-fed Laguna Negra (map) in the Chilean Andes, where NASA and SETI Institute scientists have been testing a floating robot whose successors may eventually parachute into a sea on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.<p>It’s not …

The Case for Alien Life

Only one planet has been proven to support life: our own. But with at least 11 billion Earth-sized worlds in our galaxy orbiting in their stars' habitable zones, the odds that we are not alone are improving.<p>On Feb. 9, 2013, NASA's Curiosity rover found something on Mars that set a milestone in the …

Climate Change Could Increase Armed Conflicts By 50 Percent Worldwide

Climate change isn’t just affecting the natural world. Researchers have long understood that rising levels of greenhouse gas emissions will also have …

Dutch Scientists Invent Smog-Eating Pavement to Help Clean the Air

<i>Photo via Shutterstock</i><p>In urban areas, both smog and pavement seem to dominate the landscape. While the two may seem like separate and distinct …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

Advertisement<p>32 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / StudioSmart<p>A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of …

FIT for EVERYONE

FIT is an adjustable, custom-made prosthetic leg for transtibial amputee children in developing countries. FIT “grows” along with the child, …

How to Navigate by the Stars

Explorers have used the stars as a compass for millennia, and if you’re out having adventures at night, you should add the skill to your arsenal. (If …

Watch The Mars Rover Curiosity's First Year In Only 2 Minutes

A busy, if slow-moving, year in the life of a robot we crashed onto an alien world.<p>The Mars rover Curiosity has spent the past year driving around the surface of of its new home, drilling and digging and collecting samples and every once in awhile drawing inappropriate body parts for fun.<p>It's not a …

An apelike robot to explore the moon (pictures)

Published: July 23, 2013 / Caption: James Martin / Photo: Daniel Kühn, DFKI GmbH<p>Ankle joint mechanism and sensor foot<p>Published: July 23, 2013 / Caption: James Martin / Photo: Daniel Kühn, DFKI GmbH<p>Bioinspired functionality<p>Published: July 23, 2013 / Caption: James Martin / Photo: Felix Bernhard und …

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