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X-Prize: Future First | The Future Of Warfare

Technology is really a marvel. So often, as new advances come out that allow us to do things that were thought impossible in the past, we hear the phrase “The future is now.” Popular Science and XPRIZE are teaming up to explore and explain technologies like these in a video series called Future First. Episode …

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Wall Street Journal: Chernobyl Gets a New Giant Anti-Leak Cover

A giant anti-radiation shield started to be moved over Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s melted reactor, at the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident more than 30 years ago. The cover is more than 350 feet tall and more than 530 feet long. Photo: Getty Images  

Tesla Motors: Tesla self-driving AI with the Benny Hill option package

Take a ride in a Tesla with Full Self-Driving Hardware. Tesla has released this new video of what it looks like to ride in a self-driving car. Elon Musk commented in a tweet that the background music comes from the old TV series Benny Hill. According to Tesla, starting 19 October 2016, all Tesla cars …

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IEEE Spectrum: Tackle This: Football’s Newest MVP is a Robot

This robotic tackling dummy was created by a team of Dartmouth College engineering students. Short for Mobile Virtual Player, the MVP robot is designed to take a beating during football drills, sparing players from an accumulation of the kinds of impacts known to result in concussions and long-term brain damage.  

TED: What a driverless world could look like | Wanis Kabbaj

What if traffic flowed through our streets as smoothly and efficiently as blood flows through our veins? Transportation geek Wanis Kabbaj thinks we can find inspiration in the genius of our biology to design the transit systems of the future. In this forward-thinking talk, preview exciting concepts like modular, detachable buses, flying taxis and networks …

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The Economist: How does a floating wind turbine stand up?

It is not just utility companies racing to respond to the rise of renewable energy. Oil and gas giant Statoil is building on four decades of offshore experience to erect its first floating wind farm.  

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell: Fusion Energy Explained – Future or Failure

On Earth, fusion occurs on a larger scale only in hydrogen bombs, but a lot of money and research is being invested into harnessing fusion as a practical energy source just as we do with nuclear power today (nuclear fission). For fusion to occur, we must achieve extreme temperatures and pressures, this is what the …

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Cambridge University: Pain in the machine

Cambridge University put together this short documentary on whether robots should feel pain. It’s a feeling that most would describe as being unpleasant, both physically and emotionally. But there must be some evolutionary advantage with feeling pain, why do humans and some animals otherwise feel pain if there is no use for it. The fact …

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MIT: Plant-to-human communication

Spinach is no longer just a superfood: By embedding leaves with carbon nanotubes, MIT engineers have transformed spinach plants into sensors that can detect explosives and wirelessly relay that information to a handheld device similar to a smartphone. This is one of the first demonstrations of engineering electronic systems into plants, an approach that the …

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MIT: Heat-induced shrinkage

As elaborated by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, heat is a powerful force that can affect a material in many ways. Almost all solid materials expand when heated and many shrink when cooled. In very rare instances certain materials actually shrink when heated. This class of “metamaterials” are especially interesting for research as explained in …

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AsapSCIENCE: The 71 Most AMAZING Innovations of All Time

One of our greatest abilities as humans is to innovate and create solutions by using our intellect to manipulate our physical surroundings. Rachel Salt and Mitchell Moffit from AsapSCIENCE show us the best innovations of all time. It’s a great history lesson and exercise in humility.  

Real Engineering: Burj Khalifa – How To Build Higher

The video by Real Engineering explains in more detail how different skyscrapers use different methods to get taller and taller. How the Burj Khalifa relies on super clever aerodynamics to limit its movement. It is designed as a Hymenocallis flower, preventing vortices from forming by stacking the building up in a spiraling pattern.  

Cambridge University: The best or worst thing to happen to humanity

Stephen Hawking helps to launch Centre for the Future of Intelligence. Artificial intelligence has the power to eradicate poverty and disease or hasten the end of human civilisation as we know it – according to a speech delivered by Professor Stephen Hawking this evening.  

Microsoft: NormalTouch and TextureTouch

Haptic technology is nothing new. Game controllers have vibrated in our hands since the 90’s. And special gloves aims to emulate resistance and texture of a lot of digital objects. Now, a research team at Microsoft has taken the concept a step further with two new controller prototypes.  

Tested: Hands-On with a Volumetric 3D Display!

Tested get up close with Volume, a true volumetric display that can be used for creating 3D content, viewing depth-enhanced videos, and playing holographic games. Its inventors stop by our office to explain how the display works and how they hope volumetric imaging can change how we interact with computer graphics and imagery.  

TED: How we’re harnessing nature’s hidden superpowers | Oded Shoseyov

What do you get when you combine the strongest materials from the plant world with the most elastic ones from the insect kingdom? Super-performing materials that might transform … everything. Nanobiotechnologist Oded Shoseyov walks us through examples of amazing materials found throughout nature, in everything from cat fleas to sequoia trees, and shows the creative …

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Nano-spike catalysts convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol

In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol. Their finding, which involves nanofabrication and catalysis science, was serendipitous.  

Google DeepMind: Learning from memory | Differentiable neural computer family tree inference task

Deep Mind, the artificial intelligence that Google’s parent company Alphabet is developing, can now learn new stuff by analyzing events that are already in its memory. Google calls the method Differential Neural Computer (DNC) and it involves linking a neural network with data that is stored on traditional computers. AI can then navigate and learn …

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TED: Sam Harris | Can we build AI without losing control over it?

Scared of superintelligent AI? You should be, says neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris — and not just in some theoretical way. We’re going to build superhuman machines, says Harris, but we haven’t yet grappled with the problems associated with creating something that may treat us the way we treat ants.  

MIT: Furry Wetsuits

Inspired by hairy, semiaquatic mammals such as beavers and sea otters, a group of MIT engineers are fabricating fur-like rubbery pelts learn how these mammals stay warm and even dry while diving underwater.  

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