urbanization

alibabaAlibaba’s Single Day sales 5 times US Black Friday+ Cyber Monday

Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) announced that US$25.3 billion (RMB168.2 billion) of gross merchandise volume (GMV) was settled through Alipay on November 11, 2017, (Single’s Day) an increase of 39% compared to 2016. Mobile GMV settled through Alipay accounted for …

dronesAirbus looking at large drones, flying cars with tests starting 2023

Airbus has set itself a goal of having a serialized production Urban Air Mobility (UAM) system ready for testing in a major city as early as 2023. The company is investing in two UAM research programs, CityAirbus, being developed in …

citiesSize of cities matters in terms of urbanization

Globally, more people live in urban areas than in rural areas, with 54 per cent of the world’s population residing in urban areas in 2014. By 2050, 66 per cent of the world’s population is projected to be urban. The …

chinaUniversity of Washington develops passive Wi-Fi that uses 10,000 times less power and should be commercially available by 2018-2019

A team of University of Washington computer scientists and electrical engineers has demonstrated that it’s possible to generate Wi-Fi transmissions using 10,000 times less power than conventional methods. The new Passive Wi-Fi system also consumes 1,000 times less power than …

africaUS Seawolf class submarines are bigger and faster and can deploy Navy SEALS and tap undersea fiber cables

The US Seawolf class submarines are special. They are newer, bigger, faster and more heavily armed than standard attack submarines, the nearly $3-billion-per-copy Seawolfs have been fitted with hundreds of millions of dollars in unique equipment and are assigned to …

aircraftNASA NIAC – Precise Extremely Large Reflective Telescope Using Re-configurable Elements

NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) had their 2016 symposium on August 23-25, 2016. Further Development of Aperture: A Precise Extremely Large Reflective Telescope Using Re-configurable Elements; Melville Ulmer, Northwestern University This will work will make large deployable and adjustable space …

citiesDARPA making progress to autonomous attacking drone swarms

DARPA’s Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program aims to remove limitations around the number of swarming drones and enable more complex operations with new algorithms and software for existing unmanned aircraft that would extend mission capabilities and improve U.S. …

biotechnologyUltrathin organic material enhances e-skin display

University of Tokyo researchers have developed an ultrathin, ultraflexible, protective layer and demonstrated its use by creating an air-stable, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. This technology will enable creation of electronic skin (e-skin) displays of blood oxygen level, e-skin heart …

chinaTokyo police will use net carrying drones to capture other drones

In a first for Japan, Tokyo police will deploy a net-carrying drone to capture unmanned aerial vehicles unlawfully flying over important sites in the capital. The Metropolitan Police Department’s unit in charge of patrolling the Diet building, the prime minister’s …

chinaFuture jelly fish inspired multi-jet propelled submarines

Researchers are studying the unique swimming techniques of a simply designed yet highly maneuverable jellyfish-like creature in order to inspire designs for underwater vehicles of the future. Dubbed Nanomia bijuga, it’s a member of the siphonophores, a group of gelatinous …