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Infusing Science Into ‘Minecraft’ Modification

Infusing Science Into ‘Minecraft’ Modification

The 3-D world of the popular “Minecraft” video game just became more entertaining, perilous and educational, thanks to a comprehensive code modification kit, “Polycraft World,” created by University of Texas at Dallas professors, students and alumni.   With “Polycraft World,” the millions of “Minecraft” players worldwide will now be able to incorporate the properties of [...]

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Soft Robot Takes a Licking, Keeps On Walking

Soft Robot Takes a Licking, Keeps On Walking

When it comes to soft robots, researchers have finally managed to cut the cord. Developers from Harvard’s School for Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have produced the first untethered soft robot — a quadruped that can stand up and walk away from its designers.   Working in the [...]

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Smooth Moves: How Do Soccer Balls Swerve?

Smooth Moves: How Do Soccer Balls Swerve?

It happens every four years: The World Cup begins and some of the world’s most skilled players carefully line up free kicks, take aim — and shoot way over the goal.   The players are all trying to bend the ball into a top corner of the goal, often over a wall of defensive players [...]

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‘Hello, World!’ Space Station Video Via Laser

‘Hello, World!’ Space Station Video Via Laser

“Hello, World!” came the message from the International Space Station as NASA successfully beamed high-definition video via laser from space to ground on Thursday, June 5. The 175-megabit video transmission was the first of its kind for the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) with the goal of improving the way we receive data from [...]

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New Laser Sensing Technology for Self-Driving Cars, Smartphones and 3-D Video Games

New Laser Sensing Technology for Self-Driving Cars, Smartphones and 3-D Video Games

A new twist on 3-D imaging technology could one day enable your self-driving car to spot a child in the street half a block away, let you answer your Smartphone from across the room with a wave of your hand, or play “virtual tennis” on your driveway.   The new system, developed by researchers at [...]

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Flying in Comfort Thanks to Virtual Reality

Flying in Comfort Thanks to Virtual Reality

Does this sound familiar? After a long check-in procedure you are finally sitting in your assigned seat on the aircraft. But the seat is too narrow, the foot-well is too tight, you have neighbors using both armrests, and the family with small children in the row in front increases the noise level considerably. If only [...]

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Monkeys Use Minds to Move Two Virtual Arms

Monkeys Use Minds to Move Two Virtual Arms

In a study led by Duke researchers, monkeys have learned to control the movement of both arms on an avatar using just their brain activity.   The findings, published Nov. 6, 2013, in the journal Science Translational Medicine, advance efforts to develop bilateral movement in brain-controlled prosthetic devices for severely paralyzed patients. To enable the [...]

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Cocktail Novelties Inspired by Nature’s Designs

Cocktail Novelties Inspired by Nature’s Designs

An MIT mathematician and a celebrity chef have combined talents to create two culinary novelties inspired by nature.   John Bush, a professor of applied mathematics, and renowned Spanish chef José Andrés have designed a cocktail accessory and a palate cleanser based on the mechanics of water bugs and water lilies, respectively. The cocktail accessory [...]

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The Math Says Red Sox Have a Big Edge in the World Series

Now that the World Series is about to begin, NJIT math professor Bruce Bukiet has announced the probability of each of the contenders winning the best 4 out of 7 game contest. “The Boston Red Sox have a nearly 70% chance of winning the series,” says Bukiet. But he gives the caveat that the St. [...]

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Video Game Technology: Motion Tracking Technology Is Extremely Precise, Inexpensive With Minimal Lag

Video Game Technology: Motion Tracking Technology Is Extremely Precise, Inexpensive With Minimal Lag

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research Pittsburgh have devised a motion tracking technology that could eliminate much of the annoying lag that occurs in existing video game systems that use motion tracking, while also being extremely precise and highly affordable.   Called Lumitrack, the technology has two components — projectors and sensors. A [...]

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