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Self-balancing electric scooters may be a handy way of getting around, but the things can be kind of bulky when you want to carry or stow them. A German startup is now offering a solution to that problem, in the form of the folding UrmO... Continue Reading Self-balancing scooter folds flat in seconds Category: Urban Transport Tags: Electric Vehicles Folding Kickstarter Last-mile transport Scooter Self-balancing ...
Steel-spiked winter boots may be great on the ice, but on bare concrete or flooring – not so much. It was with this in mind that Canadian entrepreneur Darrell Bachmann created KickSpike boots, which feature spikes that pop in or out of the sole at the kick of a button... Continue Reading Retractable-spike winter boots give ice a kick in the rear Category: Outdoors Tags: Boots Winter ...
Writing has gotten simultaneously easier and harder over the last twenty years. Easier, because, bluntly, I’m better at it now than I was 20 years ago. Better at which parts? All of the parts. There are literally no technical aspects of writing (including the technical aspects of creativity) that I don’t just simply do better. […]...
Today (Sept. 25), leaders from around the world will gather at the United Nations Headquarters for "Space2030: Space as a Driver for Peace," an event to support the peaceful activity of humans in space....
In the last few weeks, both Canon and Nikon have joined Sony and Leica at the full-frame mirrorless camera party. Now Panasonic has jumped into the fray with the Lumix S series, tapping Leica for some lens mount help along the way... Continue Reading Panasonic throws its hat in full-frame mirrorless camera ring Category: Digital Cameras Tags: Mirrorless Cameras Panasonic Photography Photokina 2018 ...
Scientists have struggled for decades to explain how the two tiny moons of Mars came to be, but a new study relying on old data bolsters one of the two major hypotheses....
Micro-engine has potential to be as efficient as allowed by laws of physics....

The Big Idea: Ryan North

Sep25
John Scalzi
I am not saying I am a time traveler. For all most of you know, I am not. But if I were, and remember I am not saying I am, then I would be very interested in Ryan North’s new book How To Invent Everything. Very, very interested. Theoretically. RYAN NORTH: I wanted to write […]...
The latest robot ball off the Sphero production line is the Sphero Bolt, part toy and part coding tutor. We've been sending the tennis ball-sized spherical gadget zooming around various rooms and obstacle courses to see if it's worth investing in, for you or your kids... Continue Reading Review: Sphero Bolt is a fantastic, rolling educational toy for young and old Category: Robotics Tags: Coding Education Robotics ...
I’ll be posting a Big Idea and a Whatever 20/20 piece in a bit, although I may have to go down to the public library and use their connection to do it. Like a prole....
The builders of the Nasca Lines cared for their sick, even when times got tough....
Vector has received a patent for its liquid oxygen-propylene rocket engine....
After the launch of Firefox Reality, Mozilla's new virtual reality browser, we spoke to Mozilla's Head of Mixed Reality Program Strategy Andre Vrignaud about the future of the browser, VR, mixed reality and 3D digital content. Our conversation took us from the specifics of Firefox Reality, including the prospect of PlayStation VR support, to the future of VR technology, Mozilla's role in the industry, and VR's prospects of entering the mainstream – and why the likes of Boeing and Airbus might just help it to get there... Continue Reading PlayStation 4: "We'd love to be on there" – interview with Firefox Reality's Andre Vrignaud Category: VR Tags: Augmented Reality Firefox Mixed reality Mozilla Virtual Reality Web Browser Web standards ...
MVRDV was commissioned to design two buildings in South Korea that contain a nightclub and other facilities, and require no windows. The firm took the opportunity to do something different and created an eye-catching project defined by its unusual facades. .. Continue Reading MVRDV raises curtain on South Korean nightclub Category: Architecture Tags: Building and Construction MVRDV Nightclubs South Korea ...
Ricoh's GR series point-and-shoot cameras started life as 35 mm film cameras in 1996, went digital in 2005, got a DSLR-like sensor bump in 2013 and Wi-Fi in 2015. Now the company has announced it's developing the next generation GR and will offer Photokina 2018 show-goers a sneak peek ahead of release in 2019... Continue Reading Ricoh to preview GRIII compact camera at Photokina 2018 Category: Digital Cameras Tags: Photography Photokina 2018 Ricoh ...

