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Researchers Discovered Worrying Vulnerability In Fingerprint Sensor

So, you think mobile phone fingerprint sensor is secured? Well, think again. In a join research by NYU Tandon School of Engineering and Michigan State University, researchers discovered that there are similarities in partial fingerprints which may be enough to trick the biometric security systems on smartphones into unlocking the devices. You may think this is an irrational fear, but not if you knew that most mobile phones of today uses partial fingerprints, not full fingerprints, to identify the authorized users and so, yikes it certainly is. Continue reading Researchers Discovered Worrying Vulnerability In Fingerprint Sensor

DHL’s Third Parcelcopter Is Tilt-rotor, Docks At Special Packstations

Remember the DHL Parcelcopter 2.0? Yeah. That drone that was trialled for delivery of medicine to Island of Juist in 2014. Well, as it turns out. DHL has made a lot of headway into autonomous delivery since then. In early 2016, DHL has already trialling the third iteration of the Parcelcopter, the Parcelcopter 3.0, but instead of over waters, it now flies within the mountainous region of Reit Im Winkl and it was quadcopter no more. Parcelcopter 3.0, as you can see in the image above, is a tilt rotor VTOL drone much like the V-22 Osprey. Continue reading DHL’s Third Parcelcopter Is Tilt-rotor, Docks At Special Packstations

Thanks To A Frozen Ancient Carcass, Mammoth Could Walk The Earth Again

We are well aware of how all Jurassic Park movies ended: crazy amount of deaths and destructions, and if anything, we learned that dinosaurs in modern day where helpless homo sapiens roam freely equals to bad news. But of course, those fictional scenarios won’t deter researchers from Harvard University from trying to play god. And if you are thinking: “god no, they are going to recreate dinosaurs from a fossilized mosquito?” Well, the good news is, there’s no mosquito to draw DNA from, but yes, they are indeed recreating an extinct prehistoric creature. Continue reading Thanks To A Frozen Ancient Carcass, Mammoth Could Walk The Earth Again

DIY Laser Experiment Sends Music To Sound System At 1,450 Feet Away

First we have wireless audio transmission over radio, then Bluetooth and WiFi came along to address our need for short range wire-free transmission. So, what’s next? Well, how does laser audio transmission sounds to you? Impossible? Not quite and as proven by brothers Armand and Victor. Not did the duo demonstrated that laser can be a medium to send music (or to eavesdrop), but it can do so over quite a lengthy distance. So how far are we talking about? 1,450 feet or 442 meters, and over the roof of several houses, and through a treetop before landing Continue reading DIY Laser Experiment Sends Music To Sound System At 1,450 Feet Away

Googly-Eyed Squid Is So Cute That It Could Be Mistaken For A Pokémon

Before you hop on a boat on a trip to the coast of California armed with your Pokémon Go, you have to know that this “googly-eyed stubby squid” is not a rare Pokémon monster. I know, it does look like one and if it was, I wouldn’t want to imagine what it will evolved into. Anywho, this seafloor dwelling cephalopod was spotted off the coast of California at a depth of 2,950 feet (900 meters) by E/V Nautilus during one of its exploration trip. This magnificent and strangely alluring creature was caught on video which also captured the reaction of researchers and scientists who excitedly discuss about whether it was an octopus or a squid and how those eyes look kinda fake (in a cute way, of course). There was even mention that it looks like a kid’s toy. Continue reading Googly-Eyed Squid Is So Cute That It Could Be Mistaken For A Pokémon

Holy Molly, Mysterious Greenland Shark Can Lived Up To 512 Years!?

When we think longevity in creatures that roam the Earth, we often perceive tortoise as the animal that is widely known to live up to 200 years or more, or some folks who lived up in the mountains who managed a little over a century. However, little do we know that the real champion of longevity is a creature with a close jurassic lineage and dwells in the deep of the Arctic seas. The creature in question is the undisputed king of carnivore of the sea, sharks, or more specifically, the Greenland shark. This largely unheard and under studied marine vertebrate lives in the cold northern waters and can grow up to over 16 feet long (approximately 4.9 meters). Continue reading Holy Molly, Mysterious Greenland Shark Can Lived Up To 512 Years!?

Newly Discovered Ants Named After Game Of Thrones Dragons

Sometimes, research papers can be overly monotonous owning to their excruciating detailed analysis and reporting. That’s exactly how we feel whenever we read materials of such, but this one paper by Eli M. Samat, Georg Fischer and Evan P. Economo on the discovery of some new species of ants, entitled Inordinate Spinescence: Taxonomic Revision and Microtomography of the Pheidole cervicornis Species Group, managed to get our attention. While quite-a-mouthful, the paper’s title didn’t quite draw us to it; it was a report that points out that the researchers actually named two newly discovered species of ants after Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons from George R.R. Martin’s novel A Song of Ice and Fire, which was the basis of HBO series Game Of Thrones. Continue reading Newly Discovered Ants Named After Game Of Thrones Dragons

Research Lab Develops Electric Fork That Adds Salty Tang To Salt-free Meals

It is well documented that over intake of salt is one of the main culprits of high blood pressure. According to Blood Pressure UK, “eating salt raises the amount of sodium in your bloodstream and wrecks the delicate balance, reducing the ability of your kidneys to remove the water.” Our body reacts by introducing more water to get rid of the excess salt, which for some people, may lead to a rise in blood pressure. While we know the downside of salt, we can’t do without them. The key here is moderation, but what if a person has reached the point that he or she should not be consuming salt at all? Well, it looks like help is here – thanks to a special fork known as “Electro Fork” developed by Rekimoto Lab at the University of Tokyo. Continue reading Research Lab Develops Electric Fork That Adds Salty Tang To Salt-free Meals

Belgian Engineering Graduate Developed a Drone That Might One Day Save Your Life

It is good to know that there are folks out there who are thinking about other uses of drones for purposes other than sniffing out threat, delivering beer, pizza or other frivolous products. Late last month, we ran a news about DHL’s pilot program to deliver medication using a specially designed drone to Island of Juist in Germany, and today we stumble yet another aspiring development: the Ambulance Drone. The brainchild of Dutch-based Belgian engineering graduate Alec Momont, this six-rotor “ambulance” is not an ambulance per se, instead, it an autonomous flying defibrillator that could reach out to heart attack victims within life-saving minutes. Continue reading Belgian Engineering Graduate Developed a Drone That Might One Day Save Your Life

DHL Parcelcopter Made First Autonomous Delivery Flight, Delivered Emergency Medication to Island of Juist

while folks like Amazon and Google are still laying out plans to make drone delivery a reality, Deutsche Post DHL very own delivery drone had successfully made its first autonomous delivery flight to the Island of Juist, located at the Lower Saxon Wadden Sea, delivering emergency medication. the drone, aptly called Parcelcopter 2.0, has secured approval from the relevant authorities and ministries to operate in a restricted flight area and will commence the research runs starting September 26, plying the 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) route from the passenger port of Norddeich to a designated launch/landing pad on the Island of Juist. after which, DHL local courier service will take the parcel for the rest of the way. Continue reading DHL Parcelcopter Made First Autonomous Delivery Flight, Delivered Emergency Medication to Island of Juist