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Microsoft’s underwater server experiment resurfaces after two years

September 24th, 2020 at 11:58 am » Comments Off

Turns out, dunking data centers is a great idea Back in 2018, Microsoft sunk an entire data center to the bottom of the Scottish sea, plunging 864 servers and 27.6 petabytes of storage 117 feet deep in the ocean. Today, the company has reported that its latest experiment was a success, revealing findings that show […]



UAVOS presents concept SumoAir urban air taxi

September 7th, 2020 at 3:13 am » Comments Off

UAVOS has presented their air taxi SumoAir as an autonomous concept for vertical e-mobility.  The all-electric, tandem rotor helicopter concept consists of a five-seater passenger including the pilot cabin that can be attached to either a car or a flight module. The helicopter will be operated both manually and autonomously. The project is a part […]



TrueLimb robotic arms look real and cost less than traditional prosthetics

September 6th, 2020 at 2:56 am » Comments Off

Each arm from Unlimited Tomorrow is custom 3D-printed for a perfect match. Easton LaChappelle was 14 years old when he designed and built his first robotic arm. Ten years later, he’s now the CEO of his own company, looking to upend the prosthetics industry.



A.I. can tell if you’re a good surgeon just by scanning your brain

August 17th, 2020 at 10:32 am » Comments Off

Could a brain scan be the best way to tell a top-notch surgeon? Well, kind of. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University at Buffalo have developed Brain-NET, a deep learning A.I. tool that can accurately predict a surgeon’s certification scores based on their neuroimaging data. This certification score, known as the Fundamentals of […]



Walmart’s movie plan will transform parking lots into drive-in theaters

July 6th, 2020 at 11:32 am » Comments Off

Walmart just made a surprising announcement: it will turn some of its store parking lots into drive-in movie theaters, using its existing real estate to revive a largely defunct way to view movies. The drive-in theaters will start going live in early August, according to the company, but they won’t be available at every Walmart […]



How to build a ‘rest ethic’ that is as strong as your work one

June 30th, 2020 at 1:41 pm » Comments Off

The authors of a new book offer creative and thoughful ways to maximize your time off that will gift you with inspiration, ideas, and recovery. Take in a deep breath and hold it. Keep holding. How long can you hold your inhale until it gets uncomfortable? Thirty seconds? A few minutes? It doesn’t take long […]



New recipe for single-atom transistors may enable quantum computers with unparalleled memory and processing power

May 29th, 2020 at 9:11 am » Comments Off

  Single-Atom Transistor  Linking multiple copies of these devices may lay the foundation for quantum computing. Once unimaginable, transistors consisting only of several-atom clusters or even single atoms promise to become the building blocks of a new generation of computers with unparalleled memory and processing power. But to realize the full potential of these tiny […]



Researchers unveil electronics that mimic the human brain in efficient learning

May 6th, 2020 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

Researchers unveil electronics that mimic the human brain in efficient learning A graphic depiction of protein nanowires (green) harvested from microbe Geobacter (orange) facilitate the electronic memristor device (silver) to function with biological voltages, emulating the neuronal components (blue junctions) in a brain. Credit: UMass Amherst/Yao lab Only 10 years ago, scientists working on what […]



Sweat-analyzing patch could help spot biomarkers linked to COVID-19

April 30th, 2020 at 1:39 pm » Comments Off

When you think about wearable tech, chances are that your mind goes to a device like the Apple Watch long before it does the Band-Aid-style smart patch developed by Epicore Biosystems. But the company, which spun out of Northwestern University’s Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics and professor John A. Rogers’ laboratory, has been hard at […]



This electric aircraft concept uses stratospheric air-friction as a power source!

March 14th, 2020 at 3:43 am » Comments Off

If you’ve ever seen a jet blaze through the sky leaving a perfect line of smoke behind it, you’ve probably wondered why that smoke holds its shape so perfectly for so long, but doesn’t hold true on land when a motorbike or car zooms down the road. Air movement anywhere above the troposphere (the lowest […]



MIT’s solid-state battery breakthrough may see phones last for days

February 11th, 2020 at 12:51 pm » Comments Off

A breakthrough in battery architecture could lead to lithium batteries with far greater energy densities than those used today One of the many ways scientists hope to improve the performance of today’s lithium batteries is by swapping out some of the liquid components for solid ones. Known as solid-state batteries, these experimental devices could greatly […]



New quantum switch turns metals into insulators

February 10th, 2020 at 12:04 pm » Comments Off

Artist’s impression of the dissolving of the electronic ‘traffic jam.’ The red atoms are different in their quantum nature and allow transport of electrons in their surroundings. Most modern electronic devices rely on tiny, finely-tuned electrical currents to process and store information. These currents dictate how fast our computers run, how regularly our pacemakers tick […]



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