Androids to fight AIDS

You might describe your smartphone as a lifesaver, but now you can let it help in the fight against AIDS. Alternatively, you can turn it into a tool to help study global warming or discover pulsars. It’s thanks to the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC), which already offered a similar tool for computers. […]

Urine Can Power Cellphones

Researchers at two British universities have successfully powered a cellphone using urine. The project involves microbial fuel cells, which are ceramic cylinders filled with bacteria. As the bacteria eats fuel supplies, it creates a small electrical charge as a by-product. The technique works with micro-organisms that would normally, where oxygen is present, produce water as […]

There is no Escaping the Internet

As regular readers may have noticed, I’ve been on vacation for the past week. What with being both a gadget addict and a technology writer, I tried to make it something of a cord-cutting, low-fi break. As we were camping there was little point lugging about laptop or tablet and I used my smartphone solely […]

Home Audio Pioneer Amar Bose Dies

The founder of audio firm Bose, Dr Amar Bose, has died aged 83. He wasn’t simply the boss of a high-priced equipment manufacturer, but a major player in acoustical engineering. Born in Philadelphia in 1929, the son of a refugee from India, Bose taught himself to repair broken toy electric trains because his family couldn’t […]