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IBM's Watson Supercomputer Is Now A Software Developer

IBM's Watson supercomputer is now open to the public. Well, sort of. The manufacturer this week announced that its cognitive computing system will very soon serve as a cloud-based development platform, helping programmers create software with its 'cognitive computing intelligence.'

Cement Push Pins Stick With Stone, Are Anything But Tacky

Sticks and stones might break my bones but Japanese cement push pins from Japan Trend Shop will never hurt you... unless, of course, you're holding them backwards when pinning.

MIT's "M-Blocks" Could Be The First Step Towards A Robot Uprising

MIT is at it again. This time, researchers have developed something known as an "M-Block." Basically, they're tiny magnetic cubes that can move on their own and permanently stick together. In other words...they're the first step towards self-constructing robots.

Awesome, right? 

 

Build A Special Centerpiece For The Concrete In Design Contest!

ITALCEMENTI, ALESSI and LPWK Design Studio have partnered up to find a designer who can take their innovative mortar mixture and create a brilliant centerpiece with it to become a mass produced product!

Never Again Worry About Scratches On Your Car With This Self-Healing Paint

Most of us already went through the (horrible) experience of noticing a scratch in our car's paint. Whether we hit a wall opening our door, inadvertently got a scratch by passing to close to a tree's branch, or someone bad intentioned made a scratch on purpose, it always feels bad - specially cause it looks bad. Fortunately, an innovation made by a Brazilian Institute is likely to put an end to this issue.

Gaming For Knowledge: SimCityEDU Teaches Kids All About City Planning

I've long held that video games are a powerful educational tool in the right hand, and now one more organization is proving that notion correct. In a collaboration with EA and Maxis, non-profit Glasslab recently finished developing an education and formative assessment mod known as SimCityEDU.

Are There Robot Farmers In Our Future? The UDSA Certainly Thinks So

The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture last week announced that it will be offering $4.5 million in grants towards research of robotics in American agriculture What this basically means is simple: in the near future, we're going to start seeing robots on the range.

Toilet Innovations: History Of Where It's Been And Where It's Going

The history of the toilet is inextricably tied to  the history of humanity itself. A basic function of survival, excreting is a body function that simultaneously relaxes and repels the voider.  Through many years of employment, the toilet has evolved, but the purpose of it has remained the same.

iRobot's First Look Robot Will Give First Responders A Leg Up On Crime

I've a great deal of respect for first responders, but I'd never want their jobs. These men and women flirt with death on a daily basis, dealing with everything from chemical hazards to domestic disputes. It's not an easy job...but thanks to iRobot, it might have just gotten a little easier.

ESA Concept Robot Looks Towards The Next Frontier Of Space Exploration

There's a new video making the rounds this weekend, courtesy of the European Space Agency. Said video has a very simple purpose: to give us an idea of what the future of unmanned space exploration might look like. Let's have a look, shall we?