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Jul 20, 2016

World’s Fastest Consumer Drone Flies Up To 85 MPH

Posted by in category: drones

#Drone enthusiasts! New store-bought Teal modular will become the “drone of your dreams,” new #tech could compete in #DroneRaces.

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Jul 20, 2016

Roll Out Solar Array Technology: Benefits for NASA, Commercial Sector

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, internet, satellites, solar power

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) worked with two private firms to develop advanced structures for high power solar arrays that are stronger, lighter, and package more compactly for launch. This technology investment furthers the agency’s deep space exploration goals and aids the commercial communications satellite industry, the provider of direct-to-home television, satellite radio, broadband internet and a multitude of other services.

The Roll Out Solar Array (ROSA) is one of the options eyed by NASA that could power an advanced solar electric propulsion spacecraft that makes possible such endeavors as the agency’s Asteroid Redirect Mission—plucking a multi-ton boulder from an asteroid’s surface, and then maneuvering that object into a stable orbit around the moon for human inspection and sampling.

Tapping into ROSA technology allows the conversion of sunlight into electrical power that drives the ion thrusters of a solar electric propulsion spacecraft. ROSA is expected to enable a number of space initiatives and is a cost-saving plus to transport cargo over long distances beyond the Earth.

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Jul 20, 2016

YouTube video of golfer Bubba Watson trying out futuristic transport system on the course

Posted by in categories: futurism, transportation

Pro-golfer and world number 5, Bubba Watson, has been trialling the pack at a New Zealand golf course in a video for Oakley, which sees the golfer zoom about on the greens.

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Jul 20, 2016

Watch A German Robot Grill Sausages To Perfection

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

This is just the wurst robot.

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Jul 20, 2016

Can black holes tunnel to white holes?

Posted by in category: cosmology

Tl;dr: Yes, but it’s unlikely.

If black holes attract your attention, white holes might blow your mind.

A white hole is a time-reversed black hole, an anti-collapse. While a black hole contains a region from which nothing can escape, a white hole contains a region to which nothing can fall in. Since the time-reversal of a solution of General Relativity is another solution, we know that white holes exist mathematically. But are they real?

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Jul 20, 2016

Five Theories of Motion Sickness Triggers in Virtual Reality

Posted by in category: virtual reality

5 Theories on Motion Sickness with VR’s help.

jason-jeraldWhen people dream about what they want to do in VR, it inevitably involves actually moving around within a virtual environment. But VR locomotion triggers simulator sickness in a lot of people, and solving it is one of the biggest open problems in virtual reality. NextGen Interactions’ Jason Jerald wrote a comprehensive summary of much of the pertinent academic research about VR in The VR Book, and in Chapter 12 he summarizes the five major theories of what may cause simulator sickness.

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Jul 20, 2016

Payload designed to show that useful, high value goods can economically be produced in low earth orbit, opening the space frontier for Earth-focused manufacturing

Posted by in categories: materials, space travel

MOFFETT FIELD, CA. Made In Space, Inc. (Made In Space) and Thorlabs, Inc. (Thorlabs) will send a microgravity-optimized, miniature fiber drawing system to the International Space Station (ISS) to manufacture high-value-to-mass ZBLAN optical fiber via a cooperative agreement with The Center for Advancement of Science In Space (CASIS). The payload, called the “Made In Space Optical Fiber Production in Microgravity Experiment” (Fiber Payload) is currently scheduled to be launched to the ISS in the first quarter of 2017. The Fiber Payload will produce test quantities of ZBLAN optical fiber in the persistent microgravity environment ISS provides, and be returned to the Earth shortly thereafter. Once returned to the Earth, the fiber will be tested and utilized. Based on the results from this initial experiment and market demand, Made In Space plans to develop and operate larger scale microgravity production facilities for ZBLAN and other microgravity enabled materials.

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Jul 20, 2016

DARPA Wants A.I. to Control All Our Wireless Communication

Posted by in category: robotics/AI


The radio frequency spectrum is one big traffic jam, but an A.I. could fix that.

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Jul 20, 2016

DARPA prepares to send Plan-X into battle

Posted by in category: military

The virtual network defense environment heads toward deployment.

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Jul 20, 2016

Killer ‘legobots’ are coming: US Military to build brickbots

Posted by in categories: computing, drones, military

Plug and play is preparing to launch.

DARPA hopes to shrink traditional military machines into single ‘chiplets’ to build a library of components to aid everything from smart drone building to instant language translation. Shown, an artist’s impression of the components that could be shrunk onto a single chip.

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