So what’s the latest on the wild, wide world of high technology? I’m ever so glad you asked. Here we go, kids…
* The stereotype is that the science and math types who make up most of the student body at Kettering University would be introverts who have a hard time networking. But in this USA Today story, Kettering students have figured out a way to encourage interaction over something that unites college students — food. Every week about 34 science, math and engineering students armed with marinades, steaks, seafood and even pancake batter gather on campus around a customized grill that an engineering student built and designed. The grilling attracts students of all types, as you’d expect.
* Interesting article in The Ticker (a really fine local news site for the Traverse City area, by the way) on new work spaces in downtown Traverse City intended for ‘co-working’ remote employees, solo entrepreneurs and free agents, many in IT and the creative industries. Saaaaay… you don’t suppose I could do the Tech Report from there, do you? Traverse City here I come — back — at long last? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm….
Now, the national and global stuff…
* Burger King gets hacked and posts as McDonald’s. Wow.
* No less an organization than the United Nations is studying the potential of Earth-impacting asteroids after a couple of close calls of late.
* Here’s a wonderful advance in prosthetics — an artificial hand that can transmit a sensation of touch to the user.
* They’re now testing self-driving cars in the United Kingdom, too. I want to own one — soon.
*China now tops the United States as the world’s largest smart device market.
* Scientists say that under climate change, there will be less snow — but when it comes, there will be more ‘knockout punches’ of the type the Eastern seaboard just experienced.
*Really interesting study of preserved ancient oral bacteria shows there was a price to pay for first agriculture and later industrialization — worse oral and tooth disease. See, we’re supposed to be hunter-gatherers…
* Big news in the search for dark matter may be coming in about two weeks, the leader of a space-based particle physics experiment said at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
* The increasing power and accessibility of genetic technology may one day give parents the option of modifying their unborn children. Should we want to? Should we allow it?
* Oh, lovely. Experts say the recent Facebook hack may be just the tip of the iceberg of a much bigger set of problems.
* Bill Gates says he’s not satisfied with the company’s recent innovations. All righty then, Mr. Ballmer.
* And here, behold, the next generation of massively multiplayer shoot-’em-ups set in a post-apocalyptic world. (I never criticize people who play such games. After all, I never tire of reading post-apocalyptic science fiction provided it’s done well.)