Wave Glider SV3 – world’s first wave and solar powered unmanned ocean robot

Wave Glider SV3

Liquid Robotics has announced the Wave Glider SV3, what it calls the worldʼs first hybrid wave and solar propelled unmanned ocean robot. These super-smart robots have been revamped with Wi-Fi and cellular communications and are primed to compete in a series of industries, and might eventually create a couple new ones while they’re at it. (Pics)

 

 

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World’s First Wave Farm Powers 1500 Homes

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 World’s First Wave Farm

 There’s power in them thar waves! That’s why Portugal built Agucadoura, the world’s first wave farm off its coast, consisting of three Wave Energy Converters generating a total of 2.25MW.

 

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Faster Wireless to Compete with Speed of Fiber

Faster Wireless to Compete with Speed of Fiber

 Researchers at Battelle used off-the-shelf optical telecommunication
components to create a faster millimeter-wave device.

There’s no shortage of demand for faster wireless, but today’s fastest technologies–Wi-Fi, 3G cellular networks, and even the upcoming WiMax–max out at tens or hundreds of megabits per second. So far, no commercial wireless system can beat the raw speed of optical fiber, which can carry tens of gigabits per second.

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Invisibility Cloaks Could Take the Sting out of Hurricanes

Invisibility Cloaks Could Take the Sting out of Hurricanes

Protection comes in many forms

Invisibility cloaks that are able to steer light around two dimensional objects have become reality in the last few years. But the first real-world application of the theories that made them possible could be in hiding vulnerable coastlines and offshore platforms from destructive hurricanes and tsunamis.

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Britain Plans World’s Largest Tidal Power Station

 Britain Plans World’s Largest Tidal Power Station

 Great plans = great controversy

Great Britain is mulling plans to build the world’s largest tidal power station. Though the climate-friendly energy source is expected to provide 5 percent of the country’s power, environmentalists oppose the project, which they say will destroy vital wildlife habitat. (Pics)

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Beaming Voices Into Your Head

 Beaming Voices Into Your Head

Great way to implant sounds and even specific messages inside people’s heads

The Sierra Nevada Corporation claimed this week that it is ready to begin production on the MEDUSA, a damned scary ray gun that uses the “microwave audio effect” to implant sounds and perhaps even specific messages inside people’s heads. Short for Mob Excess Deterrent Using Silent Audio, MEDUSA creates the audio effect with short microwave pulses.

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Paralysed Man Learns to Take a Virtual Walk

Paralysed Man Learns to Take a Virtual Walk

 Finding new freedoms in the virtual world

A paralysed man using only his brain waves has been able to manipulate a virtual internet character, Japanese researchers said on Monday, calling it a world first.

The 41-year-old patient used his imagination to make his character take a walk and chat to another virtual person on the popular Second Life website.

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