The employee-less shop is one step closer. Recently Amazon announced to open a grocery shop without check out lines. Now researchers at MIT have developed a robot-picker, that me used to stock shelves. We only need to add some kind of system to detect empty shelves, to run a shop without any human involvement. Continue reading Shop automation
Cosmic radiation is one of the most serious dangers to human spaceflight and hence a serious issue for space colonization. Consequently radiation protection is no luxury for space settlers and without this space colonization is unlikely to succeed.
Researchers at the Australian National University have developed a new nano material that could reflect cosmic radiation. A thin film of the material could provide radiation protection of astronauts and space settlers. Compared to other shielding techniques this material appears to offer a light-weight protection.
Apparently there are plans to introduce an opt-out system of organ donation in England, after the Scottish government has announced to introduce such system there. An opt-out system means that every person is automatically an organ donor unless he/she or his/her next of kin objects. Continue reading Organ donation
Two students at the Delft University of Technology have developed a printer that does not need ink:
Though their printer only produces black and white pages, the inventors argue that 80 percent of printing is black and white.
On the site Why Linux is better there is an article about backdoors in proprietary software. The author writes that because the source code of proprietary software is secret: Continue reading National security and open source software
Most people will be familiar with portable vacuum cleaners, but those are not the only type of vacuum cleaners. A central vacuum cleaner is a fixed structure that collects dirt through pipes in the walls. In order to use such system each room needs one or more vacuum inlets – one has to put the hose on the inlet. Continue reading Should central vacuum cleaners be mandatory?
Around the world underground waste containers are an increasingly common feature of the street scene. These containers allow people to dispose of their domestic waste when needed rather than having to wait for the garbage truck. Continue reading Waste collection in space settlements