Apr 292015
 

Chester Nez

Chester Nez, the last surviving member of the ‘Original Navajo Code Talkers’ has died at the age of 93. He was a great man. Navajo, artist, writer, Marine, graduate of University of Kansas. He was one of the 29-member Navajo team that created a unique code language out of their own mother tongue. This new unbreakable code helped in defeating Japan on some very crucial fronts.

Rest in Peace Chester!

Read the full story at War History Online.

 

 Posted by at 12:56 pm
Jun 082014
 

NEWS 

Scientists Create Shatterproof Phone Screens [MDConnects]
Too many of us are carrying shattered phones because screens we can’t afford new screens. However, scientists from the University of Akron may have discovered a solution to save fragile phones their dilapidated doom.

World first: Australian solar plant has generated “supercritical” steam that rivals fossil fuels’ [ScienceAlerts]
A solar thermal test plant in Newcastle, Australia, has generated “supercritical” steam at a pressure of 23.5 mpa (3400 psi) and 570°C (1,058°F). CSIRO is claiming it as a world record, and it’s a HUGE step for solar thermal energy.

Big Bang blunder bursts the multiverse bubble [Nature]
Premature hype over gravitational waves highlights gaping holes in models for the origins and evolution of the Universe

How El Niño temporarily slows the Earth’s rotation [arsTechnica]
The El Niño Southern Oscillation is a major source of year-to-year variability in Earth’s average surface temperature and, it turns out, its rotational velocity.

Engineers build nanomotor that can fit inside a human cell [ScienceDaily]
Engineers have built the fastest, smallest and longest-running nanomotor to date. The nanomotor is capable of drug delivery on a nanoscale. One day, nanomotors could lead to the development of tiny devices that seek out and treat cancer cells.

Check out the best deals for gadgets, gearbest cool gadgets [GearBest]
Great deals on Android Phablets, Phones, Tablets, tons of A/V gear and more.

 Posted by at 1:44 pm
Apr 112014
 

 DNA Robots in Roaches Tiny, Logical Robots Injected into Cockroaches [Popular Mechanics]

Scientists have built robots that mimic cockroaches and even implanted electronics to remote-control these bugs. Now researchers have devised DNA nano-robots that prowl around inside cockroaches, the first time such DNA robots have found use in living animals.

DNA origami nano robots could one day carry out complex computer programs in the human body, helping to deliver cancer-killing toxins only to cancer cells while leaving the rest of the patient unharmed, according to their paper in Nature Nanotechnology.

3D printed skull 3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted in Woman [NBC News]

Another day, another advance in 3-D printing technology.

Doctors in the Netherlands report that they have for the first time successfully replaced most of a human’s skull with a 3-D printed plastic one — and likely saved a woman’s life in the process.

 Posted by at 3:26 am
Jan 042013
 

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imageHouston, We Have Another Problem: Astronaut Alzheimer’s [Science Blogs]
As if space travel was not already filled with enough dangers, a new study out today in the journal PLOS ONE shows that cosmic radiation – which would bombard astronauts on deep space missions to places like Mars – could accelerate the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

imageDad Hires In-Game ‘Assassins’ To Discourage Son’s Gaming Habit [Huffington Post]
Frustrated by his adult son’s incessant gaming habit, a man in China reportedly hired a number of in-game master “hitmen” to annihilate his son’s avatar over and over again in an attempt to deter him from playing.  http://www.partybingo.com/

 

 

imageHigh Quality Photos From Star Trek Into Darkness [Superhero Hype]

Star Trek Into Darkness is coming out May 17 2013 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D).

 

 

imagePentagon Looks to Fix ‘Pervasive Vulnerability’ in Drones [Wired]
Drones may be at the center of the U.S. campaign to take out extremists around the globe. But there’s a “pervasive vulnerability” in the robotic aircraft, according to the Pentagon’s premier science and technology division — a weakness the drones share with just about every car, medical device and power plant on the planet.

 

imageField Testing a Four-Legged Robot [Defense Tech]
DARPA recently completed field testing of its LS3 four-legged robot system at Fort Pickett in central Virginia. Check out the great video with the robot playing follow the leader through open fields and tough terrain.

