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Aug 15, 2016

Japan firm marks one small step for solar energy in space

Posted by in categories: solar power, space, sustainability

A major Japanese machinery company said Friday that it has succeeded in transmitting energy wirelessly, marking a step toward making solar power generation in space a reality.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said it used to send 10 kilowatts of power—enough to run a set of conventional kitchen appliances—through the air to a receiver 500 metres (1,640 feet) away.

Wireless power transmission is currently under development as the core technology to tap the vast amount of solar energy available in space and use it on Earth.

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Aug 15, 2016

Dragonfly drones and lasers: Britain invests £800m in next generation of military technology

Posted by in categories: drones, military, neuroscience

Britain will spend more than £800million funding next-generation military technology including tiny “dragonfly drones” for gathering intelligence and laser weapons to eliminate missiles.

Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, will today announce an innovation unit which will encourage individuals and companies to pitch ideas to a panel of experts. The best ideas will be fast-tracked with the support of an £800million fund over the next decade.

Projects which will be funded include a “micro-drone” with tiny flapping wings inspired by the biology of a dragon fly, which could have a “huge impact” on operations in urban environments.

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Aug 14, 2016

NASA researchers are working on a laser propulsion system that could get to Mars in 3 days

Posted by in category: space travel

The one thing still holding us back from interstellar travel is our slow spacecraft and researcher are working on solving this. With our present technology, it will take around five months to reach Mars. But NASA scientist Philip Lubin is working on a system where lasers propel spaceship with massive sails to the Red Planet in only a time period of three days.

Pretty much like Bill Nye’s much-hyped solar sail, this ‘photonic propulsion’ system count on on the momentum of photons to move forward. But as an alternative of photons from the Sun’s rays, Lubin’s system would use a push by huge Earth-based lasers.

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Aug 14, 2016

China rockets to top of supercomputing charts with homegrown tech

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, supercomputing

Lookout world Chine Tech is rising and nothing or no one will stop it now. The real question is how soon with the world’s tech valley hub be in China? The US has enjoyed for many decades being the world’s top technology center. However, China for the past 20+ years has been executing their world footprint in owning the title as the top global economic power. In the past we have seen them take over consumer goods manufacturing, pharma (especially generic drugs), and the latest is tech. Wonder what is next?


TOKYO — China has jumped to the front ranks of the supercomputing powers, with its Sunway TaihuLight, powered by domestically developed chips, recently recognized as the fastest computer in the world.

In its debut on the Top500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers in June, the Sunway TaihuLight overwhelmed such rivals as the Tianhe-2, a Chinese supercomputer powered by Intel chips that has claimed the No. 1 spot on the past six Top500 lists. Furthermore, it was the first time for China to surpass the U.S. in the total number of systems on the list.

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Aug 14, 2016

3D-Printed Pizza Coming to Theme Parks

Posted by in category: 3D printing

Who’s hungry for some 3D-printed pizza? http://yhoo.it/2aHnHGX

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Aug 14, 2016

Researchers Just Broke A World Record in Superfast 5G Technology

Posted by in categories: futurism, internet

A team of 5G researchers has set a new world record for spectrum efficiency with the wireless technology, Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output), overwhelming today’s existing 4G technology, 22-fold. To test how well the technology works in a real world setting, the researchers from Bristol will visit Lund at the end of August.

In the future, users are expected to exchange much more information over the spectrum. However, with its dwindling supply, we need to find a way to exchange all this new data more efficiently without causing delays for everyone using the available spectrum.

In response to this insufficiency, many researchers have been conducting experiments using a form of 5G technology called Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) which would allow for the simultaneous transfer of data with the use of multiple transmitters and receivers.

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Aug 14, 2016

IBM’s New Artificial Neurons a Big Step Toward Powerful Brain-Like Computers

Posted by in categories: biological, computing

Thanks to a sleek new computer chip developed by IBM, we are one step closer to making computers work like the brain.

The neuromorphic chip is made from a phase-change material commonly found in rewritable optical discs (confused? more on this later). Because of this secret sauce, the chip’s components behave strikingly similar to biological neurons: they can scale down to nanometer size and perform complicated computations rapidly with little energy.

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Aug 14, 2016

Tim Cook, the interview: Running Apple ‘is sort of a lonely job’ — By Jena McGregor | The Washington Post

Posted by in category: business

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“Apple’s CEO talks iPhones, AI, privacy, civil rights, missteps, China, taxes, Steve Jobs — and steers right past the car rumors”

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Aug 14, 2016

Scylex malware Kit offered for sale in the criminal underground

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, finance

For Sale: A Scylex malware Kit please contact your nearest Dark Web for details.


Experts from Heimdal security firm discovered a new crimeware kit, the Scylex malware kit, that aims to provide Zeus-grade Capabilities.

Security experts from the Heimdal security firm have discovered a new DIY financial crime kit offered for sale on a notorious malicious hacker forum on the dark web called Lampeduza.

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Aug 14, 2016

Towards the T-1000: Liquid metals propel future electronics

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones

Science fiction is inching closer to reality with the development of revolutionary self-propelling liquid metals—a critical step towards future elastic electronics.

While building a shape-shifting liquid metal T-1000 Terminator may still be far on the horizon, the pioneering work by researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, is setting the foundation for moving beyond solid state electronics towards flexible and dynamically reconfigurable soft circuit systems.

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