Future Soldiers Could Go to War Wearing Fish-Scale Armor

Piranha have a well-earned reputation for being able and willing to eat just about anything in their path. One of the few exceptions is the Arapaima, a six-foot long, 300-pound Amazonian predator with bony scales capable of withstanding the toothy onslaught. Researchers are now working to adapt the Arapaima's defenses… » 2/11/12 1:00am 2/11/12 1:00am

Software Can Duplicate Your Keys Using a Photo Taken From 200 Feet Away

There are skilled locksmiths out there that can reproduce a key from high-resolution images, but new software developed by computer scientists at UC San Diego has simplified the process to a frightening degree. In fact, their "Sneakey" system can reproduce a key with only a grainy cellphone image or, in one case, a… » 10/30/08 6:00pm 10/30/08 6:00pm

Hiperspace Is the World's Highest Resolution Display

A few weeks ago we brought you news about the Hyperwall-2 which was developed by NASA and dubbed the "world's highest resolution visualization system." However, it appears that that title has already fallen to the Hiperspace, or the "Highly Interactive Parallelized Display Space project" developed by UC San Diego.… » 7/09/08 4:41pm 7/09/08 4:41pm

Folding Lens Promises Slimmer Cams in the Future

Think your Exilim is pretty thin? If the engineers at UC San Diego have their way, you ain't seen nothing yet. They're working on a new telephoto lens that unlike today's lenses, can be folded allowing for a smaller, slimmer camera, which can then be used on spy planes, in cell phones, or to make your Exilim rail… » 2/05/07 5:11pm 2/05/07 5:11pm