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Extra robotic arm for drummers

09 Jun 16
Need a third hand with that drum kit? Georgia Tech has created a wearable robotic arm that can turn drummers into super-musicians.
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Japan’s Food Firms to Display New Technology

22 Jun 17

In Japan, various food firms showcased various technologies at an industry show. Technologies from edible ink printers to chicken stick conveyor belts were displayed.  One of the exhibitor claimed that such technologies can turn anyone into a top sushi chef.

Newmind’s color printers can print an image with any color on cookies and other food items. The best thing about this printer is that the inks used are edible. Another booth named Kojima Giken’s had a conveyor belt in which the machine uses its wooden skewers to dice chicken.  The machine produces a popular grilled snack called yakitori. It is a bigger treat to customers when served along with abundant amount of beer.

800 exhibitors participated at the International Food Machinery and Technology Exhibition in Tokyo. A machine named Suzumo Machinery can combine rice, spicy green wasabi paste and fresh fish. This is done before wrapping sushi in a clear plastic bag with an expiration date.

Content: phys.org

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Deadly Hot Springs in Yellow Stone National Park

21 Jun 17

On June 13, a 21-year-old employee at the Yellowstone National Park, who fell into a hot spring there, got severely burnt. "Yellowstone's thermal features are dangerous. We continually stress that people must stay on trails and boardwalks in geyser basins, not only to protect resources, but for their own safety” stated superintendent Dan Wenk.

The astounding geothermal features of Yellowstone National Park are due to the massive super-volcano underneath. There are 10,000 geysers in this national park accounting to half of the world’s known geysers.

The unworldly, bubbling cauldrons of superheated springs tangled with green, red and yellow bacteria are visited by some 3 million people every year.

However, these most intriguing attractions of the park are also some of the deadliest. The Outside magazine reported that at least 22 people have lost their lives since the park’s inauguration after voluntarily entering or accidently slipping into these deadly pools.

The composition and pressure of the underground water here indicate that the park’s hot springs are roiling with superheated water. These regularly surpass the boiling point at the elevation, which is 92 degree Celsius. The hottest temperature recorded here was 237 degree Celsius.

Content: www.livescience.com

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It’s All in the Eyes

20 Jun 17

Research has found that the meaning of a word is enough to trigger a certain reaction in our pupil. When we hear and intercept a word meaning or referring to luminosity (“bright, sunshine” etc), our pupils’ contract. That too, in the same manner when they are actually exposed to bright light. And when referred to a word associated to darkness (“dark, gloom” etc), the opposite occurs.

The research reveals that there was evident contraction and expansion observed in the pupil. These results were published in the journal “Psychological Science” on June 14, 2017.

The piece of work by researchers from University of Groningen (Netherlands) has opened up new horizons for better understanding of how our brain responds to language. This happens because our brain makes mental images related to our experiences with reference to the language that we know or speak.

Content: www.sciencedaily.com

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World's First Scientifically-Described Dinosaur Fossil Discovered

19 Jun 17

Scientists have developed unique technology that brought some light on the world's first scientifically described dinosaur fossil.The research was led by scientists at the University of Warwick and the University of Oxford's Museum of Natural History. According to the scientists, the discovery has been uncovered by them after 200 years.The scientists have revealed five previously unseen teeth in the jawbone of the Megalosaurus. The researchers added that historical repairs on the fossil may have been less widespread than formerly thought.

 The researchers used art CT scanning technology and specialist 3D analysis software. Additionally, the team of scientists took more than 3000 X-ray images of the world- famous Megalosaurus jawbone, creating a digital three-dimensional image of the fossil.In an extraordinary level of study, the scientist was able to see inside the jawbone for the first time, tracing the roots of teeth and the extent of different repairs.Some damage occurred to the newly found sample when it was detached from the rock, possibly shortly after it was discovered.

  Content -www.sciencedaily.com

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18 Jun 17

A device called CAPTIVE has been developed by the researchers at North Carolina State University for manipulating 3D virtual objects in a computer program. It is an inexpensive, user-friendly controller offering 6 degrees of freedom. It facilitates the users to more quickly manipulate objects than current technologies. It has applications in design tools, medical diagnosis and video gaming.

It uses only three elements viz., a webcam which is present in most laptops and smartphones, custom software, and a simple plastic cube.

At each corner, the plastic cube which has differently colored balls, resembling a Tinkertoy, is created using a 3-D printer. When a user manipulates the cube, the webcam captures the image. Then, the video recognition software detects the cube’s movements in three dimensions by following the way each colored ball moves with respect to others.

The researchers carried out a set of standard experiments to test CAPTIVE’s efficiency, and discovered that it allows users to rotate objects in 3D about twice faster than that of competing technologies.

"Basically, there's no latency; no detectable lag time between what the user is doing and what they see on screen," said a researcher. 

Content: www.sciencedaily.com

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