Spot goes to Pompeii: Why a robot dog is patrolling ancient ruins

Boston Dynamics’ robot dog Spot has been tasked with a new job – patrolling the ancient ruins of Pompeii. The robot will be used to inspect the site for safety issues and record structural changes over time to better manage the historic ruins.Continue … Continue reading Spot goes to Pompeii: Why a robot dog is patrolling ancient ruins

Study finds car thefts decrease when street lights are turned off

When you pull your car up on a quiet residential street at night, do you park under a street light thinking the bright light will dissuade a thief from breaking into your car? Intuitively it seems like the right thing to do, after all, it would be easi… Continue reading Study finds car thefts decrease when street lights are turned off

Outbraker claims its bolt-on “ABS” brake mods make bikes safer

There are more bicycles out there than ever before, and many of them are electrified, so people are getting around quicker. Bosch has responded by releasing ebike-specific versions of its ABS system, and others have followed suit, but Korea’s Outbraker… Continue reading Outbraker claims its bolt-on “ABS” brake mods make bikes safer

Hand-held device shows concentration of water contamination in minutes

Back in 2019, a team of researchers at Northwestern University developed a cheap testing system for the detection of fluoride levels in water. The following year, project leader Prof. Julius Lucks introduced a new system that could detect 17 different … Continue reading Hand-held device shows concentration of water contamination in minutes

Roadside brain imaging could assess cannabis driving impairment

A new study led by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital has identified a pattern of brain activity that seems to correlate with impairment from cannabis intoxication. The researchers suggest this novel brain-based biomarker could be a way to… Continue reading Roadside brain imaging could assess cannabis driving impairment

$7 Tent Heater Provides Comfort on a Budget

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At Hackaday’s Minnesota office, we appreciate central heat and hot coffee because the outdoor temperature is sub-zero in Celsius and Fahrenheit. Not everyone here has such amenities, and families living …read more Continue reading $7 Tent Heater Provides Comfort on a Budget

Asus heads into the kitchen with food safety detection device

Whether you buy your veggies from a farmer’s market or at the grocery store, you need to give them a good wash when you get home. But how clean is clean enough? Help is at hand from an unexpected source in the shape of the PureGo PD100 from Asus.Contin… Continue reading Asus heads into the kitchen with food safety detection device