Developed by the Norwegian company Elpedal, the Podbike has pedals, but are directly connected to a generator. As the pilot pedals, the power they generate is electrically transferred to a pair of hub engines, one on each of the rear wheels. A removable battery pack adds some extra power, which enables a maximum electronically limited speed of 25 km / h (16 mph). The range of the battery is approximately 60 km (37 miles), although additional packages can be added in parallel to increase that figure. That said, adding more batteries will increase the weight, which is meant to be in the environment of 40 to 50 kg (88 to 110 lb) with a single battery. Currently, the Podbike exists as a prototype rolling chassis. The final product will also include a complete thermoplastic cover for better aerodynamics and weather protection, along with a full LED lighting system, and can accommodate an adult plus a child (or other load) on the back. It should even be possible to tilt the vehicle up on its backside, so it takes up less space when parking. Plans for the first full test units to be ready early next year, with a Norwegian launch that takes place in early 2019, and a European release planned for 2020. The price is estimated at NOK 50,000 (around of US $ 6,143) in Norway - including VAT and local sales tax, and € 4,600 ($ 5,361) plus taxes and shipping in other European markets.
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Toshiba creates a battery: for cars that offers 320km of autonomy in 6 minutes of charge. One of the biggest problems of electric cars could be history thanks to a new Toshiba battery. The Japanese company has just presented a battery for electric cars that in only 6 minutes of loading offers 320 kilometers of use. The new generation of Toshiba car batteries, based on Ion-Lithium, is focused on changing one of the most well-known drawbacks of electric cars, charging times. Although companies like Tesla have managed to improve the speed of charge of their batteries, it still takes about an hour to have most of the battery charged. Depending on the type of electric car or even the type of battery that is selected, these vehicles could take several hours to charge. This is not an option for most people who come from a combustion car. Suzuki Solio Hybrid, one of the few electric cars that uses Toshiba batteries. Photo: Suzuki Motors. The new Toshiba battery offers high energy density and reduced charge time due to the use of titanium oxide doped with niobium. This element is also used in solar panels or even in superconducting images, such as those used in particle accelerators. After 5,000 charge / discharge cycles it maintains 90% of its original capacity. The battery is not yet in production, has been tested a prototype with a capacity of 50Ah, hence has extrapolated the results to what may be the future of this technology charging. Perhaps one of the most important details for the future of this battery is that after 5,000 charge / discharge cycles, it maintains 90% of its original capacity. This will result in an electric car would not have to change battery after a few years of use, even end up with rental programs. Toshiba hopes to start mass-producing this battery in 2019. For now only the electric cars of Suzuki and Mitsubishi use their batteries, also some brands of buses. Toshiba faces companies like Panasonic, associated with Tesla, which is nowadays one of the most important vehicle companies in the world.
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Toyota Corolla 2018 and 2019: renovated new electronic systems LED lights and lots of technology. Toyota renewed the Corolla The changes of the model are varied and begin with aesthetics, the first thing that draws attention in the images. The most important innovations are in the front, sector that received brand new grill, bumpers and optics, which can count on LED lights. The exterior renovation is completed with new rear lights, with LED lights and a chrome plated, and with the new alloy wheels with 17 inches and diamonds in some versions. Sports style called XRS, which had been available in the previous generation. It differs from the rest of the range by the presence of front, side and rear skirts, as well as a rear spoiler and a chrome exhaust. The 1.8-liter VVT-i twin-engine engine with 139 hp and 174 Nm of torque, which is currently sold locally at 140 hp, in addition to the 2.0 VVT-i dual with 143 hp and 190 Nm. On the other hand, the gearboxes are the two known: manual with six gears and automatic CVT with seven speeds. The Corolla is also evolved in the interior, where it has a new multimedia center with 7 "screen similar to the Hilux and SW4, brand new automatic climate control of one or two zones, renewed instrument panel and new shaped side air vents circular. The mechanics also includes a new calibration of the front and rear shock absorbers and a clearance of the body from the ground that has been increased by 5 millimeters. The Corolla 2018 is also notable for having incorporated electronic stability and traction control systems, which are present in all versions, which also have help on slopes and seven front airbags, side curtain and driver knees . #ToyotaCorolla #Toyota #Corolla #TRD #Abantech #buzzfeedcanada #AE86 #wheels #Uber #ToyotaTop10 #TampaBay #Tampa #ToyotaCorolla2018 #ToyotaCorolla2019
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Taiwan Tao Zhu Yin Yuan: Building that reduces excess carbon dioxide by feeding on it. The city where it is rising is Taipei, in the XinYin district, and the tower is called Tao Zhu Yin Yuan. The building, in fact, will end up being rather low, with about 92 meters of height, especially considering that shares city with one of the highest of the world, the tower Taipei 101 of about 508 meters of height. But what makes the building special is its design and structure, given that in addition to presenting a helical design between the walls and floors of its 40 apartments will house some 23,000 trees and shrubs. These plants will be the ones that do the cleaning function that is planned, that is, the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. In Business Insider talk with Callebut and detail that the double-helix design is inspired by a DNA strand is a double helix and it is estimated that the plants will absorb 130 tons of carbon dioxide a year, which according to the architect is equivalent to 27 Cars. As for the design and arrangement of elements, the building will have glazed floors and there will also be plants inside the tower, as well as swimming pool and gymnasium and multi-level underground parking. In addition, as explained in CTBUH will integrate a rainwater recycling system, energy-efficient lifts, solar panels and a system that according to the climate can save energy. This initiative is novel, but not the only one in terms of buildings that eat pollution. A few months ago we talked about a building that did not resort to plants to eat the smog, but to the materials themselves. Thus, the facade of 9,000 meters of the Palazzo Italia is made of a mixture of cement and titanium dioxide that on contact with the light captures the different nitrogen oxides in the air resulting in a type of salt that is isolated on the surface and when it rains it dissolves. Regarding the tower Tao Zhu Yin Yuan, the date of completion of the moment remains unchanged and the plan is to see this tower completed in September of this year. We do not know if it will be possible to reduce the concentration of carbon dioxide up to that point, but the initiative is at least an extra dose of oxygen and without requiring the latest technologies or depending on their efficiency. #Taiwan #TaoZhuYInYuan #Pollution #HelicalDesign #AbanTech #architecture #ecology #nature #TaiwanTaoZhuYinYuan #Taipei #design #structure #technolog #GlazedFloors #SwimmingPool #gym #UndergroundParking #SolarPanels #EnergySavingSystem #building #OxidesNitrogen
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ATV Shaman: Russian mastodon 8x8 has everything you need to drive in the most severe conditions. The simply known as ATV Shaman is designed to be driven in the most severe conditions, both meteorological and terrain, where it even has the ability to float and move in the water. Of course, due to its capabilities, size and weight, it is not intended to be used on a city's streets, so you will not be able to walk in it when you leave the house. The Shaman ATV has dimensions of 5.7 meters long, 2 meters wide and 1.9 meters high, making it considerably larger than a Chevrolet Suburban 4X4. It has eight wheels equipped with low pressure tires, each independent in both suspension and movement. One of its strengths is that each wheel can rotate in opposite directions allowing a turning radius of just 7.6 meters. It has several driving modes like 'Crab' and 'Thruster', the latter being the one that gives it the ability to become a watercraft. While in the water, the four rear wheels are the ones that propel the vehicle forward and the four front ones give the direction, in this way also it is supported in a propeller screw that increases the speed of displacement, a additive that is sold separately . The maximum speed of the Shaman ATV on land is 70 km / h, while in the water it travels at 2 km / h or 7 km / h if we have the propeller. The lower part of the vehicle has a hermetically sealed frame that makes it able to face the water without fear, besides that it allows it to float. In case the water enters the cabin we can lean on a pump that will draw the water at a speed of up to 200 liters per minute. ATV Sherman has a 146 hp diesel engine with a tank with capacity for 261 liters, which will give us a performance of up to 650 kilometers. #ATVShaman #SUV #Russia #Vehicles #AbanTech #technology #Innovation #tech #RussianMastodon8x8 #SevereConditions #WaterVehicle #ShamanVehicle #design #WeatherConditions #AbilityFloat #velocity #displacement #Earth #Water #vehicle #DieselEngine #car #Radio #telecommunications #AirConditioner #GPS
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NASA delays Launch of $ 8.8 Billion James Webb Space Telescope to 2019. The successor to NASA's famed Hubble Space Telescope will not get off the ground next year after all. NASA has pushed the planned launch of the $ 8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope from October 2018 to the spring of 2019, citing spacecraft-integration issues. "The change in launch timing is not indicative of hardware or technical performance concerns," Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate at the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C., said in a statement. "Rather, the integration of the various spacecraft elements is taking longer than expected." Such spacecraft is outfitted with a tennis-court-size sunshield to keep the scope in permanent Shadow (The sunshield will launch in a compact configuration, then unfurl to its full size in space.) Testing of the telescope and science instruments is proceeding well at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, agency officials said. bus and sunshield, at a Northrop Grumman facility in Redondo Beach, California, has experienced delays, they added. "Webb's spacecraft and sunshield are larger and more complex than most spacecraft." The combination of some integration activities taking longer than initially planned, such as the installation of more than 100 sunshield membrane release devices, factoring in lessons learned from earlier testing, spans for vibration testing, has meant the integration and testing process is just taking longer, "said Eric Smith, James Webb Space Telescope program director at NASA headquarters, in the same statement. "Considering the investment NASA has made, and the good performance to date, we want to proceed very systematically through these tests to be ready for a spring 2019 launch." James Webb will lift off atop Ariane 5 rocket from the European spaceport near Kourou , in French Guiana. The telescope will eventually make its way to the sun-Earth Lagrange point 2, a gravitationally stable spot about 930,000 miles (1.5 million kilometers) from our planet. Unlike the Earth-orbiting Hubble, James Webb will therefore be too distant for spacewalking astronauts to service and repair.
