Technology Sector

Now, car doors that get jammed when near danger

Now, car doors that get jammed when near dangerLondon, Apr 4: Considering that the opening of car doors into the path of oncoming vehicles has been a major cause of road accidents, scientists have now developed a new technology to avoid such mishaps—doors that sense potential impacts and get jammed.

Named the “haptic"—the technology provides tactile feedback to the users, and can thus help reduce both road injuries and repair bills

Invented by Michael Graf at BMW and Michael Strolz''s team at the Technical University of Munich, the current prototype looks like a normal car door.

Use the net to go ‘around the world in 80 telescopes’

Use the net to go ‘around the world in 80 telescopes’London, April 3: In a live 24-hour webcast today, anyone on the Internet will get a unique opportunity to explore some of the most advanced astronomical observatories both on and off the planet, as part of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) initiative ‘Around the World in 80 Telescopes’.

Now, flat, flexible speakers to revolutionise loudspeakers in public spaces

Now, flat, flexible speakers to revolutionise loudspeakers in public spacesWashington, Apr 2: Public announcements in passenger terminals could now be clearer, crisper, and easier to hear—thanks to a new ''Flat, Flexible Loudspeaker'' (FFL) developed by University of Warwick engineers.

Pioneered by University of Warwick spinout company Warwick Audio Technologies, the groundbreaking new loud speakers are less than 0.25mm thick, and could even be hung on a wall like a picture.

Now, a device that buzzes you to straighten up when you slouch

Now, a device that buzzes you to straighten up when you slouchLondon, Mar 28: You can now stop worrying about the way you look while sitting, for iPosture a small gadget, which can be stuck on the skin and buzzes to remind the wearer to sit up straight, helping improve posture, has come to your rescue.

The revolutionary device vibrates discretely when the wearer slouches by more than three degrees for one minute.

Once the posture is corrected the buzzing stops and users have been found to adopt better habits after wearing the device for four hours a day for up to a month.

FBI goes hi tech in hunt for fugitives

FBIWashington, Mar 26 : The FBI has gone become high tech and is now using 21st-century upgrades like innovative, community-based technological advancements that get the word out in real time.

The 10 Most Wanted lists first appeared on the FBI''s Web site 13 years ago, and now the agency has been working to upgrade the site ever since. There are now more than 400 cases on the site, including wanted fugitives, suspected terrorists and missing persons.

The agency has begun to use some very cool high-tech tools to capture fugitives — and to find missing persons, too, FOX News reports.

Venomous vipers shape lizards’ tail-shedding abilities

Venomous vipers Washington, March 26 : In a new research, scientists have suggested that the lizards’ tail-shedding ability has been shaped mainly because of pressure from venomous vipers, which are the number one enemy of the wall-crawling reptiles.

Tail-shedding, known to scientists as caudal autotomy, is a common anti-predator defense among lizards.

When attacked, many lizards jettison the wriggling appendage and flee. The predator often feasts on the tail while the lucky lizard scurries to safety. Later, the lizard simply grows a new tail.