The Petcube

Are you a pet owner who worries about you dog or cat when you are away? Petcube  is a simple solution. The Petcube is a small box that allows you to check up on your pet when you’re away by connecting to your smart phone or any other device. Petcube sends live video to your device so you can see your furry little friend, you can even talk and play games. It even comes equipped with a laser pointer(don’t worry it’s low-powered) if you want to mess with your cat. It’s not exactly breaking technology, very simple in fact, but I believe it would be useful for all pet owners that are constantly taking trips.

The SkyRanger

Aeryon Lab’s latest UAV(Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is the SkyRanger. This marvelous little robot can deploy from a backpack in seconds and its unique design allows it to stay in the air with ease during bad weather or extreme temperatures. OK, well lots of UAV drones can stay up in a bit of bad weather, why is the SkyRanger so special?  True, most UAV drones are designed to fly in harsh weather, but can they take off in it? As I said before, SkyRanger can take off in seconds from anywhere, making it the most efficient UAV for search and rescue missions(which is exactly what rangers need it for). This drone was made for field work, comes equipped with arms, legs, and a camera. It can also resist 55 mph winds with no problem and works perfectly in temperatures ranging from -22 degree Fahrenheit to 122 degree Fahrenheit. The SkyRanger truly is the ultimate UAV. 

New Species Of Venomous Snake Appears In Honduras

Named after Don Guifarroi, a conservationist who was murdered in Honduras while doing some environmental work, this snake is one of the most beautiful(and venomous) on the planet. Its name, Bothriechis guifarroi. This spectacular snake was at first confused with other Honduran Pit Vipers because the similar color and pattern but it is, in fact, a new species. The odd part is that it is more closely related to other snakes 600 km south in the mountains of Costa Rica than others in Honduras. The viper was discovered in 2010 in the Texiguat Wildlife Refuge and thought to be a new species and was recently verified. Bothriechis guifarroi was only one of the many other species located at this wildlife refuge such as the Central American tapirs, jaguars, sloths, and many other incredible animals. Back to Bothriechis guifarroi, scientists have already classified it as Critically Endangered due to the utter lack of them, well, anywhere.

Thanks for reading, The Scientist.

Google Glass

Google Glass or “Glasses” is a soon-to-be phenomenon sweeping the nation. It is the latest and greatest technology that, once released to the public, everyone will own. Now I know what you’re thinking, what dose it really do? How can it possibly be better than my iPhone? Google Glass allows you to do everything and more without even lifting a finger. Most of Glass’s applications are voice command, you can simply say “take video” or “call Mom” and it complies with your command. But if, for example, you’re in a loud room, how do you give a command and have Google Glass hear you? Well Apps are designed to combat situations such as these. For example, Mike DiGiovanni created Winky, an app that allows you to take a picture by winking instead of using a vocal command. There are countless other apps being designed to help Google Glass settle in society. Also, Google Glass can do things such as text, send photos and videos, listen to music(fun fact, the speakers are above your ears so you can listen and still hear others around you.), and access the internet. All of this pulls up in a tiny square in the upper right corner of the lens. But, like everything in this world, it’s not perfect. Google is still trying to add many other complex functions to the glasses such as the ability to pull up holographic images and videos. This idea and many others like it would no doubt be cool but some are borderline impossible and others are just hard to fit into Google Glass’s small, light frame. Also, as you may have noticed, Google Glass’s unique design is light enough to wear with ease but it will also stand out in crowds. It dose not look very natural, very weird actully. But who knows, 50 years from now everyone might be wearing one.

Thank you fro reading, The Scientist.

Sun’s Cool Layer Is Found Somewhere Else

Alpha Centauri A, the sun’s twin, seems to posses a strange quality similar to the sun. Both stars contain a cool layer in the atmosphere. This has puzzled scientists time after time. The corona, or outer atmosphere, is millions degrees hotter than the photosphere, or sun’s surface. The odd part though, is that a cool layer is squished in between the corona and photosphere. This layer is called the chromosphere and can get as cold as 7,300 degree Fahrenheit(4,000 degree Celsius) . This is 3,000 degree Fahrenheit difference from the photosphere( which is around 10,000 degree Fahrenheit or 6,000 degree Celsius). The same thing is on Alpha Centauri A. Until now, this unusual structure has only been found on the Sun but now the Sun’s twin shares the strange cool layer.

 

Machines On The Rise

Since time began humanity has built tools and machines to survive and adapt. It started simple with spears and bronze but than became more complex with the invention of cars and planes. We are now at the peak of technological success with inventions such as artificial hearts and all kinds of breakthroughs in medical technology. We can replace almost every human body part, but is that a good thing? I do think it is great that we are able to save people’s live and all, but has the latest upgrade gotten out of hand? Researchers and scientists have created robots made out of programmable living tissue. It is extremely useful and can mend a broken heart, taking away the need for an artificial one. This “Bionic Tissue” is a hybrid material composed of cardiac cells, gel and carbon nanotubes. Muscles made out of this living tissue have the potential to give robots superior strength and other physical properties. And not only that, but its programmable. They can be programmed to swim, move back and forth, and more. This is all incredible but, is it too far? I’m in no way saying robots will rise up and enslave mankind, that’s ridiculous. But I do think we should take these things a bit slower and try to understand them more, it might even prove beneficial.