Tech update

Big Bendy Screens, Chatterbox Robots, and TV in the Cloud

February 15, 2017

Welcome, dear friends, to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that’s distracted itself from the shellshock of the election just long enough to cast a beady eye over the latest gadget announcements. Spied from inside the comfort of a warm blanket this time around are a curved monitor, a robot with Alexa integration, and a […]

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AMD Reveals Radeon FreeSync 2: Here’s What You Need to Know

January 4, 2017

One of the longest running bugbears of PC gaming is screen tearing — ever so often you’ll notice that when in motion, visuals on screen appear torn or distorted, even with the best possible PC. Screen tearing happens when the PC’s graphics card pushes out frames either faster or slower than the monitor can refresh […]

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Nasa Sees Record Number of Astronaut Applications

February 21, 2016

Nasa has received a record 18,300 resumes from people keen on becoming astronauts, the US space agency said Friday. The number of applications for a spot in Nasa’s 2017 class is almost triple the amount that came in during the last recruitment call for the 2012 class. And it shatters the previous record of 8,000 […]

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Gravitational Waves: LIGO India Could Be Operational by 2023-End

February 21, 2016

With the Indian government giving in-principle approval for establishing a state-of-the-art LIGO interferometer in the country, a top US scientist has said it is “technically feasible” for the project to be operational by the end of 2023. “It is technically feasible for LIGO-India to go online by the end of 2023,” said Fred Raab, head […]

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Smart Skin May Transform Medicine, Robotics

February 21, 2016

Using items found in a typical household, researchers have created multi-sensor artificial skin that is capable of sensing pressure, temperature, humidity, proximity, pH and air flow. The artificial skin can respond to external stimuli and could have important applications in medicine and robotics. The flexible, paper-based skin is layered onto a post-it note, with paper, […]

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Pluto’s Largest Moon Likely Fractured by Sub-Surface Ocean: Nasa

February 20, 2016

Images from the New Horizon space probe suggest that Pluto’s moon Charon once had a sub-surface ocean that has since frozen and expanded, causing the surface to stretch and fracture, Nasa said Friday. Charon’s surface was photographed by the New Horizons’s Lorri (Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager) camera as the spacecraft flew past the moon in July […]

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Star System With Longest-Lasting Stellar Eclipse Discovered

February 20, 2016

Scientists have discovered a new star system where every 69 years the bigger star disappears in a near-total eclipse that lasts for three and a half years, setting a record for the longest duration stellar eclipse and the longest period between eclipses in a binary system. The newly-discovered system, known only by its astronomical catalogue […]

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Nasa’s WFIRST Telescope to Unravel Secrets of Dark Energy, Dark Matter

February 19, 2016

In a fresh attempt to unlock the secrets of the universe, Nasa has announced to build a new, wider telescope that will have a view 100 times bigger than that of Hubble Space Telescope. Called the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), it will help researchers unravel the secrets of dark energy and dark matter […]

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Russia Plans Return to Mars, Moon Despite Money Woes

February 19, 2016

Visitors are rare these days to the museum of Russia’s Space Research Institute in Moscow even though it holds gems like the model of the Soviet Lunokhod, the first ever space rover to land on the Moon, in 1970. While the Cold War space race fired such cutting-edge projects, Russia’s planetary exploration has stalled for […]

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Virgin Galactic to Roll Out New Space Tourism Rocket Plane

February 19, 2016

Virgin Galactic will roll out a new version of its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket Friday as it prepares to return to flight testing for the first time since a 2014 accident destroyed the original, killed one of its pilots and set back the nascent industry. The space line founded by Sir Richard Branson will unveil […]

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