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West coast rap legend Tupac Shakur made a ghostly re-appearance on the stage at the weed and ecstasy throbbing Coachella night in 2012, where he stunned the roaring crowd saying ‘What up Coachella?”. The shirtless Tupac Hologram that was beamed onto the stage was created by digitally piecing together using an old parlor trick, most commonly used by stage illusionists “pepper’s ghost” which dates back to the 16th century. A Canadian startup, H+ Technologies, is banking on this antediluvian fancy reflection technique to present a tiny,...
The grandeur of mankind’s ambitious plans of space travel and settlement has us reaching for the outer planets. A month ago, the White House earmarked over $17.7 billion for unmanned space missions that might answer the existential question about life beyond Earth. This comes two years after the U.S. National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Review put out its 10-year recommendation for NASA’s planetary exploration program. The report had ranked exploration of Jupiter’s icy Moon Europa as the highest-priority mission. From...
Recently, Congress gave the green light to a bill that will most likely make it legal for US companies to mine asteroids for minerals, in spite of the fact that it could be a breach of an international treaty that the U.S. had written years ago. As stated in the bill, Space Resource Exploration and Utilization Act of 2015, "any asteroid resources obtained in outer space are the property of the entity that obtained such resources, which shall be entitled to all property rights thereto." The bill is explicitly contrived to protect the ...
In April 2015, a prototype known as FINDER, NASA’s long-range heartbeat detector was used to find and save four men under ten feet of rubble in Nepal. A month later, an improved version of the detector was tested by Virginia Task Force one. NASA is banking on hopes of using the technology in outer space and in hospital emergency rooms on the planet. The technology behind the detector has been around for quite some time. It relies on microwave radar signals to detect motion by analyzing the resulting patterns that arise when signals...
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), a research company committed to building the revolutionary Hyperloop transit system, inspired by Elon Musk’s idea of making people travel in high-speed tubes, has secured a target launch date of 2016 to build a working full-scale demo version of the Hyperloop. It has signed a deal to build a five mile facility in New Central, California, which is a model town that was envisioned to be a 150,000-resident solar-powered city. The Hyperloop facility will be developed by a local developer Qwa...
Bionics is a brilliant synthesis of poles apart branches of science that explores the interplay between electronics, human psychology and robotics. Intrinsically, it is one of the latest branches of science. Modern editions of popular dictionaries explain the word ‘bionic’ as a fictional character with artificial body parts; beings that are capable of doing things that average humans cannot do. The science of bionics has been around since the 1990s and has evolved exceptionally over the last decade. Bionics is said to be a futurist...
Following the successful landing of Rosetta mission’s Philae on a comet in November, a UK-based team is now tinkering its way to capitalize on a resuscitated space exploration plan. Lunar Missions Ltd. recently conducted the launch of its own crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter with the hopes of raising funds to land a robotic probe that will bury a time capsule on the lunar south polar. The campaign has already pulled in more than $313,000 and has reached one third of its goal of the savvy budget in just 24 hours. The mission isn...
What is the first thing that comes to my mind when I want to curse somebody? May your CAPTCHAs always and forever be an unreadable mess! The best of CAPTCHAs make you question your humanity, and of bots! The sole reason why you have to fill them out is to prevent automated logins by bots. But with progress in machine learning and image recognition, computer vision has eventually reached a point where it may turn out to be quite useful to us. Flickr, photo/video hosting site recently launched Park or Bird. The single-page web app wa...
The world is rapidly changing and mega-cities are now evolving into vast mega-regions. By 2050, over 70 percent of the world’s population will be urban dwellers. This means that people are going to need world-class transportation, energy and housing. Unless, we want our kids to live in a city that is as smog-choked as China is, transportation will have to be emission free. Taiwanese start-up Gogoro, founded by former HTC Chief Innovation Officer Luke Horace, wants to provide products that will change the way people use energy in hu...
As more and more coastal cities face growing challenges ranging from rising sea levels to population density problems, more and more urban planners are switching to building unconventional means as a solution. A Japanese company recently flashed in headlines for coming up with a very novel proposal – building underwater cities - cities of the future! A futuristic concept for a self-sufficient city, The Ocean Spiral, has been designed to float amidst the eeriness of the sea and uses the ocean to run infrastructure that could support...