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Nvidia’s Arm Acquisition Brings the Two Key Technologies of This Century Under One Roof

Artificial intelligence and mobile computing have been two of the most disruptive technologies of this century. The unification of the two companies that made them possible could have wide-ranging consequences for the future of computing. California-based Nvidia’s graphics processing units (GPUs) have powered the deep learning revolution ever since Google researchers discovered in 2011 that they could run neural networks …

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Wall-mounted technology detects COVID-19 in the air

    21st September 2020 Wall-mounted technology detects COVID-19 in the air Kontrol Energy Corporation, a Canadian public company, has launched BioCloud – an unobtrusive, wall-mounted technology which detects the presence of COVID-19 in the air. This can trigger an alert system giving real time notifications of the pathogen’s presence to facility managers, allowing outbreaks to be contained before they …

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German Space Agency Shows Off Outrageous Modular Vehicle Prototype

U-Shift While it wasn’t busy commanding a mole to dig through the Martian topsoil, German Aerospace Center (DLR) has come with a futuristic vehicle concept unlike anything we’ve seen before. Its U-shift vehicle concept is designed to transform itself into anything from a cargo pod, an on-call bus, or even a mobile sales vehicle. It does so by switching out …

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Device captures microplastic pollution from tyre wear

    20th September 2020 Device captures microplastic pollution from tyre wear A new wheel-fitted device by technology startup, The Tyre Collective, could help to reduce both air and plastic pollution produced from vehicles.   Credit: The Tyre Collective   The number of electric vehicles on our roads is growing exponentially – thanks to falling costs, longer driving ranges and …

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NASA Finds Evidence of “Fresh Ice” on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

By digging through detailed infrared images of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus — courtesy of NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which met its demise back in 2017 after 13 years of Saturn exploration — NASA scientists say they’ve found “strong evidence” of fresh ice in the moon’s northern hemisphere. The ice, thought to have originated and resurfaced from Enceladus’ interior, could be good …

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Microsoft Had a Crazy Idea to Put Servers Under Water—and It Totally Worked

A little over two years ago, a shipping container-sized cylinder bearing Microsoft’s name and logo was lowered onto the ocean floor off the northern coast of Scotland. Inside were 864 servers, and their submersion was part of the second phase of the software giant’s Project Natick. Launched in 2015, the project’s purpose is to determine the feasibility of underwater data …

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New drug highly effective against SARS-CoV-2

    16th September 2020 New drug highly effective against SARS-CoV-2 Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have isolated the smallest biological molecule to date that completely and specifically neutralises SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This antibody component, which is 10 times smaller than a full-sized antibody, has been used to construct a drug – known …

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This Company Just Opened Reservations for Public Air Taxi Flights

Ticket to Ride German startup Volocopter just announced that it’s taking reservations for electric air taxi rides on board its VoloCity aircraft. Tickets for the “VoloFirst” experience go for 300 euros (about $350) and can be reserved with a ten percent deposit. You’ll have to be quick: the company only made 1000 presale tickets available. A Long Wait You’ll also …

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Giant Magellan Telescope Gets Fast Tracked By National Science Foundation

The Giant Magellan Telescope has gotten $17.5 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to accelerate the prototyping and testing of some of the most powerful optical and infrared technologies ever engineered. The Giant Magellan Telescope will be three times the size of any ground-based optical telescope built to date. The GMT and the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) are a …

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Possible biosignature detected on Venus

    14th September 2020 Possible biosignature detected on Venus The detection of phosphine in the clouds of Venus is reported by astronomers using both the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile and the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in Hawaii. This may indicate a biosignature.   Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser/L. Calçada & NASA/JPL/Caltech   An international team of astronomers today …