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- The Promise of Direct Air Capture: Making Stuff Out of Thin AirImagine making fuel, plastics, and concrete out of “thin air.” That’s the promise of direct air capture (DAC), a technology that fundamentally disrupts our contemporary oil economy. Mimicking what already occurs in nature, DAC essentially involves industrial photosynthesis, harnessing the power of the sun to draw carbon directly out of the atmosphere. This captured carbon […]
- Tech Is Fueling the Hong Kong Movement. An Insider Told Us How, and Why It’s a Huge Step for FreedomOver the past two months, Hong Kong has roared into global headlines. Its seven million citizens have increasingly taken to the streets (and the capital building, and the airport) to protest China’s move to decrease the city-state’s autonomy, set off by a proposed bill that would allow criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be extradited […]
- The Time for AI Is Now. Here’s WhyYou hear a lot these days about the sheer transformative power of AI. There’s pure intelligence: DeepMind’s algorithms readily beat humans at Go and StarCraft, and DeepStack triumphs over humans at no-limit hold’em poker. Often, these silicon brains generate gameplay strategies that don’t resemble anything from a human mind. There’s astonishing speed: algorithms routinely surpass […]
- Save time using maths: Analytical tool designs corkscrew-shaped nano-antennaeThe nanostructures from Katja Höflich's HZB team are shaped like corkscrews and made of silver. Mathematically, such a nano antenna can be regarded as an one-dimensional line that forms a helix, characterized by parameters such as diameter, length, number of turns per unit length, and handedness.
- Researcher works to understand how gonorrhea develops resistance to antibioticsSteadily and relentlessly, the bacterium that causes gonorrhea has slipped past medicine's defenses, acquiring resistance to once-reliable drugs, including penicillin, tetracycline, and ciprofloxacin. These former stalwarts are no longer used to treat the sexually transmitted disease.
- Study models new method to accelerate nanoparticlesIn a new study, researchers at the University of Illinois and the Missouri University of Science and Technology modeled a method to manipulate nanoparticles as an alternative mode of propulsion for tiny spacecraft that require very small levels of thrust.
- Resource-efficient soft exoskeleton for people with walking impedimentsA lot of people have lower limb mobility impairments, but there are few wearable technologies to enable them to walk normally while performing tasks of daily living. XoSoft, a European funded project, has brought together partners from all over Europe to develop a flexible, lightweight and resource-efficient soft exoskeleton prototype.
- Video Friday: AlienGo Quadruped Robot Can Now Do BackflipsYour weekly selection of awesome robot videos
- Valve says turning away researcher reporting Steam vulnerability was a mistakeMaker of Steam changes policy to make clear privilege-escalation flaws are in scope.
- SeaDrone Inc. Introduces Inspector 2.0Bay area based robotics startup, SeaDrone Inc., announces the launch of Inspector 2.0, the latest innovation in underwater robotics. Inspector 1.0 was launched at TechCrunch Disrupt 2016 and was the first sub-6 kg underwater vehicle capable of tackling 1.5 knot ocean currents using its omnidirectional drag design and high thruster to weight ratio. Since the […]
- The three challenges keeping cars from being fully autonomousTechnical, regulatory, and business obstacles are still in the way of safe, useful, and affordable self-driving vehicles.