by Devin Coldewey, TechCrunch
It’s perfectly natural for a red-blooded American to, once they have procured their first real drone, experiment with attaching a flame thrower to it. But it turns out that this harmless hobby is frowned upon by the biggest buzzkills in the world… the feds.
Yes, the FAA has gone and published a notice that drones and weapons are “A Dangerous Mix.” Well, that’s arguable. But they’re the authority here, so we have to hear them out.
Continue reading FAA threatens $25,000 fine for weaponizing drones
by Stan Horaczek, Popular Science
Set aside lots of time and extra hard-drive space.
Social media networks know a lot about you. In fact, that’s their primary job. They want to collect information about you and use that to sell advertisements that you can’t resist. In return for your data, these companies give you a chance to interact with other users and share your life no matter how interesting or banal. Recently, instructions have been floating around the web about how to see the secret interests Instagram thinks you want to see ads about. The results are sometimes hilariously wrong, but they can also be worryingly accurate. Your information is a product that companies leverage.
Continue reading Here’s how to view, download, and delete your personal information online
by Evan Gough, Universe Today
What’s going on in the distant reaches of our Solar System? Is there a Planet 9 out there?
Out in the frigid expanse of our System, there are bodies on orbital paths that don’t make sense in terms of our eight-planet Solar System. There seems to be an undiscovered body out there, several times more massive than Earth, shaping the orbits of some Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs), and driving astronomers to look deeper and more thoroughly into the extreme reaches of our System.
Continue reading More Evidence that Planet 9 is Really Out There
by Valentin Bazarevsky and Fan Zhang, Research Engineers, Google Research
The ability to perceive the shape and motion of hands can be a vital component in improving the user experience across a variety of technological domains and platforms. For example, it can form the basis for sign language understanding and hand gesture control, and can also enable the overlay of digital content and information on top of the physical world in augmented reality.
Continue reading On-Device, Real-Time Hand Tracking with MediaPipe
by Annie Palmer, Dailymail.com
You may want to think twice before using one of those handy USB charging stations that are so common in airports.
Security experts are increasingly warning that using these public USB ports could put unsuspecting users at risk of ‘juice jacking,’ according to Forbes.
Continue reading Airport charging stations put you at risk of ‘juice jacking’: Security experts warn using public USB ports is like ‘finding a toothbrush on the side of the road’
by Tristan Greene, The Next Web
A team of scientists from Yokohama National University recently became the first researchers to teleport a photon into the vacuous space inside of a flaw within a diamond. In other words: physicists just invented quantum bling.
Continue reading Scientists teleported quantum data into the flawed heart of a diamond
by Charly Triballeau, MSN News
A 400-year-old temple in Japan is attempting to hot-wire interest in Buddhism with a robotic priest it believes will change the face of the religion — despite critics comparing the android to “Frankenstein’s monster.”
The android Kannon, based on the Buddhist deity of mercy, preaches sermons at Kodaiji temple in Kyoto, and its human colleagues predict that with artificial intelligence it could one day acquire unlimited wisdom.
Continue reading Playing god: Japan temple puts faith in robot priest
by David Pescovitz, BoingBoing
Chinese nanotechnologists injected tiny particles into the eyes of mice resulting in the rodents demonstrating “infrared ‘night vision'” that lasted for months. According to nanoscientist Tian Xue and colleagues the University of Science and Technology of China, the technology could eventually help those with certain kinds of color blindness and “provide the potential for close integration within the human body to extend the visual spectrum.” From New Scientist: Continue reading Nanoparticle injections give mice “night vision” superpower
by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Phys.org
Spider silk, already known as one of the strongest materials for its weight, turns out to have another unusual property that might lead to new kinds of artificial muscles or robotic actuators, researchers have found.
The resilient fibers, the team discovered, respond very strongly to changes in humidity. Above a certain level of relative humidity in the air, they suddenly contract and twist, exerting enough force to potentially be competitive with other materials being explored as actuators—devices that move to perform some activity such as controlling a valve.
Continue reading Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle
by Luke Hawker, Express
A SPACESHIP which is so fast it could travel 3.6 million miles per day has been successfully tested in Earth’s orbit.
The Lightsail 2 craft is an experiment to prove the practical application of a controlled ‘solar sail’, which has the ability to far outstrip traditional rocket engines. The revolutionary mission was launched on June 25 and developed by ‘The Planetary Society’, based in the US. The voyage became the first ever to demonstrate solar sailing and used energy from the Sun to orbit Earth.