Category Archives: SCIENCE

AI Helps Google To Turn Low-res Images Into More Visualizable Images

Tech staff: “Sir, I think may have our suspect on security cam.
Detective: “Good! Pull it up.
Detective: “Can’t see his face. Zoom it up, son.
Tech staff: “Alright, zooming in.
Detective: “There! He is the guy we are after!
If the above scenario sounds familiar, it is because similar scenario has been on countless TV shows and Hollywood movies, and both you and I know it ain’t true. This scenario only exists in a perfect world, which for the record, ours isn’t it. All those zoom-in-and-still-clear-as-day resolution images depicted in TV shows and movies are nothing more than a tech fantasy. Continue reading AI Helps Google To Turn Low-res Images Into More Visualizable Images

With This Type Of New Range Ammo, Your Gun Will Be A Lot Cleaner

The only time you see red small caliber projectile is probably on a tracer round (and even that aren’t entirely red/orange red), but the gloss red you see here is on every single projectile and no, these are no tracers, neither is the red for some vain, asesthetic purpose. The gloss red bullet is a new tech projectile called Synthetic Jacket Technology, or Syntech in short, developed by Federal Premium Ammunition/American Eagle. Four years in the making and over a million rounds expended, this glossy red projectile may look like like a lipstick lopped off its case, but it is no less deadly than any gunpowder-powered projectiles. So why does it look so much like plastic? Continue reading With This Type Of New Range Ammo, Your Gun Will Be A Lot Cleaner

Bat Bot B2 Robotic Bat: The Future of Drones Is Not Exclusive To Rotors

Remember the time when we said ‘the next time you spot a seagull, it could be a robot’? Also, remember the brilliant robotic kangaroo that moves like its biological counterpart? Those are just two examples of biomimicry and there are sure not the last of them. Speaking of which, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in collaboration with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has developed a robot drone that mimics bat flight. The robot, dubbed Bat Bot B2 is part of a research project aim to investigate safer and more efficient flying robots and what’s better look to a complex and yet efficient flying creature like a bat as inspiration? Continue reading Bat Bot B2 Robotic Bat: The Future of Drones Is Not Exclusive To Rotors

‘Leaked’ Boston Dynamics Video Shows New Nightmare-certified Robot

In an unspecified presentation recently, Boston Dynamics presented the various robots they had in their arsenal. Among the familiar robots like the robotic dog SpotMini, was something new to us. A robotic creation that we have never seen before. This never-been-seen robot, named Handle, was showed in an apparent ‘leaked’ video which appears to be a video recording of the said presentation (an internal thing, I guess?). We investigated a little, hitting up both Boston Dynamics’ website and YouTube channel, but we find no information on this new robot. Continue reading ‘Leaked’ Boston Dynamics Video Shows New Nightmare-certified Robot

Top Tech Gadgets For Engineering Students

It seems as though students in the online masters engineering program are always trying to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and gadgets. Some tech gadgets can obviously be used to help you in your future career, maybe with your studies, or are just plain fun. With that in mind we’ve put together a list of the top tech gadgets for online master of engineering students to check out. Continue reading Top Tech Gadgets For Engineering Students

Unlike The Little Mermaid, This Goldfish Sacrifice Nothing To ‘Walk’ On Land

In the famous Danish fairytale, the Little Mermaid had to sacrifice her tongue, the ability to speak, and excruciating pain whenever she walk with her new-found legs in order to roam the land of the mortals, but in modern day, littler Walter, a pet goldfish, didn’t have to make bad dealings with the evil Sea Witch to roam where mortals roam – all thanks to a robot built by a group of friends for Build 18 at Carnegie Mellon University. Entitled “Just Keep Swimming,” this project saw the team design and built a driving base for a regular fish tank which enables its lone resident (in this case, Walter) to move around on solid ground like we and many animals do. Continue reading Unlike The Little Mermaid, This Goldfish Sacrifice Nothing To ‘Walk’ On Land

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