News: Tech & Science

The science of engineering touch

Sunday  12:00,   20 august 2017
PRI

How do you digitize touch?  You may have played video games where the controller shakes and buzzes, heightening the effect of onscreen crashes. In fact, you can find that digital touch sensation — known as haptic technology — in devices[...]

Clip-on laboratories turning smartphones into medical test units for poor and remote areas

Sunday  08:13,   20 august 2017
ABC News

<p>Developed by Associate Professor Conor Hogan from La Trobe University, it's the simplest phone-based diagnostic test invented to date.</p>Is the water safe to drink? Are your aches and headache something serious? New technology is[...]

VW's electric microbus will become a reality in 2022

Sunday  06:01,   20 august 2017
Engadget

The ID Buzz won't be stuck in concept car limbo.The EV is primarily targeted at China, Europe and North[...]

Solar eclipses: Everything you need to know

Sunday  05:05,   20 august 2017
ABC News

Solar eclipses, when the Moon totally or partially blocks out the Sun, still seem to many people a random and almost magical phenomenon. "Mr Eclipse" explains everything you need to know.Solar eclipses, when the Moon totally or partially[...]

Scientists Think They Have Solved An Important Mystery About Brown Dwarfs

Sunday  04:26,   20 august 2017
Gizmodo Australia

<p>Rice was especially excited about the fact that the data came from extended space missions.</p>An international team of researchers sifted through telescope data to try and understand the mysterious behaviour of brown dwarfs' light[...]

Robotronica: Retro robots return from the '70s

Sunday  04:00,   20 august 2017
ABC News

A retrofitted "Mr Partybot" was a hit in the 1970s and promises to be just as popular when he joins Australia's largest one-day robotics festival, Robotronica, at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) this Sunday. Dating back[...]

eSports gamers targeted for device delivering electric shock to enhance brain performance

Sunday  04:00,   20 august 2017
ABC News

Researchers are developing a computer interface to boost your brain's performance by delivering it an electric shock — and they think eSports gamers will be lining up to get their hands on it. The Perth research group — named HUMM — is[...]

Millions of Americans to gaze upon Monday's once-in-a-lifetime eclipse

Saturday  20:26,   19 august 2017
Reuters

<p>Twilight will fall at midday on Monday, stars will glimmer and birds will roost in an eerie stillness as millions of Americans and visitors witness the first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States from coast to coast in 99[...]

New malware masquerades as a ride-sharing app

Saturday  20:26,   19 august 2017
TechCrunch

An update to the venerable Faketoken.q Android malware has made it easier for the program to steal your credit card information from ride-sharing apps. Faketoken attacks Russian ride-sharing apps by overlaying text boxes on the credit card[...]

Total solar eclipse 2017: 6 bizarre things that will happen

Saturday  15:12,   19 august 2017
CNET

Things get a little weird during an eclipse. Here are six things to look for."A totally eclipsed sun is 10,000 times fainter than one that is 99 percent covered by the moon," Meg Pickett, astrophysicist and a professor of physics at Lawrence[...]

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 might be out as soon as September 15th

Saturday  15:12,   19 august 2017
Engadget

For a while after the Note 7 debacle, the fate of Samsung's supersized phone line was uncertain. It soon became pretty clear, though, that the Korean manufacturer isn't killing the name: Samsung is launching the Galaxy Note 8 on August 23rd,[...]

Star That Survived Supernova Is Flying Through Milky Way

Saturday  11:12,   19 august 2017
International Business Times

This little star might have survived a supernova explosion, but the blast sent it flying through the Milky Way galaxy.A study in the journal Science identified the little star, saying it “is low-mass, is moving quickly and has an unusual[...]

Inspiring The Next Generation Of Australian Scientists

Saturday  09:43,   19 august 2017
Gizmodo Australia

QUT Robotics Professor Michael Milford is aiming to inspire the next generation of scientists, creating "The STEM Storybook" - a collection of 12 picture books covering topics ranging from statistics to robotics. STEM is now considered to[...]

New Study From Google Says Australia Needs To Embrace, Not Fear, Automation

Saturday  09:42,   19 august 2017
Gizmodo Australia

Over the last 15 years, Australians have reduced the amount of time spent on physical and routine tasks at work by two hours each week thanks to automation. Retail workers have spent less time ringing up items and more time helping customers, bank[...]

Here's how much a nuclear weapon costs

Saturday  09:35,   19 august 2017
CNBC

To determine the price of one nuclear weapon, you have to account for the costs of their production, delivery systems and maintenance. "South Korean government analysis has put North Korea's nuclear spending at $1.1 billion to $3.2 billion overall," [...]