CHICAGO, Illinois (PNN) - July 29, 2016 – Re-creating a plant's ability to use sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into fuel, something known as artificial photosynthesis, is one of the holy grails of green energy research. Researchers have now edged closer toward this dream technology, developing what they describe as a game-changing solar cell that produces hydrocarbon fuels in the lab, with potential applications ranging from large-scale uses on Earth to providing power on Mars.
Composite metal foams are tough stuff. Tough enough to turn an armor-piercing bullet into dust on impact. Given that these foams are also lighter than metal plate, the material has obvious implications for creating new types of body and vehicle armor - and that’s just the beginning of its potential uses. Afsaneh Rabiei, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State, has spent years developing composite metal foams and investigating their unusual properties.
NEW YORK (PNN) - July 26, 2016 - We already interact with artificial intelligence in our daily lives. Furby and Clippy were early forms; driverless cars and Facebook's chatbots pick up the mantle today. But if AI is to continue its evolution, it will have to get more convincingly human. Right now, its capacity for emotional depth is seriously lacking.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (PNN) - July 25, 2016 - Eight petrol-powered heavy-duty propellers, one tube lattice frame, a simple seat, and a hobby-grade R/C controller wired in. What could possibly go wrong? This Swedish engineer displays a pair of colossal cojones as he puts his homemade flying carpet multirotor to the test.
RALEIGH, North Carolina (PNN) - April 10, 2016 - Composite metal foams are little-known materials that are beginning to show some big promise. Last year we saw researchers adapt these lightweight materials to stop various forms of radiation in their tracks, and now the same team has ramped things up to offer protection from something with a bit more force: an armor-piercing bullet, which was turned to dust on impact.
Some are potentially habitable.
HOUSTON, Texas (PNN) - July 19, 2016 - NASA announced today that its Kepler spacecraft has discovered a "crop of more than 100 planets" orbiting the M dwarf star K2-72, 181 light years away from Earth.
WASHINGTON (PNN) - July 13, 2016 - Privacy advocates celebrated earlier this week as the House rejected yet another attempt to expand the USA PATRIOT Act’s snooping provisions. House Resolution 5606, better known by its Orwellian name, the “Anti-Terrorism Information Sharing is Strength Act”, would have allowed Big Brother to access Amerikans’ financial information based on what the government deems to be “suspicious activity”. Given that the Amerikan Gestapo Department of Homeland Security division has labeled such things as using binoculars, paying with cash, or even “appearing normal” as “possible terrorist activity” in the past (thus making pretty much every human being a possible terrorist), everyone can breathe a sigh of relief that the bill failed.
What ever happened to Due Process?
DALLAS, Texas (PNN) - July 9, 2016 - The Dallas shootings have ushered in a very new world for Fascist Police States of Amerika citizens. For the very first time, drones have been used on FPSA soil to kill Amerikans without trial or charges. The suspected shooter in yesterday's tragic killings, FPSA Army veteran Micah Xavier Johnson, was, according to terrorist pig thug cop and press reports, holed up in a parking garage and would not give himself up. After hours of what terrorist pig thug cops claimed were fruitless negotiations with Johnson, a weaponized robot was sent to where he was hiding and blown up, taking Johnson with it.
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (PNN) - July 8, 2016 - The computers of today have just about hit their limits, and scientists around the world are scrambling to build the first viable quantum computer - a machine that could increase processing speeds 100-million-fold.