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Forest city: China is building the first "forest city" of 40,000 trees to combat air pollution. The country has been leading the way in "green living" in recent years, with the government announcing that it had completed the construction of the world's largest floating solar farm. Now, in an attempt to curb the production of toxic gases, the country continues to pave the way so to speak) with the construction of one of the first forest cities in the world. Designed by Stefano Boeri, which you might remember also designed two "vertical skyscraper forests", the city is currently being built in Liuzhou, Guangxi province. Once completed, the new city will receive 30,000 people and, thanks to the abundance of trees and plants, will absorb almost 10,000 tons of CO2, 57 tons of pollutants per year and produce approximately 900 tons of oxygen per year. The city will reach these figures quite impressive thanks to approximately one million plants of more than 100 species, as well as 40,000 trees planted in facades on almost every imaginable surface. The new Liuzhou Forest City will connect to the existing Liuzhou through a series of services of fast train and electric cars; There will also be several schools and two hospitals. There are also plans to make the city self-sustainable in terms of power, thanks to geothermal and solar energy resources. #Forestcity #ForestcityChina #greenliving #verticalskyscraperforests #Abantech #LiuzhouForestcity
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Modular domes: low cost "DIY" houses for nature lovers. It is about hemispheres or domes (dome in English), and it is the same as the company it has come up with. The idea: that they be simple construction and transport modules, that can be expanded and structured to the user's liking and that are also energy efficient. The building materials are mainly metal, wood and polycarbonate. There are different models according to the environment that we choose and the design that we like more, but the basic structure consists of a base of 24.9 square meters per module (about 6 meters in diameter) based on galvanized steel, a wooden structure ( Resistant) and transparent or opaque modules (made of thermoformed polycarbonate or PMMA with a layer of mineral wool or aluminum) 23 mm thick and resistant to ultraviolet radiation. Modules of one type or another can be combined at the whim of the future inhabitant, so that the dome is to a greater or lesser extent a window to the exterior, in addition to comply with the European insulation standard (SIST EN 13162) and be safe before A fire, according to explain in the web of the project. And the base also serves as a gardener, being able to plant plants, and to collect water from the rain. At the moment there are four types of Smartdome: Skydome (with some elevation), Aquadome (for waterways), Treedome (incorporating vegetation) and Snowdome (for colder environments in which it snows or snow). In fact the company aims to lead the production of thermal houses in environments such as the Alps, something that would certainly test thermal insulation. With respect to energy efficiency, Željko Hočevar (from Smartdome) explains in Inhabitat that technical efficiency is combined with not having an impact on the environment, as well as taking advantage of resources (such as rainwater). The energy aspect lies in the materials, since the insulation helps to reduce the energy consumption (as they point). #ModularDomes #Abantech #ModularDomesDIY
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Scientists in Argentina have found the remains of a giant carnivorous marine reptile, or plesiosaur, that lived 150 million years ago in Antarctica. The four-finned reptile, which measured up to 12m long, dates from the late Jurassic period and is the most ancient creature ever discovered on the continent. Soledad Cavalli, a paleontologist at Argentina's National Scientific and Technical Research Council, said: "At this site, you can find a great diversity of fish, ammonites, some bivalves, but we did not expect to find such an ancient plesiosaur." The "surprising" discovery has never been documented, according to a statement from the National University of La Matanza, near Buenos Aires. "The discovery is pretty extraordinary, because the rock types at the site weren't thought conducive to the preservation of bones, like the vertebrae of this marine reptile," Cavalli said. The discovery site was a two-hour helicopter journey from Argentina's Marambio Base on the tip of Antarctica, with the researchers set to continue their work in January, during the southern hemisphere's summer. Marcelo Reguero of the Argentine Antarctic Institute (IAA) added that Antarctica was at the time part of the Gondwana continent, which also included Australia, New Zealand, India, Madagascar, Africa and South America, before continental drift pushed them apart.
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LiFi: The new Internet connection, safer networks and dizzying speeds. LiFi is the latest commercial name of an optical communications technology that has been investigating for more than 100 years and consists of transmitting data at frequencies between 400 and 800 THz. It aims to be able to transmit information with conventional lighting elements such as light bulbs and LEDs at the same time as it illuminates, or not, a room, and adding only a few cheap and easy to manufacture elements to the current bulbs. It requires a modulator in the transmitting part that will turn off and on the light source very quickly imperceptibly for the users, thus creating the zeros and binaries, and a photodiode in the reception part, for example in the mobile, tablet or laptop Which picks up the changes of light and passes them back to the electric domain. The first versions used fluorescent lamps that reached speeds of a few Kbps. Later LEDs were started, capable of being turned off and on faster, with more power, multiplying the final speeds. In 2011 Professor Harald Haas of the University of Edinburgh showed the first device he called LiFi transmitting at 10 Mbps. Later he began to speculate with speeds of up to 500 Mbps and later the Fraunhofer Institute of Berlin showed his advances indicating that they could reach 800 Mbps. Finally, the research continues with proposals that want to reach the 15 Gbps 1.88 GBps as they optimize the operation of both the sending and the receiving. #Bulbs #LiFi #wifi #Internet #IoT #tech #iphone #AbanTech #fotboltinet #Communications # MWC2017 #LiFi #LocalNetworks #evolution #technology #OpticalCommunications #LiFiNetworksSpeeds #LED #Modulator #home #connectivity #FraunhoferInstituteOfBerlin #BarcelonaCongress #HaraldBurchardt #PureLiFi #USB #LiFiXSystem #networking
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The lightweight LMX 161-H is an electric motorcycle styled after downhill bicycles, fusing elements from both worlds. Initially designed for extreme off-road use, the two-wheeler is now the subject of crowdfunding campaign in search of the resources required to homologate it for the street. Built in France by two young engineers, the LMX 161-H is described as an ultra-light electric freeride motorcycle. Built around an aluminum 6061 frame, it manages to cram 8 kW (10.7 hp) of power into a compact body that weighs in total just 42 kg (92.6 lb). The LMX bike is outfitted with mostly high-end mountain bike gear, such as RST Killah Coil RC front forks, a DNM RCP2 rear shock and TRP Zurich brakes with 203 mm rotors. Motorcycle parts, like the motocross-type footpegs and Domino hand controls, complete the build. Even the wheels are mixed; a 26-in downhill tire guides the front, while a 19-in motorcycle tire puts the power down at the rear through a chain and sprocket. The powertrain is an electric brushless DC motor with a Kelly controller, equipped with regenerative braking and fed by a compact 1.7 kWh (57 V / 30 Ah) Samsung battery. The combo is rated for 3 kW of continuous power, which is available by running the motor in Eco mode, but selecting the Boost mode will make a significant jump up to the peak of 8 kW. In both cases, the rider enjoys a steady 300 Nm (221.3 lb-ft) of torque, enough to tackle inclines up to 45 degrees, according to LMX.
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In an incredible finding, scientists have caught the rare frilled shark, which dates back 80 million years to the ‘age of the dinosaurs’ and is one of the oldest living species today. Scientists from the Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere captured the male fish while working on a project to minimise unwanted catches in commercial fishing. According to the researchers, the frilled shark measured 1.5 metres long, and was caught at a depth of 700 metres. It was captured at a depth of 2,300 feet off the resort of Portimao in Portugal. The prehistoric predator has a long, snake-like body and around 300 teeth. According to the scientists, the specie is “little known in terms of its biology or environment” because of the fact that it lives at depths that are rarely ventured to by humans. Speaking to Sic Noticias, Professor Margarida Castro, a researcher form the University of the Algarve explained that the shark gets its name from the frilled arrangement of its 300 teeth, 'which allows it to trap squid, fish and other sharks in sudden lunges'. These sharks are members of the some of the most ancient groups of sharks that are known for having extra grills, eyes on the side of their heads and spineless backfins. This isn't the first time that a frilled shark has been caught. Last December, a fisherman called Roman Fedortsov uploaded a picture to Twitter of a frilled shark he caught in Russia.
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Graphene amazing material and with a laser can now create objects in 3D. This is a great year for graphene researchers, who continue to identify amazing new applications for this material. And now, a new laser technique could help unlock the full potential for real-world application, using it to create 3D objects. Graphene is an impressively versatile material, with applications ranging from cancer detection to conducting electricity and creating smart sensors. However, for these applications to be practical in the real world, it is necessary for scientists to find a way to convert graphene to a three-dimensional shape. Researchers from Finland and Taiwan have discovered a way to "forge" graphene into three-dimensional objects, using a focused laser beam. As proof of concept, they showed how lasers could create a 3D pyramid of graphene. To achieve this result, a laser focuses on a point on a 2D graphene network, which radiates that part of the structure and causes it to swell. The 3D pyramid that the team created is only 60 nm high (small enough to fit into a single strand of human hair), but is still 200 times higher than a graphene sheet. "This changes the electronic and optical properties of graphene, opening up a new way of adapting them with a very simple method," Professor Mika Pettersson, who led the research team at the Nanoscience Center at Jyvaskyla University, told Digital Trends. "This changes how graphene devices can be designed and manufactured. As an important aspect, the properties can be adapted locally, but still maintain the integrity of the carbon network. Ultimately, the vision is to manufacture functional devices with the method of laser writing.
