Technological Revolution

Ninth grader develops $12 machine that produces renewable energy from ocean currents

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 11/11/2015 - 18:29

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (PNN) - November 6, 2015 - 15-year-old Hannah Herbst wants to bring renewable energy to developing countries, and is very close to doing just that.

The teen, from Boca Raton, Florida, was inspired by her 9-year-old pen pal in Ethiopia who has limited access to electricity. She said, “I can’t even imagine a day without electricity.”

For this year’s Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, Hannah worked tirelessly to design a probe that can generate power and fresh water by harvesting it from ocean currents.

Kim Dotcom wants to build an alternate Internet powered by blockchains

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 11/11/2015 - 16:37

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (PNN) - October 29, 2015 - Kim Dotcom certainly hasn’t been letting his ongoing fight against Fascist Police States of Amerika extradition charges slow him down. On Thursday, he remotely addressed a startup convention in Sydney, Australia, to pitch his latest idea: an alternative Internet called MegaNet.

Google Ventures CEO says to keep calm and share your DNA

Submitted by Freedomman on Sat, 11/07/2015 - 16:49

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Kalifornia (PNN) - October 22, 2015 - If you’re worried about the privacy of your genetic data, you’re standing in the way of technological breakthroughs that could drastically extend the human lifespan, according to Bill Maris, the CEO of Google Ventures. Maris founded Calico, a biotech company established by Google in 2013 that is waging war on aging.

Scientists spot new huge energy waves coming out of the Sun

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 10/21/2015 - 16:37

GÖTTINGEN, Germany (PNN) - October 19, 2015 - Scientists have seen huge, extra-powerful particles shooting out of the sun, in what they have described as a brand new solar phenomenon.

Researchers have for the first time ever spotted what they describe as “large-scale” waves being thrown out of the sun, together with energetic particles that seem to be thrown out by the waves. The scientists have long known that such particle emissions were happening - but couldn’t explain how they were making their way into space.

We will become godlike when we connect our brains to the Net

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 18:19

Futurist Ray Kurzweil speaks at Singularity University about humans becoming more godlike when they are biologically connected to the Cloud. He envisions humans being hooked into the Internet on a permanent basis. Is this truly a desirable future?

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Google exec says robots in our brains will make us godlike

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 18:10

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Kalifornia (PNN) - October 1, 2015 - I suspect a few of you are looking forward to being robots.

Who wouldn't be fascinated by the idea of becoming someone other than themselves? We do get so tired of being the same dull soul every day.

What kind of robots will we be? I can provide an answer, because living inside my head all day have been the words of Google's director of engineering, Ray Kurzweil.

NASA scientists find evidence of flowing water on Mars

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 09/30/2015 - 17:25

HOUSTON, Texas (PNN) - September 28, 2015 - Liquid water runs down canyons and crater walls over the summer months on Mars, according to researchers who say the discovery raises the chances of being home to some form of life.

Scientists break distance record for quantum teleportation

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 09/30/2015 - 17:22

BOULDER, Colorado (PNN) - September 23, 2015 - A new record distance has been set for the quantum teleportation of information over optical fibers. Researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) claim to have transmitted the quantum information carried in light particles over 100 km (62 miles), four times farther than previously achieved.

How we will fly from Los Angeles to Tokyo in 30 minutes

Submitted by Freedomman on Thu, 09/24/2015 - 16:46

NEW RICHMOND, Wisconsin (PNN) - September 23, 2015 - The Wright brothers aren’t the only siblings to push the limits of flight: In 1986, pilot Dick Rutan flew nonstop around the world, spending nine days in the air on a single tank of gas. He made the trip in a plane called Voyager, which his brother Burt designed. Today he’s still at the forefront of aviation, busy building a new hyper-efficient engine and reimagining what aircraft might be.

First driverless pods to travel public roads arrive in the Netherlands

Submitted by Freedomman on Thu, 09/24/2015 - 16:35

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (PNN) - September 21, 2015 - The first self-driving electric shuttle for use on public roads has been delivered to the Netherlands. The "WEpod" will take passengers between the two towns of Wageningen and Ede in the province of Gelderland from November.

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