Tech universe: Monday 16 August

By Miraz Jordan

A round-up of the latest technology news from around the globe.

A man used GPS markers to create a 20,000km message, visible only on Google Earth. Photo / Martin Sykes
A man used GPS markers to create a 20,000km message, visible only on Google Earth. Photo / Martin Sykes

WRIT LARGE: If you use a GPS to log where you go, then you can upload your route to Google Earth. One man in the US drove almost 20,000 Km across 30 states in 30 days to promote his philosophy, creating a message so large it is only visible on Google Earth. It's a big medium; let's hope it's a big message. More at Wired.

POWER HEAVY: 1300 tonnes, 22.5 meters tall, and with a rotor 18 meters in diameter - a tidal power turbine will soon be installed in Orkney, Scotland to power more than 1000 homes. Its makers say it's the largest and most powerful tidal turbine ever built. That should tide them over for a while. More at Atlantis.

STAR STRIKE: Have you ever wondered what's new as you look at the night sky? As part of a school project to comb through NASA data files two Delhi students found an asteroid.

Now they comb through name files. Details at Times of India.

PROTEIN BAR: Nexagon is a new gel that blocks a protein that inflames wounds to let healing cells get to work more quickly. Tests so far show it's very promising in healing ulcers and other chronic wounds that resist standard treatments. That's something good coming out of
the blocks. Details here.

MECCA TIME: Each face of a new clock on Mecca's Royal Clock Hotel Tower measures 46 metres across. Two million LEDs light the clock, while 21,000 white and green coloured lights, visible for 30 kilometres, will signal worship five times a day. The tardy don't have a prayer. More at Yahoo.

- Miraz Jordan knowit.co.nz.

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