Innovation

First 3D Colour X-Ray Using CERN Tech

Technology developed at CERN by New Zealand father and son scientists Professors Phil and Anthony butler called the Medipix3 has been used to produce the world's first 3D colour X-Ray. The Medipix is a chip used in the Large Hadron Collider for particle imaging and detection and has been refined by the scientists over the past 20 years. Their company MARS Bioimaging Ltd is now commercialising a 3D scanner using the technology.

MIT Cheetah 3

MIT have released another video of humans being mean to robots their Cheetah 3 quadruped robot navigating a range of obstacles blind (without image sensors), including running up debris filled stairs (haha, take that Daleks!) and enduring being poked with a big stick while running and minding it's own business!  

Blink-182 Vs Saddam Hussein

Apparently, Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 came up with a plan to triangulate Saddam Hussein's hiding position in Iraq in the early 2000s, by broadcasting an inaudible timecode from trucks driving around Iraq in the hope the codes would make it into one of Saddam's video messages. Somehow, Mark managed to brief a U.S. Navy admiral on the plan, while aboard an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf!

Spectral Invisibility Cloak

Researchers have demonstrated a new cloaking technique that is effective within broadband light illumination. The technique selectively transfers energy from certain colours of the light wave to other colours. In the example image above, green light energy reflected when light passes through the object is redirected to other parts of the spectrum, effectively cancelling out the colours reflected from an object, making it invisible to the observer.  

Facebook Cancels Aquilla

In 2014, Facebook launched a high altitiude platform station (HAPS) project called Aquilla, aimed at developing a high altitute glider drone that can transmit internet to remote areas.In a recent blog post, Facebook confirms that they are no longer developing Aquilla but will contine to work with partners like Airbus on HAPS connectivity in general.

Book Review: Elon Musk - Ashlee Vance

I just finished reading Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future by Ashlee Vance. It's an easy to read biography/commentary of Elon Musk's business successes and how his life and experiences account or attribute to them. It's very interesting to read the blow by blow accounts of the many many ups and downs of all of Musk's companies and Vance does a good job of trying to get multiple views on any incident by interviewing as many people involved as possible.

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