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Ultrasonic whiskers to help blind spot low hanging obstacles

A headband fitted with “ultrasonic whiskers” to prevent blind people from banging their head on low beams and branches has been developed by robot engineers.<p>The device, which has been built by researchers at the University of Sheffield, aims to mimic the way rats and other mammals use their …

Life in 2050: How much space will you have to live in?

We know our cities are getting crowded, but exactly how much? Find out how urban living will change over the next few decades in our infographic.<p>The cities of the future are going to be crowded places.<p>Already there are more than 3.5bn people living in cities and by 2050 that figure is expected to …

Urbanism

Battlestar Galactica Flight Simulator Can Spin Any Direction | Video

This flight simulator modeled from the Viper spacecraft featured in the Battlestar Galactica television show can flip and spin completely in any …

The Black Knight, A 13000 Year Old Alien Satellite?

The black knight. Credit http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/<p><i>The Black Knight Satellite, a 13,000-year-old Alien Satellite?</i><p>Space Junk or alien “Satellite”, <i>the</i> …

Alien Planets May Shed Light On Climate Change On Earth, Scientists Say

By: Leslie Mullen, Astrobiology Magazine<p>Published: 05/25/2013 09:25 AM EDT on SPACE.com<p>A Comparative Climatology Symposium held at NASA Headquarters on May 7 focused on new approaches to climate research by highlighting the similarities and contrasts between the environments of the rocky worlds …

Flying cars: Radical concept design aims high

An ambitious firm has revealed their plans for a new type of personal air transport vehicle that takes off and lands like a helicopter. Will the idea fly?<p>I received an email this week from a researcher based in Los Angeles, who I wanted to interview. “I hope to be back before 4pm,” it read. “Of …

Aviation

Permafrost microbe loves salty Arctic ‘veins’ - Futurity

MCGILL (CAN) — Scientists have discovered a bacterium in the Canadian High Arctic that thrives …

Wireless bio-absorbable circuits could kill bacteria

Remote-controlled, dissolvable electronic implants have been created that could help attack microbes, provide pain relief and stimulate bone growth.<p>The spread of bacteria resistant to antibiotics – popularly called superbugs – is threatening to put the clock back 100 years to the time when routine, …

Nanotech

Are Apps The Future of Book Publishing?

We’re at the dawn of the tablet era now. Earlier this month, Apple sold 3 million of its new iPad during the opening weekend, with some analysts expecting over 60 million of the tablets to be sold worldwide. What’s more, e-book readers are selling even more briskly than tablets. People are using …

Cities: How crowded life is changing us

More than half the world’s population are concentrated in urban areas, and this is having an effect not just culturally, but biologically too. And advances in technology are adding an entirely new dimension to people’s lives.<p>Cities cover just 3% of the planet's land surface, but are already home to …

Mainstream Media

Space.com

China maakt zich klaar voor nieuwe bemande ruimtemissie

Chinese media lieten al weten dat de CZ-2F draagraket, dat het Shenzhou 10 ruimtetuig in de ruimte moet brengen, geassembleerd werd op het Jiuquan …

Chat Perf attachment turns an iPhone into a smell-o-phone

Despite numerous attempts throughout the years, smell-o-vision has failed to take off on the big or small screens. Japanese company Chaku Perfume Co. …

The paper is the circuit: Scientists create graphite-based paper circuitry

Given the low costs and extensive applications that could be possible with flexible paper circuit boards, we've seen many ideas for their production, …

'Star Trek into Darkness' & NASA Station Crews Join Forces at Live NASA Webcast

Science Fact and Science Fiction join forces in space today for a one of a kind meeting turning science fiction into reality – and you can …

Science Fiction

Nasa Ladee mission: Solving a Moon mystery

Nasa's Ladee mission is part of a resurgence of interest in the Moon and it is all down to the fact that we barely understand our cosmic neighbour.<p>You would be forgiven for thinking that America lost interest in the Moon forty years ago, in December 1972, when Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan left …

Astronomy

Tiny, tunable alloys emit near-infrared light - Futurity

U. PITTSBURGH (US) — New nanoparticle alloys offer light so bright they could have potential …

Wireless helmet detects brain bleeding - Futurity

UC BERKELEY (US) — Researchers are testing a helmet-like device that uses wireless signals to …

Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Doubling NASA’s Budget, Mission To Mars

The American public overwhelmingly support a doubling of NASA’s budget in order to fund a mission to Mars, according to a recent survey. The poll, …

'Einstein's Planet': New Alien World Revealed by Relativity

Einstein's special relativity has proven more useful than ever, as scientists have now used it to discover an alien planet around another star.<p>The …