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Calling all Owls…….

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The MIT Media Lab and Maine Audobon are working on a project that uses cell phones to help study bird populations and habitat. The Owl Project researchers actually use cell phones placed within the forest to call owls, play owl sounds, and then record the responses. Following the success of a pilot project in Connecticut, […]

Events

‘Lucy’ has her public debut in Houston

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One of the most famous fossil finds in anthropology, ‘Lucy’, made a public debut in Houston, Texas today, as part of an exhibit on the cultural heritage of Ethiopia. A key specimen in the lineage of human evolution, ‘Lucy’ is a 3.2 million year old Australopithecus afarensis, discovered in 1974 in the Afar region of […]

Gadgets

LucidTouch – double-sided touch surface

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Microsoft Research, in partnership with Mitsubishi and the University of Toronto, is developing a double-sided touch screen surface interface for handheld devices. The idea is that the screen will be partly transparent, so you can see your finger as they interact with the back of the screen. That way, the display you’re working with, such […]

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Voyager 1 and 2 30 years and going strong!

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Happy birthday Voyager 2 (and soon Voyager 1)! Thirty years ago, Voyager 2 was launched into space to start what has been an incredibly successful 30 year mission… and that’s just so far. The long range sensor is still moving out from the solar system and broadcasting data. Imagine, a device with less computing power […]

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Epidemiologists Turn to Video Game For Help

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Ars Technica (an excellent tech news site, by the way) has an interesting article concerning epidemiologists turning to the game developer Blizzard for help. Blizzard is the developer and publisher of the wildly successful massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft (WoW for short). So why are epidemiologists so suddenly interested in games? Turns […]