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Harvard scientists invented a material that ‘remembers’ its shape

September 14th, 2020 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

Still trying to wrap my head around this one, to be honest. Scientists at Harvard are claiming they’ve invented a new “wool-like” fabric that changes shape and, if I’m being completely honest, I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. First off, how the hell can a fabric have a memory and, secondly, what […]



How cruise lines are rethinking pretty much everything

September 14th, 2020 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

With many ships poised to return, operators are making hundreds of changes to improve the safety of sailing. Big-name cruise companies have been on pause since mid-March, after they voluntarily ceased operations a day before the CDC issued a “No Sail Order” for any ships carrying more than 250 passengers. In the months since, smaller […]



The fourth generation of AI is here, and it’s called ‘Artificial Intuition’

September 14th, 2020 at 11:54 am » Comments Off

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most powerful technologies ever developed, but it’s not nearly as new as you might think. In fact, it’s undergone several evolutions since its inception in the 1950s. The first generation of AI was ‘descriptive analytics,’ which answers the question, “What happened?” The second, ‘diagnostic analytics,’ addresses, “Why did […]



Amazon plans to invest $100 million to help small businesses attract sales on Prime Day

September 13th, 2020 at 1:23 pm » Comments Off

  Amazon Global Online Stores Net Sales Amazon is investing $100 million to help small businesses attract sales on Prime Day and during the holidays, This is a key moment for Amazon to recruit SMBs because of the coronavirus pandemic and a rise in competition. The etailer is investing $100 million to help small businesses […]



What Coronavirus mean for the future of self-driving cars

September 13th, 2020 at 1:20 pm » Comments Off

It’s 2025 and driverless cars still aren’t zooming around everywhere. Where are the chilled out passengers on their phones, or napping, as an invisible “driver” navigates a crowded intersection?  They’re still mostly stuck in the backseat as a human driver shuttles them around. They’re likely in a highly automated and autonomous-capable vehicle, but a human […]



Alphabet’s Loon balloons are helping scientists study gravity waves

September 13th, 2020 at 12:57 pm » Comments Off

  The research could lead to better models for predicting the weather.  In between beaming internet to people in developing countries and sometimes passing for UFOs, Alphabet’s Loon balloons have been busy helping scientists study how our planet works. A team led by Stanford professor Aditi Sheshadri recently published a report on gravity waves, ripples […]



AI researchers use heartbeat detection to identify deepfake videos

September 12th, 2020 at 12:46 am » Comments Off

Facebook and Twitter earlier this week took down social media accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency, the Russian troll farm that interfered in the U.S. presidential election four years ago, that had been spreading misinformation to up to 126 million Facebook users. Today, Facebook rolled out measures aimed at curbing disinformation ahead of Election […]



New silicone 3D printing opens up applications for robotics, medicine, wearables

September 12th, 2020 at 12:41 am » Comments Off

The fabrication of soft devices is evolving further, with the completion of recent research performed by US scientists. With the results published in “3D printable tough silicone double networks,” the authors explain how soft materials can be fabricated with micron resolution for complex systems like robotics, as well as new types of wearables. Soft materials […]



MIT is helping the Boston Fed build a CBDC that can be scaled for consumer use

September 12th, 2020 at 12:37 am » Comments Off

MIT is helping the Boston Fed build a CBDC that can be scaled for consumer use Can MIT help the U.S. catch up to China in the CBDC race? The MIT Digital Currency Initiative, or DCI, is helping the federal reserve bank of Boston build a digital currency with the goal of scaling for consumer […]



This tiny robot tank could one day help doctors explore your intestine

September 11th, 2020 at 11:27 am » Comments Off

With a bulky, armored appearance, heavy duty treads for gripping, and a claw arm on the front, the Endoculus robot vehicle looks like it belongs on the battlefield. In fact, it’s just 3 cm wide, 2.3 cm tall, and designed for an entirely different kind of inhospitable environment: Your intestine. “[This] robotic capsule endoscope, Endoculus, […]



Volta Zero is an electric delivery truck built just for cities

September 11th, 2020 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

DPD will start using the EV to deliver parcels in London next year.  Volta Trucks A Swedish startup named Volta Trucks has unveiled its first vehicle: an electric truck designed specifically for city parcel and freight deliveries. The Volta Zero is scheduled to start production in the UK in 2022, and the company is aiming […]



New autonomous sustainable robots could mine the deep sea

September 11th, 2020 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

Pliant Energy Systems says its C-Ray robot could be used as a less invasive ocean mining tool. Mining companies are ready to tackle two new frontiers like never before: space and the deep sea. The deep ocean is a place that’s not only rich in sea life, vast swathes of it are also abundant in […]



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