Ubers flying taxis will take passengers to the heavens and back by 2021

Ubers flying taxis will take passengers to the heavens and back by 2021

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most urban transportation systems today are at capacity and, or, gridlocked. Using the airspace above cities is one way to alleviate those burdens.   There’s no doubt that Uber has redefined the world of business and sparked a revolution. Whether it’s because they’re masters at tapping...

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Take a glorious Hi Def tour of the International Space Station

Take a glorious Hi Def tour of the International Space Station

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Have you ever wanted to float around the International Space Station? Now’s your chance.   Since its launch in 1998 only 225 people have ever set foot upon the International Space Station (ISS). So that leaves only seven and a half billion or so of...

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The race is on as Boeing vows to beat SpaceX to Mars

The race is on as Boeing vows to beat SpaceX to Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race for Mars is hotting up as Boeing enters the race.   Less than a week after SpaceX founder Elon Musk detailed his vision to get people to Mars Boeings CEO has intimated that the company plans to beat Musk – and everyone else for that...

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NASA demos RASSOR their “Blue collar” robot that will mine Mars for rocket fuel

NASA demos RASSOR their “Blue collar” robot that will mine Mars for rocket fuel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF NASA is prepping robots for Mars so humans can get on with the important stuff.   A NASA robot which is programmed to dig for water, oxygen and rocket fuel could be the first step in colonising Mars – whether that’s via a NASA mission,...

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk plans to get humans to Mars by 2022

SpaceX founder Elon Musk plans to get humans to Mars by 2022

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Making the leap to become an interplanetary species will happen but Musk wants it to happen by 2022.   Now we know how Elon Musk plans to get 1 million people to Mars and while many people still believe that this is the stuff of...

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D-Wave readies a 2,000 qubit quantum computer for 2017 launch

D-Wave readies a 2,000 qubit quantum computer for 2017 launch

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF D-Wave doubles the qubits and boosts previous models performance by 1,000 fold.   Forget logic based servers D-Wave Systems, the controversial quantum computing pioneer, will start shipping a quantum computer with 2,000 qubits – twice the size of its current 1,000 qubit D-Wave 2X in 2017. And, seven...

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NASA MinION ushers in a new era of space healthcare

NASA MinION ushers in a new era of space healthcare

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF NASA successfully sequences DNA in space, ushering in better healthcare for astronauts and a new era in space biology.   For the first time ever, DNA was successfully sequenced in microgravity as part of the Biomolecule Sequencer experiment performed by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins this weekend...

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Quantum computing Rose’s Law is Moore’s Law on steroids

Quantum computing Rose’s Law is Moore’s Law on steroids

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Rose’s Law for Quantum Computing highlights the new platforms sheer power to solve humanity’s and society’s most complex problems on, and off, Earth.   When Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director of the investment firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DJF) first met Geordie Rose, now CTO and former CEO of...

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The solar system just got its own internet

The solar system just got its own internet

The vastness of space means that traditional internet technologies are unreliable so This month, NASA took a major step toward creating a Solar System Internet by establishing the first operational Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) service on the International Space Station (ISS). The new DTN service will help automate and improve the availability...

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Guardian angel AUDREY keeps firefighters safe

Guardian angel AUDREY keeps firefighters safe

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Our first responders put their lives on the line for us every day, now they have a new guardian angel AI.   Todays firefighters only have their wits and five senses to rely on inside a burning building but research developed in part by NASA’s Jet Propulsion...

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The first private moon landing gets the green light

The first private moon landing gets the green light

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More and more private organisations are taking on the final frontier, now Moon Express have a license to land on the Moon.   Less than half a century after Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the moon the FAA has granted approval...

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Scientists travel to the edge of space to 3D print a heart

Scientists travel to the edge of space to 3D print a heart

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D bioprinting has long held the promise of ending organ donation lists, now there’s an end in sight.   A team of scientists working for the NASA and SpaceX contractor Techshot have become the first people in history to successfully 3D print a heart structure in zero gravity using human...

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ESA lays out plans to build a village on the Moon

ESA lays out plans to build a village on the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF ESA have laid out their plans to colonise the Moon by 2030.   The European Space Agency (ESA) is pressing forward with its plans to set up a permanent human outpost on the moon. Dubbed the “Moon Village” the vision will be the product of international...

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DARPA pushes autonomous Mach 20 drone program underground

DARPA pushes autonomous Mach 20 drone program underground

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race for hypersonic speed has never been hotter.   In August 2011 a superfast unmanned military drone, the Falcon HTV-2 (Force Application and Launch from the Continental US Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2) travelling at 20 times the speed of sound, or 13,000 miles per hour, managed to...

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Inside SpaceX’s mission to Mars

Inside SpaceX’s mission to Mars

This week Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX said it would put its Dragon spacecraft on the red planet “as soon as 2018″ making it the first private company to go interplanetary. While it’s easy to get impatient with crackpot plans to head for the red planet SpaceX is unique in...

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Google’s new quantum computer is 100 million times faster than your PC

Google’s new quantum computer is 100 million times faster than your PC

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Googles D-Wave quantum computer breaks the speed barrier and leaves everything else in its dust.   Google announced a breakthrough in the field of Quantum computing on Wednesday. The company thinks it’s found a quantum algorithm that solves problems 100 million times faster than conventional processes. If...

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