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New Alarm Clock Is More Humane While Waking Us Up

New Alarm Clock Is More Humane While Waking Us Up

As is the norm, alarm clocks take pride in being loud and scary while waking us up. They may fulfill the purpose, but they don’t do it the best way possible. This new alarm clock, devised by a team at the Jerusalem College in India, might be able to do its job in a lot more efficient manner. Basically, our sleep can be divided into a number of stages, with stages 1 and 2 being close to awake stages, and stages 3 and 4 being the stages of a deep slumber, followed by REM.

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High Speed Video Shows the Complexity of a Falling Water Droplet

As observers, all we see when a falling droplet hits water, is a slight disturbance at the point of impact. The reality is a bit more complex with more physics involved. It’s fluid dynamics to the rescue in explaining situations like these. As the slow moving droplet hits the water surface, a tiny layer of air beneath the droplet often prevents it from simply being absorbed into the pool.

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Handsfree Wheelchair Can Be Controlled By Facial Muscles [video]

Handsfree Wheelchair Can Be Controlled By Facial Muscles [video]


Researchers at Japan’s Miyazaki University have devised a system that will make life slightly easier for people paralyzed from the neck down, or have lost muscular strength in their body. The team led by Professor Tamura devised the system where the wheelchair can be turned towards the left or right by simple blinking of the eyes, while clenching teeth can both set it into motion or bring it to a stop. A commercial version of the wheelchair is expected to be available next year.

Via Diginfo, TechCrunch

Thorium Lasers Could Power Vehicles of Tomorrow

Thorium Lasers Could Power Vehicles of Tomorrow

For a long time now, the world has been dreaming of compact nuclear generators that could be used to power homes or vehicles. To be true, realizing that dream is still a far way off but developments are underway that might pave way for the future. Massachusetts-based R&D firm, Laser Power Systems (LPS) is working on a thorium based laser that would power a turbine or electric generator system. Thorium as an element is mildly radioactive, and about as abundant in nature as lead.

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FCC Measures Actual Internet Speed in the USA

FCC Measures Actual Internet Speed in the USA

Long story short, the report basically says that most ISPs do not provide the speed they advertised for. FCC worked with Georgia Tech professor Nick Feamster to find out the “real world” speeds at which the ISPs are working. The data was compiled by a company called SamKnows, who worked with 78,000 internet users, providing 9000 of them with routers configured to provide accurate results. The results say that at an average, ISPs provide download speeds that are 80-90% of their advertised values. Of course, some perform better than the others, and many would likely be able to beat a carrier pigeon, but the fact remains that the internet speed provided to the consumer is lower than what was advertised.

Via FCC Report [PDF], SlashGear

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‘Unlimited Detail Graphics’ Offer 100,000x More Detail Than Today’s Best

We may all be satisfied with today’s conventional polygon-based graphics but there is always room for improvement. You see, the number of polygon shapes that can be used, and the resulting detail is limited by computing power, now this new system from the company Euclideon says that graphics can be created by 3D virtual atoms, much like atoms in the real world. This point cloud data would apparently result into a lot more detail coming from graphics, but without using the substantial amount of resources the current polygon-based technology requires.

Via Geekologie