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Meet Zoe Quinn, The Girl Who's Turning Herself Into A Real-Life Cyborg

Most people interested in body modification just get tattoos or piercings. That stuff's too vanilla for game developer Zoe Quinn, a young woman who's clearly planning on turning herself into a real-world cyborg. Quinn recently implanted a computer chip into her hand - and now she plans to make a game with it. 

Advanced Tactics' Black Knight Transformer VTOL Multicopter Makes First Test Flight

Combining the versatility of a pizza-delivering drone with the payload capacity of a small army truck, the Black Knight Transformer from Advanced Tactics Inc. could someday transform battlefields in ways heretofore only imagined by science fiction writers.

How Instagrammable Is Instagram For Your Small Business?

While it's often been said, "a picture's worth a 1000 words," none of the current crop of social networks have given as much credence to that sentiment as Instagram. Yet, on the same token, can a platform (which is almost 100-percent mobile-based) really benefit those in small businesses saddled to their computers, working on the 'cube farms'?

Chinese Air Force Trains Monkeys To Seek & Destroy Bird Nests

China's Air Force doesn't monkey around when it comes to protecting their bases from wayward birds... scratch that, actually they do! A pair of macaques trained to seek out and eliminate bird nests near a PLAAF base are doing just that, destroying 6 to 8 nests per day each and permanently clearing 180 nests in just their first month on duty.

Could Swarms Of Tiny Disposable Robots Soon Act As Cleaning Agents For Oil Spills? These Researchers Think So

As electronic components become less expensive with each passing day, the notion of disposable robots becomes more and more realistic. I'm not just talking individual bots, either - I'm talking swarms of hundreds, maybe thousands, with capabilities beyond any single robot on its own.

Oculus Wants To Use Facebook To Build The MMO To End All MMOS: An Online Game With A Billion Subscribers

Looks like Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe is a bit starry-eyed after Facebook's acquisition of his company. The executive this week informed an audience at Techcrunch Disrupt that he hopes to build the largest massively multiplayer game ever made: an MMO with one billion simultaneous users.

Small Business Advertisers: Facebook Wants You!

If you question Facebook's motives as to their current push to bring on SMB (small and medium-sized business) advertisers, you're not alone. Small business operators with small marketing budgets should be cautious about investing in a social network that up till now favored big brands over the little guy. So, questioning whether this current shift in focus is advantageous to your needs or theirs is a legitimate one.

Night Shift Sleep Study Is Novel Use For Crowdsourcing

How much would you pay to be involved in an international study registered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in which you are testing a new sleep apnea device?  Would you pay $269? $539? $1299? $2499?  Those are some of the pricings of the packages being offered by the makers of Night Shift, a new device that promises to correct your snoring problems - problems that can lead to serious health consequences such as memory loss, chronic fatigue, and even heart failure.

Need To Print Something On The Go? This Pocket-Sized Robot's Got You Covered!

Although we're living in an increasingly-mobile society, there's still one piece of tech that missed the bus: the printer. What few mobile printers do exist are either too cumbersome or print on non-standard paper. One startup is looking to change that, through the wonders of robotics.

Fans Noticed That This Game Was Missing A Few Levels...So They Rebuilt Them On Their Own

When it finally released in 2007, S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl bore very little in common with what fans were treated to when it was first unveiled in 2002. A group of modders has set out to address this problem, creating a mod which rebuilds the "lost content" seen in the alpha from scratch.

'Small Business Book Awards' Ceremony Goes Virtual This Year

As a result of the burgeoning digital age, the recent eBook explosion and the opportunity for authors to by-pass the traditional publishing route, a number of Book Awards programs have grown up over the course of the last decade. The 'Small Business Book Awards' is one such platform

Beware: Hackers Are Targeting POS Systems

POS, acronym for Point-Of-Sale, are the systems or devices that allow for transactions to be performed. In other words, it is the point where the costumer pays to the merchant in exchange for goods or services. Recent news showed that hackers are beginning to target these systems. If there is more than one POS, they are connected in a network, which gives hackers the perfect opportunity to act. Let's get to know the risks and possible solutions.

Of Mice And Men: Study Finds Mice Stressed Out By Male Researchers

... It was found that the male researchers and their (worn) t-shirts brought on stress responses from the mice equivalent to 'forced stress' responses, such as restraining the mice in a tube for 15 minutes or forcing them to swim for 3 minutes....

Small Business LinkedIn For 21st Century Customer Engagement

As foreword-thinking folks who've been in business for a number of years will attest, 20th Century business practices no longer cut the mustard. Ushered in by a hockey-stick uptick of Internet usage, small business operators saw the need to seek out new strategies and tactics to achieve more of a competitive edge in the new century. From 'cold calling' to 'glad-handing,' to '3-martini lunches' and other Mad Men type of . . .

PattenStudio Plans To Make Touchscreens More Tactile With Tiny Robots Called Thumbles

Touchscreens are great and all, but I can't say I've ever been a rabid fan; I don't like the lack of tactile feedback. I'm not alone in this - which is why it doesn't come as any surprise that one company is looking to make touchscreens a little more physical. And they're doing it with robots, too.

Oculus Rift Hack Shows How Much Lag Sucks In Real Life

Lag may well be one of the most frustrating things a gamer will ever experience; even a minor delay can be the difference between victory and defeat. But what if that lag were to be carried over into real life? A Swedish Broadband provider decided to test this with the Oculus Rift and Raspberry Pi.

Acer Announces Fanless Aspire E11, V11 Subnotebooks

Acer's upcoming pair of 11.6” laptops completely lack cooling fans, a refreshing move away from the noisy, dirt-prone tradition that PCs continue to follow. Further icing on the cake are the specs, which haven't suffered too much from the lack of active cooling.

Researchers Learn Optimal Working Conditions For Therapy Dogs

More and more, dogs are being used in the management of human health and rehabilitation situations. Dogs are trained to help blind persons identify visual cues in their sphere, to help hearing-impaired persons identify auditory cues, to be companions to heart patients and cancer patients, and buddies to soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder and other debilitative conditions.... But what needs do therapy dogs have to keep them happy and alert?  Specifically, what can humans do to reduce any stress these dogs might experience?

Instagram For Health Care Professionals

Figure 1 is a complex version of Instagram for health care professionals. It's a place for medical students and professionals to both upload and access a growing database of images related to medical conditions. It contains patient photos, brain scans, X-Rays and even cellular images, with text to accompany each image. 

Canada Is Being Tasked With Leading The Charge Against A New Generation Of "Killer Robots"

With each passing day, military robots are becoming more powerful, more advanced, and deadlier. They're also becoming more autonomous. Neither of those is particularly heartening news - which is likely why Canada is being tasked with leading The Campaign To Stop Killer Robots.