Category Archives: Technology

New invisibility cloak combines metamaterials and fancy electronics to be thinner, lighter, more invisible

A researcher at the University of Texas at Austin has devised an invisibility cloak that could work over a broad range of frequencies, including visible light and microwaves. This is a significant upgrade from current invisibility cloaks that only cloak a very specific frequency — say, a few hertz in the microwave band — and, more importantly, actually make cloaked ...

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North Korea obtains EMP weapons from Russia, could now melt most of the electronics in Asia

Hot on the heels of (reportedly) harnessing nuclear fusion and a slew of ballistic missile launches, South Korea’s intelligence agency is now reporting that Kim Jong-Un’s North Korea is developing an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon. At a bare minimum, this EMP could theoretically damage electronic equipment south of the Korean DMZ. At higher power levels, a real EMP device can ...

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Sono, a noise cancelation and isolation device that sticks on your window

If you’re the sort that needs peace and quiet to get anything done, escaping the noise pollution of every day life — regardless of where you’re located — is no easy task. A white noise machine can help, but in the end it’s still electronic noise, and unless you can afford a fancy sound system, the noise often sounds unnatural. ...

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New super-accurate atomic clock could be ultra-portable thanks to chilly atoms

Atomic clocks are widely known to be the most accurate timepieces available, but not all atomic clocks are created equal. Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are hard at work developing a new type of atomic clock utilizing cold atoms that could be smaller and more accurate than current versions. The clock described in the new ...

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Alien spotting: By 2020, we’ll finally have the ability to locate life-harboring, alien planets

The universe, as you probably know, is almost impossibly large. It is almost 100 billion light years across and consists of of billions of galaxies and trillions of stars. Thanks to recent observations made possible by the the Kepler space telescope and advanced astronomical techniques, we also know that the majority of these stars have orbiting planets. The latest estimate ...

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The brain-fixing machine in Ender’s Game is a real open-source surgical robot

The futuristic robot that probes brains in Ender’s Game is no futuristic fantasy. The real-life machine, known as the Raven II surgical system, was built at the University of Washington and has already been used in brain tumor operations. The National Science Foundation has funded development of seven of these open-source robots, and they will soon be distributed to cutting ...

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How to pee without splashback, or how fluid dynamics might save your marriage

To you and I, it’s called splashback — for physicists Tadd Truscott and Randy Hurd of the Brigham Young University Splash Lab, though, it’s called urinal dynamics. I am of course talking about the nasty habit of urine splashing out of a urinal or toilet and onto the floor — or worse, the urinator himself. Truscott and Hurd have spent ...

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India successfully launches Mars orbiter, hopes to become a space superpower

Early on the morning of November 5, India’s Space Research Organisation (ISRO) became only the sixth agency to launch a spacecraft that’s headed for Mars. The odds are stacked against the ISRO: Only one space agency, Europe’s ESA, successfully made it to Mars on the first attempt. India hopes that its Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) will provide valuable information on ...

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Aeromobil takes to the skies: Is the age of flying cars finally here?

The design space for a machine that can roll out of a standard parking spot, unfurl a pair of wings, and hurl itself into the air has been explored as thoroughly as any. Stefan Klein, an engineer from Austria, has been working on such machines for the last 20 years. His latest concept, the Aeromobile 2.5, has some impressive specs, ...

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