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To help pilots and other personnel integrate the F-35 Lighting II fleet into operation, Full Mission Simulators at the Hill Air Force Base are using virtual reality and other high-tech tools to improve training and logistics.
The FMS system features a 360-degree visual display system and replicates all F-35 sensors and characteristics that are in a real cockpit. Military officials aim to give pilots a more realistic approach to learn controls before being sent into combat missions.
"The F-35 is going to be an incredible advancement in our capability as an air force, and the Full Mission Simulators present an environment to adequately challenge our pilots as they prepare for combat," said Lt. Col. George Watkins, Commander of the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base.
Engineers at the Oregon State University have devised a new method of integrating nanoparticles that could pave the way to ultra-flexible and efficient quantum circuitry.
Using a process called photonic "sintering", scientists are able to fuse ultra-tiny nanoparticles together into a functional 2-D film, which can then be fabricated into working nanocircuits. To understand sintering and the physics of quantum-scale mechanical effects, engineers have experimented with different substrate materials and thermal sources. As sintering is powered by heated light, some materials like plastic and paper were previously off-limits--until now.
During their experiments, the OSU team reported that xenon light was able to trigger the photonic sintering process twice as fast and was over ten times more efficient than other light sources. With such tremendous efficiency, scientists now have precise control over temperatures, meaning that thermal-sensitive substrates such as super-thin plastic wrap and paper could potentially be used.
Electronic car racing organization Formula E is planning a driverless championship starting in 2016.
Named Roborace, it's touted as offering a "competitive platform for the autonomous driving solutions being developed" which they hope will encourage innovation. Partner Kinetik, meanwhile, has faith it will progress the road toward AI assistance in all vehicles.
Technology buffs at the University of California have created this technical simulation of a shrapnel-induced wound on someone's leg, aiming to bring Saving Private Ryan gore to real life, this time for education and training purposes.
Developed by Jeff Eldredge and his colleagues, this training simulator is designed for use by combat medics to prepare for, understand and know to to deal with what is a grim possibility when out in the field.
In an interview with New Scientist, Eldredge stated that "We're genuinely hopeful that our simulations will enhance the educational experience for medical trainees." In true father fashion, he added "But I'm really pleased just to get visceral reactions from my kids. That probably makes me a horrible father."
With cloud and NAS backups being of utmost importance, what about your consciousness? Don't worry about that, because when you die, Humai promises to bring you back to life.
Humai is an Australian startup that claims it is working on transferring a person's consciousness to an artificial body, after they've died. Company CEO Josh Bocanegra says on the Humai website: "We want to bring you back to life after you die. We're using artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to store data of conversational styles, behavioral patterns, thought processes and information about how your body functions from the inside-out. This data will be coded into multiple sensor technologies, which will be built into an artificial body with the brain of a deceased human. Using cloning technology, we will restore the brain as it matures".
Bocanegra thinks that his company will be able to transfer your consciousness from your dead body within the next 30 years, but right now the company has just four staff and is securing more. The company seems to be waiting on large scientific breakthroughs before it could make this a reality, but it's a cool thing to think about. The big question is: would you want to live after you've died, in an artificial body?
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens so close to release, Star Trek gets some love from Google in the form of the Combadge prototype. Fans of the franchise will see that the small wearable communications device from Star Trek was being worked on by Google in prototype form.
Senior VP of Search at Google, Amit Singhal, admits to being a huge Star Trek fan, and during an interview with Time, he revealed that he always wanted a Combadge-like device, which then saw Singhal and his team build a prototype. The device didn't get far in terms of escaping the prototype phase, but the black circular wearable did feature a speaker, microphone, power light and a button that looks like it activates communication, just like in Star Trek.
Google didn't go ahead with production on the device, but it's great to see Google thinking out aloud here - and even entering the prototype stage on a crazy device like this.
Now that private companies like Google, GoPro, DJI and Amazon have submitted their recommendations to the FAA about drone registration, the group has hit back saying that all drones over 250 grams should be registered with the government.
This registration would be similar to car registration, where the owner's name and street address are noted down. The registration process would possibly include an educational presentation about when, and where to fly your drone. The FAA thinks that if a drone falls out of the sky and causes damage, or possibly hurts or even kills someone, the authorities would be able to track down its owner.
The task force recommends that the drone registration process to be electronic, with an API that would allow owners to register their drone through the device's app if the manufacturer includes that ability.
Google's incredibly scary robo-dog was enjoying its walk outdoors in September, where the Skynet-infused robot dog was training with the Marines.
Boston Dynamics, which Google acquired in December 2013, had the Marines testing Spot's abilities of traversing rougher terrains like hills, woodlands, and cities while they controlled it from 500 meters (0.31 miles) away on a laptop with a game controller. They said it was so easy to control that a four-year-old could do it, which should scare us all.
During the test, the Marines were able to teach the robot dog to peek around corners to spot enemies - a nice trick for a robot dog. Spot also weighs a hefty 160 pounds (72.5kg).
NASA has announced that it has ordered a crew rotation mission for the ISS from SpaceX, which will start in 2017. As it stands, astronauts leave from Russia in order to get to the International Space Station.
This has become NASA's Commercial Crew Program's second mission, with the first being awarded to Boeing earlier this year. NASA has said it is looking forward to working with SpaceX, adding that commercial launches will reduce the costs of getting astronauts and supplies to and from the ISS.
Games and toys company Hasbro has launched its first line under the Joy for All brand. Known as Companion Pets, it comprises animatronic pet cats and is specifically aimed at seniors seeking companionship who are perhaps not in a position to take care of a living cat.
The cats are said to respond to motion and touch and have lifelike fur, mannerisms, and sounds.