Futurology

Talking on the moon: Nasa and Nokia to install 4G on lunar surface
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Move is part of US space agency’s plan to establish a long-term human presence on the moon by 2030

Sweden's new car carrier is the world's largest wind-powered vessel 
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With its five, massive, solid sails, this ship will carry 7,000 cars across the Atlantic, while being almost emission-free.

Exclusive: Virgin Hyperloop picks West Virginia to test high-speed transport system
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Virgin Hyperloop has picked the U.S. state of West Virginia to host a $500 million certification center and test track for billionaire Richard Branson's super high-speed travel system, the company told Reuters.

"World's fastest electrodes" triple the density of lithium batteries
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French company Nawa technologies says it's already in production on a new electrode design that can radically boost the performance of existing and future battery chemistries, delivering up to 3x the energy density, 10x the power, vastly faster charging and battery lifespans up to five times as…

Hydrogen-powered train makes UK maiden journey
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The Hydroflex made a 25-mile round-trip in Warwickshire, reaching speeds of up to 50 mph.

Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is ‘Very Likely to Work,’ Studies Suggest
nytimes.com/2020/09/29/climate/nucl… 
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A series of research papers renews hope that the long-elusive goal of mimicking the way the sun produces energy might be achievable.

Flying the world's first certified ELECTRIC PLANE - This is the Pipistrel Velis Electro
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Pipistrel managed to receive EASA-Certification for their Velis Electro. The all electrically powered aircraft is the first of its kind to be certified and c...

First hydrogen-powered plane takes flight
telegraph.co.uk/business/2020/09/24… 
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Test flight confirms the UK as major player in aerospace and could place the country in the vanguard of sustainable aviation

Apple CEO Impressed by Remote Work, Sees Permanent Changes
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Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said he’s been impressed by employees’ ability to operate remotely and predicted that some new work habits will remain after the pandemic.

In A Complete Fluke, A European Spacecraft Is About To Fly Past Venus – And Could Look For Signs Of Life
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On Monday, September 14, a team of scientists said they had found evidence for phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus.

Portable MRI can detect brain abnormalities at bedside
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New Yale research represents the first known attempt to deploy a mobile, bedside MRI, which promises to provide immediate diagnosis in virtually any setting.

With a Simple Piece of Paper, Engineers Create Self-Powered, Wireless Keyboard
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Scientists at Purdue University have found a way to make a piece of paper digitally interactive

Gravity, Gizmos, and a Grand Theory of Interstellar Travel
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For decades, Jim Woodward dreamed of a propellantless engine to take humans to the stars. Now he thinks he’s got it. But is it revolutionary—or illusory?

SkyDrive Piloted Flight Demo
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SkyDrive performed the first public flight demonstration of its SD-03 eVTOL on Aug. 25, 2020. The flight took place at the 10,000-square-meter (approximately...

American Academy of Sleep Medicine: Eliminate daylight saving time
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Public health and safety would benefit from eliminating daylight saving time, according to a position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

The Potentially Revolutionary Celera 500L Aircraft Officially Breaks Cover
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Otto Aviation aims to disrupt the aviation landscape with a design that flies at jet speeds, but uses a fraction of the gas, and has more range.

Finland's PM calls for shortening working hours
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Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin called for cutting the current eight-hour working day in her keynote speech to her Social Democratic Party on Monday, arguing shorter hours could be offset by increased productivity.

This Plane Flies Itself. We Went for a Ride
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Xwing is testing a Cessna that's controlled from the ground, not the cockpit. Its goal is to automate as much as possible, while keeping a human in the loop.

"Cold Tube" cooling system uses half the energy of an air conditioner
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Air conditioners are a convenient way to cool down offices and homes, but they use huge amounts of energy in the process. A team of scientists has been developing an alternative solution for those warm summer months called the Cold Tube, which works by absorbing body heat emitted from a person and…