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Amazon Kinesis should be a real-time wake-up call for Google

Amazon(s amzn) Web Services announced a new streaming data service called Kinesis on Thursday but one could argue its biggest impact is more business …

Hans Rosling: the man who makes statistics sing

Not many statisticians become famous. But, then, not many do sword swallowing live on stage. Meet Prof Hans Rosling, the presenter of a new BBC Two documentary and the ‘Jedi master’ of data<p>The concept of a “celebrity statistician” might sound as though it must be – and should forever remain – an …

Science Addresses The Problem Of Pee Splashback

Brigham Young University's Splash Lab looks into the dynamics of the male urine stream.<p>They call themselves "wizz kids." Todd Truscott and Randy Hurd of Brigham Young University's Splash Lab, a research lab studying the physics of fluids, have been using high-speed cameras to examine exactly what …

Brigham Young University

Jumbo the Elephant goes large

Name: Jumbo<br>Species: <i>Loxodonta africana</i><br>Dates: 1860 to 1885<br>Claim to fame: The largest animal on earth<br>Go visit: Tufts University Archives<p>[Previously on <i>Animal Magic</i>, we learned about Jumbo’s origins, how this baby African elephant was captured in Ethiopia in the 1860s, of his incredible journey to …

A Rare New Bacterium Thrives In Spacecraft Cleanrooms

A recently discovered bacterium thrives in the cleanest places on Earth—where spacecraft are assembled.<p><i>Tersicoccus phoenicis</i> is no ordinary microbe. This rare bacterium can withstand chemical cleaning, ultraviolet rays, and a dearth of nutrients to live in some of the most sterile places around: …

European Space Agency

Motorola wants you to tattoo a smartphone microphone onto your throat

Okay, where to start on this one? Simply put, Motorola has applied for a patent of a microphone with a tranceiver and power supply that is designed to be <i>tattooed onto your throat</i>. The idea is to capture vibrations directly from your larynx in order to cut out background noise -- while eliminating …

Robotic 'power boost' arm wins James Dyson Award

<b>A battery-powered robotic arm that boosts human strength has won the 2013 James Dyson award.</b><p>The Titan Arm, designed by four mechanical engineering students from the University of Pennsylvania, could help people with back injuries rebuild and regain control of muscles.<p>It can also be used by people …

Gigaom Research webinar: next-generation CDNs: building a dynamic content infrastructure

In the days of web 1.0, pushing content to the edge caches was enough. This is still a valid strategy for companies distributing large static files, …

What is Tor? A beginner's guide to the privacy tool

Until this year, the internet privacy tool Tor was scarcely heard of outside the tech community. Since revelations about the surveillance strategies of US and UK spies, Tor has become a focus of criticism, accused of facilitating a dangerous "dark web" of paedophiles, drug dealers and arms …

Sponsored post: The cloud as a secondary data center

Most enterprises are watching the cloud from a distance as megawatts of affordable and powerful IaaS clouds are coming online, while most of their …

Astronaut recounts, in terrifying detail, nearly drowning in space

"I feel fully charged, as if electricity and not blood were running through my veins. I just want to make sure I experience and remember …

Exclusive: CloudPhysics seeks to nip VMware deployment issues in the bud

CloudPhysics should know a little something about the complexities of VMware (s vmw) deployments. Its CEO, John Blumenthal, is a VMware alum. And its …

Finally there’s evidence that we’re embracing energy innovation

Advancements in distributed and clean energy technologies are redefining the provision of safe, reliable, and cost-effective service within the …

Using maths to explain the universe

LEONARD SUSSKIND is a professor of theoretical physics at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is …

Aereo fight moves to Boston with new TV lawsuit

Aereo, the start-up that uses tiny antennas to deliver TV to smartphones for $8 a month, has been operating in Boston for months without the high …