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For Landmine Detection, Bogota Designers Think With Their Feet

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February 9, 2014
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Colombian designers are developing an insole that will alert rural farmers and security forces of nearby landmines. Decades of civil war have left Colombia peppered with unexploded mines, with more than 10,000 people killed or injured in the past 25 years. Sharon Reich reports. Video provided by Reuters


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AFP (Jan. 28, 2014) — Taking his first faltering steps since his left leg was blown off by a landmine, Sergeant Muneer Ahmad is grim proof that the Afghan army is paying a heavy price in its war against the Taliban and struggling to care for its wounded.
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Futuristic Airport Security Measures Unveiled at Farnborough

Futuristic Airport Security Measures Unveiled at Farnborough

Reuters (July 12, 2012) — Surveillance and security detection company FLIR is offering visitors to the Farnborough International Airshow a preview of what they believe will be the airport check-ins of tomorrow. They've devised a series of new high-tech security measures designed to detect dangerous substances both inside and outside the airport terminal, hoping to make international travel safer.
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Is Tech Key to Solving Poverty?

Is Tech Key to Solving Poverty?

TheStreet (Nov. 1, 2013) — Colombia's Technology Minister Diego Molano has ambitions plans to create a nationwide fiber optic network which he says is the key to creating opportunities for the country's poor. Ruben Ramirez reports from Bogota.
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The Physics Behind Oracle's America's Cup Victory

The Physics Behind Oracle's America's Cup Victory

FORA.tv (Oct. 4, 2013) — The Physics Behind Oracle's America's Cup Victory California Academy of Sciences - African Hall Why go fast? Compared to moving slowly, the advantages seem obvious: find food first, forage more widely, and escape more rapidly! But, in the water, being speedier incurs huge energetic costs, with moving a little bit faster skyrocketing the amount of fuel you need. This trade-off between speed and energy propels the evolutionary race for fish, robots, or sailboats: you have to find ways to go faster with ever-greater efficiency. Over generations, the evolutionary race can produce biological and engineering surprises: distantly related fish and boat hulls that have similar streamlined shapes, materials and construction techniques that manage to both stiffen and lighten bodies and hulls, specialization of propulsive systems, and constraints on making turns and tight maneuvers. While the evolutionary processes employed by nature and engineers are similar, there are important differences in how fish or boats are built. For both kinds of designers, the laws of evolution and physics interact to create and constrain the drive for speed. Dr Long will discuss how robotics research lab studies fast fish! A book signing will follow the talk for Dr. Long's latest book titled Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology.
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