If you find yourself drifting off during staff meetings or school lectures, you're in good company: Loss of concentration, at one time or another, is a simple fact of life. So much so, in fact, that researchers at the University of Kent have posted a primer on concentration--and the lack thereof--along with some mental and physical tips for staying focused.
As tens of thousands of soldiers return from Iraq, many seek medical help for physical wounds, while others have a less evident but equally life-threatening problem: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Psychotherapy's effectiveness can vary, but now soldiers have another alternative: virtual reality simulation.
The Institute for Creative Technologies has joined forces with the Naval Medical Center San Diego, which recently received a $4 million PTSD research grant, to develop the final technology: a virtual reality simulator designed to help soldiers overcome PTSD--or at least lessen its severity.
The way it works is this: Soldiers strap on a headset so … Read more
NASA said Wednesday it agreed to colloborate with Kirkland, Wash.-based AirLaunch to build small rocket launchers and satellites for the commercial space industry. As part of the deal, NASA Ames Research Center, based in Silicon Valley, Calif., and AirLaunch will explore areas for teamwork in space missions, vehicle development and systems engineering. AirLaunch, which is developing small launch vehicles under contract with the U.S. government's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), will have use of Ames' facilities including its wind tunnels, arc-jet facility, flight simulators, hangars and runways. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
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It may be a miracle to walk on water, but scientists have figured out a way to write and draw on it. This post on Pink Tentacle describes a device created by Japanese researchers that "uses waves to draw text and pictures on the surface of water."
We're not sure if there's an obviously practical application for this contraption, but it caught our attention anyway because of our fascination with unusual time pieces. Information Aesthetics passes along the largest water clock in North America, at 26.5 feet.
This post isn't new, but it still may be of interest if you are a college student or live in a Manhattan apartment. The smart folks at Mathcad Library have figured out a geometric formula for moving a sofa around a tight corner.
Competition is already heating up in the nascent space-tourism industry.
Space Adventures is one of the commercial agencies that sends private citizens to the International Space Station for $20 million. Since 2001, it has sent three tourists on separate 10-day orbital missions on a Russian Soyuz rocket.
The Virginia-based company said Friday that space tourists can now walk in space, too--for an extra $15 million. Travelers on upcoming trips can walk in space for up to one-and-a-half hours at the ISS, it said.
The announcement comes on the heels of news that rival Virgin Galactic has booked several high-profile passengers … Read more
We're not sure exactly what this is for, but it seems appropriate amid today's headlines involving oil consumption, global warming and other issues tied to population growth. Royal Sapien has posted "Population: One," an illustration in which every pixel represents a person on Earth.
Addicted to Sudoku? Don't worry--help is on the way. Rather than kill yourself the next time you get stumped, try these instructions, which claim to solve any puzzle by process of elimination.
NASA is packing the boxes, or rather the GeneBox, for a new era of space tourism.
The space agency sent up a so-called GeneBox, a micro-lab, with Bigelow Aerospace's Genesis I last week, piggybaggying a ride on the commercial spaceflight test.
The Genebox is about the size of a shoebox and is attached to the internal structure of Bigelow's 14-foot inflatable spacecraft, which the company launched from Russia as a demonstration of an affordable human space complex it hopes to launch by 2015. NASA's GeneBox contains a miniature laboratory of sensors and optical systems that can detect … Read more