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The Anti-Drone Arms Race

September 26th, 2016 at 7:21 am » Comments Off

Last week, the director of the Federal Aviation Administration reported that his department is receiving an average of 2,000 new registration requests for drones every day, and that it has registered up to some half a million drones since new rules went into effect in January. But as sales of drones have increased, so too […]



Electric Dragster Sets Land Speed Record: 341 Mph

September 26th, 2016 at 6:16 am » Comments Off

  This Monday out on the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah, an electric vehicle broke the land speed record for EVs with a two-way average speed of 341 mph. The vehicle, called the Venturi Buckeye Bullet-3, or VBB-3, was developed and built by a team of engineers from Monaco-based Venturi Automobiles and The Ohio State […]



How airlines decide what fare you pay

September 21st, 2016 at 6:51 am » Comments Off

  (CNN)Anyone who’s lost an evening researching flight deals knows that airfare pricing can seem pretty random — high one week, low the next and long-distance often cheaper than short-haul. There’s a method behind the madness, though.



Adorable robots help travelers at Haneda airport in Tokyo

September 21st, 2016 at 6:31 am » Comments Off

 Hitachi’s EMIEW3 will help travelers find their terminal. Getting lost in an international airport is never fun — but if you’re lost in Japan’s Haneda this month, you’ll at least be able get help from an adorable talking robot. From now until the 14th, Hitachi is testing its EMIEW3 humanoid robot in the airport’s passenger […]



Donesurfing: A new sport takes flight

September 20th, 2016 at 6:09 am » Comments Off

 A brand new sport has been created specifically due to new technology: Dronesurfing. A professional cinematographic company called Freefly used a drone, the Freefly Alta 8, on a day with minimal waves to help pull their boarder across the water. While the drone does have a 20-pound maximum cargo limit, it is able to pull a person across the water […]



Walmart Patents Robot Carts

September 19th, 2016 at 6:33 am » Comments Off

Can robot carts compete with Amazon? A shopping cart is mostly empty space. At the end of a shopping run, when the cart is brimming with groceries and goods, it becomes fully useful, but it isn’t until that point, and once it’s full, it doesn’t help the person trying to buy two cartfulls of stuff […]



3-wheeled electric vehicle scheduled to go on sale this year

September 14th, 2016 at 6:54 am » Comments Off

DETROIT (AP) — A three-wheeled electric vehicle could be on the road later this year in the U.S. and Canada. Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp. of Vancouver, British Columbia, officially unveiled the one-seat Solo on Friday. The Solo could go on sale as early as November pending approval by U.S. and Canadian regulators. It costs around […]



Your child’s name sets them up for success — or failure

September 9th, 2016 at 6:25 am » Comments Off

What’s in a name? Potentially your child’s future. A host of research shows just how much your name can affect your lifetime success, from your hireability to your spending habits.



China: 13 million ghost children getting official recognition and documents

September 7th, 2016 at 6:00 am » Comments Off

Birth controls still exist in China: The one-child policy was replaced by a two-child policy. Authorities in Beijing quietly began to give undocumented 2nd and third children legal status without first paying fines. Hukou registration is being provided which is like an internal passport and provides access to government services. It allows registration in school.



Most Scientific Findings Are Either Wrong or Useless

September 5th, 2016 at 5:24 am » Comments Off

“Science, the pride of modernity, our one source of objective knowledge, is in deep trouble.” So begins “Saving Science,” an incisive and deeply disturbing essay by Daniel Sarewitz at The New Atlantis. As evidence, Sarewitz, a professor at Arizona State University’s School for Future Innovation and Society, points to reams of mistaken or simply useless […]



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