Category Archives: SCIENCE

Thanks To Genetic Modification, Arctic Apples Will Not Turn Brown

There are a bunch of inconveniences in life that we learnt to put up with and seeing in horror a cut or bitten apple turning brown is one of them, but that won’t be the case with Arctic Apples because the outfit has succeeded in genetically modifiying apple to put a stop to browning. Before you throw your hands up in disrepair about how a lovely fruit had turned into a processed fruit, you have to know two things: first, it is not processed fruit and second, it is completely harmless to human. You see, what enables the browning in apples is when a thing called polyphenolics oxidase, or PPO, found in one part of cell of an apple mixes with polyphenolics in another cell. Continue reading Thanks To Genetic Modification, Arctic Apples Will Not Turn Brown

Honda In-Vehicle Payment May Make Gas Station Stores Very Worried

As we are accustomed to the routine of paying for parking and fuel as we normally would, Honda, together with Visa, Gilbarco and IPS Group, has been working to make that experience a lot more easier. Not that the current way of doing things is any more difficult, but if it could more streamlined (read: more convenient), then why not? Developed by Honda Developer Studio (HDS), this fuel and parking proof-of-concept allows you, the driver, to pay for both parking and gas via a touchscreen monitor right inside the vehicle. Interestingly but also not surprisingly, smartphone integration is also on the menu, but more on that later. Continue reading Honda In-Vehicle Payment May Make Gas Station Stores Very Worried

South Korean Company Unveiled World’s First Drivable Biped Robot

For decades, the idea of man piloting a robot has captivated mankind’s imagination. This dream has gave birth to many sci-fi products, including MechWarrior, Robotech, and more recently, Pacific Rim and while this dream has been many decades old, it is only until of late that we are seeing becoming a reality by the way of the Suidobashi Heavy Industry’s Kurata and America’s MegaBot Mark II. Despite the aforementioned being in flesh, they were hardly complete; they lack lower limbs to qualify them as a real robot, but that changes this week, when Hankook Mirae Technology unveiled the company’s first prototype piloted biped robot, dubbed Method-2. Continue reading South Korean Company Unveiled World’s First Drivable Biped Robot

A Kilometer Long Solar Road Opens In France For A Two-year Trial

What you see here is the “world’s first photovoltaic road,” installed in a small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche in Normandy, France. Stretching a good kilometer (0.6 mile), this 2,800 square meter (30,139 square foot) electricity-generating solar road will be put through a two-year test to see if it is able to supply the electricity necessary to power the street lighting of Tourouvre-au-Perche. So, yeah, it is kind of in it test phase, though it is worthy to note that prior to this real-road test, similar panels was tested at four carparks in France. So, this would be the next phase of testing and a very costly one, costing a cool $5.2 million. Continue reading A Kilometer Long Solar Road Opens In France For A Two-year Trial

Startup Develops A Plaster-like Patch That Indicates Alcohol Consumption

According to CDC, nearly 10,000 people were killed in 2014 in alcohol-impaired driving crashes and despite of the many PSAs, strict policing, the numbers aren’t getting any lower today. The key to reducing or even eliminating fatalities due to drink driving is responsible drinking. However, responsible drinking requires one to be informed. Though one may argue that if a person is stupid drunk, he or she may not even be capable of discerning the fact that he/she is drunk, but that’s besides the point. The point is, if there’s a more effective and easy way to stay inform of a person alcohol level, then it could make a huge difference between life and death. Continue reading Startup Develops A Plaster-like Patch That Indicates Alcohol Consumption

Brilliant Shock Absorbing Road Barrier Aims To Reduce Road Fatality

Road barriers serve to prevent vehicles from crossing to opposing road, going off-road, or worst, leaping off a cliff, and road barriers has, so far, prove its worthiness but not without fatalities. You see, today’s road barriers are made of metal and while metal is strong, its quality is also a potential death trap. How so? As Newton’s third law states, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, and therefore, if a vehicle is hurdling towards a solid road barriers at speed, the vehicle assumes the full impact of the reaction force which could be fatal to the occupants. Continue reading Brilliant Shock Absorbing Road Barrier Aims To Reduce Road Fatality

Amber Uncovered In Myanmar Proves That Dinosaurs Indeed Had Feathers

The notion that some dinosaurs may be in fact feathered, or at least partially feathered, was a revelation in the world of palaeontology. So, sorry to disappoint, folks, Jurassic Park and more recently, Jurassic World, ain’t showing the real picture of what dinosaurs might have looked like. In other words, not all dinosaurs were leathery like they were portrayed in movies or current hordes of literatures and a piece of amber, uncovered by palaeontologist Lida Xing in Myanmar last year, is a further prove that dinosaurs (or at least some of them) indeed had feathers. Continue reading Amber Uncovered In Myanmar Proves That Dinosaurs Indeed Had Feathers

Amazon Prime Air Made First Customer Delivery In UK, Did It In Just 13 Mins

After much talk, Amazon Prime Air Delivery finally made its first customer delivery in UK on the December 7, 2017. During this monumental delivery, the autonomous drone, which looks entirely different from the one we saw earlier, embarked on a fully autonomous journey from a nearby fulfilment center to one Richard B. living in Cambridgeshire, England. The aircraft, which has a payload of up to 5 lbs (about 2.3 kilograms), flew at a height of up to 400 feet (122 meters) to make its way to the customer without any form of human intervention. Continue reading Amazon Prime Air Made First Customer Delivery In UK, Did It In Just 13 Mins

New Anti-drone Gun Can Bring Down A Rogue Drone From 1.2 Miles Away

Using electronic means to intercept and safely put an errand drone to the ground is not new, but Sydney-based DroneShield’s sci-fi-ish contraption you see here, aptly called DroneGun, stands out as the first that can do so from up to 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometers) away. The longer reach has obvious benefits and among them is upping the odds of interception since the law enforcer would less likely to alert the intruding pilot who would otherwise make a run for it when he or she detects something is amiss like, you know, a SUV making a huge ding on its arrival. Continue reading New Anti-drone Gun Can Bring Down A Rogue Drone From 1.2 Miles Away

Watch WWI Airplane’s Machine Gun Vs Its Own Propeller In Slow-Mo

Whether or not you already knew why a WWI fighter airplane’s machine gun never strikes its own propeller, this video will leave you completely satisfied. Why? Because, slow-mo. Yes. It is The Slow Mo Guys, the dudes who just can’t stop making slow-motion videos on just about everything imaginable and this time, the duo explores the science of an ingenious invention of WWI. We know it is by the virtue of a meticulously timed synchronized gears that enabled this miraculous feat, but up till now, we have never seen it action in slow-motion. Continue reading Watch WWI Airplane’s Machine Gun Vs Its Own Propeller In Slow-Mo