Neural Networks Could Make Automated Oilrigs a Reality

Offshore Drilling Rig

Geologists are constantly searching for new sources of energy, but offshore drilling remains controversial. Environmentally sensitive areas can be damaged by oil spills, and water supplies are easily poisoned. Researchers feel that a majority of oil spills are caused by human error. Read More →

Show Some Love for the Data Glove

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Data Gloves (or wired gloves or cybergloves), as the name implies, are computer input devices that are worn on the hand like a glove. They utilize motion trackers to translate finger manipulations into electrical signals. In the near future, this technology might revolutionize the way that disabled people are able to access computer resources. Read More →

The Potential of 3D Printing in Science Research

It seems that 3D printing is all the rage these days so I thought I’d examine this exciting technology a little more in-depth to find out what all the hubbub is about. While the technology itself isn’t new, the fact that equipment and materials pricing is dramatically coming down in the space is the difference right now. In future years, I predict we will all have 3D printers sitting on our desks. I would love to have one of these to make models of planets and other celestial bodies…ahhh one day. Read More →

Radio Astronomy Equipment

Low noise RF filters have already changed radio astronomy quite a bit. However, they’ve usually been based around regular commercial, multi-stage receiver technology. Radio devices have progressed a great deal, especially considering the fact that the transistor has made them so much smaller. Custom designed components would have a number of benefits as well.

This isn’t to say that countless custom designs aren’t in service already. RF devices have simply developed along a certain path. This has allowed discoveries found in one scientific field to be used in many others. While this sort of system is beneficial, it has also forced many researchers to prefer developing components that could be used for countless applications.

Adventurous experimenters might want to try their hand at radio astronomy. They might feel they have nothing to lose. Taking a few proper safety and legal precautions are a must in the field. Some technology is not supposed to be used without a license, especially if it can transmit a signal. Reception of certain signals also might be unlawful. So be careful!

Nevertheless, home experimenters have pushed the boundaries of science in many ways. Hobbyists don’t have to worry about research grants or political motives. That means they might be the ones discovering quasars in the near future.

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Navigation on the Brain

Before GPS and cellular devices gave drivers directions, Long Range Navigation (LORAN) beacons helped sailors and pilots to find their way during their travels. Powerful radio pulses emanate from radio transmitter sites. Skilled operators are able to determine latitude and longitude if they’ve received at least three different beacons. Signals from close transmitters arrive earlier than those from far away sites, because radio energy constantly travels at the speed of light. Read More →

If I Only Had a Flying Car

As I was sitting in rush hour traffic this morning and wishing that I were back home in bed with my pups, I started thinking how great it would be if I could just push a button on my dashboard and zip off into the sky leaving all those less fortunate commuters behind on the road below. Of course reality soon set in and I realized I was one of those less fortunate commuters myself. Oh how I wish I had a flying car. Read More →

Marketers Reading Your Mind [Video]

Researchers in New York have shown that measuring human brain waves could help marketers develop more effective advertising campaigns. The team monitored brain wave activity in volunteers to determine what types of film scenes elicited universal responses. They say their data shows that the method could be far more effective than conventional market research techniques. Thoughts?

 

Technocapitalism and Architecture of the Future

True technocapitalism is a far way off because of the prejudice of modern man. Nonetheless, humanity will be in a much better position to reach the next developmental level once people are able to move past judgmental behaviors. Much has been written about how people treat others, and this is certainly important. The issue of this post involves how they view construction, however. Read More →

Could ‘Advanced’ Dinosaurs Rule Other Planets?

New scientific research (referenced below) raises the possibility that advanced versions of T. rex and other dinosaurs — monstrous creatures with the intelligence and cunning of humans — may be the life forms that evolved on other planets in the universe. “We would be better off not meeting them,” concludes the study, which appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Read More →

Science Teachers – Enter to Win a STEMIE!

McGraw-Hill Education today launched the Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Innovative Educator Awards, to recognize and reward teachers who are finding innovative ways to reach today’s students. The awards, known as the STEMIEs, will acknowledge teachers who are pioneering effective techniques to engage their students in science, technology, engineering or math – fields of study critical to our nation’s economic growth. McGraw-Hill will award $25,000 in cash and prizes to the winners of the contest.

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