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Drones based on birds

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Scientists have turned to Mother Nature’s most adept aerial acrobats – birds, bees, bats and other animals -- to inspire their designs for self-directed drones. With the right tweaks, these drones have the potential to fight forest fires, spot poachers and catch polluters. But first the unmanned machines have to be able to maneuver in tight spaces and think for themselves. And that’s where nature’s original high-fliers come in.
Swallows, for example, swoop and swerve in patterns that would knock top fighter pilots unconscious. Tracing the birds’ paths, along with those of other species, scientists are learning how to make their drones more nimble.
Recently, a team from MIT created an artificial pilot that could control a birdlike drone to twist through different sets of goalposts. To zoom through vertical goalposts, the drone knifes sideways and just slips by. The drone can do this and then quickly right itself to shoot through a set of horizontal goalposts too.  
To navigate obstacles a bit more complex than lab set ups, the team also created an autopilot system for the drone to track how close it got to things like trees and buildings. Ultimately, the goal is to create an onboard computer that can tell the drone to pitch and roll out of harm’s way.
That same team also created a drone that can hit the brakes and safely park itself on a thin wire. If a fixed-wing aircraft did this, it would stall and crash. But by creating a computer algorithm to read airflow over the wings and adjust its tail flaps, the drone sets itself down safely without a scratch.

Mars Helicopter

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's prototype helicopter that could ‘scout’ a trail for future Mars rovers, but getting a chopper that could fly in the Martian atmosphere is tricky.

Microsoft Hololens

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Microsoft announced their latest device called HoloLens. A holographic headset that aims to rival the most advanced virtual reality devices out there. The first demo, created in partnership with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, takes me to the surface of a near-photorealistic Mars. Using real photography from the Curiosity rover, Microsoft was able to re-create a Martian landscape and overlay a 3D-map around a small, conference-room-size environment. With HoloLens, I'm not just able to see what it's like to walk around on Mars, but I'm also able to interact with the contents on the surface. Using a finger gesture called Air Tap, the HoloLens lets me mark certain spots on the surface for investigation and even lets me talk with another floating figure and collaborate on examining the surface...Watch the video of it in action.
"For the first time ever, Microsoft HoloLens seamlessly blends high-definition holograms with your real world. Holograms will improve the way you do things every day, and enable you to do things you've never done before."
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Lingerie Made from Recycled Christmas Trees

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French fashion designer Sophie Young developed Do You Green, a line of lingerie made from Christmas trees.  Her company chemically processes evergreen trees to create a functional fabric. Then it makes this cloth into bras, panties, camisoles, and more.
"A French company is showing that it’s possible to turn pine trimmings into a soft fabric that can be used to make panties, bras, or slips. The new fabric was the brainchild of an architect who originally wanted to find another use for tree trimmings that couldn’t be used in construction.
After the wood is transformed with an enzyme bath, it feels like silk. “It’s soft to the touch,” says designer Sophie Young, founder of Do You Green. “You won’t want to wear anything else after touching it. It’s very smooth and thin."
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3D printed prosthetic leg

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William Root's "Exo-Prosthetic" is a 3D printed artificial leg made from laser-sintered titanium.
Root says his process produces a cheaper, more durable, more functional, more comfortable product than the traditional model. The lacy, minimal-materials 3D printed form produces something strong but light.
Cool design!
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World's Simplest Electric Train

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The world's simplest electric train is made with a made with a magnet, some copper wire and a dry cell.

Astronaut - A journey to space

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Filmed from the ISS between 2011 and 2014.
"What does astronaut see from up there? From the red soil of africa, the blue water of oceans, to the green lights of the poles and yellow light of human activity, discover, throught this journey to space, something astoundingly beautiful and strange at the same time.
I wanted to do something different from what has been done before with those shots. Something more dynamic and fast. After all, ISS travel through space at 28.000km/h! There are also more recent footage that have never been used (at least I think…) in other edits"
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Kinematics Dress, a 3-D Printed Dress

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The garment you can see above is a 3-D printed dress, made by design studio Nervous System. It's one of the first to be made on Nervous System's Kinematics system, software which can create complex structures composed of articulated modules. What that means is a 3-D printed dress that requires no assembly: take the pile of plastic out of the printer, wash it off, unfurl it, and you've got a dress. Of sorts.
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Launch of NASA's Orion deep-space capsule

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Orion is NASA's next-generation spacecraft, and its goal is to take humans deeper into space than ever before with the ultimate goal of a mission to Mars in the 2030s.

President Obama's 3D Portrait Is Realistic

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"Recently, the Smithsonian stopped by the White House to take a 3D portrait of President Obama, in what will be be the highest resolution digital model of a head of state. Take a look at the process, and the 3D rendering created from this technology."
The USC Institute for Creative Technologies used 50 custom-made LED lights, eight hi-res sports photography cameras, and six wide angle cameras to capture every nook, cranny, and worry line on Obama's head. The result is the highest resolution digital model of a 3D portrait of President Obama.
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Europa: Ocean World

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"Scientists believe there is an ocean hidden beneath the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. NASA-JPL astrobiologist Kevin Hand explains why scientists are so excited about the potential of this ice-covered world to answer one of humanity’s most profound questions.  "

Tony Hawk Rides World's First Real Hoverboard

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Tony Hawk & Dave Carnie visit the Hendo Hover warehouse to ride the world's first real hoverboard.

3D Display Projects Images in Mid-Air

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According to DigInfo:  "The images are constructed by firing a 1kHz infrared pulse laser into a 3D scanner, which reflects and focuses the pulses of the laser to specific points in the air. The molecules at that point are ionized, and the energy is released as photons."

'Ambition', a Short Film Made to Promote the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission

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"The short film tells the story of one of the most important space exploration endeavours of this decade. Just as Gillen’s enigmatic Master encourages Franciosi’s Apprentice to seek out the key to life amidst a rugged alien landscape, ESA has been on a decade-long ambitious journey of its own, to unlock the mysteries of a comet and the origins of our Solar System with its Rosetta spacecraft, hundreds of millions of kilometres from Earth.  "

Microsoft Band Commercial

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Apple recently announced their new watch and Samsung has their android Gear. Now, Microsoft announced their Band.
"Introducing the smart band from Microsoft. Live healthier, be more productive, and stay connected with the people and moments that matter most"