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High technology

often abbreviated to high tech (adjective forms high-technology, high-tech or hi-tech) is technology that is at the cutting edge: the most advanced technology available.

Low technology

often abbreviated low tech (adjective forms low-technology, low-tech, lo-tech) is simple technology, often of a traditional or non-mechanical kind, such as crafts and tools that pre-date the Industrial Revolution. It is the opposite of high technology.

Technology sectors

The sector approach classifies industries according their technology intensity,product approach according to finished products.

Appropriate technology

Appropriate technology is an ideological movement (and its manifestations) originally articulated as intermediate technology by the economist Dr. Ernst Friedrich "Fritz" Schumacher in his influential work, Small is Beautiful.

High-tech society

When speaking of a high-tech society in a non-literal way, it is usually in reference to an overall society based in high-tech. However, this is something generally unattainable by the definition comprising its scarcity among every technology available.

dimanche 16 décembre 2018

No, Yukon does not have a 'grizzly bear plague,' experts say

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After a fatal bear attack in Yukon last month, some people went online to say it's time to relax bear hunting regulations. But bear experts call that ridiculous.



Confirmed! Those LIGO Gravitational Wave Signals Were Real

Two independent papers vanquish lingering doubts about LIGO’s historic discovery of gravitational waves.

The RM 25-01: This is what happens when Sylvester Stallone helps design a high-end watch

The RM 25-01 was designed in collaboration with the actor/director Sylvester Stallone

If you're ever likely to get lost in the woods and have about a million dollars to spare, then the Richard Mille RM 25-01 Adventure wristwatch might be up your alley. Designed in collaboration with actor/director Sylvester Stallone, the Ramboesque timepiece is not only a tourbillon chronograph, but also boasts such survival aids as a compass, spirit level, and water purification tablet storage compartment.

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MIT scientists can now shrink 3D objects down to one thousandth of the size

Using a new technique, scientists can shrink structures down to the nanoscale

It sounds like a scene from Ant-Man, but this is very much real life: scientists at MIT have devised a super shrinking system that can produce 3D nanoscale versions of much larger, custom-made objects – reducing them to around one thousandth the size of the originals.

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samedi 15 décembre 2018

Egypt unveils 'one of a kind,' 4,400-year-old tomb

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Egypt unveiled a well-preserved 4,400-year-old tomb decorated with hieroglyphs and statues south of Cairo on Saturday, and officials expect more discoveries when archaeologists excavate the site further in coming months.



Why Christmas is bad for the environment and what you can do about it

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Canadians pile up more trash over holidays because they buy more stuff and a lot of it — from shiny wrapping paper to glittery cards — typically can't go in the recycling blue bin.



Lasers help keep CubeSats on target to handle large data downlinks

A new laser-pointing platform developed at MIT may help launch CubeSats into the high-rate data game

An MIT team is working on a new aiming system that will allow CubeSats to use lasers for high-bandwidth communications with Earth. The new laser-pointing platform uses a second directional beam to keep the primary data beam on focus, allowing the CubeSat to transmit large amounts of data without the need for heavy antennae or wasting propellant.

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Missing ocean instrument package found after accidental five-year odyssey

The instrument package lost five years ago in the Drake Passage off South America

After five years and 8,700 mi (14,000 km), a lost oceanographic instrument package has turned up on a beach in Tasmania. The deep-ocean monitoring equipment belonging to Britain's National Oceanography Centre (NOC) was lost on Christmas Day 2013 in the northern Drake Passage after a failed recovery effort, but was found by a Tasmanian resident after an epic drift clear across the South Pacific.

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From self-drivers to auto-expansion chambers: Amazing camping trailers of 2018

A teardrop with its own flair - the Mink Camper

Not that 2017, 2016, or other years of recent memory didn't have moments of their own, but 2018 really seemed to be the year of weird, wild camping trailers. More than once, it felt like we were looking into a caravan crystal ball. We saw expanders that grow multiple times their travel size, camping trailers without wheels, a lithium-powered motorized caravan, and many other trailblazing designs. Follow along as we take a look back at a year of the intriguing and outlandish trailers.

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Category: Outdoors

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Millions of Facebook users may have had their photos exposed due to privacy flaw

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Facebook's privacy controls have broken down yet again, this time through a software flaw affecting nearly seven million users who had photos exposed to a much wider audience than intended.



vendredi 14 décembre 2018

UN climate talks extended as island countries demand action

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Weary officials from almost 200 countries faced another day of negotiations at United Nations climate talks to bridge their last remaining differences as small island countries on Friday demanded an ambitious stance against global warming.



System uses ultrasound to keep bats away from blades

The Bat Deterrent System, pictured here, will be available in 2019

Although wind turbines may be a valuable source of eco-friendly energy, they do have at least one drawback – bats are frequently killed by their spinning blades. A promising new system is designed to help keep that from happening, however, by producing an ultrasonic acoustic field.

