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Author, evolutionary biologist, and militant atheist Richard Dawkins evoked a little XKCD magic on stage at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theater recently. After speaking on “the major issues of importance to humanists and atheists at a time when opposition to rationalist thought appears to be on the rise,” Dawkins fielded questions from the audience. When quizzed on the evidence for scientific theory in relation to evidence for any other belief system, Dawkins reeled off numerous scientific examples for evidence, before saying “it works, bitches.” There’s been some debate among Verge academics as to whether Dawkins was channeling Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Pinkman or referring to the famous XKCD comic, but popular consensus is with the latter.
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This is a Mystery Science Theater 3000 themed wall decal featuring the silhouettes of Tom Servo, Joel and Crow T. Robot made to appear like they’re sitting a row behind you on the couch. They’re not really though, it’s just a $ 35 sticker for sale from Walkingdeadpromotion. Don’t feel like putting it behind the couch? Put it behind the toilet. Just don’t come crying to me when they all start ragging on your bathroom habits. I’ve been saying it for years, robots are mean.
Thanks to beeps, who agrees if you can ever avoid having someone sitting behind you during a movie, you go for that option.
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dlnrover.grc.nasa.gov NASA Glenn’s Digital Learning Network Mars rover is a Lego robot that’s able to be driven online. It was developed by student interns and has stereo (3D) cameras and several sensors. It is part of a lesson offered free to K-12 schools throughout the US via NASA’s Digital Learning Network: dln.nasa.gov For more information or to schedule a lesson, visit the links to the DLN Rover and DLN sites above.
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This is a video of how to set ice on fire by adding ice cubes to a layer of calcium carbide. Except the ice isn’t really burning — it’s just providing the water fuel that calcium carbide needs to produce acetylene gas, which will burn like a lit fart.
Calcium carbide consists of two carbon atoms stuck onto a calcium atom. Add that to liquid water (H2O) and the carbon atoms will grab hold of the two hydrogen atoms and produce C2H2, or acetylene gas. This is the gas that’s the fuel in many a welding torch. When you toss in the match the gas will fire up.
As long as there’s still calcium carbide and water reacting, flammable acetylene gas will be produced and your fire will stay burning. Man, this is gonna make a great centerpiece at my holiday party. Speaking of — why haven’t you RSVP’d yet? “I never got an invite.” *smiling slyly* No? “I wouldn’t have come anyways though.” *sad face*
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Popular sci-fi action figures line shop shelves by the dozens, however you will not find genuine researchers beside Jedi Knights and Klingons. That & rsquo; s where the Heroes of Science action figures can be found in. The collection of popular scientists – totalling 30 in all – is based on genuine Star Trek toys, with 50 hours of Photoshop control eventually creating a remarkably authentic-looking ensemble. The creator restricted the selection to those who were alive during the 20th century to keep things straightforward, but you & rsquo; ll still see lots of recognizable faces such as Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Alan Turing, and even Neil deGrasse Tyson. Unfortunately, you could & rsquo; t purchase any of the figures – it doesn & rsquo; t appearance like there are any plans to create them …
MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab visualizes a future of personal air transport (video)
Even more fun from MIT’s AI laboratory. Graduate student Peng Yu gladly displayed a few flying demos on our go to, controlling an Ar. Drone with a number of techniques, including keyboard, tablet (touch), voice and motion, each naturally presenting their own positives and negatives, in terms of convenience of use and specificity. The latter was definitely the most interesting of the lot, performed by means of a Kinect hack that allowed Yu to direct the flying robotic over a small style town in the middle of the laboratory.
Voice, at the same time, played a vital function in a pc demonstration that keeps in line with a vision from Boeing of a future (some 20 or 30 years out, according to its quotes) where residents use individual planes capable of holding two to four people to, state, commute to work. Talking into the system, the individual basically negotiates with the aircraft, offering a location, hoped for air travel duration and any pitstops to be made along the way. The system in the demonstration readjusted for storms and let Yu know exactly how quickly it thought it would be able to make the run.
Demos of all of the above can be discovered after the break.
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www.drivingthenation.com Sebastian Thrun, Professor of Computer Science, Stanford, talks about the different challenges between previous Grand Challenges, and the current Urban Challenge. Thrun also discusses the financing behind the car, and how they received most of their money. From wikipedia.org: Sebastian Thrun, (born 1967 in Solingen, Germany) is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL). He led the development of the robotic vehicle Stanley, which won the DARPA Grand Challenge in 2005 and brought Stanford a two-million dollar prize. Thrun is also known for his work on probabilistic programming techniques in robotics, with applications including robotic mapping. In recognition of his contributions, Thrun was elected into the National Academy of Engineering in 2007.
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Primed goes in-depth on the technobabble you hear on Engadget every day– we dig deep into each topic’s history and exactly how it benefits our lives. You can follow the series right here. Wanting to suggest a piece of modern technology for us to break down? Drop us a line at primed \* at \* engadget \* dawt \* com.
As you’re with any luck conscious, this is a device weblog. As an outcome, we’re innately influenced towards stuff that’s brand-new and ideally fandangled. More cores, more pixels, even more lenses; simply provide it here and make us thrilled. The risk of this kind of technical greed is that we don’t make full use of what we already have, and nothing illustrates that much better than the Graphics Processing Unit. Whether it sits in our computers, laptops, tablets or phones, the GPU is cruelly limited by its history– its long-established reputation as a dumb, muscle component that takes directions from the primary processor and converts them into pixels for us to gawp at.
However what if the GPUs in our tools had some buried genius– capabilities that, if just we could tap into them, would certainly generate hyper-realistic experiences and better all-round performance from economical hardware? Well, the thing is, this unknown potential actually exists. We’ve been covering it because a minimum of 2008 and, also though it still hasn’t generated adequate fuss to come to be genuinely well-known, the semiconductor industry is making more sound about it now than ever before.
So please, join us after the break as we endeavor to explain why the trend understood as “GPU calculate,” aka “general function GPU (GPGPU),” or just “not patronizing your graphics processor,” is still impressive regardless of having let us down in the past. We’ll try to show why it’s worth discovering a few related ideas and terms to assist offer a glossary for future insurance coverage; and why, on the whole, your graphics chip is less Hasselhoff and even more Hoffman than you could have thought of.
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Hampture underwater colony established for science, leads the way for future hamster space exploration
Animals have had a rough time of it, when it comes to scientific exploration. Look no further than Laika, the first animal to orbit Earth, soon to become a the first animal to die in orbit, not too long after achieving that earlier distinction. The dwarf hamsters that occupy Hampture seem to be considerably happier in their own scientific explorations than the Soviet mutt, at the moment. Bob Averill brought the project to our attention last week on our visit to Portland, Oregon. According to the official blog, the project is an attempt to “learn firsthand what is involved in designing and constructing a complete underwater habitat capable of sustaining complex organisms.” It also may well be a gateway to sending the hamsternauts into space via Skystation Mk1. Averill is also looking to turn Hampture into a salable product, though Kickstarter, for one, has apparently balked at the idea. In the meantime, you can check out a streaming feed of the habitat after the break and read up on the making of the project in the source links below.