Author Archives: Shane McGlaun


Self-destructing battery could be a boon for military and medical electronics

Self-destructing battery could be a boon for military and medical electronics

One of the issues that the military has today with putting electronic devices into the field is if those devices are lost and fall into enemy hands, they have a major potential for giving away information that the enemy could take advantage of. This has led to military and researchers around the world to heavily invest in electronic devices that can self-destruct over time. Scientists from the Iowa State University say that they have now created the first practical transient battery to power these future self-destructing electronics.

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Pokemon Go has a new nearby tracker in testing now

Pokemon Go has a new nearby tracker in testing now

Pokemon Go launched with a system to track what Pokemon are nearby your location, but that system broke shortly after the game launched. This is in part what led to the hoards of third party tracking services such as Pokevision that have since been banned. The original nearby system showed footprints on the images with three meaning far away and one meaning close.

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Moto Z Force vs. Galaxy S7 Active drop test showdown

Moto Z Force vs. Galaxy S7 Active drop test showdown

One of the big claims with the Motorola Z Force smartphone is that the screen is unbreakable. That is a major claim and it will come as no surprise that someone has stepped dup to test that clam by pitting the Z Force against the Galaxy S7 Active. We've seen the S7 Active make it through a huge number of drops unscathed in the past, you can see that test here. This time out the Moto Z Force is getting compared to the Galaxy S7 Active to see who's tougher.

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Caterham Seven 310 packs 152bhp of lightweight performance.

Caterham Seven 310 packs 152bhp of lightweight performance.

Caterham Cars is a maker of one of the best Lotus 7 replicas on the market. The little car is a lightweight open-top ride meant to be enjoyed on the roads and on the racetrack. Caterham has a new version of the car that has just been announced that is called the Seven 310 and this car has come from the company's motorsports program.

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NASA tests new HiDyRS-X Camera and finds new detail to study

NASA tests new HiDyRS-X Camera and finds new detail to study

Recently NASA was testing a booster rocket meant for its SLS or Space Launch System and thousands turned out to watch that booster get tested. What all those in attendance to see the big rocket fire didn’t know was that NASA was also testing out another new device at the same time. A new camera system was being tested called High Dynamic Range Stereo X or HiDyRS-X.

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Galaxy S8 with flat screen might be eliminated next year

Galaxy S8 with flat screen might be eliminated next year

Samsung produced one of the most popular Android devices it has ever created when it launched the Galaxy S6 Edge with its curved edge screen back in 2015. The next version, the Galaxy S7 edge also proved very popular, in fact, it was so popular Samsung was unable to meet demand. The reason for being unable to meet demand for the device was some sort of issue with the production of the curved edge screen.

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CERN says new particle hopes are dashed

CERN says new particle hopes are dashed

Scientists and researchers working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and physicists around the world have been aflutter over a possible new subatomic particle that researchers thought they might have discovered at the LHC facility during experiments in December 2015. During a test, that month two independent experiments at the LHC, ATLAS, and CMS each showed the same strange reports in their data.

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Codex Silenda hides words with wooden puzzle locks

Codex Silenda hides words with wooden puzzle locks

One of the coolest Kickstarter projects that I have seen in a while has turned up for a device called the Codex Silenda: The Book of Puzzles. The book is made from wood and has some very cool puzzles. It looks like something you would find hiding some arcane spell that will make you wealthy. The codex is a five-page book with five intricate puzzles.

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Tiny single-chip Lidar sensor has no moving parts

Tiny single-chip Lidar sensor has no moving parts

Researchers at MIT and DARPA have created a tiny Lidar sensor that is packed onto a single chip. As you can see in the image, the Lidar sensor is so small that you could pack many of them onto the surface of a dime. Lidar, or light detection and ranging, sensors are a technology that uses laser light and is similar to radar. The big benefit of Lidar over radar is that Lidar can have a higher resolution.

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Povie puts a smartphone around your neck

Povie puts a smartphone around your neck

People like to take selfies and share videos with others on social media of what they are doing. The catch is that sometimes you need to have your hands free and a selfie stick doesn't do the job. This is where a new device called Povie comes in. Povie is made by a firm called Edelkrone and even if it looks really weird, it's sort of a cool idea.

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Hidden portrait under Degas painting identified using X-ray fluorescence

Hidden portrait under Degas painting identified using X-ray fluorescence

When it comes to French impressionists, Edward Degas is one of the giants in the field. Degas lived from 1834 to 1917 and painted some of the most beautiful works of art during his lifetime. As many painters were wont to do, Degas had a penchant for reusing old canvases to paint new works that had old works on them that he for some reason chose not to complete. Researchers have been increasingly studying old paintings from masters like Degas using X-ray fluorescence or XRF.

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Galaxy Note 7 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage tipped for China

Galaxy Note 7 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage tipped for China

If you were among the many who hoped that Samsung would launch the Galaxy Note 7 with 6GB of RAM and were a bit disappointed when it landed with only 4GB, you aren't alone. A new rumor is making the rounds that Samsung may have a version of the Galaxy Note 7 up its sleeve that does pack 6GB of RAM under the hood. The catch is that the rumor claims that the 6GB device might only be for the Chinese market.

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