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3D Printer Transforms Moon Dirt Into Lunar Base

December 6, 2012 5:47 am | Comments

For space scientists dreaming up a manned base on the moon, 3D printing with lunar dust looms as an attractive possibility. Such on-demand fabrication would allow astronauts to repair broken parts, manufacture spare ones and maybe even build structures, all out of the dirt scooped from under their boots.


Flexible Silicon Solar-cell Fabrics May Soon Become Possible

December 6, 2012 5:06 am | Comments

For the first time, a silicon-based optical fiber with solar-cell capabilities has been developed that has been shown to be scalable to many meters in length. The research opens the door to the possibility of weaving together solar-cell silicon wires to create flexible, curved, or twisted solar fabrics.


Fashion Forward: How Tech Is Revamping the Runway

December 6, 2012 4:59 am | Comments

Coco Rocha has come a long way since she was spotted by a modeling scout at an Irish dancing competition. Since then, she's become a fixture on the fashion scene -- appearing on the runways for Marc Jacobs, Versace, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Anna Sui, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel and Balenciaga. More recently, though, she's become a fixture on the social media scene, positioning herself as one of the most digitally-savvy models of her generation.


Stainless Steel Wallet Stops RFID-Wielding Criminals

December 6, 2012 4:51 am | Comments

Like a small safe in your pocket or purse, Zippo's wallet encased in stainless steel prevents RFID-using criminals from swiping your credit card information. The new Zippo wallet 's stainless steel outer shell not only gives the wallet a sleek look but also blocks radio frequency identification with its RF shield.


Lose Something? These Tiny Stickers Will Find It

December 6, 2012 4:46 am | Comments

Good news for anyone prone to losing the TV remote. A group of developers created a series of Bluetooth-powered stickers that track down the objects you're most likely to misplace. The StickNFind stickers are about the size of a U.S. quarter and sync with a smartphone app. They have a range of about 100 feet and a battery life that reportedly lasts almost a year.


You Can Buy an Edible iPhone 5 Case for $81

December 6, 2012 4:44 am | Comments

What if we told you that you could spend $81 on an edible iPhone 5 case? The Survival Senbai Rice Cracker iPhone 5 Case is exactly that. The phone cover is made from brown rice and salt -- think of it as a rice cake designed to fit snugly around your phone. If you're wondering who would dish out four Andrew Jacksons for an iPhone case that won't last until the next major Apple product launch, get a load of this: The case, made by Mariko and sold in the Japan Trend Shop, has already sold out.


Google Now Updated With Boarding Passes, Improved Voice Search

December 6, 2012 4:41 am | Comments

Google Now unveiled its latest update Wednesday, introducing instant access to your boarding pass and other travel-friendly features. The intelligent personal assistant for devices running Android 4.1 ( Jelly Bean ) or higher will now pull up a user's boarding pass at the airport automatically, helping reduce travel time through the gate.


Who Will Be Accountable for Military Technology?

December 5, 2012 10:19 am | Comments

The “ Global Campaign To Stop Killer Robots ” kicked off in New York on Oct. 21. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams urged the nations of the world to act against lethal autonomous robots, declaring them “beyond the pale.” Williams is not alone; on CNN earlier in October, Peter Bergen, the author of several best-selling books about Osama Bin Laden, also argued for a convention regulating lethal robots .


Northrop Grumman Selects Garmin for New Optionally Piloted Aircraft

December 5, 2012 10:04 am | Comments

Garmin International announced that Northrop Grumman Corporation has selected Garmin to supply the avionics suite for the new Firebird, an optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The Firebird is equipped with a tailored version of Garmin's latest touchscreen-controlled integrated flight deck system, leveraging the expandable and scalable attributes of Garmin's commercial avionics technology to yield a highly capable Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) solution.


Honeywell to Launch Industrial Sensors and Switches

December 5, 2012 10:01 am | Comments

Honeywell Sensing and Control (S&C) announced that it will be launching a wide range of industrial sensors and switches at Electronica 2012. This includes Honeywell HumidIcon™ sensors which combine both temperature and humidity sensing into one package, its new line of basic pressure sensors with a variety of sensitivity, reliability and packaging variations, and new high-sensitivity Hall-effect bi-polar latch sensors used to provide the industry’s highest levels of accuracy for brushless DC motors.


It's 'Curious' That Apple Hasn't Sued Google

December 5, 2012 6:32 am | Comments

Google 's former CEO and current Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said he thinks it's "curious" that Apple has sued Google's partners, but not Google itself. Schmidt, who sat down with The Wall Street Journal for a short but wide-ranging interview, elaborated that Google and Apple will both come out fine in the patent wars.


Boosting Heat Transfer With Nanoglue

December 5, 2012 6:07 am | Comments

A team of interdisciplinary researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed a new method for significantly increasing the heat transfer rate across two different materials. Results of the team’s study, published in the journal Nature Materials , could enable new advances in cooling computer chips and lighting-emitting diode (LED) devices, collecting solar power, harvesting waste heat, and other applications.


Maths Helps Mobiles & Tablets Match Eyes' Ability to Switch From Sunshine to Shadow

December 5, 2012 6:04 am | Comments

Researchers have pushed the boundaries of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video to match our own eyes’ ability to cope with the real world's ever rapidly changing light intensity - such as sun simply going behind clouds. Now researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick, have found a way to compress and stream HDR video directly to monitors and mobile devices, such as an iPad, bringing enormous benefits to industries including gaming and security.


The Year in Cybersecurity: Malware, Social Media and Web Exploits

December 5, 2012 6:02 am | Comments

This was the year of malware. In particular, according to the latest Sophos annnual report on cybersecurity, the year that's coming to a close saw a resurgence of web malware, and 80% of attacks on the web came in the form or redirects from legitimate sites infiltrated with malicious code. At the same time, the report warns, cybersecurity is not just about the desktop computer or Windows anymore.


Can E-Books and Libraries Coexist?

December 5, 2012 6:00 am | Comments

Print -- literature, journalism, you name it -- has experienced an extended obituary over the last decade, alongside the rise of digital media. But a recent Pew study found that even as sales of e-readers like Nook and Kindle grow swiftly, young people still frequent libraries more than you might think, and print books remain popular.



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