Weather bombs could help scientists better predict earthquakes

Weather bombs could help scientists better predict earthquakes

Little heard S-waves are the key to seeing inside our planet Small, intense storms known as “weather bombs” may trigger rare tremors deep within the Earth, offering scientists a new way to study the mysterious structure and inner workings of the planet, according to a new study. A “weather bomb”...

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The US airforce will rule the air with swarms of drones

The US airforce will rule the air with swarms of drones

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mother drones that can control and coordinate swarms of drones could have applications in the military and civilian sectors, for warfare, as well as for deliveries and aid relief.   The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Lockheed Martin and Raytheon a...

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China launches worlds first unhackable Quantum communications satellite

China launches worlds first unhackable Quantum communications satellite

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF China recently launched the world’s first quantum satellite, heralding in a new era of ultra-secure communications.   “The satellite is designed to establish ultra-secure quantum communications by transmitting uncrackable keys from space to the ground,” Xinhua, China’s state news agency, wrote after the equipment was...

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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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Truck sized nuclear fusion reactors appear on the horizon

Truck sized nuclear fusion reactors appear on the horizon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tokomak Energy aims to build mini-nuclear reactors and announces target of producing electricity by 2025 and feeding power into the grid by 2030.   Nuclear fusion needs a “Wright brothers” moment, to convince the world of its promise of unlimited clean and safe energy and...

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DARPA’s king Robo-hacker “Mayhem” proves no match for humans

DARPA’s king Robo-hacker “Mayhem” proves no match for humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DARPA’S Cyber Grand Challenge is over but the winner is still no match for humans.   The Heartbleed security bug existed in many of the world’s computer systems for nearly two-and-a-half years before it was discovered and a fix circulated in the spring of 2014,...

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The world’s first fully autonomous warship aces sea trials

The world’s first fully autonomous warship aces sea trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The US Navy’s trials of their first autonomous warship platform have been wildly successful.   The US Navy’s new unarmed Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) Sea Hunter has completed its first round of sea trials and it aced all of its tests for speed, manoeuvrability,...

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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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US military funds cameras that can see round corners

US military funds cameras that can see round corners

It’s getting harder and harder to hide these days thanks to sensors, such as those from Camero Tech’s line of Xaver tactical radars, that can see through walls and let law enforcement officials and the military detect anyone inside a closed room and their distance from the camera. Now DARPA wants...

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The White House just issued a Defcon scale for cyber attacks

The White House just issued a Defcon scale for cyber attacks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an increasingly connected society cyber attacks can wreak more havoc than ever before and now the US has a plan.   In a sign of the times White House officials have finally gotten around to writing out a plan to deal with future cyber attacks...

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DARPA teams go head to head to find the worlds best robo-hacker

DARPA teams go head to head to find the worlds best robo-hacker

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Humans can no longer keep up with the tusnami of cyber threats but the robo-hackers can.   Could you invent an autonomous hacking system that could find and fix vulnerabilities in computer systems before criminals could exploit them, and without any human being involved?  ...

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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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Caltech shows off self healing microchips

Caltech shows off self healing microchips

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Caltech have built a new kind of microchip that can learn to heal its own information pathways.   One of the reasons why robots and artificial intelligence programs — even very sophisticated ones — do not qualify as living things is because they lack the capacity...

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One camera to watch an entire city, meet WAMI

One camera to watch an entire city, meet WAMI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s like combining Google Maps with Tivo, authorities can watch an entire city with just a one camera.   An unblinking sentinel will watch over the Olympic Games from high above Rio de Janiero this summer. No, not the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, but...

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US Navy divers go Ironman with DAVD

US Navy divers go Ironman with DAVD

The US Navy’s new augmented reality helmet pushes diving into the twenty first century A new high-tech diving helmet being developed by the U.S. Navy will incorporate augmented-reality technology to help keep naval divers safe on underwater missions and help them complete missions faster. Dubbed the Divers Augmented Vision Display...

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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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Bomb sniffing UAV’s can thwart terrorist bombs

Bomb sniffing UAV’s can thwart terrorist bombs

Security forces are about to get a new tool in the fight against terror Scientists at a US university have developed “bomb sniffing drones” which are being lauded as the ultimate weapon against terror attacks involving explosives. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Madison have managed to miniaturize a Gamma...

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Scientists pull images from peoples minds using AI and fMRI

Scientists pull images from peoples minds using AI and fMRI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Let us salute the end of criminal line ups and berate the loss of our future privacy.   If you only remember one thing about technology then remember this – over time it gets faster and it gets better and for those of you who...

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BAE’s trials a molecular assembler that one day will grow drones in the field

BAE’s trials a molecular assembler that one day will grow drones in the field

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Growing your own products just became a thing.   If you needed to be convinced just how fast technology is progressing then think of this. For Millennia humans have assembled individual, pre crafted components together to make products of every shape and form. In 1986...

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ALPHA AI just changed the balance of global warfare

ALPHA AI just changed the balance of global warfare

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new form of AI demonstrates that humans will be no match for intelligent weapons.   Retired United States Air Force Colonel Gene Lee recently went up against ALPHA, an Artificial Intelligence flight combat system developed by a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate running on nothing...

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