Tesla correcting car software with remote patches versus traditional carmaker delayed recall process

Tesla has been aggressive in its use of technologies that are just emerging. The company’s use of software to control more features of its cars, over-the-air updates, and a giant touch-screen dashboard interface show how it is taking more risks than incumbents. Normally a car’s features are set three years before it hits the market. …

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Speculation on Spacex Mars Colonization Transport

Musk has previously said that he would publicly present some specifics of his Mars-colonization plans later in 2015, but it will now be early in 2016. Elon Musk has clarified his fast Mars terraforming strategy. He wants to have a small repeatedly detonating fusion bomb at each pole. “Not really nuclear weapons,” he says. “I …

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AI and robotics will redefine jobs rather than eliminate them in the short term

The potential of artificial intelligence and advanced robotics to perform tasks once reserved for humans is no longer reserved for spectacular demonstrations by the likes of IBM’s Watson, Rethink Robotics’ Baxter, DeepMind, or Google’s driverless car. Just head to an airport: automated check-in kiosks now dominate many airlines’ ticketing areas. Pilots actively steer aircraft for …

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NASA orders manned spaceflights from Spacex starting in 2017

NASA took a significant step Friday toward expanding research opportunities aboard the International Space Station with its first mission order from Hawthorne, California based-company SpaceX to launch astronauts from U.S. soil. A standard commercial crew mission to the station will carry up to four NASA or NASA-sponsored crew members and about 220 pounds of pressurized …

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Tuberculosis deaths halved from 1990 but still 1.5 million per year – UN targest 2030 to end TB

The fight against tuberculosis (TB) is paying off, with this year’s death rate nearly half of what it was in 1990, but 1.5 million still people died from the disease last year, with more than half occurring in China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria and Pakistan. “Most of these deaths could have been prevented,” according to WHO’s …

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Self driving cars would not be greatest health achievement of the century

Widespread adoption of self driving cars could prevent 90% of the 1.3 million deaths each year from car accidents. This would be a great thing but it would not be the greatest health achievement of the 21st century. As recently as 2000, malaria killed around 850,000 people a year; likewise, since 2000 deaths from measles …

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DARPA making drones that deliver the goods and then vanish

It sounds like an engineering fantasy, or maybe an episode from Mission Impossible: A flock of small, single-use, unpowered delivery vehicles dropped from an aircraft, each of which literally vanishes after landing and delivering food or medical supplies to an isolated village during an epidemic or disaster. And it would be nothing more than a …

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India’s Modi looks to Elon Musk Tesla batteries to boost solar electricity

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Tesla Motors this weekend, he will most seeking Tesla batteries to help boost solar electricity in India India receives 5-7 kilowatt hours per square meter for 300 to 330 days of the year. India has a target of 100 GW of solar power by 2022. Currently India has 276 …

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Terabytes of Flash memory are affordable now and much faster 3D Xpoint memory in Terabyte sizes should be affordable in the next few years

Samsung PM1633a is a 16TB (Terabyte) SSD (Solid state flash drive, formatted capacity, 15.36TB). It was announced at the 2015 Flash Memory Summit. The massive increase in density is thanks to the 48-layer 3D TLC NAND that Samsung announced earlier this week. Based on the company’s own statistics, each of its new 3D NAND chips …

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Dwave Systems 1000+ qubit system available, faster than regular computers with 15-600 times speed up over classical solvers

DWave announced their 1000+ qubit quantum annealing system Dwave announced the general availability of the latest generation of D-Wave quantum computers, the D-Wave 2X system. With 1000+ qubits and many other technological advancements, the D-Wave 2X will enable customers to run much larger, more complex problems on the system. In addition to scaling beyond 1000 …

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Stem Cell Exosomes used to Induce Damaged Mouse Hearts to Repair Themselves

A little more than a decade ago, researchers discovered that all cells secrete tiny communications modules jammed with an entire work crew of messages for other cells. Today, a team of researchers, led by stem cell researcher Raj Kishore, PhD, Director of the Stem Cell Therapy Program at the Center for Translational Medicine at Temple …

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