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Tech giants working on world-wide direct satellite internet

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Tech giants are attempting at transmitting Internet signals to remote parts of the world using aircraft deployed in atmospheric space. The course of action could draw upon drones, satellites, high-altitude balloons, blimps or other flying machines. With this end in sight, Google acquired Titan Aerospace this week, a maker of solar-powered drones. Titan’s... 

Meet Google’s Ara futuristic modular Android smartphone

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Google is working on a modular Android smartphone, which enables users to upgrade the device themselves and promises a lengthy lifespan. Dubbed Project Ara, the hardware is the brainchild of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP). The device is meant as an infinitely customizable phone, for which people could shop around for additional... 

‘Anti-radiation belt’ developed by Israeli firm for nuclear emergencies

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The radiation belt is a new line of defense in nuclear emergencies An Israeli company called Stemrad has developed a body belt that protects people from the worst effects of gamma radiation. Called the Stemrad 360 Gamma, the belt could be a lifesaver for the emergency services in a nuclear accident. Oren Milstein, the co-founder of Stemrad, says it’s partially... 

Tokyo student invents levitation in 3D space

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A Tokyo student along with fellow researchers has managed to float objects in a 3D space, using ultrasound. Yoichi Ochiai, a University of Tokyo graduate, together with Takayuki Hoshi and Jun Rekimoto, have found out the way to levitate light objects and move them around in a 3D space. Even though ultrasound levitation has been possible for nearly 40 years,... 

​DARPA project seeks hive mind for drones

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The Pentagon’s research arm is launching a program to unite existing and future drones into hives, where individual autonomous aircraft will share data and operate together against targets on a battlefield – all while being controlled by one human. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently announced that, on April 11, it will hold a... 

‘StratoBus’ drone-satellite hybrid to provide new level of surveillance

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A new project of an autonomous airship – a hybrid between a drone and a satellite – has been developed in France. The ‘StratoBus’ dirigible drone will be able to carry out long endurance observation operating at an altitude of about 20 kilometers. The new breed of autonomous zeppelin has a mission of “observation, security, telecommunications,... 

3D printing used to reconstruct man’s face in groundbreaking surgery

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For what appears to be the first time in history doctors were able to use 3D printing technology during a facial reconstruction surgery to help a British man who survived a motorcycle accident but walked away traumatized and disfigured. Stephen Power of Cardiff, Wales was hospitalized for four months after he endured multiple injuries in a 2012 accident. He... 

MWC 2014: Nokia launches Androids, Samsung Galaxy S5

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Nokia announced today its first Android series phones at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Their new Android 4.4.2 KitKat series are entry level phones and Nokia’s Stephen Elop clearly said that their top high-end devices will always remain the Lumia Windows Phone series. Nokia did not launch only one Android phone but 3! Nokia X,... 

Hundreds of tiny satellites could soon deliver free internet worldwide

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The Small Satellite Orbital Deployer, deploys a set of NanoRacks CubeSats. Developers say they are less than a year away from deploying prototype satellites that could someday soon broadcast free and universal internet all over the globe from high in orbit. The “Outernet” project being bankrolled by the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) of New York... 

US Federal law proposes ‘kill switches’ for smartphones

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The ability to remotely wipe your data has been available on smartphones for quite some time now, however, a new proposed law would make this technology mandatory on all new cell phones if it’s passed. In fact, the new proposed law takes it a step further by calling for ‘kill switches’ on all smartphones, so users can not only remotely wipe... 

Cheap self-organizing Robots with Termite logic build complex structures

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Harvard ‘brainiacs’ are at it again. Inspired by termites, they have realized their dream of cheap, expendable, self-organizing robots – a construction crew building complex structures at a quick pace, and completely independent of leadership. The possibilities are vast. The machines can be made to build any three-dimensional structure on their own and... 

Russian scientists develop stealth technology for submarines

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Anti sonar coating for submarines that will allow them to become virtually invisible during combat service is being developed in St. Petersburg. In fact, we are talking about application of stealth technology in the submarine fleet. While the development of Russian scientists is unique, in fairness it should be noted that this was conceived by the Third Reich... 

​New syringe can seal gunshot wounds in 15 seconds

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A new battlefield lifesaver in the form of a syringe can seal a gunshot wound in just seconds. Supporters hope the ‘XStat’ will replace gauze, which army medics have used to treat life threatening war injuries for centuries. The device was designed by US company RevMedx, which claims the apparatus can stop a wound from bleeding in just 15 seconds. The XStat... 

Billion-pixel Gaia telescope takes its first picture

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First light: The young star cluster NGC1818 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, taken as part of calibration and testing before the science phase of the Gaia telescope mission begins. Europe’s billion-star surveyor Gaia is slowly being brought into focus as it begins its mission to create the most accurate map of the Milky Way begins. Launched in December, the... 

Scientists develop most precise atomic clock

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The most precise experimental atomic clock has been developed in the United States that neither loses nor gains a second in five billion years. The newly created experimental strontium clock has set new world records for both precision and stability, the researchers claim. The finding was achieved by a team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards... 
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