Royal Caribbean has added some neat features that are new to cruising. If you are interested in these new features, you might also enjoy the video below from Royal Caribbean.
A blind person can receive audio or other assistance in reading a screen with text. A deaf person can read a transcript of what was said in a television broadcast. Now there may be help for a person with autism. MIT Technology Review recently reported on the first emotion-reading apps. In the video below, Above Science reports on an emotion-reading robot.
The Scientist reports on behavioral research. One study indicates rats can show signs of feeling regret.
CNet tells of a robot that “plans to hitchhike across Canada.” Will people feel comfortable picking up the hitchbot and taking it on its journey? Will hitchbot ever refuse a ride? “The Know” also presents the concept below.
According to The Scientist, The International Institute for Species Exploration announced it’s selection of “novel species discovered in the past year.” Below Smithsonian Social Media shows how difficult it is to catch a view of an Olinguito.
“12 of America’s Best National Park Beaches” according to the National Parks Conservation Association. Canaveral National Seashore also has the added benefit that you can sometimes view NASA space launches from the beach.
According to The Scientist, “Two international teams have independently produced the first drafts of the human proteome. These curated catalogs of the proteins expressed in most non-diseased human tissues and organs can be used as a baseline to better understand changes that occur in disease states.” The actual map data can be accessed here. If you are wondering how this research can be of benefit, you might watch the video below and explore companies like Applied Proteomics.
ParkScore is a project of The Trust for Public Land. It is a measure of “how well the 60 largest U.S. cities are meeting the need for parks.” Minneapolis ranks #1. TripAdvisor shows that Minnehaha Park is one of the top attractions in the city. The time-lapse video below shows off this park and a bit of the city lights.
JPL reports that “NASA has selected 12 proposals, including three from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, which aims to turn science fiction into fact through pioneering technology development.” All 12 might be NEWWorthy. At least, I’m rooting for them to be. A submarine to explore the methane lakes of Titan sounds particularly creative and intriguing. If you think so too, you might enjoy the video below.
Will Google’s 25 mph self driving city car ever replace taxis? I’m guessing it or other self driving vehicles might, at least in low-density locations with short commutes in the city, if the price of a ride is competitive with alternative transportation. For example, say you need to get to the airport, and you are unable to or don’t want to drive. You could call a shuttle or taxi, but if a self driving rental car service were available, you might choose that instead.
Intel and others are touting computing sans wires. Today we can easily use a tablet or notebook computer without wires, but often we still need to plug them in to recharge or to view on a larger display. Below, Intel discusses their vision for WiGig and wireless computing in the not too distant future.