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  • Current Event
    4 hours ago
    by messi
    +4 +1

    Silicon as a new storage material for the batteries of the future

    Longer life times, larger ranges and faster recharging—developments such as electric mobility or the miniaturisation of electronics require new storage materials for batteries. With its enormous storage capacity, silicon would potentially have decisive advantages over the materials used in commercial available lithium-ion batteries. But due to its mechanical instability, it has so far been almost impossible to use silicon for storage technology.

  • Current Event
    5 hours ago
    by geoleo
    +5 +1

    New satellite network will make it impossible for a commercial airplane to vanish

    For the first time, a new network of satellites will soon be able to track all commercial airplanes in real time, anywhere on the planet. Currently, planes are largely tracked by radar on the ground, which doesn't work over much of the world's oceans. The final 10 satellites were launched Friday to wrap up the $3 billion effort to replace 66 aging communication satellites, reports CBS News' Kris Van Cleave, who got an early look at the new technology.

  • Current Event
    10 hours ago
    by socialiguana
    +6 +1

    It’s a Good Thing the F-35’s $400K Helmet Is Stupid Cool

    The head unit, made with help from Lockheed Martin (which designed the F-35) is way more than a protective shell. Built around a custom-fitted insert based on a 3-D scan of the pilot's noggin, it combines noise-canceling headphones, night vision, a forehead-mounted computer, and a projector---not so different from the one in your office's conference room---that displays live video on its clear visor.

  • Current Event
    17 hours ago
    by zyery
    +7 +1

    Hands-on with Nike’s self-lacing, app-controlled sneaker of the future

    I flew across the country to Portland to experience the Adapt BB, Nike’s new self-lacing, Bluetooth-enabled sneakers, but the guy showing me around campus is wearing a pair of Zoom Flys that refuse to stay tied. Within 10 minutes of tying them, they’re untied again, flailing all over. I hate when people point out my untied shoes, but his feel intentional. Of course I notice the laces. Of course I point them out. He laughs and swears he’s not doing this on purpose, that Nike hasn’t deliberately set up my visit with a scene out of an infomercial fail.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by sauce
    +24 +1

    This tiny Bluetooth chip doesn’t need a battery because it harvests energy from the air

    The Internet of Things promises to connect billions of otherwise ordinary devices to the internet, but when each one needs to have its own battery, there’s a limit to how small or cheap they can become. A new paper-thin Bluetooth chip that’s able to operate entirely without a battery could be about to solve this problem. The postage stamp-sized chip from Wiliot is able to harvest energy from the ambient radio frequencies around us, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular signals, and use them to power a Bluetooth-equipped ARM processor that can be connected to a variety of sensors.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by zyery
    +2 +1

    Scientists Are Legit Building a Steam-Powered Spaceship, And It Sounds Awesome

    Come one, come all and behold the future of space travel: steam power! No, seriously; half a century after the world's first manned space mission, it seems that interplanetary travel has finally entered the steam age. Scientists at the University of Central Florida (UCF) have teamed up with Honeybee Robotics, a private space and mining tech company based in California, to develop a small, steam-powered spacecraft capable of sucking its fuel right out of the asteroids, planets and moons it's exploring.

  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by baron778
    +19 +1

    This is the 700bhp Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

    “A takedown artist.” That’s how Ford describes the gobby-looking new Mustang Shelby GT500. We presume that’s ‘Murican for ‘giant killer’.That’s backed up by Ford’s bullish claim that “the new Shelby GT500 will surprise supercar owners with its Ford Performance racing tech, supercharged engine and visceral swagger". Sounds punchy, until you look at the spec and discover the Shelby is every inch the musclebound supercar botherer.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by Nelson
    +20 +1

    Israeli device seeks to protect swimmers from drowning in pools

    Israeli startup Coral Detection Systems unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week a product that it says is able to quickly detect drownings in swimming pools and alert rescuers. The product, Coral Manta, which the company calls “the first of its kind,” is a hexagonal-shaped device — the same shape as the large flattened manta ray fish it’s partly named after — powered by solar panels covering its surface.

