The 8 Best Apps for Hardcore Stock Traders

Wired News - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 10:42am
Those penny shares aren't going to pick themselves. Use these financial tools to stay informed—and ready to move—at all times.






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What to Expect From Apple’s Big Event Tuesday

Wired News - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 10:42am
The excitement building up for Apple’s next event is palpable. For the first time in years, Apple could be unveiling a completely new and genre-defining product. Apple’s building some sort of 3-story high structure as part of this event, for crying out loud. This is going to be big. We have a good idea regarding […]






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Where to Watch Livestreams of Tomorrow’s Apple Event

Wired News - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 10:42am
Here's how and where to watch tomorrow's Apple event.






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A $7,300 Steampunk Coffee Maker That Looks Like a Gothic Church

Wired News - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 10:42am
An intricate laser-cut shrine dedicated to the art of slow-drip cold brew.






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The 8 New TV Shows We’re Most Excited About This Fall

Wired News - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 10:41am
In case you didn't notice, it was kind of a lackluster summer for new TV shows. Extant wasn't great. Welcome to Sweden underperformed. It was all just a little "meh." Luckily, the fall TV season is almost here, and with it a slew of new programming we can't wait to let clog up our DVRs. Here's what we're most excited to glue our eyeballs to.






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The Fight to Save America’s Last Great Ocean Liner

Wired News - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 10:41am
This rust bucket is the SS United States, a once glorious vessel now moored next to a South Philadelphia shopping mall, where it’s been sitting in decay for 18 years, racking up roughly $60,000 a month in rent. Paint is peeling off its hull. The interior, stripped of previously asbestos-laden innards, is mostly bare. It […]






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How the Red Baron’s Knockoff Aircraft Became the First Great Warplane

Wired News - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 10:41am
Though the Allies won the war and the glory, the Germans gave us one of the most famous airplanes of the Great War. The Fokker Dr.1 triplane, flown by one of history's great fighter pilots, is among the most recognizable aircraft of the early twentieth century and it played a significant role in launching dogfighting as a new form of combat.






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Here’s a $500 Dry-Cleaning Machine That Fits in Your Closet

Wired News - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 10:41am
Do we really need this? Maybe!






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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

Slashdot - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 9:10am
An anonymous reader writes Through a Google Summer of Code project this year was work to emulate systemd on OpenBSD. Upstream systemd remains uninterested in supporting non-Linux platforms so a student developer has taken to implementing the APIs of important systemd components so that they translate into native systemd calls. The work achieved this summer was developing replacements for the systemd-hostnamed, systemd-localed, systemd-timedated, and systemd-logind utilities. The hope is to allow for systemd-dependent components like more recent versions of GNOME to now run on OpenBSD.

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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Slashdot - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 6:05am
StartsWithABang writes Hydroelectric dams are one of the best and oldest sources of green, renewable energy, but — as the Three Gorges Dam in China exemplifies — they often cause a host of environmental and ecological problems and challenges. One of the more interesting ones is how to coax fish upstream in the face of these herculean walls that can often span more than 500 feet in height. While fish ladders might be a solution for some of the smaller dams, they're limited in application and success. Could Whooshh Innovations' Salmon Cannon, a pneumatic tube capable of launching fish up-and-over these dams, finally restore the Columbia River salmon to their original habitats?

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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Slashdot - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 6:05am
StartsWithABang writes Hydroelectric dams are one of the best and oldest sources of green, renewable energy, but — as the Three Gorges Dam in China exemplifies — they often cause a host of environmental and ecological problems and challenges. One of the more interesting ones is how to coax fish upstream in the face of these herculean walls that can often span more than 500 feet in height. While fish ladders might be a solution for some of the smaller dams, they're limited in application and success. Could Whooshh Innovations' Salmon Cannon, a pneumatic tube capable of launching fish up-and-over these dams, finally restore the Columbia River salmon to their original habitats?

