The solar-powered hat fan taught us how to survive the summer heat, but what about the winter doldrums? Enter the "Feel Bright Light" from Hollywood Gadgets. A set of LED bulbs affixed underneath the brim of a visor bathe your face in happy light to help ward off seasonal affective disorder, for a mere $200. Our take: We'd rather stay in a permanent funk.
The U.S. government's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has reportedly decided not to fund the next stage of an ambitious university project to map the human brain, according to a report from the New Jersey Star Ledger.
The project, called Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA), began in 2005 as a joint research effort of more than a dozen universities, including Rutgers, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Their goal was to map the brain's billions of neurons in computer algorithms, paving the way for new software that could augment military operations with "smart" … Read more
If you're an airplane buff of any kind, you're probably aware of the Airbus A380, the new giant flying beast that currently holds the title of world's largest passenger airplane.
But if you are in the United States, you have not had the pleasure--until now--of seeing an A380 unless you left American soil and headed across the pond.
On Monday, that all changed when Airbus flew A380s into New York and Los Angeles on goodwill tours.
And judging by pictures I've seen, aviation fans were out in force to see the planes land.
Who can blame … Read more
A study of cereal grain production over 20 years shows rising temperatures have reduced the crop. The study covered wheat, corn and barley which are staples across the globe.
The loss of grain due to heat is not surprising. But the researchers said it's one more piece of evidence that climate change is already at work.
The unaswered question, says this study, is can agriculture adapt quickly enough to the shift in climate? How do farmers differentiate between natrual variability and long-term climate shift? Can we forestall a severe grain drain?
MONTEREY, CALIF.--Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group empire, laid out a timeline for the launch of his Virgin Galactic suborbital spacecraft here at the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference this past weekend.
Even though Virgin Galactic executives have said they expect the company to be first to take a group of tourists into space in 2008, it looks like 2009 is a better bet.
SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic's spacecraft, "will be ready in 12 months. Then we'll do 12 months of extensive testing," Branson said during an interview on stage at the conference. "So … Read more
The Brits are using a simulated combat environment developed by the University of Southern California, to treat soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
By bringing to life a "virtual Iraq," complete with the realistic thumps and bumps of battle, the program allows troops to "relive and confront psychological trauma." All this takes place in a graduated manner so as not to re-traumatize, according to the University of Reading's Visualisation Centre.
The Iraq simulation experience is "fully immersive," meaning that patients wear VR goggles that transport them to the virtual battlefield. There, an attending … Read more
AUSTIN, Texas--If you happened to be here for the South by Southwest edition of Dorkbot, the gatherings of artists and engineers in various cities that work with electronic art, I sure hope you saw the singing tesla coils.
I was in Brush Square Park for the Dorkbot meet-up Saturday evening, and the duo of singing coils were one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time.
I already love tesla coils--disruptive discharge transformer coils that shoot out bolts of electricity. But this took the concept to a whole new level: small, side-by-side versions of the electricity-spewing devices … Read more
AUSTIN, Texas--If you happened to be in Brush Square Park Saturday evening for the South by Southwest edition of Dorkbot, the gatherings of artists and engineers in various cities that work with electronic art, I sure hope you saw the singing tesla coils.
I did, and it was one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. First of all, I love tesla coils--disruptive discharge transformer coils that shoot out bolts of electricity--to begin with. But this took the concept to a whole new level: Two small, side-by-side versions of the electricity-spewing devices that were working in … Read more
If you're really into robots, maybe it's time a robot got into you. Literally.
This miniature robotic prototype developed by researchers at the Ritsumeikan University and the Shiga University of Medical Science in Japan can be inserted into a patient's body through a small incision.
The doctors use prior MRI imaging of a patient as a sort of internal Google Map. Once it's in there, the robot can be controlled by doctors outside the body to capture images, take tissue samples, deliver medicine, and even perform minor surgical procedures.
As advanced as the robot is, it … Read more
The "Ionic Teeth Whitener" promises to keep your pearly whites sparkling with a special blue LED that that "activates silver ions" in its accompanying toothpaste, according to Red Ferret. For $30, it promises to "remove stains from coffee, soda, wine, smoking and more."
More? If you've got more issues than these, you probably need more than a dental cleaner in your life.