Valentine’s virtual treasure hunt

February 14, 2017

Valentine’s 2017 is here and if you are lacking some inspiration then fear no more. The Apple of your eye is right in front of you – well if you have an iPhone that is. This Valentine’s say you can catch your lovers eye and impress them with a techy QR code treasure hunt. These simple 2D bar-codes that we now see everywhere can store huge amounts of data –…


Tropical Cyclone Dineo caught on camera

February 14, 2017

Yesterday (February 13th) saw the fifth tropical cyclone of the Southern Indian Ocean season formed, and NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a visible image of the storm. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a visible image of newly developed Tropical Cyclone Dineo in the Mozambique Channel on February 13th, 2017. Madagascar is to the east of the storm and Mozambique lies to the west….


The Right Cup: It’s a matter of taste

December 23, 2016

Before, during and after the Christmas holidays this year, most people enjoy the excuse to eat, drink and be merry. But once the overindulging comes to a lackadaisical end, many of us look to the New Year as a time for resolutions and a strict regime for our health. Some will join the gym, some will take up a new sport, others will clean up their diet. All those health-conscious…


Santa Claus can’t get stuck in my chimney! Here’s why

December 15, 2016

The mystery of how Father Christmas can deliver presents to 700 million children in one night, fit down the chimney and arrive without being seen or heard has been ‘solved’ by a physicist at the University of Exeter. Santa and his reindeer zoom around the world at such speed that – according to relativity theory – they would shrink, enabling Father Christmas and a huge sack of presents to fit…


Technological evolution of 2016

December 15, 2016

Author: Thomas Ricker The arrival of the 12th month in the Gregorian calendar is a sign that something old is about to be renewed. We, as writers and readers of The Verge, are people who live in the near-future, humans at the forefront of technology adoption and cultural change. So what better time to take stock of our tech portfolios to see how the industry is evolving? I’ll go first….


Are the reindeer on weight watchers?

December 12, 2016

Santa’s sleigh might need a bit of extra help when it comes to pulling it along in the sky this year, as researchers have warned that reindeer are shrinking. The average weight of an adult reindeer in Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic, over the past 16 years has dropped by 12%. The likely reason of this is due to global warming said the study findings presented to a meeting at…


Carv: The winter wearable digital ski coach

December 8, 2016

Author: Daisy Stapley-Bunten With the support of Robotae, a robotics and mechatronics consultancy, Motion Metrics has developed Carv – the world’s first digital ski coach that uses a smart boot insert to capture motion and pressure. The idea for a ski coach came to co-founder Jamie Grant during his PhD at Imperial College London. As a keen skier he developed an app which used the motion sensor on the phone…


Apple Watch clocks up best sales ever

December 6, 2016

Tim Cook has delivered an update on Apple Watch sales through the unusual medium of email to Reuters reporter. “Our data shows that Apple Watch is doing great and looks to be one of the most popular holiday gifts this year,” Cook said. “Sales growth is off the charts. In fact, during the first week of holiday shopping, our sell-through of Apple Watch was greater than any week in the…


The Star of Bethlehem actually a planetary alignment

December 5, 2016

The Star of Bethlehem, and its origin, has been one of those mysteries, pondered by scientists for centuries – and something Grant Mathews, professor of theoretical astrophysics and cosmology in the Department of Physics in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Science, has studied for more than a decade. “Astronomers, historians and theologians have pondered the question of the ‘Christmas Star’ for many years,” said Mathews. “Where and when…


Where are your winter boots on the snowflake scale?

November 28, 2016

A team of researchers from the iDAPT labs at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network are dedicated to keeping Canadians safer this winter by offering evidence-based ratings on footwear that may reduce the risk of slips and falls on ice. The team has developed the first test of its kind in the world – the Maximum Achievable Angle (MAA) Testing Method – to validate slip resistant footwear on icy surfaces using…