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I admit it: Im completely addicted to Battlestar Galactica. And after watching countless episodes, I was convinced I could bank and spin a Viper, the shows signature spaceship, like a pro. So to prove it, some friends and I built a full-cockpit flight simulator to enable total immersion in the BSG universe.
A slightly different way to surf spring from an unlikely source.
By Matt RansfordPosted 03.28.2008 at 4:03 pm 2 Comments
Against all odds, AT&T is entering the browser market with an application called Pogo. The hitch isnt in faster rendering or better Web standards, but in a three-dimensional interface for organizing your windows, bookmarks, favorites, and history. Think of it like Coverflow with a z-axis for the websites you visit.
The military is designing a robotic “butler” that will provide
cover fire, ammo, food and peace of mind during combat
By Saba BerhiePosted 03.28.2008 at 2:13 pm 9 Comments
The American soldier may soon have a personal combat-ready sidekick that will fetch him essentials such as water, ammo and medicine and provide extra firepower when hes under attack. Its a robotic servant dubbed BirdDog thats in the works by the U.S. Navy and the private research firm Science Applications International Corporation. BirdDog is designed to complement the militarys future fleet of unmanned vehicles, which are expected to account for one third of all ground combat vehicles by 2015.
Weld like a champion and change bits like a king with this week's top tools
By ToolmongerPosted 03.28.2008 at 12:20 pm 1 Comment
This week, Toolmonger presents the tools that make tough jobs a breeze. From super pro welders to bent wrenches for tackling router bits, it's the top tools of the week. View the whole collection here.
To create a truly clean alternative fuel, scientists are looking towards creating an artificial version of photosynthesis
By Matt RansfordPosted 03.28.2008 at 11:16 am 3 Comments
One of the technologies being touted as the next great thing for our cars is the hydrogen fuel cell. If youve heard anything about them, its that there are no harmful emissions, the only by-product is pure water, straight from your tailpipe. Of course, thats only part of the story. While it is true that your exhaust will be clean, thats only because hydrogen in a cell is not a source of energy the way gasoline naturally is—its a carrier, like a battery. The energy to be stored in the cell has to come from somewhere else. Right now, the sources are the same as theyve always been, relying heavily on fossil fuels. The emissions are simply moved from your exhaust to a power plant.
But what if the hydrogen could be produced with alternative energy sources?
Sure, external hard drives aren't exactly scarce these days, but while the price point has come down a lot, they're still not cheap. Enter the hard drive case. For just a fistful of dollars, you can pick up a case that (almost) instantly transforms your old internal hard drive into a new storage unit. As Deputy Editor Jake Ward demonstrates here, putting it together is a piece of cake. In the end, you'll have a great-working hard drive, not to mention a few dollars more. Just, keep an eye out for the tiny screws.
The sound, made with an obscure device that recorded sound waves on paper, is claimed to be the oldest known audio recording
By Matt RansfordPosted 03.27.2008 at 5:08 pm 0 Comments
Thomas Edison has been dethroned as the father of recorded sound. The New York Times is today reporting on a find by American audio historians in Paris of a 10-second recording etched on paper in 1860, seventeen years before Edison invented the phonograph. The device, called a phonautograph, captured the snippet of song by scratching marks onto a paper blackened by smoke. Its inventor, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, was a typesetter who was interested in the written preservation of speech. The resulting document was never intended for playback.
Scientists studying the oft-maligned undersea creature are finding more than meets the eye
By Dan SmithPosted 03.27.2008 at 4:37 pm 2 Comments
Though its one of the most perfectly named living things on this planet, the sea cucumber, on first glance, isn't among the most exciting aquatic species. Distantly related to starfish and sea urchins, the sea cucumber in appearance lacks the brio and allure of its cousins, and except for a few variations among subspecies, the general body plan of the cucumber basically resembles a large, leathery sausage crawling along the ocean floor. Yum.
A neurotic robot could helps kids cope with their own phobias
By Matt RansfordPosted 03.27.2008 at 4:12 pm 0 Comments
Im guessing most of us see the future of robotics as one of two things: friendly domestic servants who help with our household chores, or menacing overlords who take over the planet and subject us to slavery. Did anyone have a cowering, neurotically-spinning humanoid machine on their list? No? You have apparently yet to be charmed by the Phobot, winner of the Human-Robot Interaction 2008 Student Design Competition in Amsterdam.
Adobe introduces a free, online, accessible-everywhere version of its hugely popular Photoshop software
By Matt RansfordPosted 03.27.2008 at 4:08 pm 2 Comments
Youre on vacation. You have your digital camera and you plug it into your friends laptop to upload a few pics to your favorite photo sharing site. Youd love to make a few quick adjustments before you publish, but your friends computer has no good image editing software. Enter Adobe Photoshop Express online. Through their revamped Flash 9 player, Abobe has created a scaled-back and easy-to-use version of Photoshop which runs entirely in your Web browser. Best of all, its free.