yenrabbit writes: I'm from Zimbabwe, and a combination of sanctions, reluctant parents and a low budget have meant that, until now, I have been unable to buy anything online. That's just changed, and I've got an opportunity to get a few hundred bucks of stuff ordered online. But the question is WHAT? A rhaspberry pi is a definite, but beyond that I turn to you, slashdot. Should I get books? Arduino? In short what are the absolute essentials for a money-starved nerd in Africa?
kenekaplan writes: Standard CT scanners can generate images of patient's body in less than five minutes today, but the radiation dose can be equal to about 70 chest X-rays. Lower powered CT scans can be used in non-emergency situations, but it can take more than 4 days to produce those images. Intel and GE created an algorithm that speeds up a computer's ability to process the low radiation dose scans by 100x, from 100 hours per image to 1 hour.
gotfork writes: "As some Russians protest the results of the recent election, several commentators (Russian, English) have started looking at the results which are posted to the election commission web site and there's very strong evidence of fraud. Voter turnout correlates strongly with percent voting for the ruling party, United Russia, and there are a lot of polling stations with nearly 100% turnout and 100% voting for United Russia in some unusual places. The raw data is posted so you can do your own analysis."
loic_2003 writes: "Iranian TV has broadcast footage of an advanced US drone aircraft that Tehran says it brought down using electronic methods to override its controls.
The BBC's James Reynolds watched the footage and said the fact that the drone appeared undamaged provided some evidence to support Tehran's version of events.
The film was captioned "RQ170 — advanced US spy plane" and carried on the Vision of the Islamic Republic of Iran Network 1 channel."
rjmx writes: Here's a story about how one person went about analysing a news photo of a Libyan rebel (on crutches yet!) firing an RPG. Many people thought it was faked: after reading this, I'm not so sure.
Asmodae writes: An LHC Experiment sending neutrinos to a detector in Italy found a discrepency, the neutrinos were arriving early. So early in fact that they appear to be moving faster than the speed of light. They've done a lot of measurements, but the findings are significant enough that the researchers remain cautious
intellitech writes: "Puzzling results from Cern, home of the LHC, have confounded physicists — because it appears subatomic particles have exceeded the speed of light. Neutrinos sent through the ground from Cern toward the Gran Sasso laboratory 732km away seemed to show up a few billionths of a second early. The results will soon be online to draw closer scrutiny to a result that, if true, would upend a century of physics. The lab's research director called it "an apparently unbelievable result"."
fangmcgee writes: By now, with films like Iron Man, its sequel, and Avatar, Hollywood has made us thoroughly familiar with the idea of the robotic exoskeleton. Less well known, however, is that researchers are actually building robotic exoskeletons like the ones envisioned by Hollywood and the comic book visionaries from whom Hollywood pilfers its most lucrative ideas. Among the developers of real-life Iron Man suits (of which there are many, the world over) is a group called Raytheon Sarcos. And as IEEE Spectrum reports in this month's issue, its impressive second-generation exoskeleton robotics suit, dubbed the XOS 2, is nearing production.
kkleiner writes: "Imagine a city larger than all of Switzerland, twice the size of New Jersey, or with four times the population of New York City. Such a megacity is being built in southern China. When the project–named “Turn the Pearl River Delta into One”–is completed some six years from now, the resulting megacity will cover 40,000 square kilometers (16,000 square miles) and, by today’s numbers, reach a population of at least 42 million."
RedEaredSlider writes: "Ford is using Google technology, specifically its Prediction API, to create a new brand of smart cars. The famous American car company announced it's teaming up with Google to use Prediction API in future cars. The API will be able to use historical driving data and turn it into real time predictions, such as where a driver is headed at the time of a departure. The API uses Google's machine learning algorithms to "make smarter apps smarter.""
Jeremiah Cornelius writes: Reuters claims "The Vessel Has a Hole". One of the reactors at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has a hole in its main vessel following a meltdown of fuel rods, leading to a leakage of radioactive water, its operator said on Thursday. The disclosure by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) is the latest indication that the disaster was worse than previously disclosed, making it more difficult to stabilize the plant. U.S. nuclear experts said that the company may have to build a concrete wall around the unit because of the breach, and that this could now take years. "At this point, TEPCO still finds itself in unchartered waters and is not able to carry out any plan to get the situation under control."