Aaron Frank

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Flipboard launches a new tech section

With recent changes, Flipboard has been placing a big emphasis on allowing readers to go deep on their interests. Now it’s adding even more features around one particular interest, in the Technology section of the Flipboard website and app.<p>“We want to make Flipboard definitive for tech insiders and …

Social Media

Recharging Drones On The Go With A Supercharger

If Techcrunch is to be believed, our skies will soon be filled with delivery robots, ferrying tacos and Chinese food and Amazon purchases from …

Drones

There is a good reason why this drone flies near aircraft

Ordinarily, you don’t want drones going anywhere near planes.<p>A small flying machine colliding with a large flying machine — one with people on board …

Sensor-carrying drones ‘talk’ to each other

New hardware and software that can coordinate sensor-carrying drones may be able to assist in evaluating local atmospheric conditions, measuring …

Drone deliveries are ‘going to happen’ despite regulatory hurdles, says drone mapping startup CEO

Drone deliveries are coming.<p>While some autonomous transportation technologies like self-driving cars are still years or even decades away from …

The 1 Thing Elon Musk Got Right With Tesla and Almost Every Other Entrepreneur Gets Wrong

Look for a "hair on fire" use case.<p>Elon Musk is often hailed as a visionary, and rightly so. Tesla, not to mention his other ventures, has the mark of a business that can truly change the world. When he co-founded the company in 2003, electric cars seemed like a pipe dream. Today, however, just …

SpaceX has published Elon Musk's presentation about colonizing Mars — here's the full transcript and slides

In late September, billionaire and SpaceX founder Elon Musk debuted a fresh plan for colonizing Mars with 1 million people.<p>The focus of Musk's new presentation, which updates a 2016 talk he gave at the International Astronautical Congress, was the "Big F---ing Rocket," or BFR.<p>Musk told a crowd at …

Elon Musk

Silicon Valley vs. Wall Street

How tech is breaking the bank<p>Thirty years ago last Monday, the <b>Dow Jones Industrial Average</b> fell by 508 points.<p>The 22.6% drop, known as <b>Black Monday</b>, was the biggest decline ever recorded on Wall Street. The culprit was an algorithm run amok: software automatically started selling off futures when …

Silicon Valley

Lynk & Co's sedan concept boasts free internet — Mashable

Could Moon Miners Use Railguns to Launch Ore into Space?

The United States Navy fired a projectile at Mach 6 during a recent test with an electromagnetic railgun, suggesting that early ideas about using …

This new solar-powered device can pull water straight from the desert air

You can’t squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to …

NASA Mulls Laser-Powered High-Speed Sky Internet For Mars, Moon Missions, And Beyond

Close<p>NASA is mulling high-speed laser-based space internet to bolster communications between spacecraft and Earth during future missions to the Mars, …

This Valkyrie R5 humanoid robot is put to the test with Mars colonization on the horizon

NASA's Space Robotics Challenge awarded Northeastern University with a $2-million Valkyrie Robonaut 5 (R5) robot, which is now undergoing tests in a Massachusetts warehouse to prepare for the finalist round this June in a virtual simulation of a red-planet landing.<p>The robot arrived at Northeastern …

Colonizing Mars Will Depend on Low-Tech Know-How

When humans arrive at the Red Planet, their success and survival will require adapting to local conditions and making use of resources in ways that …

This Chilean Desert is Perfect for Testing Future Mars Mission Gear

The Atacama Desert in Chile is the world’s driest place on Earth. There’s very little for human beings out there — unless you’re a scientist looking …

Project Hero puts drones to work in Red Cross disaster response

NASA proposes artificial magnetic field to make Mars a second home

Can a man-made construction turn Mars from a dry husk to a thriving environment?<p>Mars has become a beacon of interest for astronomers, scientists, and …

The World's First Virtual Reality Headset [INFOGRAPHIC]

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NASA Has Plans to Give Mars a "Magnetic Shield" to Enable Human Colonization

Building Mars<p>At the forefront of modern space exploration looms the possibility of manned missions to Mars. From the ambitious schemes of Elon Musk, …

Ford Investing $1 Billion in Startup Founded By Two Autonomous Car Pioneers

Ford Motor Co. is investing $1 billion in a months-old startup founded by two pioneers in the nascent autonomous vehicle sector.<p>The Pittsburgh-based …

Artificial Intelligence

Mars: Nasa scientists shortlist 3 landing sites for 2020 mission

Northeast Syrtis, Jezero crater and Columbia Hills have been picked as the landing sites.<p>Scientists working on the Mars 2020 mission have shortlisted …

MRO data utilized for Mars 2020 landing-site selection

Artist’s depiction of NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) above the Red Planet. Image Credit: James Vaughan / SpaceFlight Insider<p>As scientists …

My Launch Lessons from 37 Minutes in an Amazon War Room

In the late morning of April 11, 2011, hours before its planned launch, the third-generation Kindle—the first lower-priced Kindle with Special …

Experts Have Come Up With 23 Guidelines to Avoid an AI Apocalypse

Take note, future robot overlords.<p>It's the stuff of many a sci-fi book or movie - could robots one day become smart enough to overthrow us? Well, a …

Flying cars under development vary significantly

Spurred by technology advances and demand for transportation alternatives in increasingly congested cities, entrepreneurs around the globe are vying …

Aviation

The most important thing Dropbox did to scale Product Management – Startup Grind

These opinions are entirely my own, distilled from my experience at Dropbox in 2012–2015 as well as working with other startups. Since it’s been a …

DoorDash and Postmates are going to start making deliveries with these adorable European robots

Cute little robots are already making food deliveries in a handful of European cities. Now those same machines, built by Starship Technologies, are about to start rolling in the US as well. Starship said today that it is partnering with San Francisco-based delivery startups DoorDash and Postmates …

Robotics

3D Printed Material 10X Stronger Than Steel

Last September, we wrote about the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Germany and their R&D on metamaterials, hacking the internal structures of materials to create simple, non-powered machines. By experimenting with various microstructural designs, researchers were able to 3D print simple machines that …

Rocket Crafters granted patent for safer, cheaper 3D-printed rocket fuel

We've seen 3D-printed rocket engines, but what about 3D-printed rocket fuel? Florida-based Rocket Crafters, Inc. (RCI) has been awarded a patent for …