Showing posts from March, 2018

Technology to help with vision loss

New features in windows 10 New features in Windows 10 Microsoft provides Windows tools for users who are blind or have partial vision (click Start menu, Settings,‘Ease of Access’ in Windows 10). These were improved in the Fall Creators Update (FCU), released last October. The Narrator tool,for example, has been updated with anew ‘input learning mode’(press Caps Lock+1 to turn it on and off). This helps you learn what Narrator’s keyboard commands are without actually
triggering them. In addition,Narrator can now automatically generate image descriptions,even when an image has no embedded text(press Caps Lock+Shift+D). Narrator’s Scan mode –which lets you navigate using simple key board shortcuts –is now enabled by default when you browse the web using Microsoft Edge (with Narrator switched on). Cleverly,it switches itself off when you click in a box you need to enter text into(such as a password field). Microsoft provides a useful list of all the shortcuts you can use in Scan mode at www.…


Underground ice                                                         exposed at one of                                                                 the Mar's steep slopes                                                      appears here as                                                           a bright blue band APRIL 2018 29 ONE of the many problems standing in the way of humans establishing a colony on the Red Planet is obtaining a supply of fresh drinking water. Now, researchers using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) may have found a solution: there are at least eight sites where thick deposits of ice buried beneath the planet’s surface are exposed in faces of eroding slopes. The team located the sites using the HighResolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on the MRO. The ice was likely deposited as snow long ago and is thought to consist of relatively pure water ice. It was known from previous missions that around a third of the surface of Mars contai…

Meet your second brain

YOU’RE facing a big decision – whether that’s to go into a business partnership with a friend, say, or put money into a promising new idea. It’s a tough call, as there are very few hard facts to go on. So it’s time to use your second brain. Don’t worry, you’ve probably used your
second brain countless times before; it’s just that, when you did, you more likely referred to it as ‘gut instinct’. New research is showing that this age-old phrase is surprisingly
accurate. We really do have a second brain that influences our judgement, and much else besides. Known as the Enteric Nervous System (ENS) – enteric meaning ‘to do with intestines’ – it’s an extensive network of brain-like neurons and neurotransmitters wrapped in and around our gut. Most of the time, we’re unaware of its existence, as its prime
function is what one would expect: managing digestion. Yet the presence of all that brain-like complexity is no coincidence. The ENS is in constant communication with the brain in our skull vi…



want to make a robot of your own

Chances are that at least once in your life, you considered what life would be like if you had a robot to make your day-to-day duties a little easier. Of course, once that thought settles, you start to think about all the time you'd need to spend in school learning electrical engineering, computer science, and robotics to make that dream possible, dashing your hopes before you even get started. However, we live in an age where tech disciplines, like programming and robotics, are becoming increasingly more accessible. Part of that is thanks to Arduino, an open-source electronics platform that features intuitive hardware and software to help you create programs and Internet of Things (IoT) projects from the ground up. The Pay What You Want: 2018 Arduino Enthusiast E-Book Bundlecan get you started creating your projects with Arduino, and it's yours for a price you pick. Here's how the deal works: Simply pay what you want, and you'll instantly unlock one of the collection&…