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Jun 16, 2020

“Hovering” boats could solve one of the biggest problems for electric aircraft

Posted by in categories: drones, physics, robotics/AI, solar power, sustainability

This mouth-full of a boat uses simple physics to create a cushion of air that allows it to effortlessly fly along the tops of ocean waves with near inexhaustible solar energy. The researchers say that this sleek, solar vessel could act as a mobile charging station for drones in the deep ocean or could conduct oceanic search and rescue missions.

Researchers in Russia have designed a solar-powered, and AI piloted, boat that can walk on water and serve as a mid-ocean fuel-up station for drones.

Jun 16, 2020

Small Business Live

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business

There’s nothing small about the impact small businesses have on local communities. They turn towns into hometowns and strangers into neighbors.

And right now, they need our support.

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Jun 16, 2020

Artificial Intelligence, & Fully Automated Luxury Capitalism

Posted by in category: robotics/AI


How we can all benefit from cognitive automation.

Jun 16, 2020

Coronavirus: Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

UK experts say the low-dose steroid treatment is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus.

It cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators. For those on oxygen, it cut deaths by a fifth.

The drug is part of the world’s biggest trial testing existing treatments to see if they also work for coronavirus.

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Jun 16, 2020

The Path To Mars

Posted by in category: space travel

SpaceX Starship



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Jun 16, 2020

Quantum Satellite Links Extend More Than 1,000 Kilometers

Posted by in categories: computing, encryption, internet, quantum physics

Now, the same researchers have achieved their goal of entanglement-based quantum cryptography using the Micius satellite. The scientists, who detailed their findings online in the 15 June edition of the journal Nature, say they again connected two observatories separated by 1,120 kilometers. But this time, the collection efficiency of the links was improved by up to four-fold, which resulted in data rates of about 0.12 bits per second.

A space-based, virtually unhackable quantum Internet may be one step closer to reality due to satellite experiments that linked ground stations more than 1,000 kilometers apart, a new study finds.

Quantum physics makes a strange effect known as entanglement possible. Essentially, two or more particles such as photons that get linked or “entangled” can influence each other simultaneously no matter how far apart they are.

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Jun 15, 2020

Researchers create first room-temp ‘magnon switch’ with industrially useful properties

Posted by in categories: computing, materials

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have demonstrated a potentially new way to make switches inside a computer’s processing chips, enabling them to use less energy and radiate less heat.

The team has developed a practical technique for controlling magnons, which are essentially waves that travel through and can carry information. To use magnons for information processing requires a switching mechanism that can control the transmission of a magnon signal through the device.

While other labs have created systems that carry and control magnons, the team’s approach brings two important firsts: Its elements can be built on silicon rather than exotic and expensive substrates, as other approaches have demanded. It also operates efficiently at room temperature, rather than requiring refrigeration. For these and other reasons, this new approach might be more readily employed by .

Jun 15, 2020

This Mini Ion Thruster Is Adorably Tiny

Posted by in categories: energy, satellites

Its performance is equally microscopic, only generating anywhere between 10 to 400 micronewtons — a tiny fraction of the power of a toy rocket.

But in space, even that low amount of power can allow satellites to hold their positions, and even gradually deorbit to make sure they’re out of harm’s way and don’t become space debris.

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Jun 15, 2020

New Algorithm Is a Lot Like the “Enhance!” Feature In “CSI”

Posted by in category: information science


Jun 15, 2020

NASA is hiring someone to help bring Martian samples back to Earth

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

NASA is planning to bring Martian samples back to Earth — and they’re looking for someone to lead the mission.

The Mars Sample Return (MSR) program, set to take place over the next decade, aims to collect samples of Martian rock, soil, and atmosphere for analysis and testing on Earth.

NASA has previously sent several rovers to Mars, but no program or robot has ever been able to bring back samples, which could give researchers new insights into the Red Planet.