Clint Webster: What do you mean we lost a plane?
This was my reaction upon hearing about the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines MH370 flight. It is difficult to grasp that even in all its ubiquity, technology still isn’t able to find an object as gigantic as a Boeing 777-200ER.
Surely we should have located the Boeing by now, equipped with its indestructible black box, its transponder-ma-jig and all other aviation tools that were technologically groundbreaking in the 1940s. But how exactly do these devices work?
Robyn Kyrk: Social media has made connecting with people really simple and easy but what if you don’t really feel like bumping into your crazy ex the next time you step out?
Responding to the need for people to avoid each other at times, a new mobile phone app called ‘Split’, was released last week. The app makes use of information from social media websites, using geo-location data, to alert the user when someone they are trying to avoid is within their vicinity.
Our demand for info to be available “right here, right now” at our fingertips and figuratively ‘on hand’ has e-volved to the mobile device with which we just can’t live without.
Sasha Ross and Bracken Lee-Rudolph: Phone applications, or apps, form a large part of daily life, especially for students who have grown up with cellphones and have fully grasped the Android and iOS revolutions. Here are is a list of some of the more useful ones for students.
TEBOGO TSHWANE: Last Friday the Sci-Enza hosted the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) driving experience.
Attendees had the opportunity to drive a simulated version of the Bloodhound SSC. The simulator instrumentation was an accurate copy of the car. The only difference is that people do not experience the +2 times force of gravity when accelerating or -3 when decelerating.
DOMINIC SKELTON: The rAge expo, held annually at the Coca-Cola Dome, offered South African gamers, techno-fundis and geeks a look at what is happening in the world of computers and technology today.
As you walk into the massive circular structure that is the Coca-Cola Dome, you feel as if you are walking into the Colosseum of gaming and it is time to take your pick from new and up-and-coming entertainment. The event was very well-attended by a diverse group of people, all of whom seemed to revel in the plethora of technological products on offer.
Nontobeko Gumede: As Rhodents we all enjoy our fair share of partying whether it involves drinking or the simple social gathering but some of us are not as out-going as others. If you have trouble striking up a conversation with other party guests because of a little stage fright then you definitely need some encouragement to help the life flow right out of you making you the focus of the party.
Known as the Higgs Boson particle, the work of these two physicists was confirmed by discoveries made during the Atlas experiment at CERN’sLarge Hadron Collider.