 

 

bookcoverDesigners Pick their Favorite Book Covers of 2012 [NY Times]
The NY Times asked people in and around the world of graphic design to name one of their favorite book covers from 2012 and briefly describe its appeal. [via kottke]

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 Posted by at 7:10 am
Nov 282012
 

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General Motors is giving its Chevrolet Spark a jolt of electricity.

An all-electric version of the mini-car will debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale this summer in California, Oregon, Canada and South Korea, where it’s made. Other markets will follow.

It will cost less than $25,000 in the U.S., be shorter in length than the Fiat 500 and get 76miles per charge.

Associated Press has the full details.

 Posted by at 6:07 pm
Apr 292012
 

 

image Shark Populations Are Plummeting in Areas Near Humans. Shark populations have recently fallen by up to 90 percent in some areas. – [Planetsave]
image Wind farms may have warming effect. Large wind farms might have a warming effect on the local climate, research in the United States showed on Sunday, casting a shadow over the long-term sustainability of wind power. – [Reuters]
image Japan deep-sea drilling probe sets world record. A Japanese deep-sea drilling probe has set a new world record for depth, reaching 7740 meters (25400 feet) below the sea surface. – [Fox News]
image Foods and packaging containing nanoparticles may require more scrutiny. The FDA has previously stated that nanotechnology is not inherently unsafe; however, materials at the nano scale can pose different safety issues. – [Sci-Tech Today]
image A new study may explain many mysteries about dinosaurs, such as why enormous species had such small offspring, why non-flying dinos went extinct, and why today’s birds fly. Large body size, egg-laying ways of dinos may have helped to do them in – [MSNBC]
image Summer movie preview: It’s a superhero smackdown. The Avengers vs Spider-Man vs Batman (and don’t forget Men in Black 3)– [Journal Gazette]
 Posted by at 11:31 am
Jun 222011
 

 

News flash

Top_SecretNSA Declassifies 200-Year-Old Book [Wired]
A cryptology instruction book… 202 years old. A photograph of the U.S. Army’s cypher bureau… from 1919. A breakdown of Russian electoral districts… circa 1948. Schematics for a magnetic tape memory system… nearly half a century old. These are just some of the items that, had you seen them, would have irreparably damaged U.S. national security.

cat visionNight Vision Contact Lenses? [Defense Tech]
Were the Seal Team 6 commandos that took out Bin Laden were wearing “cat vision” contact lenses? This is pure speculation in the article but interesting nonetheless.

popcapMystery buyer for game developer PopCap Games? [CNET]
PopCap Games, the company behind the hit titles Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies, is reportedly in the process of being acquired for more than $1 billion.

WarningBaltimore IT Admin Hacked Porn Into CEO’s PowerPoint Presentation [ExtremeTech]
Do you really need to read this article to understand the story? Just let this be a lesson to those that unceremoniously fire the IT Pro.

BONUS:

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Jun 172011
 

News flash

 

poop_burgerJapan scientist synthesizes meat from human feces [Digitaltrends?]

It’s being called the "poop burger". Japanese scientists have found a way to create artificial meat from sewage containing human feces.

PhysicsFDA Releases Draft Guidance Toward Nanotech Regulation [Nanotechnology Now]
The Food and Drug Administration is now opening a dialogue on nanotechnology by publishing proposed guidelines on how the agency will identify whether nanomaterials have been used in FDA-regulated products.

Solar System - PlanetsNASA Spacecraft Confirms Theories, Sees Surprises at Mercury [NASA]
NASA scientists are making new discoveries about the planet Mercury. Data from MESSENGER, the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury, is giving scientists important clues to the origin of the planet and its geological history and helping them better understand its dynamic interior and exterior processes.

apple logo NEW StyleRichard Dreyfuss Performs a Dramatic Reading of the iTunes User Agreement [CNN via Neatorama]  I love these dramatic readings by Dreyfuss. Head to CNN to listen to a few choice snippets.

robotKilobots bring us one step closer to a robot swarm [Physorg]
These small robots are able to communicate with each other by blinking lights mounted on their cases. While each individual unit may not seem that advanced or impressive the real impact is what happens when the robots work as a system. You can read the Harvard technical report here (pdf)

youtubeThe Worst of E3 2011 [YouTube video via  Reddit
Compilation of the “worst of” E3 2011 incidents for your enjoyment.

