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artificial intelligenceAI Enabled Fast Global Mapping as Surprise Most of the World is Still Not Mapped

Facebook, OpenStreetMap, and Map with AI are creating tools that will enable vastly faster mapping of unmapped roads and other unmapped feature. Artificial intelligence to predict features on high-resolution satellite imagery; these features are then populated in our RapiD map …

brainThought Transparent World and Privacy

Facebook has created devices that read all the words of your inner voice and Elon Musk’s Neuralink is creating brain-computer interfaces (BCI) that will have thousands and later millions of nodes. Temporarily mitigating remote mind-reading of your inner voice could …

chinaChina Claims Metamaterial Breakthroughs for Stealth Fighters

Chinese scientists claims to have several breakthroughs in stealth materials technology that will make fighter jets and other weapons lighter, cheaper to build and able to avoid radar detection. Professor Luo Xiangang and colleagues at the Institute of Optics and …

chinaRussia and China Deploy Hypersonic Weapons and the US Spends Billions to Catch Up

The US is increasing hypersonic weapon investment in 2020 to $2.6 billion. The UK has a $12 million contract with Rolls-Royce to develop high-Mach aircraft propulsion systems. Russia has the Avangard and the 3M22 Tsirkon (aka Zircon)—and has reportedly fielded …

artificial intelligenceSelf-Driving Bus is Now Operating in Australia

First self-driving bus is now serving customers in New South Wales, Australia. It is serving the Marian Grove Retirement Village in Toormina, a suburb of Coffs Harbour. Using the BusBot app (iOS and Android), users will be able to hail …

air forceUS Air Force Starts B-21 Prototype Construction

The US Air Force is building its first test version of the new next-generation B-21 Raider stealth bomber. The B-21 will have regular stealth against higher-frequency engagement radar and also against lower-frequency surveillance radar. China and Russia have shifted to …

airplanesAmpaire Flies Largest Hybrid-Electric Plane

Los Angeles-based Ampaire unveiled its prototype electric-powered plane, the Ampaire 337, in a test flight above Camarillo Airport in California on June 6. This is the largest a hybrid-electric aircraft that has flown. The twin-engine plane will be able to …

airplanesTesla Dry Electrode Batteries Will Enable Large Passenger Electric Planes

Elon Musk indicates that electric motors and batteries with over 400 Wh/kg will be able be a cross over point for electric planes against jet fuel planes. Israeli startup Eviation is making a nine-passenger all-electric regional passenger aircraft by 2021. …