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July 28th, 2014 at 9:20 am

Here’s why automakers want 4G technology in cars

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Automakers are counting on the connected car.

Today’s cars are trying to replicate the smartphone experience. Touchscreen interfaces are common. Dashboard designers take UI tips from iPhones, and automakers want to build apps for cars. Large automakers like General Motors are taking the next obvious step and integrating 4G LTE service into their cars starting this year. Drivers pay a monthly service fee for in-car 4G that’s separate from their smartphones, and use it for an array of services from movies for kids in the backseat to sophisticated GPS-on-steroids solutions. It’s a win-win for automakers, the dealers who sell the 4G add-ons, and carriers like AT&T. But is it a win for consumers?

 

 

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July 28th, 2014 at 9:03 am

This fabric pen can magically mend torn clothing

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Fabric Pen

The average American throws out around 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles like shoes and sheets every year. The problem is that clothes are so cheap that it’s easier to replace something than repair it if a piece happens to tear. Many of us no longer even know how to sew. One survey in the U.K. found that 7 in 10 young adults couldn’t even sew on a button, let alone make a more complicated repair.

 

 

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July 28th, 2014 at 7:19 am

Home Depot starts selling MakerBot 3D printers

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3D printed nuts and bolts from a MakerBot.

Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement chain, announced the start of a pilot program to sell MakerBots. They are described by the manufacturer as a type of professional-grade 3-D printing machine and will be in a dozen stores following a three-month period of online-only sales. (Video)

 

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July 25th, 2014 at 11:29 am

Lechal ‘smartshoes’ vibrate to point you in the right direction

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Lechal ‘smartshoes’

People in India will be the first in the world to get access to what could be the next big thing in wearable technology: the smartshoe. Ducere Technologies Pvt., an Indian startup, is going to start selling its Bluetooth enabled Lechal shoes for more than $100 a pair in September. The smartshoes sync up with a smartphone app that uses Google maps and vibrate to tell users when and where to turn to reach their destination.

 

 

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July 25th, 2014 at 10:06 am

8 big changes coming to agriculture by 2030

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Farmers will own more than 1 drone by 2030.

On Monday, Iowa Farm Bureau’s Economic Summit included a speech outlining big coming changes to agriculture in the years ahead. Futurist Thomas Frey told Farm Bureau members his predictions at the summit on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.

 

 

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July 25th, 2014 at 8:00 am

China and India race to fully harness thorium for nuclear power

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Thorium is an alternative to uranium as a way of doing nuclear fission.

Although the chemical element thorium sounds like the kind of material used as a plot device in a comic book blockbuster, it could solve the fuel crisis in the real world.

 

 

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July 24th, 2014 at 9:00 am

The future of moon exploration

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Bigelow Aerospace plan to build bases on the moon.

One day, a rocket carrying more than a dozen privately built probes touches down on the moon. The robots burst from the vehicle in a race to beam back high-definition video and other data while roving the surface of Earth’s nearest natural satellite. The people of Earth watch a broadcast of the race as the rovers roam (or stall) in the lunar dust. (Videos)

 

 

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July 24th, 2014 at 9:00 am

New spongelike material converts solar energy into steam

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The DLS that consists of a carbon foam supporting an exfoliated graphite layer.

MIT has developed a new material structure that generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure — a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam — is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure’s surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up through the material’s pores, where it evaporates as steam. The brighter the light, the more steam is generated.

 

 

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July 24th, 2014 at 8:55 am

Researchers develop new process that raises prospects of 3D printed bone grafts

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3D printing could help mend broken bones.

One of the 3D printing health applications of 3D printing discussed the most is the manufacturing of bespoke scaffolds that could be used to mend broken bones. It’s promising, but it  has been held back by the difficulties in printing materials that are strong, flexible and can encourage the regrowth of healthy bone in the same way as current methods, such as bone grafts.

 

 

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July 24th, 2014 at 8:17 am

The story behind Japan’s drone boom

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The U.S. Air Force has deployed two of its most advanced long-distance surveillance drones to Japan.

Japan has been the world’s playground for design innovation for decades. But now it may become ground zero for the future of something far more hostile: military drones.

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