Category: technology

Shoelace breaking and entering…

Autonomous quadrotors perform music

Now the invasion of the quadrotors turns artsy. Bohemian buzzing bees.

Apollo 12 lunar surface activity checklist: hot action on the Moon

The cuff checklists that were worn by the Apollo astronauts as they left the lunar module for “EVA” on the Moon’s surface contained a little, well, extra something.

List of “hello world” programs in 200 programming languages

“Hello world” is the basic test program to teach the elemental syntax of a programming language. It’s like learning to say “hello, my name is …” in a foreign language.  

Skydiving from the edge of space

Daredevil Felix Baumgartner rode in a capsule pulled up by a helium balloon to 13.6 miles (21.8 km) above the Earth’s surface before balancing on the edge of the pod and launching himself off. At around 120,000 feet, on the fringes of space, the air is so thin that a falling human body would travel fast …

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Siri’s big brother from Google

There are stories popping-up about Google doing its own Siri-like app. But I expect Google to go significantly beyond Siri capability and I base that belief on the fact that Google has been working in this area since at least 2008, when they hired one of the scientists who did the basic research behind this category-shaping product.

No Joy in YouTubeville

Some of YouTube’s more popular producers of original videos are quietly reporting their viewership numbers have suddenly dropped. The problem isn’t that viewer habits are changing. We’re still in love with cute kittens and people in pain. The problem is click fraud and online video producers are finally getting busted for it. I was told […]

Why you switch things off before unplugging them

A nice example of a big spark.

Mathematica and ringtones

WolframTones works by taking simple programs from Wolfram’s computational universe, and using music theory andMathematica algorithms to render them as music. Each program in effect defines a virtual world, …

How Everything Works Home Page

Stay current on How The World Works at this website.

Multi-touch interaction research

Research in touch and gesture-based computing, released just before the iPhone and iPad rocked the world.

Wayback Machine

If you don’t know about this, it’s rather cool. Apparently, Google’s archive of web pages is based on a technology called Alexa. One of its features is the ability to look at previous versions of the same page, known as the "wayback machine&quo…

Spiders leads to safety recall of Mazdas

It’s unclear why this particular spider — the yellow sac spider — seems to prefer the model year 2009 and 2010 Mazda6… via Spider webs prompt Mazda recall of 50,000 cars – Mar. 3, 2011

Femto photography uses 1/trillionth sec. laser flashes to shoot around corners

…by emitting short pulses and analyzing multi-bounce reflection from the door, we can infer hidden geometry even if the intermediate bounces are not visible via CORNAR: Looking Around Corners – Camera Culture Group, MIT Media Lab

Cellphones and cancer

Apple, for example, doesn’t want iPhones to come closer than 5/8 of an inch; Research In Motion, BlackBerry’s manufacturer, is still more cautious: keep a distance of about an inch. via Cellphones and Cancer – A Far-From-Settled Issue –

Segway company owner dies driving segway off cliff

Oh, for God’s sake. Did he really? Yes, he really.

Rape charges dropped after deleted messages recovered

In what may be the first time an iPhone’s elephantine memory has saved someone accused of a serious crime, deleted data retrieved by a leading surveillance expert appears to have led to the dropping of five rape charges against a Sydney man. via Rape charges dropped after deleted messages recovered from iPhone.

World’s largest skateboard on a suicidal mission

A helluva ride with no seatbelts. Beats my Porsche.

Decorking in an emergency

Opening wine with a shoe… and opening Champagne with a sword.

Apple’s HTML5 demo page

Flash? We don’t need no stinkin’ Flash. – Steve Jobs (more or less)