The 350mph model car
A group of students from London, UK, have created the world’s fastest model rocket car. At its peak, virtually turning it into a small missile, the model hit 344mph. The pupils tested it on a drag strip in Northamptonshire, and four of their vehicles exploded on test runs.
Source: Get West London
You spin me right round
Blink and you’ll miss it. But this robot has broken the record for the fastest time to solve a Rubik’s Cube in just 3.253 second – after taking 18 months to build. The aptly-named Cubestormer 3 managed to shave two seconds off its predecessor Cubestormer 2’s time for solving the puzzle.
Source: CTV News
Written by robots
Continuing the robot theme, when an earthquake shook Los Angeles this week the first ‘journalist’ to report on seismic action was a robot. An algorithm which automatically creates a short story about the event managed to post an article just three minutes after the tremors. As well as the earthquake, it also generates stories about crime in the city.
Source: BBC News
Chinese drone spying
China’s pollution problem has reached such a level that the government has taken to spying and it’s a high tech form of spying – they’re using drones. The flying UAVs have taken to the skies to try and catch businesses which are contributing the most pollution to the smoggy atmosphere. They can cover 70 sqkm during a two hour flight.
Source: The Guardian
Oculous Rift Dev kit goes on sale
The next generation of virtual reality technology has gone on sale in the form of the Oculus Rift DK2 – developer kit. The updated headset promises precise, low-latency position tracking which will open up new possibilities for gameplay opportunities.
Source: Oculus VR
A swimming robot
This little robot has donned its waterwings and taken to the pool. The adorable fish is a lot more technically advanced than it first looks as roboticists have been using the fish, made by MIT, is agile and safe for operations near humans. It intelligently can move around its environment and can perform a 100-degree turn, if any predators are lurking, in one-tenth of a second.
Source: Singularity Hub
When did your country adopt the internet?
The web might have turned 25 a couple of weeks ago but this doesn’t mean every country adopted it as soon as it was created. There was a time before anyone had ever been poked on Facebook. Ersi have created an interactive map that highlights how the web was spun across the world.
Bebo, the social network that everyone loves to hate, is making a return. So far more than 700,000 people have registered to join the revamped website. All the old photos and insightful blog posts of users have been safely stored and will be available for download in the coming months. The website is promising a new re-launch but for the time being at least it keeping the exact details under wraps.