Image of the Day

Sep25
Space.com
The nearly-full Harvest Moon rises over hikers at the Mission Peak Regional Preserve near San Francisco, California in this image by astrophotographer Kwong Liew....
If life ever got a foothold in the Martian subsurface long ago, it could have tapped into a plentiful chemical energy source, a new study suggests....
It's one thing to step onto a foreign world's surface; it's another matter entirely to set foot beneath its surface, trusting your safety to the structural integrity of a tunnel-like cave....
As Parker Solar Probe prepares for an unprecedented close-up of the sun, the new spacecraft sent data home showing that all is well in the mission....
NASA's next Mars rover will be named by a schoolkid, just like the agency's previous wheeled Red Planet explorers....
On Sept. 25, 2008, China's space program launched its third human spaceflight mission, Shenzhou 7. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series!...
Solar-powered sensors are listening in to rainforests in Borneo to check on biodiversity. One plan is to use AI to identify different animal calls...
Some species of termites have been known to reproduce asexually on occasion, but most of the time they seem to do things the old fashioned way. But nature, always looking for more efficient ways to do things, may be in the process of trimming away some unnecessary steps in the process – namely, males. Researchers have now found colonies with no male termites at all, and they seem to be thriving... Continue Reading Asexual, all-female termite colonies found to do just fine without males Category: Science Tags: Animals Insect Japan Reproduction Sex University of Sydney ...
A freedom of information request has revealed how UK civil servants use Slack, a popular chat service, to talk about everything from Pokémon Go to polyamory...
Advances in implants that read signals from the brain and spine are helping people with paralysis to regain the use of their limbs...
We've seen some inventive attempts to blur the lines between bikes and cars over the years, through velomobiles and odd pod-shaped contraptions that gain assistance from motors tucked into the hubs and onto the cranks. The FitCar PPV remains much more automobile than bicycle, but does encourage physical exertion on part of its owners through an interesting pedaling system that hooks up to the drivetrain. .. Continue Reading FitCar replaces the accelerator with bicycle pedals Category: Automotive Tags: Fitness Mobility ...
Researchers at the University of Glasgow have developed a small handheld device that can scan for biomarkers to quickly and easily diagnose people with certain diseases and illnesses. Inspired (as always) by Star Trek's tricorder, the new "multicorder" is designed to help doctors track the presence or progression of an illness from just about anywhere... Continue Reading Portable "tricorder" device spots cancer or heart attack biomarkers in minutes Category: Medical Tags: Biomarkers CMOS sensor Diagnose Diagnosis Diagnostic devices Tricorders University of Glasgow ...
Ever since astronomers first spotted their first-ever object from beyond our solar system, it has offered more questions than answers — what is it? Where did it come from? Why is it so darn weird?...
The journey has begun. Kirsten Beyer, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, Diandra Pendleton-Thompson, James Duff, and yours truly. #StarTrek pic.twitter.com/GxhwkTIgWQ— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) September 24, 2018 Jean Luc Picard will engage Star Trek firefights and conflicts with an energizing buzz. We need a character like Patrick Stewart to do this for I believe after 178 episodes of Star Trek TNG, only the Picard can "make it so" for fans! Look at the original ST TNG episodes. Characters wait to hear what he's going to do/say next when crises hits. I personally can't wait, You know the Picard's orders "make it so" is going to be so right! I mean he's the only captain who drank green whiskey with Scotty (Jimmy Doohan) on the bridge of the classic USS Enterprise NCC 1701. Okay so it was a holodeck, no bl**dy A,B,C or D but as ideas go don't you feel wowsered?. ...
While Ivanka Trump has a high-profile job advising her father, the president of the United States, she told the International Space Station Expedition 56 crew Thursday (Sept. 20) that she had different childhood ambitions....
I’m at the airport super early, so let’s check in on the state of the world, shall we? Oh. Oh. Well, that’s no good, is it. *** At the moment I have nothing useful to add about what’s going on with either Kavanaugh or Rosenstein situations, because in both cases no one else seems to […]...
Malaria could be eliminated by a CRISPR 'gene drive' that wipes out the mosquitoes that spread it, transforming the lives of hundreds of millions of people for the better...
Unexpected excess of neutrinos might be explained by invisible neutrino decay....
And the less competition, the higher the price hikes....
After a 25-year search, archaeologists say they've identified the wreck....
Aerojet no longer seems on track to deliver "flight-ready" hardware next year....
Fake news isn't making us wilfully ignorant. Our survey suggests that people are better informed and more discerning than we give them credit for...
Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft has released its two small MINERVA-II rovers on to the surface of the asteroid Ryugu, and the pair have sent back some amazing images...
Mathematician Michael Atiyah has presented his claimed proof of one of the most famous unsolved problems in maths, but others remain cautiously sceptical...
Nuclear got a boost in several states as coal was retired....
Several factors work against this oddly popular idea....
Similar mechanism might be used to make cosmetics and paints with more vivid hues....
It may be possible to restore damaged parts of the Great Barrier Reef by electrically stimulating coral fragments grown on underwater metal frames...
As promised, here is the second half of a big haul of new books and ARCs at the Scalzi Compound this week. Some excellent choices here — do you see anything in particular you like? Tell us in the comments!...
The new claims are a blow for the theory – but the ongoing saga of a fiendish 500-page proof could expose fundamental flaws in the way mathematicians work...
Adversarial images that trick computers into seeing what isn’t there are a big problem for AI – but mimicking human perception might provide a fix...

