Daimler released electric Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck

Daimler released electric Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck

Transportation of the near future will use electricity for propulsion systems. Therefore, Daimler has presented a new 26-tonne Mercedes-Bent Urban eTruck with modular battery concept and 250 kW of engine power.
7/28/16, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
UK permitted Amazon delivery drones tests

UK permitted Amazon delivery drones tests

Amazon wants to test its delivery drones but is not very lucky in US because of very strict rules given by F.A.A. On the other hand, United Kingdom is more tech-friendly and permitted testing procedures of these unmanned aircrafts.
7/27/16, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Lithium-air batteries improved, the future of electric cars?

Lithium-air batteries improved, the future of electric cars?

Lithium-oxygen batteries seem to be an interesting replacement of Li-Ion batteries but they have many drawbacks too. Now, a huge improvement was presented. We can expect much better stability and other properties.
7/26/16, Nanotechnology, Milan Šurkala
3D-printed skulls to be used for endoscopy training

3D-printed skulls to be used for endoscopy training

Medicine can greatly benefit from modern 3D-printing technology. University of Virginia Health System is going to use 3D models of a human skull to train young doctors how to perform nasal endoscopy.
7/25/16, 3D print, Milan Šurkala
Elon Musk revealed Master Plan II, Tesla trucks coming

Elon Musk revealed Master Plan II, Tesla trucks coming

10 years ago, Elon Musk revealed Master Plan that involved three electric cars and solar power. Now, the second plan was made public. Musk plans to create electric trucks, public transport system, car sharing but that is not all.
7/22/16, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Laser internet connection with Facebook's detector

Laser internet connection with Facebook's detector

Facebook is trying to spread internet connection to various areas. One of the latest technologies involves a newly developed optical detector for a high-speed laser internet. No Wi-Fi and radio waves, no cables.
7/21/16, Computers, Milan Šurkala
3D-printed biorobots powered by sea slug muscles

3D-printed biorobots powered by sea slug muscles

Sometimes, it is hard to believe what the scientists are capable of. For example, they have created a biorobot that consists of a 3D-printed body and real muscles from a sea slug. Now, such a robot is able to crawl slowly.
7/20/16, 3D print, Milan Šurkala
Geneva will charge e-buses in 15 seconds

Geneva will charge e-buses in 15 seconds

Geneva public transportation is going to use flash charging electric buses. The ABB company will provide fleet of TOSA e-buses that are going to be charged in 15-20 seconds at special bus stops.
7/19/16, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
NASA to send Curiosity 2.0 rover to Mars in 2020

NASA to send Curiosity 2.0 rover to Mars in 2020

The new Mars mission is finally planned. NASA wants to send the new Curiosity 2.0 rover with enhanced scientific instruments to the Mars planet in 2020. The new rover should also collect samples of Martian soil.
7/18/16, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Missiles are going to be 3D-printed

Missiles are going to be 3D-printed

Modern warfare will bring some interesting stuff. Raytheon company is already trying to use 3D-printing technology to create parts of missiles. That allows them to manufacture the missiles much faster.
7/15/16, 3D print, Milan Šurkala
Mercedes will 3D-print spare parts for its trucks

Mercedes will 3D-print spare parts for its trucks

Daimler company is going to use 3D print technology to produce plastic spare parts for Mercedes trucks. It would be very easy to create a new part anywhere in the world even for trucks that are not produced for a long time.
7/14/16, 3D print, Milan Šurkala
Aerial photography changed by DJI drones and Hasselblad

Aerial photography changed by DJI drones and Hasselblad

DJI and Hasselblad companies teamed together and created a new special drone for aerial photography. Their new A5D-M600 drone is able to take 50-megapixel Hasselblad medium format camera in the air.
7/13/16, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Swimming bacteria to power tiny electronics

Swimming bacteria to power tiny electronics

The scientists from Oxford University figured out that small bacteria that usually move randomly can move in an organised way under some conditions. The organizes motion can be used to generate electrical power.
7/12/16, Nanotechnology, Milan Šurkala
Record broken: Microsoft stored 200 MB in DNA strand

Record broken: Microsoft stored 200 MB in DNA strand

Storage requirements are growing exponentially but the classic technology cannot keep pace. Therefore, Microsoft and University of Washington are trying a new storage medium, synthetic DNA strands. And they were quite successful.
7/11/16, Computers, Milan Šurkala
Puppy received a 3D-printed tooth implant

Puppy received a 3D-printed tooth implant

Small 15-months old puppy has broken its tooth and was unable to eat properly. Group of Brazilian veterinarians called Animal Avengers have 3D-printed a tooth implant and saved the puppy. The dog can eat again since the surgery.
7/8/16, 3D print, Milan Šurkala
Special robot to teach kids a second language

