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Tag: Research

Insanely Hydrophobic Metal Makes Water Drops Bounce Right Off

Insanely Hydrophobic Metal Makes Water Drops Bounce Right Off
We all want gadgets that are able to survive the occasional splash or spill without shorting out and turning into useless bricks. A group of researchers at the University of Rochester have created a new metal that they have dubbed “superhydrophobic.”

Programmable Materials Move without Electronic or Mechanical Parts

Programmable Materials Move without Electronic or Mechanical Parts
A few years ago we saw a custom fabricated material with embedded actuators and magnets, which enable it to autonomously fold into a predetermined shape when subjected to electricity. MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab is working on creating carbon fiber, wood, textiles and other materials that can also change their shape on their own, but without any electromechanical parts involved.
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Study Claims the Avatar You Use for Gaming May Affect Your Real World Behavior

Study Claims the Avatar You Use for Gaming May Affect Your Real World Behavior
A very strange new study has been published by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that tries to link the behavior of gamers in the real world to the avatars they use on gaming services.

Dogs Prefer to Poop in Alignment with the Earth’s Magnetic Field

Dogs Prefer to Poop in Alignment with the Earth’s Magnetic Field
I’ve mentioned my daughter’s little pup Buttercup before. I’ve long suspected that Buttercup is an asshole for various reasons, not the least of which is the fact that she will only poop when someone is outside with her.

Researchers Find Message in a Bottle Tucked Away in Arctic Since 1959

Researchers Find Message in a Bottle Tucked Away in Arctic Since 1959
Being more of a tropical person, I’m not the sort you would catch exploring the Arctic wilds. However, there are a number of researchers out there that do spend time doing sciencey stuff in the Arctic.

Researchers Find Massive Lost Japanese WWII Submarine Near Hawaii

Researchers Find Massive Lost Japanese WWII Submarine Near Hawaii
There is nothing cool about war in the real world, but I am a fan of movies and stories about what went on during WWII. I’ve seen more than a few movies that show submarines used in WWII.

Disney Research Generates Electricity Inside Sheets of Paper

Disney Research Generates Electricity Inside Sheets of Paper
When you think of Disney, most typically think of animated movies and theme parks, but Disney also has a research arm that looks into all sorts of future technology. Researchers at Disney have created an interesting and very cheap power generator that uses pieces of paper.

Researchers Create Headphones Using Carbon Nanotubes

Researchers Create Headphones Using Carbon Nanotubes
There are huge number of headphones available on the market today running the gamut from dirt cheap to incredibly expensive. There are headphones aimed at everyone from users who don’t really care what the music sounds like all the way up to audiophiles who will pay huge money to hear every little nuance in their favorite tracks.

Study Says Eating Bacon Will Make You Live Longer… Sorta.

Study Says Eating Bacon Will Make You Live Longer… Sorta.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, bacon is proof God loves us. Crispity, crunchity bacon is easily my favorite food. The problem is a lot of people want you to believe bacon is bad for you.

Stanford Calming Tech Center Wants to Keep Technology from Stressing Us out

Stanford Calming Tech Center Wants to Keep Technology from Stressing Us out
One thing that I’ve personally experienced from living the always-connected 21st century lifestyle – your gadgets can stress you out. Whether it’s the pressure that you constantly need to check email, or that your boss might text you at three in the morning, it’s become almost impossible to distance yourself from the stressors of work and life if you’re carrying a smartphone.

This Robot Will Beat You at Air Hockey

This Robot Will Beat You at Air Hockey
If you fancy yourself a good air hockey player, this robot may have a thing or two to teach you. It comes from Japanese researchers at Chiba University’s Namiki Lab. It is pretty good at competing against human players because the robot changes its strategy based on its human opponent’s playing style.

Robot Octopus Hits the Water: Doc Ock Junior

Robot Octopus Hits the Water: Doc Ock Junior
I don’t know about you, but I hate swimming in the sea. Why should I risk getting eaten by a shark or strangled by an Octopus when I can be safe on land? Now there is another reason to fear the sea.

“Near-mythical” Viking Navigational Aid Discovered in Ancient Shipwreck

“Near-mythical” Viking Navigational Aid Discovered in Ancient Shipwreck
A debate has raged among historians and archaeologists for decades over how the Vikings were able to navigate their ships. There have been some reports in ancient literature of a navigational aid used by Vikings called a “glowing sunstone.”

Civil War Confederate Submarine May Have Sunk Itself

Civil War Confederate Submarine May Have Sunk Itself
During the Civil War, the Confederate Army launched what has been dubbed the world’s first successful attack submarine. The submarine was called the H.L. Hunley and successfully sank the USS Housatonic in February of 1864. Shortly after the submarine signaled a successful mission, it disappeared never to be seen again.

DARPA Wants Electronics That Melt into the Environment on Command

DARPA Wants Electronics That Melt into the Environment on Command
DARPA is looking for input from companies in the electronics industry, researchers, and other interested parties on technology that sounds like something out of a Mission Impossible movie. No, they don’t want exploding sunglasses or anything like that.

Guy Builds Wind Tunnel-Cooled Computer to Help Cure Cancer

Guy Builds Wind Tunnel-Cooled Computer to Help Cure Cancer
I’ve had problems with computers and video game systems overheating over the years, so I’m all for good cooling systems. And while some computer modders have solved the problem by adding more cooling fans and heat sinks, I think this build might just be a bit more than most of us need.
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