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Arevo Develops Carbon Fiber Manufacturing Breakthrough, Demonstrates It With a 3D-Printed Bicycle

Their process is way cheaper, way faster and can go way bigger<p>When I hear "3D-printed bike from Silicon Valley" I start to roll my eyes, but this …

Breakthroughs

Diamond 'guitar' strings could lead to quantum computer memory

Quantum computers need memory to perform tasks like their conventional counterparts, but it's hard to create that memory when it only takes nearby vibrating atoms to lose all their data. Scientists may have a clever solution, though: tune diamond like a guitar string. They've crafted a quantum …

Quantum Physics

SpaceX Cargo Ship Will Carry First Test of Space Debris Cleanup

Finally, somebody’s doing something about Earth’s orbital trash problem.<p>A European satellite designed to test different methods of “active debris …

Mars Travel Could Get Easier Thanks to a New Air-Breathing Thruster

Traveling to Mars presents a lot of challenges. Money is by far the biggest, but right behind it is fuel. It takes a ton of propellant to get into …

Space Travel

Elon Musk’s ‘Big F**king Rocket’ Is a Big F**ing Deal

SpaceX’s new spaceship changes the whole game of deep space voyaging by making it much simpler. This could be just the beginning of the New Space Age.<p>…

Musk Says SpaceX Mars Ship to Start Testing Next Year

He wants pizza joints and bars on Mars.<p>Elon Musk is optimistic that next year SpaceX’s first interplanetary shuttle will take flight.<p>During a Q&A …

Elon Musk

Tesla's electric trucks may be more cost-effective than expected

When Tesla unveiled its Semi electric truck, it made audacious claims about the big rig's value -- namely, that companies would recoup the cost of the vehicle in 2 years thanks to the savings on fuel. As it turns out, that <i>might</i> have been conservative. DHL exec Jim Monkmeyer told <i>Reuters</i> in an …

Tesla

Watch a Human Try to Fight Off That Door-Opening Robot Dog

Hey, remember that dog-like robot, SpotMini, that Boston Dynamics showed off last week, the one that opened a door for its robot friend? Well, the …

Robotics

Falcon Heavy May Have Drastically Increased the Number of Asteroids We Can Mine

Asteroid mining is about more than just heading up into space and bringing back a rock full of platinum—you actually need to land something on just …

Space Exploration

Tesla's latest smart power grid experiment begins in Canada

Tesla's experiments with smart power grids are headed further North. Canada's Nova Scotia Power recently finished setting up a pilot project that will use a combination of Tesla's Powerwall 2 home batteries and utility-grade Powerpack batteries to create a more reliable wind power system. The …

Nova Scotia

Radically Altering Space Exploration—With a Printer

Aleksandar Savić<p>Already prevalent on Earth, 3D printers could be the tool that makes it possible to eventually colonize the moon.<p>The fundamental difference between exploring a new planet and colonizing it is the ability to create a suitable and sustainable ecosystem. It’s one thing to walk around …

Space Exploration

New smart windows darken in the sun—and generate electricity at the same time

Solar power has undergone a revolution in recent years, thanks to an upstart family of crystalline materials called perovskites. Now, perovskites are …

Tractor beam breakthrough could lead to levitating humans

Tractor beams have made the jump from science fiction to reality in recent years, but only for levitating very small objects. A new breakthrough could lead to futuristic, far out new uses for the technology and open the door to levitating much larger objects, including humans.<p>Engineers from the …

Breakthroughs

These drones plant trees by firing seed pods at the ground

Startups are tapping into the business potential of ecosystem restoration.<p>Climate change is a sprawling, complex problem. But there is an astonishingly simple way to make a difference: plant more trees. Trees scrub pollution from the air, reduce erosion, improve water quality, provide homes for …

The Nature Conservancy

Watch the First Footage of a Tesla Semi in the Real World

Just two months after its official unveiling, the Tesla Semi is really really real.<p>A UPS worker in California last week captured the first known …

