Indie Nation Science News
This is the science news part of our news show here at indienation.fm.
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2014.09.22 – Tech Net News and Opinion
We opened this week’s show with Titanic and Cape Cod Girls from the album Choice Cuts by Water Street Bridge. You can find out more about this band by listening to the interview at the end of the newscast or by checking out the individual posting of the interview on Indie Nation. Join Brian and Lumpy as they discuss some Walking Dead spoilers and rumors, Google news in general, drones vs Star Wars and more in tech and science news. We would also like to remind the listeners that we encourage listener participation through chat, comments and you are welcome to actually join us on the air. To find out how to join us on the air, contact us via our chat room on the Listen Page.
- First off, the season premier is 12 October
- Season 5 Episode 2 – Another character from the comic, Father Gabriel.
- Carol is supposedly back at the end of the premier
- FYI – Lumpy did check, Walking Dead Season Marathon begins on 6 October
- The Air Herald reports that there will be a spin off
- There is talk about Beth, it seem that a trailer gave that and a few other things away
- Washington D.C. is in the storyline
- Beth has been in some of the teasers, possibly in a safe place
- It doesn’t look like Glenn dies by episode two
- The best cities for Internet (based on speed and/or price)
- Be kewl by looking the fool, strap your iPhone to your face
- Audible security loophole exploited
- A fewregarding Apple:
- Comcast denies TOR statements from customer
- Star Wars set needs a drone shield
- An analysis of the 5 million leaked gMail passwords
- Native Netflix support for Linux
We closed with a few more tracks from Water Street Bridge:
- Pay Me/Iko
- Zombie Jamboree
- Lumpy’s Interview with them at Gen Con 2014
This is an edited version of our weekly news podcast. We have divided the news into sections and decided to break them out as individual podcast as well as the complete show. Please feel free to give us feedback.
- Space X Rocket Self Destructs
- Living Organisms Clinging to Space Station
- Lawn Darting Mars
- First Metamaterial Super Conductor
- NASA Makes Major Breakthrough in 3D Printing
- First Solar Powered Cirumnavigational Flight Attempted
- A USB Condum
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2014.08.25 – Tech Net News and Opinion
Brian thought it might be a good idea to try and break the news up into more organized groups. After only one show’s worth of hindsight, I would have to agree that it seems like a great idea. It certainly seems to encourage more conversation from the chat room and I already know it made it much easier on the post edit.
We opened with some Sarah Donner. They were live tracks recorded with her permission at this year’s 2014 Gen Con. The tracks were Going Under and Fossil Girl You can find out more about her at:
There seems to be no shortage on iPhone apps. Everything form a case mod with and app to turn the phone into a bottle opener to whatever is limited only by your imagination. Recently the iPhone is in the news again.
First, there is a controversial iPhone app that allows you to buy your friend a beer. When this story was reported on my local six o’clock news, the reporters immediately pounced on the fact that it might allow minors to buy alcohol. It is an app that allows you to send your friend a coupon to buy a him or her a beer.
One thing my local news pointed out was that, in order to install the app from beer2buds.com, the installer must agree that he or she is 17 years or older. Is there any state with a 17 year old drinking age?
Boy did this one turn into a 19 headed dragon. It works like this, we use Wednesday Nights Live to record We rambled and played music for almost 6 hours. In this first segment, we are totally enthralled by this Mercury Project CD. Steve “Boz” Bostwick brought this Cleveland independent band’s CD to the studio. It is an example of why Boz is a recent addition to the Indie Nation Team. The band also gave us a chance to do something you rarely hear any more. Tonight’s shows are long because, with the artists permission, played entire albums.
We liked and discussed this album so much, that we touched not on much geek. Then again, this album, a great example of a concept album is more than tech-geek enough to make up for any lack of tech talk. Here at Indie Nation it is about good music by numerous independent artists. We started off the show by playing, with few interruptions the entire album by Mercury Project. Referencing our tech director’s comment, this is a good one for a quiet dark room.
Back in the day of having to buy an entire album to get the music you desired, a concept album was a real gem. You got an entire album that was arranged and thought out in a manner to make you want to listen to the entire album. It worked out pretty well for The Beatles, Pink Floyd and others lesser known that Steve will mention later. For now, don that pressurized suit and prepare for a mental launch into the land of space and EVAs.
Greetings Listeners, Readers and Participants,
Welcome to our first attempt at “doing news live… sorta”. Jeff and I have been wanting to get some news on this station for a while. We thought it might be fun to try and do a show while streaming the process live and trying to get some chat/VOIP interaction. We start out with a bit of a rant and and digression. William Shatner recorded a special wake up call for the Discovery and crew. A wake up based on the intro to the original Star Trek series… It was all the rage and all the blogs picked it up. Wait till you hear all the tunes Captain Kirk beat out.
Lunar X Competition Adds 7 More Contestants
The new space race is well under way. It has been announced that the contest has added 7 more teams to the finals, bringing the total up to almost 30 contestants. The teams consist of an eclectic mix of private companies, university teams and even a “mystery team” . For the 29 entered teams the rules are pretty simple but the task is very hard. The Google Lunar X Prize of 30 Million dollars will be awarded to the first team that privately launches a space craft, lands it on the moon, has it rove at least 500 meters and, of course, sends data back to Earth. The contest was first announced in 2007 and is expected to have a victor by 2015. (Lumpy had an entry idea that was rejected… it involved a very large catapult and snookie… we don’t think he would have won but it had high entertainment value.) For more news, click continue reading
Super Bowl Sunday is practically a holiday in the United States. It is a big day for players, fans, advertisers and broadcasters.
It is also going to be a big day for a robot called “R2”. Good thing space robonauts don’t get nervous. The space bot will appear on the Fox pre-game show this Sunday. The Robonaut 2 Program is a NASA partnership with GM. It is a humanoid shaped robot and, as the “2” implies, it is a much improved version of a previous design.
The choice for a humanoid robot eliminates any need for specialized tools. The robot is to perform with better dexterity than gloved humans. The goal is to use this robot as a helper without having to modify connections and carry additional specialized tools. You can check out many photos of this bot at Flickr
The bot’s twin is already packed aboard the shuttle scheduled to launch this month. The earth bound robot is still busy learning better dexterity and his knowledge will be uploaded to his brother on the shuttle. NASA has wisely allowed the bot some time off. He is spending some of it with Howie Long.