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  • The Promise of Direct Air Capture: Making Stuff Out of Thin Air
    Imagine 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 Freedom
    Over 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 Why
    You 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 […]

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  • Save time using maths: Analytical tool designs corkscrew-shaped nano-antennae
    The 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 antibiotics
    Steadily 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 nanoparticles
    In 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.

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  • Resource-efficient soft exoskeleton for people with walking impediments
    A 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.

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  • SeaDrone Inc. Introduces Inspector 2.0
    Bay 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 […]

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  • Drivers Wanted
    Self-driving trucks are an experiment, and we’re the guinea pigs.

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