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Boeing patents force field to protect military vehicles

March 27th, 2015 at 1:33 pm » Comments Off

Mostly known for being an aircraft manufacturer, Boeing also designs and develops sophisticated defense, satellite and weapon systems.  Now their latest patent is something straight out of sci-fi movies: a force field to shield vehicles and buildings from explosions.  

Woolly mammoth DNA merged with elephant

March 27th, 2015 at 1:24 pm » Comments Off

Scientists at Harvard University have taken a major step forward in bringing back the woolly mammoth by inserting DNA from the extinct mammal into the genetic code of an elephant.  

Tesla to add self-driving ‘autopilot’ mode to Model S

March 26th, 2015 at 1:37 pm » Comments Off

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently revealed that ”in about three months” they will be providing a software update to its Model S fleet that will turn on auto-steering, or “autopilot” as Musk often refers to it.  

FAA green lights Amazon for delivery drone testing

March 26th, 2015 at 1:32 pm » Comments Off

Amazon’s delivery drones may be more than just a publicity stunt.  The Federal Aviation Administration announced on March 19, that Amazon is receiving an experimental airworthiness certificate.  This will allow them to test drone aircraft.  

Will smart machines make us dumb?

March 26th, 2015 at 1:28 pm » Comments Off

We are now at a crossroads of artificial intelligence: We can design computers that sharpen our wits or we can let our machines turn us into ignoramuses.  

Rethink Robotics unveils new robot Sawyer

March 26th, 2015 at 1:26 pm » Comments Off

Rethink Robotics has developed a new robot.  It is not a new version of their older robot Baxter, but a completely different robot, stuffing all of the adaptive, collaborative technology that makes Baxter unique into a form factor that’s smaller, faster, stronger, and more precise.  

High-quality 3D printing of metal parts with open-source algorithms

March 26th, 2015 at 1:22 pm » Comments Off

America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute that’s focused on helping the U.S. grow capabilities and strength in 3D printing, has recently awarded $540,000 to General Electric and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory(LLNL) for development of open-source algorithms that will improve additive manufacturing (3D printing) of metal parts.  

New 3-D printer that grows objects from goo

March 24th, 2015 at 2:32 pm » Comments Off

Crazy as it may sound, but we may already need to start differentiating between “old-fashioned” and modern 3-D printing methods.  

Print to order custom organs

March 24th, 2015 at 2:28 pm » Comments Off

Stephen and Amelie Trice learned eight years ago that their three-year-old son Troupe needed a new heart.  Troupe was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy, an extremely rare and deadly condition in which the heart is unable to relax between heartbeats. 

Greenwald: iPhone encryption ‘petrified’ NSA

March 24th, 2015 at 2:25 pm » Comments Off

Glenn Greenwald, the writer who first reported on Edward Snowden’s stolen files, says that stronger encryption in Apple’s iPhones and on websites like Facebook has “petrified” the U.S. government because it has made it harder to spy on communications.  

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