The holiday’s over, and the interwebs are starting to wake up from their Christmas/New Years stupor. On with the linkage!
- It really sucks to be a dictator these days. Well, at least compared to a century ago. It’s still a pretty plush lifestyle, but what with the internet, the stress of staying in power keeps going up. I guess that’s why Belarus’ head honcho has passed a law banning Belarusians from visiting foreign internet websites.
- Here’s an answer to those articles saying that people are experiencing more hearing loss thanks to headphones: how about using bone conductance to skip the eardrums and go straight to the inner ear?
- A Missouri judge just ruled that police don’t need a warrant to track your car’s GPS signal.
- The geek in me is smiling with glee right now. A company has found yet another way to use 3D printing to produce something tangible out of a game – in this case, the blocky adventure/builder game, Minecraft. I don’t play it myself, but I approve of this development nonetheless.
- A lovely example of how to solve a problem of politics and physical reality via the internet: Chicago gets lots of snow; people claim that the snow-plow’s routes are politically motivated; so, keep track of the snow-plow’s location in real-time using GPS software, and post it on the web for all to see. Problem solved (for now, at least).
- I think that the best way to describe this article is to quote the first paragraph: “Tasers that elicit excruciating spasms in one person at a time? Foam pellets that send an entire crowd fleeing in agony? Pfft. So 2011. Where non-lethal weapons are concerned, the future’s all about sonic microwaves that can make swimmers puke mid-stroke, and aircraft with laser beams that can redirect an entire enemy plane mid-flight.”
- Here’s a short bit on the Afghanistan base that the RQ-170 the US lost in Iran probably came from.
- This is one of the reasons why the US is a leader in spaceflight – we can occasionally pull success from the jaws of failure. In this case, Wired.com wrote up a summary of how the Air Force rescued a satellite which had had an engine failure on its way to a stable orbit. Good stuff.
- Hmmmm, this is interesting. Could we be seeing microbe-powered rovers on Titan or some other space rock?
- For all of you who are interested in Titan, here’s a concept for exploring it: use an airplane.
- How do you detect a malaria infection when you’re out in the field? Use a smartphone.y
- In some mice, at least, a shot of young stem cells made them live for up to three times as long as expected. This is far too good to be true in humans, but it’s definitely interesting.
- Well, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise: Lufthansa has said that it will pass the costs imposed by the EU’s aviation emissions tax on to its customers. Um, duh?
- Russia’s oil production continues to go up,passing Saudi Arabia’s.
- Bioengineering at it’s finest: Using viruses to tweak the properties of carbon nanotubes in thin-film solar cells, boosting their efficiency by up to 30%.
- And here’s more on thin-film solar manufacturing.
- With regards to producing spider silk for commercial use: “territorialism and cannibalism preclude spider farming as a viable manufacturing approach.” So scientists have been inserting spidersilk genes into various other animals. Goats and bacteria haven’t produced much actual silk fiber, so they’ve started to turn to silkworms. Results are iffy so far, but they seem to be getting there.