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Why "Finding Dory" For Your Aquarium May Not Be A Good Idea

By Kim Bussing on July 7, 2016
Why "Finding Dory" For Your Aquarium May Not Be A Good Idea

The phenomenal success of Finding Dory, the much-awaited sequel to the 2003 film, Finding Nemo, is being met with mixed feelings by marine experts. That’s because though the animated movie is the perfect platform to draw attention to the precarious state of our coral reefs, it may instead result in endangering both the reef and its inhabitants further.

Can An Elevated Bus Solve China's Traffic Woes?

By Jeffrey Shao on June 24, 2016
Can An Elevated Bus Solve China's Traffic Woes?

To state that China has traffic issues is an understatement. A 2015 study conducted by navigation system maker TomTom revealed that the country is home to five of the top twenty most traffic congested cities in the world. Though Chinese authorities have tried to control the traffic flow with tactics that range from charging road tolls to building expressways with 50 lanes, nothing appears to be working. Now, some engineers are proposing an ingenious solution to ease the country’s traffic woes — An elevated bus that glides over cars!

Summer Solstice And Strawberry Moon Make For A Perfect Day!

By Meera Dolasia on June 20, 2016
Summer Solstice And Strawberry Moon Make For A Perfect Day!

Today, June 20, happens to be the first day of summer or summer “solstice.” Derived from the Latin words “sol” for “sun” and “sisto” for “stop,” it is the day when the North Pole is most inclined towards the sun. As a result, residents of the Northern Hemisphere enjoy the longest day of the year. The opposite, of course, is true for the residents of the Southern Hemisphere who will experience the shortest day of the year. What makes today’s summer solstice even more unique is that for the first time in many years, it coincides with a full moon.

Video Of The Week — East Australia's Massive Storm Whips Ocean Into A Foamy Mess

By Meera Dolasia on June 14, 2016
Video Of The Week — East Australia's Massive Storm Whips Ocean Into A Foamy Mess

A few days after a massive storm battered Australia’s East Coast, sections of the coastline experienced a rare phenomenon – An ocean so foamy that it resembled a giant bubble bath. Experts say the marshmallow-like waters are a result of powerful ocean currents churning together salts, chemicals, dead plants, decomposed fish, and seaweed excretions.

SkinTrack Technology Transforms Your Arm Into A Smartwatch Touchpad

By Maitreyi Mantha on June 6, 2016
SkinTrack Technology Transforms Your Arm Into A Smartwatch Touchpad

Controlling and interacting with content on a smartphone or tablet is a relatively easy task given their large screens. However, the same is not true for smartwatches which are proving to be more of a fashion statement than a piece of useful technology. Now a group of researchers from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute’s Future Interfaces Group (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University is trying to change that with an invention that transforms the arm into a touchpad.

The 3-D Zebra Crossings That Are Making India's Roads Safer For Pedestrians

By Meera Dolasia on June 2, 2016
The 3-D Zebra Crossings That Are Making India's Roads Safer For Pedestrians

Zebra crossings — the alternating dark and light stripes on the road surface — are meant to alert drivers that pedestrians may be trying to get across. Unfortunately, they are not very effective. A 1998 study done by the Department of Traffic Planning and Engineering at Sweden’s Lund University, revealed that three out of four drivers maintained the same speed or even accelerated as they were approaching a crossing. Even worse? Only 5% stopped even when they saw someone trying to get across. Now a mother-daughter team in Ahmedabad, India have devised a clever way to get drivers to pay more attention — A zebra crossing with an optical illusion.

ISS Astronauts Begin Testing BEAM — The World's First Inflatable Space Habitat

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on May 31, 2016
ISS Astronauts Begin Testing BEAM  — The World's First Inflatable Space Habitat

On May 26, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams spent seven hours inflating the first expandable room at the International Space Station. Called Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, the balloon-like structure that measures 10-feet by 13-feet, (about the size of an average bedroom) when fully inflated, is the first prototype of what NASA experts hope will be the space habitat of the future. The compressed module arrived at the ISS aboard the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft on April 8 and was put in place outside the Tranquility module by ISS’s robotic arm, Canadarm2.

Video Of The Week - Rakuten's Delivery Drone Serves Up Refreshments To Hungry Golfers

By Meera Dolasia on May 30, 2016
Video Of The Week - Rakuten's Delivery Drone Serves Up Refreshments To Hungry Golfers

On May 9, Japanese online retailer Rakuten announced the nation’s first drone delivery service at Tokyo’s Camel Golf Resort. Called Tenku, the autonomous vehicle, which has the capacity to carry up to 2kg can be summoned by golfers to bring snacks, drinks, and even equipment like balls, while enjoying a round of golf.

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