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Boeing Wants To Beat Elon Musk on the Way to Mars

It is obvious now that the race to Mars is on, and Boeing’s CEO seems to believe that the megarocket his company is helping to build for NASA will deliver astronauts to the Red Planet before billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Boeing is the main contractor for the first stage of NASA’s giant Space Launch System , which is designed to launch astronauts on deep-space missions using the space agency’s new Orion spacecraft. (United Launch Alliance, Orbital ATK and Aerojet Rocketdyne are also SLS contractors.) NASA hopes to build a “Deep Space Gateway” near the moon before using SLS and Orion vehicles to send explorers to Mars. The

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Entertainment, News, Space and Science, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

BBC striving to bring VR to the mainstream via new studio

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has announced ambitious plans to expand the scope of their VR content production. The broadcaster says that it has now formed a studio dedicated to virtual reality, enabling it to build upon its previous VR content. The BBC’s previous VR efforts have included We Wait, addressing the global refugee crisis; The Turning Forest, a fairy tale based in a magical forest; and Trafficked, a 360-degree documentary regarding human trafficking in Mexico. Concomitant with this week’s announcement was the wide release of A VR Spacewalk, an experience based on NASA and European Space agency training programs. While A VR Spacewalk had

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Artificial Intelligence, Business, News, Space and Science, Technology Security

Elon Musk: AI Has to be Regulated by Law

Tech executive and billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk took to Twitter Sunday night to say the future potential of robots could be unexpected and potentially very scary and that the lawmakers need to regulate artificial intelligence. In response to a Twitter post of a humanoid robot made by Boston Robotics jumping up on raised surfaces with the caption,that Alex Medina, who does brand design for Vox Media published with the words “we dead,” Musk responded with a warning: “This is nothing. In a few years, that bot will move so fast you’ll need a strobe light to see it. Sweet dreams…” In case you haven’t seen it, Atlas

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Vocktail is now turning your water into wine

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have designed an intelligent cocktail glass which is capable of tricking your senses into thinking that the water you’re drinking is actually whatever you want to drink in the moment. Whether it is tea, cola, wine or beer – this invention by Nimesha Ranasinghe could make it happen. The Vocktail, short for virtual cocktail, sits in a 3D-printed structure, which holds three scent cartridges and three micro airpumps. These release “smell molecules” that should change the drinker’s perception of the flavour of the beverage. For example, a lemon scent will be pumped out for a lemonade drink. On the rim of

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Airbus Coming Forward to a Pilotless Plane

According to Bloomberg, European multinational corporation Airbus is looking to construct both autonomous aircraft and technology that will allow a single pilot to operate commercial jetliners, helping cut costs for carriers. “The more disruptive approach is to say maybe we can reduce the crew needs for our future aircraft,” said chief technology officer Paul Eremenko. He added that they are pursuing single-pilot operation as a potential option and a lot of the technologies needed to make that happen has also put them on the path towards unpiloted operation. “We are increasingly shifting our focus towards these kinds of innovative concepts, in particular for the development

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Ford and EKSO Partners Up creating bionic people functions

Robots have replaced many U.S. manufacturing workers, but new mechanical exoskeletons being tested by Ford Motor Co (F.N) may help factory workers to function like bionic people, reducing the physical damage of millions of repetitive tasks over many years. The company announced this week that some of its workers are currently testing out a new wearable technology called EksoVest, that essentially allows factory workers to function like bionic people. The vest, which was designed by California-based Ekso Bionics (EKSO), acts as an upper-body support system to help workers increase productivity and reduce fatigue when completing overhead tasks on the job. “Collaboratively working with Ford enabled

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Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Samsung, Space and Science, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Wearables

SyncThink Updates Their Eye-Sync Headset For Offline Compatibility

Virtual reality is seemingly constantly up in the news for surprising utilizations outside of gaming, and today’s story on the Eye-Sync headset is no different. The Eye-Sync headset comes from the business SyncThink, which focuses on eye-tracking technology to supplement existing VR implementations. Eye-tracking isn’t a new concept to the world of virtual reality: businesses like Tobii and FOVE have been known for quite a while for working on eye-tracking tech, but usually for gaming implementations. With the introduction of the Eye-Sync, however, eye-tracking has taken a decidedly different direction: the diagnosis of head injury, particularly concussion. Those who have undergone head trauma and suffered

