As if the flu weren’t terrifying enough, French researchers have discovered the largest viruses to date. A pair of giant viruses discovered in underwater sediment samples measure 1,000 times bigger than the common flu virus.
Jean-Michel Claverie, who coauthored the paper that announced this discovery, told NPR the pandoviruses could have “emerged from a new ancestral cellular type that no longer exists—possibly from Mars.
"If, say, Apple’s Siri understood how you were feeling in addition to what you were saying, it could pull up not just a playlist, but rather a playlist that matched your mood. Politicians could use the technology to practice enhancing qualities such as leadership in their voices while giving speeches. People with Asperger’s syndrome, who often have communication difficulties, could use it to understand verbal cues that extend beyond literal words. It could even help air traffic controllers identify when pilots were under stress."
According to a newly published scholarly study of 160,000 tweets, it’s actually fairly easy to tell the difference between a Twitter account controlled by one person, a corporate or celebrity account with multiple users, and a fully automated spambot. The difference is not in what they tweet. It’s in when they tweet.
Planetary Resources, the innovative, bold company with plans to strip-mine asteroids for their valuable resources, has revealed it will use advanced 3-D printing techniques to produce its line of Arkyd space telescopes.
And NASA just successfully test-fired a rocket engine that uses a 3-D printed injector component. The advantage of 3-D printing this part is the speed and precision of the process, which NASA notes would otherwise have required a year of careful machining to make. It doesn’t hurt that it also cost 70% less to produce…
Their study found 1,000 different types of bacteria on ocean plastic samples, including plants, algae, autotrophs, and predators. They warn that plastic is also serving as a new kind of transportation for potentially harmful bacteria looking to hitch a ride across the ocean.
Makey Makey is a little circuit board that comes with a set of alligator clips. You can attach them to anything even mildly conductive (a body part, a glass of water, alphabet noodles, paper clips, Play Dough, or fruit for example) and use that thing to control your computer as though you were hitting the keyboard or moving the mouse.
Turn a bunch of bananas into a piano. Turn your friends into a synthesizer. Turn a trampoline into a slideshow controller. Turn your hand into a game glove. The possibilities are endless.