Australian Popular Science News news from, 31 May 2016 04:16:20 +100010Wine Tasting Not For You? Try Honey TastingInside a lofty brick building on a quiet Brooklyn street, thirty of us sat around a horseshoe-shaped table with plates of grapes, almonds, bread, and pungent, sweaty cheese. Between every group of four sat six wine glasses, which we held to the light and shoved our noses into, like you would at any wine tasting. Except instead of wine, these glasses were full of honey. By the end of the night, I decided I much prefer honey tastings, if we're going to be honest.,420216Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:52 +1000DARPA Urgently Wants A Space Plane It Can Fly Day After DayThe Pentagon is building another space plane. It already has one, the Air Force's secretive X-37B, but DARPA, the Pentagon's future-focused project's research agency, wants another. This new space plane is the XS-1, and it has a deeply ambitious goal: deliver 3,000 pounds to orbit, every day, at a cost of $5 million for delivery.,420215Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:52 +1000New Test Could Tell Whether Comatose Patients Will Wake UpTo determine whether a patient that's in a coma will awaken again, scientists have devised a new test using positron emission tomography (PET).,420214Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:52 +1000Dr. Heimlich Does The HeimlichAfter more than three decades, the doctor who invented a maneuver to save people from choking got to use it himself.,420213Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:52 +1000Here Come The Laser HelicoptersWhen all you have is a gun and a bunch of missiles, every problem looks like something to blow up. The Army's Apache helicopters are very good at blowing stuff up, but there are times when they need more precision. Laser-like precision, even.,420212Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:52 +1000Build A Radio That Looks Like A Pizza If you want wireless radio that runs on free energy and is disguised as a large pizza, John Greenlee's <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">&#8220;Crystal Radio To Go&#8221;</a> build might pique your curiosity&#8212;you just need to find scarce supplies like germanium diodes, high-impedance earphones, and Fahnestock clips. You can print or construct a dummy pizza of your preference.,420211Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:52 +1000Does the Moon Sound Like a Bell?Though the Apollo lunar modules were built for the sole purpose of landing two men on the surface of the Moon, their usefulness didn't end after ascending from the lunar surface. NASA used the spent spacecraft for science, directing these modules for controlled crashed into the Moon. These crashes caused moonquakes, and scientists measured the vibrations moving through the Moon and found it rings like a bell.,420210Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:51 +1000In Study, Beer Drinkers Found To Be Less Alzheimer's-ProneA <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">study of 125 males</a> found less overall aggregation of amyloid beta, the main component of the plaque connected to Alzheimer's disease, in beer drinkers than in non-beer drinkers.,420209Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:51 +1000Canadian Robot Shines Light On Controversial New BroomCurling seems like a low-tech sport: just a broom, a heavy stone, and a sheet of ice. However, new technologies have led some curling broom companies to innovate. But there are concerns that new directional fabrics and broom designs could be giving players an advantage--they're just too good to use in competition. So much so that they're often dubbed "frankenbrooms" and have been <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">banned</a> from the sport.,420208Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:51 +1000Watch This Woman Climb A Skyscraper With A Vacuum CleanerVacuum cleaner-wielding superheroes are about to be taken a lot more seriously. Professional climber Sierra Blair-Coyle was the guinea pig for a daring proof of power: she crawled up the side of a 33-story building in South Korea using two vacuum cleaners.,420207Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:51 +1000New York Will Warn Diners About Salt IntakeNew York restaurants are getting called out for giving the salt shaker a few too many taps.,420206Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:51 +1000We Ate Pasta Made Out Of CricketsOver the past few years, we've seen a surge of interest in insect-based foods. There are cricket cookies, crackers, granolas, power bars, and cocktail bitters, as well as kitchen-top insect incubators, in various stages of development, to <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">grow your own crickets, black soldier flies</a>, and mealworms.,420205Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:51 +1000Anti-Opioid Implant Treats Addiction From WithinOn Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">approved</a> an implant designed to treat opioid dependence.,420204Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:51 +1000Singer Simonne Jones