Robotic Cow Milkers

Heindel & Sons, one of seven farms in the country that are experimenting with robotic milking systems, has trained most of its cows to walk up to a milking station and spend a few minutes there munching grain while the robot’s quietly moving parts prod at the animal’s udder.

A laser locates the cow’s nipples, which are cleaned by rollers coated with disinfectant before being milked by long, white suction tubes on the unit’s “milking claw.” Vacuum-activated rubber rings at the end of each tube massage the nipple, prompting the cow to release its milk.

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High Tech Companies Pack Their Bags for Cheaper Small Towns

A huge exodus from San Francisco may be under way as high-tech companies pack their bags for cheaper North American cities and regions, according to a study.

San Francisco is the most expensive North American city for a high-tech company do to business, with an estimated average cost of $43 million a year, according to The Boyd Company, a consulting firm that advises major companies on location planning. For example, a company relocating to Baltimore from San Francisco would see a savings of about 21 percent, according to the study’s figures.

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World’s Smallest Remote-Controlled Cars

DigiQ from Takara is infrared-controlled, has two independent rear wheels powered by two tiny motors, and comes with a pistol-style analog controller.

Bit Char-G from Tomy (Tomica) is radio-controlled, single-motor rear wheel drive, front wheel steering, and comes with an awkward controller with forward/backward + left/right switches.

Check out the video clips to appreciate how small and maneuverable these cars are.
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Top 10 Viruses in January

Panda Software, leading developer of antivirus software, has published the list of the ten viruses most frequently detected and eliminated throughout January by the company’s free, online virus scanner, Panda ActiveScan. Here’s how they stack up:

1.) W32/Badtrans.B 22.49%
2.) W32/Sircam 10.64%
3.) W32/Nimda 6.83%
4.) W32/Magistr.B 6.48%
5.) W32/Klez.F 6.12%
6.) VBS/Help 4.57%
7.) W32/Disemboweler4.40%
8.) W32/[email protected] 3.28%
9.) W32/Hai 3.15%
10.) W32/Aliz 2.70%
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Hospital of the Future

Siemens said it will help create the ‘hospital of the future‘ – the world’s first totally integrated, all digital and completely automated hospital.

The company said it has entered into a multi-year partnership with HealthSouth Corporation.

Siemens will serve as the primary technology provider for the HealthSouth Medical Center, which is currently under construction in Birmingham, Alabama.

Every patient in the HealthSouth Medical Center will wear a wireless ‘wellness monitor’ that will monitor his or her health status.

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Machines That Can Read People’s Minds

Scientists are inventing ‘smart machines’ that can read people’s minds – or at least the expressions on their faces.

Groundbreaking research is being carried out into the space age-sounding technology at the University of Southern California.

They are working on machines that can identify human emotions from the expressions on their faces using ’emotional mapping’ techniques.

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Inventor Boot Camp – One Week Away

The Inventor Boot Camp is attracting people from a three state region to this a one-of-a-kind event with one of the best presentation staffs in the invention industry. Created by a crack team of innovative thinkers, the Boot Camp is an extremely powerful event. The Boot Camp launches March 9, 2002 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm in the Westin Hotel in Westminster, CO. Enroll now, only a few seats left.”

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Batmat, Bring Me the Batcane

British scientists said on Thursday they had created a cane inspired by bats to help blind and partially sighted people find their stride.

Bats maneuver easily by bouncing high-pitched sounds off nearby objects in a process called “echolocation.”

Researchers at Britain’s Leeds University used this as the model for their so-called “Batcane,” which emits sonar waves inaudible to the human ear to help users detect obstacles ahead, around, or even above them. Any nearby object triggers a vibration in one of four pads in the cane’s plastic handle. As the object gets nearer, the vibration speeds up.

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Low-Fare Carriers Taking Off

European airlines like EasyJet Airline and Ryanair are the new models of efficiency. What’s different about these low-cost carriers is that they only offer flights within Europe, but offer fares that are as much as 50 percent cheaper than traditional carriers. These upstarts have accomplished this by borrowing operating principles from Southwest Airlines, the low-fare pioneer.
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Human Cloning Given ‘Thumbs Up’ in UK

Scientists in the UK have been given the go-ahead to create human embryo clones under strictly controlled conditions.
A House of Lords select committee set up last year to examine claims that making the clones was unnecessary has decided that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) can issue research licences.

However, the debate still continues.

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Honda’s Human-like Robot – ASIMO

ASIMO is a two-legged walking technology developed by Honda represents a unique approach to the challenge of autonomous locomotion. Its a walking, 4-foot, 95-pound, humanoid robot.

Bill Gross, CEO of Idealab in Pasadena, Calif., recently announced his new brainchild, Evolution Robotics, a software operating system for robots similar to MS Windows being an operating system for computers that attract viruses.
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