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June 4, 2006 - June 10, 2006 Archives

  • June 9, 2006
    Researchers at MIT are developing a new type of battery that uses electrodes covered in millions of tiny nanotube filaments, creating a battery that can be charged in a matter of seconds rather than hours. Regular batteries use chemical reactions to produce energy, which is a con... / Continue →
  • June 8, 2006
    Researchers at the University of Nebraska have developed a new film that can give robots a sense of touch similar to a human's in sensitivity. The film is constructed from layers of metal and semiconducting nanoparticles which are sandwiched by two layers of electrodes. When the ... / Continue →
  • June 8, 2006
    The Society for Information Display conference is currently taking place in San Francisco. The conference showcases the latest display technology that is just starting to surface in companies and laboratories worldwide. Among the crop of new display technologies are the various n... / Continue →
  • June 7, 2006
    Bigelow Aerospace is attempting to create the premiere destination for space tourism with an inflatable space hotel that will be hopefully be placed in low-Earth orbit. The hotel is based off of an abandoned NASA design for an inflatable space station, and it is expected to provi... / Continue →
  • June 7, 2006
    China has vowed to alter the weather when the 2008 Olympics take place in Beijing, preventing rain and other precipitation that would cause unwanted delays in the games. For decades, China's Weather Modification Office has been tasked with bringing rain to the different parts of ... / Continue →
  • June 7, 2006
    The Korean Agency for Defense Development has announced an update to their fleet of unmanned vehicles and future robot soldier plans. The XAV models that they first released last year have been updated to achieve higher speeds (up to 45 kilometers an hour) and equipped with 5.56-... / Continue →
  • June 6, 2006
    The most terrifying thing a doctor can tell you at your next colonoscopy is about to change from "I found something suspicious" to "I'd like to do further exploration with this segmented robot potato." A team of scientists from Italy, Germany, Greece and the UK are developing a r... / Continue →
  • June 6, 2006
    Laser manufacturer Novalux is working towards creating colored lasers that could be used in tiny, laser-based projectors for handheld devices like cell phones, MP3 players, and PDAs. These laser-based projectors could produce bright and clear images the size of laptop screens in ... / Continue →
  • June 5, 2006
    It's been a week and a half since we got word of the last whacky DARPA project, and I was beginning to get a little worried. It seems that DARPA is funding a "Unique Signature Detection Program" that will identify terrorists based on scents they secrete in their "sweat, tears, ur... / Continue →
  • June 5, 2006
    EMITALL Surveillance in Montreux, Switzerland has developed a surveillance system that automatically scrambles people on the feed to protect them from unwarranted monitoring. The system can be implemented on top of a normal video surveillance feed, and it uses a particular algori... / Continue →
  • June 5, 2006
    At the Smart Home Network Show 2006, Korea Telecom presented four robot helpers that are slated to take the place of their less electronic human counterparts in the near future. Of the robots presented, three are for home use (the Roboid/Cubo, the Nettoro, and the previously-men... / Continue →