Micro OLED Displays for Better Augmented Reality

Apple has partnered with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) to develop advanced micro OLED display technology. Micro OLED will be useful for augmented reality devices. The new displays will be built directly onto wafers. They will be far thinner and smaller and use less power. They are at the trial production stage. It will take several …

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Quantum Encrypted Communication Between Drones

Zhenda Xie at Nanjing University has created cheap quantum encrypted communication between drones. Above – Quantum network and physical realization with mobile drone-based nodes. (a) A practical quantum network consists of multinode structure and should provide access for users at any time. (b) If link distance is over the Rayleigh length limit, the beam aperture …

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DARPA Gremlin Drone Tests

In November, DARPA X-61A Gremlins Air Vehicle (GAV) flew for more than two hours, successfully validating all autonomous formation flying positions and safety features. Nine attempts were made at mechanical engagement of the GAVs to the docking bullet extended from a C-130 aircraft, but relative movement was more dynamic than expected and each GAV ultimately, …

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Planes Flying in Geese-Like V-Formation For 5-10% Fuel Savings

Airbus will have fuel-saving v-formation flight tests of two Airbus A350 aircraft with airline tests as early as 2021 with flights over oceans. Flying in v-formation could reduce fuel usage by 5-10%. Airbus is targeting a controlled Entry-Into-Service (EIS) by around 2025. Fello’fly is part of Airbus UpNext, an Airbus subsidiary created to give future …

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Phosphine in Clouds of Venus Could Be Signs of Life

Phosphine Gas is in the atmosphere of Venus at 20 parts per billion and no non-biological path to explain the Phosphine. There are no currently known abiotic production routes in Venus’s atmosphere, clouds, surface and subsurface, or from lightning, volcanic or meteoritic delivery. It is either unknown photochemistry or geochemistry or there is some kind …

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Adam Savage Tells Stories Remembering Grant Imahara

Adam Savage tell stories as he remembers Grant Imahara. Grant recently died from a brain aneurysm. Grant made Geoff Peterson, a snarky, remote-controlled skeleton which was used on the Craig Ferguson Late Show. The creation became so popular it even has its own Wikipedia entry and ironically, that entry is significantly longer than Imahara’s. Grant …

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DARPA Wants to Accelerate Navy Robotic Ship Technology by a Decade

The US Navy needs to deliver robotic combat ships with conservative technologies that will work but DARPA programs can try to use risky technology. DARPA wants to integrate risky technology projects to accelerate the US Navy’s capabilities. Maintaining separate lines of effort is important because DARPA has the freedom to fail whereas failure in an …

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