August 22, 2015

3D Printing With Glass

A team from Mediated Matter and MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering developed this precision technique.

Some of the objects created will go on display at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on Fifth Avenue in New York City next year.

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August 20, 2015

If God Actually Smote

Four successive lightning strikes on a Google data center in Belgium resulted in the permanent loss of some data. If God ever decided to get back into the smiting business, this is the sort of precision accuracy I would expect of someone who claims to be almighty. It's much more impressive than, say, sending a hurricane to flood all of Florida just to wipe out some investment property held by a couple of Google employees.

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August 14, 2015

The Intended Market For This Ring Is...?

Women with entirely decent boyfriends who want to drive their boyfriends away. (Also, it helps if the woman likes ugly rings.) At a minimum, they've guaranteed that no man will ever buy one as a gift for a woman – although those few guys who consider auto-castration to be a fun activity would probably be an exception to this rule.

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July 21, 2015

Video Editing

So, there's this new app called Shred. Throw a video and some music at it and it will edit them down to something short and effective. So I threw about 1½ hours of video from Burning Man at it, plus The Trammps' "Disco Inferno" and this is what I got back:

Not great, but clearly more entertaining than my own edits.

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July 16, 2015

1950s Technology Used To Repair 21st Century HD TV

Is that bat plastic?

I recommend trying this on someone else's TV first, just for practice.

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July 12, 2015

An Advance In Precision Prostate Surgery

A plastic and ceramic robot that can perform prostate surgery while the patient is inside an MRI machine.. Communication with the device is via fiber optic cable. This comes from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (not MIT!) and has been tested with a dozen men at Brigham And Women's Hospital.

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July 7, 2015

New, Better GPS

We're not talking about the European or Russian GPS systems, but the plain ol' Murkin one. And it turns out it isn't so "new." With superior antennas far beyond the price range acceptable for a hiking GPS, one can get centimeter accuracy using our existing GPS satellites. This, then, is about a new, better, cheaper GPS antenna that will bring greater accuracy to the wandering masses. And when you can get centimeter precision, you open up GPS use to much more than merely finding a pizza shop.

"The researchers' new system could allow unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver packages to a specific spot on a consumer's back porch, enable collision avoidance technologies on cars and allow virtual reality (VR) headsets to be used outdoors."

And here's your 21st century gee whiz quote: "'Imagine games where, rather than sit in front of a monitor and play, you are in your backyard actually running around with other players,' said Todd Humphreys, assistant professor in the [University of Texas] Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and lead researcher."

Finally the great breakthrough in games: playing outdoors. Wouldn't our grandparents marvel?

permalink | July 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM | Comments (1)

June 30, 2015

New Property Of Graphene Discovered

Shine a laser or just strong light on it, and it moves. Researchers don't yet know how that works, but think it's possible the laser builds up an electron charge on the graphene until the electrons are released in one direction. They also don't know why the electrons would be released that way, rather than randomly. But even without knowing why, one can see that this could be a pretty fabulous technology to build fuel-less spacecraft able to travel forever.

permalink | June 30, 2015 at 07:25 PM | Comments (0)

Putting Siri To Shame

That's what Soundhound's voice recognition software can do (maybe). It's currently available only in beta, only for Android. Watch this video to see how quickly it responds to complex, but challenging questions:

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Artificial Spider Silk

Bolt Threads has the process and $40 million to make it commercially. Fabrics made from the artificial silk should hit the market in 2016.

permalink | June 30, 2015 at 07:11 PM | Comments (0)