Archive for the 'Science and Technology' Category

Memory hack breaks laptop encryption

You might think that encrypted data on your laptop is safe from hackers, but you’d be wrong. Imagine this scenario: you’re at a cafĂ© working on your next blockbusting sci-fi novel. You close the lid for a moment to pay the bill and when you return, the laptop has vanished. Oh well, it’s not too […]

Extreme Rollerblade: Buggy-Rollin

Watch this amazing video of Frenchman Jean-Yves Blondeau (nicknamed Rollerman) and his Buggy-Rollin suit. As he hurtles at incredible speed down luge runs and the streets of France, I can’t help thinking that Blondeau is an anime character come to life.

Stephen Wiltshire: artistic savant

Stephen Wiltshire, a young autistic man from London, has the phenomenal ability to accurately reproduce any scene shown to him. In this short film, he’s taken for a 45 minute helicopter trip of Rome, and then asked to draw a 5 1/2 yard (5 m) panoramic view of the city centre. The work takes him […]

Toyota unveils violin-playing robot

Toyota’s latest venture in robotics is an android capable of playing the violin. In the video below, we see this robot playing a few bars from Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance. So, it has a long way to go before matching Yehudi Menuhin, but it’s still a remarkable feat for a “baby” robot. The robot stands […]

So just what is a decibel (dB)? Probably not what you think.

Ask yourself this question: what exactly does a decibel measure? If you’re thinking “loudness of sound”, then you’re on the right track, but there’s more to it. Any quantity can be measured on a decibel scale, but decibels are most useful when they describe an underlying quantity that varies over a vast range. Let’s take […]

Mind-controlled games become a reality, despite concern from scientists

Imagine a future where you control computer games using only the power of your mind. That future is not so far off, thanks to the efforts of Emotiv Systems and NeuroSky, two companies taking the medical technology of EEG and transforming it into a platform for mind-controlled gaming. However, some experts are wary that this […]