Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R3

Microsoft Robotics have recently announced the release of Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R3, which is now available for download free of charge

More information and direct download is available at RDS official website:

Details about this new 2008 R3 version are:

– Microsoft RDS is now offered free of charge.
– Microsoft RDS is now available as a single edition — containing all of the functionality of the previous Standard Edition at no cost.
– New features in Microsoft RDS 2008 R3 include added support for Visual Studio 2010 and two additional simulation environments (Multi-level House and Factory).
– Additional samples have been made available on CodePlex, including Sumo and Soccer simulations. By making source code available on CodePlex, the community can modify and extend the Microsoft RDS platform.

Other new updates/changes include:

– The CCR & DSS Toolkit has been merged into RDS 2008 R3.
– CCR & DSS will remain a core component of RDS.
– CCR & DSS can be obtained by installing the full RDS package.
– R3 is no longer compatible with Compact Framework (CF) development.
– Samples for languages other than C# have been moved to CodePlex.

Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science

The Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science (SCCS) at the University of Sussex has been recently founded

SCCS web site: 

Founded in 2010 with a generous donation from the Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science (SCCS) represents a new and multidisciplinary approach to clinical intervention and diagnosis, based on the science of the complex brain networks that give rise to consciousness.

How do conscious experience, subjectivity and free will arise from their biological substrates? Even in the late 20th century, consciousness was considered by many to be outside the reach or remit of science. Now, powerful new combinations of functional brain imaging, computational modelling and basic neurobiology bring real hope that human ingenuity can resolve this central mystery of life. Practically, an enhanced understanding of consciousness will transform clinical approaches to a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders, from coma to insomnia, from depression and schizophrenia to autism and dementia.