Category Archives: Technos


A cure for blindness, in your smartphone

A cure for blindness, in your smartphone. A smartphone app developed by Peek Vision (Portable Eye Examination Kit) has been used in Kenya, Botswana and India to test patients who would otherwise find getting proper eye care difficult. There are 39 million blind people in the world, and in low-income countries, 80% of blindness is…

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Health tech for people who need it most

Health tech for people who need it most. But Fitbits aren’t particularly useful if you’re homeless, and the nutrition app won’t mean much to someone who struggles to pay for groceries. Same for emailing your doctor if you don’t have a doctor or reliable internet access. “There is a disconnect between the problems of those…

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Juno probe is orbiting Jupiter

The Juno team cheered and hugged. The probe had to conduct a tricky maneuver to slow down enough to allow it to be pulled into orbit: It fired its main engine for 35 minutes, effectively hitting the brakes to slow the spacecraft by about 1,212 miles per hour (542 meters per second). “NASA did it…

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Giant spacecraft nears Jupiter

The Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of a hidden galaxy that is fainter than Andromeda or the Milky Way. This low surface brightness galaxy, called UGC 477, is located over 110 million light-years away in the constellation of Pisces. On April 19, NASA released new images of bright craters on Ceres. This photo shows…

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Great white shark tracking goes mobile

A new mobile app called Sharktivity allows users to track where sharks have been seen along the coast. They can also submit their own sightings. There is science behind the app, too. Sharktivity is being launched by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that works to protect white sharks, also known as great…

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Opinion: Crash highlights self-driving car dangers

Opinion: Crash highlights self-driving car dangers. But as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s investigation into a fatal self-driving car accident should remind us, the automobile’s centrality to the American way of life was an expensive and political battle with nearly uncountable human casualties. The latest permutation on this theme occurred in May, when a…

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Asteroids could threaten Earth, scientists say

This graphic shows asteroid 2016 HO3 orbiting Earth as the pair go around the sun together. The asteroid was first spotted on April 27, 2016, by the Pan-STARRS 1 asteroid survey telescope on Haleakala, Hawaii. All about asteroids – This graphic shows the track for asteroid 2004 BL86, which flew about 745,000 miles from Earth…

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