Paul Adams
at 09:41 AM Oct 14 2011

This morning the news came over the internet: Dennis Ritchie has died.Dr. Ritchie doesn't have the mainstream adoring following of Steve Jobs, but he can take considerably more credit for the creation, and even the aesthetics, of the computer world we live in. It's almost impossible to find a personal computing product or paradigm that doesn't owe a direct debt to Ritchie.

Rebecca Boyle
at 09:27 AM Oct 14 2011
via TechCrunch
Tech // 

RIM said Thursday morning its BlackBerry service had been restored to all terrestrial worlds after the worst outage ever. BlackBerry Messenger is still spotty on Vulcan, but service is back to normal in the other Federation planets.

Nick Gilbert
at 08:42 AM Oct 14 2011
Christian Guthie (net_efekt) on Flickr, Creative Commons

A new study into mammalian genomes has found and documented large amounts of what has been referred to as the 'dark matter' of genetics responsible in large part for the way that the functions of genes themselves are regulated.

Clay Dillow
at 07:05 AM Oct 14 2011
Space // 

This morning, PopSci's dedicated "space monkey" news feed lit up with some distressing news: When Iran indefinitely suspended its plans to launch a monkey into space earlier this month, it was actually because they had already tried and failed.

Clay Dillow
at 17:30 PM Oct 13 2011
Gianni Woods/NASA
Space // 

NASA has gone to great lengths to seed and cultivate the commercial space industry over the past few years, but it may want to be careful that it doesn't make the grass look too much greener on the commercial side. Mike Moses, NASA's deputy space shuttle program manager and former flight director--the guy who oversaw all shuttle operations over the last three years of the program--is jumping ship, heading over to Virgin Galactic to oversee operations at the space tourism front-runner.

Nick Gilbert
at 12:27 PM Oct 13 2011
William Hook on Flickr, used under Creative Commons
Mobile // 

Apple today released its last iteration of the iOS software, version 5, across the globe. While the update brings a suite of new features, it doesn't seem as though every user managed to enter Apple's version of mobile nirvana unscathed, with more than a few users reporting issues post-update.

Clay Dillow
at 12:19 PM Oct 13 2011

Typing in Braille is tricky, requiring clunky and expensive dedicated devices--some costing as much as US$6,000--with limited functionality beyond their primary design purpose. But a team of researchers at Stanford University in California, including an undergrad on loan from New Mexico State University, have created a touchscreen interface that brings the ability to write in Braille to tablet PCs.

Clay Dillow
at 11:53 AM Oct 13 2011
Energy // 

Back in June when the latest edition of TOP500 dropped (TOP500 lists the world's top supercomputers), Japan's K Computer leapt ahead of China's Tianhe-1A supercomputer to become the biggest, baddest computing platform on the planet. But after more than a year of slipping down the ranks as its competitors across the Pacific surged ahead, Oak Ridge National Labs Jaguar supercomputer is poised to become the fastest computer in the world once more.

Dan Nosowitz
at 08:44 AM Oct 13 2011
Seth Fletcher
Cars // 

We all know that one of the biggest obstacles to electric car adoption is the long, often overnight recharge time. But Nissan claims that they've created a new charging system that'll fill up your car (Nissan would undoubtedly prefer to say "your Leaf") in only ten minutes--not much different than a regular trip to the Earth-killing pump.

Rebecca Boyle
at 08:31 AM Oct 13 2011

Doctors in Scotland are using ultrasound to help patients with severe bone fractures, and finding it speeds recovery time by more than one-third. The ultrasonic pulses induce cell vibration, which doctors say stimulates bone regeneration and healing.

Danika Wilkinson
at 13:17 PM Oct 12 2011
Jon Lomberg

Over two dozen new free-floating brown dwarfs have been discovered in two young star clusters, Science Daily reports. A University of Toronto-led research team made the discovery - and found an unusual surplus of ‘failed stars’ in each constellation.

Rebecca Boyle
at 11:50 AM Oct 12 2011
cathyse97 via Flickr
Science // 

Pervasive, persistent optimism is one of those uniquely human traits/flaws - we tend to believe things are better than they really are, or that negative consequences won't befall us, even if they befall others. It stands to reason that people would adjust their expectations when confronted with harsh reality, yet they don't. Our brains are to blame, according to a new study - we're wired to have a positive outlook.

Rebecca Boyle
at 08:02 AM Oct 12 2011
Robots // 

We have been enjoying plenty of BigDog/AlphaDog videos of late, showing off the US Marines' sure-footed four-legged robot. Well apparently the US isn't the only country planning to build a pack of quadruped bots. Check out this small South Korean robot dog, prancing quietly around a trade show.

Rebecca Boyle and Clay Dillow
at 07:00 AM Oct 12 2011
X Prize Foundation
Tech // 

Last US summer, as sweet crude oil gushed unabated into the Gulf of Mexico, the overriding emotion was one of frustration. It wasn't just directed at the well owner, BP, or at rig-builders Transocean and Halliburton, or even the government and its difficult-to-understand oil flow estimates. The inability to shut off the well was one thing - but why, in an era of nanotubes and autonomous robots and invisibility cloaks, couldn't we just clean it up?

Dan Nosowitz
at 02:10 AM Oct 12 2011
Dan Nosowitz
Gadgets // 

Take the 3rd-generation Kindle, probably the best ebook reader ever made. Chop off the keyboard, trim the sides a bit, rearrange the buttons. Sell for eighty bucks. Correction: sell about a billion of these things for eighty bucks each.

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