Readers of a certain age will likely remember the 1973 film Soylent Green, in which the inhabitants of a polluted, overcrowded world subsist on a mysterious food known only as Soylent Green. And even if you haven't seen the movie, you likely know how that turned out.
Google has a longstanding tradition of naming each new iteration of its Android operating system after a dessert. We've seen Jellybean, Cupcake and even Froyo over the years – but the software giant is shaking it up a bit with the new Android 4.4, codenamed.... KitKat!
Next month, AIO Robotics will be launching a Kickstarter campaign for a new 3D printer, called the Zeus. Given the glut of 3D printers on the market at the moment, you'd be right to wonder why this one warrants your attention– but if you grew up watching Star Trek, this might be the only one you'd ever want.
Remember the vogue for space food in the 1970s and '80s? Even today, no science museum gift shop is complete without a few silver packets of freeze-dried ice cream. But with NASA's current interest in a Mars mission, scientists are reconsidering the foods that could accompany astronauts on a long-term journey.
Last week, DARPA unveiled its latest creation, a 6-foot humanoid robot called Atlas. It'll be used in the latest DARPA Challenge, in which teams of programmers will be tasked with making the robot drive a vehicle to a location, get out, and perform various navigation and work tasks. The goal is to encourage development of humanoid robots that can enter dangerous locations after disasters to aid survivors.
When you think of Apple's big innovations, the real game changers, you probably think of the iPhone, and maybe the iPad, and if you've got a long memory you might include the Apple II and Macintosh as well. But one of the most crucial would have to be the App Store, a feature that has become so ubiquitous and oft-imitated that it has completely revolutionized the way we look at software.