- NASA’s always looking at ways to explore space – the trick is getting a good idea and sufficient funding to pull it off. Space.com’s got an article here about possible “next steps” beyond low Earth orbit.
- Incentives are critical when you’re looking at systems involving humans. Change the incentives, and you can radically change the behavior of people in the system. So what happens when you reward people for doing well, but require that they pass all their rewards to the people that helped them? Suddenly, you have a strong incentive for people to help each other so that they can get rewards from their friends.
- Normally, I try not talk about tablets and phones – I’m not enough of a gadgethead to know the pros and cons of Android over iOS, or iPads over… whatever other tablets that are out there. But! When I see a tablet that’s specifically designed for gaming, that gets my attention (I’m a gamer, if you hadn’t guessed). Considering how much time people spend playing games on their mobile devices, this doesn’t really surprise me.
- As the man in the video says, CES is full of interesting toys, gadgets, and appliances, but what really matters is finding something to drive your pet nuts. Enter the Sphero, a ball that rolls where you direct it, controlled by your iOS device.
- Brace yourself, the ridiculosity in this one is really high: An Iranian has claimed that Iran grabbed that US drone with “advanced space technology” and “field forces” (he meant force fields or tractor beams). George Little, the Pentagon’s spokesman, said “We have no comment on this individual’s claims, but tell him the Secretary would like his lightsaber back.”