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  • Self-Guided Bullet Can Hit Targets a Mile Away
    By on January 31, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    New submitter jpwilliams writes “Gizmag reports that researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have tested a 10-centimeter bullet that can be fired from a smooth-bore rifle to hit a laser-marked target one mile away. The bullet ‘includes an optical sensor in the nose to detect a laser beam on a target. The sensor sends information to guidance and control electronics that use an algorithm in an eight-bit central processing unit to command (more…)

  • Retail Chains To Strike Back Against Online Vendors
    By on January 30, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Hugh Pickens writes “Marissa Taylor says the retail chains’ worst nightmare are consumers who come in to take a look at merchandise in-store, but use smartphone apps to shop for cheaper prices online. But now stores like low-end retail chain Target plan to fight ‘showrooming’ by scaling up their business models and asking vendors to create Target-exclusive products that can’t be found online. ‘The bottom line is that the more commoditized (more…)

  • MIT Media Lab Rolls Out Folding Car
    By on January 25, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    kkleiner writes “You think European cars are small now, wait till the Hiriko takes to the roads in Spain’s northern Basque country. The two-seater is about the size of a SmartCar, but when parked, the car can actually fold. After folding the car takes up about a third of a normal parking space. The Hiriko, Basque for ‘urban car,’ folds as the rear of the car slides underneath its chassis. Every square foot counts.”

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  • DoD Using Plant DNA To Combat Counterfeit Parts
    By on January 20, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    smitty777 writes “Highlighting another unique way to use cutting edge DNA technology, the U.S. Department of Defense has a new weapon in its efforts to combat counterfeit parts: plant DNA. This article at Wired discusses how plant DNA can be used to make an almost unique code (1 in 1 trillion) for parts identification. A graphic shows some of the ways this could be done: bolts with DNA-marked coating, invisible bar codes, and fluorescing (more…)

  • Sweden Experiments With Public Twitter Takeover
    By on January 15, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    revealingheart writes “BBC reports that Sweden is allowing one citizen per week to take control of its official Twitter feed, in what’s been described as ‘the world’s most democratic Twitter experiment.’ Adam Arnesson, a 21-year-old organic sheep farmer, is said to be the biggest star of the project so far, uploading photos and videos of life on his family’s farm; while a female minister in the Church of Sweden and a Bosnian immigrant (more…)

  • Raspberry Pi Has Gone To Manufacturing
    By on January 10, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    alecclews writes “After weeks of waiting, the Raspberry Pi foundation, who are creating a $25 computer to bootstrap computing education, has flipped the switch on manufacturing. They had wanted to build the board in the UK but it turns out to be uneconomic.”

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  • Controlled Quantum Levitation Used To Build Wipeout Track
    By on January 5, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    First time accepted submitter gentryx writes “Researchers at the Japan Institute of Science and Technology have build a miniature Wipeout track (YouTube video) using high temperature superconductors and quantum levitation. Right now this is fundamental research, but in the future large scale transportation systems could be build with technology akin to this. I have a different vision: let Nintendo sell this as an accessory for the Wii (more…)