The Google X labs are at it again. But instead of trying to engineer flying generators or spread WiFi with a balloon, the clandestine research center is developing contact lenses that measure blood-sugar levels in the wearer's tears. This could get rid of the invasive process that most diabetics endure which involves drawing their own blood to be read by an electronic reader in order to keep track of their glucose levels.
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According to a report just released by The Guardian, the National Security Agency has been collecting and storing 200 million text messages a day - at random, according to leaked documents - in the hopes of tracking down undesireables.
Unless you've been living under a rock - a rock without wi-fi - you know that wearable technology is the Next Big Thing. From rings to running shoes to the fabrics in our clothes, we'll soon carry around a host of gadgets that record our lives, monitor our health, and, of course, pester us with coupons from every coffee shop we pass.
Welcome to the drone age! Six US states are now testing drones for the FAA, and there are new developments in unmanned aerial vehicle technology daily. Here's a round-up of the week's best drone news, designed to capture the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of flying robots.
Jonathan Wyatt is less of a nuisance these days, his wife Diana told the BBC. Wyatt was the first volunteer to receive an experimental new gene therapy for a condition he has, choroideremia, that has slowly robbed him of his vision since he was 19. Two years after he received his treatment, he's able to read three more lines on the optometrist's chart.
Averaged nationally, 2013 was a comparatively calm weather and climate year in the United States. There were fewer than 900 tornados, the least since 1989. The number of North Atlantic hurricanes was below average. Temperatures were only 0.3 degrees above those of the 20th century average, tying with 1980 for 37th warmest year in 119 years of record-keeping, and two to three degrees cooler than 2012, the hottest year on record.
The Pocket Drone is a tiny, tiny drone that can quickly collapse and be concealed, but is also strong enough to carry a high-quality camera. What might people use this for? Oh, you know, recreation. Filming footage of bike rides or aerial shots of birthday parties. Not spying. Ha! Definitely not spying.
For over a century, airplane wings have used flaps to alter their shape for better flight performance: extending to generate more climb during takeoff, tilting to stall and generate more breaking power during landings, and staying neutral during normal flight. Yet flaps, as discrete parts, are imperfect, letting air through gaps or catching more air than necessary during flight, and leading to inefficiencies, which in turn lead to higher fuel costs.
Ken Sullivan has applied for a one-way trip to Mars, and, good news, he's made it past the first round of Mars One applicants! Hooray! Surely nothing could stand in his way.
Out on a routine reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Marine Staff Sergeant James Sides reached out his right hand to grab the bomb. It was the ordnance disposal tech’s fifth deployment overseas, and his second to Afghanistan. But this time, July 15, 2012, the improvised explosive device detonated. Sides was blinded in his left eye and lost his right arm below the elbow.