Friday, July 29, 2016

Skydiver to plummet to Earth with no parachute or wingsuit

Aikins has over 18,000 jumps under his belt and has performed a variety of skydiving stunts

There's a good reason people don't throw themselves out of airplanes without parachutes or wingsuits, and that's because it rarely ends well. Skydiver Luke Aikins will be hoping that tomorrow is one of the rare occasions where that's not the case, as he jumps 'chute- and 'suit-less from 25,000 ft.

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Watch SpaceX Test A Million Pounds Of Reusable Rocket Thrust

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This booster's rigorous testing will determine if and how other rockets are reusable

At their Central Texas facility, SpaceX tested the Falcon 9 first stage rocket booster for two-and-a-half minutes.
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Formula E debuts new look for season 3 racer

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Formula-E-car-2016-17-SIDE-.jpg You can even see the new addition from the driver's seat.

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This Will Be the Only Vending Machine Left After the Robot Apocalypse

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MIT’s Media Lab is where brilliant people work on some of the most creative tech projects in the world. And if they get hungry there’s a vending machine just down the hall. But you won’t find Cheetos or cookies. This vending machine exclusively stocks Soylent. And it takes Bitcoin. And it has a QR code. I’m suddenly terrified for our future.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Apple Has Sold 1 Billion iPhones

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In less than 10 years

Apple announced today that it has sold one billion iPhones…
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Siberia's Sprawling Sawdust Dump Fire Will Burn For Years

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Environmentalists in Siberia are expressing concern over an ongoing fire at the world’s largest sawdust dump—a fire that’s been burning since 2013 and will continue to do so for years to come.

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Automated Slot Cars for Big Boys: This Is RoboRacing

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Someday, we’ve been told, driverless cars will be the only vehicles on public roads, places where crashes are rare occurrences. But what about racetracks, where the possibility of a high-speed collision is still a serious risk to drivers? What if the cars drove themselves, removing human risk from the equation, and creating a unique test bed for autonomous vehicle technology?

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In October, automated racing will no longer be the stuff of fantasy. Formula E, the electric-car racing series, will feature Roborace, a competition between driverless cars. It may sound strange to hold a race without drivers, but in this case, the competitors will be computer scientists. There will be 10 teams, each with two identical electric race cars.

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How does it work? Think slot cars, but without the slots and without the controllers, zooming around a real, life-size track. The competition aspect is simple: May the best code win.

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Roborace will be run concurrently with the Formula E series, with stops in London; Paris; Berlin; Moscow; Beijing; Buenos Aires; Mexico City; Punta Del Este, Uruguay; Putrajaya, Malaysia; and Long Beach—pitting the 10 software-engineering teams against one another in hour-long races.

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The cars look futuristic. That shouldn’t come as a shock; Daniel Simon, a former Bugatti designer who created the “light cycles” for the movie Tron: Legacy is behind the design. When the concept driverless race car was revealed this spring, Simon said that the absence of a driver allowed his team more room to play with the design, resulting in a shape that’s much different from anything we’ve seen.

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“My goal was to create a vehicle that takes full advantage of the unusual opportunities of having no driver without ever compromising on beauty,” Simon said at the car’s debut. “The Roborace is as much about competition as it is entertainment. Therefore—and quite unusual in today’s racing world—beauty was very high on our agenda and we work hard to merge the best performance with stunning styling.” Simon also revealed that the car’s scoop-like wings would create “substantial downforce,” which could, theoretically, allow for unorthodox track obstacles.

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The real power behind the upcoming race series isn’t in electric motors or sleek design; it’s in the car’s ability to process huge amounts of data at lightning speed. Roborace enlisted the help of Nvidia, a Silicon Valley tech company, to develop the supercomputers needed to power the cars’ programming. Nvidia said in April that the DRIVE PX2 computers that will power each car can perform as many as 24 trillion operations per second—about the same as could 150 Macbook Pro laptop computers. Roughly the size of a lunchbox, each DRIVE PX2 computer will process inputs from an array of inputs, including cameras, radar and lidar sensors, GPS positioning, and high-definition mapping programs.

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Denis Sverdlov, CEO of Roborace, said the new motorsport was gaming, motorsport, technology, and entertainment all rolled into one. “I passionately believe that the future of cars is about software,” he added.

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Kinetik, the company behind Roborace, hasn’t yet offered more details about the car or the race. We don’t know yet how the cars’ drivetrains will be laid out, how much power their electric motors will produce, or how the races will be formatted. But Roborace told us that it would make a more detailed announcement in the fall, closer to the start of the series’ inaugural season.

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For now, we’ll have to imagine brightly colored high-tech supercars zipping around in Tron-esque loops, a huddle of white-jacketed scientists watching with bespectacled fascination as their many hours of number crunching unfolds on the track. If driverless racing catches on, there undoubtedly will be a number of real, live cheering fans in attendance as well.

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Solar Impulse Becomes First Plane to Go Around the World Using Solar Power

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The question on everyone’s mind: What’s going on with Solar Impulse?

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.8 billion

yahoo-verizon After a months-long bidding process and many layoffs, Yahoo finally found a buyer. Verizon (which owns AOL, which owns TechCrunch) is acquiring Yahoo’s core business and some real estate for $4.8 billion, which includes Yahoo’s advertising, content, search and mobile activities. Read More
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Seeing Friction Welding in Slow Motion Is Like Watching Stars Form

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Friction welding already looks out of this world. I mean, watching two pieces of metal forge together through friction as they turn bright space orange? Awesome. But seeing friction welding in slow motion? That’s when we find out how truly spectacular the process is. The little sparks flying off the metal blocks look like stars being formed.

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