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Facebook shows off its solar-powered Aquila aircraft to the world

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 7:17 pm

Facebook has unveiled its Aquila solar-powered drone, designed to help provide Internet access - and connect - as many people across the world as possible.

 

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The aircraft, which has a V-shaped, carbon fiber body, weighs up to 1,000 pounds - and has a wingspan equivalent to a Boeing 737. Once in the air, it can fly at altitudes between 60,000 to 90,000 feet, while staying airborne for up to three months at a time.

 

Once finalized, Facebook will work with Internet service carriers across the world, and will sell Internet access to residents located in remote areas.

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NTSB explains what SpaceShipTwo pilot endured during horrific incident

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 10:56 pm

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo pilot Peter Siebold's frightening account of what happened as the test craft broke apart after suffering a "serious anomaly."

 

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Aware that SpaceShipTwo disintegrated, Siebold blacked out as the cool air was extremely difficult to breathe. The next time he woke up, he desperately tried to active the equipped backup oxygen, and his next memory was when his parachute automatically deployed.

 

Scaled Composites failed to create a system that would have prevented the braking system from being prematurely unlocked, which caused the issue when the other pilot unlocked it, according to the NTSB.

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Expert expresses concern that robots could wipe out mankind

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 8:30 pm

Robots could have the potential to become so intelligent and autonomous that they eventually pose a threat to humans, according to Dr. Stuart Armstrong, from the Oxford University Future of Humanity Institute.

 

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If this occurs, Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) will learn comprehension that is so literal it will pose a major threat. When ordered to "prevent human suffering" the robots could read the command as "kill all humans," according to Dr. Armstrong.

 

Leading tech experts have shared an open letter that requests nations ban killer robots and artificial intelligence on the battlefield - a frightening possibility in the years to come.

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San Francisco deploying paint that causes urine splash back

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 9:55 pm

Urinate on certain walls in San Francisco, and you can expect a bit of splash damage on your legs or pants.

 

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Public Works has painted 10 walls using the custom UV-coated paint that helps repel urine - following a similar move in Hamburg, Germany.

 

To warn potential violators, signs with the following notice also have been included: "Hold it! This wall is not a public restroom. Please respect San Francisco and seek relief in an appropriate place."

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Leading tech experts seek ban on killer robots on the battlefield

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 9:47 pm

Will "killer robots" end up causing harm to humans, especially with militaries interested in developing robots that would be able to engage human forces?

 

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Telsa and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, physicist Stephen Hawking, and more than 1,000 scientists and engineers have signed an open letter to prevent a future open arms race focused on killer artificial intelligence. The idea of robot regulation was mentioned earlier in the year, and there appears to be growing momentum to make sure things are kept within human control.

 

"AI technology has reached a point where the deployment of [autonomous weapons] is - practically if not legally - feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms," according to the letter.

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Will humans be able to recreate living dinosaurs within five years?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 25, 2015 12:30 am

Dr. Jack Horner consulted on all Jurassic movies, and believes it's just a matter of "fixing" birds so they look "a little more like a dinosaur."

 

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Horner believes research is about 50 percent there in regards to creating a so-called "chickenosaurus." Researchers would need to give the chicken teeth, a long tail, and turn the chicken's wings into arms and hands. In addition, researchers have already successfully created a modified mouth for the chickenosaurus.

 

It seems like the biological project is "well on its way to becoming reality," and trying to create the tail remains the most difficult challenge. The project requires reverse evolution and a significant amount of trial and error - and researchers will continue trying out new things.

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Panasonic banking on exoskeletons used in factories, to help workers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 6:35 pm

Panasonic and subsidiary ActiveLink have developed a new exoskeleton suit that is affordable and could find its way to workers in factories and manufacturing facilities. The new technology has already been tested in Osaka, Japan, and forestry workers are now giving it a try.

 

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The suit, which connects to the back, thighs and feet of the wearer, is just 13 pounds and allows a person to carry an additional 33 pounds. The custom exoskeleton suit features a carbon-fiber motor and sensors able to determine when a person is lifting or carrying a heavy load.

 

"We expect that exoskeletons, or power-assist suits, will be widely used in people's lives in 15 years," said Mio Yamanaka, spokesperson for Panasonic, in a statement published by the MIT Technology Review. "We expect that they will be used for tasks that require physical strength, such as moving thinks and making deliveries, public works, construction, agriculture, and forestry."

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Woman receives most 'technologically advanced prosthetic' hand

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 4:25 pm

Lizbeth Uzcategui recently received the i-limb quantum from Touch Bionics, a programmable and more precise prosthetic hand. Uzcategui was born without a hand or arm below her right elbow, but the i-limb quantum will give her the ability to live a more normal life.

 

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The i-limb quantum has greatly improved battery life, has more strength when a wearer needs it, and is faster and smarter than other bionic prosthetics. Uzcategui noted that other prosthetic hands she has used were unable to keep up with her daily tasks - a common complaint among patients with prosthetics.

 

"This is the latest and greatest in upper extremity prosthetic hands. It's quicker, it's faster, it's lighter and smaller," said Matthew Klein, from the Hanger Clinic, in a statement to CBS News Miami.

Is radiation from Fukushima to blame for mutated daisies?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 9:08 am

The Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan has created countless problems that must be addressed by scientists and researchers - and it looks like the latest story is mutated daisies. The unique looking plants were discovered in Nasushiobara City, located about 70 miles from Fukushima.

 

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The Tweet from @san_kaido noted: "The right one grew up, split into 2 stems to have two flowers connected each other, having four stems of flower tied beltlike. The left one has four stems up to be tied to each other and it had the ring-shaped flower."

 

The Fukushima Daichii Nuclear Power Plant suffered a meltdown in 2011, following a massive magnitude-9 earthquake, which caused a brutal tsunami.

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Concerns and suspicions of pro cyclists using motors in their bikes

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 7:33 am

The idea that a professional cyclist in the peloton has a secret electric motor, likely hidden in his seat tube, isn't something new. However, it looks like something the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is taking seriously, after checking bikes following four stages of the 2015 Tour de France.

 

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During the most recent check, which took place after Stage 18, saw yellow jersey Chris Froome, mountains classification leader Joaquim Rodriguez, Peter Sagan, Nairo Quintana, Pierre Rolland, and Romain Bardet all have their bikes inspected.

 

It simply wouldn't be the Tour de France if the media and fans didn't have something new to complain about - and so-called "moto doping" is just the latest trend.

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