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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), a research company committed to building the revolutionary Hyperloop transit system, inspired by Elon Musk’s idea of making people travel in high-speed tubes, has secured a target launch date of 2016 to build a working full-scale demo version of the Hyperloop. It has signed a deal to build a five mile facility in New Central, California, which is a model town that was envisioned to be a 150,000-resident solar-powered city. The Hyperloop facility will be developed by a local developer Qwa...
Bionics is a brilliant synthesis of poles apart branches of science that explores the interplay between electronics, human psychology and robotics. Intrinsically, it is one of the latest branches of science. Modern editions of popular dictionaries explain the word ‘bionic’ as a fictional character with artificial body parts; beings that are capable of doing things that average humans cannot do. The science of bionics has been around since the 1990s and has evolved exceptionally over the last decade. Bionics is said to be a futurist...
Following the successful landing of Rosetta mission’s Philae on a comet in November, a UK-based team is now tinkering its way to capitalize on a resuscitated space exploration plan. Lunar Missions Ltd. recently conducted the launch of its own crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter with the hopes of raising funds to land a robotic probe that will bury a time capsule on the lunar south polar. The campaign has already pulled in more than $313,000 and has reached one third of its goal of the savvy budget in just 24 hours. The mission isn...
What is the first thing that comes to my mind when I want to curse somebody? May your CAPTCHAs always and forever be an unreadable mess! The best of CAPTCHAs make you question your humanity, and of bots! The sole reason why you have to fill them out is to prevent automated logins by bots. But with progress in machine learning and image recognition, computer vision has eventually reached a point where it may turn out to be quite useful to us. Flickr, photo/video hosting site recently launched Park or Bird. The single-page web app wa...
The world is rapidly changing and mega-cities are now evolving into vast mega-regions. By 2050, over 70 percent of the world’s population will be urban dwellers. This means that people are going to need world-class transportation, energy and housing. Unless, we want our kids to live in a city that is as smog-choked as China is, transportation will have to be emission free. Taiwanese start-up Gogoro, founded by former HTC Chief Innovation Officer Luke Horace, wants to provide products that will change the way people use energy in hu...
As more and more coastal cities face growing challenges ranging from rising sea levels to population density problems, more and more urban planners are switching to building unconventional means as a solution. A Japanese company recently flashed in headlines for coming up with a very novel proposal – building underwater cities - cities of the future! A futuristic concept for a self-sufficient city, The Ocean Spiral, has been designed to float amidst the eeriness of the sea and uses the ocean to run infrastructure that could support...
Around 70 percent of times, Tornado warnings are false alarms. The average warning reaches victims only 12 minutes prior to when an actual tornado hits. This gives an insight on how hard it is to predict tornados. The group of mechanical engineering students, Warren Causey, Nolan Lunsford and Brent Bouthiller are working on a pioneering project that will fly drones right in the middle of tornadoes in an effort to gather data on one of the most mysterious and destructive natural disasters. Warren Causey explains that not much has...
Even before American skies are open to drones flown by commercial operators, they’re already taking off with Silicon Valley innovations. Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) are just about everywhere these days and may someday even be commercially available to deliver your beer, medicine, pizza, books. It’s not just that, they’ll also travel to places where humans may find it a little difficult to carry out certain tasks such as mapping the environment or natural disasters, tracking wildlife and even studying other plan...
Not long ago, one “Silk Leaf” prototype had been crowd surfing its way through a blithesome wave of press. You’d say what’s so special about the leaf? Well, for humans in order to survive in outer space, it is imperative that there exists a solution to one obscure problem – a steady supply of oxygen to hang on to. In other words, develop a photosynthetic function similar to what plants have aced in last 450 million years. The creator of the so-called Silk Leaf claims it to be the “first man-made biological leaf”. Finally, an invention...
In a small, dark office in the quiet streets of Paris is a start-up, churning chipping away to take on Google. Its first product was launched 18 months ago and has since attracted a growing crowd of Europeans who are angry with Google’s control over how people surf over the web. Local lawmakers have already proposed to the breakup of the American tech goliath, on the other hand the European Commission is amidst an anti-trust investigation into Google’s massive 85 percent share of the European search engine market. Jean Manuel Ro...