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One of the world’s most popular pickup trucks, the Hilux in its eighth iteration has been around since mid-2015, but already it’s getting a makeover in Thailand. Most of the changes have occurred at the front where the workhorse has received a hexagonal grille inspired by the U.S.-spec Tacoma, but not as large. The fog lights are also new for 2018 and are surrounded by C-shaped chrome pieces of trim hosted in a redesigned bumper featuring a revised configuration for the central air intake. Another novelty brought by the model year change is the addition of a “Rocco” trim level available exclusively in the double cab flavor, with a choice between 4x2 and 4x4. It comes with an assortment of black accents, body graphics, and 18-inch wheels wrapped around in all-terrain tires. Toyota will also throw in a sports bar and model-exclusive bed lining, while on the inside there’s going to be a black metallic trim to continue the exterior’s theme. Toyota hasn’t made any changes underneath the hood where the 2018 Hilux sold in Thailand is going to be available with the same turbodiesel 2.4-liter engine producing 150 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque or 253 lb-ft (343 Nm) depending on gearbox selection. The beefier 2.8-liter diesel ups the power ante to 177 hp and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) or 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) and there’s also a 2.7-liter gasoline unit rated at 166 hp and 181 lb-ft (245 Nm). It remains to be seen whether these mild styling updates will be implemented in the Hilux sold in Europe and other markets. Hopefully, the rugged “Rocco” version will have a broader availability as it’s giving the Hilux a more appealing look. Meanwhile, Toyota has admitted its toying around with the idea of giving its pickup truck a performance derivative to take on the likes of the Raptor, though a decision is still pending.
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Elon Musk has achieved what he promised: build the world's largest battery in 100 days to stabilize the energy of an entire region of southern Australia. Fruit of a bet, half a masterful movement of PR and marketing, half corporate social responsibility. Be that as it may, the Elon Musk company has completed the construction, assembly and commissioning of the largest lithium battery in the world with which it aims to provide clean energy to an entire region of Australia. The company has taken 100 days since the launch of the project in September, after Elon Musk committed in March via Twitter to build this battery in order to alleviate the problems of power supply in the Australian region, which was played the financing of the project. Now, with the battery built, the testing phase begins. It will last a few days to verify that it meets the technical requirements of the AEMO (a regional regulator) and the government of South Australia before its scheduled operation for the 1st of May. December of this same year. In the start-up project, together with Tesla, the French renewable energy company Neoen, the engineering contractor Consolidated Power Projects and the prime minister for southern Austria will participate. And it is that this battery will be Neoen's Hornsdale Wind Farm, a windmill farm in the region that will supply energy to the Tesla battery for storage. Anyway, Elon Musk and his electric company has achieved a new milestone: the largest battery in the world with which you want to stabilize the energy of an entire region of southern Australia.
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Ben Tippett: US scientist has developed model for viable time machine, Using math and physics. A US scientist has developed a mathematical model for a viable time machine - an advance that could bring stuff of popular science-fiction closer to reality. Using math and physics, Ben Tippett, from University of British Columbia in Canada, has created a formula that describes a method for time travel. In 1915, German scientist Albert Einstein announced his theory of general relativity, stating that gravitational fields are caused by distortions in the fabric of space and time. Using Einstein's theory, Tippett said that the curvature of space-time accounts for the curved orbits of the planets. In "flat" space-time, planets and stars would move in straight lines. In the vicinity of a massive star, space-time geometry becomes curved and the straight trajectories of nearby planets will follow the curvature and bend around star. "The time direction of the space-time surface also shows curvature. There is evidence showing the closer to a black hole we get, time moves slower," said Tippett. "My model of a time machine uses the curved space-time to bend time into a circle for the passengers, not in a straight line. That circle takes us back in time," he said. While it is possible to describe this type of time travel using a mathematical equation, Tippett doubts that anyone will ever build a machine to make it work. "HG Wells popularised the term 'time machine' and he left people with the thought that an explorer would need a 'machine or special box' to actually accomplish time travel," Tippett said. "While is it mathematically feasible, it is not yet possible to build a space-time machine because we need materials - which we call exotic matter - to bend space-time in these impossible ways, but they have yet to be discovered," he said. #BenTippett #timeMachine #Abantech #timemachine #timetravel #ProfessorWatts #9luglio2006 #throwback #Grok #MysticRambler #time #ITA #WC2006 #DJSTEVEBi #AlbertEinstein
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk noted on Twitter that Tesla’s solar team could indeed outfit Puerto Rico with power facilities that could be used to generate and store power reserves when the existing grid isn’t available, as it has been after the U.S. territory faced the devastation of hurricane Maria. Now, Tesla is showing that it’s making good on its promise of help, with significant progress being made on one solar generation/storage facility on the island. The facility in question will provide power to Children's Hospital, with a combination of solar cells and Tesla's Powerpack commercial energy storage batteries. That should mean it can not only generate power from the sun's rays in times of need, but also store up to be used to provide power around the clock and throughout varying weather conditions, even when the sun is not shining. Tesla noted on Twitter that this is just the “first of many solar+storage projects going live,” after the company discussed how it might help with Puerto Rico’s ongoing recovery efforts with PR Governor Ricardo Rossello following an exchange between the Governor and Musk on Twitter. Rossello and Puerto Rican Chief Innovation Officer Glorimar Ripoli proposed turning the territory into a flagship example of what Tesla’s solar technologies can do for the world. Tesla has also been shipping its home Powerwall battery storage units to the island for help restoring the grid, and Musk himself donated $250,000 of his personal money to support relief efforts. Tesla also postponed its electric semi truck reveal event to November in order to focus on helping establish facilities like this one in Puerto Rico.
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New work out of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) could help lower the barrier to entry for consumers, with a device that uses sunlight to produce both hydrogen and electricity. The UCLA device is a hybrid unit that combines a supercapacitor with a hydrogen fuel cell, and runs the whole shebang on solar power. Along with the usual positive and negative electrodes, the device has a third electrode that can either store energy electrically or use it to split water into its constituent hydrogen and oxygen atoms – a process called water electrolysis. To make the electrodes as efficient as possible, the team maximized the amount of surface area that comes into contact with water, right down to the nanoscale. That increases the amount of hydrogen the system can produce, as well as how much energy the supercapacitor can store. "People need fuel to run their vehicles and electricity to run their devices," says Richard Kaner, senior author of the study. "Now you can make both fuel and electricity with a single device." Hydrogen itself may be clean, but producing it on a commercial scale might not be. It's often created by converting natural gas, which not only results in a lot of carbon dioxide emissions but can be costly. Using renewable sources like solar can help solve both of those problems at once. And it helps that the UCLA device uses materials like nickel, iron and cobalt, which are much more abundant than the precious metals like platinum that are currently used to produce hydrogen. "Hydrogen is a great fuel for vehicles: It is the cleanest fuel known, it's cheap and it puts no pollutants into the air – just water," says Kaner. "And this could dramatically lower the cost of hydrogen cars." The new system could also help solve some of the infrastructure woes as well. Hydrogen vehicles can't really take off until consumers can easily find places to fill up, and while strides are being made in that department, with the UCLA device users can hook into the sun almost anywhere to produce their own fuel, which could be particularly handy for those living in rural or remote areas.
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China's 8.5-tonne Tiangong-1 space station, originally launched in 2011, has seen its orbit decay rapidly and is now expected to hit Earth in the coming months, The Guardian reported. Chinese officials told the UN in 2016 that they had lost the ability to correct the altitude of the station and expected it to fall to the ground between October 2017 and April 2018. But astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell of Harvard University told The Guardian which is now entering the atmosphere in a more even schedule faster, and probably see its disappearance in the first part of that range. Now that [its] perigee is below 300 kilometers [186 miles] and is in a denser atmosphere, the caries rate is increasing, "said McDowell." I hope it will be reduced in a few months from now, to late 2017 or early 2018. "He added that there is a small possibility that the station weighing up to 220 pounds (100 kilograms) could remain intact and hit the ground at high speed. Tiangong-1 is very small according to the standards of the space station, and can only accommodate a small crew of three taikonauts.Their main objective is to serve as a prototype for future generations of Chinese stations and support vessels.It is unlikely that scientists will have more than a few hours to face face on when and where Tiangong-1 will crash, but is unlikely to come down in a densely populated area where there would be appreciable probabilities of someone being injured or injured. rdian, on several occasions spacecraft such as the monstrously huge Skylab of the 77.5 tonne or the upper atmospheric research satellite have made uncontrolled descents towards Earth, but it has never been found that any of them have killed or injured anyone.
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Airbus on the way to fly its electric air taxi in 2018. Airbus is looking to put its flying taxi in the air next year, confirmed CityAirbus chief engineer Marius Bebesel this week. The timeline is under way after CityAirbus conducted successful ground testing of the electric power system it is using to power the vehicle through the air. The CityAirbus spacecraft is a vertical take-off and landing craft using a four-rotor design that could carry up to four passengers on short flights in dense urban areas, with the aim of connecting major transportation hubs, including train stations and airports. It is designed to be pilot operated at launch, but to finally transition into a fully autonomous vehicle once the technology captures. CNBC reports that Airbus is aiming to operate the craft along fixed and predetermined routes, with air speeds above about 80 mph. Traffic that can dramatically increase incoming travel times out of busy city points, which theoretically would also help alleviate congestion, will be skipped. Short jump flights are also an ideal application of electric battery technology as it is all that vehicles will be able to manage with fully electric power sources in the short term. In addition, the exchange of battery units or the freight of autonomous spring could help to make easier the manufacture of these vehicles totally auto-steering in the future.
