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The Oatmeal’s crowdfunded efforts help secure Tesla’s Wardencliffe

An Indiegogo fundraiser, arranged and promoted by The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman, has been instrumental in allowing a group called the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (formerly Friends of Science East) to purchase the location of Nikolai Tesla’s Wardencliffe facility. The crowdsourced fundraiser, Operation Let’s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum, hit its target way back in August th...[Read More]

The US Military’s flying saucer declassified, emerges from 1956

Recently declassified images from the American National Archives will probably send conspiracy theorists into a spin. It seems that the US Air Force, back in 1956, was looking to build an actual UFO or flying saucer, right around the time that whole Roswell, New Mexico conspiracy was picking up steam. Concept images for the craft have been located in a document titled ‘Project 1794, Final De...[Read More]

A year without genius of Jobs

A year after the death of Steve Jobs, the enigmatic boss of Apple, that poster child of innovation continues to dominate the headlines. Is Apple a better company with or without Jobs? How does his successor, Tim Cook, compare? Is Apple going to run out of ideas when the projects Jobs was working on are completed? Jobs has been compared to Ford, Edison and Tesla – empire-building men who chan...[Read More]

Researchers develop algorithms that halve lithium-ion battery charge time

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have come up with algorithms that can reduce the time taken to charge a lithium-ion battery, the mainstay of today’s portable devices, by half. Instead of keeping track of voltage and current, the researchers are using an algorithm that “…can estimate what is physically going on inside the lithium-ion battery”. One of th...[Read More]

Toy joy for the big boys

For a few minutes all the adults became children too. It was a four-year-old’s birthday party and, after the blue-interior Spiderman cake, the biggest thrill was a remote-controlled helicopter. While these are generally set to amuse children, the fathers were enthralled – because, unlike most RC gadgets, this one, called an AR.Drone, is controlled by an iPhone.With a camera mounted in ...[Read More]

Aerospace engineers to start experiments on Star Trek-style fusion impulse engines

In a move almost calculated to make Star Trek fans and space travel hopefuls extremely optimistic, the University of Alabama-Huntsville (UAH), NASA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Boeing have revealed that they are experimenting with a fusion impulse rocket engine that will allow for more rapid space travel. The concept impulse engine has been named for the Star Trek equivalent according to UAH...[Read More]

Sharp begins production of HD-LCD phone displays

Sharp has announced that it has started production of 5″ full HD smartphone displays at the company’s plant in Kameyama, Japan. In spite of financial difficulties the company began production of the 5″ 1,920 x 1,080 LCD panels at the end of September and plans to ramp up to full scale production this month. The new displays will feature the highest ppi (pixels per inch) seen in a...[Read More]

Common sense ‘not available’

Logic – there is so little of it in the world today. For instance, Pat Lambie is the best flyhalf in South Africa and he languishes on the bench as a reserve fullback. Heyneke Meyer, who is trying to give me angina, clearly lacks an appreciation of logic. Of course, this is just a fancy way of writing about rugby in a business column – but if Peter Delmar can get away with it without b...[Read More]

DEMO Africa announces 40 finalists for DEMO Africa Conference 2012

DEMO Africa has announced the 40 finalists who will be demonstrating at the first DEMO Africa Conference. DEMO Africa is an initiative that aims to be “… the place where the most innovative companies from African countries come to launch their products and announce to Africa and the world what they have developed.” The 40 finalists for the DEMO Africa Conference were arrived at f...[Read More]

New DDR4 memory standard finalised and published

The JEDEC Solid State Technology Association has published the finalised specification standard for DDR4 memory, opening the door for faster RAM to be adopted by computer hardware manufacturers and, eventually, consumers. New processes are being implemented in the standard that allow for more efficient read, write and data refresh rates by moving information to memory faster than before. Memory bu...[Read More]

Hitachi unveils quartz glass data storage system

Hitachi earlier this week unveiled a new data storage technology that the company claims can survive extreme temperatures and conditions without being damages or degrading. The new tech makes use of quartz glass as a storage medium. Information in binary is added to the slices of glass by etching dots onto the surface which are readable with an optical microscope. The researchers working on the in...[Read More]

Google Street View heads underwater at the Great Barrier Reef

Google has added the first underwater images to Google’s Street View, taking users on a tour of the Great Barrier Reef and other locations around the world including the Philippines and Hawaii. Locations like Apo Island in the Phillipines, Maui’s Molokini crater and Oahu’s Hanauma Bay have been added to the locations that Street View users can visit, thanks to a partnership betwe...[Read More]

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