StarfleetOngoing Star Trek Comic To Launch This Fall [SuperheroHype]
IDW Publishing and CBS Consumer Products have announced a brand-new ongoing comic book series to be based on J.J. Abram’s rebooted Star Trek universe. Teaming with the film’s writer/producer Roberto Orci, the new monthly series will tie into both the 2009 film and the upcoming untitled sequel.

 Posted by at 10:46 pm
Apr 202011
 


For fruit flies hooked on meth, sugar wards off death [MSNBC]
Fruit flies on meth experience less drug toxicity if they’ve been snacking on a sugary diet, a new study finds.

Informatics robots protect, cuddle, serve [ISDNEWS]
Developers chose to make Paro a baby harp seal rather than a cat or dog so people could accept the robot without preconceptions.

Shock to skull can improve gaming [VGACHARTZ]
In one of the more unusual video game-related studies to emerge recently, a DARPA-funded experiment has found that running electricity through your scalp can help make you a better game player.

Dead ‘space alien’ in Russia is really bread and chicken [EXAMINER]
For a few days, the Internet was abuzz over a Youtube video that reportedly showed the corpse of a space alien being discovered in Siberia. However, a mere 3 days after the video was posted online, it has been revealed to be a hoax.

Facebook adds two-factor authentication [CSOONLINE]
Facebook enhances security of the site with two-factor authentication, improved HTTPS. But is it enough for security pros?

Meet the new Porsche Panamera S Hybrid [MotorTrend]
380 horsepower, a 0-to-60 time of 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 167 mph. And it’s a hybrid.

The best place to play poker online is Party Poker.

 Posted by at 8:32 pm
Mar 152010
 

Lip-Reading Mobile Phone Promises to End Noisy Calls [BBC News]
The technology measures the electrical signals produced by muscles when someone speaks. Would presumably be good for a dumb person to communicate as well.
Report: 98.9% Of Downloads On The Android Market Are Free [The Next Web]
An estimated eight million Android users downloaded 289 million apps, of which 98.9% were free to download. Wow, looks like an app market developers would be anxious to get into </sarcasm>

Peter Graves dead at 83 – RIP [Real TV Addict]
I have many, many fond memories of Mission Impossible and Mr. Graves’ character and the plethora of spoofs his character helped architect was key to many of those memories. Here’s a nice 2+ minute series intro to the MI team’s escapades.

 Posted by at 11:38 am
Apr 192009
 

News flash

In the gadget world, rumors are swirling again over the new Sidekick from T-Mobile. This time the rumor comes complete with a memo from a T-Mobile employee who anonymously reveals, among other things, it’ll have a swivel screen. <golf clap>. It’ll also have Exchange/Activesync e-mail support, I’m sure the IT Pros are going to love having to support “yet one more enterprisey phone that opens a hole in their network”.

I for one still heart my Pantech duo, a dual-slider phone that gives me both the candy bar style I prefer, with the wide qwerty keyboard for those times I get a hankering to work on my novel or send a lengthy SMS.

Elsewhere in gadgetland, the US military enlists the iPod Touch for the battlefield environment. Its application support just rocks my socks, and apparently the Army’s as well. Ever since the Zune worldwide meltdown of Dec 31, 2008, I’ve been cursing my brown 30G Zune. I’ve been waiting for one more issue to appear with my player make me an iPod Touch owner. The recent release of Blizzard’s Mobile Logon Authenticator just about sent me over the edge towards making the switch because it was made available only for the iPhone/iPod.

In Science news, amid a great budget crunch to get the ISS complete, the Shuttle’s fate nears point of no return. Can you believe that the original design for the Shuttle originated during the Nixon administration? It’s time to end of life this pig and move on.

A doctor contends that if the 16th President of the US hadn’t been assassinated 144 years ago he would have been dead from cancer within the year. He wants’ a piece of the prez’ bloody pillow case and he intends to prove his theory through DNA analysis. Where’s the ACLU and why aren’t they in pit bull mode over this invasion of privacy?

Last in Science news is that apparently keeping slim is good for the planet. Or so say some serious scientists. Since I need to lose weight I should be supplementing my lifestyle changes with cardio workouts to get the pounds off; that means more CO2 generated. Question: Is the planet better off with me not contributing more to the problem or getting slim and trim? I’m too tired to figure out the math on this one.

