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Feb 12, 2016

DARPA Awards Contracts for See-Through-Walls Technology

Posted by in category: military

U. Minn & U Central Fla awarded projects to develop technology for the US Military to see through walls.


The emerging tech agency appears to have made at least two awards for that program.

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Feb 12, 2016

Carnegie Mellon invests $12M into AI to ‘reverse-engineer the brain’

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, robotics/AI

A research project at Carnegie Mellon will try to emulate the brain to gain insights to apply to machine learning. Here’s what you should know.

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Feb 12, 2016

A metal that behaves like water: Researchers describe new behaviors of graphene

Posted by in categories: electronics, energy, materials, nanotechnology

Liquid metal.


Abstract: Graphene is going to change the world — or so we’ve been told.

Since its discovery a decade ago, scientists and tech gurus have hailed graphene as the wonder material that could replace silicon in electronics, increase the efficiency of batteries, the durability and conductivity of touch screens and pave the way for cheap thermal electric energy, among many other things.

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Feb 12, 2016

Medical devices begin to harness wireless technology

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, internet

Medical devices are becoming the latest equipment to utilize the Internet to collect data and to send alerts. Here ‘smart inhalers’ are leading the way, with the first commercial units expected within a year. We take a look at the latest developments.

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Feb 12, 2016

How Virtual Reality Is About to Totally Transform the Travel Industry

Posted by in categories: habitats, virtual reality

Experience your potential vacation options from your office or home prior to booking.


VR has obvious value when it comes to entertainment. But its best use may lie in tourism.

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Feb 12, 2016

Bill That Exempts Small Consumer Drones From FAA Regulations Moves Forward

Posted by in categories: drones, law

Any drone under 4.4 pounds would be legal to fly for almost any purpose.

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Feb 12, 2016

Super-fast 10TB Intel SSDs could be on the horizon thanks to new Micron chips

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics

Intel’s solid-state drives could be poised for a big jump in capacity and speed with new 3D flash chips coming from Micron.

Micron, which makes the flash in Intel’s SSDs, has started volume shipments of its 3D NAND flash chips. The chips could lead to SSDs the size of a pack of gum with more than 3.5TB of storage and standard 2.5-inch SSDs with capacities greater than 10TB.

SSDs have been advancing in capacity and durability. Fixstars last month shipped a 13TB SSD, which is priced at about $1 per gigabyte, or $13,000. This year, SanDisk plans to ship 6TB and 8TB SSDs, while Samsung is aiming to release a 4TB SSD.

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Feb 12, 2016

This $28-million yacht can run on all-electric power

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

Wider has completed the first sea trials of the Wider 150 superyacht, an all-aluminum ship with a hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system.

Designed by Fulvio de Simoni and overseen by Tilli Antonelli, the 150-foot yacht functioned smoothly throughout each test and achieved its forecasted goals.

Wider 150 reached a top speed of 15 knots in diesel-electric mode and utilized new technology to reduce sound and vibrations to a minuscule level.

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Feb 12, 2016

Toyota’s weird, bright green Prius uses science to stay cooler in the sun

Posted by in categories: economics, particle physics, science, transportation

The Prius is an intentionally odd-looking car that gets odder with every generation; I’m pretty sure even ardent defenders of Toyota’s flagship hybrid could agree with me on that. So why not throw an equally odd paint color on top?

What you’re looking at here is the new Prius in “Thermo-Tect Lime Green,” which is more than your average upsettingly loud paint color. Toyota says that by removing the carbon black particles found in most paint and replacing them with titanium oxide, it has significantly increased the vehicle’s solar reflectivity — in other words, the car heats up less, which lessens the need for air conditioning, which in turn improves fuel economy. And fuel economy, of course, is what the Prius is all about.

White paint also does a good job of keeping the sun’s heat at bay, but Toyota actually says that its Thermo-Tect paint outperformed white in a two-hour summer test outdoors. Basically, this technology means that you might be able to get the color of your choice on your next car and still reduce your AC use. Granted, lime green may not be your first choice, but there doesn’t seem to be anything stopping Toyota from rolling it out to other colors as well.

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Feb 12, 2016

Awesome Medical Science

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, science

We’re making a tremendous progress in medical science and technology.

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