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Sep 12, 2019

Future weapons: Solid-state lasers

Posted by in categories: food, military

Industry and military scientists are moving forward in the quest to develop solid-state lasers for use as weapons by warfighters of the future

By John McHale

Even the most casual observer of military technology is aware of the U.S. Air Force’s big-ticket program-the Airborne Laser, which eats up most of the Department of Defense funding on laser technology and is nearing completion.

Sep 12, 2019

Scientists are racing to reengineer the banana before it’s gone forever

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, genetics

A deadly fungus is spreading through banana plantations, and the cloned bananas we eat are defenseless. In labs around the world, scientists are trying to find ways to genetically alter the fruit to make it resistant.

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Sep 10, 2019

McDonald’s acquires tech company Apprente to automate drive-through process

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

Sept. 10 (UPI) — McDonald’s on Tuesday announced the acquisition of a company that will assist in automating its drive-through process.

The fast-food chain agreed to a deal to acquire Apprente, a California-based company that was founded in 2017 with a focus on creating voice-based platforms for “complex, multilingual, multi-accent and multi-item conversational ordering.”

McDonald’s said Apprente’s technology will be used to allow for faster, simpler and more accurate order taking at its drive-throughs and may later be incorporated into mobile ordering and kiosks.

Sep 10, 2019

Israeli startup is totally reinventing how cars are built

Posted by in categories: computing, food

Technology entrepreneurs delight in disrupting established industries, from textiles to healthcare to agriculture.

Changes in automotive manufacturing have been tougher to sell because no matter how many computers are put under the hood, the cars themselves “are still being built on 100-year-old concepts,” Daniel Barel, CEO of Israeli automotive startup REE, tells ISRAEL21c.

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Sep 9, 2019

Robots, drones and the future of farming

Posted by in categories: drones, food, robotics/AI

On this week’s episode of Futuris, Euronews visits a hazelnut orchard in Italy to see how the new generation of robots can help farmers and agronomists make agriculture cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

Sep 8, 2019

New Clues to the Way We Metabolize Sugar

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

A gene that appeared sometime after humans began processing their food seems to protect some people from type 2 diabetes.

Sep 3, 2019

Mr. Osinakachi Akuma Kalu — Founder and Chairman of Transdiciplinary Agora for Future Discussions — ideaXme — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, aging, bioengineering, biotech/medical, business, cryptocurrencies, disruptive technology, energy, finance, food

Sep 1, 2019

Scientists isolate drought-resistant gene in barley

Posted by in category: food

Research led by Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, will help crops resist global heating.

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Aug 31, 2019

Five companies building the tools and tech for humans to thrive off-planet

Posted by in categories: food, space travel, sustainability

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most pivotal moments in human history. Stepping onto the moon, Neil Armstrong in 1969 uttered those now infamous words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

The next fifty years did not see space travel become routine, with many coming to believe that NASA is just too slow. But space-related research and innovation are enjoying a new revival, inspired by SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, and other private firms that are making commercial space travel a reality. Along with rockets, hundreds of companies across the world are working feverishly toward developing infrastructure for space tourism, novel methods of growing food off-Earth, and sustainable building materials, to name only a few. All this with a tantalizing goal: to open up other planets and extraterrestrial bodies for exploration — and perhaps even residence — by everyone, not just astronauts.

Such work has not only moved us closer to our goal of one day living and playing off-Earth, but has also benefited our lives right here, right now. Scratch-proof glass, some biopharmaceuticals, and GPS navigation all derive from space-based research. The innovation happening today is incredibly exciting, and the future possibilities are seemingly endless. Here are five companies working on technologies that can help us thrive both on- and off-Earth.

Aug 29, 2019

Report outlines SpaceX’s plans for Starship launches from KSC

Posted by in categories: food, space travel, sustainability

WASHINGTON — SpaceX plans to build facilities at the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A for launches and, eventually, landings of its next-generation launch vehicle, according to a newly released report.

An environment assessment prepared by SpaceX, and released by NASA Aug. 1, discusses plans to develop additional facilities at LC-39A, which currently hosts Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches, for use by the company’s Starship vehicle and its Super Heavy booster.

The plans outlined in the document call for the construction of a new launch mount at the complex near the existing one used by the Falcon 9 and Heavy. The modifications to the pad would also include a tank farm for the methane fuel used by the Raptor engines that power Starship and Super Heavy.

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