Alliant wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving for 2018.
Alliant wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving for 2018.
Another common sci-fi scenario has just left the room.
BrainNet, created by researchers at the University of Washington, is a first of a kind.
Participants in this brain-to-brain communication network are able to communicate with each other only using their thoughts. Although at a very primitive level, this is being called thought-level social networking. Nothing between you and your tweet except the bare thought. Read more →
That bulky cuff the nurse wraps around your arm allows a quick and non-invasive measurement of your blood pressure. Because it’s my heart, I never complain that the cuff is too tight. Not even when my arm aches as a result. I simply wait for the pulse to restart, which means the release of pressure. Then come the familiar words, “You’re 130/80,” my common result.
Now if I had a significant heart problem that needed to be monitored daily, carrying around a bulky cuff for hourly testing would be cumbersome. I imagine it would be easy to “forget” such a problematic routine under a busy schedule. But why would you be placing your self under the stress of a busy schedule, if you needed to monitor your heart? You wouldn’t! So something second best, like more frequent visits to the doctor’s office, would step into the problem.
What if there was a simple stick-on patch, about the size of a postage stamp, that you could place on your neck? It’s coming. Read more →
Cryptojacking. Cryptomining. Two names for one and the same threat causing problems for your computer and your smart phone. The name “cryptojacking” comes from the ability of this threat to hide on your device and take it over. Cryptomining is the name given to indicate the reason. Your device is cryptojacked so that undesirables can use the resources on your device to mine cryptocurrencies. Not that you are interested or own cryptocurrencies. Rather, unknown to you, someone else is using your computer to gain access to the protected records, enabling financial gain dishonestly. This is a proliferating nuisance that is infiltrating Internet devices from desktop to laptop to smart phone to network server. An extensive problem! Read more →
If that headline seems to overstate the case – unlimited source – we are talking about the sun. More or less, it is an unlimited source. If the source runs out, there won’t be anyone around to argue the point in any case. So it is reasonable to call the sun an unlimited source. The scientific technique is what makes the source available for renewable energy.
University of Cambridge scientists have brought together two techniques to convert the energy of sunlight into storable biofuel. Using synthetic biology and artificial photosynthesis their process breaks water down into hydrogen and oxygen gases. This process is a major step in mass-producing photosynthesis cells that only use energy from the sun. Understanding the design of the elements in the process enables a controlled environment which can accelerate the process. Read more →
Is there a good, bad and ugly about batteries? Evidently. NiMH (Nickel-Metal Hydride) NiCad (Nickel-Cadmium), Li-Ion (Lithium-Ion), LiFePO4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate), Alkaline, Carbon Zinc and Lithium all have strengths that are good and weaknesses that are bad. The ugly? That’s the Carbon Zinc whose only strength is that it is inexpensive. Its ugliness lies in its low energy, low endurance. Batteries “that qualify as little more than junk” according to zbattery’s Household Battery Guide.
Then there’s the battery battle between Tesla’s Elon Musk and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. Musk says lithium-ion batteries are the technology of the future. But Bezos is buying hydrogen stock. Will the alternative power source of hydrogen fuel cells threaten the popularity of lithium? Read more →
Teleporting is still a dream of the future. So how does it work? What is the claim of 3D-Printed Sushi. It is 3D. It is sushi sort of. Just not teleported.
Full disclosure would let you know that Japanese startup Open Meals has developed print cartridges that prints 5 mm blocks of water-based gels, which are injected with nutrition, flavor and color. The small printed blocks of food are assembled into a final product which looks like a Lego version of, say, Sushi.
This video dramatizes the concept. The order can now be sent remotely to a printer and the food product printed on the local device. So if you have a printer at the space station, then Ground Control could send a request for half dozen Sushi meals from Houston, which would be printed at the space station. “You got meal!” is the alert that your Sushi has arrived. Clever. Read more →
Ancient tools, technologically speaking, are not that ancient chronologically considered. Five years ago Reliable Tech News featured an article, “Seeing is Believing,” which presented several tools to help you see better what was on the screen. Do you remember that ancient day when “the screen” was a 15″ CRT that took up 50% of your desk space? Now you have a 22″ flat screen that fits neatly at the back of the desk. But, you still need help to see what is actually on the screen. And you don’t turn to your smart phone.
During the time frame of September 2013, there was very little concern or interest in what could be seen on your smart phone. Now, however, more people are using their smart phones than their PCs. At least, they do when they are out on the street. In the office, however, the percent of people who work from a PC and flat screen monitor is still predominant. So with the demise of Windows 7 and the uptick of Windows 10 users imminent, it will be very valuable to remind you of ancient tools still viable. But on Windows 10 OS. We provide worthwhile tools specific to Windows 10 and some really helpful keyboard tips. Read more →
Soft, flexible and shaped like spiders, these squishy devices under development are the recent result of a team of roboticists from Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biolgically Inspired Engineering, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Boston University. A new fabrication process has enabled this amazing team of scientists to build machines on a millimeter-scale with micrometer-scale features. Here is a picture of the transparent spider bot modeled off the brilliant Australian peacock spider to demonstrate the breakthrough of their discovery. Read more →
We sympathize with those who feel that facial recognition has the look and feel of invasion of privacy. If China is monitoring jaywalking with facial recognition cameras, and Germany is loading passengers with facial boarding passes, and many US companies are using facial recognition for monitoring employee attendance, what’s next?! The sublime needs a ridiculous. 20 Facial Recognition Search Engines For Online Photo Search The internet has a plethora of facial recognition search engines designed to help you find all the pictures of all your friends. And, of course, yourself.
Well, here’s a possibility of some well thought out resistance to the push toward facial recognition. Facial UNrecognition. And it comes from a somewhat unlikely place, Yandex, the Russian search giant, is considered the world’s best in technical development of facial recognition software.
Grigory Bakunov, the director of technology distribution at Yandex, has invented an anti-facial recognition algorithm to conceal people’s identities. There’s a reason why this compelling idea of facial UNrecognition hasn’t gone viral or mainstreamed as yet. So far the means of concealing people’s identities is done with the help of makeup. You shouldn’t be thinking lipstick or eyeliner. You should be thinking football eye black! But worse. Yes, there’s a picture! Read more →