Futurology

Jesse Ventura rages at billionaires, calls for "maximum wage"
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The former Minnesota governor called out the financial system and claimed capitalism's flaws were being exposed.

SpaceX launches a record-breaking mission, sends laser-linked Starlink satellites to the polar orbit
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SpaceX achieves another milestone, sends the most number of satellites on a single mission to date. Starlink satellites are now laser linked, more.

Electric car batteries with five-minute charging times produced
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Exclusive: first factory production means recharging could soon be as fast as filling up petrol or diesel vehicles

Audi announces end of combustion A4, A6 & A8 models
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Audi is giving its A4 and A6 models an end date as combustion engines. The same is said to apply to the A8. Even in plug-in hybrids Audi apparently no longer wants to invest heavily. These decisions are likely to be the cornerstones of the exit plan from the internal combustion engine drawn up under Audi CEO Markus Duesmann.

The DeLorean might be coming back as an electric car - Electrek
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The DMC DeLorean has been out of production for almost 40 years, but now we’ve learned that the iconic vehicle might be coming back as an electric car.

Virgin Orbit launches rocket off a 747 aircraft, puts nine satellites in space
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A 70-foot rocket, riding beneath the wing of a retrofitted Boeing 747 aircraft, detached from the plane and fired itself into Earth's orbit on Sunday — marking the first successful launch for the California-based rocket startup Virgin Orbit.

A Colonoscopy Alternative Comes Home
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An at-home test for colon cancer is as reliable as the traditional screening, health experts say, and more agreeable.

General Motors unveils EV van as part of new commercial business unit
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The EV600 van will be the first vehicle under a new commercial business unit within GM called BrightDrop.

BioNTech CEO applies COVID-19 vaccine's mRNA tech to multiple sclerosis
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The new vaccine technology mRNA is making waves these days as COVID-19 shots based on it deliver efficacy that’s unrivaled by other platforms. BioNTech's Pfizer-partnered vaccine Comirnaty is one of those vaccines. Now, the German biotech’s CEO, Ugur Sahin, has led a study showing an mRNA vaccine was effective against multiple sclerosis in mice.

Next high-flying SpaceX Starship test could blast off as soon as Tuesday
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SN9 is on deck to boldly follow in the footsteps of SN8, which bravely sacrificed itself in the name of iteration.

Japan developing wooden satellites to cut space junk
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A Japanese forestry firm has partnered with Kyoto University in what would be a world first.

Korean artificial sun sets the new world record of 20-sec-long operation at 100 million degrees
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The Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR), a superconducting fusion device also known as the Korean artificial sun, set the new world record as it succeeded in maintaining the high temperature plasma for 20 seconds with an ion temperature over 100 million degrees (Celsius).

What comes after smartphones?
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Computing has always moved forwards in jumps of scale, but smartphones reach everyone on earth, so what’s the next jump? AV and VR? Cloud, machine learning and crypto? Or is that the wrong model to use?

SpaceX Launches—and Crashes—Its Starship Mars Rocket
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The test flight didn’t come close to the edge of space, but the prototype was a big step toward the rocket’s first orbital mission.

The world's first DNA 'tricorder' in your pocket
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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) scientists developed the world's first mobile genome sequence analyzer, a new iPhone app called iGenomics. By pairing an iPhone with a handheld DNA sequencer, users can create a mobile genetics laboratory, reminiscent of the "tricorder" featured in Star Trek. The iGenomics app runs entirely on the iOS device, reducing the need for laptops or large equipment in the field, which is useful for pandemic and ecology workers. Aspyn Palatnick programmed i…

EU pushes for 'right to disconnect' from work at home
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With more people working from home during the pandemic, the boundaries between job and life are blurred. Lawmakers in the EU want to give workers the "right to disconnect," whereas Germany is looking at tax breaks.

In September 2020, for the first time in European history, registrations for electrified vehicles overtook diesel
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Total number of electrified cars registered in September was higher than the number of registrations for diesel cars in Europe