The Week In Drones: Shooting One Down In Montana, The FBI''s Robot Missions, And More
Popular Science - Technology, 5 hours ago
Drone On Patrol Azin Haghighi, Fars News Agency Here''s a roundup of the week''s top drone news, designed to capture the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft. Iran On Patrol Released on Wednesday by Iran''s state-run Fars news service?as part of a slid...
Survey Reveals What Today''s America Thinks The Future Looks Like
Popular Science - Technology, April 17, 2014
A 1910 Vision Of A Future Helicopter This image comes from an excellent series of French postcards made in the ealy 1900s about life in the 21st century. Villemard, via Wikimedia Commons In the next 50 years, Americans think they probably won''t ride in driverless cars, that?robots flying outside wi...
The Digital Cameras NASA Sent Into Space In The 90s
Popular Science - Technology, April 17, 2014
Kodak Hawkeye II Tethered Imaging Accessory Credit: James McGarvey In December 1975, a Kodak lab engineer created the first fully digital camera-and snapped a 100-by-100-pixel image to a cassette tape in 23 seconds. Fast forward a couple decades and the CCD--charge-coupled device--started to emerge ...
Say Hello To The Little Space Race That Could
Popular Science - Technology, April 15, 2014
(In numerical order) Courtesy: SkyCube, Hojun Song, Kicksat A CubeSat crams the advanced hardware of enormous satellites into a box slightly larger than a Rubik's Cube. The satellites' small size and light weight have made it cheaper than ever to launch spacecraft into orbit. Here are three citizen-...
Good Idea/Bad Idea: Use A Stun Gun To...
Popular Science - Technology, April 15, 2014
Good Idea: Lift Fingerprints On a hunch, crime scene investigator Richard Warrington, now retired, found a new way to fight crime with a stun gun: lifting prints. Warrington's hack involves placing a sheet of sun-blocking film over a freshly dusted print. He attaches the loose end of a wired probe t...
Kill Switches Will Save Your Smartphone
Popular Science - Technology, April 15, 2014
iPhone 5S with iOS 7 Apple On an otherwise ordinary Saturday, someone grabbed Kristine Swartz's iPhone from her gym locker. At first she was annoyed-phones are expensive and filing a police report takes time, with little hope of recovery-but then she considered other implications. "There are a lot o...
The Top Patent-Holders In The U.S. [Infographic]
Popular Science - Technology, April 15, 2014
Patent data from IFI claims top 1,000 U.S. assignees for 2013 ? This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of?Popular Science.
Robot Sub Searching For Malaysian Jet Finds Itself Out Of Its Depth
Popular Science - Technology, April 15, 2014
A Bluefin-21 AUV at the Surface of the Water After a Mission Bluefin Robotics The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has moved underwater, but it''s still not easy. A robotic submarine deployed yesterday returned to the surface sooner than expected because it encountered depths beyond its cap...
Finally, A Way To Harvest Hydroelectric Energy From Toilet Flushes
Popular Science - Technology, April 15, 2014
? ? The average American flushes?24 gallons of water down the toilet daily, while-don''t get me wrong, toilets; we appreciate all of your hard work-maybe some of the energy used in a flush could be put to an additional?use. Here''s one way: harvest some of the energy from the water and use it for?po...
Snowboarder Glides With Handheld Airplane Thrusters
Popular Science - Technology, April 15, 2014
Dreamscience Propulsion Dreamscience Propulsion''s snowboard thrusters are difficult to describe. It''s like: if you stuffed airplane engines in?American Gladiator?batons? It''s like: if you?took a boom mic and used it to swat a drone out of the air? Words fail me. But, here they are: The thrusters,...
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