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121 Posts authored by: Cabe Atwell
The decision has been in the works for several years now (Photo via Associated Press)   I kind of live for news like this. Recently, scientists voted to change the definition of the kilogram along with the ampere, the Kelvin, and the mole. The decision was made at the General Conference on Weights and Measurements in Versailles, France.   So what exactly does this mean? The measurements will now be based on “fundamental constants of nature,” which are more precise than t ...
The first photo InSight sent of its successful landing; the lens is covered with bits of dust (Photo from NASA)   NASA recently made a major breakthrough in Mars exploration. On Monday (Nov. 26), the NASA InSight mission landed on Mars. Originally launched in May, the InSight spent seven months traveling before sending the official signal to NASA letting them it was still functioning. It even included a picture of the red planet’s surface to show where it landed.   InSight or ...
Project Impossible highlights groundbreaking engineering projects that are solving some of the world’s most pressing issues. The projects featured on the show were once thought to be impossible to achieve. (Photo via The History Channel)   Back in September, the History Channel premiered their latest original show called Project Impossible. Created by Radiant Features, the series looks at engineering projects that were once considered impossible only a few years ago. Each episode tak ...
Over the last several months, there have been some science-based news headlines that have caught my attention just for their topics alone. They strayed from the norm, offered unique insight about a particular topic, or were just straight-up unusual. Others were groundbreaking, or innovative within their respective fields. At any rate, this roundup will highlight those exciting news stories, which at the least, deserve another read-through, or at best, will provide a story you may have missed. & ...
The company will drop $10-million in Closed Loop Fund to increase recycling rates across the US. (Image credit: Amazon)   According to a recent report from Statista, the world is on track to generate nearly 50-tons of e-waste this year alone, and the numbers are expected to rise. You only need to look at the number of mobile devices, computers, IoT devices, monitors, and other electronics we buy and discard every year, and those rising numbers become self-explanatory.   In order to he ...
Don Coleman took his Arduino MKR WAN 1300 (LoRa) project to the Maker Faire and revealed exactly how well the board performs among the elements. (Image via Don Coleman GitHub)   UPDATE before it's posted: I liked the LoRa system so much, I am planning a project built around the tech you'll see soon here on element14. Now, on to the post.     I was able to see LoRa in action at Maker Faire. The following is what I gleamed from the faire.   Arduino’s new MKR WAN 1300 boar ...
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology used epidural electrical stimulation to help those paralyzed regain some of their movement. A man is back on his feet after an electrical implant. (Photo via Swiss Federal Institute)   An amazing new study by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology may be a huge breakthrough for helping those who are paralyzed walk again. In the study, three wheelchair-bound men were able to regain movement after they were implanted ...
(Image credit: Pixabay)   Stephan Hawking shed his mortal coil back in March of this year, but the theoretical physicist’s breakthrough work with black holes, relativity, and quantum mechanics will live on. He published several books about his work throughout the years, including the bestsellers “A Brief History of Time,” and “The Universe in a Nutshell.” His final publication, “Brief Answers to Big Questions” was released a few days ago (Oct. 16), ...
Artist Trevor Paglen is launching his latest work of art in space and is meant to be visible to the naked eye. The sculpture will inflate into an elongated diamond shape. (Photo from Trevor Paglen and Nevada Museum of Art)   It's rare to have high technology come together with high art. This November, one artist has big plans for unveiling his latest work of art. He’s going all the way to space. Artist Trevor Paglen will launch his “Orbital Reflector,” a sculpture made of ...
The $1 billion fund recently revealed seven more startups it will invest in to help solve energy problems. The fund features investments from Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Michael Bloomberg. (Photo from Getty Images)   Some of the biggest and most lucrative names in technology and business are teaming up for a major investment. Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg and more are investing in nine energy startups that aim solve the biggest energy problems via their new $1 billion fund, Bre ...
  You can always expect to see some amazing homemade projects at the Maker Faire. The 9th Annual Maker Faire in NYC did not disappoint. Check out some of my highlights below.   1. Rideable Robot Horse   2. Stellar Star Wars Cosplay (Rey)   3. K-9 Robo-Dog   4. Kermit’s Robotic Lollipop Delivery Service   5. Pit Droid (Star Wars)   6. Totoro   7. Robot Band   8. Blue Bird that Can Read Your Emotions   9. Ta ...
According to this year’s Maker Faire, the future will bring living spaces that actually reflect how we live, smart urban planning, LED-embedded fashion, and so much more. (Image, original)     The 9th Annual Maker Faire took place in The New York Hall of Science in Queens this year. I was one of hundreds of thousands of creatives, tinkerers, and artisans overtook the grounds. The place was electric.   Though the Maker Movement may have started with tinkerers and roboticists ...
LittleBits founder Ayah Bdeir reflected on the road to littleBits with Maker Media founder Dale Dougherty during the 2018 Maker Faire. (Image via Forbes Middle East)     The 2018 Maker Faire held endless surprises for the hundreds of thousands of participants who packed into the New York Hall of Science in Queens last weekend. I was able to visit a handful of different talks and events there.   One of the keynote talks of the weekend was an interview with littleBits Founder a ...
Microsoft recently launched the AI for Humanitarian Action program, which will make their technology available to those working on various humanitarian efforts. The tech giant wants to use its AI technology for good causes. (Image is of the Microsoft Research Lab - asia via Microsoft)   Microsoft’s latest initiative sees them moving beyond high-end gadgets and classroom programs in an effort to give back. The tech giant plan to offer their AI technology to those taking part in humani ...
DARPA launches a new program called Short-Range Independent Microrobotic Platforms (SHIRMP) to develop swarm bots to use in disaster relief efforts. DARPA hopes to employ these tiny guys for their disaster relief programs. (Photo via DARPA)   Tiny robots don’t seem very strong, but when you get a whole pack of them together, they’re stronger than you think. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) knows this and wants to take advantage of swarm bots for their la ...