The findings of a recent mice study suggest that smoking reduces allergic reactions by inhibiting mast cell activity. This, of course, begs the question, Was tobacco giant Altria in on this?
Also in today's links: thoughts of money, and "you Neanderthal" is no longer a putdown.
A new Kinect-driven device can follow the creepy, lizardy flicking motion of a person’s tongue moving from side to side, and translate the movement into a video game. The tongue is the gun, as it were, and you can shoot circular objects on the screen like some trippy version of Asteroids. The bullet’s trajectory is determined by the position of the tongue.
By Rose EvelethPosted 11.08.2010 at 10:20 am 2 Comments
Bomb squads have long used metal detectors, X-ray machines and dogs to uncover threats. Without them, authorities may not have intercepted some of the thirteen homemade explosives that froze Greece’s outgoing mail earlier this week. But soon they may find a new tool in their quest to find the bad guys and their bombs: microscopic worms.
When it comes to complex games like chess, computers can compete with the world's best humans. But complicated jigsaw puzzles have largely had computers stumped -- until now.
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology team has set a new world record for a jigsaw-puzzle-solving computer algorithm. The software solved a 400-piece puzzle in three minutes, New Scientist reports.
Imagine running a Google search for basketball videos, and having your computer sift through actual footage of online videos rather than just the text of the descriptions. A new type of software could enable computers to run searches inside videos, and pick out humans and objects alike.
Calling a lithe, sniffing robot a "ferret" raises hopes that it'll be rather cuter than the mockup pictured, but the cargo-screening device in development has capabilities that outshine its aesthetic shortcomings. Though still in its beginning stages -- working prototypes will be ready in about two years -- this robot could revolutionize airport and seaport security by serving as an all-in-one drug, weapon, explosive, and illegal-stowaway detection powerhouse.
This Sunday at 11 pm, catch a sneak peek at the debut of Food Detectives, the new prime-time television series created as a collaboration between Popular Science and the Food Network. Your charismatic and learned PopSci editors--Megan Miller, Jake Ward and others--join host Ted Allen to investigate, test, and debunk common beliefs and myths about food.