Month: November 2014

Are Telepathy Experiments Stunts, or Science?

Technology has been developed that can directly transmit information from one human brain to another. It has been tested twice, once in the US and once in Europe. In both tests, the sender of the message wore an EEG cap that detected signals in his brain. Those signals were then transmitted over the Internet to a computer that translated them into a magnetic pulse that were then delivered to the recipient of the message using a magnetic coil. Both messages were delivered successfully. However, the speed of the delivery was extremely slow. The technology is still very crude. Only a little bit of information can be transmitted at once, and no emotions, thoughts, or ideas can be transmittedーonly signals. Scientists intend to carry this research further.

Are Telepathy Experiments Stunts, or Science?

New S-97 Raider high speed attack helicopter unveiled

Sikorsky has newly revealed a prototype of the S-97 Raider. It is a high speed helicopter that can travel at twice the speed of conventional ones. The S-97 speed is granted by its double-rotor blades that rotates in the opposite direction, removing the need for a tail rotor. The tail however has been replaced with a propeller that can propel the helicopter to even higher speeds. Sikorsky plans to sell this plane to the US military to replace the V22 Osprey. Mark Hommond, the manager of the Raider project said “It won’t fly quite as fast as a tilt rotor. A tilt rotor is more like a plane that can also hover. Raider is more a helicopter that can fly really fast. It’s more manoeuvrable.”

V-22 Orsprey S-97 Raider

Oculus Rift

Virtual reality has always been something gamers have yearned for, and it has finally become possible to play games inside a 3-D simulated world. Palmer Luckey is the founder of Oculus VR, the creator of the Rift, which is basically a headset that allows you to see games in full 3-D. Facebook bought the company this spring for 2 billion dollars.

http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/526531/oculus-rift/

Ebola Strikes Mali Just as Vaccination Effort Gets Under Way

A religious leader in Mali was sick with Ebola, and his caretakers failed to recognize it. As a result, many people visited him while he was sick, and over 200 people were in contact with him. Officials in Mali are trying to track down everyone who has been in contact with him to try and avert an outbreak. This took place at the same time an experimental Ebola vaccine was being tested on health care workers in Mali.

Ebola Strikes Mali Just as Vaccination Effort Gets Under Way