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Join the electric car revolution

Join the electric car revolution

A revolutionary transition in transportation has begun, namely, the electrification of nearly all modes of transportation. Norway has had an electric ferry since 2015. Boeing and Microsoft have invested in a company that plans to make hybrid electric/fossil fuel aircraft. Electric buses are more commonly seen on city streets. Production has begun on 18-wheelers powered by hydrogen fuel cells that …

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B612 studying smallsat missions to search for near Earth objects

B612 studying smallsat missions to search for near Earth objects

The B612 Foundation is no longer pursuing a large space telescope called Sentinel (above) to look for near Earth asteroids in favor of a concept using smaller spacecraft. Credit: B612 Foundation WASHINGTON — The B612 Foundation, which once sought to privately develop a large space observatory to search for potentially hazardous near Earth objects (NEOs), is now studying an alternative …

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NASA Announces 10, That’s Right 10! New Planets in Their Star’s Habitable Zone

NASA Announces 10, That’s Right 10! New Planets in Their Star’s Habitable Zone

Artist’s impression of a potentially-habitable exoplanet orbiting an ultracool red dwarf star Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org). The Kepler space telescope is surely the gift that keeps on giving. After being deployed in 2009, it went on to detect a total of 2,335 confirmed exoplanets and 582 multi-planet systems. Even after two of its reaction wheels failed, it carried on …

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NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope Identifies 219 New Planet Candidates

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope Identifies 219 New Planet Candidates

NASA’s Kepler space telescope team has identified 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and in the habitable zone of their star. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech Astronomers have identified 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and orbiting in their star’s habitable zone. NASA’s Kepler space telescope team has released a mission catalog of planet candidates …

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Tobii Integrates Eye-Tracking Technology Into HTC Vive

Tobii Integrates Eye-Tracking Technology Into HTC Vive

Tobii Pro, a company focussed on eye-tracking research, has announced a new solution that can be integrated into a commercial HTC Vive headset. The tool, along with the software development kit, is being made available for researchers. The Tobii Pro integration uses a HTC Vive business edition along with the Tobii eye tracking technology to track all types of eyes, …

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Domestic appliances guzzle far more energy than advertised – EU survey

Domestic appliances guzzle far more energy than advertised – EU survey

TVs, dishwashers and fridge freezers have been found to guzzle up to twice as much energy as advertised on their energy labels, in a wide-ranging EU product survey. When tested under real-world conditions, the €400,000, 18-month investigation found widespread overshooting of the goods’ colour-coded A-G energy classes, due to the outmoded and selective test formats on which these have been …

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Inside Microsoft’s AI Comeback

Inside Microsoft's AI Comeback

Yoshua Bengio and Nagraj Kashyap at the University of Montreal. Photo by: Tom Kubik. Photography direction by: Michelle Le. Yoshua Bengio has never been one to take sides. As one of the three intellects who shaped the deep learning that now dominates artificial intelligence, he has been catapulted to stardom. It’s a field so new the people who can advance …

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The Quantum Computer Factory That’s Taking on Google and IBM

The Quantum Computer Factory That’s Taking on Google and IBM

Inside the clean room at Rigetti Computing’s Fab-1 facility in Fremont, California. A few yards from the stockpile of La Croix in the warehouse space behind startup Rigetti Computing ’s offices in Fremont, California, sits a machine like a steampunk illustration made real. Its steel chambers are studded with bolts, handles, and circular ports. But this monster is powered by …

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The Family Tree of Exoplanets Has Just Divided Into Two Branches

The Family Tree of Exoplanets Has Just Divided Into Two Branches

Scientists have reorganized the exoplanetary tree of life into two distinct branches. Most exoplanets discovered so far are close in size to Earth or either Neptune, according to a new study led by the California Institute of Technology. But astronomers are puzzled as to why there is a gap between these two planetary sizes. The work, which is based on …

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‘Magic’ Alloy Could Dramatically Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

‘Magic’ Alloy Could Dramatically Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

Researchers at the University of Michigan have made what they claim is a major breakthrough in solar energy technology: a new alloy that captures near-infrared light. The findings, published in the journal Applied Physics Letters , piggyback on another University of Michigan advancement announced in the same journal late last year that could improve the chemistry of photovoltaic panels, including …

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