Lilium: The first electrical vertical take-off and landing plane

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There will soon be a personal craft that can take off and land vertically. It will be electric and seat two people, and is the starting point for what is hoped will be a generation of environmentally friendly and quiet planes. CEO Daniel Wiegand is wanting the plane to be suitable for daily use as an airport is not needed.

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A new device can bring super fast internet speeds into your home

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A Boston startup called Starry is creating a cheap device that can deliver internet access to your business or home, wirelessly, and 100 times faster than the average home connection. The technology behind this device, millimeter wave active phased array, has become increasingly cheaper, and less bulky.

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Powerwall is Tesla’s new idea for harnessing and storing green energy

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Powerwall will harness energy from renewable sources and make it available for household use or make it available on a distributed grid . The battery would store energy when demand is low and release it during peak periods when energy supplied by large power stations is expensive.

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We are getting closer to traveling safely at 760 miles per hour using magnets

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Using a “passive” levitating system, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, has found a safe way to travel at 760 mph. The ultra-fast rail system is similar to the Maglev train in Asia, but should be cheaper to install and operate. The pod will also be able to charge automatically harnessing energy caused by breaking.

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Emergency organ transplant drones are on the horizon

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EHang recently announced an agreement to deploy a fleet of passenger drones for the purpose of delivering organs to transplant patients. The Manufactured Organ Transport Helicopter (MOTH) will work with Maryland-based Lung Biotechnology PBC to customize the 184-drone to well suited for the task.

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6.3 million liters of drinkable seawater made per day by scientists in India

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A new filtration method has allowed scientists in India to make potable water from seawater. 6.3 million litres made by using waste steam from a nuclear reactor to purify the water. The filtration methods also filter out arsenic and uranium from groundwater.

 

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New breakthrough in solar technology by Australian researchers

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A new solar cell that is flexible and non-toxic, has been developed by researchers at Australia’s University of New South Wales. The new cells are also cheap to make and are the next step to zero-energy buildings.  Until now solar cells have been made from scarce and toxic materials.

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Microscopic robots get tiny practical engines

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Making machines smaller and smaller is becoming easier and easier to the point we can now make working machines that are only the size of complex molecules. The problem is making them work. Researchers have tried various power an propulsion systems, but they lack  speed, strength and control. However, with the creation of tiny engines, nanobots could be coming to living cells near you.

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Autonomous trucks drive themselves across Europe

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Volvo, Daimler, and other manufacturers sent about a dozen trucks across Europe. These mostly autonomous vehicles set off from their bases in europe, some traveled more than 2,ooo km and 4 borders, to reach their destination. The first major exercise of its kind in Europe.

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Robot Snakes are making underwater maintenance a whole lot easier

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The new Eelume robot is a self propelled aquatic mechanical snake. The Eelume is designed to do subsea repair and inspection work that is difficult or impossible for humans to do. This robot is perfect for the task because it emulates something that actually lives under the sea.

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Transparent wood is the new glass

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Wood, an inexpensive and renewable resource, has many applications. Including building materials for high rises, bicycles, and foam insulation. Recently researchers developed transparent wood for potential use in windows, and solar cells, providing a cheaper alternative to silica-based glass. Led by Prof. Lars Berglund at Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, researchers chemically remove lignin from natural wood fibers – lignin is one component of wood cell walls. What was left was a material that was “beautifully white,” but still not transparent.

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