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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.



Stratolaunch – The World’s largest aircraft is almost ready

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

SEATTLE, July 22 — Seattle-based company Vulcan Aerospace announced that its Stratolaunch Systems, an air-launch platform for rockets, is close to completion. According to the company’s website, the Stratolaunch has a wingspan of 385 feet and measures 238 feet in length. This six-engine aircraft is currently the world’s largest aircraft.



Europe’s Plan for Free Public Wi-Fi Puts America to Shame

September 19th, 2016 at 6:45 am » Comments Off

Free wi-fi almost anywhere you go. When the president of the European commission gave his annual state of the union speech this week, he hit all the typical SOTU talking points—unity, pride, stability. But tucked amid all that was an unusual promise for EU residents: free wireless internet for parks, libraries and other public spaces […]



Drone Racing: ESPN’s Newest Televised Sport

September 19th, 2016 at 6:17 am » Comments Off

  First there was poker. Then there was the spelling bee, Scrabble and the recent emergence of e-sports. Now ESPN is betting that speeding drones will be the next noncontact “sport” to find a mass audience. The Drone Racing League announced on Wednesday that it had signed deals to broadcast a 10-episode season on ESPN […]



Google’s Ray Kurzweil: The Business Of Extending Human Life Going Into “High Gear”

September 16th, 2016 at 6:57 am » Comments Off

The futurist says that we’re getting closer and closer to “reprogramming” the human body. Over the last many centuries, human life expectancy has very gradually lengthened with improved health and medical technologies and research. In the next 20 years, we can expect our expected life spans to be extended at a far more rapid pace […]



The Construction Industry Loves Drones

September 16th, 2016 at 6:04 am » Comments Off

The thinking: Spend billions of dollars, save even more. The $8.5 trillion global construction industry isn’t exactly known for its efficiency. The U.K. Green Building Council estimates that 15% of materials delivered to construction sites end up in landfills, the result of mismanaged scheduling and purchasing.



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 […]



A robot could be the best boss you’ve ever had

September 14th, 2016 at 6:09 am » Comments Off

Would you like to work for a robot? Although the automation of skilled jobs is a reality, your boss is probably (still) a human. Even though the most optimistic artificial intelligence (AI) enthusiast would struggle to persuade us that the technology to create non-human leaders is upon us just yet, robots could be managing people […]



The first AI-judged beauty contest: Robots are racist

September 13th, 2016 at 6:39 am » Comments Off

With more than 6,000 applicants from over 100 countries competing, the firstinternational beauty contest judged entirely by artificial intelligence just came to an end. The results are a bit disheartening. The team of judges, a five robot panel, attempted to pick winners from the submitted photos in hopes that it could determine which faces most closely […]



Mercedes-Benz Vision Van concept sends drones to last-mile delivery

September 12th, 2016 at 6:21 am » Comments Off

When it comes to making the concept of delivery drones a reality, using vans to handle the brunt of the work is an idea that has some merit. We saw some researchers float the idea a couple of years ago and it now appears Mercedes-Benz also sees some potential in the approach. It has teamed […]



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