Fuses Pop Music and Quantum Physics<a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">Simonne Jones</a>, a singer and songwriter based in Berlin, is injecting her songs with something you probably wouldn't expect: advanced physics topics. Just check out these lines from her single, <em>Gravity:</em>,420203Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:51 +1000At Hiroshima, Obama Asks Fundamental Questions About Science And WarUntil today, no sitting President of the United States had visited Hiroshima. In August 1945, President Truman forever etched Hiroshima into American history books, and indeed that of the world, when, with a bright flash, the city became the first victim of the atomic age.,420202Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:51 +1000Robot Roach Can Jump Up To Five Feet HighRoach robots are evolving. First, they needed to work together with a fellow robo roach to climb over things. Now, a collaboration between Seoul National University in South Korea and UC Berkeley has developed a roach that goes leaps and bounds beyond that. <em>IEEE Spectrum</em> <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">reports</a> that the researchers showed off their appropriately named JumpRoACH at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Stockholm this month.,420201Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:51 +1000This Drone On A Leash Could Guard Army BasesSmall drones are inefficient birds. They fly for short bursts of time, and get thrown about in the wind. That's not great for anyone hoping to use a drone as a hovering sentry, but there's a better way: tethers. Put a leash on a drone, and suddenly it's a flexible flying watchdog, able to peek up high and then recharge safely in its mechanical nest.,420200Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:51 +1000Dubai Has 3D-Printed An Entire Building3D printing is still a young technology, but when you can use it for important tasks like making gummy snack figures of yourself, or building a home, it's no longer in its infancy. And Dubai has reached that second (and arguably more important) milestone, with an entire building 3D printed.,420199Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:51 +1000Learn Piano By Watching These Dancing HologramsEver wanted to learn piano? <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">Andante</a>, which comes out of MIT's Tangible Media Lab, is the program to help you learn keystrokes visually.,420198Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:51 +1000Yes, The Pentagon Still Uses Floppy Disks For Nuclear LaunchesA weird and totally true thing about the modern world is that whoever gets to be President of the United States has 7,100 nuclear warheads at their command. Theorized in the 1930s and first built and used in the 1940s, these weapons shape the outer bounds of human conflict: they're powerful, they're terrible, there is not much we can do about them, and they're waiting to end the world the moment an equal number of Russian nukes launch. Should that fateful day come to pass, we'll initiate the apocalypse with another similarly anachronistic technology: floppy disks.,420197Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:51 +1000GoDaddy Launched a Tinder for Startups, For Some ReasonHandling dating the way you handle business decisions might seem cold, but GoDaddy might be onto something by flipping that formula around.,420196Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:51 +1000Common Infections Might Be Causing Alzheimer's DiseaseThe root cause of Alzheimer's, a progressive disease that as of 2013 <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">affects</a> some 5 million Americans, is still not completely understood. Researchers know that hallmarks of the disease are tiny balls of plaque that accumulate in Alzheimer's patients' brains.,420195Mon, 30 May 2016 10:16:50 +1000A New Algorithm Could Help Warn Of Incoming TsunamisA new algorithm can analyze ocean data in real time to sense when a tsunami has formed and is on the way. This could give coastal cities better, more accurate warning that a tsunami is on the way, potentially saving thousands of lives.,420091Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:54 +1000Drones Bring Flash Drives With Western Movies To North KoreaActivists say their drones delivered thousands of memory cards to North Korea. The totalitarian communist Democratic People's Republic Of Korea, long isolated from the rest of the world, tightly controls what media people inside the country can access. For decades, human rights activists and others have tried to get messages into the country, which is difficult because of the the heavily fortified demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.,420090Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:54 +1000Could There Be A Fifth Fundamental Force Of Nature?It's long been accepted by physics that nature has supplied us with four fundamental forces. Gravity holds the planets and galaxies together, and the electromagnetic force holds us and our molecules together. At the smallest level are the two other forces: the strong nuclear force is