New Rising Media covers what is new and undiscovered at the intersection of technology, science, art and culture.
If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of annoyingly harassing texts, chances are you are used to blocking phone numbers or have a script full of noncommittal responses. But what if you really can’t be bothered to deal with that anymore? Burner is here to help with Ghostbot - a bot that will blow off any creepers for you.
So my girlfriend bought me a ticket to 'The Fork Awakens' for my Birthday - a perceptively exciting Star Wars themed experience of gourmet food and performance... How woefully mistaken we were in trusting Barrel & Forks to deliver on this promise.
Have you ever wondered what a comet smells like? Of course you have, we all have. Well now, science has the answer. They smell like cat’s piss, as well as rotten eggs and bitter almonds. What exactly is that like, you wonder? Worry not, scientists are turning it into a perfume.
The human brain has eluded scientists in terms of how it actually works. Granted, we’ve got a general idea thanks to MRI machines, but a study led by the University of Oregon has got us even closer to the truth by using AI to read a person’s mind… sort of.
The Curiosity rover has been doing some drilling on Mars, and what is has discovered has NASA scratching their heads. A mineral known as tridymite has been uncovered beneath the surface of Mars. And its presence raises far more questions than it answers.
Here we regular humans are, bragging about processors ranging from 6-12 cores. But researchers at UC Davis have blown that out the water by developing the KiloCore – a CPU that (as the name suggests) packs 1,000 cores of punch!
Excuse me for being pedantic in picking a throwaway line from a longer discussion - but with the implied huge changes in Facebook user behaviour, I feel the need to jump to the defence of text.
In space, no one can hear you burn. NASA has been conducting experiments with fire in space, hoping to gain a better understanding of any potential future hazards. Having previously only worked with tiny little flames, NASA has increased the scale this time around.
A robotic revolt has always been on the cards ever since we started playing around with VR. We may have just witnessed the first self-aware step towards this – a Russian robot escaping its lab and wandering onto the street causing a traffic jam.
Remember when the makers of TeslaCrypt gave up their master key to allow antimalware companies to finally combat it? If you’ll recall, the general feeling was one of ominousness rather than relief, and this could be why. Ransomware is growing, and now it’s coming for your televisions.
Sega failed by pissing off developers and customers by releasing too many consoles. Now, with the nonsensical Xbox hardware launches, Microsoft run the risk of doing exactly the same thing!
It’s time for Sony to reveal what they have up their sleeves for the PlayStation at this year’s E3 – and you can watch it all unfold right here LIVE…
Microsoft will be the first of the major console manufacturers to throw their hat in the ring at this year’s E3 – and you can watch it right here LIVE!
A.I. is quickly becoming the next big thing in technology - learning to drive cars and even beat humans at board games. But what if we used a neural network to write a science fiction film? The result is Sunspring, and it’s rather incoherent, to say the least!
It’s everyone’s favourite misunderstood science, Quantum Physics! The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created a quantum simulator. With it, they’re able to generate quantum entanglement in about 10 times as many ions as they ever have before.
If you’re a person, the chances are that every time you hear a story about AI you think “but what about Terminator”. Turns out, the scientists are right there with you. DeepMind, the AI division of Google has teamed up with Oxford University to develop a “kill switch” for AI, should it become unruly in the future.
Nintendo’s impractical Power Glove has been the epitome of cool controllers for over 25 years, but an engineer has made the peripheral practical by hacking it to control drones! To use a quote to sum up my opinions - “it’s so bad…”
Warcraft: The Beginning by Legendary Pictures is ever-so-slowly releasing across the world. It made it to our shores on the 30th of May, and has so far managed to inspire some of the most wildly polarizing reviews ever known. Even aggregate sites are all over the place right now. Some place it as a 2/10, some an 8, and it's hard to find any written review that isn't loaded with hyperbole either way. So let me give it a go.
A few months ago, the mysterious Planet X aka Planet 9 was discovered. Despite that, it has yet to capture our hearts like its plucky predecessor, Pluto did. And now it seems unlikely it ever will. There is evidence to suggest that Planet X killed the dinosaurs, and one day it may well kill us too.
Pluto is the most beloved celestial body in our solar system. For years, we’ve just wanted to get close to it. And now, we have. The New Horizons probe, which last year brought us some stunning images of Pluto, has delivered once again.
Few natural phenomenon are as powerful and awe-inspiring as lightning. Molten flashes of plasma which sear the eyes and deafen the ears, lightning is as mysterious as it is beautiful. Researchers at the Florida Institute of Technology are using modern photography to try and discover more about this still largely-unknown entity.
Have you ever looked at the electronics in your life and thought “I wish I could hurt you”? Well soon, you can! Researchers from the Leibniz University of Hannover are working on a way to get machines to feel pain. Granted, their goal isn’t sadism, but rather preservation. They hope that by responding to the stimuli of pain, machines will get themselves out of harm’s way before they are damaged or broken.
The biggest thermal power plant in the world experienced a literal meltdown last Thursday. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California set fire to itself after misaligned mirrors directed beams of molten sunlight at its own infrastructure.
When it comes to mobile phones of the new millennium, none can match the nostalgic power of Nokia. Legendary the world over for being indestructible, and for bringing us the best mobile games of all time. Now, at long last, Nokia is coming back, by popular demand, with its own range of smart phones.
Remember TeslaCrypt? That incredibly scary virus floating around that would encrypt your files and demand payment to get them back. After being the terror of the malware world for quite some time, things have taken a shocking turn of events. The makers of the ransomware have seemingly given up their evil deeds, and handed over the master key to ESET.
James Brady of The Creative Assembly (makers of the excellent Alien: Isolation) has shown off his artistic talents by remaking the classic Midwich Elementary School from Silent Hill in Unreal Engine 4. Clearly a common trend among artists, EA DICE's Simon Barle has used the engine to remake Hunter's Dream from Bloodborne.
An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman were all using their mobile phones. And the Irishman swallowed his. No, really. As detailed in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, a 29-year-old Irish prisoner did indeed swallow his phone. This, it turns out, is pretty bad for you.
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Robots walked among us in 1928. Well, one of them, anyway. Eric, created by British roboticists almost 90 years ago, wowed audiences the world over before his mysterious disappearance some time later. Now, curator Ben Russell is on a mission to rebuild Eric and restore a fascinating piece of cultural history. But he needs your help on Kickstarter to do it.
Humans, by and large, are pretty good at walking. It's our thing. We can go for hours and hours without getting tired. Add heavy lifting to the mix, however, and we risk fatigue and even injury. So what better way to solve this problem than a pair of robot trousers? Ones that can even help those with physical disabilities to walk with ease.