Florida’s Harvest Power, a group that first started by collecting food waste from Walt Disney World, has found a new way to produce energy. Quadrillions of microorganisms, feeding on discarded food, consume the waste much faster than it would take for it to decompose and produce biogas – a mix of methane and carbon dioxide that is helping power up some area businesses.
The biotech lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) is developing self-configurable ‘Roombots’ that could change your concept of furniture. The bots have the ability to merge with other material like a table top or a cushion to create a more adaptable object. But the team’s priority is creating furniture to assist the elderly.
Robot Turtles is a board game that teaches computer programming to preschoolers. Crowdfunded last year, the game, which is being mass produced for the general public, mirrors the evolution of complex computer coding to a language anyone can learn.
With so many devices hooked up to the Internet all over the world, a group of French and German researchers argue the Internet of Things can play a vital role in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, when communication is critical, particularly with devices running on batteries and Bluetooth.
Researchers say thousands of websites have been hijacked and remotely commandeered by hackers exploiting the recently-patched MailPoet vulnerability in the WordPress content management system.
The finding, similar to the one recently announced by anonymity service Tor, centers around the privacy-oriented operating system, The Invisible Project. Exodus Intelligence researchers say users visiting rigged websites could have their addresses, and possibly their names, unveiled.
Apple has just opened up the beta version of its newest Mac OS X Yosemite to the first million people who sign up to test drive it. The goal is for people to provide the company with feedback on usability and bugs.