Technology

Robot powered by two AA batteries sets two world records - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Sep 30, 2009

A robot barely larger than a coffee mug and powered by two AA batteries has set two world records for climbing the Grand Canyon and cycling around the 24 hours of Le Mans racing circuit. Panasonic's robot, Mr EVOLTA, is powered by two AA alkaline batteries Electronic company Panasonic’s Mr EVOLTA robot managed to cycle nonstop for 24 hours in … Read More

Australia’s fibre grand plan — an engineer’s view - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Sep 29, 2009

Re-post from SMC website in April. Having grown up in Sydney and having observed the completion of the massive Snowy Mountains Scheme (Hydro power and irrigation), I am hugely impressed that this Australian National Fibre Network exceeds even the Snowy’s cost in actualised value. It’s Australia’s biggest ever infrastructure project. I’m sure it’s the right thing … Read More

Audible books not so listenable - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Sep 29, 2009

A few weeks back, succumbing to a barrage of advertising on my favourite tech podcast TWiT, I signed up to Audible.com, the talking book service run out of the US. Audible has been plugging away with digital book downloads for ten years now, but seems to really have taken off with the rise of the iPod and the iPhone – … Read More

Using science to go after movie pirates - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Sep 28, 2009

Japanese scientists have found a way to block parts of the movie screen from the camera of a would-be pirated movie maker. A week ago, National Institute of Informatics associate professor Isao Echizen and electronics manufacturer Sharp announced they had made a device which sends out near-infrared rays which erases images recorded on a camera. By putting a noise light … Read More

Networks of inventors - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Sep 28, 2009

Over the last six months I’ve been studying an OECD patent database with a research assistant, Catriona Sissons. The goal of our project is to study the economic geography of innovation in a quantitative manner. One of the things we have investigated is whether collaborative networks form between inventors through co-patenting. To find co-patents between inventors we use European Patent … Read More