- CES, the big gadget conference in Las Vegas, is going on this week. So far, the most interesting thing there for me is a set of glasses with built-in computers, internet connection, and display screens, which don’t look much different from ordinary sunglasses. There’s also a military HUD version in the works.
- I’ve seen the employee-merit-badge idea pop up before – I wasn’t sure that it would be anything other than a passing microfad, and I’m still not convinced otherwise. But if it continues to pop up, this might prove to be a significant change in what employers are looking for, and what universities train their students in.
- The Scimitar, a flying-wing design for a UAV body, maneuvers entirely by morphing the wing surface – no flaps or joints involved. This means that it’s apparently very easy to fold up (for a drone) – you can cram three of them into a torpedo, for example, for launching from a submarine. Very interesting possibilities.
- SpaceX’s Dragon capsule will be powered by solar panels, the first manned capsule to do so.
- Medical schools are starting to explore new ways of teaching: They’re using 3D models of cadavers to train med students in anatomy.
- A new application of an old medication: A pill that was dubbed the “couch-potato pill” for it’s slimming effects on mice turns out to have potential as a drug to fight off heat stroke.
- If you’re interested in tracking climate change news, a number of articles are citing a study that says that the next ice age – which probably would have started in the next one or two thousand years – will probably be delayed by ten thousand years.
- For any gamers out there: Diablo III is probably coming out in early February. I predict a significant drop in productivity for a week after it’s released.