Following the Fukushima disaster back in 2011, MIT has developed a floating nuclear plant that would avoid several of the issues with present-day plants, including being essentially immune to tsunamis and being able to use sea water to cool down in the event of a catastrophe of some sort.
A couple years ago, Google kicked off an experiment that included house numbers from Google Street View in reCAPTCHAS, the means by which websites reduce spam. Today on the Google Online Security blog, the company detailed improvements it has made since then, saying, "Street View and reCAPTCHA technology just got smarter."
Driving down a 500 meter stretch of highway N329 in Oss, Netherlands can only be best described as a scene right out of a science fiction film. Seeking alternative, and perhaps cheaper, means to light up night roads, the government has agreed to test out a proposal to make use of light-absorbing glow in the dark road paint in place of energy-consuming street lights.
Either the world is full of designers (and engineers) or ordinary folks are ready to get creative by the handful. There can be no other explanation as to why the funding of The Micro 3D Printer, “the first truly consumer 3D printer” has gone through the roof. On the last count we saw $2,579,672 pledged by 9079 backers, for a project that was seeking $50,000 on KickStarter.
Who would have thought mist to be the key element that marries interaction to technology? Take a look at the innovative MisTable, the brainchild of Professor Sriram Subramanian and Dr Diego Martinez Plasencia from the University of Bristol's Department of Computer Science. The simple tabletop combines mist (or fog) with a conventional horizontal interactive system, giving life to 2D images and making them appear three-dimensional via simple manipulations.
Your screen projector or home entertainment center has nothing on this. Trying to outdo the record he set last year, Drexel University professor Frank Lee has set up a game of Tetris on not one but two opposite sides of Philadelphia's Cira Center.
The possibility of us needing a jumping robotic kangaroo in the future is very slim, but it's good to know that the technology behind it is already being worked upon. Germany's robot developers Festo are known to have some innovative concepts, adding to the list is this BionicKangaroo, one that mimics the animal's gait and jump.
There will be a new type of USB plug that will hopefully solve most of the annoyances related to the ubiquitous data and power transfer cable. Taking a cue from Apple, the USB Implementers Forum (USB IF) has revealed a proposals for a Type-C connector that can be plugged in whichever way you like.
Today Quora launched verified profiles, allowing well-known individuals to verify that they are the face behind the digital profile. The first person to get a verified profile on the website was President Obama, who is now holding a Q&A session about the Affordable Care Act, which is currently underway.