Special robot to teach kids a second language

Cute robots may be helpful when teaching kids new abilities. Researchers at Tilburg University in Netherlands are developing the special social robot called L2TOR that should help small kids to learn a second language.
7/7/16, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
NASA Juno spacecraft reached the Jupiter's orbit

NASA Juno spacecraft reached the Jupiter's orbit

The following months will be full of news about the Jupiter planet. Juno spacecraft has successfully entered the Jupiter's orbit and it will send valuable data about the planet in the near future.
7/6/16, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
Better Li-ion batteries thanks to magnetic alignment

Better Li-ion batteries thanks to magnetic alignment

Even though there are many attempts how to invent a new type of batteries, Swiss researchers rather tried to improve already existing Li-ion technology using metal nanoparticles. The three-fold increase was achieved in the first tests.
7/5/16, Nanotechnology, Milan Šurkala
NASA approved New Horizons mission extension

NASA approved New Horizons mission extension

New Horizons spacecraft is heading to Kuiper Belt after its successful mission around the Pluto dwarf planet. In the previous week, NASA approved the extension of its mission and the spacecraft should explore 2014 MU69 in the Kuiper Belt.
7/4/16, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
Original Star Trek Enterprise model brought back to life

Original Star Trek Enterprise model brought back to life

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum restored the original model of Starship Enterprise that was used for shooting Star Trek series. The model will be displayed as a part of the 40th birthday celebration of the museum.
7/1/16, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
Exoskeleton to stop tremor of people with Parkinson

Exoskeleton to stop tremor of people with Parkinson

New exoskeleton technology can be used in medicine for people with Parkinson's disease. The artificial hand can calm down the tremors caused by this insidious illness and bring patients back into normal life.
6/30/16, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Cyborg insects as remotely controlled olfactory sensors

Cyborg insects as remotely controlled olfactory sensors

The smell of some insects is very well developed sense and it can be used to create living biorobots. The mixture of nanotechnology and locusts can make powerful olfactory sensor that can be remotely controlled.
6/29/16, Nanotechnology, Milan Šurkala
Electromagnetic railguns being developed for US Navy

Electromagnetic railguns being developed for US Navy

Electromagnetic railguns are under development for some time and US Navy considers to use them in the future. Such weapons are extremely expensive but their shots are relatively cheap. The missiles may achieve speeds up to Mach 7.5.
6/28/16, Advanced weapons, Milan Šurkala
3D-printed organs are saving cancer patient's lives

3D-printed organs are saving cancer patient's lives

3D print technology can be used almost everywhere. For example, it was used to print patient's kidney to prepare the difficult surgery few weeks ago. Because of that, doctors were able to perform surgery without any complications.
6/27/16, 3D print, Milan Šurkala
Electric car broke 0-100 km/h world record

Electric car broke 0-100 km/h world record

The world acceleration record from 0 to 100 km/h was broken by Grimsel electric formula in less than 1.6 seconds. Its acceleration is even better than the acceleration of the cars with combustion engines.
6/24/16, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
China has built the fastest supercomputer

China has built the fastest supercomputer

The new Sunway TaihuLight in China is the fastest supercomputer in the world. It is capable to achieve unbelievable 93 petaflops performance and it is twice as fast as previous fastest China supercomputer.
6/23/16, Computers, Milan Šurkala
Scientists developed ultra-thin flexible solar cells

Scientists developed ultra-thin flexible solar cells

Scientists in South Korea have developed a new type of solar cells. These cells are extremely thin, much thinner than a human hair. Because of that, the cells are also flexible and they are suitable for popular wearables.
6/22/16, Computers, Milan Šurkala
Heart tissue 3D printed in zero gravity

Heart tissue 3D printed in zero gravity

People are going to print body tissues using special 3D printers. And they are also able to do so in zero gravity environment. Therefore, the astronauts should be able to fix some of their own tissues in space.
6/21/16, 3D print, Milan Šurkala
NASA to fly electrically, the new X-57 Maxwell

NASA to fly electrically, the new X-57 Maxwell

Electric engines are not spreading only in hybrid and electric cars, they are finding their way into aircrafts too. NASA has developed the X-57 Maxwell aircraft that uses 14 electric engines and batteries storing the power for them.
6/20/16, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
DyCo5 nanostructures increase storage capacity and stability

DyCo5 nanostructures increase storage capacity and stability

Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) provides high data density but it also has its own issues like the need for very high temperatures and lower stability. New dysprosium-cobalt nanostructures will help to improve both density and stability.
6/17/16, Computers, Milan Šurkala