Category Archives: Technology

Math explains history: Simulation accurately captures the evolution of ancient complex societies

00 The question of how human societies evolve from small groups to the huge, anonymous and complex societies of today has been answered mathematically, accurately matching the historical record on the emergence of complex states in the ancient world. Intense warfare is the evolutionary driver of large complex societies, according to new research from a… Read More »

Users sue Linkedin over harvesting of email addresses

00 Four LinkedIn users have filed a lawsuit accusing the business-oriented social network of accessing their email accounts without permission, harvesting the addresses of their contacts and spamming those people with repeated invitations to join the service. In their most explosive claim, the plaintiffs say that LinkedIn is “breaking into” external email accounts, like Gmail… Read More »

How Leon Foucault taught us to watch the world spin

00 Leon Foucault and his pendulum demonstrated the turning of the Earth. Google honored the French physicist with an interactive doodle. It’s easy to forget that while you read this article, you and your computer screen are racing through space at a nearly unimaginable speed. The earth constantly rotates on its axis at 1,037 miles… Read More »

Archaeologists’ tricorder reveals objects’ ancient origins

00 Tricorder-style handheld scanners could help archaeologists uncover historical secrets without having to wait months for laboratory results. Researchers from Sheffield University have adapted technology used to identify materials in scrap metal yards and docks, in order to determine the geographical origin of certain stone tools in just 10 seconds. The portable scanner uses X-rays… Read More »

Massaging Vest Combats Stress While You Wear It

00 Grabbing a massage as you walk around town has never been so easy. A group of Cornell students recently invented an electric vest embedded with tiny motors intended to knead and massage the user’s back and shoulders. The vest, which was created in hopes of relieving stress linked to negative health effects, was even… Read More »

New Microplasma Device Could Potentially Revolutionize Archaeology

00 A team of researchers, including experts from Uppsala University in Sweden have developed a miniature device that they claim could revolutionize the way in which archaeologists date objects they discover in the field. The instrument in question is being described as a high-tech microplasma source that is capable of exciting matter in a controlled,… Read More »

Virgin Galactic ship shakes its space-flight feathers

00 … The first vehicle purpose-built for carrying tourists into space has now tested not just its wings, but also its feathers. Although it still hasn’t reached space, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo flew slightly longer and higher than it did on its first powered flight in April – and this time it also deployed a safety… Read More »

Robot spacecraft ready for launch to study moon dust, NASA says

00 Weather conditions were “looking real good” for NASA’s Friday night launch of a small robotic spacecraft on a mission to investigate the mysterious moon dust that Apollo astronauts encountered decades ago, a spokesman said. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft, known as LADEE, is scheduled for launch at 11:27 p.m. EDT on… Read More »

Stem Cells Mimic Human Brain

00 With the right mix of nutrients and a little bit of coaxing, human stem cells derived from skin can assemble spontaneously into brain-like chunks of tissue. Researchers provide the first description and application of these “mini-brains” today in Nature. “It’s a seminal study to making a brain in a dish,” says Clive Svendsen, a… Read More »

Earth telescope captures images twice as sharp as Hubble

00 Telescope captures images twice as sharp as Hubble Astronomers say they are now able to capture images of the sky that are twice as sharp as those captured by the Hubble telescope. A team of scientists from the University of Arizona, Arcetri Observatory in Italy and the Carnegie Observatory developed the technology that will… Read More »

RINGS propels satellites without propellants

00 Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are testing a new propulsion system … inside the station. While this might seem like the height of recklessness, this particular system doesn’t use rockets or propellants. Developed in the University of Maryland’s Space Power and Propulsion Laboratory, this new electromagnetic propulsion technology called the Resonant Inductive… Read More »

Fooling the AppStore one code-chunk at a time

00 A group of researchers presenting at Usenix last week turned up a startling new way to sneak malicious apps through the AppStore and onto iOS devices. By spreading malicious chunks of code through an apparently-innocuous app for activation later, the researchers say they were able to evade Apple’s test regime. The Georgia Tech-led team’s… Read More »

Meet the NASA scientist devising a starship warp drive

00 To pave the way for rapid interstellar travel, NASA propulsion researcher Harold “Sonny” White plans to manipulate space-time in the lab The idea that nothing can exceed the speed of light limits our interstellar ambitions. How do we get round this? Within general relativity, there are two loopholes that allow you to go somewhere… Read More »

Video: The Enigma Code

00 € The Enigma Code – YouTube. Some interesting history and basic tutorial about encryption.

