Author Archives: Technology

Self-Driving Snow Plows Could Battle Winter

We hate to break it to you, but winter is coming. And with winter comes snow, which tends to spoil people’s travel plans. But a group of self-driving snowplows could clear the tarmac faster and more efficiently, helping make winter-weather delays a t… Continue reading

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‘Lights-Out’ Manufacturing Hits Main Street

Robots toiling day and night assembling widgets and thingamabobs in pitch-black warehouses isn’t some mustache-twirling industrialist tycoon’s fantasy. It’s here, it’s the future of manufacturing, and it’s not just the multinational conglomerat… Continue reading

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Albatross Teaches Drones the Art of Marathon Flights

We’ve seen drones modeled after geckos, insects and if you’ve watched Black Mirror there’s no way you can forget the massive bee drone swarms. Now, scientists are looking to one of nature’s best fliers, the albatross, for tips to help dron… Continue reading

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The AI That Dominated Humans in Go Is Already Obsolete

Remember AlphaGo? You know, the artificial intelligence that in 2016 soundly defeated the finest players humanity could muster in the ancient Chinese strategy game of Go; thus forcing us to relinquish the last vestige of board game superiority flesh-… Continue reading

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Defibrillator Drones Aim to Respond in 911 Calls

Delivery drones carrying defibrillators could begin swooping in to save American victims of cardiac arrest starting in 2018. A new partnership between a delivery drone startup and an emergency medical services provider aims to dispatch defibrillato… Continue reading

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California Wants to Take Human Training Wheels Off Autonomous Vehicles

You’ve read about self-driving cars cruising around California as companies try to prove and perfect their tech. A human sits in each car, but not because they want to joyride: it’s the law.

But that could change.

Last week, California lawmake… Continue reading

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Will Earth’s Lava Flows Decipher Ancient Mars’?

Lava flow: an unstoppable destructive force that burns pretty much everything in its path. When a volcano erupts, it’s important that people in surrounding areas have adequate time to evacuate. To provide those crucial extra hours, or minutes, rese… Continue reading

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Will Earth’s Lava Flows Decipher Ancient Mars’?

Lava flow: an unstoppable destructive force that burns pretty much everything in its path. When a volcano erupts, it’s important that people in surrounding areas have adequate time to evacuate. To provide those crucial extra hours, or minutes, rese… Continue reading

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First AI Learned to Walk, Now It’s Wrestling, Playing Soccer

Oh, artificial intelligence, how quickly you grow up. Just three months ago you were learning to walk, and we watched you take your first, flailing steps.

Today, you’re out there kicking a soccer ball around and wrestling. Where does the time go?
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We Almost Gave Up On Building Artificial Brains

Today artificial neural networks are making art, writing speeches, identifying faces and even driving cars. It feels as if we’re riding the wave of a novel technological era, but the current rise in neural networks is actually a renaissance of sort… Continue reading

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We Learned A Lot from Whale Snot

While the SnotBot drone has been highly publicized for its aerial maneuvers over blowholes, its expeditions have yet to showcase some hard data about whales. But there’s another whale snot-gathering team out there using drones—and they’ve turned … Continue reading

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Our Next Billion Years

Humanity only just arrived on Earth. But its future is in the cosmos. Continue reading

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Drones Are Keeping Watch on the Arctic’s Polar Bear Population

Polar bears’ fortunes are deeply tied to the whims of a changing climate, and as the Arctic continues to warm it’s increasingly important to keep an eye on their populations. But the Arctic’s stark white terrain can make that a difficult task to ac… Continue reading

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Robots Rule This Futuristic Barley Field

Is there anything more quintessentially American than a farmer in the heartland, toiling away on their land? But this vision of agrarian life will fade into the dusty shelves of sentimental nostalgia, because agriculture is poised to become an indust… Continue reading

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New Gesture Control Tech Works With Any Object — Even Pets

Take a look at the objects around you. Using a new gesture control technology, any one of those items—even your pets—could control your television. The remote will never be lost again!