  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by baron778
    +17 +1

    India will add a record level of solar power capacity in 2019

    India’s solar capacity addition is set for a record in 2019. New installations this calendar year will reach nearly 14 gigawatts (GW), which is about 50% more than the capacity added last year, according to a report by the Gurugram-based renewable energy consultancy firm Bridge to India, released on Jan. 09. The new capacity addition will take India’s installed solar capacity to about 38 GW by the end of the year. Overall, the country is estimated to add nearly 16 GW of clean energy capacity in 2019, driven by large-scale solar projects.

  • Current Event
    6 days ago
    by hedman
    +9 +1

    Robot dogs are the weirdest package delivery system we’ve seen

    Germany automotive firm Continental is best know for its tires, but at CES 2019 the company is demonstrating something a little different: package delivery by robot dog. As part of its research into the future of mobility, Continental has partnered with robotics company ANYbotics (a spin off from ETH Zurich) to imagine the future of package delivery. In a staged demonstration on the CES show floor, the firm showed how one of ANYbotics’ four-legged robots could jump out the back of a self-driving delivery truck and carry a package right up to someone’s front door.

  • Current Event
    7 days ago
    by doodlegirl
    +27 +1

    Scientists Say They're Close to Making A Spicy Tomato

    The world’s hottest pepper is currently the Carolina Reaper, clocking in at an average of 1.6 million Scoville Heat Units. The world’s hottest tomato? That’s still to be determined. The current hottest tomato in the world is, of course, none of them, because tomatoes don’t make capsaicin, the chemical compound that gives hot peppers their kick. But, a group of researchers say that the bland red fruits (yes, they are technically fruits) could conceivably be genetically engineered to begin pumping out the scorching compound, due to tomatoes’ close evolutionary relationship with peppers.

  • Current Event
    6 days ago
    by zritic
    +24 +1

    Impossible Burger 2.0 tastes too real for this vegetarian

    Commentary: I haven't eaten beef in a decade, and the new fake meat at CES comes close enough to cow to gross me out. That's a compliment, I think.

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by 8mm
    +12 +1

    Toyota is developing fighter jet-inspired safety features for cars and wants to share it

    Toyota Research Institute had a breakthrough last year in its pursuit to make driving safer. It was so profound that Toyota wants to open up to other automakers. The inspiration was modern-day fighter jets, which use a low-level flight control system to translate the intent of the pilot and keep the aircraft stable and tucked neatly inside a specific safety envelope. TRI calls it blended envelope control, an approach that lets its “Guardian” driver assist system combine and coordinate the skills of the human driver and the vehicle they’re driving.

  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by mariogi
    +11 +1

    At 21, this aerospace engineering student, former refugee has created her first invention

    The distance from Aleppo to the lab at Montreal’s Trudeau airport where a young engineer-in-training is perfecting her first invention is 8,580 kilometres, but Shoushi Bakarian’s trajectory might better be measured in light speed.

  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by tukka
    +22 +1

    Nissan's new 400 bhp engine fits in carry-on luggage

    It’s a common problem: You’re off to Le Mans with your new 400 bhp engine and you discover that it won’t fit in the airplane's overhead compartment. This week, Nissan showed off the answer to this traveler’s nightmare with its ultralight DIG-T R 1.5 liter, three-cylinder petrol engine that is small enough to fit in carry-on luggage and boasts a power-to-weight ratio better than the engine of a Formula 1 racer.

  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by everlost
    +22 +1

    CES 2019: No batteries required; Matrix PowerWatch 2 is powered by the sun and your body heat

    Wearables are most useful when worn 24/7 to track your activity across the entire spectrum of your life. With the PowerWatch 2, there is no need to take it off to charge it up.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by canuck
    +9 +1

    Inside the Raspberry Pi: The story of the $35 computer that changed the world

    There's nothing like the prospect of being hanged in the morning to focus the mind." Eben Upton is describing the weight of public expectation that fell on his shoulders after the prototype of the $35 Raspberry Pi computer he co-created was revealed online in May 2011. After five years of tinkering with the board's design in relative anonymity, suddenly the number of people aware of the project exploded, with the YouTube video of the early Pi racking up 600,000 views in just two days.

