Tag Archives: Technology

Magic goop scoop

[Video Link] The age old problem of picking up a blob of liquid without altering its shape has been solved! Details about the technology are not available on Furukawa Kikou’s website (perhaps because the patent is pending), but the tool appears to incorporate a conveyor belt design. According to the company, the magic goop scoop… Read More »

Canadian Tories’ campaign pledge: We will spy on the Internet

Michael Geist has timely analysis of the Canadian Conservative party’s campaign promise to pass a massive “crime and justice” bill within 100 days, if re-elected. The bill — which has never been debated or had hearings or public consultation — includes massive, extrajudicial bulk surveillance over Canadians’ use of the Internet. More important than process… Read More »

Robots inspired by nature: the “DelFly” bionic robot (photo)

Engineering school students look at the DelFly bionic robot during a demonstration at the International Workshop on Bio-Inspired Robots in Nantes April 7, 2011. Some 200 bio-robot technicians from 17 countries participate in the three-day event to show the latest developments in robots inspired from the animal world. (REUTERS/Stephane Mahe) The DelFly micro is only… Read More »

Software pioneer and ENIAC programmer Jean Bartik dies at 86

The New York Times has published an obituary for Jean Jennings Bartik, “one of the first computer programmers and a pioneering forerunner in a technology that came to be known as software.” She died on March 23 at a nursing home in Poughkeepsie, NY, at age 86. She was the last surviving member of the… Read More »

YouTube rolling out streaming web video service to more partners

Mashable: “YouTube has been dabbling with live streaming across a variety of sectors in recent years — from concerts to Q&As; with U.S. President Barack Obama — and now the video-sharing site is ramping up those efforts by expanding its live streaming efforts and opening them up to select partners.” (via Nick DeMartino)

US government shutdown could mean Space Shuttle launch delay

Here’s one odd effect a government shutdown would have: NASA would likely have to scrub the launch of space shuttle Endeavour’s STS-134 mission, currently scheduled for April 29. If Republicans and Democrats cannot agree to budget terms by midnight tonight, Washington will effectively run out of money and the government will close. If that happens,… Read More »

Worldreader: ebooks for kids in the developing world

I’ve recently lent my support to Worldreader, an innovative nonprofit program that distributes ebook readers to children in the developing world and then exposes them to a large library of donated texts from writers from across the world, as well as newspapers and other materials. I was delighted to give them access to all my… Read More »

Fake-make: counterfeit handmade objects from big manufacturers

Make Magazine has started to publish my old “Make Free” columns online; today, they’ve posted “Untouched By Human Hands,” in which I speculate about whether (and when) big manufacturing companies will start to produce fake “hand-made” objects, and what makers might do in response. Will the 21st-century equivalent of an offshore call-center worker who insists… Read More »

Marketplace for hijacked computers

Brian Krebs went browsing in an underground proxy marketplace, where criminals rent time on hijacked computers to other criminals who want to use the compromised machines as launching-grounds for untraceable networked attacks. Krebs traced down some of the people whose computers were up for rent and let them know that they were being bought and… Read More »

Mars Science Laboratory + Curiosity Rover: Interview with NASA JPL’s Ashwin Vasavada

Video link: An artist’s animation of how MSL and Curiosity Rover will land on Mars. Courtesy NASA JPL. This week, Boing Boing visited NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a peek inside the clean room where NASA’s next Mars rover, Curiosity, and other components of the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft (MSL) have been built for launch… Read More »