Fast forward to today, when Apple has included the M7 chip in the iPhone 5S, with its sole purpose being to track the movement of the device. Moves was recently updated to take advantage of this addition to the iOS hardware, and the price went from … Read more
Supercomputing, by definition, is never going to be cheap. But a company called Cycle Computing wants to make it more accessible by matching computing jobs with Amazon's mammoth computing infrastructure.
On Tuesday, the company announced a new record use of its technology: a simulation by Mark Thompson of the University of Southern California to see which of 205,000 organic compounds could be used for photovoltaic cells. The simulation drew upon the power of 156,314 processor cores at Amazon Web Services for 18 hours to test the chemicals with Schrodinger Materials Science software for computational chemistry, Cycle Computing … Read more
Divine intervention might be needed before you can walk on water, but biking on water will become a recognized international sport if Judah Schiller has his way.
Schiller is the brain (and the legs) behind the BayCycle Project, an initiative to turn water biking from a little-known cycling caper into a common recreational pastime and alternative form of transportation.
"BayCycle Project is about opening the oceans, bays, rivers, and lakes that cover two-thirds of our planet to people who love to bike," Schiller said. "The ride doesn't end at the water's edge." … Read more
We're hitting the peak of the solar cycle and the sun will be pulling off quite the gymnastics move to mark the occasion. According to NASA, a flip of the sun's magnetic field is only a few months away. It's dramatic, but it's also normal behavior.
"The sun's polar magnetic fields weaken, go to zero, and then emerge again with the opposite polarity. This is a regular part of the solar cycle," says Stanford solar physicist Phil Scherrer.… Read more
Google announced Monday that it is rolling out extensive bike directions on Google Maps in several European countries, including Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein.
If only this had existed six years ago, I could have avoided my best friend wanting to ring my neck.
When we decided to ride our bikes on a 500-mile tour around the south of France in 2007, my one job was to map our route. I got a paper map, highlighted a loop adjoining several country roads, and off we went. Easy.
Actually, not so much.
While our ride started out pleasant, we … Read more
Bike riding is already a more environmentally conscious pursuit than driving around in a car, but you can really take it to the green extreme with a bike made from 100-percent-recycled aluminum. ReCycle is working at raising funds on Kickstarter to put its first full run of bikes into production.
There are some nice design tweaks that make the ReCycle bikes stand out. The usual seat tube support is gone. Two of the models have belts rather than chains. The eco-friendly aspects go beyond the use of recycled aluminum. The bikes also have saddles and grips made from cork. … Read more
Usually, iPhone docks are pretty interchangeable. A dock charges up your iPhone. Maybe it has some speakers. Maybe it has some other nifty feature that made you want to buy it. But the Lumawake iPhone dock has a whole bunch of nifty features to entice you.
Lumawake is designed as a bedside companion. It has an infrared motion sensor on it that watches you while you sleep, but not in a creepy way. Combined with an app, it tracks your sleep patterns and generates reports from the results.
The sleep-tracking ties in with a Smart Wake function. It determines when you're sleeping lightly near your wake-up time and slowly turns on LEDs to simulate sunrise. If that doesn't work to wake you up, a back-up alarm will sound to roust you from your bed.… Read more
It's hard to love all the world's cyclists.
It isn't so much that they're sometimes sanctimonious about the environment. It's that too many bathe in the self-righteousness of the Ferrari driver, so much so that stop signs and red lights don't exist in their exalted firmament, especially when they're wearing headphones.
My tears go on sit-down strike, therefore, at the plight of 24-year-old Daniel Greer.
Greer confessed to riding through three red lights in Brooklyn, his headphones firmly in his ears.
He was stopped by police and given four tickets. However, he is … Read more
With the advent of pizza vending machines, maybe we should pause for a moment and appreciate the brave men and women who deliver pizzas to our front doors.
In a large city like New York, keeping up with the "30 minutes or less" delivery rule seems slightly impossible with the endless torrent of traffic snaring up city streets. To counter the chaos, many New York pizza places in the Big Apple employ droves of cyclists to zip through the city and deliver hot pies. … Read more
In today's edition of "Well, What Would You Have Done?" might I present the interesting and very contemporary case of Chris Bucchere?
Authorities say he happened to be going downhill, perhaps a little too quickly, at the corner of Castro and Market Streets in San Francisco, when the lights changed color to red.
Then, they say, he careered into pedestrians who were crossing in a crosswalk. The ultimate conclusion to this event was that 71-year-old Sutchi Hui died.
Though this might have been a tragic accident -- and it may well be that Hui didn't directly … Read more