A New Type of Airplane

When you think of an airplane, you might picture an airplane similar to the one below. However, some individuals from MIT) have developed a new type of airplane which can fly without using any moving components. Condor (c) Charles Regina CC0 1.0 How do Most Planes Work? For most … [Read more...]

The Dvorak Keyboard

I was researching a new USB keyboard to get for my computer when I stumbled upon something rather weird. I am switching keyboards because my current one can be rather uncomfortable, and I came upon a solution to that problem: a Dvorak keyboard. This is a keyboard with a different layout … [Read more...]

InSight’s Landing In Sight

Yeah, It's another space post. Mars InSight Rover (c) NASA, Public Domain Yes, It's another space post. Again. I promise I can write about other things — but things in space are just so cool, it's hard not to! This week — on Monday, November 26th — NASA's InSight Lander (standing … [Read more...]

Will We Be Talking With Robots Soon?

Synthesized speech systems (the artificial creation of speech with a computer) have existed for decades. Computerized voices like Apple's Fred and Siri are instantly recognizable, because they sound robot-like and not quite human. This is because these voices are created by computer programs … [Read more...]

Button up, button down – Elevators aren’t as simple as dress shirts!

https://www.pexels.com/photo/closed-yellow-elevator-door-407423/ As a child meandering in her own imagination, I remember getting super excited to enter a machine which would wave me to and from space. Around the age of six, I recall hitting the top button in the elevator. I closed my eyes and … [Read more...]

Smartphones: The Modern Tricorder

If you are a fan of any sci-fi show, then chances are you've seen a device like this. Medical Tricorder (TNG: The Chase)License: Fair Use - this image is copyrighted, but used here under Fair Use guidelines. Owner/Creator: Paramount Pictures and/or CBS Studios It has … [Read more...]

The Trouble with Telescopes

Man, what a month. If you've been following space news lately, you'll know what I'm talking about. Jeez, even if you've just been following the regular news, you've probably heard some of it — the Soyuz MS-10 launch failure was a pretty widely-spread story. (By the way, Roscosmos, the Russian … [Read more...]