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Jan 27, 2020

We’re All Going to Live in Mushroom Houses on Mars

Posted by in categories: space, transportation

NASA is sharing information about its myco-architecture program, in which experimental fungus-based building technologies could be the feasible future of Mars habitats. “Science fiction often imagines our future on Mars and other planets as run by machines, with metallic cities and flying cars rising above dunes of red sand,” NASA says. “But the reality may be even stranger.”

The myco-architecture (myco is the prefix meaning “fungus”) NASA is excited about isn’t only a new way to make furniture, although it can do that, the agency says. Mushroom House—not its real name—is an integrated habitat with layers. The tough, complex fibers made by fungal mycelia are building blocks of furniture, interior walls, and the innermost layer of the outer shell.

Jan 27, 2020

Bloodhound to blast its way into record books with zero-emissions rocket

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Zero to 658 in 50 seconds without emissions.


The Bloodhound LSR team has announced plans to challenge for the land speed record using a zero-emissions rocket as part of the next phase of its programme, following successful high-speed tests in South Africa last November.

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Jan 26, 2020

GPS system upgrade utilizes AI to make sure you’re in the right lane

Posted by in categories: mapping, robotics/AI, transportation

In-car satnav systems and mobile mapping apps have made it much easier to travel from one place to another without getting lost, but a new innovation promises to help fix a remaining pain point – getting in the right lane at intersections.

Today’s mapping apps aren’t always much help if you’re at an unfamiliar intersection and aren’t sure exactly where on the road your car is supposed to be: the apps often don’t have the detail or the knowledge to warn you in good time about changing lanes.

The system developed by researchers at MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute uses satellite imagery to augment existing mapping data, but the smart part is applying artificial intelligence to work out the layout of roads hidden by trees and buildings.

Jan 26, 2020

Photos: Solar Orbiter encapsulated inside launch shroud

Posted by in categories: energy, space, transportation

The Airbus-built Solar Orbiter spacecraft has been closed up inside the payload fairing of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket in preparation for liftoff from Cape Canaveral in February on a joint mission between the European Space Agency and NASA.

Technicians inside the Astrotech payload processing facility encapsulated the Solar Orbiter spacecraft — designed with thermal shielding to protect against the heat of the sun — inside the Atlas 5’s payload fairing Jan. 20. The spacecraft inside the Atlas 5 rocket’s 4-meter-diameter (13.1-foot) aerodynamic nose shroud will soon travel to ULA’s Vertical Integration Facility, where crane will hoist the payload package atop the launcher.

Valued at nearly $1.7 billion, the Solar Orbiter mission will travel closer to the sun than Mercury, where it will join NASA’s Parker Solar Probe for tandem observations of the solar wind and giant solar eruptions that can affect communications and electrical grids on Earth, plus satellite operations.

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Jan 24, 2020

Uber is bringing its testing of self-driving vehicles to D.C. streets

Posted by in categories: mapping, robotics/AI, transportation

After digital mapping, cars will run on select roads, at low speed limits, officials said.

Jan 24, 2020

Are self-driving cars a solution for Bellevue? An East Coast test shows their promise and challenges

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Self-driving cars being tested in Providence, Rhode Island, navigate city streets, with humans taking control occasionally. But the vehicles are sometimes flummoxed by what their sensors see.

Jan 23, 2020

Tesla destroys recent China FUD

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

It’s pretty difficult to believe it at this point, but there are still groups of Tesla critics who insist that Gigafactory 3 is not really fully operational. A central part of this thesis is the allegation that Gigafactory 3 does not have a stamping press, which means that Tesla’s China team is only assembling cars in the Shanghai-based factory using pre-stamped panels from Fremont.

A recently released video from Tesla China has just decimated these allegations in a subtle but definitive manner. The clip was short, less than 30 seconds long, but it showed a busy stamping press operating in Gigafactory 3. The video was released in China, and shared on Twitter by Tesla enthusiast @JayinShanghai.

Jan 21, 2020

Can Synthetic Biology Inspire The Next Wave Of AI?

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biological, robotics/AI, transportation

Computers can beat humans at sophisticated tasks like the game Go, but can they also drive a car, … [+] speak languages, play soccer, and perform a myriad of other tasks like humans? Here’s what AI can learn from biology.

Jan 20, 2020

Updated DJI rumors

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Here are our updated DJI rumors. We will share with you all the info we currently have on the DJI Matrice 300 (M300), the DJI Mavic 3, the DJI Mavic Air 2 and even other DJI aircraft.

Jan 19, 2020

Uber vending machines didn’t work, so now your ride is a moving billboard

Posted by in category: transportation

Cargo’s in-car vending machines sputtered out and now the Uber partner is turning ride-share drivers’ cars into mobile ads.

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