Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Developments in Science and Technology

By now, after having rattled on in Several good reads about one of John Birmingham's trilogies, people will know I love sci-fi and conspiracy theory novels.

I thought, using that trend, I would introduce some Developments in Science and Technology - the real stuff and not imaginery technology.

Two articles caught my attention in today's Sydney Morning Herald: 
1. New Switchblade a lethal weapon: US backpack 'kamikaze drones'

'Kamikaze drone' ... when soldiers identify and lock
on a target, they send a command for the drone to nose-dive
into it and detonate on impact. Photo: AeroVironment

The drones, which US officials hope will help reduce civilian casualties in war zones, pack tiny explosive warheads that can destroy targets with pinpoint accuracy. Seeking to reduce civilian casualties and collateral damage, the Pentagon will soon deploy a new generation of drones the size of model planes, packing tiny explosive warheads that can be delivered with pinpoint accuracy.

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2. New portable device that can see through walls

New device ... (left to right): Matthew Kitchener, Wenbin Shao, Alex Seng,
Prof Salim Bouzerdoum and Jie Yang have made a radar that can see through walls.
Photo: Melanie Russell

It's the stuff of science fiction - the ability to see through walls and other solid objects, in real-time. But thanks to an enterprising group of University of Wollongong students, that's now possible - cape and tights optional. Alex Seng, Matthew Kitchener, Wenbin Shao, Jie Yang and Yhenxin Feng's work on the aptly-named Compressed Sensing Imager, or CSI, recently gained them a national innovation award.

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AstridsSoapbox said...

Hey John, I thought they could already see through walls...with that heat sensing thingy. You can see that I know all the correct scientific terms. Smiles - A.

JohnD said...

I understand that this system named Compressed Sensing Imager, or CSI, is NOT reliant on heat emissions but can detect 'cold' objects. I've heard it has a suggested use for checking shipping containers for contraband without opening them, or, finding materials like illicit drugs or weapons secreted inside luggage or other solid objects.