Tech Universe: Monday 26 September

By Miraz Jordan

SPEEDY RESULTS: Scientists at CERN are puzzled: they've been sending muon neutrinos through the ground from Cern toward the Gran Sasso laboratory 732km away. The problem is that in the 15,000 times they've sent these streams the particles are arriving too quickly. If their speed has been accurately measured then they're travelling faster than light. Now the team are putting their research online and asking other scientists to check it out. Star Trek fans are already wondering what all the fuss is about. BBC details.

WATCH YOUR BRAINS: Thanks to the smartphone brain scanner from the Technical University of Denmark you may be able to keep an EEG scanner in your pocket. An EEG headset records 14 channels of data and sends it wirelessly to a Nokia N900 phone. The phone processes the data and creates a visualisation of brain activity. Oh boy, a new quirk on reality TV is in the offing I bet. Technical University of Denmark has more. Check out the video here.

WIRELESS BREATH: It's useful to measure the breathing of certain people, such as those undergoing surgery or babies at risk of sudden infant death syndrome. But all the tubes and wires are invasive and disruptive.

At the University of Utah researchers are replacing the gadgets with a network of off-the-shelf wireless transceivers around a bed to keep track of breathing. Researchers suggest their BreathTaking technique could help emergency responders identify people alive inside collapsed buildings. They also point out it could be misused by burglars or stalkers. University of Utah elaborates.

TOUCHING TRAVEL TIPS: New York's On the Go! Travel Station is an interactive, 120 cm high-definition touchscreen that provides travel directions, service changes, maps, shopping and dining options and other handy info. The lower half of the screen is dedicated to advertising. The 6 month pilot programme puts the screens in just a few subway stations. Where have the previous users hands been? NYDailyNews reports.

ON THE 3RD HAND: The i-Limb Ultra Prosthetic Hand from Touch Bionics has 5 individually powered articulating fingers and manually rotatable thumb and wrist. It also includes variable grip strength for digits, unlike older models. Standard skin coverings resemble actual skin tones in 10 different skin shades for both genders. Custom skins are also available that match a wearer's own skin exactly. Hooray for tech: prosthetic hands these days are a long way from Cap'n Hook. MedGadget tells it like it is.

Miraz Jordan, knowit.co.nz

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