Science and Tech

Nike announces “smart” trainers that constantly adapt to your foot. Optional parental lock gives mum and dad the option literally ground their kids

Nike announces “smart” trainers that constantly adapt to your foot. Optional parental lock gives mum and dad the option to literally ground their kids.

January 18, 2019

Nike are planning to roll out this technology to the other products in its range: a sports vest that becomes tighter if you simply eat more food, tennis racquets that expand to an enormous size as unreachable shots come towards you and a headband that turns into a balaclava if your smartphone gyroscope detects you’re holding a sawn-off shotgun.

Crossed Fingers Collider

Scientists announce successor to the Large Hadron Collider. Brexit-weary Brits hoping this one might do a better job of ‘accidentally’ tearing the Universe apart…

January 17, 2019

CERN has published its ideas for a £20bn successor to the Large Hadron Collider, under the official name of Future Circular Collider (FCC). Which admittedly doesn’t sound half as cool as some of the codename used internally: the ‘Massive F***-Off Hadron Collider’. Or indeed the nicknames used by the team informally: Look at my ring’, ‘The Party-Cool Physics Zone’ and the ‘Look at this, Who’s The Sad Nerd Now, Bitches?’ project.

After Russia’s ‘most advanced robot ever’ turned out to be a man in a suit, UK man in suit turns out to be robot called Jacob Rees-Mogg. (And other CES 2019 news).

January 8, 2019

Robotics company Robotemi also announced at CES 2019 that it’s bringing Alexa to its Temi robot. So, for example, someone who can’t find their glasses can say,  “Alexa, go to the bedroom and check if my glasses are by the bed.” And, when found, they will then blame Alexa for having moved them.

China Lands on Dark Side of the Moon – finds nothing but progressive rock.

January 3, 2019

The so-called ‘dark’ side of the moon is a vast, desolate, communications black spot – making it ideally suited to a mission from China. Having built the only man-made structure that can be seen from space there is a certain irony to the fact that the Chinese have landed on the one part of the moon where they can’t actually enjoy the view.