Archive for the ‘innovation’ category

Jul 30, 2021

Keeping an Eye on the Fusion Magnet Technology of the Future

Posted by in categories: engineering, innovation

Daniel Korsun’s undergraduate career at MIT

MIT is an acronym for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is a prestigious private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts that was founded in 1861. It is organized into five Schools: architecture and planning; engineering; humanities, arts, and social sciences; management; and science. MIT’s impact includes many scientific breakthroughs and technological advances.

Jul 29, 2021

Qualcomm, Amazon boost Intel plan to leapfrog chipmaking rivals by 2025

Posted by in categories: futurism, innovation

New CEO Pat Gelsinger says a “torrid” pace of innovation helped convince Amazon and Qualcomm to pay Intel to build future processors.

Jul 27, 2021

Nanometer no more: Intel changes its process names to match TSMC

Posted by in categories: futurism, innovation

Intel is matching foundry rival, TSMC, node-for-node with its new process naming convention, but has also fired the first shot in the race for sub-nanometer terminology. Below 1nm, we’re moving into what it’s now calling the ‘angstrom era of semiconductors’.

At the Intel Accelerated event CEO, Pat Gelsinger, has unveiled a detailed process roadmap for its future nodes, all tied into a new way to reference them. “We are accelerating our innovation roadmap to ensure we are on a clear path to process performance leadership by 2025,” he says.

Jul 26, 2021

Mark Zuckerberg is betting Facebook’s future on the metaverse

Posted by in categories: innovation, internet

The Facebook CEO talks to Casey Newton about why he is putting his company’s resources toward the “metaverse,” a future that imagines an internet that combines physical, augmented, and virtual realities.

Jul 24, 2021

3D Printed Products designed to exhibit the endless possibilities of this simple yet groundbreaking technique!

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, innovation

3D Printing is gaining more momentum and popularity than ever! Designers and architects all over the world are now adopting 3D Printing for the creation of almost all types of products and structures. It’s a technique that is being widely utilized in product design, owing to its simple and innovative nature. But designers aren’t employing 3D printing only to create basic models, they’re utilizing this technique in mind-blowing ways as well! From 3D printed artificial coral reefs to a menacing two-wheeler design with 3D printed bodywork, the scope of this dependable technique is unlimited! Dive into this collection of humble yet groundbreaking 3D printed designs!

Jul 22, 2021

RNA breakthrough creates crops that can grow 50% more potatoes, rice

Posted by in categories: food, innovation

Manipulating RNA can allow plants to yield dramatically more crops, as well as increasing drought tolerance, announced a group of scientists from the University of Chicago, Peking University and Guizhou University.

In initial tests, adding a gene encoding for a protein called FTO to both rice and increased their yield by 50% in . The grew significantly larger, produced longer root systems and were better able to tolerate drought stress. Analysis also showed that the plants had increased their rate of photosynthesis.

“The change really is dramatic,” said University of Chicago Prof. Chuan He, who together with Prof. Guifang Jia at Peking University, led the research. “What’s more, it worked with almost every type of plant we tried it with so far, and it’s a very simple modification to make.”

Jul 13, 2021

Amazing Seeing Eye Shoes With Camera-Based AI Image Recognition to Assist the Visually Impaired

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

Austrian shoe company Tec-Innovation has partnered with students at the Graz University of Technology in Austria to implement camera-based AI image recognition into their line of shoes that are specifically made to help those who are visually impaired.

The original version of these “seeing eye” shoes features ultrasonic sensors, which warn the person wearing them of obstacles in their way through haptic or auditory signals. AI image recognition that constantly learns, allows the shoes to provide more specific information to the wearer.

Jul 12, 2021

Deep freeze: how scientists are resurrecting magnet technology to cool refrigerators

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Circa 2014 😀😍🤩

Thanks to recent breakthroughs, the insides of our refrigerators could work very differently in the coming years. Scientists at GE are perfecting a method of transferring heat that uses magnets to achieve temperatures cold enough to freeze water.

Jul 10, 2021

A Small Satellite With a Solar Sail Could Catch up With an Interstellar Object

Posted by in categories: innovation, space

When Oumuamua, the first interstellar object ever observed passing through the Solar System, was discovered in 2017, it exhibited some unexpected properties that left astronomers scratching their heads. Its elongated shape, lack of a coma, and the fact that it changed its trajectory were all surprising, leading to several competing theories about its origin: was it a hydrogen iceberg exhibiting outgassing, or maybe an extraterrestrial solar sail (sorry folks, not likely) on a deep-space journey? We may never know the answer, because Oumuamua was moving too fast, and was observed too late, to get a good look.

It may be too late for Oumuamua, but we could be ready for the next strange interstellar visitor if we wanted to. A spacecraft could be designed and built to catch such an object at a moment’s notice. The idea of an interstellar interceptor like this has been floated by various experts, and funding to study such a concept has even been granted through NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. But how exactly would such an interceptor work?

A new paper released on ArXiv on June 27th explores one possible mission design. Derived from the NIAC study, the proposal suggests combining solar sail technology with the ability to miniaturize space probes to small, lightweight sizes.

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Jul 7, 2021

Fort Lauderdale accepts Elon Musk’s beach tunnel proposal

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, innovation

Elon Musk is boring his way to the beach in Fort Lauderdale.

Local lawmakers accepted a proposal from Musk’s Boring Co. Tuesday to build an underground transit system that would whisk people from the Florida city’s downtown area to the beach in Teslas.

“Other firms have 45 days to submit competing proposals. This could be a truly innovative way to reduce traffic congestion,” Mayor Dean Trantalis wrote on Twitter.

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