Towletech v. 111: Space Advertising, Killer Robots, Dementor Wasps, Virtual Reality Chickens



A weekly round-up of the best tech, science, and geek-related news from around the web.

Road (1) Japanese drink company Pocari Sweat is looking to put the first advertisement on the moon.

Road (1) Ampulex dementorTerrifying new wasp species aptly named after the soul-sucking Dementor creature from Harry Potter fame. “This brightly metallic colored group of insect is famous for its rather unorthodox ways of reproduction. The wasp stings a cockroach’s head, transferring neurotoxins. The cockroach then slowly turns into a submissive being, lacking all free-will, and follows the wasp to its burrow. Inside the burrow, the wasp lays an egg on it. In a few days the wasp larva hatches, feeds on the cockroach, pupates, and soon emerges as an adult.”

Road (1) Hong Kong venture capital firm appoints artificial intelligence learning program as new board member. 

Road (1) Speaking of Harry Potter, Universal Studios is expanding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a new ride set inside the Gringotts Bank…and it looks awesome.


Road (1)  Great red spotNeil DeGrasse Tyson dismisses philosophy as "useless," philosopher responds.

Road (1) Jupiter's Great Red Spot, the Earth-sized storm that's been raging on the gas giant for over 400 years, is mysteriously shrinking in a dramatic way.

Road (1) The FCC is moving forward with the creation of internet fast (and slow) lanes. 

Road (1) The Bluetooth bike lock Skylock has keyless entry, anti-theft protection, is solar powered, and will even alert emergency responders if you happen to get into a wreck.

Road (1) Diplomats, engineers and tech experts from around the world have gathered this week at the United Nations in Geneva to debate whether “killer robots” should be banned from future warfare.


Road (1)  Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 12.09.37 PMYou’ve heard of virtual reality headgear like Oculus Rift for humans, but what about VR for animals? Enter Second Livestock, a fictional company and service that would simulate a Matrix-esque blissful, free-range life for caged chickens and other livestock. 

Road (1) Russia is threatening to ban the U.S. from using the International Space Station over Ukraine sanctions. 

Road (1) 3-D Printed guns are becoming even easier to make…and more deadly. 

Road (1)  BoeingBoeing’s new CST-100 manned space capsule (pictured) is looks like something straight out of Star Trek.

Road (1) Not to be outdone in the space-geek news this week, NASA has unveiled a TRON-inspired spacesuit that they hope to use during the first manned mission to Mars. 

Road (1) Wired looks at the coming end of television as we know it. "The half-hour sitcom? The hour-long drama? These are conventions that came into existence for reasons that don’t matter anymore. Soon, the conventions themselves won’t matter anymore, either. Welcome to the real new golden age of television — television without limits."