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Relax everybody, unlike its antonymous quadrocopter cousins, this six-rotor drone isn't here to kill, only to count plants. Researchers from Oregon State University are hanging cameras from reasonably-priced RC aircraft to help nurseries track inventory -- a task often performed by workers wander...

May 9th 2011 at 1:16pm 0 Comments
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Ohio State's Buckeye Bullet 2 has just set a new battery-powered vehicle record after hitting a speed of 291 mph averaged over two separate runs done back-to-back in opposite directions. Yes, it's technically slower than the two-way land speed record of 300.992 mph the original Bullet set back in...

August 25th 2010 at 6:42am 0 Comments
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Oklahoma State University is the latest school to start setting students up with iPads. Starting this fall, a pilot program will give iPads to 125 students, and the university will monitor both how the device affects their learning and what their textbook costs turn out to be. Additionally, the clas...

July 1st 2010 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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We don't know how seriously you take yourself as a photographer. But painting a face on your lens cap and dangling a hand-made, ¥2,914 (about $32) Osu! Kameraman puppet from your camera's tripod mount isn't going to earn you much respect. Especially when your telephoto lens is dialed up to maxi...

March 19th 2010 at 2:51am 0 Comments
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Sony's Party-shot dock is fun and all but it suffers from one major limitation: it's fixed in space. Oh sure, it'll pan and tilt around its base until the last reveler is unconscious, but it won't go to where the action is. That's where the Ohio State University developed Paparazzi Bot comes in. Th...

March 1st 2010 at 8:22am 0 Comments
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Leave it to a gaggle of brilliant wood science researchers at Oregon State University to figure out that we've been doing this whole "tire" thing wrong for generations now. While studying some uses of microcrystalline cellulose, which can be made easily from practically any type of plant fiber, the...

July 26th 2009 at 12:41pm 0 Comments
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Not that mad scientists haven't figured out a way to convert waste heat into energy, but a team from Ohio State University has developed a new material that does the same sort of thing... just way, way better. The new material goes by the name thallium-doped lead telluride, and at least in theory,...

July 25th 2008 at 12:56pm 0 Comments
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GPS on the moon may seem a bit far-fetched... that is, until you remember the US military's plans to launch a WiFi router into space. The same Ohio State University researcher who developed software for the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity is now developing a GPS-like system that would enable ast...

July 21st 2008 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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A fancy new miniaturized plasma propulsion system being developed at Oklahoma State University promises some exciting new Unmanned Ariel Vehicle spy plane designs for the folks at DARPA. The engine is about the size of a cigarette, contains no moving parts, and will be build into planes as small as...

January 20th 2008 at 10:21am 0 Comments