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Australia: will build a solar farm with over 1.1 million batteries. Australia is raising its hand, and although it does not seek to compete in power generation, it will do so in storage capacity thanks to its more than 1.1 million batteries. Contrary to what many expected, this project is driven by private initiative and not by the government, which is run by Lyon Group, a company that is dedicated to the manufacture of batteries. This project has a budget of 1 billion dollars and is expected to start construction in the coming months. This farm will be located in Riverland, south of Australia, and the goal is to start operating by the end of the year. What makes this project important is that it will be the plant with the largest battery system in the world, which will be powered by 3.4 million solar panels. This will generate 330 MW of energy and store up to 100 MW, which in theory will be sufficient to supply energy to 100,000 average homes. This project comes at the same time as the Australian government is about to award a contract to manufacture a large battery, which would have a capacity of 100 MW, a project that would have a budget of 150 million dollars. However, the tender is still in progress without a definite date to announce the winning company. This is how Lyon Group has presented its project regardless of the outcome of the tender, because with this farm will be able to sell this energy to the government and obtain funding for future developments. #SolarEnergy, #Batteries #RenewableEnergy #AustraliaSolarFarm#RenewableEnergy #AbanTech #SolarPanels #Australia #Energy #project #LyonGroup #ManufactureBatteries #SolarFarm #BatterySystem #science #technology
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NASA will take the opportunity to launch some giant balloons during the Eclipse, NASA, in collaboration with researchers from Montana State University, will take the opportunity to launch some giant balloons during the event. Scientists are not sending balloons because they are super-powered by the eclipse, although they are (probably). These huge balloons are part of a project called the Eclipse Ballooning Project, and will be used to conduct various experiments, one of which could help researchers prepare for a mission to Mars. Of the total fleet of approximately 75 balloons, more than 30 of them will carry small samples of an extremely resistant strain of bacteria called Paenibacillus xerothermodurans more than 80,000 feet above Earth. Samples of P. xerothermodurans will be attached to fine aluminum "coupons" and attached to the outside of the balloons. According to researchers, the Earth's stratosphere is similar to the surface atmosphere on Mars, so it will be able to get an idea of how bacteria could behave there. "We have to be very careful not to bring bacteria or other terrestrial organisms to other planets," project leader Angela Des Jardins, director of the Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) told Gizmodo.
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Europe Artificial islands: this is how you want to make the most of the wind for energy. The creation of artificial islands is not very common but is not new, and we have seen different uses as the basis of gigantic bridges. This time the objective is to achieve a site dedicated to renewable energies, with the construction of artificial energy islands in northern Europe. Although Energinet communicates now, the project has already been made public by TenneT in June 2016. The idea is to connect Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Belgium with more than 10,000 turbines, and although in principle it is about an island Power Link does not rule out that there is more in the future, in fact specifies that the idea is that there are more participants in the project and that extends beyond the North Sea. Thus, one of the keys to the project is the location, the so-called Dogger Bank, which obviously has not been chosen at random. In addition to being geographically the most favorable point for the countries involved at the moment (and the proximity makes possible the wiring network, etc.), the wind conditions of this place are optimal according to the companies, besides there is not much Depth (greater depth, higher cost of construction). The goal is to reach 70,000-100,000 megawatts and the project will be signed on 23rd June in Brussels by these three companies with a long-term goal (in 2050): to meet the Paris Summit (COP21) requirements in the Which was agreed: Keep the average global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Limit the increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius (which is expected to greatly reduce the risks and impact of climate change). That the global emissions reach their maximum level as soon as possible. With this idea, beyond the business objectives, it is tried to take advantage of the wind with a view to that in the future there are more similar projects. Another idea that adds to the objectives of each country is to achieve both wind and solar energy and that we have mentioned for some time, such as the Netherlands and 100% of its trains running on wind energy , Denmark breaking records in this energy. #EuropeArtificialIslands #Abantech #Europe #USA #UK #news #France #EU #world #Russia #Turkey #Islam #ArtificialIslands #RenewableEnergies #planet #WW3 #PhD #oil #fellowship #Africa #windenergy #wef #trade #SolarImpulse
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Most of the plans for the Mars bases make being a settler as desirable as installing a house on a barrel of oil, but an MIT team has devised a plan for a city on Mars based on the architecture of a tree. Taking the first place in the Architecture section of the 2017 Mars City Design competition, the Redwood Forest concept is intended to provide settlers not only protection from the harsh Martian environment, but open public spaces filled with plants and abundant water. As Sir Elton John said, Mars is not the kind of place to raise your children. Although the Red Planet is the most habitable of the planets, apart from ours, in the Solar System, it remains a terribly hostile place. The night temperatures shame Antarctica, the air is only one hundredth of the pressure of the Earth and is composed mainly of carbon dioxide, the deadly UV radiation falls during the day and the cosmic rays are present 24/7. It is also dry to the point where the soil is composed of corrosive substances with very unpleasant properties. Due to these drawbacks, it is difficult to create designs for manned outposts that do not look like a collection of cans that make the Amundsen-Scott South Pole station look like a luxury resort. To break with this stereotype, the team of nine MIT students led by MIT postdoc Valentina Sumini and assistant professor Caitlin Mueller adopted an interdisciplinary approach that uses the location and architecture of the system, as well as the water collected from the polar ice caps. Martians to supply as habitats, for a design capable of hosting 10,000 inhabitants in the comfort of the sleeve-shirt.
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One of the greatest mysteries of modern physics is to find out why antimatter did not destroy the Universe at the beginning of time. In fact, it seems clear that during the Big Bang, the great explosion from which the Universe was born in which we live, was generated as much matter as antimatter. Both are identical, but with opposite electrical charges, which means that to maintain symmetry, matter and antimatter are destroyed at the moment of contact (one minus one equals zero). However, the mere fact that we are here means that in the beginning, in some way, matter could be imposed on antimatter and give shape to everything we can see today. To explain this discrepancy, physicists assume that there must be some difference somewhere between ordinary matter and its image in the mirror (antimatter), something other than simple electric charge, and that it is so subtle that we have not yet been able to see it. That is why a team of scientists at CERN, the great European laboratory for particle physics, has carried out the most precise measurement of the magnetic moment of an antiproton (the proton antiparticle) so far, a number that measures how a particle before a magnetic force, and have found that it is exactly the same as that of the proton. Which only adds to the mystery. All our observations, "says Christian Smorra, CERN physicist in the BASE experiment (Baryon-Antibaryon Symmetry Experiment), have found complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, and that is why the Universe should not exist." However, adds the frustrated researcher, "there must be an asymmetry somewhere, but we simply can not find where the difference lies." The Standard Model of Physics predicts that the Big Bang produced the same amount of matter as antimatter, but both, being opposites, should have annihilated each other in a few moments, which would have left nothing to make galaxies, stars, planets or humans. To try to explain the mystery, physicists have been trying for decades to find the differences between matter and antimatter, some discrepancy that explains how matter, as we can see around us, was able to dominate. To this end, extremely precise measurements of all types of properties of particles and antiparticles have been carried out: mass, electric charge. One of these properties, however, the magnetic moment of the antiproton, was not known with the same precision as the others. And ten years ago, Stefan Elmer and his team from the BASE experiment set out to measure that property with unprecedented accuracy. For this, physicists had to develop completely new techniques and calculations, and to build instruments that did not yet exist. Once prepared, they first measured the magnetic moment of a proton, then do the same with an antiproton, something much more difficult, since the antiprotons were destroyed immediately when they came in contact with any kind of matter in their environment. In order to be able to do the measurements, scientists had to first produce the longest-lived antimatter particles ever created in a laboratory, something they achieved in 2015. For the first time, indeed, they were able to "store" antimatter for a whole year within a special container, a "trap" made of electric and magnetic fields. This was how they managed to measure the magnetic moment of antiprotons with a precision 350 times higher than what has been achieved so far. "Our results," says Elmer himself, "are the culmination of many years of continuous research and development, and one of the most difficult measurements ever made with this type of instrument." But in the Universe, the great game of difference continues. And failing to seek differences in the magnetic moment, hopes are now set in another experiment, ALPHA, in which scientists will study the effects of gravity on antimatter and will try to find out if they differ in anything that has on ordinary matter. If so, the great mystery will be solved once and for all. If not, we will have to keep looking for the reason why antimatter did not destroy us right after the Big Bang.
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More interesting videos in: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_8ixgaKSRJTObhpbyo7ELw/videos #Abantech There is a story in the Hebrew Bible that tells of God’s call for the annihilation of the Canaanites, a people who lived in what are now Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Israel and the Palestinian territories thousands of years ago. “You shall not leave alive anything that breathes,” God said in the passage. “But you shall utterly destroy them.” But a genetic analysis published on Thursday has found that the ancient population survived that divine call for their extinction, and their descendants live in modern Lebanon. “We can see the present-day Lebanese can trace most of their ancestry to the Canaanites or a genetically equivalent population,” said Chris Tyler-Smith, a geneticist with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute who is an author of the paper. “They derive just over 90 percent of their ancestry from the Canaanites.” Dr. Tyler-Smith and an international team of geneticists and archaeologists recovered ancient DNA from bones belonging to five Canaanites retrieved from an excavation site in Sidon, Lebanon, that were 3,650 to 3,750 years old. The team then compared the ancient DNA with the genomes of 99 living people from Lebanon that the group had sequenced. It found that the modern Lebanese people shared about 93 percent of their ancestry with the Bronze Age Sidon samples. What we see is that since the Bronze Age, this ancestry, or the genetics of the people there, didn’t change much,” Dr. Haber said. “It changed a little, but it didn’t change much and that is what surprised me. At first the team was not sure if it would be able to retrieve DNA from the ancient skeletons, which were recovered from the hot and humid excavation site within the last 19 years. Dr. Haber had chosen more than two dozen bones from the site that looked promising and had them investigated for genetic material. It turned out that only five contained ancient DNA. All of those came from the petrous part of the temporal bone, which is the tough part of the skull behind the ear, from five different individuals. After extracting that DNA, the team members compared it with a database that contained genetic information from hundreds of human populations. They then further compared their results with the genomes of the modern-day Lebanese population sample, which revealed what happened to the ancient Canaanite population. “Genetics has the power to answer questions that historical records or archaeology are not able to answer,” Dr. Haber said. She said that the archaeologists had found about 160 burials to date at their excavation site, which is in the heart of modern Sidon. They include graves and burials where a person was placed in a large jar, and they date to between 1900 and 1550 B.C. The genetic results further support the archaeological findings. “We were delighted by the findings,” Dr. Doumet-Serhal said. “We are looking at the Canaanite society through 160 burials and at the same time uncovering a common past for all the people of Lebanon, whatever religion they belong to.”
