Cooperation is an evolutionary advantage. While many creatures are perfectly comfortable spending most of their time alone, creatures that work together are capable of far more than their individual components working separately. It should come as no surprise, then, that when researchers make animal-inspired robots, they design them to work together, as a team.
Hundreds of food products, ranging from flash frozen vegetables to jars of sunflower seed kernels, are being recalled this week due to possible Listeria contamination. The contamination apparently happened at a food packaging center in Washington state, and has been tied to the hospitalization of eight people so far.
Starbucks built an empire by discovering that people were willing to pay a lot of different prices for coffee, and finding a way to sell essentially the same thing to different customers at different price points. Modern video games followed the same premise, with future profits baked in down the road. Sure, today someone is only willing to get the free version of the game, but after a month, maybe they'll splurge for a different character, a shortcut, a new power-up, or more levels. Tesla, it seems, took this same lesson, and snuck it into their electric cars.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have used electrodes to turn your skin into a touchpad extension for wearables like smartwatches. The SkinTrack system uses four pairs of electrodes embedded in the watchband, while a ring on your finger generates an electrical signal when you touch your arm. The electrodes use that signal to track your finger movements, and as a result, your arm or hand becomes a touchpad--and a much larger one that makes intricate commands much easier on a small device.
On last night's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin appeared to promote his new book No Dream is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon. Right off the bat, the second man on the moon revealed to Colbert that the moon landing was, wait for it: real.
Seems like just yesterday car giant General Motors invested $500 million in Lyft--the ride-sharing service competing with Uber for dominance over your cab experience. Like Google, Tesla, Uber and others, Lyft wants to bring its riders a driverless experience where cars pilot themselves. Now their project, according to the Wall Street Journal, has a launch window: 2017.
GoPro is at its best in extreme situations, and not much is more extreme than being strapped to a rocket. That's what happened on November 5, 2015 when Aerospace, Inc. placed a handful of the action cameras at different points on one of their near-space rockets. You can see takeoff, return, and a beautiful shot of separation.