Technology

Fun facts about tech covering the sum of techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation.

xenobot

Xenobots; ‘the first form of artificial life’

Scientists at the University of Vermont have developed the first form of artificial life. ‘Xenobots’ are made from frog stem cells and are preprogrammed to perform simple tasks. “These are novel living machines, they’re neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. It’s a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism.” Joshua …

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a.i. chef

From strawberry curry to chocolate Burrito, IBM’s A.I. chef finds unusual combinations that work

IBM has developed an Artificial Intelligence Chef. It’s called Watson and it uses algorithms to come up with new recipes. It has already suggested such wonders as the Austrian Chocolate Burrito, Strawberry Curry and Baltic Apple pie with a layer of pork. Known as ‘cognitive cooking’ Watson uses machine learning to analyse huge amounts of …

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meteorite

The first iron tools were made from meteorites

For years scientists and historians have been puzzled by mysterious iron artefacts found thousands of years before the Iron Age. Albert Jambon (French Museum of Natural History) discovered that the artefacts were in fact made from meteors. For decades historians have been puzzled by iron beads dating from 5000 years ago were discovered in Gerzeh …

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missile

Russians have developed a missile 27 times faster than the speed of sound

In December 2019 Russia announced it has developed a new hypersonic IBM ddelivery system that they claim can fly 27 times faster than the speed of sound (20,716mph). Avangard is designed to penetrate US defences and is said by Russian officials to be “invulnerable to any missile defence system” (although US experts dispute the claims). …

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christmas lights

It would take 2,638 Christmas lights for your house to be seen from space

Students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester have calculated how many LED Christmas lights it would take to make your house visible from space. Given that the luminosity of a single LED is 4 lumens it would take 2,638 LED Christmas lights in order for your house to be …

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channel tunnel construction

A boring machine the length of two football pitches is still under the Channel Tunnel

Named one of the ‘Seven wonders of the modern world’ the ‘Chunnel’ is the one of the longest train tunnels in the world, stretching 31 miles to connect the British Isles with the continent of Europe. The French and the English dug from each side and met in the middle. When the British finished building …

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