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Effie says he will eliminate that heaviness of your personal tasks with a robot that has created and called him just like his company: Effie. The intelligent device can automatically finish the drying process to then iron and leave no wrinkles up to 12 pieces at a time. The 'robot' ironing will have a launch price of £ 699 (about US $ 918 in the US) And, in addition to promising to iron and dry, creators say it will remove bad odors through its flavoring capsules. One of the ways you can use your Effie is to give a final touch to your clothes before leaving home or to give a special ironing to your most delicate clothes. You only need to enter the piece into the Effie and, according to the company, the robot will take care of steaming and refreshing your favorite item. How does Effie work? Effie is a machine of the same height that a traditional shelf, with a rail that moves out and that has different slots to place several hooks with clothes. It has a capacity for 12 hooks that are specially designed for this machine and that allow different adjustments to hang clothes of various styles and sizes. When the garments have already been placed inside, whether shirts, t-shirts or pants, the machine generates a combination of steam and heat. At the same time, the Effie dryer system finishes eliminating all the wrinkles or marks that the fabric can bring. The device can work with materials such as cotton, silk, viscose, rayon, polyester or denim. Effie's minimalist design features only one control mechanism: a start button that sits at the top of the machine. However, you can communicate with a mobile application that will give you the status of the cycle you are in and the progress of the process. The application will also function as an online store that will allow you to purchase the flavoring capsules that give a special fragrance to the ironed clothes.
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Niu Electric Scooters: change the way we move around the big cities. In Niu have managed to make a small vehicle, but also introduced anti-theft technology inherited from the world of smartphones. Each of Niu's electric scooters is created with components in which there is basic communication, so that an operating system can know if one of its parts is missing or replaced, sending information to the cloud. The brand will know the change, also the user. Well it does LG and weighs little more than 8 kilos, so more or less we can consider it as transportable, also invites to have more than one. With the 2.4kW of capacity you can make up to 100 kilometers in the best conditions. There is a version Pro a more capable dude that extends the autonomy until the 120 kilometers. In terms of performance, the little more than 3CV of Bosch engine power give to move to NIU at 45 kilometers per hour. We have to take into account that the weight of the complete motorcycle is quite contained, about 60 kilos. Despite being raised as a smart device, the NIU Smart Scooter is also a low-cost product, or at least they are trying to make its price very competitive. We do not have very clear their intentions European, but we speak of 1,500 euros because that is the price that has been given for the Italian market. That is what would cost the base model or sport, for the Pro would ask for 2,000 euros. There is a newer and larger model called N1S Civic for which they will ask for 2,700 euros with a battery of 10 kilos and 80 kilometers of autonomy. That price encourages people to consider the motorcycle as a solution to traffic in large cities, and is that the biggest problem is in this type of short-distance travel of less than six km in which a motorcycle can meet guarantees. A car would take up too much space and cost a lot more. #ElectricMotor #ScooterElectricNiu #vehicles #technology #AbanTech #transportation #innovation #traffic #design #smartphones #LG #User #ProVersion #version #Engine Bosch #power #IntelligentDevice #autonomy #displacement #crowdfunding #project
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China Solar Power: doubled its capacity and is the largest producer in the world. According to the NEA, China closed 2016 with a photovoltaic capacity of 77.42 gigawatts, an increase of 34.54 gigawatts during the 12 months of last year. No doubt this is an impressive achievement, but we must bear in mind that we are talking about total capacity, something that may not sound so impressive if the relationship is made to the total population of the country. Today, photovoltaic solar energy represents only 1% of China's total energy production for China, while the renewable energy mix already occupies 11%, and plans to increase this to 20% % By 2030. For this, China will be investing $ 364 billion just for new renewable energy projects by 2020. Adding to this is the recent announcement that the Beijing government will reduce its use of coal by 30% by 2017, which has become a priority in the city in the face of alarming levels of pollution. To achieve this, four large coal-fired power plants will be closed down to be replaced by new solar farms this year, as well as new incentives for the sale of electric cars, as it is also contemplated to remove 300,000 old vehicles that contribute to the increase Of these levels. The reality is that China is betting very strongly to lead the adoption of clean energy, where despite the disadvantage of its large population, has large regions where it is feasible to install solar thermal and photovoltaic farms, as well as wind farms. #Energy #technology #SolarThermalFarms #AbanTech #photovoltaic #SolarEnergy #science #sun #EnvironmentalCare #pollution #CoalFired #PowerPlants #ElectricCars #CleanEnergy #WindFarms #GovernmentBeijing #CoalReduction #environment #ecology
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Zero Phone: is the 50-dollar Open Source mobile based on a Raspberry Pi Zero. A group of developers has created a project that allows to build a mobile phone from a Raspberry Pi Zero, the so-called ZeroPhone. The small plate is the mainstay of a device whose design and components follow the Open Source philosophy, and in addition to being very cheap $ 50 in components allows you to have more guarantees if you want to protect your privacy, and also offers support for development of specific applications for him. That made them decide to launch an idea: that of creating an Open Source mobile. From there was born ZeroPhone, which is based on a Raspberry Pi Zero to which are added a 2G modem (which can be replaced by a 3G), a WiFi chip, HDMI and audio output, a USB Host port, a numeric keypad And a small 1.3-inch screen. Some will wonder if it was not more interesting in the times that add other elements as larger screens and that were also tactile, as explained by those responsible for the project, there are certain hardware and time limitations. Yet the versatility of the Raspberry Pi opens the doors to derivative projects in which that option and others are available. The device can make calls and receive messages, also has the ability to run small applications written in Python may other languages ??are added in the future and that can be displayed on that screen monochrome OLED with a resolution of 128x64 pixels. #ZeroPhone #OpenSourceMobile #RaspberryPiZero #OpenSource #ZeroPhoneScreen
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MOXIE: NASA's device to make oxygen on Mars, MOXIE (Mars Oxigen In situ Experiment) is a device to produce oxygen in the same Martian atmosphere from carbon dioxide, which, as we have seen, is abundant (around 96%). With a power of 300 watts and a production rate of 10 grams per hour, the MOXIE collects CO2, compresses and submits an electrochemical process to more than 800 degrees to produce oxygen by electrolysis. The next NASA rover, the Mars 2020, will carry a small MOXIE to test the concept. It is a fundamental step to test the so-called "in situ resource utilization" technologies and will allow us to know the effect of the dreaded Martian dust on this type of devices. The news now is that NASA has decided to bet very strongly on these technologies. And if Mars 2020 gives good results, it already has designed MOXIEs up to 100 times bigger to begin to prepare the arrival to the red plant.
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For the first time in history, astronomers have observed an interstellar asteroid that has reached our solar system from outer space and does not look like anything known. The Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile, together with other observatories around the world, reveal that this unique object has traveled for millions of years through space until it crosses our path. It has no resemblance to any other known object and seems to be a rocky body or high dark metallic content, reddish and with an elongated shape. The mysterious asteroid, which has been named 1I / 2017 U1 ('Oumuamua, which means "explorer in Hawaiian"), was first sighted by the Pan-STARRS, the panoramic sounding telescope and rapid response system developed by the Institute of Astronomy of the University of Hawaii, on October 19. At first the astronomers thought that the object was a comet, but later it was reclassified as an asteroid. Initially it looked like a point of light in motion and scientists thought it could be a small conventional asteroid. However, the calculations of the orbit revealed that, unlike the other known asteroids and comets, this body has not originated inside the Solar System, but came from interstellar space. The Very Large was responsible for accurately measuring the orbit, brightness and color of the object, and thanks to the FORS instrument and four different filters, the team of astronomers discovered that the brightness of 'Oumuamua varies every 7 hours by a factor of ten when turning on its axis. "This unusually large variation in brightness means that the object is very long: about ten times longer than it is wide, with a complex and convoluted shape," explains Karen Meech, director of the research. "We also observed that it has a dark red color, similar to the objects in the external Solar System, and we confirm that it is completely inert, without the slightest trace of dust around it." These characteristics can indicate that the asteroid is dense, rocky or with high content of metal, without large amounts of ice or water and with a length of about 400 meters. According to orbital calculations, it could come from the vicinity of Vega, a bright star in the Lyra constellation, and it is thought that it would have traveled through the Milky Way for hundreds of millions of years before crossing into the Solar System. "We continue to observe this unique object," says Olivier Hainaut, ESO member. "We hope to determine more precisely where he is coming from and where he is going after his tour of the galaxy, and now that we have found the first interstellar rock, we are preparing for the next ones!"
