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Mar 29, 2020

Plymouth Cuda “Hellacuda” Brought Back to Life as Hellcat-Based Muscle Car

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The Cuda is credited by some with being the first pony car. However, while the Mustang survives to this day, the Barracuda is dead… along with the whole Plymouth brand.

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Mar 28, 2020

Norad intercepts Russian aircraft entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (KFVS) — The North American Aerospace Defense Command F-22s, supported by KC-135 Stratotankers and E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, intercepted four Russian Tu-142s entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone on Saturday, March 14.

Mar 27, 2020

New Qualcomm chips pack high-end features for lower-cost earbuds

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Qualcomm is getting ready to usher in a new generation of super low-power Bluetooth earbud chips.

The QCC514X and the QCC304X will support Qualcomm’s TrueWireless Mirroring technology. This means that wireless connectivity is secured with a single earbud that is paired with another. When the user removes the primary earbud, the other mirroring bud takes over the connection without any interruption.

The units will also support active control, or noise cancellation, bringing the popular feature commonly found on high-end units to mid-priced and entry-level buds. Qualcomm says its hybrid ANC feature allows for ambient noise leak-through that allows substantial but not total external noise suppression. That makes it easier for users to speak with others while wearing the buds or to more easily hear car horns or alarms.

Mar 27, 2020

Driverless trucks being tested right now on public roads

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60 Minutes climbs aboard for a look at the very near future of transportation and technology that could eliminate as many as 300,000 jobs, Sunday.

Mar 27, 2020

The Thorium Car Runs For 100 Years With Only 8 Grams Of Fuel and Emission-Free

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The amazing car pictured is a theoretical concept car that would run for 100 years with only 8 grams of fuel. Such a car would be powered by thorium, one of the densest materials on our planet.

Mar 27, 2020

Extremely steampunk leg attachments could let humans run 46 miles per hour

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“Cycling is considered a new sport,” he says. “Ice skating is considered a separate event at the Olympic games. As technology develops and performance becomes not comparable to running, we might see this device being considered as an augmentation device that would initiate a new sport.”

As exciting as it is to look forward to a new realm of super-fast sports, there’s always the chance such technology might be used non-recreationally. Braun is aware of the potential for misuse of his spring legs by law enforcement agencies (a group who may benefit from them, per the paper’s abstract).

Braun likens the hypothetical use of his devices to the use of Segways by police forces. They allow for more mobility. But making sure they’re used ethically, is still an open question.

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Mar 26, 2020

Helm.ai raises $13M on its unsupervised learning approach to driverless car AI

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Four years ago, mathematician Vlad Voroninski saw an opportunity to remove some of the bottlenecks in the development of autonomous vehicle technology thanks to breakthroughs in deep learning.

Now, Helm.ai, the startup he co-founded in 2016 with Tudor Achim, is coming out of stealth with an announcement that it has raised $13 million in a seed round that includes investment from A.Capital Ventures, Amplo, Binnacle Partners, Sound Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and SV Angel. More than a dozen angel investors also participated, including Berggruen Holdings founder Nicolas Berggruen, Quora co-founders Charlie Cheever and Adam D’Angelo, professional NBA player Kevin Durant, Gen. David Petraeus, Matician co-founder and CEO Navneet Dalal, Quiet Capital managing partner Lee Linden and Robinhood co-founder Vladimir Tenev, among others.

Helm.ai will put the $13 million in seed funding toward advanced engineering and R&D and hiring more employees, as well as locking in and fulfilling deals with customers.

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Mar 26, 2020

When Secret Mystery Planes Landed At The Air Bases Where I Was Stationed

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It may sound like fiction, but on rare occasions, ordinary air bases have extraordinary mystery visitors. It happened to me, twice.

Mar 25, 2020

This $200,000 electric sports car comes with a holographic driving instructor and a giant tail fin for aerodynamics

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Apex Motors won’t begin to make the production version of its new AP-0 electric supercar until 2022, but plans to sell the car for nearly $200,000.

Mar 23, 2020

‘Robotic Blacksmithing’: A Technology That Could Revive US Manufacturing

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Now a new manufacturing method dubbed “robotic blacksmithing” has the potential to revolutionize the way high-quality structural parts are made, resulting in a new class of customized and optimized products. I am part of a loose coalition of engineers developing this process, a technique I believe can help revive U.S. manufacturing.

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