Do bees, swarms of bees, make you nervous? Maybe not. Maybe they remind you of honey, flowers and warm summer days. You stay out of their way and they stay out of yours. What if, however, the bees weren’t bees at all but hundreds (or thousands) of autonomous microbots, facsimiles of the real thing, buzzing around in the real world?
That’s not Hollywood fantasy any more. It appears to be within reach. Researchers in the Microrobotics Lab at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences say that they expect their Robobees project will demonstrate flying, autonomous micro-air-vehicles modeled on insects within the next 2 1/2 years.
It won’t be easy, according to Rob Wood, the project’s principal investigator.
—From “Rise Of The Robotic Bees” by Wright Bryan
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Li-Fi is a really neat idea that essentially promises to replace your wireless router with a simple (LED) lightbulb that does double duty, both illuminating your room and sneakily transmitting data. By cycling the light on and off faster than we can see, it produces binary. And binary, of course, is data. It’s basically fiber optics without the fiber, relying instead on line-of-sight. And it works: Li-Fi researchers at the University of Edinburgh led by Li-Fi pioneer Harald Haas have already transformed standard LED bulbs into 130-megabit-per-second routers.
The EyeWriter is an open-source project that was developed to allow graffiti artist Tempt1 continue his work even though he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and no longer has any motor abilities. The EyeWriter allows him to paint by using his eyes.
Above is the trailer for Getting Up: The TEMPT ONE Storyform documentary about the project.
Are you still using Google as your dictionary? Wordnik should be your first stop instead. We asked founder Erin McKean (former editor in chief for American Dictionaries at Oxford University Press) to help us articulate why.
If you’re interested in not only what a word means, but how it’s used, who uses it, and how people react to it, Wordnik.com should be your first stop. We show as much information as possible about as many words as possible, so even if the word you’re looking up doesn’t have a traditional dictionary definition, you’ll be able to get a good sense of what it means from example sentences, Flickr images, tweets, tags, and comments (or even just from our stats on how many other people have looked it up before you)! At Wordnik, we’re all about meaning discovery … using as many signals as possible, not just dictionary definitions.
Do you have a favorite word on the site at the moment?
Since Wordnik allows users to keep track of their favorite words by “loving” them (see the video), I actually have 765 favorite words on Wordnik at the moment, including “qindarka” (a kind of Albanian currency), ”hirudiniculture” (the science of growing leeches … eww!) and “intertwingle” (I just like the way it sounds).
We looked up our favorite word and discovered that “‘brink’ has been looked up 1659 times, loved by 2 people, added to 21 lists, and has a Scrabble score of 11.” Learn more by checking out the rest of the entry!
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