Futuristic Surgical Robots To Teach Super Surgeons

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How do you train a resident surgeon to remove an appendix? As much preparation they get in school, they can’t master how to remove an appendix until they’ve done it. The problem is that unlike the board game Operation, you’re dealing with real people who don’t have multiple lives. So how do you give residents hands-on practice when human lives are hanging in the balance? How do you get busy, experienced surgeons to take the time to teach them? How can surgeons watch and effectively evaluate a resident’s performance in the operation room, when tensions are high and a patient’s life is on the line? These are questions being considered by a surgical robotics team at Johns Hopkins University.

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Teenage Brains Could Predict Pop Hits

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In the future, a panel of teenagers could be deciding which songs make the cut, instead of a group of middle-aged music executives. An Emory University study suggests that recording the brain activity of teens while they are listening to new songs may help predict the popularity of those songs.

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Nissan Screws up Leaf Orders

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Nissan messed up. Though naysayers hate on EVs because of low ranges, lack of refueling stations on every corner and expensive batteries, things looked promising for the all-electric Leaf. The EV has won several car awards, including the 2011 European Car of the Year and the 2011 World Car of the Year, and currently ranks as the most efficient EPA certified vehicle for all fuels ever. The EV has received praise from critics and was met with enthusiasm from consumers. But now Nissan has dropped customers from the waiting list for the car and asked them to reapply. This has angered customers who have been waiting for months for the car and have faced multiple delays.

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Apple Cracks Down on DUI Apps

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This week Apple has updated its guidelines for approving apps. The guidelines targets apps that promote drunk driving, like the DUI Dodger app, which notifies you where checkpoints have been set up to catch drunk drivers. According to the new guidelines, apps that reveal DUI checkpoints that are not published by law enforcement agencies, or encourage and enable drunk driving, will be rejected.

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Hoverbike Prototype Could Fly up to 10,000 Feet

Australian Chris Alloy has designed a hoverbike prototype right in his garage. The hoverbike hasn’t done much but hover while tethered to the ground, but Alloy is extremely optimistic that the bike will be able to travel at speeds of up to 173 mph at 10,000 feet. He’s set his sights pretty high. According to Malloy, the hoverbike could potentially travel even higher, but then users would have to carry oxygen.

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Shocker: ‘Average Gamer’ Is 37 Year Old Dude With Family

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Many people assume that the typical gamer is a socially awkward, pimply guy in his early 20s who wears the same stained sweatpants everyday and eats a box of Pop-Tarts for dinner. The gamer stereotype sits in his mom’s basement, feverishly playing World of Warcraft or Grand Theft Auto while cringing from any human contact. He refuses to leave his dungeon of doom except to use the bathroom or buy more videogames. Sounds like the gamers you see on tv, right?

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Japan’s Roadside Service Cars Offer EV Charging to Curb Range Anxiety

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You decided to do your part for the environment and buy a shiny new electrified Nissan Leaf. You’re cruising down the highway, amazed at how quiet the car is, then, something out of the ordinary happens. You run out of juice. Now what do you do without your 200 Amp, 240 Volt charging station near by?

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Wireless EV Charging To Become A Factory Option?

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Evatran, the company that claims to have developed the world’s first wireless EV charging system, has partnered with Yazaki North America, a Tier 1 automotive supplier to commercialize their Plugless Power technology. Back in March, Google tested out the plugless chargers at the Googleplex in California for their short-range EVs that employees use to get around campus. The EVs had to be refitted to use the plugless chargers, and any EVs that qualify for the technology would have to be refitted.

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Solar Tunnel To Power High Speed Green Train

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A Belgian “solar tunnel” that will power a high speed rail has been completed by Belgian rail operator Infrabel and renewable energy developer Enfinity. The two-mile-long rail tunnel, built to shelter trains from falling trees, will be topped with 16,000 solar panels. The solar tunnel will power the high-speed rail, which runs from Paris to Amsterdam.

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Pixel Qi Tablet Concept Is Powered by $3 Solar Panel

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Pixel Qi, an American company that designs low-power laptop screens, showcased a tablet powered by a small solar panel at Computex Taipei 2011 in Taiwan this week. The panel generates 1W of energy, which is enough to power both the screen and the motherboard on a low-power tablet specially designed by Pixel Qi.

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Will Best Buy Service EVs, Even After Electric Scooter Failure?

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Back in May 2011, Best Buy announced they would be shutting down sales of their electric scooters in 27 markets due to lackluster sales. Spokesperson Kelly Groehler told BNET that there’s a huge barrier with consumers about how they’ll charge the vehicles. She also dismissed rumours of Best Buy planning on releasing an EV, saying they’re not making any commitments.

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Tips To Prevent Cellphone Radiation Brain Nukage

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The dangers of cellphone radiation have been a hot topic lately, particularly after the World Health Organization gave the sobering announcement that cellphone radiation could possibly increase the risk of brain cancer. Additionally, research came out that suggested cellphones are responsible for killing off bees. They aren’t getting a good rep right now. While I was scared for a few minutes and considered ditching my Blackberry and running into the woods to live in a shack, I realized I love convenience too much. They’re not going to turn nearby cell tower squirrels into radioactive freaks just yet, but there is some concern. So instead, here are some ways to keep your brain, and other body parts, safe from potentially hazardous cellphone radiation.

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Mercedes-Benz F-Cell Paving Way for 20 Hydrogen Stations in Germany

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If you build it, they will come. That sentiment seems to sum up German car manufacturer Daimler’s thinking, as they are pairing with technology company The Linde Group to add 20 hydrogen filling stations in Germany. There are currently about 30 hydrogen refueling points in Germany, but only seven of them are integrated into a public filling station facility.

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New Liquid-Flow Battery Could Make Charging EVs as Quick as Pumping Gas

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By combining the traditional, stationary electrodes of a lithium-ion battery with the suspension idea of a liquid flow battery, the team makes it possible to refuel an EV without having to recharge the battery within its own structure. A refillable liquid-flow battery would be less expensive than traditional lithium ion batteries, and could help bring down the cost of electric vehicles.

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