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    Ready to explore Pluto? NASA’s New Horizons - the fastest spacecraft ever created - will speed past Pluto on July 14, 2015, beaming back high resolution photos (and invaluable data) of the dwarf planet’s surface for the first time in human history.
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    Pepper robots are also used in Softbank stores as shop assistants.  The mobile carrier said 1,000 units of the household robot sold out in one minute on Saturday, its first day of consumer sales. Equipped with the latest voice and emotion recognition technology, Pepper is able to read people's facial expressions and listen to their tone of voice to analyse how they're feeling.  'Pepper will be able to explain Nescafé products and services and engage in conversation with consumers, ' said Kohzoh Takaoka, president and chief executive of Nestlé Japan at the time.  The Aldebaran robots retail from 198,000 yen (£1,107 or $1,600) and can understand 80 per cent of conversations.  The 1ft 11in (58cm) bot also has touch sensors, can speak 19 languages and is able to read and respond to emotions, by analysing facial expressions. This analysis is made using embedded software called NAOqi.
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    ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is currently living on board the International Space Station for her long duration mission Futura. Food is an important item in space, also on the psychological side; that's why astronauts are allowed a certain quantity of the so-called "bonus food" of their choice that reminds them of their home cooking tastes.
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    At Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group, or ATAP, Project Soli is the first of two projects led by legendary interaction designer Ivan Poupyrev that is trying to decouple the way we interact with our devices from touchscreens. It's a tiny radar, small enough to fit into a 1.5-inch smartwatch, that can understand the gestures your fingers make even though they never touch a screen.
    "Project Soli is developing a new interaction sensor using radar technology. The sensor can track sub-millimeter motions at high speed and accuracy. It fits onto a chip, can be produced at scale and built into small devices and everyday objects. "
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    In a leap for robotic development, the MIT researchers who built a robotic cheetah have now trained it to see and jump over hurdles as it runs — making this the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously.
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    NASA Langley researchers designed and built a battery-powered, 10-engine remotely piloted aircraft. The Greased Lightning GL-10 prototype has a 10-foot wingspan and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an airplane. In this video, engineers successfully transition the plan from hover to wing-borne flight in tests at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.
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    Google today launched a standalone, unlimited photo and video service called Google Photos. Google Photos is a free and unlimited storage. The only limits on this service are that photos are capped at 16 MP and videos at 1080P. A new Photos app is coming to Android, iOS, and Web.
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    Aria is a small add-on that clips underneath a smartwatch band and lets you control the device with finger gestures. The remote control-like clip-on can access any feature you'd usually access through the touch screen or the watch dial, completely freeing up your other hand for tasks like eating, drinking or talking on the phone.  Possible gestures include tapping, flicking your fingers, and closing and opening your hand -- you can configure it all through its companion app.
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    This is a short documentary by The New York Times, title  “The Bionic Man” that also shows Prosthetic Limbs, Controlled by Thought.
    Les Baugh lost his arms as a teenager. Engineers at Johns Hopkins are trying to give them back, but better. Mr. Baugh is testing a robotic prosthetic that he can control with his mind.
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    The Proprio Foot by Össur is a brain-controlled bionic foot that matches natural foot motion. The device is controlled by special sensors implanted in the owner’s leg muscle. When a signal from the brain reaches the sensors, they relay the signal to the Proprio Foot to make the appropriate action.
    "But the biggest benefit he's seen is a surprising one. “You have to learn how to use those muscles again,” says Olafsson. “How to tighten them up, in front and back. And that's the main thing. Those muscles start getting bigger, so you get better at walking. I have more stamina. My gait is better. I don't limp as much.” By forcing the wearer to actively use muscles that were previously ignored, sensor-connected limbs could halt or reverse their deterioration. It's a reminder that, despite the urge among the able-bodied to obsess over cybernetic enhancements, bionic limbs are chiefly medical devices for now, designed to restore function. That a brain-controlled bionic leg would also promote muscle growth is stranger, and more exciting, than all of the superpowered cyborgs that science fiction has to offer. "
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    Remix artist Pogo released a new music video featuring sounds and animated sequences for various Disney movies, Cool!
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    The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University.
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    NASA Wednesday announced more details in its plan for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which in the mid-2020s will test a number of new capabilities needed for future human expeditions to deep space, including to Mars. NASA also announced it has increased the detection of near-Earth asteroids by 65 percent since launching its asteroid initiative three years ago.
    For ARM, a robotic spacecraft will capture a boulder from the surface of a near-Earth asteroid and move it into a stable orbit around the moon for exploration by astronauts, all in support of advancing the nation’s journey to Mars.
    "The Asteroid Redirect Mission will provide an initial demonstration of several spaceflight capabilities we will need to send astronauts deeper into space, and eventually, to Mars," said NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot. "The option to retrieve a boulder from an asteroid will have a direct impact on planning for future human missions to deep space and begin a new era of spaceflight."
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    Volvo has developed a new completely automated braking system for tractor trailers. The video below shows it in action, stopping a truck loaded with 40 tons of cargo in a very short distance.
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    Students at UCF are designing an inexpensive 3D printed arm for kids.
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    A praying mantis that mimics an orchid attracts unsuspecting insects and then eats the duped victims.
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    Watch DARPA's RE2 Robotics is making a  balloon animal!
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    DARPA's new idea, they are planning to lauch rockets into low earth orbit using jet fighters. 
    "DARPA’s Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program (ALASA) seeks to propel 100-pound satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO) within 24 hours of call-up, all for less than $1 million per launch. The current ALASA design envisions launching a low-cost, expendable launch vehicle from conventional aircraft. Serving as a reusable first stage, the plane would fly to high altitude and release the launch vehicle, which would carry the payload to the desired location. The program is moving ahead with rigorous testing of new technologies that one day could enable revolutionary satellite launch systems that provide more affordable, routine and reliable access to space."
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    What the other side of the Moon looks like, the side that can't be seen from the Earth. This video answers that question.
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    Real World AdBlock. That's the idea behind BrandKiller, a project developed by four Philadelphia developers named Jonathan Dubin, Reed Rosenbluth, Tom Catullo, and Alex Crits-Christoph as part of as part of Penn's annual PennApps hackathon.
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