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Iris biometric authentication is going mainstream. This type of authentication validates a person’s identity via recognizing the pattern of that person's iris, the ring around the pupil of the eye, which is unique for each individual, much like a fingerprint. Fujitsu has built an iris authentication system into a prototype smartphone. The user's iris gets read instantaneously when he or she looks at the smartphone's screen, enabling the smartphone to be unlocked. A prototype was exhibited ...
There is a wonderful idiom that boxing commentators use to physically compare the pugilists before a bout. It’s called “the tale of the tape.” As the contestants are introduced the ringside announcers provide their body measurements (the “tape”) including height, weight, and reach as well as age. Occasionally, an old time commentator will also offer the measurements of a fighter’s neck, fist and ankle to give the viewer or listener (from the time that fights w ...
Once upon a time—up until the late 1990s, in fact--we were pretty certain we knew one key thing about the expansion of the Universe: that the gravity of celestial objects was certain to slow the expansion as time went on. Then, around 1998, observations of very distant supernovae from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), which were intended to be used by scientists to measure the rate of deceleration, instead showed that long ago the Universe was expanding more slowly than it is today. So not ...
  In developing countermeasures for biological, chemical and radiological warfare you can’t, for obvious reasons, expose humans to nasty germs or high levels of radiation. You don’t want to expose animals to these pathogens either, if you can avoid it.   The same can be said for pharmaceutical research and testing. Until recently, during drug development animal subjects were the only way of obtaining data from inside a living organism (“in vivo”) to predict hu ...
Hi Guys.   I was watching The Conversation starring Gene Hackman a few nights ago and came across a nice exchange between two of the main characters discussing the design of (then) advanced surveillance equipment:   Bernie: That's very nice, Harry. What did you use?   Harry: A three-stage directional microphone. MOSFET amplifier of my own design.     It's always nice when a serious attempt is made by filmmakers to include accurate depictions of technology. It made me ...
Apple CarPlay goes well beyond Bluetooth pairing for playing music or making a hands-free call Maybe you’ve heard this one before. A big, well-known technology company with billions of dollars to spend and a palpable fear of missing out on the “Next Big Thing” decides to venture far from its comfort zone and launches itself--full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes—into a high-risk venture against well-entrenched competitors. No, the proper noun that fills in the b ...

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