Researchers from England’s Lancaster University have devel… Continue reading

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NASA Wants to Know Cost of Space Solar Power

Harnessing the sun’s energy with orbital space power stations and beaming the power to Earth has been a science fiction dream ever since Isaac Asimov wrote a 1941 short story called “Reason.” But the idea has never quite gotten off the ground despit… Continue reading

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US Navy Debuts First Underwater Drone Squadron

The U.S. Navy has taken another step forward in deploying swarms of underwater drones for both scientific and military purposes. This past week, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center officially recognized the Navy’s first Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Sq… Continue reading

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New York’s Drone Superhighway Officially Launches

Showcasing technology that could help usher in the era of commercial drones, the first phase of New York’s 50-mile long drone test corridor took place Thursday at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York.

Using NASA-led research, the Unman… Continue reading

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Aston Martin Dives Into the Submarine Business

In recent years, Aston Martin has become the vehicle of choice for fictional secret agent James Bond. And now the British carmaker is taking its 007 reputation into the deep end.

On Thursday—in Monaco, of course—Aston Martin announced it is part… Continue reading

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Inspired by a Cat, Techie Turns Roomba Into Impressive Telepresence Robot

Who hasn’t, at some point, wished they could exist in two places at once?

Today, you certainly can do that, but in practice, it’s far less sexy than cloning yourself or traveling back and forth through time to simultaneously exist in overlapping… Continue reading

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Inspired by a Cat, Techie Turns Roomba Into Impressive Telepresence Robot

Who hasn’t, at some point, wished they could exist in two places at once?

Today, you certainly can do that, but in practice, it’s far less sexy than cloning yourself or traveling back and forth through time to simultaneously exist in overlapping… Continue reading

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Could Evaporation Ever Power the Country?

There’s energy everywhere, the trouble is harnessing it.

We extract power from wind, waves and sunlight, but researchers from Columbia University say there’s another font of untapped energy — water evaporating from lakes and reservoirs across the … Continue reading

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Could Evaporation Ever Power the Country?

There’s energy everywhere, the trouble is harnessing it.

We extract power from wind, waves and sunlight, but researchers from Columbia University say there’s another font of untapped energy — water evaporating from lakes and reservoirs across the … Continue reading

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Dubai’s Flying Taxi Drone Takes First Public Flight

Dubai’s flying taxi drone took its first public flight on Monday. The autonomous Volocopter, an 18-rotor electrically powered drone made in Germany, can fit up to two people and includes safety parachutes — just in case.

From testing drones for… Continue reading

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Dubai’s Flying Taxi Drone Takes First Public Flight

Dubai’s flying taxi drone took its first public flight on Monday. The autonomous Volocopter, an 18-rotor electrically powered drone made in Germany, can fit up to two people and includes safety parachutes — just in case.

From testing drones for… Continue reading

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Drones Help Discover Lost City With Ties to Alexander the Great

With the help of drones, archaeologists discovered a lost city with ties to Alexander the Great, according to the British Museum in London.

Qalatga Darband, an ancient city located in what is now Iraqi Kurdistan, lies along the Darband-I Rania, or a… Continue reading

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Friendly Neighborhood Delivery Drones Target Iceland

Delivery drones are carrying customer orders for burgers and smartphones across a bay of water straddled by the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik—and that’s just the start of a much more ambitious plan. Before the end of 2017, the Israeli startup Fl… Continue reading

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Drone Pilot Bobs and Weaves Through Moving Freight Train

Flying low, through a truss bridge, under a Union Pacific train, and even in a boxcar are just a few of the stunts a drone pilot shows off in a YouTube video while a UP mixed freight is in motion.

The video went live on Sept. 20 and has already rece… Continue reading

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Is Lab-Grown Leather the Next Wardrobe Staple?

Leather jackets are a must-have in many wardrobes. While some adore genuine leather straight from our bovine buds, others seek alternatives to genuine leather, whether due to price or their stance on animal products. This could be their new go-to sub… Continue reading

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What, Exactly, Happens When Drone Meets Head?

Thanks to a dummy we now have a better idea of what happens when a drone hits a person’s head.

A study by researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) one of the Federal Aviation Administration’s UAS (unmann… Continue reading

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