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Virtual Reality Is Making Waves In Healthcare

As VR’s influence continues to be felt across all industries, its rise to prominence in healthcare could be seen by many as a foregone conclusion. After all, medical and scientific fields have long been fans of the latest, greatest computing technologies, especially for working with advanced sets of data. Virtual Reality has two particular applications in healthcare: treatment and training. In the context of treatment, Virtual Reality is being used to relieve pain, to assist in treatments for Parkinson’s, and even to help people work through anxiety and PTSD. Virtual Reality is particularly effective for psychologists who want to have an easier time guiding their

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Nvidia Finally Announced its VR Platform Holodeck

Nvidia announced this week that it has opened early access to Nvidia Holodeck, its intelligent virtual reality platform, for select designers and developers. Nvidia Holodeck brings designers, developers and their customers together from anywhere in the world to discover, build and explore creations in a highly realistic, collaborative and physically simulated VR environment. The platform’s immersive, photoreal experience drives creativity, provides a faster and more accurate understanding of a scene or model, streamlines the review process and reduces the need for physical prototyping. Because of its realistic graphics, accurate real-world physics and multi-user collaboration, Holodeck is already used as a powerful design lab for AI agents

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SpaceX Successfully Launches Another Rocket

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. successfully launched another reused rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida as it continues its mission to drive down flight costs through refurbishment and reusability. This Falcon 9 booster was first used for a cargo mission to the International Space Station in February. This marks SpaceX’s 18th rocket landing in the company’s history. The launch carried a high-powered communications satellite for customers EchoStar Corp. and SES SA to geostationary transfer orbit. The company’s main goal is to make spaceflight more accessible through reusability, bringing rockets back to Earth after multiple launches, refurbishing them and then launching again. SpaceX is

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Gaming, News, Space and Science

VR Astronaut Training Exists Now. What’s Going On?

This story of VR astronaut training begins, like many others, on Reddit. On February 26th, 2015, the developers of the indie VR title Earthlight unveiled the first prominent screenshots of their game, which blew away audiences due to sheer attention to detail. Overnight, the post became a sensation, and although we didn’t know it yet, the poster woke up the following morning to Reddit PMs from NASA laboratories. To the sufficiently well-versed in U.S. federal agencies, this shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. Primitive Virtual Reality has been used by the U.S. Military and NASA for literal decades. While the earliest forms of their simulations were,

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See the Highlights of White House Science Fairs

Not long after moving into the Oval office, President Barrack Hussein Obama and his wife Michelle started to change the White House conventions. While the First Lady dedicated what will become an eight year campaign against obesity and fight for better education, the POTUS (President of the United States) pushed for a healthcare reform, and thanks to a series of good and some bad moves (not discussing foreign policy here), U.S. economy is doing better than ever. Still, what both Mr. and Mrs. Obama wanted was to elevate STEM initiatives above all. As Mr. Obama said, “If a NFL football team wins the championship, and receives an invite to the

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Auto, Companies, Gaming, Hardware, Nvidia, Space and Science, VR World

The NVIDIA DRIVE PX Gets ATTT Award of Excellence

The NVIDIA PX autonomous car development platform recently received the Award of Excellence in the Autonomous Driving/AI division. The accolades were handed earlier this week at the 7th Automotive Telecommunication Technology Tokyo exhibition, marking another achievement. It also showcases how the car industry is taking bigger and bigger steps towards autonomous driving. The award is the latest recognition of the key role GPUs – and the AI renaissance sparked by GPU-powered deep learning techniques – are playing as automakers race to offer more sophisticated capabilities. “With NVIDIA’s chips coming into the car industry, autonomous driving has suddenly become a reality,” said Takeshi Natsuno, head of the awards committee

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Analysis, Business, energy, Global Politics, Space and Science, VR World