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A planet in the distant K2-18 star system could be Earth’s scaled up version or Super Earth, according to a new study. The exoplanet, referred to as K2-18b, is located in a potentially habitable zone from its host star, which makes it a probable candidate for holding surface liquid water. Surface liquid water is an important element required for hosting any form of life. Based on the discoveries related K2-18b so far, it could be an exoplanet that may possibly host extraterrestrial life. That is not all, the team of researchers, from the University of Montreal in Canada and the University of Texas in the United States, who conducted the study with data from the European Southern Observatory, also discovered that the planet has a neighbor. Both exoplanets orbit K2-18, a red-dwarf star in the constellation Leo around 111 light years away. Next, the research team wanted to understand whether K2-18b was a rocky planet like Earth or a gassy one like Neptune. To do this, the scientists had to first analyze the exoplanet’s mass with the help of radial velocity measurements taken with the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher. The Harps tool measures the radial velocity of stars that is impacted by a planet’s presence. "If you can get the mass and radius, you can measure the bulk density of the planet and that can tell you what the bulk of the planet is made of," study lead author Ryan Cloutier said. The experts were able to understand that K2-18b is either primarily a planet, which is rocky and has a small gaseous atmosphere or watery with a thick top layer of ice. At present, the scientists are not able to distinguish between the two options; however, they feel more data can be collected with the help of the James Webb Space Telescope. The JWST, which is lined up for a tentative 2019 spring launch, will help the team observe the atmosphere of the planet and find whether it is covered in water or has a substantial atmosphere. The space telescope is geared toward obtaining a range of data to help scientists study the solar system, exoplanets, and the early universe. René Doyon, the paper co-author, feels that there is a high demand to use JWST so one has to be careful while selecting which exoplanets to study. K2-18b, however, is now among the most exciting bets for atmospheric study. Therefore, it is going to be near the top of the JWST target list, according to Doyon.
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Models with high amplification power are now complemented by a new equipment that reduces performance and price but maintaining the same good know-how of the brand. This is the MA5300, somewhat more compact format than usual with a size of 44 x 15 x 56cm but with the same classic look of McIntosh presided over the large front voltmeters that characterize their sound equipment. It has 6 analog inputs (4 unbalanced, one balanced and one for MM turntables) and 6 other digital inputs (optical and coaxial). It also has a USB connection and a specific MCT port for SACD / CD players from McIntosh. We have chosen to use a 23-bit DAC inserted in a DA1 module so that we can replace it in the future without having to buy a whole new amplifier. Supports playback of DSD256 and DXD files at 384kHz. The main performance reduction is found in the amplification section, with "only" 100 watts per channel in stereo over 8 ohm speakers or 160 watts if we chose to use 4 ohm speakers. The new McIntosh MA5300 will arrive in stores in November for $ 5,000.
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More interesting videos in: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_8ixgaKSRJTObhpbyo7ELw/videos #Abantech As some Fitbit wearers find amusing ways to skip steps attaching the devices to hamster balls, ceiling fans, and power tools a new wrist gadget aims to make sure others never miss one.The Sunu band smartwatch, designed for people with visual impairments, uses a sonar sensor to detect objects and people within a 15-foot range. When it does, it gently vibrates to alert the wearer, changing intensity as an object or person gets closer. Wearers can also customize the device using an iPhone app via Bluetooth, adjusting for walking speed and to make buzzes stronger or weaker. Sunu, a company based in Boston and Guadalajara, Mexico, will start shipping the devices for $249 to $299 later this month (plus $50 shipping to the UK). “I feel much more confident moving around these spaces where normally, instead of walking faster, I’d be like, ‘Uh, where am I going?’” Fernando Albertorio told MIT Technology Review. Albertorio, who is legally blind, co-founded Sunu with two colleagues. Sunu isn’t the first to come up with such an idea. Some people with visual impairments already use echolocation and tongue-clicks or other noises for spacial awareness and navigation, such as the famous case of Daniel Kish. And other companies have come up with similar wearable devices to detect nearby objects and alert the wearer. There’s also a different type of smartwatch for those with visual impairments, unrelated to mobility, that delivers notifications, messages, and other text in Braille. But, as MIT Technology Review notes, this new smartwatch is unique in that it could be useful to people along a whole spectrum of visual impairments, from those completely blind to those who just need extra help in some scenarios due to low vision. The National Federation of the Blind reports that as many as 10 million people fall into this spectrum in the US alone. In a demonstration for MIT Technology Review, Albertorio smoothly navigated the bustling streets of Mountain View California at lunchtime. The device bounces high-frequency ultrasound waves on nearby obstacles, which allowed him to steer around branches and planters and detect doorways by sensing gaps between buzzes. He stopped at an intersection and pushed the crosswalk button by detecting the pole. He said he had even used the device to hike and run a 5K race. In company testimonials, Howard Sumner said he thinks it “has the potential to be the Fitbit for the blind,” measuring steps, telling time, and helping users find frequently used objects and navigate. Sumner, who recently lost his vision and can now only see light and shadows, said it may not replace his walking cane, but it could be a good companion to the cane. “There’s tremendous potential for this technology to assist visually impaired and blind people.”
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The new discovery was made using the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) telescope located at the ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile. The NGTS is comprised of an array of 12 individual telescopes that continuously observe the sky in an effort to detect transiting exoplanets orbiting distant, bright stellar bodies. Exoplanets spotted by the NGTS can be observed in more detail by more powerful instruments, such as the Hubble Space Telescope, and the future James Webb Space Telescope. As the NGTS observed the night sky, it detected the tell-tale periodic dip in light from the M-dwarf star created as the previously unknown exoplanet, now designated NGTS-1b, passed between Earth and the diminutive stellar body, blocking some of its Light. Astronomers were then able to determine characteristics of NGTS-1b, including its mass, size and orbit by observing how much the parent star "wobbled" as a result of the planet's gravitational influence. The results of this analysis suggest that NGTS-1b is a huge gas giant planet roughly the same size as Jupiter, but with 20 percent less mass. The exoplanet orbits incredibly close to its parent star, with only 3 percent distance between the Earth and our Sun separating the two celestial objects. The close proximity of NGTS-1b to its parent star has had the effect of super heating the gas giant - giving it at a temperature of around 530 ° C (800 kelvin). "The discovery of NGTS-1b was a complete surprise to us - such massive planets were not thought to exist around such small stars.
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Enantiornithes: Amber hunters in Burma unearthed it very complete bird breeding. Amber hunters in Burma unearthed a very complete bird breeding dating back to the time of the dinosaurs. Side of the bird, almost half of its body, plunged into the sap of the tree, which hardened around the bones of the neck, claws, a wing and its jagged jaws. Scientists identified the animal as a member of the extinct group called Enantiornithes. The bird died young and fell into a pool of sap. He died halfway through his first moult of feathers, suggesting that the animal escaped from its egg just a few days before it perished. His life began in the humid tropics under the conifer trees. It was finished near a puddle of coniferous dirt, called resin, which fossilized in amber. Diggers from Burma discovered amber 99 million years later. Enantiornithines are close relatives of modern birds, and, in general, would have been very similar. However, this group of birds still had teeth and claws in their paleontologist wings at the Royal Canadian Museum of Saskatchewan. This animal lived during the Cretaceous period, which reached a catastrophic near 65.5 million years ago and carried the non-bird dinosaurs with it. Its 99 million year old claws appear almost as detailed as chicken legs you would find in a supermarket. The foot, presumed at first to be a lizard for the amber miner who found it, was covered in gold scales and somewhat less than an inch long. The surface of the preserved skin allows us to observe the feet in great detail Evidence suggests that Enantiornithes received little in the way of parental attention, unlike modern birds more complacent. The classic chicks, carried on the ground, had to run off to the trees to avoid being eaten. Enantiornithes scampering was stuck in resin quite frequently. #AmberHunters #Enantiornithes #birdUnearthedBreeding #Abantech
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Dodge Demon 2018: comes with transbrake directly from the factory. Dodge has unveiled another feature mounted on the upcoming Challenger SRT Demon designed to have the fastest car on the line. The latter is a transmission brake, a feature that is normally reserved for the aftermarket world. His addition to the Demon makes the car the first production car transbrake-equipped in history. Like the torque reserve function announced a week ago, the transbrake, designed for automatic cars, allows you to dial the revolutions, keeping the car as steady as possible. The result is faster delivery of power and higher launch torque which in turn leads to explosive off-line acceleration. The transbrake works by locking the output shaft of the automatic transmission to keep the vehicle stationary until launch. Usually on an auto car, you would do this by keeping one foot on the accelerator and the other on the brake, referred to as pedal brake release. In the Demon, with the transbrake active, you just have to keep your foot on the throttle (the rpm is still limited to protecting the drivetrain) and when the lights turn green throw the car is driven through the cams shift On the steering wheel. According to Dodge, this method results in 30 percent faster reaction times compared to the start of the brake foot. Dodge says he will also see a 120 percent increase in torque by launching the transbrake. And to make sure that the entire torque reaches the wheels as quickly as possible, the activation of the transbrake also initiates a preload transmission train process. This ensures the torque is applied across the entire drive train all the way to the rear wheels. The result is complete delivery of torque to the contact area of ??the rear tires only 150 milliseconds after the driver treads the shift paddles. The preloading of the transmission also provides the reduction of the peak component loads and therefore less chance of damaging the components. The overall result is faster acceleration at launch, better 60-foot times and better quarter-mile times. And with the transbrake removing the brake pressure to keep the car stationary, drivers will not have to worry about the front brakes #ChallengerSRT #DemonDesigned #ProductionCar #AbanTech #Technology #Transbrake #DesignedCars #AutomaticTransmission #VehicleStationary #TransmissionTrain #Drivers #DodgeChallengerNews #DodgeChallengerSRTDemon #DodgeNews #MuscleCars #NewYork #AutoShow #Videos #Dodge
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The company's latest rig, the MD77h MAN TGS 6x6, packs three axles, 530 hp of pure diesel muscle, and a comfy modern interior with multipurpose kitchen, two sleeping areas, a washer and dryer, and multiple entertainment systems scattered about from the driver's cab to the rear bedroom. Based on the MAN TGS 33.540 6x6, the MD77h has the powerful stance of a 177 + 55-in (4,500 + 1,400-mm) 6x6 wheelbase. A 532-hp Euro 5 diesel engine and 12-speed ZF transmission push it over hard bumps, smooth pavement and everything between and beyond. A tire pressure adjustment system with retractable air hoses at each wheel helps optimize tread for the ground directly beyond the windshield. The MDh77 is part of Unicat's "individual" expedition vehicle range, a line-up of models built to customer specification. The MDh77's driver cab is surrounded by burly branch deflectors and a sturdy roof rack. A set of large auxiliary lights helps to properly illuminate pitch darkness. Since this truck is engineered to rack up hundreds and thousands of miles a stretch, Unicat ensures that the driver's area is as comfortable as can be. This starts with acoustic insulation to block road noise and includes soft leather and Alcantara upholstery wrapping the space. The bench behind the air-cushioned Recaro driver and passenger seats offers a place to sit or lie down and includes an integrated compressor fridge compartment and a storage chest designed to hold camera equipment. Having immediate access to a camera is important because this vehicle is built to explore singular places that make for once-in-a-lifetime photo ops.
