The 1st Question - 26 Jun 2011 - Questions

1) Though we have covered this before – it still fascinates. While the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient Greek clockwork calculator, was found in a shipwreck in 1902 it then lay for 50 years ignored in storage in Greece. This man took it upon himself to investigate further. He realized it was a remarkable calculating device very sophisticated for its time, and comparable to 19th century clockworks. This man is renowned for a life of science. His law states that 25% of scientific authors are responsible for 75% of published papers, he is the father of scientometrics, responsible for the first published example of a scale-free network and was Avalon Professor of the History of Science at Yale until he died. Who was this man?

2) There are many things that countries are known for – China for pandas and Japan for robots, this right off the top of my Hoodie. There are a number of contests you can enter today, which this nation holds annually that can only be defined as.... special. Which nation is it that hosts: The Wife Carrying World Championships, in the first week in July? Hey People, still time to sign u! The winners are awarded the wife’s weight in beer. This country also hosts, The Swamp Soccer World Championships, the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships, Air Guitar World Championships, and the Naked Road Race which you might have just missed- it was in June. What country hosts these not quite Olympic games?

3) You see it and you want to record it; how else do we know what we want to film? Well what if your glasses could do the recording for you? This startup will produce reasonably priced glasses that double as an HD video recorder: Their team contributed to the development of the Flip Video cam, and will offer a 720p HD camera; with an 8GB flash memory that allows the storage of up to three hours of video and a micro USB port for charging and data transfer. All in your eyeglasses! You can even preorder at 150USD – what company’s mission is to revolutionize the way people share the most significant experiences in their life?

4) This is a country which has a bit of a reputation for surveillance. The bank used law enforcement databases of recorded voices of people found to be lying during police interrogations to develop a program for its ATM's. They have built-in voice-analysis software to tell whether or not you are lying. It also scans your passport, records fingerprints and takes a three-dimensional scan for face recognition. The bank said it intended to install the new machines in malls and bank branches around the country eventually. Technology consultants say the machines, if they go into commercial use, would be the banking world’s first use of voice analysis in A.T.M.’s. Safe or scary, from which country?

5) We love nanomaterials and a new one recently developed at this University actually has similar mechanical properties to human tissue. It has a negative Poisson’s ratio, meaning it doesn’t wrinkle when stretched; it's just the thing for the body human, like tissues patches which can adapt easily to the body. This school has broken through creating biological materials whose manufacturing technology could be used to also engineer metal parts used in ships and spacecraft, for example. Cause they bleed too and let’s face it are far more expensive to produce that a human body. While most engineered tissue is layered in scaffolds that take the shape of circular or square holes, this team created two new shapes called “reentrant honeycomb” and “cut missing rib.” What university is responsible for this?

6) You have your favorite old records on a CD, and have transferred your VCR tapes to DVD – but what about those memories you would really love to play back, but are only in your mind’s eye now? This might be the implantable entertainment center of the future as you revisit your past. A brain implant capable of recording and playing back the electrical activity of neurons has been constructed by researchers from two schools. It was modeled with rats first, with enough information about the neural coding of memories as a prosthesis which can restore and even enhance cognitive, mnemonic processes. And if you want that memory served cold or hot - well turn up or down the volume! Where are they doing this mind podding?

7) These are small robots about the size of a quarter. and are $15 apiece to make, but you'd want to make a lot of them, because their strength is in swarming, cause large groups of swarming miniature robots can achieve what a single robot cannot, like people. The problem is it's difficult to find a swarm of them to experiment upon and researchers often have to use computer simulations,. That's where Harvard University's comes in. with these, each one is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery, they communicate with one another, and judge proximity to their neighbors. An onboard microcontroller allows them to act on the data they receive too. Swarms of potentially hundreds or even thousands can be programmed simultaneously in under 40 seconds. Bradbury had robot mice, Greg Bear had Forensic dust mice – and Harvard now has these, what are they called?

8) Film is fantastic and magical – and sometimes like life itself, fuzzy and out of focus. There is an amazing new tech that allow users to selectively shift focus between various objects in a picture, after it's been taken, with the upcoming release of a consumer light field camera. A "light field,” is the amount of light traveling in every direction, through every point in space. Regular digital cameras simply combine all the rays, as one amount of light. But using a micro lens array this new camera records the color, intensity and vector direction of all the rays separately. Algorithms programmed into onboard software are then able to sort through all that data and make it into one image. You can change the picture and point of focus after its been taken! From what mountain view based company?

9)This Canadian-based company has announced a project intended to let a wider audience view the earth from space. A pair of cameras will be installed on the International Space Station The project's aim is to create an internet-based video streaming platform, thus allowing for online viewing of the footage being recorded in space. It's "the world's first and only near real time high definition video from space,” plus this company’s user base will be able to view, download and manipulate the video feed. It will also be possible to interact with the footage just as if the platform was a personal video camera. The project promises "a blending of a video version of Google Earth with the video playback and search functionality of YouTube," and will reportedly be able to "operate seamlessly with social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. “Going live set for Spring of 2012, from what company?

10) Planned obsolescence had its place in industry, what would you do with a washing machine that lasted forever, well what would GE stockholders do really? But in a world of shrinking resources sustainability becomes more attractive, no matter how far down oil prices go temporarily. Everlasting batteries and self-powered portable electronics are attractive! This institute of technology has successfully measured a piezoelectric thin film's capacity for turning mechanical pressure into electricity and could eventually lead to laptops powered through typing. Piezoelectricity was discovered in the 19th century, but research on thin films is relatively new. This might hold the only practical possibility of integrating piezo electrics into existing electronic technology. From what country is this coming?

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