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Webcams and wearable tech are going to the dogs, literally

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From cameras and devices that give treats remotely to tracking collars to interactive games, new technology is here to help us monitor and better understand our pets when we aren't home. But is it helping or hindering them?



Review: 2019 Volvo XC40 looks to set a new standard in compact luxury

Power and performance are not exactly the expected high points of the compact crossover classes, but ...

After spending a week with the new 2019 XC40, we came away impressed with Volvo's attention to detail on this compact luxury crossover. The XC40 builds on the excellence of the larger XC60 and XC90 models, without downsizing their ergonomics for the compact market.

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Honda plans to swarm CES with aids to traffic safety

The Safe Swam concept shows how vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications can improve traffic flow ...

Honda will be busy at CES 2019, showcasing several concepts and products related to vehicles and robotics. Among these is an interesting traffic safety system utilizing vehicle-to-vehicle communications. Honda is calling it Safe Swarm and its goal is to improve traffic flow and safety.

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Approaching December comet may be visible to the naked eye

At closest approach, 46P/Wirtanen, seen above, will pass just 30 lunar distances from Earth

The comet 46P/Wirtanen (46P) is set to make a close approach to Earth this weekend, and may even be bright enough to be seen by the naked eye. At its closest, 46P will pass a mere 7.2 million miles (11.7 million km) from our planet, making it the 10th closest comet encounter in the modern era.

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'Both things are true': Science, Indigenous wisdom seek common ground

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Reconciliation between Canada and First Nations is playing out not only in legislatures and courtrooms but in labs across the country.



RFID tech may tell us if hummingbird feeders are really a good idea

A male Anna's hummingbird, which is commonly found along the California coast

While it's certainly kind of people to set up hummingbird feeders in their back yards, some scientists are wondering if the practise may be causing more harm than good. In an effort to better understand the issue, researchers recently equipped a group of the birds with tags that were read by devices at urban feeders.

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Rockin the best music gear of 2018

The mighty Moog One is among our picks of 2018's best music gear

The last 12 months have seen iconic brand Gibson collapse and be reborn, Fender experiment with hybrid forms for its Parallel Universe series, and Moog release its first analog polysynth in decades while also calling time on its line of FX stomps. It's been a rollercoaster of highs and lows, but we're focusing on the positive for a look back at music gear highlights in 2018.

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Honda looks to get remote work done with autonomous ATV

The Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle can manage any terrain that the Honda ATV it's based upon ...

Honda will attend the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2019 with a working prototype of an autonomous all-terrain vehicle (ATV) which it's calling the Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle. The ATV is equipped with self-driving gear and artificial intelligence, to allow it to go almost anywhere on its own.

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China's 'complicated' role in fight against climate change

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Three years after they helped forge the landmark Paris agreement, the U.S. and China are effectively on opposite sides of the climate discussion, Nahlah Ayed writes.



Mercury from melting permafrost ending up in Arctic waterways, study finds

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As permafrost in the North melts, it’s releasing record levels of mercury into Arctic rivers and waterways, graduate students at the University of Alberta have found.



ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/13/2018

ICE Cubes (International Commercial Experiment Cubes): A crewmember removed Experiment Cubes (Cube set #2) from the ICE Cubes facility and installed the new set of Cubes (Cube set #1) that were flown on SPX-16. The ICE Cubes Facility is a capable experiment platform that offers flexibility to host many different experiments for research, technology demonstration …

No GPS? A DIY Radio Transmitter Can Help You Navigate

The old-school way to navigate is with a clock and a sextant, but you can also hack together this alternative.

The town that Google built: Plans unveiled for large redevelopment project in California

In the North Bayshore Framework Plan, Google lays out its vision to transform the existing North ...

Google originally released plans for its new Mountain View Charleston East headquarters back in 2015. After some doubt, the project is now well underway. However, the company isn't content to stop there, but also has plans for a big chunk of land nearby. Google aims to turn it into a pedestrian-friendly area complete with offices, housing and retail space.

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Stop posting videos of shoplifters, N.L. privacy commissioner says

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"If the purpose is really to just identify them, why do you have to add the fact that they took a dildo or a chicken?"



Alberta Beach ice quake mystery solved

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For almost a year researchers at the University of Alberta worked to solve a riddle. What caused lake ice to shatter so violently on New Year's Day that homes in three central Alberta beach communities were damaged?



Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery

Conservationists call for orca action

With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion USD in spending and a partial whale-watching ban.



Future of Canada's exotic bird hospital rests on a wing and a prayer

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The Night Owl hospital in Vancouver needs more staff, but it can't find qualified veterinarians to hire in Canada.



nReal Light mixed reality glasses look almost like regular specs

The nReal Light mixed reality glasses connect to a phone or laptop

The mixed reality specs scene is certainly getting interesting: Magic Leap released its developer edition glasses earlier this year, there are strong rumors that Apple is planning a launch in the next couple of years, and now we have the nReal Light glasses to look forward to in 2019.

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