Technology and Society News
Are Hands-free Cellphones Really Safer?
Posted on July 09, 2008 at 10:32:36 am
Since April 1 when Nova Scotia outlawed the use of hand-held cellphones while driving, sales of hands-free devices have gone through the roof. It seems everyone’s driving—even walking—with tiny electronic devices tucked into their ears.
Next-generation Explosives Safer & More Powerful
Posted on May 27, 2008 at 07:35:04 pm
Scientists in Germany are reporting development of a new generation of explosives that is more powerful than TNT and other existing explosives, less apt to detonate accidentally, and produce fewer toxic byproducts.
New Cell-Based Sensors Sniff Out Danger Like Bloodhounds
Posted on May 07, 2008 at 09:38:21 pm
Tiny sensors, only a few millimeters in size, could speed up and improve the detection of everything from explosive materials to biological pathogens to spoiled food or impure water.
The Hunt for the Kill Switch
Posted on April 29, 2008 at 10:04:09 pm
The Pentagon is trying to find out if chip makers are building electronic trapdoors in key military hardware.
Boys in the Hood
Posted on April 19, 2008 at 11:23:59 am
When first responders and security guards came to the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate’s Tell-Us-What-You-Need table, heading their list was an emergency escape hood worthy of James Bond. It was a very tall order.
New 3-D Camera Will Have 12,616 Lenses
Posted on March 22, 2008 at 01:15:19 pm
The camera you own has one main lens and produces a flat, two-dimensional photograph, whether you hold it in your hand or view it on your computer screen.
Tiny Sensor Developed To Detect Homemade Bombs
Posted on March 19, 2008 at 09:29:29 pm
Chemists have developed a tiny, inexpensive sensor chip capable of detecting trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide, a chemical used in the most common form of homemade explosives.
Hybrid And Electric Cars Could Triple Demands On Scarce Water Resources
Posted on March 11, 2008 at 10:35:18 pm
Eco-minded drivers in drought-prone states take note: A new study concludes that producing electricity for hybrid and fully electric vehicles could sharply increase water consumption in the United States.
US Cities At High Risk For Terrorist Attacks Identified
Posted on March 05, 2008 at 10:24:51 am
A University of Arizona researcher has created a new system to dramatically show American cities their relative level of vulnerability to bioterrorism.
Secure Internet Transactions At Internet Cafes Possible With Tiny Security Device
Posted on February 20, 2008 at 10:40:38 am
CSIRO has developed a prototype portable device that will allow people to do business across the internet on any computer in a trusted manner.