the glue for atomic nuclei, and the weak nuclear force helps some atoms go through radioactive decay. These forces seemed to explain the physics we can observe, more or less.,420089Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:54 +1000Can Trees Make Clouds Form?The &#8220;pristine&#8221; atmosphere our planet had before the industrial revolution may have been cloudier than expected, <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">reports</a> the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).,420088Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:54 +1000American Special Forces Have A New Stealth MotorcycleNicknamed "silent professionals," America's Special Operations Forces exist on the edge of war, moving behind and around front lines, preparing battles behind the scenes. They are as protected by obscurity as they are their own skill, which means that when they move around, it's best if they can do it without any loud engines giving them away.,420087Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:54 +1000Augmented Reality Visor Lets Firefighters See Through The Smoke When you're fighting fires, you want as many weapons as possible at your disposal. Now, augmented reality glasses are helping firefighters navigate extreme working conditions.,420086Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:54 +1000University Students Launched A Rocket With Completely 3D-Printed EngineNo one expects college kids to beat NASA to the punch. On Saturday, students at University of California San Diego launched a rocket with a completely 3D-printed engine. Students for the Exploration and Development of Space claims to be the first university group to do this. Watch it fly!,420085Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:54 +1000How the Toy Lightsaber EvolvedA long time ago (nearly four decades at this point) <em>Star Wars</em> burst out of theaters and straight into the marketing departments of companies like Kenner and Hasbro. Action figures and starship models have long populated the landscape of nerdy childhoods around the world, but no one toy was ever as coveted or abused as the plastic toy lightsaber.,420084Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:54 +1000This Website Lets You Find The Hidden Similarities In Big CitiesLet's say you're looking for a type of place, rather than a specific place, to visit. You could be a skateboarder looking for an empty pool to ride in, an urban explorer looking for abandoned warehouses to explore... or you could be a bored internet user looking for satellite photos of shipwrecks off the coast of New York City just because it's cool.,420082Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:54 +1000British Jurors Can Now Visit Crime Scenes In Virtual RealityBlind justice could be getting a new type of vision soon, thanks to VR headsets.,420081Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:54 +1000The First Flexible Screen Might Come From An Unknown CompanyThe first gadget with a useful rollable screen may arrive faster than we suspected. According to <em><a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a></em>, Chinese tech firm Moxi Group says it will be rolling out a rollable, bendable smartphone screen later this year.,420080Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:53 +1000Xiaomi Introduces New, Affordable Quadcopter What a consumer drone sells is a new perspective, a better grasp of where one is. A drone is an eyeball, flung into the sky overhead. That's true with all drones, and is the explicit selling point of Xiaomi's Mi Drone, <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">unveiled today</a>.,420079Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:53 +1000Georgia Tech Builds an Aggro Autonomous Rally CarWhile Google's bubble-shaped car putters around in California and Tesla's Autopilot guides cars into garages, <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">Georgia Tech</a> is taking autonomous driving to the extreme. A team of researchers from both the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering and the School of Interactive Computing at the university have built <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">AutoRally</a>, an autonomous rally truck that pushes the limits of its performance.,420078Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:53 +1000Make Your Own Origami Space HabitatThe International Space Station is set to start testing its first expandable habitat. Tomorrow, the <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">Bigelow Expandable Activity Module</a> (BEAM) will swell to its full size, beginning a two-year stint at the ISS. During this time, astronauts will measure how well BEAM holds up against space debris, radiation and temperature swings. Lightweight expandable habitats, <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">made from</a> aluminum and fabric, might provide a home for astronauts on future deep space missions.,420077Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:53 +1000SpaceX Targets Thursday For Launch And Droneship LandingSpaceX is hoping to launch the 7,000-pound Thaicom 8 into space on