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Jan 18, 2017

Royal Australian Air Force Using HoloLens to Experiment with Augmented Reality

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical, habitats, military

The limitless applications of 3D data visualization will enable a more efficient approach to many of life’s problems. Each day, developers exploring this technology are finding new ways to solve these problems in mixed reality; 3D modeling, easier house management, spinal surgery, and forest fire management are just a few recent examples of ways 3D data visualization can benefit us all.

The military, on the other hand, has quite a different set of problems to manage.

From a logistics standpoint, there are a lot of moving parts in the military to consider such as personnel, deployment, training, resources, and supply lines, to name just a few things that have to be managed constantly. Here we are talking big-picture ideas that could utilize 3D data visualization from a top-down view. If we scale down to real-time operations for individual missions, there’s recon, intel, tracking, and response, and this list could keep going.

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Jan 15, 2017

Can This Rolling Camera Droid Protect Your Home?

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI

Not unless it gets a little smarter and more lethal.

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Jan 13, 2017

Taiwan’s smog-eating twisting tower will feature luxury apartments — take a look inside

Posted by in categories: environmental, habitats, sustainability

I usually don’t post things from business insider since it is broadcasted everywhere already. However, I saw this and we way too cool not to share.


The Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Tower will include 23,000 trees and shrubs to eat CO2 — nearly the same amount found in Central Park.

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Jan 7, 2017

Cardboard house

Posted by in categories: futurism, habitats

This 100% recyclable house is almost entirely made of cardboard. And no, it won’t melt when it rains.

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Jan 3, 2017

A company you’ve never heard of plans to build the world’s first private space station

Posted by in categories: habitats, space travel

Axiom Space, a recently formed company headed by former ISS program manager Mike Suffredini, plans to send an astronaut to the ISS in 2019 and connect a large multipurpose habitat there in 2020.

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Jan 2, 2017

Is the Danube Civilization script the oldest writing in the world?

Posted by in categories: economics, habitats

Older than Sumerian script? The Danube Valley civilization is one of the oldest civilizations known in Europe. It existed from between 5,500 and 3,500 BC in the Balkans and covered a vast area, in what is now Northern Greece to Slovakia (South to North), and Croatia to Romania (West to East).

During the height of the Danube Valley civilization, it played an important role in south-eastern Europe through the development of copper tools, a writing system, advanced architecture, including two storey houses, and the construction of furniture, such as chairs and tables, all of which occurred while most of Europe was in the middle of the Stone Age. They developed skills such as spinning, weaving, leather processing, clothes manufacturing, and manipulated wood, clay and stone and they invented the wheel. They had an economic, religious and social structure.

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Jan 1, 2017

NASA Just Released Its Incredibly Cool Concept for Houses on Mars

Posted by in categories: engineering, habitats, space

NASA researchers have a lot of problems to work through if they want astronauts to one day set foot on Mars. One of the biggest hurdles is where these early pioneers will sleep and live, and after a day of brainstorming, engineers might have come up with a solution – a conceptual ‘ice home’ design.

Yup, NASA is looking into creating inflatable domes covered in ice for astronauts to live and work in, providing them with protection from extreme temperatures and high-energy radiation.

“After a day dedicated to identifying needs, goals, and constraints we rapidly assessed many crazy, out of the box ideas and finally converged on the current Ice Home design, which provides a sound engineering solution,” said senior systems engineer Kevin Vipavetz, from NASA’s Langley Research Centre in Virginia.

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Dec 30, 2016

Israel, China Inaugurate Joint Robotics Institute

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government, habitats, robotics/AI

The Sino-Israeli Robotics Institute (SIRI) was inaugurated in mid-December when a delegation of nine Israeli companies — led by Ariel University Prof. Zvi Shiller, chair of the Israeli Robotics Association, and Technion Prof. Moshe Shoham, founder of Mazor Robotics and a world leader in medical robotics — participated in the second Sino-Israeli Robotics Innovation Conference in Guangzhou, China.

Intended as “home base” for Israeli robotics companies entering the Chinese market, SIRI is located at the Guangzhou International Robotics Center (ROBOHUB), a government-supported, 4,800-square-meter robotics incubator and demonstration center including a large exhibition and demo area, innovation lab, training center, and corporate offices.

“This is an exciting time for the Israeli robotics industry,” Shiller said. “We are committed to establishing a true partnership with SIRI and ROBOHUB, and we look forward to broadening this strategic cooperation, which will serve as a fast track for transforming ideas into products and for moving products into the Chinese market.”

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Dec 29, 2016

Amazon’s flying warehouses to dispatch drone deliveries from the sky

Posted by in categories: drones, habitats, internet

Amazon has designed a floating warehouse that sits thousands of feet in the air, from which the internet retailer could dispatch swarms of delivery drones to metropolitan areas.

The company has patented futuristic plans for enormous “airborne fulfillment centres” that would be used as bases for aerial deliveries to homes.

Flying at up to 45,000 feet, the warehouses would be suspended by cables from zeppelin-style airships, and stocked with popular items. When a shopper makes an order, an onboard drone would dive down to earth and deliver it, before being sent back up to the station by a shuttle that could also restock and refuel the floating warehouse.

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Dec 27, 2016

College Students Show How Easy It Is to Use Terrifying Genetic Engineering Technology

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics, habitats

The gene drive is quickly becoming one of the most controversial technologies of our time. Its possibilities are at once spectacular and alarming: by using genetic engineering to override natural selection during reproduction, a gene drive could allow scientists to alter the genetic makeup of an entire species. This could be used to eliminate diseases and protect natural habitats —but could also go horribly wrong in the wrong hands.

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