Posts tagged tech
The radiation belts around Earth are loaded with dangerous protons and electrons that can damage spacecraft. Now researchers are launching experiments to see if they can clear away the high-energy particles that pose the hazard by blasting them with radio waves.
The current generation of robots always seem so, well, robotic. Their herky-jerky movements are the result of the stiff wires and pulleys that contract and expand to move their limbs. But what if robo-muscles were more like our own; strong, yet supple, self-sufficient for long periods of time (think of the human battery life versus a robot’s) and able to make complex fine motor movements like writing or sewing. Read more
Over the millions of years that plants have evolved, they’ve reacted to multitudes of stimuli for the sheer fact that they can’t get up and walk away. In doing so, vegetation releases tell-tale electrical signals that researchers believed can be harnessed to effectively turn plants into biosensors. Read more
A new report from security researcher Brian Krebs said that 40 million people who shopped at Target stores in the three following Thanksgiving may have had their information stolen. According to Krebs, “The type of data stolen — also known as “track data” — allows crooks to create counterfeit cards by encoding the information onto any card with a magnetic stripe.” What other, safer, ways are there to pay?
We live in an age where we camp out, line up and inflate the media buzz, just to be one of the first ones the get The New Gadget, only to line back up in three months for The Newer Gadget. Though perhaps not his original intent, artist Thijs Rijke’s latest project is a perfect comment on the Sisyphean absurdity of tech’s throw-away culture. Read more
Beware the glare. A London skyscraper under construction, called the “Walkie-Talkie” by locals for its distinctive shape, melted a black car parked nearby. The building’s curving, reflective exterior is also being blamed for scorching a van, cracking tiles and burning carpet. Read more
Really. I know sunshine is usually an oddity in London, but who builds a reflective parabolic lens in the heart of an urban area? British Safety Standards? Pah! Who needs ‘em.