The Week: Most Recent unknown Posts recent posts.en-usFri, 25 Jul 2014 14:05:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent unknown Posts from THE WEEKFri, 25 Jul 2014 14:05:00 -0400Innovation of the week: A robotic mule<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">At a recent military event, the U.S. Marine Corps showed off its new "robotic mule" &mdash; officially called the Legged Squat Support System (LS3) but nicknamed Cujo &mdash; that is "capable of carrying up to 400 pounds of cargo for 20 miles without refueling," said Jack Linshi at <em>Time</em>. The machine, which has been under development since 2007 and cost $2 million, can even "traverse rocky terrain with its lifelike gallop." Cujo does, however, "make loud noises while moving," which limits its usefulness to resupply missions and cargo movement, not tactical operations.</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 25 Jul 2014 14:05:00 -0400Combating street harassment in the digital age<img src="" /></P><p>Being cat-called on the street isn't flattering. It's harassment, and it's happening every day across the globe. More than 80 percent of women and people in the LGBTQ community worldwide will be publicly harassed, groped, taunted, ogled, insulted, and humiliated at some point in their lives.</p><p>That's why the global non-profit organization H<span ></span>ollaback has, since 2005, given these victims of street harassment a supportive community. The organization has trained hundreds of volunteer site leaders in 79 cities and 26 countries, and, in 2010, launched a smartphone app that allows people to document and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Kaitlin RobertsThu, 24 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0400The case for making computer science a high school requirement<img src="" /></P><p>After an entire weekend spent reading up on for loops and while loops, I sat frustrated, literally wanting to bang my head against a wall. I was 19 years old, a week in to my first computer science class ever, and I had no idea how I would be able to successfully finish the project my class had been assigned.</p><p>We were told to build a "Gumball Machine" in Python &mdash; the professor's way of putting a cutesy spin on us learning to code a series of arbitrary requirements. The program we had to build would randomly choose numbers that were assigned to colors of gumballs. There was to be a specific...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/hayley-munguia" ><span class="byline">Hayley Munguia</span></a>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:29:00 -0400This amazing phone lets you text smells to your friends<img src="" /></P><p>Your smartphone beeps. You have a text. But it's not an emoji-sprinkled flirt from the person you're dating. It's the smell of a fresh bouquet of roses.</p><p>That may sound crazy, but Harvard professor David Edwards and his former student Rachel Field are already testing out a device that does just that. Edwards, founder of the Paris-based art and science lab Le Laboratoire, and Field created the oPhone, a device that transmits scents via an iPhone application.</p><p>"Smell triggers a more direct cerebral response than visual and auditory signals," Edwards said recently at the American Museum of Natural...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/amy-kraft" ><span class="byline">Amy Kraft</span></a>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:06:00 -0400A scientific fact-check of 2001: A Space Odyssey<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><em>2001: A Space Odyssey</em> gets high marks from cinephiles and scientists alike, with good reason: director Stanley Kubrick was just as obsessive about making a scientifically plausible film as he was about crafting an epic, mythopoetic narrative.</p><p>Kubrick and his crew "paid attention to science," Peter Norvig, formerly NASA's top computer scientist, told <em>SFGate</em>. "They didn't cheat and have instantaneous transportation all the way across the solar system. It still took them a couple of years to get to Jupiter, and it took 10 minutes for transmissions to get back and forth."</p><p>(<strong>More from <em>World Science...</em></strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By Roxanne PalmerWed, 23 Jul 2014 16:09:00 -0400What these custom, 3D-printed earphones say about the future of consumer technology<img src="" /></P><p class="Default">Last Friday, I visited a nondescript building in the middle of San Diego's Little Italy, where the future was being printed out on a machine smaller than a microwave oven.</p><p class="Default">Through a door labeled "Design" was a messy space filled with lots of stuff; nothing particularly noticeable, just stuff. But in the back corner was a gadget that was producing custom-fitted earbuds.</p><p class="Default">Ownphones is in the midst of a crowd-funded campaign to become one of the first companies to mass-produce a custom 3D-printed consumer product. Each pair of earbuds is Bluetooth-enabled, and is molded according to the shape of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/tyler-hayes" ><span class="byline">Tyler Hayes</span></a>Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:14:00 -0400Genetic modification could lead to inequality like we've never seen<img src="" /></P><p>If you could have the outlandish strength and agility of <em>Halo</em>'s Master Chief, how much would you spend?</p><p>For the uninitiated, Master Chief is the hero of the <em>Halo</em> video game series. A heavily genetically enhanced supersoldier, he can run faster, jump higher, see further, think faster, and endure longer than regular humans. So powerful is Master Chief that his alien adversaries think of him as a "demon" because of his ability to destroy hundreds or sometimes thousands of alien soldiers.</p><p>And a genetically engineered human isn't a wild fantasy. Researchers have recently made impressive advances in...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/john-aziz" ><span class="byline">John Aziz</span></a>Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:09:00 -04009 things you probably didn't know about the moon<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><strong>You probably know: </strong>Earth's moon likely formed after a planet-size object collided with Earth about 4.5 billion years ago.</p><p><strong>BUT DID YOU KNOW: The birth of the moon might have given us our 24-hour day.</strong></p><p>One lingering question scientists have about the impact-birth theory: Why are the Earth and the moon made out of the exact same stuff, geochemically speaking? Why doesn't the moon contain material from this mysterious impactor?</p><p>In 2012, Harvard scientists Matija Cuk and Sarah Stewart offered a new vision of the moon's formation with one new key element: a fast-spinning Earth. At the time of impact...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Roxanne PalmerMon, 21 Jul 2014 14:35:00 -0400Innovation of the week: Smart luggage<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Airbus is developing a new "smart luggage" product that will help link travelers with their bags, said James O'Toole at <em></em>. Working with luggage-maker Rimowa, the jet manufacturer has developed a device called Bag2Go, which features a radio-frequency identification chip and GPS technology to help owners track their luggage in transit. While Bag2Go is still in the prototype stage, Airbus plans to license the technology to airlines, allowing the bags to integrate directly with the carriers' IT systems, speeding recovery when luggage is lost. </span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 18 Jul 2014 14:15:00 -0400How social media changed our definition of 'social'<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p dir="ltr">This week, just over two centuries ago, Phineas T. Barnum was born. Barnum, founder of Barnum &amp; Bailey Circus and a sly showman, delighted in attention-grabbing hoaxes. In one of his infamous tricks, he duped the media into printing a story of a mermaid specimen, actually a young monkey's head and torso tied to a fish tail. Unsurprisingly, the saying "there's no such thing as bad publicity" is generally attributed to him.</p><p dir="ltr">Contemporary marketers would describe Barnum's stunts as going viral. Online, to "go viral" means to break away from the noise and capture the collective attention of the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Jaime WooFri, 18 Jul 2014 09:16:00 -0400