Tech-Stew Podcast #19: Bursting with Fruit Flavor Recorded on July 23rd, 2012
Microsoft Office 2013 (Office 15) was unveiled officially on Monday by CEO Steve Ballmer at a conference in San Francisco. It was revealed it is only compatible with PCs, tablets or laptops which are running either Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Systems which run Vista, XP or older versions of Windows will not be able to run the software. This implies that nearly half of all computers running Windows will need an upgrade to get Office 2013. This is a move by Microsoft to probably entice users to get Windows 8. Though most organizations are probably still working on getting to Windows 7 and Office 2010.
|SKYLON, a concept space-plane from Reaction Engines Ltd., is a reusable single stage-to-orbit launch vehicle that uses revolutionary new engine technology.|
Astrium Space Transportation and OHB AG will lead the design of a new heavy-lift vehicle for the European Space Agency (ESA). This following a bidding war that included a third bidder, Reaction Engines Ltd. of Britain according to ESA director General Jean-Jacques Dordain. This British bidder is a company that for more than 10 years has been designing a space plane called Skylon using a radical new single-stage engine design.
We are now reaching that point in time where we are beginning to see more devices that help the blind see, particularly in the area of bionics. Such implants restore vision to blind individuals but only if the blindness was due to a faulty retina, such as with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or other degenerative eye disease. Examples of these bionics are the Argus II and Bio-Retina.
If you are getting excited for the forthcoming Mars Curiosity rover landing and the Seven Minutes of Terror that will precede the touchdown, then head over to your Xbox 360 and get Mars Rover Landing. The free game requires a Kinect Motion controller and will test your skills on safely landing the Curiosity rover.
Previously we outlined the details of NASA's Curiosity rover mission to Mars. We are now inching closer to the August 5th landing. This landing will be the most intense planetary landing in the history of space travel. It is also so unique and technically ambitious that even NASA engineers have called it crazy. They say this mainly because its incredible. The video below outlines why NASA engineers call the seven minutes to descend Mars in this landing as the "Seven Minutes of Terror."