Ian Apperley

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Wild New Zealand: Exploring the Taupo Volcanic Zone — Vagabondish

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure.<p>Straddling the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates, New Zealand is littered with active …

Google's 'Looney' Internet Balloons Invade New Zealand

Google has launched — quite literally — a new idea to bring the Internet to some of the world's remotest places.<p>The tech giant's engineering hothouse, Google X, is testing the use of 12-mile-high helium balloons to get coverage in areas where it's impractical to put in conventional …

New Zealand’s number one place not to be missed

By Angela Schrider on Jun 17, 2013 in Attractions, Going Out, New Zealand, Oceania, Regions<p>Lake Tekapo is possibly one of the most beautiful places …

Bus users at 'boiling point'

<b>Lynfield commuters say changes to express routes and no-shows are like Third World.</b><p>Passengers on a busy Auckland commuting route fear the city's …

New spy revelations: UK spied on allies

British intelligence agencies intercepted the communications of foreign politicians in London for the 2009 G20 summit, the Guardian reports.<p>The …

Saudi Arabia may block WhatsApp within weeks

Saudi Arabia plans to block WhatsApp in coming weeks if the makers of the mobile chat app don't comply with local regulations.<p>The warning comes after the Communications and Information Technology Commission blocked popular voice and messaging app Viber last week.<p>"We have been communicating with …

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom opens up about extradition fight

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has taken a swipe at New Zealand's prime minister, accusing him of trying to curry favour with Hollywood film …

Silicon Valley builds amazing spy tools, is horrified they're used for spying

“What I would like to see right now is for people at these internet companies to stand up and say the truth, all of it, about their dealings with the …

Introducing Project Loon: Balloon-powered Internet access

Overview | Onion Pi

Feel like someone is snooping on you? Browse anonymously anywhere you go with the Onion Pi Tor proxy. This is fun weekend project that uses a …

Flying bicycle gets off the ground in Prague

At a recent press conference in Prague, the remarkably noisy custom-built mountain bike took a remote-controlled flight around a large warehouse with …

Thumb Your Nose at the NSA With Raspberry Pi

The NSA is watching you. But you can get around the agency's prying eyes with Tor and a Raspberry Pi.<p>Adafruit has created a handy how-to to help you …

Halo combines canister stove and fuel cell charger

Point Source Power, the company responsible for the Voto, is looking to extend its product line with the Halo. Where the Voto is a fuel cell charger …

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Decoding 'the Most Complex Object in the Universe'

The human brain contains some 100 billion neurons, which together form a network of Internet-like complexity. Christof Koch, chief scientific officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, calls the brain "the most complex object in the known universe," and he's mapping its connections in hopes …

The Week In Numbers: Saturn's Moon Hides An Ocean, New Human Body Part Discovered, And More

<b>700 miles</b>: the diameter of Dione, an icy moon of Saturn that may be home to a subterranean ocean—and "astrobiological potential"<p><b>13 million light-years</b>: the distance from Earth to this perplexing black hole, which appears to have recently gone quiet at the center of the Sculptor galaxy<p><b>1975</b>: the year …

Netflix builds a tool for jumping between Amazon clouds

Netflix (s nflx) clearly has learned from its Christmas Eve outage, which involved the failure of Amazon (s amzn) Web Services’ Elastic Load …

Google Fiber Could Reach 8 Million Homes By 2022

How much would it cost Google to become a significant broadband provider and how quickly could that happen?<p>Google’s steps to expand its superfast 1-gigabit-per-second Internet service to Austin, TX and Provo, Utah have prompted financial analysts to fire up their spreadsheets in search of an answer.<p>…

Trading Faster Than The Speed Of Reality

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Michael Wellman is a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan College of Engineering.</i><p>At 1:07 p.m. on April 23, a hijacked AP Twitter account falsely reported an attack on the White House. Seconds later, major US stock indexes started to fall. They …

Google X Announces Project Loon: Balloon-Powered Internet For Rural, Remote And Underserved Areas

Google X, the secretive lab behind projects like Google Glass and Google’s self-driving cars, announced its latest project today: balloon-powered Internet access for those areas of the earth where regular terrestrial Internet isn’t a good option. Earlier this week, Google started testing these …

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Yes, these blues are real! I’ve gotten tens of thousands of messages from people that say that New Zealand is in their plans to visit in the near …

Companies cleared to explore for minerals in Northland

Three companies, including one partly owned by Far North Mayor Wayne Brown, have been awarded permits to explore for gold, silver and other metals at …

New Type Of Pulsing Star Discovered

Scientists' current understanding of stars says these stars shouldn't vary in brightness, but they do.<p>Astronomers have discovered a new type of pulsing star. There are 36 of the new type, located in a cluster about 7,000 light-years away from Earth.<p>Based on their brightness and temperature, they …

Chopped: How Amputated Fingertips Sometimes Grow Back

When a kid lops off a fingertip with a cleaver or car door, there's a chance the end of the digit will grow back. The fingerprint will be gone, and the tip may look a bit strange. But the flesh, bone and nail could return.<p>Now biologists at New York University have figured out just how this …

Japan mulls hosting global collider project - Nikkei

(Reuters) - The government has decided to solicit construction in Japan of the International Linear Collider (ILC), a next-generation particle accelerator that will allow physicists to explore rudimentary questions about the universe, the Nikkei said.<p>The ILC will complement the Large Hadron …

The Energy Fix: Engineering Triumphs Over Wave And Tidal Forces

How water could be harnessed for roughly a third of U.S. annual electricity usage<p>The Bottom Feeder<p>Water is 800 times denser than air, and building a gen­erator able to withstand the tremendous force it generates has hampered the development of next-gen hydropower. If engineers can harness its …

New Human Body Part Discovered

Time to rewrite the textbooks!<p>The newest addition to human anatomy is just 15 microns thick, but its discovery will make eye surgery safer and simpler. Harminder Dua, a professor at the University of Nottingham, recently found a new layer in the human cornea, and he's calling it (can you guess?) …

Stem Cells for Regenerating Fingers Could Hold Secret for Amputees: Study

Stem cells under neath the nail were found to be responsible for regenerating finger tips and toe tips after amputation, a new study has found.<p>Mayumi …

Stem Cells

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