Archive for June, 2013

Star Trek deflector shield could protect Mars mission from cancer risk

Star Trek deflector shield could protect Mars mission from cancer risk

A Star Trek style deflector shield that could protect deep-space astronauts, such as the much-discussed manned mission to Mars, from cancer-causing levels of radiation is in testing, researchers have revealed. The system, described as a "mini-magnetosphere" in reference to the Earth's magnetic field which protects us from solar radiation, is the handiwork of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and relies upon the fact that by creating a magnetic field around a spacecraft, the dangerous rays can be deflected and the astronauts preserved in a bubble of safety for their journey.

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Wi-Vi lets smartphones see through walls

Wi-Vi lets smartphones see through walls

Using WiFi to "see through walls" and track people when they're moving could be a new feature on your next smartphone, if MIT researchers have their way, with a low-cost method of tracking relying on the wireless connectivity cooked up in their labs. The project, dubbed Wi-Vi, repurposes WiFi in a similar manner to sonar or radar, pinging out radio waves and then tracking how they're bounced back. Since WiFi can pass through walls, so Wi-Vi can give a glimpse of what's happening through barriers, albeit with some limitations.

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Motion Tennis uses AirPlay to turn iPhone and Apple TV into Wii rival

Motion Tennis uses AirPlay to turn iPhone and Apple TV into Wii rival

Apple may not have turned the Apple TV into a console yet, but that hasn't stopped one game developer from trying it, with Motion Tennis turning the iPhone into a Wii style motion-controller for the set-top box. The game relies on AirPlay Mirroring, more commonly associated with screen sharing, but used by Rolocule Games to translate gyroscope and accelerometer data from how the iPhone is swung into Wiimote-like motion information to control the virtual players on-screen.

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US Army blocks whistleblower Guardian over PRISM

US Army blocks whistleblower Guardian over PRISM

The US Army has blocked access to the website of UK newspaper and PRISM whistleblower The Guardian, claiming security issues over leaked "classified information". Describing the move as "network hygiene" a spokesperson for the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) confirmed the block to the Monterey Herald, after restricted access was spotted this week. "There are strict policies and directives in place regarding protecting and handling classified information" spokesman Gordon Van Vleet highlighted, with army security staff supposedly arguing that in fact the censorship is in the best interests of armed forces employees.

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Intel CTO Justin Rattner resigning with temporary leave, will return “at a later date”

Intel CTO Justin Rattner resigning with temporary leave, will return “at a later date”

Intel has announced that its Chief Technology Officer, Justin Rattner, will be resigning from his role as the company's CTO. His stepping down is to meet a corporate bylaw in Intel which states that a corporate officer is not allowed to serve after the age of 65. The resignation has taken place immediately, with Rattner leaving Intel temporarily for personal reasons.

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Planetary protection regulations stymieing Mars missions, says researchers

Planetary protection regulations stymieing Mars missions, says researchers

While NASA has been carrying out some extensive missions on Mars, looking for evidence of water and signs that the planet could have supported life, it has been required to follow strict requirements to prevent contamination. The idea behind this is that the introduction of microbes from Earth could harm the Martian planet, something researchers have spoken out against today.

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Toshiba Ultra HD 4K TV pricing and availability unveiled

Toshiba Ultra HD 4K TV pricing and availability unveiled

We first got a look at Toshiba's upcoming Ultra HD 4K TVs in January at CES, with the company providing a lot of specs, but nothing in the areas of pricing, with availability being pegged as "summer 2013." It has been a solid six months, and both the price tag and the launch date of all three models in the L9300U line - the 58-inch, the 65-inch, and the 84-inch - have been announced.

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Volkswagen Passat TDI scores non-hybrid world record with trip average of 78MPG

Volkswagen Passat TDI scores non-hybrid world record with trip average of 78MPG

When someone talks about high gas mileage, most consumers think of hybrid vehicles and the generous MPG ratings they offer. That isn't always the case, however, as Volkswagen proved this month with its VW Passat TDI Clean Diesel passenger car. The car began its trip through the 48 lower US states on June 7, and ended its journey earlier this week, having traveled 8,122 miles on just under 105 gallons of gas.

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E-ink airline “Bag Tag” to be tested on British Airways

E-ink airline “Bag Tag” to be tested on British Airways

Air travel has its perks, but there are potential downsides as well, such as handing your luggage off to others with the trust that it'll arrive at your destination the same time you do. Although this is usually the case, there are times when luggage ends up straggling behind, or in some instances, completely lost. To help mitigate this, Designworks has partnered with British Airways to create a reusable e-ink luggage tag.

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