Post Tagged with: "technology"

The first letter that was found. Image: Mike Moffatt

Mystery Unfolding At Western University

There’s a terrific mystery in the library at the University of Western Ontario.

But it’s not a novel. It’s a trail of mysterious notes that have been left in the books in the university’s Weldon Library.

Mike Moffatt is an assistant professor of Business and Economics at Western.

On March 9 he took an economics book off the shelf and was surprised when an envelope fell out of its pages.

by · March 26, 2014 · News
Flappy Bird May Fly Again

Flappy Bird May Fly Again

Video game designer Dong Nguyen created a popular game App called Flappy Bird.

by · March 20, 2014 · News
Atom diagram. Image: Fastfission

Scientists One Step Closer To Harnessing Energy From “Nuclear Fusion”

A group of scientists in the United States has come one step closer to harnessing a source of energy that would be clean, safe and nearly unlimited.

The scientists, who work at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, are trying to find a way to generate energy efficiently using a process called nuclear fusion.

by · March 19, 2014 · News, Science
Tony Hawk “Hoverboard” Video A Hoax

Tony Hawk “Hoverboard” Video A Hoax

Sometimes, things on the Internet seem too good to be true.

That’s when people may start to challenge them, asking questions to figure out what’s real and what’s made up.

That is what happened when a video showing people riding a “hoverboard” recently went viral.

The video was posted on a website by a “company” called HUVr Tech.

by · March 6, 2014 · News, Technology
Mark Zuckerberg. Image: TechCrunch

Facebook Founder Wants Internet For Everyone

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, recently told the Mobile World Congress Conference that he wants to give five billion more people around the world access to the Internet.

by · March 2, 2014 · News, Technology
Image: John Valley

Oldest Thing On Earth Is A 4.4-Billion-Year-Old Gem

Scientists have found the oldest known piece of our planet.

A blue zircon crystal, found on a sheep ranch in Australia, is about 4.4 billion years old.

The gem is about twice the width of a human hair.

by · February 26, 2014 · News, Science
Inventor, Shubham Banarjee.

Boy Invents Cheaper Braille Printer Using Lego

A 12-year-old boy has invented a Braille printer that costs about $1,650 less than the ones that are available today.

Shubham Banerjee is in grade seven in Santa Clara, California.

He used a Lego Mindstorms kit and added five dollars’ worth of parts he bought at a hardware store to create what he calls a Braigo.

His Braigo costs about $349 to make.

by · February 25, 2014 · Kids, News, Technology
A prototype (model) of the Ubislate tablet. Image: psubhashish

$40 Tablet Comes To Canada And The U.S.

Many people use tablet computers, like the Apple iPad or the Samsung Galaxy.

The small, flat computers, which you operate by swiping their surface with your fingers, are very expensive. They can cost as much as $800.

But one company, Datawind, says they have a tablet that sells for just $40.

Datawind’s tablet is called Ubislate, and it is already widely used in India.

Datawind has just launched Ubislate (pronounced oo-bee-slate) in Canada and the U.S. There is a lot of interest as well as debate over whether it offers enough speed, screen clarity and features.

Ubislate can’t do everything the expensive tablets do, but Toronto Star technology reporter Raju Mudhar used the tablet for a few days and said that what it does, it does well.

by · January 20, 2014 · News, Technology
The Amazon Prime Air Drone. Image: Chris Demorro

Amazon Testing “Octocopters” For Half-Hour Delivery Times (But Not Anytime Soon)

Lots of people buy books and products from Amazon, an online seller.

They order and pay over the Internet and the books are shipped through the mail or a delivery service like FedEx.

One day, people could get their Amazon deliveries from an “unmanned aerial vehicle” — a tiny flying vehicle that looks like a toy helicopter.

And instead of waiting days to get the parcel, it could be at the buyer’s home in half an hour or less.

The company is working on a fleet of tiny vehicles they call “Prime Air.”

The vehicles are also known as “octocopters.”

by · December 3, 2013 · Lighter, News
An artist's rendering of the MAVEN orbiting Mars. Image: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

MAVEN Spacecraft Takes Off For Mars

This week, a “robotic explorer” left Earth on its way to Mars.

It should get there next September. Mars is more than 700 million kilometres away.

The explorer is going to Mars to try to solve some of the planet’s mysteries.

For instance, why is Mars now a cold, dry planet when it started out warm and wet?

The Associated Press reports that “the early Martian atmosphere was thick enough to hold water and possibly support microbial life.”

Scientists at NASA want to know what happened to change that.

by · November 20, 2013 · News, Science, Technology