Flying cars and flying motorcycles. They fly and are legal but you have to build the kit

In 2012, the Maverick was accepted by the United States FAA to operate as an Experimental homebuilt, S-LSA, or E-LSA. The 1100-pound ‘Maverick’ vehicle is powered by a 128 hp (95 kW) engine that can also drive a five-bladed pusher propeller. Hopefully in 2016 a couple of models will be licensed for sport flying and …

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Russia and the EU battle over airline sanctions and rights

Russian’s lone economy airline Dobrolet, which was created by the national airline Aeroflot, has suspended flights due to the effects of EU sanctions. The decision was taken after leasing contracts were suspended and German partners refused to service Dobrolet aircraft. Russia’s foreign and transportation ministries are discussing placing restrictions on European airlines flying to Asia. …

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Separatist Parti Québécois projected to lose. Quebec Liberals likely to win Majority

Threehundredeight.com project Philippe Couillard’s Quebec Liberal Party is on track to win tonight’s provincial election in Quebec and form a new government. Pauline Marois’s Parti Québécois should form the Official Opposition, while François Legault’s Coalition Avenir Québec and Françoise David’s Québec Solidaire should retain their positions as the third and fourth parties, respectively, in the …

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Russia invades Crimea in the Ukraine

Ukraine accused Russia of staging an “armed invasion” of Crimea on Friday. Russia has admitted that its troops are in Crimea in the Ukraine Eight Russian transport planes landed in Crimea Peninsula in southern Ukraine with unknown cargo. Unidentified armed men were patrolling outside of Crimea’s main airport early Friday while gunmen were also reported …

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Global Income Distribution in Detail and Possible Shifts by 2030

The OECD has some wealth distribution data. If China is able to reform its urbanization safety net and enable 300 million existing migrant workers and 300 million new urban migrants to catch up to the current lower level of official urban residents then China will raise up people in the $1000-2000 per capita level to …

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Bill Gates was wrong – Google Cellphones can be used to save tens of thousands of lives in Africa

Google has brought Internet connectivity and access to less-developed countries with cheap android smartphone and a plan for high speed internet with communication via balloons. Google has said this can lead to all sorts of secondary benefits. Bill Gates has said when you’re dying of malaria he is not sure how internet access would help. …

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GPFS Scans 10 Billion Files in 43 Minutes

IBM GPFS Scans 10 Billion Files in 43 Minutes (28 pages) By using a small cluster of ten IBM xSeries® servers, IBM’s cluster file system (GPFS), and by placing file system metadata on a new solid-state storage appliance from Violin Memory, IBM Research demonstrated, for the first time, the ability to do policy-guided storage management …

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Public version of Israeli security analysis of the Egypt situation

As with Iran in ’79, Islamists could hijack pro-democracy movements; ex-IDF research chief: “We’re on thick ice, but even that melts eventually.” While no analysts here predict any immediate ramifications for Israel’s national security, some said mass protest movements that begin as pro-democracy uprisings could easily be hijacked by Islamists. Advice we have heard from …

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Carbon nanotubes could be ideal optical antennae

Cornell researchers have discovered that carbon nanotubes can transmit and receive light at the nanoscale. Carbon nanotubes, cylindrical rolled-up sheets of carbon atoms, might one day make ideal optical scattering wires — tiny, mostly invisible antennae with the ability to control, absorb and emit certain colors of light at the nanoscale. The researchers used the …

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HULC Exoskeleton with Lift Assist Device

HULC is a lower-body, electro-hydraulically-powered exoskeleton designed to lift and carry heavy loads. It transfers weight through the machine’s frame to the ground, significantly reducing operator fatigue and exposure to injury. Additionally, HULC’s self-contained power supply eliminates external power cords or hydraulic lines that restrict deployment. The HULC Lift Assist Device allows single operators to …

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Experimental demonstration of information-to-energy conversion

Schematic of the information-energy conversion with a macroscopic demon and a microscopic system Szilard engine as an example). The Szilard-engine can achieve the 100% conversion rate from information to energy Nature Physics – Experimental demonstration of information-to-energy conversion and validation of the generalized Jarzynski equality Scientists in Japan are the first to have succeeded in …

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