Futurology

Germany to ban single-use plastics by 2021
cleantechexpress.com/2020/07/german… 
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There are so many solid reasons why many countries in the world, including Germany, have considered banning single-use plastic products...

Solar energy breakthrough creates electricity from invisible light
independent.co.uk/life-style/gadget… 
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Discoveries could lead to next-generation solar cells that are cheaper and more efficient than current commercial panels

Robots bring new meaning to the term ‘food security’
thehustle.co/07022020-robots-food/ 
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If you like the concept of organic farming, you’ll love what these robots can do.

New Rule in California Will Require Zero-Emissions Trucks
nytimes.com/2020/06/25/climate/zero… 
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More than half of trucks sold in the state must be zero-emissions by 2035, and all of them by 2045.

Mars Is About to Have Its ‘Wright Brothers Moment’
nytimes.com/2020/06/23/science/mars… 
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As part of its next Mars mission, NASA is sending an experimental helicopter to fly through the red planet’s thin atmosphere.

Acura has invented an airbag that works like a catcher’s mitt
arstechnica.com/cars/2020/06/acura-… 
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It uses three chambers to control head rotation and prevent diffuse axonal injuries.

Manned Fighter To Face Autonomous Drone Next Year In Sci-Fi Movie-Like Showdown
thedrive.com/the-war-zone/33866/man… 
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The planned test is part of a project to develop an artificial intelligence-driven drone that could change the face of air combat.

ArianeGroup successfully tests first combustion chamber produced entirely by 3D printing
ariane.group/en/news/arianegroup-su… 
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The completely 3D-printed combustion chamber, designed by ArianeGroup in Germany, was successfully fire tested 14 times between 26.May and 2.June on the P8 test bench of the DLR German Aerospace Center’s Lampoldshausen testing facility.

RIPPA The Farm Robot Exterminates Pests And Weeds
youtube.com/watch?v=XP7GoNKcTS4 
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RIPPA, a fully autonomous robot, can cover five acres a day on a solar charge - finding and exterminating pests and weeds on every single plant over the equi...

SpaceX and NASA launch Crew Dragon in Florida
edition.cnn.com/business/live-news/… 
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SpaceX and NASA will try to make history by launching two astronauts to the International Space Station.

Spain approves national minimum income scheme
independent.co.uk/news/world/europe… 
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‘Today this government is showing that its political choice is social justice,’ says deputy prime minister in announcing scheme

Inside big tech’s high-stakes race for quantum supremacy
wired.co.uk/article/quantum-suprema… 
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Quantum computers used to be an impossible dream. Now, after a decade of research by some of the world’s biggest tech companies, they’re on the verge of changing everything

The State of the Self-Driving Car Race 2020
bloomberg.com/features/2020-self-dr… 

Waymo is still the one to beat. But in a post-Covid world, autonomous will enable more of our contactless needs.