17 Jul 2012

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.

16 Jul 2012

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.

12 Jul 2012

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."

25 Jun 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E18: Windows the Conqueror was recorded on Thursday June 21st, 2012.

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Twitter goes offline, Windows Phone 8 details, Xbox 720 rumors, Microsoft Surface, iOS 6, black holes, RC airplanes and more.

11 Jun 2012

What do you get when you take a personal art project and combine it with scientific data?  You get an amazing Wind Map of America.  The map is on Hint.fm, which was founded by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg who also lead Google's "Big Picture" visualization research group in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

10 Jun 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E17: Your Screen is Leaking was recorded on Saturday June 9th, 2012.

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Facebook's App Center launches, iOS 6 confirmed, Microsoft SmartGlass, touchscreen tacticle keyboards, Windows 8 Release Preview details, a new treament for prostate cancer and more.

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06 Jun 2012

The Venus Transit of 2012 has now finished, but thanks to the Solar Observatory, we can view the event in its entirety from a different perspective. 

This transit of Venus was rare.  The next transit won't occur until Dec 11, 2117, so mark your calendars.  The data obtained from this transit will assist scientists in both discovering some unknown secrets of Venus as well as techniques for searching for planets around other stars.

06 Jun 2012
Ray Bradbury, who has wrote books ranging from science fiction to mystery and humor, has died at 91. Shown here at a 1997 book signing. (CREDIT: Steve Castillo, AP)

Ray Bradbury, author of the Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451 and many more classic novels has died this morning in Los Angeles at the age of 91.  Ray Bradbury's work inspired millions ranging from artists to film over the years.

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