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The Secret on the Ocean Floor

February 19th, 2018

Via: BBC: In the summer of 1974, a large and highly unusual ship set sail from Long Beach in California. It was heading for the middle of the Pacific where its owners boasted it would herald a revolutionary new industry beneath the waves. Equipped with a towering rig and the latest in drilling gear, the […]

Hey Buddy, Can You Give Me a Hand?

February 12th, 2018

Via: Boston Dynamics:

German Court Rules Facebook Use of Personal Data Illegal

February 12th, 2018

Via: Reuters: A German consumer rights group said on Monday that a court had found Facebook’s use of personal data to be illegal because the U.S. social media platform did not adequately secure the informed consent of its users. The verdict, from a Berlin regional court, comes as Big Tech faces increasing scrutiny in Germany […]

Foxconn Unit to Cut Over 10,000 Jobs as Robotics Take Over

February 10th, 2018

Via: Nikkei: Foxconn’s panel arm Innolux is planning to slash more than 10,000 jobs this year as part of the company’s aggressive efforts to increase the use of automation in manufacturing, said Honorary Chairman Tuan Hsing-Chien on Tuesday. “We will reduce our total workforce to less than 50,000 people by the end of this year, […]

Russian Nuclear Scientists Connect Airgapped Supercomputer to Internet to Mine Cryptocurrencies

February 9th, 2018

*har* Via: BBC: Russian security officers have arrested several scientists working at a top-secret Russian nuclear warhead facility for allegedly mining crypto-currencies. The suspects had tried to use one of Russia’s most powerful supercomputers to mine Bitcoins, media reports say. The Federal Nuclear Centre in Sarov, western Russia, is a restricted area. The centre’s press […]

U.S. Army Now Holding Drills With Ground Robots That Shoot

February 9th, 2018

Via: DefenseOne: In a historic first, the Army conducted a live fire exercise with a remote-controlled ground combat vehicle armed with a .50-caliber machine gun. It plans to conduct more exercises with more heavily armed ground robots within the next couple of years. The demonstration was part of the annual Northern Strike exercise, which took […]

SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy Rocket on Historic Maiden Voyage

February 6th, 2018

Update: Astronomers Spot Musk’s Roadster Via: Virtual Telescope: The car was about as bright as magnitude 15.5, requiring a large (more than 16? – 400 mm in diameter) to be seen visually. Below is a video, obtained with 54 images taken back to back, from 11:12 to 12:15 UT, 8 Feb. 2018. — Update: Was […]

EHANG 184 AAV Manned Flight Tests

February 6th, 2018

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China Deploys Experimental Railgun Aboard Warship

February 5th, 2018

Via: WANT to win a war? Build a better gun. Now China appears to have taken a huge stride ahead of the United States with the first experimental deployment of a new ‘supergun’ aboard a warship. The first images began circulating on the internet last week. They showed a Chinese amphibious assault ship — […]

The Breakneck Rise of China’s Colossus of Electric-Car Batteries

February 3rd, 2018

Via: Bloomberg: The next global powerhouse in the auto industry comes from a small city in a tea-growing province of southeast China, where an unheralded maker of electric-vehicle batteries is planning a $1.3 billion factory with enough capacity to surpass the output of Tesla and dwarf the suppliers for battery-powered cars by GM, Nissan and […]

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