University of Florida holds first brain-powered drone race

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/27/2016 - 17:24

MIAMI, Florida (PNN) - April 23, 2016 - An announcer shouts “Three, two, one, go!” and several drones take off, whizzing around a Florida gymnasium and racing towards the finish line. The sport of drone racing has been taking off in recent years, with new leagues and competitions popping up around the world, but this race is different: the drones are being directed by users’ minds

A cloaking device for planets

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/13/2016 - 18:29

NSF Graduate Fellow Alex Teachey of the Cool Worlds Lab explains a new paper that devises a method to cloak entire planets from extraterrestrial civilizations!

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WhatsApp just switched on encryption for a billion people

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 19:19

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Kalifornia (PNN) - April 5, 2016 - For most of the past six weeks, the biggest story out of Silicon Valley was Apple’s battle with the Amerikan Gestapo Federal Bureau of Investigation division over a federal order to unlock the iPhone of a mass shooter. The company’s refusal touched off a searing debate over privacy and security in the digital age. But this morning, at a small office in Mountain View, Kalifornia, three guys made the scope of that enormous debate look small.

Truly zero-emissions airplane fueled by nothing but algae and sunlight

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 17:42

PARIS, France (PNN) - March 29, 2016 - Engineers have said that the day of carbon-free unlimited energy is coming, and a French company just took a step toward that goal.

The company says it plans to fly a "zero-emission" plane from Paris to New York City, powered by nothing more than sunlight and some algae. Founder and pilot Raphael Dinelli will travel for more than 60 hours in June in an ultra-light electric aircraft that is biofuel- and sunlight-powered.

Scientists find more evidence that hidden planet is sitting at the edge of our solar system

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 17:39

LONDON, England (PNN) - March 28, 2016 - New evidence strengthens the idea that there is a mysterious planet hiding at the far edge of our solar system.

Objects have been spotted moving around unusually at the edge of our solar system. The best explanation for the strange orbits is the mysterious Planet Nine, according to one of the scientists who has argued that the hidden planet exists.

Scientists figure out how to upload knowledge to the brain

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 17:34

MALIBU, Kalifornia (PNN) - March 24, 2016 - In a breakthrough that promises new technology like that from The Matrix, researchers at HRL Laboratories have developed a program that they say can upload new skills and knowledge directly to your brain.

Commentary: China’s terrifying pre-crime surveillance technology

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/23/2016 - 19:45

By C. Clay Whittaker

March 18, 2016 - China has a new strategy in fighting crime, ripped from science fiction and hastily pasted at the top of the list of paranoia-inducing concepts.

It’s called pre-crime. It goes further than sting operations, counterterrorism, or any other government action to preempt criminal activity ever has before.

Pentagon readies micro-drone swarm deployments

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/16/2016 - 17:30

High over Alaska last summer, The Pentagon experimented with new, secret prototypes: micro-drones that can be launched from the flare dispensers of moving F-16s and F/A-18 fighter jets. Canisters containing the tiny aircraft descended from the jets on parachutes before breaking open, allowing wings on each drone to swing out and catch the wind. Inch-wide propellers on the back provided propulsion as they found one another and created a swarm. Do you feel safer knowing about these, or do you believe they may be used to further spy on Amerikans?

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Boeing’s Echo Voyager revolution in unmanned underwater vehicles

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/16/2016 - 17:27

Echo Voyager, Boeing’s latest unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV), can operate autonomously for months at a time thanks to a hybrid rechargeable power system and modular payload bay. The 51-foot-long vehicle is the latest innovation in Boeing’s UUV family, joining the 32-foot Echo Seeker and the 18-foot Echo Ranger.

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Russian says it can reach Mars twice as fast as the FPSA

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/16/2016 - 17:26

Russia claims that it could beat the rest of the world to Mars after the country’s space agency revealed it is working on a spaceship that would get them to the Red Planet in just six weeks, much faster than anything the Fascist Police States of Amerika can do.

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