Do you love the idea of time travel, cyborgs or other far-fetched technology from fantasy literature and the movies? Today’s scientists and engineers are discovering ways to make these ideas become reality – and you can, too. Check out the Kavli “Science in Fiction” video contest. Entry period runs until March 21, 2014.
What’s in a voice? A new gesture-to-speech synthesizer developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia adds emotion to words that text-to-speech technologies now voice only in a monotone. It also translates gestures into music.
Combining nanotechnology with foam, Brigham Young University engineering student Jake Merrell has created a “smart foam” that could be placed inside the helmets of football players to measure the impact of hits to the head, and help prevent concussions.
Who says science and engineering is for nerds? Not rock star will.i.am. The technology-loving Black Eyed Peas singer thinks computer coding is so cool, he’s enrolled in a programming course at the California Institute for the Arts this fall. You can take it with him: it’s a free, massive open online course known as a MOOC.
Want to help save the planet? A career in engineering might be what you’re looking for. The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, recently opened North America’s most sustainable building. The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability uses wood destroyed by mountain pine beetles, draws power from the sun, and recycles rainwater for drinking.