Japan's Isuzu Motors and the Euglena Company have teamed up to promote the use of DeuSEL, a biofuel made from processed algae. The joint venture project's rolling ambassador is a brightly colored bio-diesel sipping Isuzu bus and efforts are underway to expand the service to public bus routes by 2018.
Serial biting soccer player Luis Suarez may have been banned nine games for blatantly biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during a 2014 FIFA World Cup Match but thanks to enterprising Chinese entrepreneurs marketing “The Suarez Bottle Opener”, his dastardly dental deed has achieved a sort of immortality.
No Robot Army Here: Google Pulls The HRP-2 Robot From The DARPA Robotics Challenge To Focus On Consumer Techby Tech Light
Google is not, in fact, building an army of robots to conquer the world. The search giant today announced that Team Schaft will be withdrawing from the DARPA Robotics Challenge and turning down funding from the defense agency in order to focus on "the development of a commercial product."
Saleen My Tesla? Please! Saleen Automotive, known for creating Lifestyle Performance Vehicles for road and track, is turning its attention to the vaunted Tesla Model S and the results (pun definitely intended) are electrifying!
by Laurie Kay Olson
Many companies have started thinking of how they can use unmanned drones to improve their bottom line, such as using them to make deliveries. Not having to hire drivers and maintain delivery trucks (or pay to outsource shipping) are but two savings. One of the most common daily deliveries being made throughout much of the world is pizza. Companies in at least three of those countries are actually testing the use of drones for active deliveries -- England, Russia, and India.
by Tech Light
Add "valet" to the list of jobs that'll soon be taken over by machines. On Tuesday, Germany's Dusseldorf Airport welcomed a new employee: Robot Ray, a mechanical valet that'll be available to fliers through a smartphone application. Safe, secure, and completely automated. Sweet, right?
Want An Athletic Scholarship, But Aren't Much For Sports? At Robert Morris University, You Can Just Play League of Legendsby Nicholas.Greene
According to Robert Morris University-Illinois, an athlete is an athlete, whether their playing field is physical or digital. The institution this week announced that it has added the first ever eSports sector to its Athletics program. Four words, folks: League of Legends scholarships.
by Boomer Babe
Please note: the developers of the Soundhawk, Mike Kisch and Mike Nuttall, will tell you that the Soundhawk is not a hearing aid. Well, it's not a traditional 'hearing aid.' But it is a new kind of hearing aid, one which perhaps other developers will emulate in the future. Soundhawk doesn't just help you hear; it helps you listen. Let me explain....
by T Goodman
Psychologists who study the impact of video games on the human brain have an interest in how games can be utilized to reinforce certain everyday thinking skills. Assistant Professor of Psychology at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Michael D. Patterson, is considered an expert in the psychology of video games. He has previously identified certain thinking skills enhanced by individual games, but the game 'Cut The Rope' is the first one, according to Patterson, that shows evidence of improving 'executive function' in adult gamers.
Apparently, pinball has been illegal in the city of Oakland for just shy of a century. The City Council's public safety committee just this week met to talk about the fact that just maybe the ban was a bad idea. What took so long?
by Tech Light
Researchers at Cornell University are hard at work designing the next generation of housekeeper with a project called Tell Me Dave. They're using human volunteers to train robots to recognize verbal commands. Their end goal is simple: to create robots that can respond directly to a human being's request.
It's that time again. Steam is having its annual summer sale. Virtually every title worth playing on the platform is getting a price cut; discounts range from 10% to a whopping 75%. With such a sale, it's easy to lose sight of how much you can actually spend...here's how to avoid doing that.
by Tech Light
The system by which we actually put together our buildings, roads, and cities actually leaves a lot to be desired. It can be messy, inefficient, and fraught with human error. A group of researchers is looking to remove that human element - and instead consign construction to an army of robots.
by Ron Callari
As social apps continue to proliferate the Web and our smartphones, it's not a great surprise that a platform like Hang w/ -- the latest shiny new thing -- would inevitably roll off a developers' assembly line. Described by some, as a 'melting pot of social networks,' this app (free at Google Play and the App Store) is an intriguing proposition and a nice complement to what went before.
by T Goodman
Though great advances have been made to maximize the amount of sunlight that is absorbed by solar cells, the best solution, until now, is a two-step chemical process that enables the cells to absorb 96 percent of the sun's light. That's an excellent result. But Rice University chemists have created a single-step process that enables the cells to absorb 99 percent of the sun's light, a process that is not only more efficient than other current processes, but less expensive.
by Rey M.L.
The ailing Canadian smartphone shoppe's next device probably won't appeal to everyone, what with its width-heavy block of a screen and hunched demeanour, but a few key perks keep it interesting.
League of Legends developer Riot Games is trying something very, very different with its new hires: it's paying them to quit. The developer this week rolled out a new program called Queue Dodge. The premise is simple: it's paying new hires cash to quit. Wait, what?
by Tech Light
The next time you take your Audi in for a little bit of work, there might be a rather unusual mechanic waiting to assist you. The Volkswagen Subsidiary is looking into providing telepresence robots in order to assist technicians with repairs. The droids are currently part of a pilot program at 18 dealerships, with plans to bring them to 100 in the near future.
by Myra Per-Lee
Inventors, get your minds in gear to apply NASA's Mindshift technology to your next invention. NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has partnered with Edison Nation to identify the best consumer inventions or adaptations of products to use with its powerful mind control tool, Mindshift.
by Ron Callari
As trite as it might sound, "what's old is new again," appears to be an apt description of the current status of Iraq, with the U.S contemplating the possibility of reentering an old war zone. Coupled with this controversial move is the establishment of a Twitter account with the handle @WikiBaghdady -- a profile that emerged six months ago and is providing the world with an inside snapshot of the conspiratorial ascension of a new group of terrorists. . .