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Submission + - Will The Headless Ape Robot win the DARPA challenge? (

pausz42 writes: The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Standford University are promoting RoboSimian, a simian-inspired robot able to face environments which are hostile for men.
In the DARPA Robotics Challenge the selected teams have to develop an autonomous robot capable to get into a car, drive it to a disaster site and perform hazardous activities.
While this prototype is the only one that that doesn't have a humanoid shape and it's quite creepy since it does not have a head, it seems that its three fingered limbs are better fitted for some of the difficult tasks required by the DARPA challenge.

Info about RoboSimian: http: //
Info about the DARPA Robotics Challenge: http: //

Submission + - Frontiers | The Virtual Brain: a simulator of primate brain network dynamics | (

pausz42 writes: The Virtual Brain platform encloses a computational model designed to recreate
collective whole brain dynamics by virtualizing brain structure and function,
generating simultaneous simulated recordings of a number of neuroimaging
modalities. The simulations of the large-scale brain network models ( built
using structural data from DTI (Diffusion Tensor Imaging) and mesoscopic models
of neural dynamics) can be carried out on a modern desktop workstation.

The entire project is open source (GNU GPLv2) and built on an existing set of
open source tools and the the source code can be found at

So, whether you are a neuroscientist, engineer, physicist, or any other sciency
type you can get into this and contribute in your own way.

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg