Transport Tech 

It’s No Miracle Everyone Escaped That Fiery Dubai Plane Crash

Once the smoke had cleared from the runway at Dubai International Airport, you could see the wreckage of what you’d assume was an unsurvivable crash. The fuselage of the Boeing 777 was burnt and twisted. The entire top of the plane’s body melted away, down to the level of the windows, and what was visible of the interior was charred beyond recognition. How could anyone have escaped? Yet every one of the 300 people on board got out safely after the jet landed hard and caught fire Tuesday morning. (One…

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Other Tech 

Gest glove has gesture control on hand

There have been numerous attempts over the years to break the decades-long stranglehold the keyboard and mouse have had on the human-to-computer interface by providing some semblance of Minority Report-like gesture control. Apotact Labs recently joined the fray with a four-finger glove-like design called Gest that allows you to control your computer and your mobile devices with your hands. Gest is described as a digital toolkit that consists of two components: a gesture controller that slips onto your hand, and an SDK that allows anyone to build new applications for the…

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New diagnostic instrument sees deeper into the ear

A new device developed by researchers at MIT and a physician at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center could greatly improve doctors’ ability to accurately diagnose ear infections. That could drastically reduce the estimated 2 million cases per year in the United States where such infections are incorrectly diagnosed and unnecessary antibiotics are prescribed. Such overprescriptions are considered a major cause of antibiotic resistance.   The new device, whose design is still being refined by the team, is expected ultimately to look and function very much like existing otoscopes, the devices most…

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Other Tech 

MIT COMPLETES VIRUS-BUILT NANOMACHINE BATTERY

When we watch science fiction, deep in our heart many of us believe that’s how it will remain, a fiction. But few refuse to believe that and turn science fiction into reality. Angela Belcher and her team of bioengineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)belong to the second category. They have turned virus-built battery into a reality. Their efforts have not yielded instant result. They have been working on this theory for the past five years. They were concentrating their efforts on a virus known as M13 bacteriophage that are…

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We hereby announce Tech Innovation Today’s Spring 2019 Technology Essay Contest!

We hereby announce Tech Innovation Today’s Spring 2019 Technology Essay Contest! Technological innovation is occurring at a pace faster than ever before. We awake to news of some breakthrough medical technology or success in next-generation computers or smartphones. Massive advances in the transport sector is giving us a clearer glimpse into what the future holds. It is simply awe-inspiring to witness the reusable rocket booster by SpaceX land safely back on earth on a tiny platform floating on the ocean. And each month we are greeted by the discovery of…

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IT 

Computers in your clothes? A milestone for wearable electronics

Researchers who are working to develop wearable electronics have reached a milestone: They are able to embroider circuits into fabric with 0.1 mm precision — the perfect size to integrate electronic components such as sensors and computer memory devices into clothing. With this advance, the Ohio State University researchers have taken the next step toward the design of functional textiles — clothes that gather, store, or transmit digital information. With further development, the technology could lead to shirts that act as antennas for your smart phone or tablet, workout clothes…

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Transport Tech 

Next stop, the future: New York subway set for train and station upgrades

Life for commuters on New York’s subway system is set to get a little more comfortable, with the announcement that both its trains and stations are set for a revamp. The new subway cars will boast bigger doors for easier access, more standing space, Wi-Fi and USB charging ports. The updates to the trains and stations are part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) US$27 billion, five-year Capital Program to renew and expand its network and follow the installation of On The Go! touchscreen information kiosks. In total, 1,025 new subway…

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Transport Tech 

The Brilliant Sorcery of England’s 7-Circle Magic Roundabout

I am from a different land—a different time, maybe—where the car people resist the circling. No circles at all costs, they say. Straight ahead is the way forward. But in this place, across the sea, the cars circle in all directions, within and without each other, a tango of mystery. This place is Swindon, they tell me. It is in south England, a land recently torn asunder. They call this swirl of movement the “magic roundabout”. But how does such sorcery work? The roundabout in its common form is already…

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IT 

Fastest home internet access ever rolls out in US city

Some residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, received a holiday gift this December – the fastest home internet speed available just about anywhere in the world. US Internet, based in the Minneapolis suburb of Minnetonka, announced this week that it has begun rolling out 10 gigabit per second internet access, ten times faster than Google Fiber‘s much-publicized gigabit connections, and similarplanned networks in the UK. It’s also much faster than typical speeds in South Korea, often cited as having the fastest average connections in the world. The company says that compared to the…

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Other Tech 

Redbox is getting back into streaming and downloads

Redbox’s ill-fated attempt to take on Netflix and Hulu shut down in 2014, but Variety reports that it’s ready to try again. From the ashes of Redbox Instant rises Redbox Digital, which ditches the subscription element entirely in favor of all-video on-demand all the time. It’s focused on the rental and purchase experience, although for now only invited users can try it out. The app is already live on iTunes, and the screenshots show off the possibility of downloading or streaming videos, and support for Google’s Cast feature. The only problem with video on-demand is that…

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