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asiaSouth Korea University mandatory dating class

South Korean universities have courses that make it mandatory for students to date their classmates. Students have to date each other in three randomly assigned pairings. Courses on dating, sex, love and relationships are trying to increase coupling and eventually …

californiaAccuracy of optical radar increased

An international consortium is working to implement a new approach to increase the accuracy of optical radar’s function. An optical radar is a device for estimating the distance, comprised of emitter sending an optical signal (for example laser beam), a …

asteroidsMIT researchers can recycle the light of incandescent light and become 4 times as efficient as LED lights

Researchers at MIT have shown that by surrounding the filament with a special crystal structure in the glass they can bounce back the energy which is usually lost in heat, while still allowing the light through. They refer to the …

airplanesUS Navy plans to make a network of undersea charging stations for robotic minisubs

Sometime in the early 2020s the Navy will start deploying unmanned, underwater pods where robots can recharge undetected — and securely upload the intelligence they’ve gathered to Navy networks. The Office of Naval Research calls them FDECO. (Forward-Deployed Energy and …

franceAt least ten planets, moons and dwarf planets have liquid oceans in our solar system and they likely have at least microbial life

NASA has found many moons and dwarf planets with life-sustaining liquid water. At least ten planets, moons and dwarf planets have liquid oceans in our solar system and there is frozen water ice on the moon, Mars and all over …

chinaNot improving nuclear power for low carbon electricity is taking a lottery ticket strategy to climate change

To achieve the goal of limiting global temperature increases to just 2 degrees Celsius (°C) by the end of the century, a halving of global energy-related emissions by 2050 will be needed. A wide range of low-carbon energy technologies will …

economic impactAGI Innovations secures $4 Million in Funding to develop Artificial General Intelligence – AI that can be taught and not programmed

AGI Innovations Inc, (www.AGi-3.com ) an R and D company focused on advancing Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) has secured $4 million in funding to support research on long-term AGI development. AGI is the AI discipline concerned with developing systems with …

asteroidsStar Trek Turbolifts will be reality in 2016 with multidirectional elevator

ThyssenKrupp develops the world’s first rope-free elevator system to enable the building industry face the challenges of global urbanization. MULTI is ThyssenKrupp’s latest offering in its extensive repertoire of elevator technologies, representing a landmark revolution in the elevator industry and …

air forceScaling up kites and gliders for competitive wind power is hard and Kitegen has made larger scale fabric wing

Airborne wind energy seem simple. You would use kites, gliders, rotors or lighter than air constructs (different air filled shapes) to capture wind energy at higher altitudes. The wind is stronger and more consistent at higher altitudes and the systems …

energyIARPA trying to revolutionize machine intelligence by using megascale neuronal circuits based on understanding of cortical elements

The IARPA MICrONS program is predicated on the notion that it will be possible to revolutionize machine intelligence if we can construct algorithms that utilize the same data representations, transformations, and learning rules as those employed and implemented by the …