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AT&T has teamed up with Netgear to create the first mobile hotspot that claims to use its "5G Evolution" standard for superfast data. It's also a wireless router. The Netgear Nighthawk Mobile Hotspot Router goes on sale Friday for $50 when you buy it with a two-year AT&T contract, at a minimum of $20 per month plus taxes, activation fee and so on. The all-in cost is a bit high -- but the features are seemingly endless. The hotspot has a 5,040 mAh battery, which Netgear claims gives it 24 hours of use. It also allows you to connect up to 20 Wi-Fi devices. It's dual-band, so you get both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies for more reliable signals. There's even a convenient USB charging feature called JumpBoost to top off your phone. While this device sounds cool and is packed full of features, "5G" standards haven't officially been established yet. The Nighthawk Mobile Hotspot Router's isn't 5G, but its 5G Evolution speeds are said to be up to twice as fast as 4G LTE, which averages around 10-15 megabits per second (Mbps). Some estimates put real 5G speeds at 10Gbps, or more than 1,000 times faster than 4G LTE. Saying 5G Evolution is misleading, because the industry-wide definition of 5G is still up in the air. AT&T expects to have official 5G available to the public as soon as late 2018. The hotspot should still give you very good performance though, and its myriad of features seem well worth the commitment, if you use a lot of data and multiple devices away from your home network. Especially in light of the recent KRACK Wi-Fi security hack, you should be careful about using public Wi-Fi networks. The Nighthawk uses a SIM security system to allow only certain devices to connect to the hotspot. It also has parental controls for those family outings when you can't monitor your kids' internet activity 24/7 or you just want to mess with your friends. You can manage the rest of its features via the AT&T Wi-Fi manager on a device connected to the hotspot or via the Netgear app. Overall, I'm impressed by how much Netgear and AT&T have packed into this tiny mobile hotspot. The 5G reference bugs me, especially since 5G Evolution, which is still in trial mode, is only available in Austin and Indianapolis and was previously only available for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones. AT&T plans to expand its 5G Evolution service to Waco, Texas; South Bend, Indiana; and Kalamazoo, Michigan by the end of the year. This means if you're outside those cities, you can expect, at best, 4G LTE speeds. At the time of publishing, an AT&T representative was not available for comment regarding if this device will work with official 5G when it becomes available in a few years' time.
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New research funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has successfully demonstrated how a non-invasive method of stimulating the brain can boost cognitive performance. Working under DARPA’s Restoring Active Memory (RAM) program, scientists from HRL Laboratories in California, McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and Soterix Medical in New York tested their brain device on macaques and observed a substantial increase in the monkeys’ ability to quickly perform certain tasks. In their study published, which has been published in the journal Current Biology, the HRL team describes how they used non-invasive transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to stimulate the prefrontal cortex in the macaques. They then prompted the animals to perform a task based on associative learning — learning associations between visual cues and a location — in order to get a reward. The macaques that wore the tDCS brain device significantly outperformed the control group. The former needed only 12 trials to learn how to immediately get the reward, while the latter needed 21 trials, with the tDCS device accounting for the 40 percent increase in learning speed, according to the researchers. “In this experiment, we targeted the prefrontal cortex with individualized non-invasive stimulation montages,” lead HRL researcher Praveen Pilly said in a statement. “That is the region that controls many executive functions, including decision-making, cognitive control, and contextual memory retrieval. It is connected to almost all the other cortical areas of the brain, and stimulating it has widespread effects.” Based on the results of their study, the researchers say the increased learning speed was caused by the modulated connectivity between brain areas and not the rate at which neurons fired.
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Cupertino, California, and San Ramon, California Apple and GE announced a partnership to deliver powerful industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, to iPhone and iPad. The two companies unveiled a new Predix software development kit (SDK) for iOS, which gives developers the tools to make their own powerful industrial IoT apps. “GE is an ideal partner with a rich history of innovation across the industrial world in areas like aviation, manufacturing, healthcare and energy,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Together, Apple and GE are fundamentally changing how the industrial world works by combining GE’s Predix platform with the power and simplicity of iPhone and iPad.” “The partnership between Apple and GE is providing developers with the tools to make their own powerful industrial IoT apps,” said John Flannery, Chairman and CEO, GE. “Our customers increasingly need to arm their workforces through mobility. Working together, GE and Apple are giving industrial companies access to powerful apps that help them tap into the predictive data and analytics of Predix right on their iPhone or iPad.” The new Predix SDK for iOS will be available to download on Thursday, October 26. The SDK gives developers the ability to make powerful, native apps that take full advantage of the industrial analytics from Predix and tap into the power and ease of use of iOS, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. These apps will give industrial operators more insight and visibility into the performance of their equipment and operations right from their iPhone or iPad. For example, a Predix app can notify a worker on their iPhone of a potential issue with equipment such as a wind turbine and allow them to collaborate with remote teams when performing inspections and repairs, collecting relevant data instantly. These industrial apps will close the information loop faster, ultimately increasing cost savings and minimizing unplanned downtime. In collaboration with Apple, GE is also developing apps for both internal use and its customers, giving workers powerful tools to enhance their jobs and help operations run more efficiently. GE’s Asset Performance Management (APM) Cases app, which is available in the App Store, helps industrial businesses increase machine reliability and availability while reducing maintenance costs and managing operations risks. Customers including Exelon Corp. are already putting APM to work and seeing improved equipment uptime and overall productivity. “Apple is known for setting the standard on hardware and simple software interfaces,” said Brian Hoff, director of corporate innovation at Exelon. “When you combine this with the power of Predix and all of the data Exelon is aggregating and analyzing, the possibilities for game-changing solutions are endless.” GE will standardize on iPhone and iPad for mobile devices and also promote Mac as a choice for its global workforce of more than 330,000 employees. Apple will promote GE’s Predix as the industrial IoT analytics platform of choice to its customers and developers. Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it. GE is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry.
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Scientists create an inexpensive method to produce methanol with air. Methanol is a molecule that is used as a raw material for many chemical compounds and is considered as a future source of fuel. The problem is that at present it is produced from natural gas and through a process that consumes a lot of energy and is therefore very expensive. This Thursday, a team of scientists at the University of Cardiff, UK, has published an article in the journal Science that have shown that they are able to create methanol in a much cheaper way. They have used methane, hydrogen peroxide and a cheap and very easy to get: oxygen from the air. The key of his method is in some catalysts, some elements that accelerate and facilitate the chemical reactions, made of gold and palladium. "The race to find a more efficient way to produce methanol is already 100 years old," study co-author Graham Hutchings, director of the Cardiff Institute of Catalysis, said in a statement. "Our process uses oxygen, a product that is free and that is around us, and combines it with oxygenated water at moderate temperatures that require a lower energy expenditure." The process takes place around nanoparticles of gold and palladium that float without dissolving (in the form of colloids), in a solution of hydrogen peroxide. Then, researchers simply need to inject methane under pressure and gaseous oxygen. Thanks to this it is possible to oxidize the methane and convert it into methanol. "Marketing will take time, but our method has major implications for the preservation of natural gas reserves as they decline," Hutchings explained. Scientists at Cardiff University believe they could use the surplus natural gas that is often burned in the process of extracting shale oil to produce methanol. This would reduce carbon dioxide emissions, as this waste gas would not burn, and would allow it to be converted into a liquid fuel that is easy to transport or in a new source to feed chemical synthesis routes. "The new approach we've come up with is a step closer to making the direct conversion of methane to methanol a viable option in practice," said Christopher J. Kiley, co-author of the study.
