Researchers are looking to make a fabric for military uniforms that has pores to keep soldiers cool — but can quickly shut its pores in the face of danger. The result would be soldiers of the future wearing “smart” uniforms that sense chemical weapons and snap into a protective mode. “Without the need of an external control system, the fabric will be able to switch reversibly from a highly breathable state to a protective one in response to the presence of the environmental threat,” said Francesco Fornasiero, a chemical engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory who will lead research into making the new fabric.
Taxi apps have been at the center of controversy lately, with authorities claiming they violate the law and pose security risks. Due to regulatory disputes, cab startup Uber was forced to end its service in New York City two weeks ago. Now, the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) is about to release new rules that would allow these startups to operate in the Big Apple.
Since launching last week , Apple’s iPad mini has made quite an impression on consumers, selling out just three days after it became available for pre-order online . But what was the consensus among critics? A select few reviewers were lucky enough to prod, poke and play with the tiny tablet before the public could get their hands on it.
Shapeways took the wraps off its new 25,000-square foot 3D-printing facility in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg earlier this month. (The scissors used in the ceremony were 3D-printed, of course.) The factory, which is located in Long Island City, is Shapeways’ first outside the Netherlands and currently houses five printers and nine employees.
Mouser Electronics, Inc. announces its newest technology site on Mouser.com covering radio frequency (RF) Technology. The new site is designed to help design engineers find the latest RF product information by frequency range, plus access the latest technical resources in as few clicks as possible.
Every year I go through the same Halloween ups and downs with my daughters. First, way back in September, there’s the hand wringing and endless debates over what their Halloween costumes will be. Once that dilemma has been resolved, we turn to the decorating, signing up to volunteer at their school Harvest Festival and figuring out where and with whom to Trick or Treat.
In what looks like a robot scene pulled from The Terminator , a government agency has released a video of a search-and-rescue robot that can do everything from climb stairs to crossing narrow passages. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — which is a part of the U.S. Department of Defense — uploaded the video to YouTube to bring attention to the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC).
Robots have the potential to help older adults with daily activities that can become more challenging with age. But are people willing to use and accept the new technology? A study by the Georgia Institute of Technology indicates the answer is yes, unless the tasks involve personal care or social activities.
As directed by a UK court, Apple has published a notice on its UK website, stating that the court has ruled that Samsung did not copy the iPad while designing its Galaxy tablet. “On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.
Hours after the iPad mini became available for pre-order , the white version of the Wi-Fi-only device is now slated for shipping “in two weeks,” unlike the black model, which still ships Nov. 2. Though the white and black iPads mini are identical when it comes to technical specifications, white versions of Apple products have traditionally been viewed as more exclusive.
Even though the cloud has only just recently hit its stride and began to expand the field for data mining and collecting, the concept of computing via a universal database is decades old. In the 1950s, “time-sharing” — what is now considered the underlying concept of cloud computing — was used in academia and large corporations.
Bulgarian blogger Bogomil Shopov wrote Tuesday that he had purchased a spreadsheet containing 1.1 million Facebook user IDs and email addresses for $5. The data was allegedly scraped by third-party applications and offered for sale on a website called Gigbucks by a user named “mertem.” Shopov verified that the emails did correspond to the Facebook user IDs, most of them private.
With less than 15 days left until Election Day, Rock the Vote's “We Will” out-of-home media campaign aims to defy voter suppression efforts in the home stretch. Pending or passed legislation in 20 states will make it harder for young people to vote. Launching in key states and nationwide, the “We Will” campaign educates young people about these changes and reminds them of their collective power.
Worldwide handset shipments decreased 1.9% YoY to 387.3 million units in Q3 2012, according to new data from market intelligence firm ABI Research. Worldwide smartphone shipments increased 32.8% YoY to 155.5 million over the same period. Samsung retained the lead position in both handset and smartphone shipments.
You leave your house to go on vacation, lock the front door behind you and start the car. At the airport, you pay the parking fee and go through security with a flash of your passport before boarding your flight. On arrival, you check into your hotel and arrange for a transport pass for the exact duration of your journey before swiping on to the metro and heading to the museum you have already bought your ticket for.