  • Current Event
    13 days ago
    by TNY
    +3 +1

    Texas has enough sun and wind to quit coal, Rice researchers say

    Texas might have the perfect environment to quit coal for good. Texas is one of the only places where the natural patterns of wind and sun could produce power around the clock, according to new research from Rice University. Scientists found that between wind energy from West Texas and the Gulf Coast, and solar energy across the state, Texas could meet a significant portion of its electricity demand from renewable power without extensive battery storage. The reason: These sources generate power at different times of day, meaning that coordinating them could replace production from coal-fired plants.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by bradd
    +14 +1

    New Vehicles Keep Getting Heavier - Or Are They?

    The problem with common wisdom is that it’s often not all that wise. Take for example, the “fact” that vehicles are getting heavier all the time. At an average of 4,044 lbs for model year 2017, light duty vehicles in the U.S. aren’t exactly lightweights. However, as is usually the case, that single metric doesn’t tell the whole story. In fact when placed in a larger context, the vehicle weight story is actually surprisingly positive and tremendous progress has been made over the past four decades.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by geoleo
    +10 +1

    This bike comes with Amazon Alexa to give you directions and traffic updates

    Amazon Alexa is in almost everything from microwaves to wall clocks, and the latest addition to that list is a bike. The bike you can see above is part of a new range of cycling products coming later in 2019 called the Cybic Legend. There's also an electric bike in development called the Cybic E-Legend and both have been announced ahead of being shown at CES 2019.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by bradd
    +32 +1

    Russian Physicists Come Closer to Plasma Engine for Superfast Space Travel

    Scientists from Russia and around the world see plasma rocket technology as a crucial possible ingredient for speedy missions to Mars and beyond. Physicists from the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk are preparing another round of experiments aimed at successfully harnessing the power of thermonuclear plasma for use in a rocket engine, institute deputy director Alexander Ivanov has told journalists.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by Nelson
    +18 +1

    This Drone Seamlessly Transitions Between Swimming and Flying

    It isn’t unreasonable to think of drones as pesky technological nuisances. Our modern digital ecosystem regularly infringes on traditional notions of privacy and bombards our limited attention spans with stimuli. A swarm of drones hovering overhead seems like the physical manifestation of these intrusions and distractions. But we shouldn’t swat them away just yet. Drones still have practical utility and the potential to change industries.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by darvinhg
    +16 +1

    Silent 55 yacht promises up to 100 miles of solar-powered cruising per day

    It seems we jumped the gun when we called the SolarImpact the world's first ocean-going solar yacht based just off its CAD renders. There's another company out there with boats in the water, and the Silent 55 can cruise for up to 100 miles (160 km) per day for weeks at a time on solar power alone.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by bradd
    +20 +1

    Offshore wind – bigger is better

    A world-leader in offshore wind. Cutting carbon while cutting bills. Blowing the winds of change through our energy sector. Ministers are never short of praise for offshore wind power. Now the only substantive recipient of new support for renewable energy, Britain’s offshore wind fleet is the largest in the world.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by messi
    +31 +1

    The robots are coming. Let’s help the middle class get ready.

    Are U.S. workers now threatened by a new and powerful form of automation that could displace tens of millions from their current jobs and dislodge them from the middle class? If so, are college-educated or professional workers at the upper range of the middle class as much threatened as those with fewer such credentials at the lower end? And can policy do much to protect the middle class status of either group?

