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Bell says latest helicopter was designed 10 times faster with VR

December 12th, 2018 at 2:42 am » Comments Off

Bell Helicopter challenged its Innovation Team to accelerate its aircraft design process. Turning to VR as a key improvement to their design pipeline, the team created the FCX-001, the company’s first “concept aircraft,” in just six months. Typically it takes five to seven years to design a helicopter, according to a case study published by […]



20 Americans die each day waiting for organs. Can pigs save them?

December 5th, 2018 at 1:19 pm » Comments Off

Thanks to genetically engineered pigs, the donor-organ shortage could soon be a think of the past. ANCHORING A ROW of family photos in Joseph Tector’s office is a framed, autographed picture of Baby Fae, the California newborn who made headlines in 1984 when she received a baboon’s heart to replace her own malfunctioning organ. It’s […]



Is Colonizing Mars the most important project in human history?

December 3rd, 2018 at 5:41 am » Comments Off

The Red Planet is a freezing, faraway, uninhabitable desert. But protecting the human species from the end of life on Earth could save trillions of lives. The Earth and Mars are a bit like fraternal twins that slowly grew apart. Four billion years ago, both planets were warm, sheathed by protective atmospheres, and carved with […]



Quantum ‘compass’ promises navigation without using GPS

November 20th, 2018 at 11:35 am » Comments Off

It could keep society humming when satellites fail. GPS is vital to modern navigation, but it’s extremely fragile. Never mind coverage — if a satellite fails or there’s a jamming attack, it quickly becomes useless. Scientists may have a much more robust answer, though. Scientists have demonstrated a “commercially viable” quantum accelerometer that could provide […]



The future of cities

November 15th, 2018 at 2:25 am » Comments Off

Cities may occupy just 2 per cent of the earth’s land surface, but they are home to more than half of the world’s population and generate 80 per cent of all economic output. And their dominance is growing: by 2045, an extra 2 billion people will live in urban areas. At Pictet, we think it […]



‘Human brain’ supercomputer with 1 million processors switched on for first time

November 9th, 2018 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

The world’s largest neuromorphic supercomputer designed and built to work in the same way a human brain does has been fitted with its landmark one-millionth processor core and is being switched on for the first time. The newly formed million-processor-core Spiking Neural Network Architecture (SpiNNaker) machine is capable of completing more than 200 million million […]



Scientists create a rare fifth form of matter in space for the first time ever

November 8th, 2018 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

For a few minutes on Jan. 23, 2017, the coldest spot in the known universe was a tiny microchip hovering 150 miles over Kiruna, Sweden. The chip was small — about the size of a postage stamp — and loaded with thousands of tightly-packed rubidium-87 atoms. Scientists launched that chip into space aboard an unpiloted, […]



Why are robotics companies dying?

November 6th, 2018 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

Rethink Robotics shuttered its doors and closed for good on October 4, 2018. For many casual observers the collapse of a much-celebrated company, founded by preeminent artificial intelligence (AI) researcher and minor celebrity Rodney Brooks was a surprise. To others it’s just the latest indication of the trouble in robotics land. According to the company, […]



Reaction Pre-cooled Engines could deliver reusable hypersonic planes by 2025

November 6th, 2018 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

Reaction Engines of the UK could be part of a winning group of bidders for open-ended hypersonic weapons development. They have proven an innovative pre-cooling system which does not require the development of new materials to handle the heat of hypersonic flight speeds. The US Air Force Research Labs are already working with them. They […]



Scientists have created programmable shape-shifting liquid metal

November 3rd, 2018 at 12:56 pm » Comments Off

Researchers at the University of Sussex and Swansea University have applied electrical charges to manipulate liquid metal into 2D shapes such as letters and a heart. The team says the findings represent an “extremely promising” new class of materials that can be programmed to seamlessly change shape. This open up new possibilities in ‘soft robotics’ […]



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