The Igloo Village, which is part of Hotel Kakslauttanen, is guaranteed to give guests a prime position for viewing the northern lights display during the winter months. Located in the Arctic Circle near Finland’s Urho Kekkonen National Park, guests can stay in a glass-roofed igloo or brave the cold in a traditional snow igloo. The Igloo Village offers a serene atmosphere, surrounded by snow and woodlands, creating an idyllic setting for viewing one of the…"VIEW FOR A NORTHERN LIGHT SPECTACLE : IGLOO VILLAGE"
Android currently accounts for 50-percent of the smartphone market. So does the release of the iPhone 4S mean that Apple could overtake Android in the market share battle? In a recent Nielsen survey, 31 per cent of consumers who indicated they were in the market for a new smart phone said they plan to purchase an Android phone. While this isn’t a huge increase over the 30 per cent who planned to purchase an iPhone,…"ANDROID ACCOUNTS FOR 50-PERCENT OF i-PHONE 4S & SMARTPHONE"
Imagine if the only way of propelling yourself on a bicycle was to reach down and turn one of the wheels with your hand. It would be pretty inefficient, yet that’s essentially how a wheelchair works. Of course, wheelchairs are set up so that the push-rims can be reached very easily, but the propulsion process still comes down to the wheels being directly pushed forward by hand. ROTA Mobility, however, has an alternative. It’s called…"UNIQUE FORM OF WHEELCHAIR OFFERD BY RoCHAIR"
Having completed its first flight earlier this year, the Northrop Grumman-built U.S. Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) aircraft achieved another milestone on September 30 with its first flight in cruise mode. Part of the on-going “envelope expansion” program to demonstrate the aircraft’s performance under a variety of altitude, speed and fuel load conditions, the flight took place at Edwards Air Force Base and saw the aircraft retracting its landing gear and flying…"NORTHROP GRUMMAN-BUILT U.S.NAVY X-47B AIRCRAFT DEMONSTRATOR IN CIRUISE MODE"
When you think about it, smartphones are more than just fancy phones – they’re actually tiny portable computers. Given that so many people now own these tiny computers, why should they have to pay to buy another computer that’s built into an electronic device, when they could instead just use their existing smartphone as the “brain” of that device? That’s the approach that has been taken by products such as the Bubo camcorder rig, and…"SMARTPHONE USES BY THE ROBOT BY ITS WON BRAIN"
Budget tablets seem to be the order of the week. While not as easy on the pocket as the Aakash table unveiled earlier this week, Australian consumer electronics manufacturer and retailer, Kogan, has announced its own budget tablet offerings. The company’s new Android-powered Agora 8-inch and Agora 10-inch tablets join Kogan’s Agora line, which also includes laptops and a 7-inch Agora tablet that launched earlier this year. Aside from the screen size and resolution –…"BUDGET TABLETS SEEM TO BE THE ORDER OF THE WEEK: 8-INCH AND 10-INCH TABLET PC"
Carbon is the fourth-most-abundant element in the universe and comes in a wide variety of forms, called allotropes, including graphite, graphene, and the hardest natural material known to man, diamonds. Now scientists have discovered a new form of carbon that is capable of withstanding extreme pressure stresses previously only observed in diamond. Unlike crystalline forms of carbon such as diamonds, whose hardness is highly dependent upon the direction in which the crystal is formed, the…"SUPERHARD CARBON’S NEW FORM, DISCOVERED BY SCIENTIST."
The Dream Chaser, a reusable space plane currently under development by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), is to undergo high altitude drop tests in 2012 following a 25.6 million US dollar boost from NASA to top-off the 80 million US dollar contractawarded earlier this year. But it won’t be chasing just any dream. With the retirement of the Space Shuttle Program this year, the very tangible goal is to deliver a low-cost, safe alternative for transporting…"NEXT SUMMER CHASER SPACE PLANE WILL BE FLYING ON THE SKY"
Within just the past few years, scientists have developed an impressive number of experimental systems designed to help the blind navigate city streets. These have included devices that mount on the wrist, are incorporated into glasses, are worn as a vest, and that augment a traditional white cane. A young researcher at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Bangalore, India, however, has come up with something else – a navigational device for the blind that’s built into a…"TO REPLACE THE WHITE CANE USE THE HAPTIC SHOE"
There’s a reason that the oranges you see in the store usually aren’t rotten – someone at a sorting facility has already looked over all the oranges coming in from the fields, and taken out the spoiled ones. This is typically done with the help of ultraviolet light, which illuminates the essential oils in the rinds of rotten oranges. Such an approach is subject to human error, however, plus workers can only remain in the…"TO DETECT ROTTEN ORANGE AND PICK THROUGH MANDARINS BY ARTIFICIAL VISION"