Posts Tagged:Science

Future astronauts could ‘feel’ alien ground with new space boots

 New technology developed by Draper labs could help astronauts actually feel the ground beneath them. The product in question is a boot, outfitted with sensors and feedback motors that generate tactile response based on what they detect. You may not have worn space boots in the past, but they’re very similar to any standard heavy boot – albeit likely heavier or at least thicker… Read More

Materialize.X is using machine learning to disrupt the $300B engineered wood industry

 What’s the next $300 billion industry to be disrupted by technology? Wood. Specifically, engineered wood. Materialize.X, launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017, has two new products that it thinks will revolutionize the $300 billion-a-year engineered wood market. Read More

Bored With Your Fitbit? These Cancer Researchers Aren’t

Scientists are publishing more studies and enrolling more clinical trials using Fitbit devices than any other wearable fitness tracker out there.

In Physics, Crossing a River Is Just Like Landing a Plane

Crosswind landings follow the same concepts as a classic physics problem.

Cities Turn to Other Cities for Help Fighting Climate Change

If every city with more than 100,000 people stepped up, they could account for 40 percent of the Paris accord’s emissions cuts.

Don’t Blame Pigs for Swine Flu—Species Hopping Is How Viruses Evolve

The discovery that viruses move between species unexpectedly often is rewriting ideas about their evolutionary history—and may have troubling implications for the threat from emerging diseases.

‘World’s Hottest Pepper’ Will Have You Breathing Fire, But It Won’t Kill You

Not all hot peppers are created equal, and few are as unequal as the Dragon’s Breath chili—a new breed that may soon find itself atop the “world’s hottest” throne. Forged by Wales horticulturalist Mike Smith, the red-orange, fingernail-sized fruit is the unintentional product of a trial of a new performance-boosting…

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Apple is headed for a clash with President Trump on some crucial issues

If President-elect Donald Trump stays true to his word, Apple should hope that a big wad of extra cash…

NASA goes social to take its case directly to the people

If you want politicians to give you money, you need to build public support for what you do…

Brain Preservation Breakthrough Could Usher in a New Era in Cryonics

Researchers from 21st Century Medicine have developed a new technique to allow long term storage of a near-perfect mammalian brain. It’s a breakthrough that could have serious implications for cryonics, and the futuristic prospect of bringing the frozen dead back to life.

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DARPA looks to implant computer to interface directly with human brain

A new DARPA program aims to develop an implantable neural interface able to provide unprecedented signal resolution and data-transfer bandwidth between the human brain and the digital world…

ResearchKit: The inside story of how Apple’s revolutionary medical research platform was born

On September 27, 2013, during a dimly-lit presentation…

Turn your iPhone into a microscope for $10

Taking macros of your monitor or American Apparel hoodie with your iPhone is so last year. MAKE Magazine has a tutorial up right now that shows you how to make a powerful microscope up to 375x magnification (if you use



Help NASA solve space’s mysteries with this asteroid app

There are millions of asteroids in the Solar System and relatively few astronomers to track them. They’d hate to miss that one dangerous rogue headed on a collision course with Earth. So NASA has made it easier for the amateur



Architosh publishes Mac professional workstation survey results

Apple needs to engineer a dual-CPU option for the Mac Pro…

New snail species is so punk, it’s named after Joe Strummer

This deep sea snail is covered in spikes, has purple blood and lives in the most extreme ocean environments. So of course the scientists that discovered it had to name it after their favorite punk rocker, Joe Strummer of The



DIY electric train lets you build your own Polar Express

For the kid expecting a Lionel model train set under the Christmas tree, unwrapping a pack of copper wire, a couple of magnets and a battery is sure to disappoint. But show them how to make a train out of



An iPad filled with apps weighs more than one with nothing installed

Which weighs more? An iPad filled with media and apps, or an iPad with no media or apps installed? It sounds like a trick question — the digital age equivalent of “What weighs more, a pound of feathers or a



Scholars debunk claims of high-tech workers shortage, question tech industry’s ‘free pass’

our prominent scholars on Friday questioned why the high-tech industry gets a free pass…

Graphene: The totally amazing wonder material that could revolutionize technology

It conducts heat 10 times better than copper and electricity 100 times better than silicon, is transparent like plastic…

Graphene: The totally amazing wonder material that could revolutionize technology

It conducts heat 10 times better than copper and electricity 100 times better than silicon, is transparent like plastic…

Early testing reveals iPhone app screens for skin cancer more accurately than your doctor

Early testing of an iPhone app developed to detect melanoma…

NHM Alive Review

NHM Alive tries to distill the wonderment and discovery of London’s Natural History Museum into app form — and mostly pulls it off. Sir David Attenborough acts as narrator and guide through the experience, which includes a mixture of photos, descriptive text, CGI stills, and videos that shine a light on the current scientific consensus regarding a cast of 10 prehistoric creatures. Developer Colossus Productions clearly made an effort here to instill a playful, discovery-driven element to the experience, but it’s not clear just what there is to discover — or how — and that makes the app seem frustratingly simple at first. Thankfully, there’s a wealth of detail lurking beneath the surface.

A day mode presents the standard museum fare, using a full-screen photo of the creature’s skeleton in its exhibit paired with a menu that lets you read an interesting primer on its discovery, life, and cause of extinction. The Dippy and American Mastodon exhibits also feature a neat 360-degree view option. If you happen to visit the museum in person, you can search for special symbol codes hidden around the building that can be used to unlock video clips in the app. Even if you can’t make a quick trip to London, though, there’s loads of extra content to discover.

Night mode, which you can switch to with a downward swipe, is where NHM Alive gets really cool. The exhibits seem at first to be cloaked in darkness, but hidden away is a world of wonder. Activating a flashlight reveals the creatures in all their CG glory — replete with lifelike animations and sounds, plus a huge sense of scale — while Attenborough talks you through the key facts. Night mode also includes a selection of quick factoids that you can swipe through on each creature, as well as additional photos, interactive 3D models of them walking or flying, and videos that provide a fascinating glimpse into the process of bringing these long-extinct specimens to life.

The bottom line. Despite a few design missteps, NHM Alive presents a wonderful and imaginative complement to 10 of the most compelling exhibits in the Natural History Museum’s collection of extinct creatures.

Review Synopsis

Product: 

Company: 

Colossus Productions

Price: 

$4.99

Requirements: 

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later

Positives: 

Excellent narration from Sir David Attenborough. High quality photography and animation brings the extinct creatures to life. Plenty of content to explore and discover.

Negatives: 

Only 10 creatures included. App features and content obfuscated by its design. Some videos require a trip to the museum to unlock.

Score: 
4 Great

Discover New Elements and Give Them a Name in Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider

If you thought Quantum Physics was boring and complicated, think again. With the recent launch of a new science-friendly arcade game, not only can you learn about the Periodic Table, but you can also smash together atoms to make new elements. That doesn’t sound too geeky. Does it? Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider is an arcade […]

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