Cochin International Airport Solar Power

An entire airport pays nothing for electricity thanks to solar power

By on March 19, 2016 at 9:15 AM.

An entire airport pays nothing for electricity thanks to solar power

Day by day, solar power is becoming a more viable source of energy for homes and businesses. If you need further proof of this, look no further than the Cochin International Airport in India that is now entirely powered by solar energy and pays nothing for electricity. The airport last year installed a solar power system with a 12-megawatt peak (MWp) capacity that added to its previous installation that had a capacity of 1.1 MWp, thus giving it enough solar energy to run the entire airport. More →

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Invisibility Cloak Harry Potter

Scientists create ‘invisibility cloak’ that can make microscopic objects disappear

By on March 15, 2016 at 9:41 AM.

Scientists create ‘invisibility cloak’ that can make microscopic objects disappear

Do we really need invisibility cloaks like the one Harry Potter uses at Hogwarts to move around undetected? Apparently, we do. At least two projects are studying materials that can hide the objects they’re placed on, though these newfound technologies won’t fool the human eye just yet. Instead, invisibility cloaks could conceal objects from cameras and from radar. More →

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Real Jurassic Park Chicken Dinosaurs

Scientists are one step closer to creating a real Jurassic Park

By on March 14, 2016 at 9:30 PM.

Scientists are one step closer to creating a real Jurassic Park

Some scientists have already created artificial intelligence capable of consistently beating humans at a game that’s too complex for ordinary computers, which has led some people to worry that we’re going to soon face a Terminator-style robotic apocalypse. But that’s not the only scary science fiction project researchers are working on, as some scientists are now adding dinosaur “components” to existing animals.

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Plastic Eating Bacteria Discovered

Newly discovered plastic-eating bacteria could be the key to combating landfill waste

By on March 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

Newly discovered plastic-eating bacteria could be the key to combating landfill waste

While the amount of plastic we recycle has grown significantly over the past couple of decades, we’re still throwing far too many plastic bottles in the trash where they will end up as landfill waste. But what if there were a way to dissolve these bottles naturally even after they’d been dumped into a landfill? A newly discovered plastic-eating bacteria has the promise to do just that, although we’re still a long way from knowing just how effective it would be if deployed on a large scale. More →

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Large Hadron Collider results may hint at a new era of physics

By on March 10, 2016 at 9:45 PM.

Large Hadron Collider results may hint at a new era of physics

Are we about to enter a new era of physics?  Data collected by the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland may have identified particle activity that doesn’t fit the standard laws of physics.

The analysis by scientists including physicists at the Institute of Nuclear Physics at the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFJ PAN) could have huge scientific implications. More →

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AlphaGo Beats Lee Sedol

Has artificial intelligence already surpassed the human brain?

Has artificial intelligence already surpassed the human brain?

By on March 10, 2016 at 9:17 AM.

Welcome to The Terminator… but not really. During their second match which took place in the early hours of the morning in U.S. time on Thursday, Google’s AlphaGo computer beat 18-time world champion Lee Sedol in a game of Go. It was the second of two matches won by the machine created by Google’s DeepMind Technologies division, which focuses on artificial intelligence. Should the computer prevail over South Korea’s Lee a third time, it will have won the competition and the $1 million purse.

But even more interesting than the mere fact that Google’s AI computer is now up 2-0 is Lee’s response following the second match. Lee, who is one of the top Go masters in the world, said the game wasn’t even close. More →

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GE Carbon Dioxide Solar Power Storage

GE has figured out how to make solar power batteries using greenhouse gasses

By on March 10, 2016 at 8:27 AM.

GE has figured out how to make solar power batteries using greenhouse gasses

We typically think of carbon dioxide as an unhealthy byproduct of our over reliance on fossil fuels. But what if CO2 could be used to help us move away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy sources? GE Global Research has been working with the U.S. Department of Energy to come up with a way to use excess carbon dioxide produced by power plants to store extra solar power and deliver it back to the grid for later use. More →

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Google Boston Dynamics Atlas

Google’s abused Atlas robot vows to take revenge in horror remix video

By on March 1, 2016 at 10:15 PM.

Google’s abused Atlas robot vows to take revenge in horror remix video

We’ve seen not just one but two different videos recently that show off Google’s spectacular robots. The company has gone a long way in improving the design and technology it purchased from Boston Dynamics. But what if the robots decide to fight back, making our worst nightmares a reality? More →

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NASA plans supersonic passenger jet

By on March 1, 2016 at 5:40 PM.

NASA plans supersonic passenger jet

Nearly 13 years after the last iconic Concorde airliner hung up its wings, NASA has announced a new supersonic passenger jet.

On Monday, NASA revealed a project as part of its newly-introduced New Aviation Horizons initiative that awarded Lockheed Martin a $20 million contract over the next 17 months to create a jet that uses quiet supersonic technology (QueSST). It is the first in a series of ‘X-planes’ for the initiative. More →

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