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Chisel allows small computational errors to be made, in the name of saving power (Image: S...

You may have heard the expression, "Work smarter, not harder." When applied to humans, it means (partially) that we should do our best work on the tasks that are the most important, instead of wasting time and effort by going all out on every task. Well, that principle is now also being applied to computers. Using MIT's new Chisel system, computers are saving power by delegating less-critical tasks to less-dependable lower-energy hardware. This means mistakes may be made on those tasks, but that's OK.  Read More

The One's Sound Array evenly disperses distortion-free omnidirectional sound throughout a ...

October has been a pretty good month for streaming music lovers. Bang & Olufsen and Bowers & Wilkins have finally joined the Bluetooth speaker party, and Toronto's Mass Fidelity is proving that you don't have to be a big player to be a crowd pleaser. The folks over at Archt Audio are also hoping to make a memorable entry into the wireless speaker market with a sonic warhead known as the One. This wireless audio system features a proprietary speaker technology called the Sound Array that ensures every corner of the room gets bathed in consistent quality sound.  Read More

The TrakBelt360 allows pouches and tool holsters to be rotated around it, while the belt i... If you're perched on a ladder or are dangling in a harness, then twisting around to grab something from the back of your tool belt can be rather challenging. That's why New York firefighter/photographer Chris Landano created the TrakBelt360. It's a tool belt that lets you rotate pouches or tool holsters all the way around it, so that the item you need ends up right at the front.  Read More

The insoles use vibrations to help their wearers detect tactile stimuli in the soles of th...

Falls are the leading cause of death by injury amongst seniors, and those falls are in turn typically caused by poor balance or an irregular gait. Taking things back yet another step, problems with balance and gait are often caused by diminished sensation in the feet. Now, however, a new study indicates that subtly-buzzing insoles may help seniors regain some of that lost sensation, and thus be less likely to fall down.  Read More

SapceShipTwo has crashed during a test flight

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed today during a test flight over the Mojave Desert in California. The spaceplane, which is designed to carry passengers into space on a suborbital trajectory, was lost after suffering a "serious anomaly."  Read More

The white solar panel provides architects with more flexibility in using solar power syste...

Solar panels are seen as a way of making buildings greener and more sustainable, as well as making them less dependent on the grid for power. The problem is that the blue/black panels stick out like sore thumbs and end up exiled to rooftops. With the goal of making solar panels aesthetically invisible, the Swiss private, nonprofit technology company CSEM has developed what it bills as the world's first white solar modules – designed to blend into buildings instead of sitting on the roof.  Read More

The proposals are designed to support NASA's deep space missions, such as that which Orion...

NASA is preparing to launch its Orion spacecraft in December and its Space Launch System (SLS) is scheduled to fly by 2018. However, impressive as this is, more is needed if buyer's regret isn't to set in. To avoid this, the space agency is asking for proposals to develop new technologies to send astronauts to the asteroids and Mars using "sustainable, evolvable, multi-use space capabilities."  Read More

Yale astronomers discover exoplanet with wildly inconsistent orbital period (Image: Shutte...

Yale astronomers have discovered a low-mass, low-density exoplanet orbiting a distant star whose orbit boasts some fascinating and extreme characteristics. The yearly period of the exoplanet, known as PH3c, varies enormously from one orbit to another, and so eclectic are these orbits that it was undetectable by conventional exoplanet hunting techniques that rely on a periodic dip in the light of the parent star.  Read More

A method of controlling first-person computer game characters has been tested for use with...

Anyone who's played a first-person shooter will be familiar with using the direction that a character is looking to also control the direction they move. The concept is known as "free look control." Firefighters in Pisa, Italy, have been testing this method for operating emergency response robots.  Read More

The Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 are scheduled to arrive first in China this November In recent months, Samsung has placed a stronger emphasis on premium build materials for its smartphones. The Galaxy A3 and A5 continue that trend, being the first full metal handsets we’ve seen from the company. However, neither device is flagship smartphone material, with mid-range specs across the board.  Read More

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