Indian submarine INS Sindhurakshak catches fire, sinks

00 AN Indian navy submarine with about 18 sailors on board has caught fire after an explosion and sunk at its home port in Mumbai. Efforts were being made to ascertain the safety of the personnel and salvage the diesel- and electricity-powered submarine, navy spokesman Narendra Vispute said. Indian news channel NDTV said a loud… Read More »

Fukushima now in state of emergency, leaking 300 tons of radioactive water into the ocean daily

00 Japan’s nuclear watchdog has now declared the leak of radioactive water from Fukushima a “state of emergency.” Each day, 300 tons of radioactive water seeps into the ocean, and it’s now clear that TEPCO has engage in a two-and-a-half-year cover-up of immense magnitude. “I believe it’s been leaking into the ocean from the start… Read More »

Self-Expiring Medicine Packaging Could Change The World

00 For most of us, the blister packs our medicines come in are just temporary barriers to be scratched open with our fingernails or popped open like Chiclets. We usually don’t even pay attention to the tiny, vaguely printed expiration dates tattooed on the silver skin of our aspirin or cough medicine’s packaging; we take… Read More »

Extraterrestrial Intelligence Overwhelmingly Likely to be Post-Biological

00 During an epoch of dramatic climate change 200,000 years ago, Homo sapiens (modern humans) evolved in Africa. Several leading scientists are asking: Is the human species entering a new evolutionary, post-biological inflection point? Paul Davies, a British-born theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science and Co-Director… Read More »

Woman in China Reportedly Killed by Charging iPhone 5

00 According to a story reported by two publications in China, 23 year old Ma Ai Lun died when she answered a call on her Apple iPhone 5 while it was recharging. Details are sketchy and some of the information loses meaning in translation, but it appears that news of the death was originally reported… Read More »

Amazon founder Bezos Buys the Washington Post for $250 Million

00 Inc (AMZN.O) founder Jeff Bezos will buy the Washington Post newspaper for $250 million in a surprise deal that ends the Graham family’s 80-year ownership and hands one of the country’s most influential publications to the tech entrepreneur. Bezos, hailed by many as a visionary who helped transform Internet retail, called his acquisition… Read More »

Urine stem cells used to create teeth

10 Stem cells obtained from urine could allow us to regrow lost teeth, according to scientists. In mice, a new system of tissue culture has allowed researchers to grow the cells into tiny structures resembling teeth, and they hope one day the technology could permit them to build the real thing in human patients. The… Read More »

Drinking Water Might Just Make You Smarter

00 In case you’re suffering from severe writer’s block … here’s a handy tip to wake that brain up: drink water. The benefits of drinking water are well known, but a new study confirms that when you drink water, your brain works faster. Researchers at the University of East London School of Psychology in England… Read More »

Elastic Electronics – Stretchable Gold Nanoparticle Networks

00 Flexible electronics are now one step closer to being a reality thanks to new research from the University of Michigan — the researchers there created an extremely stretchable electrical conductor out of networks of gold nano-particles embedded in elastic polyurethane. “Polyurethane studded with gold nanoparticles can conduct electricity even when stretched to more than… Read More »

Video: This Sheet Of Material May Make Supercomputers Obsolete … and Turn You Invisible?

00 Today’s computers solve problems by moving electrons through circuits, but Professor Vladimir Shalaev is working on incredibly compelling technology that, once fully realized, will make this beyond obsolete — instead of electrons, he wants to perform computations by manipulating light. “We’re running out of ways to make computers faster and quantum technology is clearly… Read More »

‘Invisible’ Wetsuits Confuse Attacking Sharks

00 A company in Australia has developed a range of wetsuits which they say renders the wearer nearly invisible or repulsive to sharks. It is hoped the suits will help prevent attacks on divers, surfers and even swimmers who wear them in coastal areas that are shark infested. They incorporate patented Shark Attack Mitigation System… Read More »

SIM card flaw said to allow hijacking of millions of phones

00 A vulnerability on SIM cards used in some mobile phones could allow malware infection and surveillance, a security researcher warns. Karsten Nohl, founder of Security Research Labs in Berlin, told The New York Times that he has identified a flaw in SIM encryption technology that could allow an attacker to obtain a SIM card’s… Read More »

Researchers Turn Off Down Syndrome Genes

00   The insertion of one gene can muzzle the extra copy of chromosome 21 that causes Down’s syndrome, according to a study published today in Nature. The method could help researchers to identify the cellular pathways behind the disorder’s symptoms, and to design targeted treatments. “It’s a strategy that can be applied in multiple… Read More »

UK joins project to create synthetic organism from scratch

00 International team will synthesise genome of brewer’s yeast with a view to creating strains that make biofuel, vaccines and drugs Britain’s latest bid to embrace the futuristic science of synthetic biology will be revealed by the government on Thursday when it announces plans to make new strains of brewer’s yeast. Researchers will receive nearly… Read More »

Plain surfaces transformed into low-cost touch screens

00 A low cost system developed by Nanyang Technological University (NTU), based on the principles of vibration and imaging that is able to track the movements of multiple fingers and of objects, can do just that. Retrofitting the system onto existing flat-panel TVs will transform it into new, touch sensitive display screens, at only a… Read More »