Archive for June, 2007 | Monthly archive page

Why robots are still so stupid

El reg has a nice article on why development of intelligent / multifunctional robots is still stagnated and run by hobbyists. It runs through some of the real problems of software development for robot brains.

An Israeli team has created a tiny little robot that can travel up and down your veins and arteries, being manipulated by magnetic fields. It has a diameter of 1mm and crawls along your bloodstream using little arms.

The floating plastic ducks

I’ve been following this story for years now – tens of thousands of plastic ducks which had gone overboard during a storm in 1992 are still being tracked, and are looking likely to wash up on the UK coasts. Apparently these ducks are now being sold for $500,- a piece. Leave them alone though! Let […]

Flickr in 3D

3dvia.com is a flickr copy, except it hosts 3d models. They’re backed by Daussault Systems of France and hope to be as big as flickr / utube. They use the 3dxml as a standard, which has some slightly better editors for it than Google’s Earth 3D unit editor. Good luck to ’em.

Transparent transistors

Using nanowires assembled on glass and thin films of flexible plastic built using zinc oxide or indium oxide the transistors are not visible to the human eye. The researchers hope to create HUDs and displays on windsheilds, visors, spectacles, etc. Make my car look like the inside of an F-16 please!

Vista only games not really so much

MS is pushing the Vista upgrade with two games only supposed to work on Vista. Unfortunately people have allready managed to get them running on XP.

Optimism for cloning extinct species

DNA splicing has now come such a long way from 5 years ago, that the experts are starting to become optimistic of being able to reacreate whole DNA sequences and cloning them into living animals fairly soon in the future. These guys want woolly mammoths back. Give me a sabre tooth tiger!

Another smoking consulate

Now in the UK, Southampton, the Wellington Arms has allready become a consulate for the Island of Redonda. It’s now trying to become an embassy, in order to escape VAT and most importantly, the bans on smoking that will be in effect from 1/7 in England. Smokers will continue the fight!

Liftport space elevator vs Slashdot

Slashdot users have apparently been going to town on LiftPort’s ass. Enough that a fairly frank and complete rebuttal has been issued by the presidents of the space elevator company, showing how they think the company can work and how much work has allready been done.

Translating blood movements into physical actions

Hitachi scientists have a machine that tracks the blood moving around in the brain using optical topography, and by thinking of calculations you can force blood to go through a specific area of the brain, allowing the machinery to perform an action. Currently it seems to be a binary system, but they’re hopeful that it […]

Boys aren’t girls

And so this guy, who has written a book “The Dangerous Book for Boys” is written for them, harkening from a time when it wasn’t so bad to get hurt a bit. Instead of treating boys as “girls who wash slightly less” he says treat them as boys!

New programming language

LOLCODE. Clean syntax, consistent capitalization and Internet ready. It’s the language for the new web, baby. HAI CAN HAS STDIO? I HAS A VAR IM IN YR LOOP UP VAR!!1 VISIBLE VAR IZ VAR BIGGER THAN 10? KTHXBYE IM OUTTA YR LOOP KTHXBYE

EU shares police data across the board

Against the wishes of the EU European Data Protection Supervisor, police will share data about DNA, fingerprints and licence plates all over the EU. The problem is that whichever country has the least security on their systems, will be an automatic easy entry point to all this data. I don’t want my DNA in any […]

Wanting to wake up late is genetic

And they recognise it in Denmark – it’s normal for a certain breed of people to just want to wake up late, so it’s also logical to have companies and schools starting a bit later to accommodate these people. Let’s hope it comes over here too!

EADS gets into the space tourism game

EADS showcased a model of it’s airplane looking space rocket, which they hope will fly in 2012 and take passengers up at EUR 150,000 – 200,000. They see a big market in this and want some of it. Very coincidental how the pricing is similar to the Burt Rutan Spaceship One / Virgin Galactic prices.

Quercus: PHP in Java

Quercus is Caucho Technology’s fast, open-source, 100% Java implementation of the PHP language. Quercus is a feature of Caucho Technology’s Resin Application Server and is built into Resin – there is no additional download/install. Developers using Resin can launch PHP projects without having to install the standard PHP interpreter (http://www.php.net) as Quercus takes on the […]

 
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