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July 31, 2013 |
For the last three years, drivers who left their cars at broken parking meters in Los Angeles risked getting a ticket. It was an unpopular enforcement policy, but one that officials said was needed to scare off drivers who broke meters or wrapped them in bags to avoid paying to park. But on Wednesday, the City Council unanimously agreed to reverse course, saying the policy is unnecessary because new, high-tech parking meters have made a dramatic difference in the equipment's reliability.
May 2, 2013 |
NASA wants to send haikus to Mars, and you - yes, you! - might be just the poet for the job. The space agency plans to launch a spacecraft to study the upper layers of the Red Planet's atmosphere in November. But before the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission (known as MAVEN) blasts off, NASA is asking the public to submit their names for a DVD that will be loaded onto the Martian satellite. If you missed your chance at getting your name engraved on microchips on the Mars rover Curiosity (along with the names of 1.2 million other people)
May 1, 2013 |
Flies' multifaceted eyes have long allowed them to elude frustrated swatters from all directions. Now, inspired by insects' vision, researchers have built a digital camera with an array of tiny lenses lining a bulging eyeball, allowing an undistorted, nearly 180-degree view. The new camera, described in the journal Nature, could one day guide miniature spy planes, search-and-rescue vehicles and even endoscopic procedures. All vertebrate animals (including humans) possess single-lens, rather flat eyes that are great at picking up light and offering high spatial resolution.
March 26, 2013 |
USC's Viterbi School of Engineering is launching an early-stage technology accelerator to help student and alumni entrepreneurs start their fledgling technology companies in the Los Angeles area. The newly created Viterbi Startup Garage is designed to foster an environment where start-ups could flourish in Southern California with financial resources and business expertise provided by the school and its partners, United Talent Agency and the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
February 6, 2013 |
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will announce two new citywide tech initiatives during a Google+ Hangout news conference Wednesday afternoon. During the video chat -- the mayor's first-ever news conference using Google+ Hangout -- Villaraigosa is expected to announce the first major redesign of the City of Los Angeles' website . The mayor's office also says it will "unveil an exciting new tech addition for Angelenos to enjoy. " The new website features social media connectivity, online 311 services and a directory of city services.
January 21, 2013 |
Who was that man wearing super high-tech, $1,500 smart glasses on the New York City subway? According to a tweet by a guy who got a picture of the mystery glasses-wearer, it was none other than Google co-founder Sergey Brin, wearing a prototype of one of the most highly anticipated new tech products -- Google Glass. Noah Zerkin, who took the picture and tweeted it, describes himself as a wearable computing enthusiast and "prototyper" on his Twitter profile. He said he just happened to run into the most famous piece of wearable technology Sunday and the man behind it. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Zerkin tweeted a picture of his encounter with Brin, saying "Yeeeah ... I just had a brief conversation with the most powerful man in the world.