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A cave is no place for humans, so DARPA is sending in the robots

September 4th, 2019 at 2:47 am » Comments Off

DARPA’s Subterranean Challenge aims to make cave exploration a more robotic affair. Outside its cavernous passageways, the mine’s entrance is emblazoned in red lettering that reads “Safety Research Coal Mine.” This site is just one of two mine systems at the Bruceton Research Center in Pittsburgh. They were once part of a full mine system […]



Is Thorium the fuel of the future to revitalize nuclear?

September 4th, 2019 at 2:32 am » Comments Off

Nuclear energy produces carbon-free electricity, and the United States has used nuclear energy for decades to generate baseline power. Nuclear energy, however, carries a dreaded stigma. After disasters such as Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and Fukishima, the public is acutely aware of the potential, though misguided, dangers of nuclear energy. The cost of nuclear generation […]



Quantum radar has been demonstrated for the first time

August 31st, 2019 at 2:53 am » Comments Off

A radar device that relies on entangled photons works at such low power that it can hide behind background noise, making it useful for biomedical and security applications. One of the advantages of the quantum revolution is the ability to sense the world in a new way. The general idea is to use the special […]



Are these fireproof, hurricane-proof geodesic domes the post-climate change house of the future?

August 21st, 2019 at 11:32 am » Comments Off

  Geoship is touting the bioceramic geodesic dome as the home of the future—and getting help on the rollout from Zappos, which wants to build some near its headquarters to give to the homeless. In a world where wildfires and hurricanes are becoming more frequent, design for new housing would be smart to anticipate the […]



Scientists create contact lenses that zoom on command

August 14th, 2019 at 6:48 am » Comments Off

Blink twice to get a closer look. Nosebleed seats may soon be a thing of the past. Scientists at the University of California San Diego have created a prototype contact lens that is controlled by the eye’s movements. Wearers can make the lenses zoom in or out by simply blinking twice. A paper detailing the […]



Is our current banking system doomed?