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Archives August 2009 - Page 2 of 7 - h+ Magazine

Eclipse Phase

Games are playgrounds for ideas, and, these days, the playgrounds that best entertain ideas are role-playing games. Since the advent of Dungeons & Dragons in 1974, tabletop role-playing games have been crucibles for both ideas about gaming and ideas about the subjects of the game.

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Will Humans v2.0 have Pogo Legs?

BowGo’s pogo stick –- patented by Carnegie Mellon and based on technology developed for robotic legs –- is likely to dominate Pogopalooza, the annual gathering of the best extreme pogo athletes in the world.

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Crashing Into The Moon

The ability to either easily recover the moon's existing water, or to convert its seemingly plentiful hydrogen and oxygen concentrations into air, water and fuel, will have a huge impact on the future direction of NASA's Space Program..

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BEAR: Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot

The patent-pending BEAR robot is Vecna Robotics' flagship program. Designed to locate, lift and rescue people in harm's way, the humanoid BEAR robot can do what humans can't: lift heavy loads and carry them long distances. Whether on a battlefield, in a nuclear reactor core, near a toxic chemical spill, or inside a structurally-compromised building after an earthquake, the BEAR can rescue those in need without riskin...

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Hedonics Continues to Gain Science Cred

Harvard has its Hedonic Psychology laboratory (the term was first used by former Harvard professor Timothy Leary in a 1971 Psychology Today article, although he is not acknowledged by the current Harvardites).

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Locate the Enemy, Lock and Load, Make Them Cuddle!

According to a recent Reuters report, a British academic named Malcolm Dando, who is also described as an "arms control expert," has sounded a warning that mind drugs could emerge as effective weapons of war -- shades of the experiments with LSD, Belladonna and other agents carried out by the CIA and the US army in the 1960s.

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How Robotics is Improving Mannequinkind

Those lucky mannequins. They got to have the look of botox injected bulimics way before it became truly fashionable, and now they get to become bots before us to. And they even get to sell stuff to Japanese shoppers.

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