Thursday at 5:40 pm Eastern. From its geosynchronous orbit, the satellite will beam television and internet signals into Southeast Asia.,420076Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:53 +1000China Will Test A 'Straddle Bus' That Drives Over CarsWait, this thing WASN'T an April Fools prank from 2011? They've actually been working on a real straddle-bus?,420075Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:53 +1000How Northrup's B-2 Bomber Stays Invisible On RadarHow exactly does an aircraft with a 170-foot wingspan look like a bird on radar?,420074Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:53 +1000How Fruit Flies Evolved To Have Giant SpermWhen mating time rolls around, most male animals offer a glut of tiny sperm. Fruit flies operate a little differently. They deliver a few gigantic sperm. In fact, male <em>Drosophila bifurca</em> flies can produce sperm that are 5.8 centimeters long&#8212;<a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">20 times</a> longer than their own bodies.,420073Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:53 +1000Hydraulic Press Versus Nearly Invincible Glass TeardropsThe hydraulic press wars are heating up, and the best video this week (so far) is entertaining <em>and</em> educational.,420072Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:53 +1000Is Xbox TV Coming?Microsoft might be gearing up to release a Chromecast competitor aligned with the Xbox brand.,420071Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:53 +1000Compose Music Using Live Data From The Large Hadron ColliderThe musical instrument of the future might be data from high energy particle physics experiments. Researchers from the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland and other universities debuted the <a href=";id=2892295" target="_blank">Quantizer with live streaming</a> at the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems this month. While there have been other attempts to show physics data with sound, like the "<a href=";v=TWqhUANNFXw" target="_blank">chirp</a>" that accompanied February's gravitational wave announcement, this is the first time that high-energy physics collision data can be live streamed as music.,420070Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:53 +1000India's Weather Is So Hot Its Roads Are MeltingIt sounds almost like something out of a cartoon. Someone crosses the road on a hot day and gets stuck in the melting asphalt, leaving behind shoes like some kind of <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Family Circus</em> trail</a> .,420083Thu, 26 May 2016 09:21:00 +1000A New Solar Cell Converts The Sun's Heat Into Usable Energy The sun gives us so much, providing both lighting and heating for our planet. We try to take advantage of this constant stream of power by using solar panels to convert light into electrical energy. It's a bright idea. But, could we be harnessing more of the sun?,420025Wed, 25 May 2016 11:19:58 +1000Watch A Useless, Beautiful Machine Sort RocksGeology is the science of stones, of their shapes and formations and locations and changes over time. Human history, too, is a study, in part, of stones: ones shaped by humans, piled high by humans, flung at high velocities by humans at other humans. There is history in rocks and rocks in history.,420024Wed, 25 May 2016 11:19:58 +1000Peru Declares State Of Emergency Over Mercury PoisoningsGold may be beautiful and valuable, but some mining operations to extract the precious metal are seriously dirty.,420023Wed, 25 May 2016 11:19:58 +1000Tiny Wire Can Detect A Single Virus In Your PeeWhen you're sick with some kind of infection, it's crucial to quickly figure out what's causing it. But if it's a viral infection, identifying the exact type of virus is often a laborious and time-consuming process.,420022Wed, 25 May 2016 11:19:58 +1000Watch A Furious Drone Race In 360-Degree VideoThe first Maker Faire of the year took place last weekend in San Mateo, California, and among the many thrillingly geeky sights and sounds on display was an indoor drone racing course set up by <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">the Aerial Sports League</a>, which <a href=";tab=page_info" target="_blank">bills itself</a> the "only Major Drone Combat and FPV Drone Racing League.",420021Wed, 25 May 2016 11:19:57 +1000Here's What the New York State Pavilion May Soon Look Like Remember that scene in <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank"><em>Men in Black</em></a> when Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones have to climb up a tower in Queens to stop an alien from stealing a flying saucer on top of it? Well, if you're unfamiliar, that's a very real place called the New York State Pavilion, and it was designed for the 1964-65 World's Fair by Philip Johnson. This futuristic creation, which features an observation deck called "Astro-View," among many other sci-fi-looking features, has been celebrated for years by tourists and architects alike. In short, it's regarded a masterpiece of 21st-century architecture that has attracted tons of people to Queens for years since its creation.,420020Wed, 25 May 2016 11:19:57 +1000