Not much to say today, so we’ll just share some of the finest engineering and CS links on the net!
- Some researchers at MIT have discovered that graphene (this ages “wonder material”) creates electricity when exposed to sunlight. Context: about a year ago, a couple guys won the Nobel Prize for finding a cheap way to produce graphene, using school supplies. This might be a material that many engineers will work with regularly, in the future.
- For the future of prosthesis, researchers hooked up a monkey to a mind-controlled arm that gives sensory feedback. This is one of those sentences in which there is not any un-awesome part.
- Here’s a good article about using robotics to “decrease the suck,” which some young engineers say is one of the two jobs of engineering (the other is “increasing the awesome”). This one is about a hair-washing robot, which would actually be a big deal for people who have suffered nerve damage and don’t have the motor-control to wash their own hair.
- India is releasing a tablet PC that sells for $45, which they hope will help pull more of their youth out of poverty by giving them access to information and, thus, education.
- Up the same vein as Little Dog and Big Dog, a company called Boston Dynamics released AlphaDog, their (bigger) version.
- ALMA, a the biggest array of “astronomical interferometers” in the world which just started running this year, released some media for the world to see. Very very impressive. Imagine designing this array’s second incarnation.