The Dream Chaser Space Plane Just Successfully Completed A Flight Test

The Dream Chaser Space Plane Just Successfully Completed A Flight Test

00 The spacecraft called Dream Chaser lived up to its name this week, after successfully completing a milestone in its development. The space plane passed a challenging approach and landing test with flying colors. It was dropped from a helicopter and flew back to a landing strip at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Sierra Nevada Corporation, the company behind the spacecraft, said in a tweet after the test, “The Dream Chaser had a beautiful…

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Finnair Is Now Weighing Passengers Before They Board

Finnair Is Now Weighing Passengers Before They Board

00 Finnish airline Finnair recently began a program to monitor weight on its flights by weighing passengers before they board the plane. The new procedure is in place to gather data about how weight affects their operations. It should be noted that the company does not force passengers to reveal their measurements to the world, though most people are game to participate. About 180 travelers volunteered so far. “So many people wanted to take part…

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Disney Developed Unique Way for Visually Impaired Guests to ‘Feel’ Fireworks

Disney Developed Unique Way for Visually Impaired Guests to ‘Feel’ Fireworks

00 Fireworks provide dazzling night displays that people all around the world continue to enjoy. Although a number of technical improvements have been introduced to pyrotechnics over the years, the result remains the same: a magical and intense light display that awes outdoor audiences. However distinctive the boom that signals the beginning of fireworks may be, the thrill of enjoying the makes up most of the experience. And no one does fireworks like Disney parks…

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Bitcoin Gold Finally Launches, After a Rocky Blockchain Start

Bitcoin Gold Finally Launches, After a Rocky Blockchain Start

00 Bitcoin Gold, the latest fork in the bitcoin blockchain has gone live. Developers of the breakaway published software for the cryptocurrency releasing the necessary code on GitHub as well. The aim of this move is to create the largest decentralized community in the crypto world. The new token was developed with the intention of being open-sourced. “A massive attack was made in an apparent effort to disrupt the mainnet launch, but the Bitcoin Gold team managed…

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These $2 Million Hurricane-Proof Floating Homes Will Go on Sale Next Year

These $2 Million Hurricane-Proof Floating Homes Will Go on Sale Next Year

00 In the wake of the worst Atlantic hurricane season for a long time. Architects and urban planners are scrambling to storm-proof cities to minimize both loss of life and loss of property. New technology and processes will be required to protect land and infrastructure from the powerful water and wind associated with these catastrophic weather events. Source: Arkup Architect, Koen Olthuis has teamed up with a housing startup to develop a hurricane proof house, that ditches land in favor of an…

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Scientists Can Now Transform Stress into Electricity

Scientists Can Now Transform Stress into Electricity

00 Unless you’ve got superpowers, your stress probably doesn’t produce much more than anxiety and tears. However, scientists developed a new organic material that can now turn stress into electricity. The team from Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, created the thin new substance. It’s a rubbery material that generates electricity dependant upon movement. How it Works — The Piezoelectric Effect The rubbery material functions thanks to the piezoelectric effect — a concept on how movement…

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You Can Now Buy a Wireless Charging Pad for Your Drone

You Can Now Buy a Wireless Charging Pad for Your Drone

00 Wireless charging pads or charging stations are commonly associated with smartphone technology. However, a start-up in the United States is taking that concept to the skies. WiBotic, a company in Seattle, has created a wireless charging pad for a wide range of drones, from industrial to smaller, commercial UAVs. Additionally, the company built an onboard charger that weighs just 1.6 ounces (45 grams). The mini-circuit board aids operators of small drones use wireless power…

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Microsoft Slides Into the Virtual Reality Market with its New Mixed Reality Headsets

Microsoft Slides Into the Virtual Reality Market with its New Mixed Reality Headsets

00 After months of buildup, Microsoft recently unveiled its Mixed Reality Headset for sale to the public, and the response has been very favorable. Unlike the HoloLens, which was primarily designed to assist companies with projects that require collaboration on project design, the Mixed Reality Headsets were developed with gamers and similar users in mind. The device is part of the Windows 10 CreatorsUpdate. One of the best features is the Cliff House, which allows users…

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Google Drones Now Air-Drop Burritos to People’s Doorstep in Australia

Google Drones Now Air-Drop Burritos to People’s Doorstep in Australia

00 One company may be giving your local food delivery person some cause for worry, or atleast a run for his money. Project Wing, which is a drone delivery service project supported by the Google-owned Alphabet-X Lab, is now sending drones carrying burrito food orders to various parts of the Australian countryside. The tests were made possible by a suprising partnership between a couple of local Australia businesses, Mexican food chain Guzman y Gomez, as well as…

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New Study Says a Solar Flare Could Hit Earth Very, Very Soon

New Study Says a Solar Flare Could Hit Earth Very, Very Soon

00 As humanity becomes more technologically dependent, solar flares become an even greater threat. In 1859, a solar flare known as the Carrington Event caused an electrical surge that shut down global telegraph systems. Now, two researchers from Harvard theorize that the next big solar flare is coming within the next 100 years. Given how much technology we rely on every day, that flare would devastate most of the globe. The paper appeared in The Astrophysical Journal and was…

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