zerosomething writes: "If there’s one thing wrong with Ping Pong Guns, it’s that they can’t fire their ammunition at supersonic speeds. At least, that’s the feeling of Mark French, a mechanical engineer at Purdue University in Indiana, and his graduate students Craig Zehrung and Jim Stratton."
400 meters per second! That's going to leave a mark!
zerosomething writes: The FAA has been "flooded with requests from police departments throughout the United States to use drones to fly on patrol". KPRC-TV in Houston filmed a "secret test" of the INSITU drone.
zerosomething writes: A new iPhone worm is impacting jailbroken iPhones and iPod Touch devices. Identified by Sophos late last week and noted on cnet. This one appears to be a bit more serious and uploads stolen data from the phone to a Lithuanian server.
zerosomething writes: Videos from the October Singularity Summit 2009 have finally been posted for those of us unable to attend. Speakers include the usual suspects Peter Thiel and Ray Kurzweil plus other well know thinkers like Abubery de Grey and Stephen Wolfram and a host of other apparently intelligent people. What ever you may think of the truth or myth of smarter than man technology there are a number of big names working to pave the way.
zerosomething writes: Space Weather is reporting that on Oct. 8th around 11 am local time in the coastal town of Bone, Indonesia the planet was hit by a 10 meter wide astroid. It exploded in the atmosphere "with a yield of about 50 kton of TNT"."The explosion triggered infrasound sensors of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) more than 10,000 km away,"
"The asteroid that caused the blast was not known before it hit and took astronomers completely by surprise."
zerosomething writes: Psystar today announced the release of Rebel EFI, a new software product that enables users to install any modern operating system, including Mac OS X Snow Leopard, on a wide variety of PCs.
zerosomething writes: When we hear about a brain controlled Arduino project we immediately think about a coding nightmare." "It turns out they purchased Uncle Milton’s Force Trainer which uses a headset to measure brain waves and has a base unit that reacts to these measurements. Hacking into this device didn’t require reverse engineering of anything. They took the easy route, and tapped into the five LEDs on the base unit.
zerosomething writes: Hot on the heels of its knockout earnings report from last night, Apple is seizing more attention today with a significant upgrade to its consumer PC lines, specifically the entry-level MacBook, the iMac, and the Mac Mini.