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Sep 30, 2017

Electric car-sharing service begins in Singapore

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Singapore gets its first electric vehicle-sharing service, and it comes from France.

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Sep 30, 2017

Apple just released new information about how facial recognition on the iPhone X works

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI, security

Apple updated the security and privacy information on its website on Wednesday, revealing new details about how its new facial-recognition technology works.

The new details come about a month before Apple’s most advanced iPhone, the iPhone X, goes on sale. The banner feature of the iPhone X is a facial-recognition tool called Face ID that unlocks the phone, replacing the fingerprint sensor.

Since Face ID and its corresponding 3D camera, called TrueDepth, were announced earlier this month, the technology has attracted a lot of attention and speculation from privacy advocates and security experts. Sen. Al Franken even wrote an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook with 10 questions about the technology.

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Sep 30, 2017

Evaporating Water Could Power Almost 70% of The US Electrical Grid

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability

It’s not every day scientists say a new kind of renewable energy could satisfy the majority of our power needs, so when they do, it’s worth leaning in close.

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have found that energy harvested from the evaporation of water in US lakes and reservoirs could power nearly 70 percent of the nation’s electricity demands, generating a whopping 325 gigawatts of electricity.

Alongside the great strides being made in solar and wind, biophysicist Ozgur Sahin from Columbia University says natural evaporation represents a massive unexplored resource of environmentally clean power generation, just waiting to be tapped.

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Sep 30, 2017

The future isn’t about hardware or software

Posted by in categories: drones, futurism

Click on photo to start video.

It’s about making technology work for you.

Video : Selfie Drone which obeys your palm

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Sep 30, 2017

Vacuum company Dyson is building an electric car

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Dyson says the car will be unveiled in 2020 and will be ‘radically different’ to other vehicles on the market.

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Sep 30, 2017

Bill Gates now uses an Android phone

Posted by in categories: futurism, mobile phones

Windows Phone has been dead for a good year now, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has decided it’s also time to move on. In an interview with Fox News Sunday (spotted by On MSFT), Gates reveals he’s now using an Android phone. While Gates doesn’t reveal the exact model, he does note that it has “a lot of Microsoft software” on it, which could suggest it’s a special Microsoft Edition Samsung Galaxy S8 handset with bundled software.

Microsoft started selling the Samsung Galaxy S8 handset in its retail stores earlier this year, and it includes apps like Office, OneDrive, Cortana, and Outlook. Any Android phone also supports these apps, but Microsoft’s customized S8 does suggest the company might continue to offer this for other Android devices in the future.

While Gates is switching to Android, he’s still not interested in an iPhone. Gates famously banned iPhones and iPods at home in the past, but he does admit that Steve Jobs was a “genius” in the Fox interview. Gates is still using Windows-based PCs, but he’s still not switching over to an iPhone, despite the Steve Jobs praise.

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Sep 30, 2017

This simple device turns polluted air into power

Posted by in categories: materials, particle physics

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Sep 30, 2017

“Holy Grail” Microchip Might Surpass the Power of the Human Brain

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

Scientists from several universities published a paper in Science Advances, in which they reveal their progress toward the “holy grail” of computing: a light-based microchip that truly rivals the speed and parallel processing of the human brain.

Scientists at the University of Exeter have made a landmark breakthrough in the quest for the “holy grail” of computing: human-brain-mimicking microchips able to store and process information on par with homo sapiens, according to a new Science Advances release.

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Sep 30, 2017

Passenger Drone lives up to its name with manned flight

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

There are quite a few companies working on developing drones for human transportation, but a new one has just jumped into the fray. With an almost fully developed prototype and plans to start producing them commercially next year, the aptly named Passenger Drone introduced itself by showing off a manned flight on its first prototype.

The company has been quietly working on its tech for the last three years and it has produced a lightweight, car-sized drone that can fly autonomously, be maneuvered remotely or be controlled manually. It’s lifted by 16 rotors and produces zero emissions. Passenger Drone says it plans to build five more prototypes and log over 1000 hours of flight time before proceeding with commercial production.

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Sep 30, 2017

Hypersonic SR-72 spyplane demo spotted

Posted by in category: transportation

A subscale demonstrator of the SR-72 hypersonic spyplane was reportedly spied at Lockheed’s facilities in California.

A proposed hypersonic reconnaissance and strike aircraft, the SR-72 would serve as a replacement for the famed SR-71 Blackbird, which was retired by the Air Force back in 1998. The SR-71 Blackbird could fly at 2200 mph (over 3 times the speed of sound).

Lockheed has said they are working on a combined-cycle engine. It uses both a turbine and a scramjet to achieve hypersonic speeds. Lockheed Martin is testing Aerojet Rocketdyne from 2013 to 2017. Two combined-cycle engines are planned to power the SR-72, which is designed to be about the same size of the SR-71 and could achieve first flight in the late 2020s.

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