Japanese Robot Annoys People Until They Talk To It“Talking Ally”, a robot made by researchers at Toyohashi University of Technology's Interactions and Communication Design lab, can follow a human's gaze and respond accordingly. For ... More >
Coming Soon: An Autonomous Mercedes-Benz VanMercedes-Benz has released a teaser sketch for a new autonomous van concept called the Vision Tokyo, which the automaker plans to unveil at this week's 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. More >
Meet America's Next BomberMeet the B-52's grandchild. Today, after four years of development in secret, the United States Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman the contract to build their Long Range Strike Bomber. With a ... More >
The Path To Immune BurnoutYou have to hand it to the immune system. The collection of specialized cells works endlessly throughout our lives to keep us safe. They are involved in almost every aspect of our daily life and ... More >
Interview With A Sarcastic Mars RoverThe Curiosity Rover is the most advanced piece of technology ever sent to Mars. It weighs 2,000 pounds and houses a full science laboratory on board. Curiosity landed on Mars on August 5th, 2012, ... More >
In an effort to generate more publicity for their soon-to-be-released, little-known independent film, the makers of Star Wars released a brand new clip from The Force Awakens. The action, which we've seen in bits and pieces in other trailers, shows 15 seconds of running and panic on a desert planet. Daisy Ridley's Rey and John Boyega's Finn, along with the mechanical BB-8, are chased by someone and looking for an escape route. They spy what Rey identifies as a “wuad-jumper,” and just after she's explained that she's a pilot and can fly it, the whole thing explodes:
In the near future (possibly by the end of this year) Americans will have to register almost all of the small personal drones they buy in a great big government database that the public can't access. At least, that's one possible conclusion in the the final report from the FAA's task force, appointed to study and provide recommendations for future drone laws.
Apps and gadgets have made many of us obsessed with quantifying our health. And while there's good reason to keep that information away from prying corporate eyes, pharmacies are finding new ways to incentivize customers to share that valuable data. This month, Walgreens has become the latest pharmacy chain to launch an app that gives customers small discounts in exchange for access to their digital health trackers (CVS has a similar program). And while this might be tempting especially for low-income patients, the information these companies are asking for is far too valuable to share for just a couple of dollars off, as Stat reports today.
Reading has been around for millennia, but how we read (and what we read on) has changed dramatically over time. Take this story for example. You're reading it on some kind of computerized device, with pixels forming these words on a digital screen. Just a few decades ago you would probably be reading these words printed on paper. Time goes by so quickly doesn't it? Now go back even further. Several centuries before the present reading would be rare, and most important writing would be inscribed by hand onto prepared animal skins, but what kind of animal skins?
Artificial flavors first enter the historical record in 1851, at the Crystal Palace exhibition in London, that great Victorian anthology of the world's technologies, treasures, and bric-a-brac. Visitors tarrying at the stalls of perfumers from Paris, Leipzig, or London might have sampled pear, apple, grape, or pineapple candies, flavored for the first time not with the products of agriculture, but with compounds synthesized in chemical laboratories.
Spoilers ahead for those who aren't caught up, but last season of Game of Thrones ended with a true Caesar outcome for all-around-hero (and potential Azor Ahai) Jon Snow. But unlike Caesar, today HBO teased the apparent resurrection of the character in the show's April Season 6 premiere. That plotline might be as far-fetched in reality as it may seem, but to find out, we spoke to one optimistic startup company called Humai, that is pursuing actual resurrection for human beings with a target of the next 30 years.
John Bisney and J. L. Pickering's latest, “Moonshots & Snapshots of Project Apollo,” is a stunning look at the Apollo program. This follow up book to “Spaceshots & Snapshots of Projects Mercury & Gemini” showcases not only uncommon NASA images from the Apollo program, but images from journalists and photographers that rarely, if ever, make it into photo essays about the lunar landing program. The selection of images is brilliant, offering a uniquely intimate look at Apollo. The NASA images are less common, showing the astronauts' candid moments in aircraft or quietly contemplating a pending lunar launch. These agency images are complimented by photographs from journalists and photographers, giving a different inside view on historic moments like Apollo 16's launch.
Swedish automaker Volvo has a long-held reputation as a car company that puts safety first. Some safety features, like replacing spear-like traditional steering wheel shafts with bulkier, non-impaley versions are easy to see. Other features, like laser sensors that detect the movements of nearby cars, are a little trickier to demonstrate on the showroom floor. So, to advertise their safety in the modern era, Volvo teamed with Microsoft to create models of the cars in virtual reality:
Sailors have for millennia known that the sea hides far more than it reveals. Nowadays, finding robots under the water is almost an inevitability, though that didn't mean Maryland crabber David Haas was expecting to find one. On November 5th, near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Hass was crabbing with his crew when they caught an underwater military drone.