As the release of the Apple Watch draws near, Apple continues to update the product page on its website with additional details and information on its first smartwatch. Just over a week ago Apple offered new information to developers in the form of WatchKit, focusing on tidbits like the device’s system font and screen resolution. Now there are three new … Continue reading
It’s not unheard of these days for delivered packages to go missing, especially when so many people are buying potentially valuable gifts online. The delivery service drives up, leaves a box at your front door when no one answers, and someone nearby with ill intentions and a chance opportunity snatches the item and runs off. One man in Texas recently … Continue reading
The ability of biomolecules—and entire organisms—to survive space has implications for a number of scientific questions: whether molecules from space could have seeded life on Earth, or whether life could spread among the inner planets following impacts. It also has practical implications, in that it dictates how careful we need to be in sterilizing hardware we send to other planets.
Chance gave some biologists access to a rocket, and they figured out a way to answer one of the questions. While prepping a sounding rocket for an experiment that briefly lofted some of their samples to space, they decided to put some DNA on the rocket’s exterior. And when it returned to Earth 780 seconds later, they were able to recover the DNA and put it to use.
Sounding rockets are typically used for payloads that only have to be put into space briefly. In this case, the researchers were putting cells into the payload of a VSB-30, a two-stage, solid-fueled rocket manufactured in Brazil. While doing so, they decided it would be interesting to see what happened to samples outside of the protection of the payload. So they obtained some DNA called a plasmid that carried two genes: one that provides antibiotic resistance to bacteria, and a second that encodes a green fluorescent protein.
Croll, a member of Twitter’s UI framework team, throws a set of mathematical and string manipulation assignments at the imagined literary codesmiths, and renders their responses in script that reflects, for good or ill, their unique personalities.
Web/Chrome: Misdirection via URL shortener may not be as common as it once was, but you still find people posting Goo.gl, fb.me or bit.ly links in comment threads and on social networks claiming it’s one thing when it’s really another — or, worse, malware. Unshort.me gives you a tool to see where you’re really going before you click.
More than one in 10 children are diagnosed with eczema, a chronic skin condition that causes patches of dry, itchy and inflamed skin. Experts recommend less frequent baths and daily moisturising to keep eczema at bay.
When you’re redecorating, avoid the common mistake of buying all of your furniture and accessories at once. Instead, spread your purchases out over the following weeks or months. It’s easier on your cashflow, and it gives you more time refine your vision for your home.
Selfie-taking South Koreans have one-upped the rest of the world with the rapid popularity of “selfie-sticks,” or low-tech solutions to improving self-portraits taken with our high-tech phones while in public. But now the country is getting ready to crack down on the tools, even making them illegal. For becoming public nuisances? For being used as weapons? No, it’s simply because … Continue reading
Sit down, look at a digital menu, and in less than 3 seconds, the tablet knows exactly what toppings you’re craving on your pizza at that moment. It may sound impossible, but restaurant chain Pizza Hut is already testing it, thanks to eye-tracking technology from Sweden’s Tobii. Dubbed the “Subconscious Menu,” it looks like a normal tablet computer with a … Continue reading