Ring in school year on right note
BANGOR – Do you hear that ringing? Alarm clocks and school bells are set to sound as back to school season approaches.
Smartphones and tablets continue to replace notebooks and textbooks as 21st century learning tools. Apps, eBooks, Internet access and online educational videos have enhanced the learning experience. It’s no wonder that 47 percent of children have a cellphone, according to a recent U.S. Cellular survey. That is up from 36 percent in 2013.
Towers out, cameras in for wildfire watching
RENO, Nev. — For decades, forest rangers in wooden towers across the West scanned the horizon with binoculars for smoke that could signal the start of a wildfire.
Now, scientists in Nevada and California are helping federal land managers develop technology to expand a network of high-definition cameras to do the job, including one in northern Nevada that recently captured a blaze in real-time more than 100 miles away in Oregon.
Time Waster - ‘Indefinite: Interrogation Game’
Something has happened, and the shadowy government has taken you in for an interrogation. You are bombarded with questions and have only seconds to answer them. Who are you? How old are you? Who are you closest with? How old is your sister? How many people did you kill during the incident?
If you take too long to answer, or if you contradict yourself as your interrogators repeat questions, you are found guilty. Then you can read the report on you and see how badly you’ve implicated yourself or your loved ones.
Hitchhiking robot sets out on coast-to-coast tour
BOSTON — With its thumb raised skyward and a grin on its digital face, the robotic creation of two researchers in Canada embarked on a hitchhiking journey across the U.S. on Friday.
The humanoid robot named hitchBOT has already caught rides across Canada and in Europe, relying on the kindness and curiosity of strangers. But this is its first U.S. tour, setting out from Massachusetts with dreams of San Francisco ahead.
Hawking to search for extraterrestrial life
LONDON — Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian-born billionaire Yuri Milner on Monday announced an ambitious bid to combine vast computing capacity with the world’s most powerful telescopes to intensify the so far fruitless search for extraterrestrial life.
Hawking, who speaks using a computer-generated voice due to the effects of motor neuron disease, explained the reason for the $100 million project: “We are alive. We are intelligent. We must know.”
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