BOSTON, Massachusetts (PNN) - April 11, 2015 - If you could find out your baby’s future health problems right after he or she was born, would you want to know? Some new parents will get to make that decision soon. This month, doctors in Boston will begin the BabySeq project, in which they will sequence the genomes of newborns to look for signs of diseases that begin in childhood.
WASHINGTON (PNN) - April 11, 2015 - One unfortunate fact of modern life is that functional new software becomes non-functional old software with depressing regularity. For most people, this means predictable episodes of frustration, but for the Fascist Police States of Amerika military, it's a more serious problem. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) new Building Resource Adaptive Software Systems (BRASS) project aims to take a major shot at avoiding this obsolescence by developing software systems that can still operate properly a hundred years from now.
LOS ANGELES, Kalifornia (PNN) - April 7, 2015 - Taking 2D photos with your phone is rather popular these days, but thanks to Caltech scientists, soon you may be able to wave your phone at an object and capture a 3D scan of it. You could scan a particularly nice coffee cup, and then instantly send the 3D scan to a 3D printer and produce an exact copy.
WASHINGTON (PNN) - March 26, 2015 - The Hindenburg wasn’t brought down by lightning, static, or sabotage. History’s most famous airship was destroyed by helium. Or rather, the lack thereof. The zeppelin’s Nazi builders balked at the price of this rare, lighter-than-air gas. So instead, they filled the blimp with hydrogen, which is much less expensive, just as buoyant, but way more explosive. So no matter what chain of events led up to the explosion, it was helium’s scarcity that killed the airship. Today, the same gas - rare as ever - is putting a major cramp in deep-sea diving operations.
By Steve Wozniak
March 24, 2015 - We should all be getting a little nervous: the robot apocalypse is brewing.
Or at least, that's what a growing number of tech visionaries are predicting. In an interview with The Australian Financial Review, I my own grave predictions about artificial intelligence's detrimental impact on the future of humanity to warnings from the likes of Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking.
March 24, 2015 - Google is about to make ads on television work just like ads on the Web. Through Google, advertisers will know how many times their ads were viewed. They’ll be able to target audiences based on location and viewing history. In other words, TV advertisers will have access to the same audience intel online advertisers take for granted.
Finally, after all this time, your TV is going to know as much about you as your web browser.
DETROIT, Michigan (PNN) - March 24, 2015 - Much as we'd like to emulate our NASCAR heroes, breaking the speed limit often comes at a price. Ford is hoping to prevent accidents and speeding tickets by introducing cars that can see what the speed limit is and preventing heavy-footed motorists from driving any faster. Ford's Intelligent Speed Limiter tech will first appear on the new Ford S-Max that's launching in Europe that could just change the way that we drive.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Kalifornia (PNN) - March 22, 2015 - There are 48,000 Google searches every second. That translates to 3.5 billion per day, and 1.2 trillion per year worldwide. That's twice as many as there were just six years ago. Every six out of 10searches on the Internet are through Google's engine.
SAN FRANCISCO, Kalifornia (PNN) - March 20, 2015 - While you’ve likely never heard of companies like Yesware, Bananatag, and Streak, they almost certainly know a good deal about you. Specifically, they know when you’ve opened an email sent by one of their clients, where you are, what sort of device you’re using, and whether you’ve clicked a link - all without your awareness or consent.
LOS ANGELES, Kalifornia (PNN) - March 17, 2015 - Hydrogen powered cars are slowly accelerating in popularity with boosts from infrastructure development and car manufacturers. But getting eco-friendly hydrogen is still a bit of a challenge. Right now, a lot of hydrogen is produced through mixing steam and natural gas. An alternative to using natural gas is electrolysis, using an electric current to pull apart the oxygen and hydrogen in water, but current methods use way too much energy to make it worth it. Scientists around the country are working on making the process simpler, using AAA batteries, chemical reactions and other methods to make hydrogen a greener choice.