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Dec 20, 2018

NASA Live

Posted by in category: space

NASA launches, landings, and events. Watch live broadcasts from NASA Television and NASA’s social media channels, and a schedule of upcoming live events including news briefings, launches and landings.

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Dec 19, 2018

New Powder Captures CO2 Before It Can Hit the Atmosphere

Posted by in category: sustainability

Researchers use heat and salt to extract it from plant matter.


It’s nearly twice as efficient as conventional methods.


Dec 19, 2018

Artificial Intelligence Has Some Explaining to Do

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Software makers offer more transparent machine-learning tools—but there’s a trade-off.

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Dec 19, 2018

A Bug-Like Robot Uses Electricity to Walk Upside Down

Posted by in categories: biological, robotics/AI

A bug’s life doesn’t seem half bad, if you can overlook the super-short lifespan or the threat of getting eaten by lizards or swatted at by humans. Flying is nice, as is being able to walk on ceilings. The versatility is enviable, which is why roboticists are on a quest to imbue machines with the power of the bug.

But to harness the powers of nature, roboticists are resorting to very un-biological means. The latest insect-inspired robot tackles the problem of walking upside down using not glue, or a material that mimics the pad of a gecko’s foot as past bot builders have done, but electricity. Specifically, electroadhesion.

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Dec 19, 2018

Tiny Stars, Habitable Worlds: Planet Hunters Chase A Cosmic Connection

Posted by in category: space

Earth-size planets are the target.

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Dec 19, 2018

Robot Car GIF

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Disney’s wall-riding robot.

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Dec 19, 2018

Diwata-2 captures first images of the Philippines

Posted by in category: space

CHECK THIS OUT: Diwata-2’s first images of the Philippines have been successfully captured and downloaded! While things have seemed quiet after Diwata-2’s launch into space last October 29, the team has been busy working on the initial tests and calibration of Diwata-2’s payloads. Stay tuned for more images and updates in the coming weeks! Read more about the first few images here: https://bit.ly/2E9oi6m #Diwata2 #D2nMe

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Dec 19, 2018

Elon Musk unveils his test car tunnel as a fix for traffic in Los Angeles

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

The Loop system from his adjacent Boring Company startup, once up and running, would take vehicles underground on an elevator and then send them zipping along a track to their destination.

An earlier concept of public-transportation-like “skates” based on Tesla chassis was abandoned, apparently, in favor of regular Teslas with the enhanced wheels. Those who tried the tunnel described a very bumpy ride at less than optimum speeds.

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Dec 19, 2018

Self-driving car drove me from California to New York, claims ex-Uber engineer

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

A car has completed the first autonomous coast-to-coast trip in the US. (via The Guardian)


Trip by Anthony Levandowski, controversial engineer involved in Uber-Waymo lawsuit, would be longest without human taking over.

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Dec 19, 2018

10 Craziest Discoveries of 2018!

Posted by in category: futurism

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