Category: Technology

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Ghost of Billie Holiday to Return to The Apollo

Ghost of Billie Holiday to Return to The Apollo (New York) Billie Holiday is making an unexpected posthumous comeback in the 21st Century, thanks to the same technology which brought rapper Tupac Shakur back from the grave. A company out of Beverly Hills, Hologram USA, has taken up partnership with New York’s ever-famous Apollo Theater to bring Billie’s iconic presence back to life. Billie, who was 19 at the time of her first performance, the Apollo was one of her favorite ‘haunts’, appearing some 30 times. She will now be a part of the permanent technology to be implemented at the theater. Much like...

Mosaic of high-resolution images of Pluto, sent back from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft from Sept. 5 to 7, 2015. The image is dominated by the informally-named icy plain Sputnik Planum, the smooth, bright region across the center. This image also features a tremendous variety of other landscapes surrounding Sputnik. The smallest visible features are 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) in size, and the mosaic covers a region roughly 1,000 miles (1600 kilometers) wide. The image was taken as New Horizons flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015, from a distance of 50,000 miles (80,000 kilometers). Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute 0

NASA’s New Horizons Reveals Exciting New Pluto Images

New Features Spotted on Pluto Leave Researchers Puzzled NASA’s New Horizons team started a year-long download of images from the spacecraft over this past Labor Day weekend, returning to find incredible new details along the surface of the dwarf planet. These new images have left researchers quite puzzled about the planet’s mysterious topology. According to a press release, “Pluto is showing us a diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that rival anything we’ve seen in the solar system,” said New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colorado. “If an artist had painted this Pluto before...

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Drone Regulations Ahead: NASA and UK Developing ‘Traffic System’

Drone Regulations Ahead: NASA and UK Developing UAV ‘Traffic System’ Soon, hobby and commercial drone operators may face new rules and hardware requirements.  NASA, in cooperation with the British government are working together to develop a traffic system for all low-flying drones below an altitude of 500 feet. The system will also offer a database for commercial drone pilots (like the future Amazon delivery system) to register their drones and track them for forthcoming flight regulations. Classifications Currently, airspace is classified internationally by subsets under the spectrum of ‘A through G’, with Class A aircraft being set-aside for commercial flight and Class G...

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Proof Of Quantum Vibrations

A new experiment successfully observing the effects of quantum motion, or tiny vibrations caused on an atomic level when an object otherwise appears to be stationary, has rocked physicists the world over. Courtesy of NASA Unlike traditional physics that states an object in motion will eventually come to a rest when the forces of gravity and friction act upon it, the study, published in the journal Science, has found that on the quantum level at the scale of atoms, nothing is ever truly at rest.  Through extensive testing researchers were able to observe the effect not just at an atomic level, but at a larger...

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Robot Can Now Ride Bicycles ‘Like Humans’

World’s First? Tiny Robot Can Now Ride Bicycles Like Humans In a groundbreaking development in robotics, Masahiko Yamaguchi (who goes under the moniker ‘Dr. Guero’) first demonstrated his bicycle-riding bot, PRIMER-V2 at the iRex International Robot Exhibition in 2011. Just recently, a new viral video was released showcasing the robot’s complex balance and steering, but wait until you see his predecessor! Watch: Another ‘World’s First’? Although PRIMER-V2 in this video still appears to be controlled via a remote, Yamaguchi has already integrated A.I. features into later bi-pedal walking generations of the PRIMER series. According to his most recent updates, PRIMER appears to now dance...

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Early Universe Plasma created by Physicists

A team of physicists at the Large Hadron Collider working with researchers from the University of Kansas has created a small amount of plasma similar to the plasma thought to have been at the beginning of the universe. This plasma was created by colliding a lead nucleus and a proton particle inside the Compact Muon Solenoid detector at CERN. The quark-gluon based particle is the absolute highest temperature particle that has ever been formed in a lab and scientists are still trying to understand how physics work at these extreme temperatures. Lead scientists for the CMS detector expect the discovery...

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Back to the Future of Recycling with a DeLorean

  Doc, you built a time machine…out of a DeLorean?  Well, not exactly. But some creative and enterprising people in Japan have come up with what could be next best thing. True, it may not be as good as a time machine made from a DeLorean, but it’s certainly got to be the coolest way to get people interested in recycling. Michihiko Iwamoto, when he’s not piloting a stainless steel dream machine is no slacker. He helms a  Tokyo company called Jeplan, that focuses on innovative recycling technologies. It’s through this firm that his DeLorean DMC-12, a carbon-copy of the one from...

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Killer Robot Being Deployed to Combat Invasive Species

(Australia) A team of engineers has reportedly created an ROV (remotely operated vehicle) for deployment to the Great Barrier Reef that will issue a lethal injection to an invasive species of starfish thought to be attributing to the destruction of coral life. The underwater robot will administer a dose of bile salts which are toxic to the ‘Crown of Thorns’ starfish. These creatures are listed in the top 100 most invasive species, being found accountable for the loss of some 40% of native aquatic life in the region. The robot will cruise between 2-3 feet from the bottom of these...

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Hi-Tech Solution for Japan’s Suicide Problem

  Pressure, pushing down on me. Pressing down on you. Under Pressure. Remember those lines sung by David Bowie and Freddie Mercury? The song Under Pressure warned of the stressful toll that modern life takes on us all. If you watch the first part of the music video, you’ll see thousands of people being herded into packed commuter trains. It’s Tokyo, on a rail line most noted for suicides. Packed trains and stress are a way of life – and death – in Japan. And jumping in front of one is an all too common way to commit suicide and...

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NASA plans to help create a Tractor Beam

NASA plans to help create a Tractor Beam. A start up company called Arx Pax is expecting to utilize hover engine technology to create a tractor beam using by using micro-satellites. Last year, the company debuted their near 90 pound hover board. The Magnetic Field Architecture technology (or MFA) has proved itself for magnetic levitation capabilities. Their ideas for the MFA including levitating houses and buildings to protect them from certain natural disasters. They are also considering its uses for attracting satellites towards one another. The News is breaking that NASA’s interest lies in using hover engine technology and Arx...

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Dancing with the UFO’s: Fleet Captured Using Night Vision Over Las Vegas

Dancing with the UFO’s? (Las Vegas) Youtube user UndergroundSecretPlanet uploaded a video on August 30th depicting a UFO incident allegedly taking place on July 16th. The video seems to contain a strange formation of white pulsating balls of light and is said to have been videoed over the Las Vegas area. The video was purportedly captured using an alleged night vision camera and subsequently edited to reflect 580% of its original speed. At this frame rate, the fleet of unidentified flying orbs appear to put on a spectacular synchronized dance in the desert night sky. Watch: So far no user-submitted reports have been documented about this event...

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Denmark Sending First Astronaut Into Space

First Dane In Space Today, Denmark is preparing to send their first astronaut into space on Wednesday. Andreas Mogensen will lift off at 0437 GMT (12:37 a.m. EDT) accompanied by Russian Sergei Volkov and Kazakh Aidyn Aimbetov on ESA’s 10-day “sprint” mission. Mogensen will be bringing with him a Danish-engineered exercise bike equipped with heart rate monitors and force testing pedals. This new biotechnology will give us feedback about the direct effects of exercise in the International Space Station’s microgravity environments. His mission will be short and is scheduled to last for approximately 10 days. According to the European Space Agency, this has been...