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by socialiguana
    +16 +1

    Nvidia’s Fake Faces Are a Masterpiece—But Have Deeper Implications

    ‘Don’t believe everything you see on the internet’ is pretty standard advice, but it’s getting harder than ever to distinguish the real from the fake. A new algorithm from Nvidia could muddy the waters further by generating completely made-up human faces that are almost indistinguishable from the real thing.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by messi
    +30 +1

    A Danish startup invented underwear you can wear for weeks without washing

    Yes, that's right — underpants you can wear for weeks without washing. But Organic Basics' mission as a company is not to advocate laziness amongst the younger generation, though it might seem the case. No; it's all about saving the environment. "Our business is sustainable fashion. The traditional way of buying, wearing, washing and throwing away overpriced underwear is a terrible waste of resources.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +20 +1

    Collecting clean water from air, inspired by desert life

    Humans can get by in the most basic of shelters, can scratch together a meal from the most humble of ingredients. But we can’t survive without clean water. And in places where water is scarce—the world’s deserts, for example—getting water to people requires feats of engineering and irrigation that can be cumbersome and expensive.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by socialiguana
    +23 +1

    2019 will be the year alt-meat goes mainstream

    In the first half of 2019, the Impossible Burger–the plant-based burger known for its ability to bleed plant-based blood–will be sold in grocery stores for the first time. Good Catch, a startup making fish-free tuna and crab-free cakes, plans to launch in February. And it’s possible that the FDA and USDA will approve the first chicken grown from chicken cells in a bioreactor for sale in restaurants. It means we could be at a tipping point for the post-animal meat industry. Sales of plant-based meat are growing; between August 2017 and August 2018, according to Nielsen data...

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by larylin
    +20 +1

    The Most Surprising Tech Breakthroughs of 2018

    Development across the entire information technology landscape certainly didn’t slow down this year. From CRISPR babies, to the rapid decline of the crypto markets, to a new robot on Mars, and discovery of subatomic particles that could change modern physics as we know it, there was no shortage of headline-grabbing breakthroughs and discoveries. As 2018 comes to a close, we can pause and reflect on some of the biggest technology breakthroughs and scientific discoveries that occurred this year.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by zobo
    +3 +1

    A.I. Songwriting Has Arrived. Don't Panic

    “IT’S CHEATING.” That’s the response you’ll hear from self-proclaimed music purists talking about technological innovation in song creation. Sampling, synthesizers, drum machines, Auto-Tune—all have been derided as lazy ways to make chart-topping hits because they take away the human element. (With apologies to Vanilla Ice, Gary Numan, Prince, and T-Pain.)

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +22 +1

    This ‘two-faced’ membrane can create electricity—from nothing but salty water

    Imagine being stuffed into a crowded train car and noticing a less crowded one just down the platform. You’d probably want to move over as soon as possible. Particles that follow this balancing act—known as osmosis—spontaneously move from an area of high concentration to one of low concentration. Now, scientists have used this tendency to create a power-producing membrane that can harvest electric current from nothing but salty water.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TNY
    +10 +1

    This Spanish company found a way to produce a fuel that emits no CO2 — and it's made of sewage

    The European Commision has pledged that the EU will cut greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Realistically, everyone will need to get stuck in to actually hit that target but at the moment, the prospects don't look fantastic: to halt climate change, the UN has said "unprecedented change" will be required, both on a social and on a global level . However, Spanish company Ingelia may have the key to at least part of the solution: after developing an industrial process to produce a biocarbon called "biochar" which can be used as a much cleaner energy source to traditional coal.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by capoti
    +10 +1

    Cars and traffic signals are talking to each other

    Cars and traffic signals are talking to each other, leaving the driver — if there even is one — out. Top automakers including Volkswagen, Honda (HMC), Ford (F) and BMW (BMWYY) are experimenting with technology that allows cars and traffic lights to communicate and work together to ease congestion, cut emissions and increase safety.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by everlost
    +3 +1

    Crowdfunding a consumable spherical water bottle—the Ooho!

    (Phys.org)—A small team of entrepreneurs affiliated with Skipping Rocks Lab has started a crowdfunding effort to mass-market a consumable water bottling device that produces what they call the Ooho!—a spherical blob of water held in a thin membrane that is small enough to be popped into the mouth.