Prank machine disturbs news on wireless networks

Newstweek is a tiny device that loves to play pranks with devices on wireless networks. As the user reaches the target site, Newstweek swings into action, changing the contents of a news site to the custom “news” put in by the prankster. The device uses ARP spoofing to change text on several news sites, though there is only a limited number of sites available currently.

Via: Hackaday

Astronomers create 3D map of the local universe

After more than a decade of work, astronomers have managed to create a massive 3D map of the universe. Named 2MASS Redshift Survey (2MRS), it is based on University of Massachusetts’ Two-Micron All-SkySurvey (2MASS). They scanned the entire sky through infrared wavelengths, peering through space dust and managing to look through the disturbance in observation caused by our own galaxy. The initially created image was 2-dimensional, which was converted into 3-dimensions by Harvard-Smithsonian astronomer John Huchra and his team, making use of the red-shift property. The map covers 380million light years, making it the most exhaustive map of the universe till date.

Via: Wired

The unconventional Skylon rocketplane could be the next generation space shuttle

European and UK regulators have given approval to the design of Skylon, a space shuttle in making for nearly three decades. It has had its share of hiccups and problems, but the unconventional design may finally see the light of the day. Conventional flights take those huge orange tanks filled with hydrogen and oxygen to generate enough energy to fight off gravity and get into orbit. Skylon on the other hand, generates its own fuel, pulling air from the atmosphere, cooling it and extracting oxygen from other gases. This simplifies the design to a great degree, getting rid of numerous components.

Beat gesture controlled music player concept

Beat is a gesture controlled music player that tracks your performance while running and gives you easier to use controls for your music player. Designed by Adrien Guenette, Beat won’t have you trying to operate a touchscreen with sweaty fingers while running, or trying to get hold of buttons while running. It has an intuitive gesture controlled interface to let you control the music player easy without having to interrupt your regime. The concept is a sleek wristwatch-ring combo.

Via: Core77