Report: Economic Growth with Green Environment is Possible

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) – the largest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions – stayed flat for the second year in a row, according to analysis of preliminary data for 2015 released today by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA report is great news for the planet, giving us hope that economic growth is possible without damage to our natural habitat. It however, showcases how well can we adapt if we put our money, effort and trust into new technologies/systems overall. “The new figures confirm last year’s surprising but welcome news: we now have seen two straight years of greenhouse gas emissions decoupling from economic growth,”

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CSIRO Uses Dell Supercomputer to Help Combat Post-Childbirth Complications in Women

After being named as the 2016 most ethical company in the world a few weeks ago, Dell is on point with yet another human enlightenment project. The company is teaming up with The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency, to help combat post-childbirth complications in women now. Dell will deliver the newest high performance computing cluster (HPC), named Pearcey. The Pearcey cluster supports CSIRO research activities in a broad range of areas such as Bioinformatics, Fluid Dynamics and Materials Science. One of these areas is part of helping combat post-childbirth complications, ensuring women get a better chance of avoiding post-birth related surgeries. One CSIRO

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HRL’s 3D Printed Ceramic could Change Everything

 3D printing is slowly, but certainly becoming an evolution or even a revolution of manufacturing. Every week we receive news pitches from companies claiming they’re the next big thing in the world of 3D printing, but there are innovations which are really making you think we’re changing for the better. From 3D printed vertebrae and skin in medicine to airplanes and rockets, 3D printing or ‘additive manufacturing’ is becoming an everyday reality for mission critical tasks. One company known for its innovation since inception – Hughes Research Laboratories (known today as HRL Laboratories, LLC – a joint-venture of General Motors and Boeing) just announced a technological breakthrough in

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VIDEO: Elon Musk Speech at the Climate Conference in Paris

Elon Musk, serial entrepreneur and hands-on executive for his disruptive businesses, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and Solar City gave a short, but sweet speech during the 21st Climate Change conference, which takes place in Paris, France. There’s no denying that humans are impacting the environment, but even if that could be argued, one cannot argue that we as a society have to become more efficient. Just as tractors replaced horses and oxes in the fields, and those replaced human labor, we need to look beyond the tractor to increase efficiency and consequentially, productivity of the said piece of land. Instead of giving you a long article filled

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ORNL Showcases Life-like 3D Printed Shelby AC Cobra

At the 2015 Conférence des Nations Unies sur les Changements Climatiques (UN Conference on Climate Change), which takes place in Paris, France, manufacturing division of Oak Ridge National Laboratories presented what they believe is a watershed moment for the future of manufacturing. ORNL Manufacturing demonstrated a 3D printed version of legendary Shelby AC Cobra, printed using an all-metal process. The organization used several different printers to achieve a life like look and feel. By polishing the metal, they ended with the same ‘experience’ as a conventionally manufactured sheet metal would look like. Leather seats were not 3D printed though, but pretty much everything else was.

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New SpaceX Dragon Capsule Looks Like Star Trek

Hot on the heels of Boeing unveiling its human transport capsule dubbed CST-100 Starliner, SpaceX unveiled its final take on the Crew Dragon capsule, which is scheduled to take first manned flights in 2017, in what will be return of United States of America to spacefaring nations, something the country wasn’t able to do since they retired the venerable Space Shuttle. In the video below, you can see the bespoke Dragon capsule, which can transport up to five people the the ISS, and what SpaceX hopes to be one of first steps to move us from LEO (Lower Earth Orbit) to other planets, especially Mars:

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Croatian Doctors Insert the World’s First 3D Printed Acrylic Vertebrae

3D printing or Additive Manufacturing is slowly, but certainly changing the world for the better, and shortening the time-to-market. In the world of medicine, shortening that ‘time to market’ literally means saving lives. There are numerous theoretical examples where 3D printing could save lives, and we have now witnessed  three surgeries where the technology moved patients from their death beds to recovery rooms and regular life. Only over the past 12 months, we started to see doctors using 3D printed vertebrae to help their patients. First two operations happened in China, on two separate patients. A 12-year old was operated in August 2014,  while a 21-year old cancer patient was operated

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