Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Forget touch screens ...
Touch everything! Disney (the masters of bringing objects to life)
unveils new technology that can turn ANYTHING into a button



  • Any material - from bedknobs to broomsticks, and even water - can be become gesture-sensitive
  • Technology is similar to smartphone screens - but can create 3D 'map' of touch inputs
  • Sofas could become TV remotes, clothes could become mp3 controllers, doors could be 'password-protected' by gesture

Nova: Life beyond Earth



Take a spectacular trip to distant realms of our solar system to discover where secret forms of life may lie hidden. Combining the latest telescope images with dazzling animation, this program immerses audiences in the sights and sounds of alien worlds, while top astrobiologists explain how these places are changing how we think about the potential for life in our solar system. We used to think our neighboring planets and moons were fairly boring—mostly cold, dead rocks where life could never take hold. Today, however, the solar system looks wilder than we ever imagined.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Researchers Develop Wireless Heart Pump System



The wireless mechanical pump system  (Source: University of Washington)


The development of a wireless system allows the patient to use mechanical pumps over a long period of time without worrying about infections in the stomach from cords

Joshua Smith, study leader and a University of Washington associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering, along with Dr. Pramod Bonde, a heart surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and a team of researchers, have created a wireless mechanical pump that could improve a heart patient's quality of life.

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Mayans reveal their darkest mysteries:
New excavation reveals secrets of their calendar - including black-clad figures and symbols never seen before


A vast city built by the ancient Mayan civilisation and discovered nearly a century ago in modern day Guatemala is finally starting to yield its secrets.
Excavating for the first time in the sprawling complex of Xultzn in Guatemala's Peten region, archaeologists have uncovered a structure that contains what appears to be a work space for the town's scribe.
Its walls are adorned with unique paintings - one depicting a line-up of men in black uniforms, and  hundreds of scrawled numbers - many calculations relating to the Mayan calendar.
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The painted figure of a man - possibly a scribe - is illuminated in the doorway of the Mayan dwelling, which holds symbols never seen before
The painted figure of a man - possibly a scribe - is illuminated in the doorway of the Mayan dwelling, which holds symbols never seen before

Frozen in the sands of time: Eerie Second World War RAF fighter plane discovered in the Sahara...
70 years after it crashed in the desert


He was hundreds of miles from civilisation, lost in the burning heat of the desert. Second World War Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping took what little he could from the RAF Kittyhawk he had just crash-landed, then wandered into the emptiness.From that day in June 1942 the mystery of what happened to  the dentist’s son from Southend was lost, in every sense, in the sands of time.
Shifting sands: The final resting place of the Kittyhawk P-40 has been discovered in the Sahara 70 years after it crashed there
Shifting sands: The final resting place of the Kittyhawk P-40 has been discovered in the Sahara 70 years after it crashed there

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Athene's Theory of Everything



Professor of Communication Studies Corey Anton at Grand Valley State University reviews AToE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK9-KQZbnHQ
Rocket Engineer Evie Marom's review: 
http://bit.ly/gCvM8e

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Peter Russell - the primacy of consciousness


Peter Russell explores the reasons why consciousness may be the fundamental essence of the Universe.
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