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Real hoverboard company Arx Pax will now sell you a hover engine

By on June 9, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

Real hoverboard company Arx Pax will now sell you a hover engine

Arx Pax, the firm behind the Hendo Hoverboard, is selling its hover engines to companies interested in harnessing the technology in industries such as manufacturing and transportation.

The Los Gatos, Calif.-based firm announced Wednesday that its HE3.0 hover engines are available for purchase. Arx Pax is also selling a package of scaled-down hover engines to companies that want to develop hover-based technology prototypes. More →

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Color Blind Glasses

Revolutionary glasses help color blind man see the world in color for the first time

Revolutionary glasses help color blind man see the world in color for the first time

By on June 8, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

An artist himself, Toledo, OH native Roger Grieve has undoubtedly appreciated thousands of works of art over the years. But this past Sunday, Grieve walked into the Toledo Museum of Art and saw the masterpieces within for the first time as they were intended to be seen.

Despite his love of art and his passion for creating it, Grieve was born color blind and has never even been able to see the fruits of his own labor as the rest of the world sees them. But revolutionary new glasses created by Oakland, CA-based EnChroma and provided to Grieve by the Toledo Museum of Art allowed the man to see the various works of art on display in full, vivid color. More →

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Google Contact Lens

One of Google’s most exciting futuristic products might not actually exist

By on June 7, 2016 at 6:50 PM.

One of Google’s most exciting futuristic products might not actually exist

While some companies are slammed by investors and the tech media for dumping time and resources into far-reaching projects that may or may not ultimately pan out, Google’s “moonshots” have become something the company is constantly celebrated for. Google regularly discusses some of these bold projects during earnings calls and in interviews, reaffirming its commitment to spending money on projects it believes could help make the world a better place (while also earning the company some money, of course).

Some of Google’s moonshots are already taking shape, such as its autonomous cars and “Project Loon” internet balloons. But one of the more exciting projects that we’ve heard about a few times from Google — and even seen, or so we thought — might not be as far along as we thought. In fact, it might not exist at all. More →

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Renewable Energy Sources List

Groundbreaking ‘bionic leaf’ converts sunlight and water into liquid fuel

Groundbreaking ‘bionic leaf’ converts sunlight and water into liquid fuel

By on June 7, 2016 at 9:08 AM.

We recently told you about an exciting development at MIT, where researchers discovered a way to double the amount of energy generated by solar cells. The breakthrough involves reconfiguring solar panels, adding an additional layer to their structure that reflects sunlight to a second solar cell at the optimal wavelength for peak efficiency. It’s an intriguing project that could have far reaching implications, but efficiency is just one of several barriers preventing solar energy from being utilized more widely.

Now, another barrier may be on the brink of toppling as a new research is developing a way to convert sunlight and water into liquid fuel. More →

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Metalens Could Make Smartphone Cameras

Ultra-thin flat lenses could make smartphone cameras better than DSLRs

By on June 6, 2016 at 2:45 PM.

Ultra-thin flat lenses could make smartphone cameras better than DSLRs

For all the sophisticated technology humans have invented to capture images, the lenses we use on cameras still rely on 19th-century technology. All that could be about to change with the invention of a “metalens,” a completely flat, absurdly thin kind of lens that outperforms the best optics available today.

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SpaceX Rocket Landing Video

Watching a SpaceX rocket land on a barge is always amazing

By on June 3, 2016 at 12:30 PM.

Watching a SpaceX rocket land on a barge is always amazing

SpaceX has landed a couple rockets in a row on its drone barge, but that doesn’t mean that it ever gets old. There’s something about vertically landing a rocket at high speeds — a process that’s been compared to vaulting a pencil over the Empire State Building — that defies belief every time.

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What would happen to Earth

What would happen to Earth if all humans disappeared?

By on June 1, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

What would happen to Earth if all humans disappeared?

What would happen to our planet if all humans suddenly vanished is not a new question. But it’s still a fun thought exercise that gets you thinking about how much of our infrastructure and lifestyle relies on constant maintenance. Oh, and how quickly our dogs would forget how to sit when they got hungry.

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SpaceX Dragon 2 Mars

How SpaceX plans to land on Mars in 2018

By on May 31, 2016 at 5:05 PM.

How SpaceX plans to land on Mars in 2018

SpaceX successfully landed one of its reusable Falcon 9 rockets on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean last week, marking the company’s third consecutive success. Sending cargo to the International Space Station and then landing the rocket used to transport it is just one step SpaceX is perfecting, as it moves forward with its daring plan to conquer Mars. The company intends to land on the Red Planet as soon as 2018, in order to explore Mars in preparation for a future manned mission to the planet. More →

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Landing

Watch a time-lapse of Falcon 9’s third consecutive successful landing

By on May 30, 2016 at 4:05 PM.

Watch a time-lapse of Falcon 9’s third consecutive successful landing

Reusable rockets represent the future of space travel, with Elon Musk’s SpaceX being one of the companies that can pull off such tricks. Last week, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket landed successfully on a drone ship in the Atlantic. This was SpaceX’s third successful landing at sea, a huge success for the company that’s looking to make space travel more affordable, and potentially send humans to Mars for the first time.

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Mars Close Approach 2016

How to watch Mars make its closest approach to Earth in years tonight

By on May 30, 2016 at 11:07 AM.

How to watch Mars make its closest approach to Earth in years tonight

If you’re looking for a fun activity to add to your Memorial Day plans, here’s an easy one: look up. According to NASA, Mars will be making its closest approach to Earth since 2005 on May 30th, coming within 46.8 million miles of our planet. More →

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Watch Mark Zuckerberg call the International Space Station on Wednesday

By on May 27, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Watch Mark Zuckerberg call the International Space Station on Wednesday

Facebook will be getting social with astronauts next week.

The company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, will be chatting live with astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, and viewers will be able to both watch and submit questions for him to ask, NASA announced Friday.

Interested parties on Earth can tune into NASA’s Facebook page for the 20-minute video call, which will begin at 12:55 p.m. EDT on June 2. Zuckerberg will be speaking with two NASA astronauts on the ISS, Jeff Williams and Tim Kopra, as well as Tim Peake of the European Space Agency. More →

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