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May 6, 2019

Massive 10-Petawatt Laser Can Vaporize Matter

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The most powerful laser ever made has one-tenth the power of the sun and is being used in cancer therapy research. P.S. It works.

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May 6, 2019

The Much-Hyped, 18,000mAh Energizer Phone Flopped on Indiegogo

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones

Mobile World Congress this past February included the unveiling of several notable smartphones like the Nokia 9 PureView and LG G8. However, one device got an inordinate amount of attention — the Energizer Power Max P18K Pop. Hiding behind that clunky name was a phone with a gigantic 18,000 mAh battery. This brick of a phone ended up on Indiegogo, and despite all the hype, it flopped. Hard. Of the anticipated $1.2 million, the phone only pulled in pre-orders worth $15,005 — just 1 percent of the required funding.

The Energizer Power Max P18K Pop is not actually a product of the battery manufacturer. The Energizer name is merely licensed by Avenir Telecom, a French manufacturer of phones, cables, and other accessories. It has produced other Energizer phones in the past, but none of them sparked the same combination of fascination and amusement.

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May 6, 2019

Neuromorphic chip has the architecture similar to neurons of the human brain

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

Designed to mimic the human nervous system.

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May 6, 2019

AirZen: Personal Climate Control Device 5 in 1: Humidifier, Purifier, Ionizer, Aroma Diffuser, Air Quality Station

Posted by in category: futurism

via APP.

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May 6, 2019

The biggest comparison of sci-fi spaceships ever is complete at last

Posted by in categories: military, space travel

At last, it’s done. The biggest spaceship size chart ever created is now complete and fully operational. 4,268 × 5,690 pixels of technological terror that includes everything from the smaller Star War ships to EVE. According to its author, Dirk Loechel, this is the last update. It’s epic.

The last update

For real this time: This is the final major content update, though if there are issues I’ll still fix them. I also haven’t forgotten I wanted to vectorize the writing. It’s still on the radar. But content-wise, I think that is about all I can put in.

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May 6, 2019

MIT Cryptographers Are No Match For A Determined Belgian

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, supercomputing

Twenty years ago, a cryptographic puzzle was included in the construction of a building on the MIT campus. The structure that houses what is now MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) includes a time capsule designed by the building’s architect, [Frank Gehry]. It contains artifacts related to the history of computing, and was meant to be opened whenever someone solved a cryptographic puzzle, or after 35 years had elapsed.

The puzzle was not expected to be solved early, but [Bernard Fabrot], a developer in Belgium, has managed it using not a supercomputer but a run-of-the-mill Intel i7 processor. The capsule will be opened later in May.

The famous cryptographer, [Ronald Rivest], put together what we now know is a deceptively simple challenge. It involves a successive squaring operation, and since it is inherently sequential there is no possibility of using parallel computing techniques to take any shortcuts. [Fabrot] used the GNU Multiple Precision Arithmetic Library in his code, and took over 3 years of computing time to solve it. Meanwhile another team is using an FPGA and are expecting a solution in months, though have been pipped to the post by the Belgian.

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May 6, 2019

Flying Sticks Are Now A Thing

Posted by in category: transportation

Fixed-wing planes and helicopters are no longer the darling of the RC world. Even quadcopters and other multirotors are starting to look old hat, as the community looks to ever more outrageous designs. [rctestflight] has slimmed things down to the extreme with this coaxial bicopter build, also known as the Flying Stick (Youtube video, embedded below).

The initial design consists of two brushless outrunner motors fitted with props, rotating in opposite directions to cancel out their respective torques. Each is mounted on a gimbal, setup to provide control authority. iNav is used as a flight controller, chosen due to its versatile motor mixing settings. The craft was built to test its ability at recovery from freefall, as a follow-on from earlier attempts at building a brushless “rocket” craft.

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May 6, 2019

Global Plasma Engine Market Analysis

Posted by in category: futurism

The Plasma Engine market report analysis series and provides a comprehensive insight into the global Plasma Engine channel. It analyses the market, the major players, and the main trends, strategies for success and consumer attitudes. It also provides forecasts to 2024.

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May 6, 2019

This Hypersonic ‘Space Plane’ Can Fly at 25 TIMES the Speed of Sound

Posted by in categories: innovation, space travel

A “spaceplane” that will be able to travel at 25 times the speed just reached a major breakthrough.

Reaction Engines is working with the European Space Agency and the UK Space Agency to develop a hypersonic aircraft that could zip from New York to London in just one hour.

The British aerospace manufacturer has tested the an essential piece of equipment called a precooler, which prevents the plane’s engine from overheating.

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May 6, 2019

New Super Plane Will Travel at 25 Times the Speed of Sound

Posted by in category: transportation

London to Sydney in 4 hours, anyone?

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