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Project Wing – Google’s secret drone-delivery project

August 31st, 2014 at 8:16 am » Comments Off

Google delivery drone. Google has secretly been working on the Project Wing program at GoogleX for the last two years. The company has been working on building flying robots that can deliver products across a city in a minute or two. (Video)    



Height does matter! Women prefer taller men

August 31st, 2014 at 8:01 am » Comments Off

Women prefer to be in a relationship where the man is taller. Research has already suggested that tall men are generally paid better are viewed as more masculine and competent. Now a new research paper suggests that their height advantage also spills over into their personal lives.    



What do Americans really want from their smart homes?

August 30th, 2014 at 8:26 am » Comments Off

Smartphone-enabled, security-minded, and no monthly fees. Homeowners in the U.S. would prefer a smartphone-enabled, do-it-yourself platform for home automation over a closed, subscription-based system.  They also care a lot more about security and peace of mind than they do about saving on their energy bills.    



New nanobots hunt down and destroy cancerous tumors

August 30th, 2014 at 8:10 am » Comments Off

Small weaponized robots, swarm into the human body, hunt down malignant tumors and destroy them. An army of tiny weaponized robots traveling around a human body, hunting down malignant tumors and destroying them from within sounds like a scene from a science fiction novel. But research in Nature Communications today from the University of California Davis Cancer […]



Germany considers ban on after-hours office communications to workers

August 29th, 2014 at 10:41 am » Comments Off

A ban on office communications in the evening and during vacation time could even become law. Some German companies such as BMW, Volkswagen and Deutsche Telekom, in the last few years,  have banned after-hours calls and emails to workers.  The point of the ban is to actually let people take time off in the evening, […]



China to invest $16.3 B in electric cars

August 29th, 2014 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Electric vehicles will yield big environmental improvements in China. China is supposedly about to invest a hundred billion yuan (equivalent to about 16.3 billion US dollars at today’s exchange rate) into electric vehicles and the infrastructure to support them, like public charging stations, according to “two people familiar with the matter”, says Bloomberg.    



Investments in power lines says a lot about how the US electricity system is changing

August 29th, 2014 at 9:20 am » Comments Off

Private investment in electric transmission has quintupled from $2.7 billion in 1997 to $14.1 billion in 2012. Private electric utilities in America have been doing something surprising over the past ten years – they have been investing a lot of money in power lines and other electric-transmission infrastructure. (Chart)    



Introducing the Library Vending Machine

August 29th, 2014 at 8:09 am » Comments Off

Library vending machine in China. By Zach Hyman: There seems to be sufficient demand and interest in China for enabling people to check out books 24 hours a day. The not-so-cheap library vending machines have taken root across both urban and rural areas, each with a very different set of needs and each bearing vastly different […]



Futuristic scooter concepts built around the Segway

August 28th, 2014 at 12:22 pm » Comments Off

Kala Segway The Segway offers transportation solutions that would reduce congestion, pollution and other environmental problems. The unique design and function of the Segway has a fresh idea and excites the imagination of several people, designers included. If we fast forward a few years,  we will see quite a number of concept vehicles entering the […]



Malloy Aeronautics launches hoverbike drone

August 28th, 2014 at 11:35 am » Comments Off

Malloy Aeronautics’ hoverbike Malloy Aeronautics’ hoverbike is a solid substitution for the real hoverboard we are still waiting for. The hoverbike which has successfully been funded on Kickstarter in the form of a drone, is the prototype for an eventual manned hoverbike that will whisk riders into the air. (Video)    



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