eMotionButterflies designed by Festo are “ultralight flying objects with collective behaviour”.

About the project:

Flying is a recurring theme in the Bionic Learning Network. The developers channelled their knowledge gained from the projects on the BionicOpter and the eMotionSpheres into the bionic butterflies. They combine the ultralight construction of artificial insects with coordinated flying behaviour in a collective.

Learn more about the project…


Do Cellphones Give You Cancer? By Discovery News

Let’s end this age-old question once and for all: Is that cell phone in your pocket giving you cancer?

what film critics ignore

People have no idea of ​​how fast the world is moving, they fail to take the true value of technology in progress. And they are not interested. As taught by the ‘Tomorrowland’ film, they are those who truly embrace the idea of ​​failure, the disasters that have left the generations of human beings in the last centuries, those who almost enjoy the pessimism and the reactivity of their own fatalistic ideologies . They couldn’t care less about artificial intelligence projects, human life outside the planet, bio-engineering and advances in robotic prostheses, etc.
Raymond Kurzweil, Hugh Herr, Elon Musk and many many others that I left in the inkwell, are ‘The Optimists’, visionaries, those who future generations will remember as 'oh, guys to which no one believed, those who were criticized for their positivism and their vision of the impossible possible ’.
It is not about creating an utopian society, to put more windmills or actually saving the world. It is just the chance of believing that you can.
It is not to ignore the negative things, it is doing something to fight them.
Read between the lines, people.
The movie is not a piece of art, but shouts certain distressing truths, those that many people hate to face.
Keep being and feeling useless, watching your future world being slowly destroyed, all from your comfy chair. Some of us just need to pass the message to feel like little heroes.

The ‘Aria’ brings gesture control to your smartwatch

The Aria is a remote that fits into a smartwatch band, able to detect finger movements thanks to sensors that monitor the tendons in your wrist. It then transmits that data to a smartwatch, allowing the user to set up controls to scroll through menus, select items, take photos (with a connected camera) and more.

The device seems to be coming to a range of platforms via an upcoming Kickstarter campaign.

“What’s The Matter With US Information?”, from the monthly blurb Readers Review, 1958. Parts of this slightly jingoistic article could be applied to how America is presented to other nations today, minus the references to the Soviet Union, since our government’s actions in wars in foreign lands have affected the world’s perception of the nation.

Also, a bit of a fail on flowing the text around instead of over the clipart.

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Publish It! was a desktop publishing program for the Apple //e, //c, and //gs computers, from 1987. Unlike its closest rival The Newsroom, it had a multitude of fonts available – both on bonus disks and many Apple //gs bitmap fonts could be used – and you could work with layout and images in a more flexible manner. It was definitely THE tool to have, and the closest thing available for the PC was Aldus Pagemaker, though half of the programs available for the Macintosh were about as good.

One flaw I saw in this program (other than processor speed keeping the workflow on a stock 1mhz //e rather stiffled) was that unlike a Mac or PC, the list of fonts was built-in, and half of the fonts weren’t on it… result being that you could only add 4 fonts past the ones it recognised, and some of the fonts on the list were things you’d never use regularly so were wasted space. A sector editor would let you change the list (in 3 places) and I did that, since I used this program for the school newspaper and my senior project, but that’s a bit messy for most.

Also, it’s just now that I see on the back that to use a laser printer one needs an expansion pack… a detail I didn’t notice back when I was using this on my father’s AppleLaser without memory enhancement, and had to wait 10 minutes to see if this would even try to print a page (and half the time it wouldn’t if there were fonts other than something it could translate to the printer’s built-in serif and sans serif fonts). Ugh, my bad.

It was a really great program and it’s one of the few softwares I ever paid for.