By Larissa Anderson // Posted: 08/27/10 06:00 PM
It’s an MIT project called Seaswarm. Little robots drag around nano-fabric that can asborb 20 times their weight in oil. These robots dragging around the nano-fabric use wifi and GPS to communicate and position themselves without a human being directing them where to go. A prototype has been developed and was tested in Boston’s Charles River to make sure the waves wouldn’t knock the bots around too much.
Posted: 07/01/10 04:30 AM
"Crisis in the Gulf" is a video game that gives you a chance to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf. Well, clean up may be a stretch. Players torpedo and shoot canons at blobs of oil. There’s a video here. If you play it, I’d love to hear whether this makes you feel any less helpless about the big spill. /la
09/26/10 11:15 AM
There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.
On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.
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