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Boeing and JetBlue: electric jet start that could revolutionize air travel. Features and reviews. JetBlue's investment in the three-year start-up was made through its venture capital fund based in Silicon Valley, led by Bonny Simi, the Olympic rider who became the airline's executive pilot. The amount was not revealed. At JetBlue Technology Ventures, our goal is to be part of a disruptive force rather than being disrupted, and we are looking for new technologies that seek to change the game, Simi said in a statement. As a company that is also deeply committed to innovation in sustainable travel, we believe that Zunum and its quiet, environmentally friendly aircraft will illuminate a vast network of underutilized airports and reinvent regional travel. Zunum's hybrid electric technology was leading the way in the rising segment. Boeing HorizonX is the new venture capital arm of the Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer. The regional aircraft proposed by Zunum would have 10 to 50 passengers with a range of up to 1,000 miles. According to Kumar whose curriculum includes leadership positions at Dell, Google and McKinsey and a PhD. From Cornell in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering the jet will be powered by a hybrid first-series battery propulsion system. This requires the aircraft to primarily run on battery power with a diesel or turbine aviation power generator that extends the generation range on call if needed. Since the aircraft is not expected to fly until the next decade and will have a lifespan of approximately 20 years, Zunum is designing its aircraft to be future-proof which means the aircraft will be designed in a way that allows it to adopt new technologies. For example, the aircraft will initially have hybrid propulsion designed to deliver 80% lower emissions than comparable traditional aircraft. But with advances in battery technology, the extended-range internal combustion engine can be replaced with an extra battery pack, thereby reducing emissions to zero, Kumar said. #Zunum #JetBlue #RevolutionizeAirTransport #AbanTech #TechnologyVentures #HybridElectric #technology #BenjaminZhang #HybridPropulsionSystem #Technology #investment #airline #Innovation #travel #Boeing
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Huawei surpasses Apple for sale of mobile phones in Europe. One of the world's best-known Chinese manufacturers has reason to celebrate today. Huawei has re-sold more phones than Apple in the second quarter of 2017. If we have to talk about Chinese brands that have become famous by their own weight, we can not fail to mention Huawei. The manufacturer of telecommunications equipment has been betting heavily on smartphones for several years. And that shows in the market results, where they reach an enviable presence. To be exact, during 2016 Huawei has narrowly missed Apple in central and eastern Europe. In the first quarter of 2017 Apple recovered the second position thanks to the iPhone 7 Plus. But Huawei has rallied again in the second quarter of the year, putting itself above the apple maker. Huawei is again ahead of Apple in Central and Eastern Europe To be exact, the first quarter of 2017 was dominated by a good iPhone 7 campaign, while Huawei paid to have been too aggressive in late 2016. But Apple's sales have dropped slightly. Enough for the Huawei comeback to top them off, according to a study by Canalys. The market in central and eastern Europe is not doing too well for Apple, in any case. Samsung has a dominant position difficult to override. Huawei's overtaking by the second position relegates to the Cupertino brand to be the third manufacturer. And they are closely followed by Xiaomi (quarters) and Lenovo (fifths). The rest of the market is 33%. Just below you can see a graph of the same signature with the percentages of each brand. The situation in the international market is similar: Huawei is only behind Apple in sales for 3 million units. And both companies have launches ready for September, iPhone 8 and Huawei Mate 10. It will be interesting to see how the market responds to each of them.
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Robots in UK: could affect up to 30% of existing jobs. According to a new study, technologies related to artificial intelligence, including robotics, could help balance the situation by generating additional jobs. The risk is not limited to just the UK. There is a high probability of automation in other countries such as the USA. (38%) and Germany (35%). However, Japan has a relatively lower risk of 21%, according to the latest PwC UK Economic Outlook. Automation will have a significant impact on all sectors in the UK, including transport and storage where 56% of jobs face the risk of automation. Forty-six percent of manufacturing jobs face a threat to automation and the wholesale and retail sectors numbers are 46% and 44%, respectively. The risk is relatively lower for those working in education, health and social work. John Hawksworth, chief economist at PwC in a statement March 24, said: A key factor in our industry-level estimates is the fact that manual and routine tasks are more susceptible to automation while social skills Are relatively less automated. Having said that, no industry is totally immune to future advances in robotics and AI. Automating more manual and repetitive tasks will eliminate some existing jobs; it could also allow some workers to focus on higher value, more gratifying and creative work, eliminating the monotony of our day jobs. Productivity.PwC estimates that about 35% of male jobs could face the potential impact of work automation, particularly those with lower education levels. For the feminine works the number is of 26%. In addition AI and robotics will not reduce total employment but could also widen income inequality as a greater proportion of the wealth goes to those with knowledge and skills. #robots #AI #robotics #tech #robot #technology #IoT #drones #AbanTech #automation #ArtificialIntelligence #PwCEconomicOutlook #AutomationImpactsManufacturing
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Solar eclipse 2017: Hopkinsville, Kentucky the August 21, experience the eclipse in it totality. Hopkinsville, Kentucky, a city of about 32,000 people will have one of the longest durations of the solar eclipse on August 21. Tens of thousands of people are expected to watch the eclipse from this rural area. And by all accounts a total solar eclipse is "awesome," in every sense of the word. Tennessee's solar eclipse. Kyleah Starling, USA Today Network, Tennessee. While the entire United States will see a partial eclipse, here in Middle Tennessee, we are in luck. With 35 counties set to experience the eclipse in totality, Nashville is among the largest American city in the 70-mile wide path of the total eclipse. And by the way, this really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, since the last time a total eclipse hit this area was in 1478, and the next time one will take place here is 2566. #solareclipse2017 #eclipsesolar #lunareclipse #2017lunareclipse #totaleclipse #Abantech #totaleclipse2017 #eclipsemap2017 #eclipse #astronomy #Hopkinsvillesolareclipse #Kentuckysolareclipse
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Apple is looking into why some iPhone 8 batteries are swelling. Over the past week, reports have been coming out about iPhone 8s that have been separated either on arrival or after several days of use. What seems to be happening is that the battery inside the phone is swelling, bending the front of the phone and separating it from the body of the device. So far, there has been no fire. The first report came out of Taiwan, where it is said that a woman has found her iPhone swollen apart after plugging it in to charge. Someone in Japan then posted photos of a separate phone on Twitter. And in the days since then, there have been cases in China, Canada and Greece. It seems that only six or so reports so far - by the way less than a dozen that have been publicly identified - so the issue seems to be rather small compared to the millions of phones that Apple has probably already sold. In any big manufacturing run, it's going to be occasional problems, so at some level watching a broken iPhones is expected. But after the Samsung note 7 fiasco, there is reason to worry about what is happening here - especially since it is a battery problem. Batteries should not be swelling in any number, and it is unclear what the half dozen iPhones that have this problem have in common. Although it seems strange, there are obviously good reasons to want to know what is going on. The swelling is very unusual for a brand new battery and leads in the direction that there is something fundamentally wrong with this battery, "says Sam Jaffe, managing director of Cairn Energy Research Advisors, in a telephone call with The Verge. of the battery industry says that manufacturers have reached a limit with lithium-ion battery capacity and could end up producing designs with an increased risk of short circuits in an attempt to store more energy. For now, he says, it's too early to know what's happening with Apple phones. "It could just be a random distribution," he says. Jaffe suspects that Apple executives are "in crisis mode" for possible damage that could cause problems with the batteries. But even though we've seen some bloated batteries, he says, does not mean that the problem necessarily turns into a Note 7 style crisis with phones that start to produce smoke. "The swelling is always a precursor when there is a battery fire, but the percentage of actual fires is quite rare," says Jaffe. "In the Galaxy Note case, there were probably a couple of hundred battery failures of one kind or another, but there were only a handful of fires, so it gives you an idea of the proportion of real fires."
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#Abantech Paper battery: portable bio-battery, activated with saliva to generate energy. Although we hope to never live in a world where our co-workers end up spitting frantically on their phones to recharge them, new research from Binghamton University, part of New York State University, suggests that someday that might be The perfect solution. A team of members of the Department of Informatics and Electricity of that institution have developed a next step in microbial fuel cells (MFC): a battery of paper that is activated with saliva. "We have developed a disposable, easy-to-use and portable bio-battery that can generate energy from bacterial metabolism," Professor Sean Choi told Digital Trends. "This battery is ready to work with human body fluids such as saliva for power generation for other low-power disposable applications such as biosensors." The battery includes specialized bacterial cells, called exoelectrógenos, that have the capacity to collect the electrons externally and to move them towards the external electrode, explained Choi, saying that "for the long-term storage, the bacterial cells are lyophilized until the moment of Use them. " This technology could be extremely useful in certain extreme contexts. The battery can be used even in challenging environmental conditions such as desert areas. All you need is organic matter - like saliva - to rehydrate and activate lyophilized cells. This is not the first time it has been written about the use of saliva or sweat in technology. Earlier we had seen applications for phones designed to monitor health and diagnose infections through small samples of saliva. We even talked about a similar job that intended to load a smart watch with the sweat of the user. In the case of this project, currently produced bacterial electricity is not strong enough to power a telephone. The test by the team showed that it can achieve a power density of several microwatts per square centimeter, which means that you can now turn on an LED light with a single drop of saliva, but that does not mean that the technology does not expand in the future.
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Encephalophone: instrument musical in which the sounds can be controlled for power of your mind. Today a new project shows us a small part of these possibilities, since through an electroencephalography system it is possible to play an instrument without the need to move a single muscle. The project was developed by Thomas Deuel, a neuroscientist and musician at the University of Washington who has used the EEG to create an interface for mind-controlled devices called Encephalophone, which is capable of delivering music just by thinking about it. The idea of ??using EEG to control other devices is not new, the first experiments were carried out in the mid-twentieth century where they had attempted to connect brainwave signals to musical instruments. Nowadays, it has been proven to use the EEG to control drones, televisions and even wheelchairs, proving that this technology is capable of offering a wide variety of options. Deuel affirms that the Encephalophone is the first musical instrument in which the sounds can be controlled in a simpler and real time, since the first projects took time to capture the signals and the sounds did not perfectly reflect the signals of the EEG. The device, which is a kind of swimming cap, is connected to a synthesizer where it is possible to create specific musical notes that go hand in hand with EEG signals. The Encephalophone is capable of perceiving two types of brain signals, on the one hand are those that connect to the cerebral cortex, such as the opening and closing of the eyes; And on the other are the signals associated with the movement of some limb. #Encephalophone #powerofyourmind #Abantech #EEG
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