Keith Petrone

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The rise of the ambient video game

‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ and its contemporaries are sensory soothing software several decades in the making.<p>In February 1986, …

Apple Store

The Interstitium, the Largest Organ We Never Knew We Had

The human body was thought to have 79 organs—until researchers stumbled on a strange phenomenon that could turn medicine and what we thought we knew …

Dental Care

IBM has created a computer smaller than a grain of salt

If there's one downside to powerful computers, it's that they're too damn big.<p>Luckily, that's about to change. At least, if IBM has anything to say …

Intel is Making Socially Acceptable Smartglasses

Intel’s new smartglasses look indistinguishable from regular glasses.<p><b>Intel</b> (NASDAQ:INTC) is developing Vaunt, a pair of prototype smartglasses that …

I wore the VR glove that fools your skin as well as your eyes

The HaptX glove makes the virtual so startlingly real I thought I was actually touching a rock, a cloud and a spider.<p>I weigh the rock in my hand, then toss it back to the ground. I run my hand across some tall grass, feeling the stems ripple, flatten and spring back. Then I reach out and take hold …

Virtual Reality

LittleBits’ Droid Inventor kit is the first STEM toy that works

I’ve been watching STEAM and/or STEAM toys with great interest and great skepticism. While many parents and teachers report great success with programming toys like Cleverbot and whatever this thing is, I’ve found that kids (and parents) I know find many STEM toys to be sterile, boring, and just no …

Kids

Interactive periodic table finally clues us in to what elements are used for

Looking at the periodic table, most of us have no issues identifying the use of certain elements. Sodium, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and others are no-brainers but what about the less talked about elements.<p>Seriously, do you know what Vanadium is used for? How about Polonium? Of course you don’t. …

Chemistry

Glassblowing Program Trains Students To Craft Tools For Science

Some cutting-edging science today relies on the centuries-old art of glassblowing.<p>When researchers in chemistry, physics and medicine need special glass tools for complex experiments, they sometimes sit down with a glassblower to sketch out designs for customized beakers, flasks and condenser coils.<p>…

Glass Art

Google street view blurs face of cow to protect its identity

Google Street View's perhaps overzealous approach to privacy has caused mirth online after a photograph of a cow with a blurred face went viral.<p>The cow was photographed at Coe Fen, Cambridge, and has its face blurred the same way Google does for humans.<p>A tweet featuring the animal was retweeted …