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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Slashdot - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 6:05am
StartsWithABang writes Hydroelectric dams are one of the best and oldest sources of green, renewable energy, but — as the Three Gorges Dam in China exemplifies — they often cause a host of environmental and ecological problems and challenges. One of the more interesting ones is how to coax fish upstream in the face of these herculean walls that can often span more than 500 feet in height. While fish ladders might be a solution for some of the smaller dams, they're limited in application and success. Could Whooshh Innovations' Salmon Cannon, a pneumatic tube capable of launching fish up-and-over these dams, finally restore the Columbia River salmon to their original habitats?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Slashdot - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 6:05am
StartsWithABang writes Hydroelectric dams are one of the best and oldest sources of green, renewable energy, but — as the Three Gorges Dam in China exemplifies — they often cause a host of environmental and ecological problems and challenges. One of the more interesting ones is how to coax fish upstream in the face of these herculean walls that can often span more than 500 feet in height. While fish ladders might be a solution for some of the smaller dams, they're limited in application and success. Could Whooshh Innovations' Salmon Cannon, a pneumatic tube capable of launching fish up-and-over these dams, finally restore the Columbia River salmon to their original habitats?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Slashdot - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 6:05am
StartsWithABang writes Hydroelectric dams are one of the best and oldest sources of green, renewable energy, but — as the Three Gorges Dam in China exemplifies — they often cause a host of environmental and ecological problems and challenges. One of the more interesting ones is how to coax fish upstream in the face of these herculean walls that can often span more than 500 feet in height. While fish ladders might be a solution for some of the smaller dams, they're limited in application and success. Could Whooshh Innovations' Salmon Cannon, a pneumatic tube capable of launching fish up-and-over these dams, finally restore the Columbia River salmon to their original habitats?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Slashdot - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 6:05am
StartsWithABang writes Hydroelectric dams are one of the best and oldest sources of green, renewable energy, but — as the Three Gorges Dam in China exemplifies — they often cause a host of environmental and ecological problems and challenges. One of the more interesting ones is how to coax fish upstream in the face of these herculean walls that can often span more than 500 feet in height. While fish ladders might be a solution for some of the smaller dams, they're limited in application and success. Could Whooshh Innovations' Salmon Cannon, a pneumatic tube capable of launching fish up-and-over these dams, finally restore the Columbia River salmon to their original habitats?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Slashdot - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 6:05am
StartsWithABang writes Hydroelectric dams are one of the best and oldest sources of green, renewable energy, but — as the Three Gorges Dam in China exemplifies — they often cause a host of environmental and ecological problems and challenges. One of the more interesting ones is how to coax fish upstream in the face of these herculean walls that can often span more than 500 feet in height. While fish ladders might be a solution for some of the smaller dams, they're limited in application and success. Could Whooshh Innovations' Salmon Cannon, a pneumatic tube capable of launching fish up-and-over these dams, finally restore the Columbia River salmon to their original habitats?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Slashdot - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 6:05am
StartsWithABang writes Hydroelectric dams are one of the best and oldest sources of green, renewable energy, but — as the Three Gorges Dam in China exemplifies — they often cause a host of environmental and ecological problems and challenges. One of the more interesting ones is how to coax fish upstream in the face of these herculean walls that can often span more than 500 feet in height. While fish ladders might be a solution for some of the smaller dams, they're limited in application and success. Could Whooshh Innovations' Salmon Cannon, a pneumatic tube capable of launching fish up-and-over these dams, finally restore the Columbia River salmon to their original habitats?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Slashdot - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 6:05am
StartsWithABang writes Hydroelectric dams are one of the best and oldest sources of green, renewable energy, but — as the Three Gorges Dam in China exemplifies — they often cause a host of environmental and ecological problems and challenges. One of the more interesting ones is how to coax fish upstream in the face of these herculean walls that can often span more than 500 feet in height. While fish ladders might be a solution for some of the smaller dams, they're limited in application and success. Could Whooshh Innovations' Salmon Cannon, a pneumatic tube capable of launching fish up-and-over these dams, finally restore the Columbia River salmon to their original habitats?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: Science

Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Slashdot - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 6:05am
StartsWithABang writes Hydroelectric dams are one of the best and oldest sources of green, renewable energy, but — as the Three Gorges Dam in China exemplifies — they often cause a host of environmental and ecological problems and challenges. One of the more interesting ones is how to coax fish upstream in the face of these herculean walls that can often span more than 500 feet in height. While fish ladders might be a solution for some of the smaller dams, they're limited in application and success. Could Whooshh Innovations' Salmon Cannon, a pneumatic tube capable of launching fish up-and-over these dams, finally restore the Columbia River salmon to their original habitats?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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These bots were made for walkin’

Kurzweil AI - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 5:22am

Walk this way: a soft robot successfully executed its walking gait outside during a snowstorm (Winter Storm Nemo) with an average temperature of – 9C(15F), and average wind speed of 40 km/h (25 mph) (credit: Michael T. Tolley et al./Soft Robotics)

An autonomous shape-changing soft robot that walks on its own four “legs” has been developed by advanced materials chemist George Whitesides, PhD and colleagues and is featured (open access) in the current issue of Soft Robotics, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

First three steps in fabricating soft untethered robot (credit: Michael T. Tolley et al./Soft Robotics)

The June 2014 issue of Soft Robotics (credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers)

Imagine a 0.65-meter-long (2 feet), non-rigid, shape-changing, four-legged robot walking at 18 meters (59 feet) per hour that can operate without the constraints of a tether and perform demanding tasks in challenging environments — such as search-and-rescue in unstable rubble and flames, snowstorm, and puddles of water — and work for several hours using a battery pack (or longer, with a lightweight electrical tether) while carrying payloads of up to 8 kilograms (17 pounds).

Michael Tolley, PhD and a multidisciplinary team of coauthors from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University and the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University detail in the article the innovative composite materials, design features, and fabrication methods they used.

To keep down the weight, they used silicone embedded with hollow glass spheres, polyaramid fabric, and two mini air compressors (MACs) as diaphragm pumps, driven by electrical motors.

“This paper marks the emergence of soft robot technology from the research lab into the real world,” says Editor-in-Chief Barry A. Trimmer, PhD, who directs the Neuromechanics and Biomimetic Devices Laboratory at Tufts University.

Abstract of Soft Robotics paper

A pneumatically powered, fully untethered mobile soft robot is described. Composites consisting of silicone elastomer, polyaramid fabric, and hollow glass microspheres were used to fabricate a sufficiently large soft robot to carry the miniature air compressors, battery, valves, and controller needed for autonomous operation. Fabrication techniques were developed to mold a 0.65-meter-long soft body with modified Pneu-Net actuators capable of operating at the elevated pressures (up to 138 kPa) required to actuate the legs of the robot and hold payloads of up to 8 kg. The soft robot is safe to interact with during operation, and its silicone body is innately resilient to a variety of adverse environmental conditions including snow, puddles of water, direct (albeit limited) exposure to flames, and the crushing force of being run over by an automobile.

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