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2012-02-20 11:29:46

Before firing up the dilithium crystals in your warp drive, you should know what you are getting into, said Lawrence Krauss, ASU Foundation Professor at Arizona State University. When applied to the known laws of physics, some features of Star Trek — the endearing science fiction franchise that hooked millions of viewers on the possibility of intergalactic space travel — don't always hold up. "For example, the transporter, is, alas, impossible, which is a real shame because I...

X Prize Offers $10M For Star Trek Medical Scanner
2012-01-12 14:24:18

A new contest was unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to see who can be the first to create a “tricorder” medical device like ones made famous by the iconic Star Trek franchise. The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize will award $10 million to the first team to create a functional, hand-held tool that allows medical experts to scan for 15 diseases and a handful of “key health metrics”. The rules stipulate that the device can have a...

Android's 'Majel' Is Google's Answer To Siri
2011-12-15 08:27:51

Google Android's own version of Apple's smartphone voice software, Siri, could launch in as little as a few weeks, according to reports. Codenamed Majel, after esteemed Star Trek legend Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the voice-activated personal assistant could be Android's answer to Siri, which has received a huge amount of attention since its debut. For those who do not know, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, provided the computer interface voice in most...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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