The US Air Force Leans on Biomimicry for New Body Armor

Referencing the arapaima—an Amazonian fish native to places like Brazil, Peru, and Guyana—the US Air Force plans to research whether or not their body armor can replicate the strength of the fish’s exterior, which is capable of fending off deadly piranha just with its scales. This self-defense system is courtesy of evolution over millions of years, and has made the fish’s body both protective and …

Google Maps Adds Vocal Guidance for Visually Impaired Users

Now available on Google Maps iOS and Android apps (one day after World Sight Day), a more detailed voice feature will update and guide visually impaired people more effectively. To turn on the feature, access the settings page within the app and toggle through the navigation features and turn on detailed voice guidance under the walking options tab. A milestone in mobility tools for the …

Archaeology, Camels and Cars: From The Dead Sea to Petra

We ride with archaeologist Sarah Parcak and Infiniti to the ancient city in Jordan

It’s early morning in Jordan’s Wadi Rum and we’re loading our gear into the fleet of Infiniti QX80s, backed by only the sounds coming from doors opening and closing shut, and feet shuffling silently in the red sand. Despite the bright LED lights of our fleet SUVs, an observatory’s worth of glowing stars remain visible above, shining down in the pre-dawn desert. As I sit …