In Internet & Software news, Adobe is trying to take Television to the next level and announces Flash for TVs. God help us.

Washington, DC will be the 1st US city to get free mobile TV. Broadcasts take place this summer by the five major networks nbc, cbs, fox, pbs, abc. Do we not watch enough TV already that the coalition for mobile video has to try and shove it down society’s throat?

Bonus internet news: Oprah gets pwned by Shaq on Twitter. HAHAHAHAHA!

 Posted by at 11:02 pm
Apr 072009
 

  

Men in Black Men In Black 3 In Development! – [ScreenRant] – Sony announces plans for Men in Black 3, rumors say Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones have expressed interest. What do you think about a third installment?

news_DnD Wizards Of The Coast Learning That Pissing Off Geeks Isn’t Such A Good Idea – [techdirt] If there’s one group online that it’s useful to avoid pissing off, it’s "the geeks." And one thing that plenty of geeks love is Dungeons and Dragons. Yet, D&D publisher, Wizards of the Coast, has fans of the game up in arms

ATT  AT&T’s unionized workers poised to strike, with a ringtone to remind them – [BetaNews] AT&T’s contract with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) expired at midnight yesterday, and if the union’s demands aren’t met in contract re-negotiation, AT&T’s wireline employees — nearly 100 thousand in number — will strike.

Speech_Bubble  Group protests Kindle’s read-aloud limits – [MSNBC Tech&Sci] – A group representing the blind and other people with disabilities protested limitations to the new read-aloud feature on Amazon.com Inc.’s latest Kindle electronic reader Tuesday, arguing that the restrictions unfairly limit their access to e-books.

Mouse Computer Mouse + Taxidermied Mouse = Mouse Mouse! – [Neatorama] What do you get when you combine taxidermy with gadget hacking?

Neurons New neurons update remote memories – [Physorg] It is not easy to find your student bedroom when you left university 10, 20 or 30 years ago. But once you have found it, you can easily return the next day.

Orion_Spacecraft NASA Selects Material for Orion Spacecraft Heat Shield – [NASA] NASA has chosen the material for a heat shield that will protect a new generation of space explorers when they return from the moon. After extensive study, NASA has selected the Avcoat ablator system for the Orion crew module.

 Posted by at 11:05 pm
Mar 142009
 

news_links_global_dimming  Global dimming: Air pollution clogging skies worldwide – Air pollution has caused skies above most of the world’s land areas to dim slightly over the past 30 years

news_links_pi  Today is National Pi Day, March 14 – Happy 3.1415926. In other Pi news today, a Michigan teen recites 2,000 digits of pi

news_links_google  Are Google’s Behavior-Based Ads a New Privacy Concern? – Google’s new interest-based advertising may lead to increased revenues for the search company, but privacy advocates have a list of new concerns for Google

news_links_battery   Batteries recharging in a matter of seconds – MIT researches discovered how to greatly improve recharging batteries; they worked on how lithium ions travelled from the cathode back to the anode. They achieved their performance goals by changing the structure of the standard Li-ion battery, making use of nanoparticles and some other elements such as carbon

news_links_blimps   Pentagon Seeks Fleet Of Massive DARPA Spy Blimps – The Pentagon has announced intentions to launch an entire fleet of giant 450-foot-long airships which will act as a massive airborne radar system providing perpetual surveillance of vehicles, planes and people on the ground

news_links_thor   New superhero movies pushed back – Marvel pushes out dates for Avengers and Thor. But hey, at least Samuel Jackson is still on board for a 9 pic deal to play Nick Fury.

 Posted by at 12:04 pm
Feb 022009
 

Manned Submarine

Having served on fast attack submarines for 8 fun and stressful years, I keep my eyes and ears open to sub news from around the world. Today I found this inspiring New Scientist article:

Some men mark their 40th birthday by buying a flashy new car, changing jobs or finally getting started on that novel. Ted Ciamillo decided he would pedal across the Atlantic in a one-man submarine he has designed and built himself.

If the guy could pull it off, he would truly be a manly-man.

 

[via Blueflipper Diving]

 Posted by at 12:16 am