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batteriesGoogle X reveals Project Wing its two year old drone package delivery program

For two years, Google has been working to build flying robot drone that can deliver products across a city in a minute or two. Project Wing is a secret drone program that’s been running for two years at Google …

darpaDARPA has a new vacuum power amplifier which was demonstrated at 0.85 terahertz

The submillimeter wave, or terahertz, part of the electromagnetic spectrum falls between the frequencies of 0.3 and 3 terahertz, between microwaves and infrared light. Historically, device physics has prevented traditional solid state electronics (microchips) from operating at the terahertz scale. …

chinaPlasma-treated nano filters help purify world water supply

An international team of researchers – led by Associate Professor Hui Ying Yang from Singapore University of Technology and Design – showed that water purification membranes enhanced by plasma-treated carbon nanotubes are ideal for removing contaminants and brine from water. …

computersSome licenses, certifications and approvals are still needed for construction of the 838 meter Sky City skyscraper

The Binshui New City management committee said that construction of the 838-metre Sky City – which developers plan to build in a record-breaking seven months – would not proceed until “relevant legal procedures” were met, Xinhua reported. The panel said …

amazonAge and Crime and Radical Life Extension

Crime peaks around age 17 or 18. Age and the Explanation of Crime, Revisited from the University of Arizona re-examines age and crime. They followed 1,300 serious juvenile offenders in Phoenix and Philadelphia over a seven-year period. They controlled for …

antiagingLow Energy Nuclear Reaction Experiment generates millions of neutrons in a second

A University of Missouri professor has resurrected his two-decade-old work in the contested field of cold fusion. He presented his findings at a cold fusion conference in August in South Korea. Neutron Emission from Cryogenically Cooled Metals Under Thermal Shock …

computer architectureDARPA has a soft robot with microfluidic channels for camouflage and oozing movement

This robot is made of silicone. It can walk, change color and light up in the dark. It can even change temperature. And it can do all of this for less than $100. In the future, robots like this might …

artificial intelligenceNet carbon dioxide uptake by land and oceans doubled during the past 50 years

Nature – One of the greatest sources of uncertainty for future climate predictions is the response of the global carbon cycle to climate change. Although approximately one-half of total CO2 emissions is at present taken up by combined land and …

3dAir Pollution by Location and Incremental Effect from Coal Plants

This is an update of air pollution from coal plants in the United States. Map of coal power by state. Note: about of third of the air pollution can go thousands of miles from the plant. There is more impact …

mitDepleted Uranium can be used to provide chemical industry feedstocks from carbon monoxide

A simple three-step chemical reaction which could herald the introduction of new sustainable feedstocks for the chemical industry has been developed by scientists at The University of Nottingham. Scientists in the School of Chemistry have developed a recyclable system for …