The E-Volo Electric Helicopter has achieved flight, the first of its kind to sustain lift from electric power. An array of eighteen rotors spin in unison to lift the E-Volo VC200 to 22 meters above the ground for a sustained period. Sure, that might not get you to your Jetson house in the sky yet, but it’s a welcome start.
The team from KAIST has created a biogasoline that is "identical" to petroleum by using E.coli bacteria.
"The last few years have shown that bacteria can “poop out” some mighty useful (and valuable) stuff – whether it be gold or battery power."
We live in such an exciting period where the real question is whether technological innovation will represent a way out of the problem it contributed to create - or it will just postpone nature's payback time.
Researchers ditch radio-frequency technology and use a different method to make tabletop accelerators feasible.
The Large Hadron Collider, the 17-mile ring that led to the discovery of the Higgs Boson, is a massive and impressive piece of technology. Yet the enormity and cost of these colliders means they are slow to build, which holds up physics research. A collection of researchers from Stanford and UCLA have successfully developed and tested a particle accelerator that is relatively cheaper and easier to build than its predecessors. It’s also much, much smaller—it’s an accelerator on a millimeter-sized chip.
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The worldwide military expenditures for 2011 summed up to as much as $2,157,172,000,000 (yes, that’s over $2,15 trillion). The human mind cannot really grasp such a large amount of money - Imagine all that could be done with that money.
Under that tagline, the author provides insights on emerging technology and technics that could use a little financial help so they can benefit the whole human population.
A pair of security experts demonstrated to the BBC that some ordinary models of cars can be overridden—despite whatever the driver is doing behind the wheel—using a laptop, some software, and an old Nintendo Entertainment System gamepad.
It certainly ask the question of all-electronic devices and their potential for hacking
Apple's Dev Center went down on Thursday causing issues for developers around the world. The system remained down for three days and is still currently unavailable.
This brings up an interesting question regarding single points of failure in the mobile application distribution system. When one component goes down, or is breached in this case it affects the entire ecosystem.
===> We hear a lot about mobile apps and devices being hacked, however as I have stated before that is small potatoes when compared to the treasure trove of the back-end systems that power mobile applications and services. <===
What is the point of hacking one person’s phone when there are entire app store infrastructures to target?
In a collaboration with Microsoft Research Asia and the Institute of Computing Technology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) researchers tested how the Kinect's body-tracking features can be used in sign-language recognition
I've been wondering for a while how good Kinect would act with sign language. Looks like we have the answer now.
I'd like to experience it myself to see how relevant it is. You never know if that signs it gets right are the only one it knows and the whole experiment is just a set up.
Free Form is a 3D sculpting app (not unlike 3D Systems' Sculpt) built in house at Leap Motion that lets you manipulate and shape digital objects using your fingertips. David Holz, company co-founder and the man who figured out the math behind Leap Motion's technology, gave us a demo of the app and talked a bit about why Leap built it
"A lot of new input devices, traditionally, there was some kind of content creation tool launched with them, like MS Paint," according to Holz, and he sees Free Form as the Paint equivalent for Leap Motion."
SoilIQ is an app montoring soil quality through a sensor.
It streams soil fertility and weather data back to a paired app. Founded by a Princeton grad and soil scientist who has worked with hundreds of Kenyan farmers to increase crop yields, Soil IQ’s mission is to help people to grow food more sustainably.
The probe can track and stream soil nutrient content, pH, temperature, moisture and light data. They’ve built an analytics platform that makes recommendations to home gardeners about how to optimize seed selection, fertilization and watering.
So the next step is to hack that thing with an Arduino/Twine combo and be able to actually water the plant remotely (or at least automatically even if at home - just out of pure laziness)