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Sep 23, 2023

Solar cars can reduce global charging needs by half

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A new study modeled the behavior of solar vehicles in 100 locations around the world.

According to a new study, solar energy can provide a range of between 6 and 18 miles (11 and 29 kilometers) for electric vehicles each day, cutting down on the requirement for charging by half. The study took into account the capabilities of solar-powered vehicles in urban settings in 100 locations across the world, modeling the behavior of the cars in busy cities.

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Sep 23, 2023

Honda releases its first-ever series production V8 engine

Posted by in category: transportation

The BF350 VTEC motor makes an ideal choice for large pontoon boats to offshore vessels.

Honda’s Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) engines are known for their performance, refinement, and durability. However, their production engine series lacked a V8 option in its lineup, except for a few versions developed for racing.

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Sep 23, 2023

How a student invented an affordable fire-fighting robot

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

FireBot is a high-temperature resistant and wirelessly controlled robot that can assist firefighters in search and rescue operations.

Firefighters have one of the most dangerous and heroic jobs in the world. They risk their lives every day to save people from burning buildings, often without knowing what they will face inside. But what if there was a way to make their job safer and easier?

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Sep 23, 2023

Candela C-8: world record in long-distance electric boating

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Candela’s C-8 electric boat sails 420 nautical miles in 24 hours, shattering previous record.

In a groundbreaking achievement, Candela sets an impressive new world record for the longest 24-hour electric boat distance.

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Sep 23, 2023

Saudi Arabia to resume building the world’s tallest tower

Posted by in categories: business, economics, space

Standing 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) tall, the Jeddah Tower will dwarf the Burj Khalifa by over 560 feet (172 m).

Jeddah Economic Company (JEC), the firm behind the ambitious Jeddah Tower Project in Saudi Arabia, has announced the resumption of work on the world’s tallest building, media reports have confirmed. The project that began in 2010 came to an abrupt halt in 2017.

Countries in the Middle East have been pouring money into ambitious projects to attract tourism and businesses and reduce their dependence on oil exports for income. The city of Dubai is replete with examples of structures meant to attract people from all over the world, whether one looks at the Palm Islands or the Moon-themed resort.

Sep 23, 2023

The Problem with Elon Musk

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

The new biography of Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson just came out on September 12. How has Musk already accomplished so much? Why does his success bother so many people? And what the heck is his fascination with the letter X?

Love him or hate him, Elon Musk seems to be everywhere with a hand in everything. He’s the richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of between $226 Billion and $249 Billion depending on who does the estimating. And between Twitter, now X, SpaceX, Tesla, The Boring Company, OpenAI, X.Ai., and PayPal, he’s probably been involved in something that currently touches your life or will in the near future, especially if he gets his way.

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Sep 23, 2023

Military Nanotechnology (1).pdf

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Sep 23, 2023

Step forward for massive DNA computer systems

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, information science

The group at Shanghai Jiao Tong University has demonstrated a DNA computer system using DNA integrated circuits (DICs) that can solve quadratic equations with 30 logic gates.

Published in Nature, the system integrates multiple layers of DNA-based programmable gate arrays (DPGAs). This uses generic single-stranded oligonucleotides as a uniform transmission signal can reliably integrate large-scale DICs with minimal leakage and high fidelity for general-purpose computing.

To control the intrinsically random collision of molecules, the team designed DNA origami registers to provide the directionality for asynchronous execution of cascaded DPGAs. This was used to assemble a DIC that can solve quadratic equations with three layers of cascade DPGAs comprising 30 logic gates with around 500 DNA strands.

Sep 23, 2023

An NYPD security robot will be patrolling the Times Square subway station

Posted by in categories: law enforcement, mapping, robotics/AI, security, surveillance

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is implementing a new security measure at the Times Square subway station. It’s deploying a security robot to patrol the premises, which authorities say is meant to “keep you safe.” We’re not talking about a RoboCop-like machine or any human-like biped robot — the K5, which was made by California-based company Knightscope, looks like a massive version of R2-D2. Albert Fox Cahn, the executive director of privacy rights group Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, has a less flattering description for it, though, and told The New York Times that it’s like a “trash can on wheels.”

K5 weighs 420 pounds and is equipped with four cameras that can record video but not audio. As you can guess from the image above, the machine also doesn’t come with arms — it didn’t quite ignore Mayor Eric Adams’ attempt at making a heart. The robot will patrol the station from midnight until 6 AM throughout its trial run that’s running over the next two months. But K5 won’t be doing full patrols for a while, since it’s spending its first two weeks mapping out the station and roaming only the main areas and not the platforms.

It’s not quite clear if NYPD’s machine will be livestreaming its camera footage, and if law enforcement will be keeping an eye on what it captures. Adams said during the event introducing the robot that it will “record video that can be reviewed in case of an emergency or a crime.” It apparently won’t be using facial recognition, though Cahn is concerned that the technology could eventually be incorporated into the machine. Obviously, K5 doesn’t have the capability to respond to actual emergencies in the station and can’t physically or verbally apprehend suspects. The only real-time help it can provide people is to connect them to a live person to report an incident or to ask questions, provided they’re able to press a button on the robot.

Sep 23, 2023

AI is going to drive a new globalization: Ian Bremmer

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

CNBC’s Tania Bryer heads to CogX to talk to Ian Bremmer. The president of Eurasia Group reveals he believes AI will be transformative for the geopolitical order in both good and problematic ways.

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