Summer 2018 Catch Up

Sep21
Bear McCreary Blog
2018 has blasted by in a flash! The last few months have been a whirlwind, and I realize I’ve fallen a bit behind with my blog. With this update, I plan on catching up on a few of the … Continue reading →...

Which Actor Confessed a Secret Ambition?

Sep19
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
RihannaBen StillerSean Connery and Honor BlackmanName the actor behind the most famous secret agent of all who once confessed to a secret ambition: a film role in Star Trek but who which of these four was it?1. Ben Stiller2. Sean Connery3. Rihanna 4. Daniel CraigLive Long and Prosper ...

The Choice Engine

Sep13
Mindhacks
A project I’ve been working on a for a long time has just launched: The Choice Engine is an interactive essay about the psychology, neuroscience and philosophy of free will. To begin, reply START — ChoiceEngine (@ChoiceEngine) September 10, 2018 By talking to the @ChoiceEngine twitter-bot you can navigate an essay about choice, complexity and … Continue reading "The Choice Engine"...
‘Star Trek’s William Shatner and Sonequa Martin-Green accept Governors Award. Present were all Six Star Trek Series actors to receive the Emmy.Bill Nye introduced Alex Kurtzman (EP, Discovery), Levar Burton (The Next Generation), Linda Park (Enterprise), Jeri Ryan (Voyager), Walter Koenig (the original Star Trek), and Terry Farrell (Deep Space Nine) while the new and old guard were there to accept the trophy: Discovery‘s Sonequa Martin-Green and the original scallywag himself Captain Kirk, William Shatner was there to set Nichelle Nichols (TOS UHURA) heart on fire.Heres what they said.William Shatner: "after 52 years everyone who has been involved in Star Trek is grateful. The original Captain says that Star Trek is a phenomenon and “represents an idea that is greater than all its parts.” “I accept this award for all of the artists who have worked to make this show a success,” he said.Walter Koenig “It resonates because we were talking about topical issues a... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/7PJ7HLmN6L4/william-shatner-and-sonequa-martin.html...

Remembering Beth Krakower

Sep11
Bear McCreary Blog
As posted to my Facebook and Instagram accounts 9/6/18: What can I say about Beth Krakower that hasn’t already been shared by the massive outpouring of love and grief I’ve witnessed from our shared community? Beth and I worked closely together for fifteen … Continue reading →...
If you want to make a difference as a scientist, you need to make sure that people understand the importance of your work. Conferences give you one opportunity to explain what you’ve found out. I sometimes wonder if the value of attending conferences is sufficiently appreciated. You can save time getting an overview over your […]...
This thread is the bimonthly open thread for discussion of climate solutions. A good starting point might be this clear description from Glen Peters on the feasibility of staying below 2ºC. Please stick to substantive points and refrain from attacking other commenters (as opposed to their ideas). The open thread for climate science issues is […]...
This month’s open thread on climate science topics. We are well into Arctic melt season (so keep track of Neven’s Arctic Sea Ice blog for more info). Another link is the NY Times Daily podcast on the interesting-yet-flawed NYTimes Magazine “Losing Earth” piece (which is useful if you didn’t get around to finishing the written […]...