Digital dig: The scanning technology revolutionising archaeology

Archaeologists may not need to get their hands so dirty any more, thanks to the kind of digital technology being pioneered at Southampton University.

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Top 10 incredible inventions.

Top 10 Incredible Scientific Inventions.
10. Suicide Bombing Bacterias.
Scientists have discovered a way in which they can induce certain bacteria to explode when it comes in contact with an enemy. Click here to get the full details (

9. Love/Anti-Love Pill
Pills which can create as well as destroy the most powerful emotion in the world, Love. Complete details here.
8. Sixth sense technology
This thing is so amazing, that I won’t be writing about it. You have to see it to believe it. Catch it here.
7. Magic mirror.
A mirror which can tell you your vital signs just by looking into it. Here is the link (
6. Mind control
A way in which a soldier in battle can reduce stress, increase alertness and go for long hours without sleep by just pressing a switch. All details here. (
5. Anti-Malaria Mosquito
It takes a mosquito to stop malaria. Oh the irony of it. Catch all details here (
4. Plants which detect bombs.
Stuff just keeps getting weirder and weirder. Get the info here (
3. Telepathy
Remember Professor Xavier from Xmen. Well we are closer than you think . (
2. Bullet Proof Gel
This thing is straight out of Terminator. Check it out here (
1. Regeneration
This one just takes the cake. What a better use of science than regenerating lost body parts.

And Facebook said “Let there be graph search”

Innovation. Pretty cool word. For some companies this word is a necessary evil. Just ask Microsoft. And for others this is a driving force behind what makes them get up from their bed and create awesome products. Whatever may be the reason for Facebook, it has launched another feature which Mark Zukerberg calls as the third pillar (alongside NewsFeed and Timeline), its the Graph Search.

Many of you might be fooled by the name, including me ( no it doesn’t display any sort of graph). What it does is, after you enter a search term for example, “places to eat in Singapore”,it will bring you a list of places which your friends might have liked, checked in or reviewed. The reason this is so compelling is (unless you don’t have trust worthy friends) you would value your friends recommendations more than something which turns up on Google.

But good old Facebook has a history of messing up with privacy settings whenever it launches a new feature. The new Facebook Privacy has made it impossible to hide entire Timelines from search results. You can hide individual posts though by hiding it one at a time. Even Randi Zuckerberg, CEO’s sister was not spared when a photo of herself which was supposed to be private turned up in a search result.

So the natural question on your mind. How can I get this awesome search feature? You might be disappointed to know that currently the feature is in beta and you can use it only if you are invited by Facebook. You can go to here and join the waiting list. Facebook will notify you if you can use the graph search. So guys, what do you think of this feature. Let me know in the comments.

Blackberry might be down, but not out yet.


Rejoice Blackberry lovers (currently in minority) your favorite platform will get a shot in the arm soon. Visa has approved the technology which will enable Blackberry users to swipe mobile phones and make the payments. It was announced on Wednesday by RIM that Visa has given the green signal for RIM to develop the technology which will enable this.

“It’s a good sign to see that the hardware providers and the carriers and the financial institutions are becoming increasingly co-ordinated on how they’re gong to go to market on this,” said Doug Macdonald, senior manager at Deloitte Canada. “The more these types of standards being approved the better it is for consumers.”

More than 1600 customers in North America had registered for the program which helps the customers to ease the transition to Blackberry 10 and Blackberry Enterprise Server 10. Customers included more than 60 Fortune 500 companies and top Government organizations.  Shares of RIM which fell as low as $6.22 in September, have more than doubled in value since.

RIM’s announcement will likely increase the interest of mobile phone payments in US where the adoption has been low due to security concerns and long standing habits of using credit cards. In Japan and South Korea, people have already been using this from the past decade to pay their transportation costs which was helped in large by the co-operation between carriers and banks.

Internet pioneer commits suicide.

Co-founder of Reddit and a warrior who championed the cause of freedom on the Internet Aaron Swartz died at a young age of 26, authorities confirmed yesterday. This caused outpour from the online community who all had much to grieve about the life and times of Aaron Swartz.

His uncle Micheal Wolf told that Aaron hanged himself and that a friend discovered the body. At a young age of 14, Aaron helped in creating the RSS the popular tool which helps in subscribing to online information. He later became an Internet hero, in which he wanted to make online legal information free to the world. He was charged with illegally downloading 4.8 million documents from JOSTR, a paid service which distributes scientific and literary documents. 

If found guilty he would have faced decades in prison and US$ 1 million in fines. People close to him have said that facing years in prison in which he would lose his liberty might have prompted him to take this extreme decision. He was also battling depression, a fact which he had made public.

Harvard Law School’s Safra Center for Ethics director Lawrence Lessig had this to say “To the co-creator of RSS, of the Creative Commons architecture, of part of Reddit and of endless love and inspiration and friendships, rest. We are all incredibly sorry to have let you down”

We at the Nature Of Technology deeply mourn the loss of Aaron Swartz. RIP

FTC examination of Google dropped

Heave a sigh of relief Google. You have been cleared. In a statement by the FTC, it was announced that Google was NOT manipulating its search engine so as to get Google’s own sites at an advantage.

Google although has made a voluntary agreement that competitor’s will have much more access to their own information. It was also agreed that Google will be ‘fair and reasonable’ when other competitors will access Motorola Mobility’s (Google owned) patents.  These patents are considered very important to the smartphone industry such as the patent for Internet over wifi. If Google was charging exorbitant prices for these patents in the past, it was very wrong of Google to do so. It would have led to decreased innovation, and the FTC is right in legally binding Google to be fair and reasonable.

Although all is not well with the competitors who wanted the investigation results to go the other way. Fairprice, an organization which represents many of Google’s critics such as Microsoft, Yelp, Expedia said the below in a statement.

“The FTC’s decision to close its investigation with only voluntary commitments from Google is disappointing and premature, coming just weeks before the company is expected to make a formal and detailed proposal to resolve the four abuses of dominance identified by the European Commission, first among them biased display of its own properties in search results.”

Reacting to the decision Google’s Chief Legal officer David Drummond said “The US Federal Trade Commission today announced it has closed its investigation into Google after an exhaustive 19-month review that covered millions of pages of documents and involved many hours of testimony. “The conclusion is clear: Google’s services are good for users and good for competition.”

FTC might have cleared Google, but Google has to submit an answer to the EU where a parallel investigation is being conducted. Officials from EU have reviewed the decision from FTC and have said that the decision will not have an effect on the EU investigation.