This gaming AI doesn’t play games, it builds them instead

To get an idea of how AI researcher Mike Cook spends his time, it might be helpful to play a game. A simple computer game that’s accessible here.<p>In …

5 Major Changes Coming to VR/AR in 2018

While the immersive industries have suffered from multiple false alarms that “this year is the year”, 2018 is undoubtedly shaping up to be a pivotal …

Planting Trees To Save The Planet Is Turning Into Big Business

The companies are part of an emerging “restoration economy” focused on reforestation and otherwise restoring degraded land. In a new report, <i>The</i> …

Everything is connected, and there’s no going back

The days of benign tech trade shows are over<p>My mother likes to tell me that I went to my first tech trade show in a stroller, and that she and my father were inspired to get a VCR that day.<p>The VCR, for nearly two decades, was the prototypical gadget of tech trade shows. Not only did it make …

An Apollo astronaut explains what riding aboard SpaceX's first moon mission might be like

Called Falcon Heavy, the system has three reusable boosters that can push 70 tons of payload into orbit around Earth or nearly 5 tons to Mars. SpaceX is testing the rocket's 27 engines this month, clearing the way for launch a couple of weeks later.<p>While Falcon Heavy's maiden flight will send a …

Space Exploration

Puerto Rico is taking a big step toward revamping how it gets power — and it could be a model for the rest of the US

The lights are still out in more than half of Puerto Rico.<p>After Hurricane Maria struck the US territory on September 20, a crippling blackout descended over its 3.4 million residents, cutting communication between loved ones, spoiling food and life-saving medications, and nixing access to banks and …

NASA finds easy-to-access water all over Mars

NASA and private companies like SpaceX are busy planning Mars missions, but only have a vague idea of how they're going to find critical water supplies. Now, using the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), researchers have discovered abundant, easy-to-access H20. A survey found no less than eight …

Britain Now Generates Twice as Much Electricity From Wind as Coal, And That's a Big Deal

There's no turning back now.<p>Just six years ago, more than 40 percent of Britain's electricity was generated by burning coal. Today, that figure is …

Amazon Alexa is coming to $1,000 smart glasses — and PCs

"Alexa, what is it I'm looking at?"<p>You’re used to summoning help from Amazon Alexa, the voice inside Amazon’s Echo smart speaker, in your kitchen or by your bed.<p>If Amazon has its way, the artificial intelligence-infused Alexa digital assistant will be pretty much at your beck and call everywhere, …

CES

Drones to be tested with passengers on board this year

Test flights for the first British passenger drone will begin this year.<p>Martin Warner’s Autonomous Flight Y6S will carry passengers for the first …

Vuzix is launching the first Alexa-enabled AR glasses at CES

Vuzix has been making smartglasses for years, but one upcoming model will apparently be extra special. According to <i>Bloomberg</i>, the New York-based company is debuting the first Alexa-enabled augmented reality glasses at CES 2018. You'll be able to ask Alexa questions the way you usually do, and the …

Someone stole a piece of China’s new solar panel-paved road less than a week after it opened

Putting solar panels into our roads isn’t the craziest idea, but we may as well admit that it poses some unique challenges. For instance, people may want to walk away with pieces of it. That’s what happened in China, anyway, just five days after authorities opened up what they claim is the world’s …

China is building solar roadways – ‘transparent concrete’ atop solar cells that charge driving cars

China is building roadways with solar panels underneath that may soon have the ability to charge cars wirelessly and digitally assist automated vehicles. This second solar roadway project – part of the Jinan City Expressway – is a 1.2 mile stretch. The building technique involves transparent …

Roads

Trump to send astronauts back to the moon -- and eventually Mars

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump wants to send astronauts where no man has gone before.<p>Trump authorized the acting NASA administrator Robert M. Lightfoot Jr. to "lead an innovative space exploration program to send American astronauts back to the moon, and eventually Mars" during a White …

Space Exploration

A Beluga Whale Living With Dolphins Swapped Her Language For Theirs

She's just trying to fit in.<p>A captive beluga whale has done something amazing: she has seemingly "learned" another language and adopted it over her …

Whales