Last SpaceX mission partially successful

Last SpaceX mission partially successful

The SpaceX's flight on this Wednesday was only partially successful. The rocket was able to bring the satellites to orbit but there is still a need for an improvement of landing the rocket. This attempt did not end well.
6/16/16, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
Black phosphorus to replace silicon and cool electronics

Black phosphorus to replace silicon and cool electronics

Black phosphorus has some interesting metal properties and it seems that it could replace silicon in electronics. Moreover, phosphorus nanoribbons using the special structure can improve heat dissipation and keep electronics cooler.
6/15/16, Computers, Milan Šurkala
Elon Musk clarifies SpaceX's mission to Mars

Elon Musk clarifies SpaceX's mission to Mars

It is not very long ago when SpaceX revealed some details about its plans for human mission to Mars. They also promised to unveil more details and that happened yesterday. Elon Musk told us more about its Mars plans and regular Mars missions.
6/14/16, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
NASA's Juno mission to reach Jupiter in July

NASA's Juno mission to reach Jupiter in July

After very successful New Horizons mission at Pluto, NASA is going to carry out the next interesting space mission. There are only 21 days left until Juno spacecraft will reach and explore the Jupiter planet.
6/13/16, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
Chinese retailer tests delivery drones in countryside

Chinese retailer tests delivery drones in countryside

Delivery drones are the future of e-shops. Chinese retailer JD.com is already testing them in rural areas of China where are huge problems to get packages into desired destinations through winding roads.
6/10/16, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Drone taxi to be tested in Nevada

Drone taxi to be tested in Nevada

Ehang 184 drone is a new type of drone that is able to carry passengers but it still flies without any human pilot. Such a vehicle can work as a drone taxi and the company is going to start the tests in Nevada.
6/9/16, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Smart glass with nanoparticles is coming

Smart glass with nanoparticles is coming

Australian researchers were able to combine glass with nanoparticles that enable it to obtain very interesting properties. What about a glass material that is able to shine or detect radiation levels?
6/8/16, Nanotechnology, Milan Šurkala
Fuel to be produced by artificial photosynthesis?

Fuel to be produced by artificial photosynthesis?

Harvard researchers have improved the artificial photosynthesis that is able to create oxygen and substances needed for production of liquid fuels. Are we going to create artificial gasoline using Bionic Leaf 2.0?
6/7/16, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
SpaceX plans human mission to Mars in 2025

SpaceX plans human mission to Mars in 2025

NASA and Lockheed Martin plan to send humans to Mars planet in 2028 but SpaceX company wants to be even faster. They want to reach the surface of the planet by 2025. The new rocket will be needed to achieve such a goal.
6/6/16, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
Intel released 10-core desktop processor monster

Intel released 10-core desktop processor monster

Intel has just released the new family of Broadwell-E processors. They use 14nm Tri-Gate 3D technology and you can buy up to 10-core version Core i7-6950X. We are still talking about desktop CPUs.
6/3/16, Computers, Milan Šurkala
US Army plans helicopters with laser weapons

US Army plans helicopters with laser weapons

Laser weapons will not be only on jet fighters because Special Operation Commands plans to test these weapons on helicopters too. We can expect laser weapons on famous Apache helicopters in the near future.
6/2/16, Advanced weapons, Milan Šurkala
New form of transport in China: straddling bus

New form of transport in China: straddling bus

China is fighting with smog and transportation issues with a project of the straddling bus. It will be raised to the height of 2.1 metres and the cars can drive under. The first straddling bus will be tested very soon in the real city world.
6/1/16, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Cute Asus Zenbo robot, a cheap digital friend

Cute Asus Zenbo robot, a cheap digital friend

Asus unveiled very cute robot Zenbo that is able to play with kids or tell them fairy tales. But this "toy" is not only for kids, it is good companion for elderly people too. Zenbo can be used for video calls, it can take photos or work as a home cinema.
5/31/16, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Simultaneous translation of languages with Pilot earpieces

Simultaneous translation of languages with Pilot earpieces

Do you have problems with understanding foreign languages or cannot you speak some language at all? Pilot earpieces can be a solution for such a problem. They are able to simultaneously translate some languages and more are planned to come.
5/30/16, Computers, Milan Šurkala
AutoRally car autonomously learns how to race

AutoRally car autonomously learns how to race

Autonomous car are taught how to drive in real world conditions but some cars are also able to teach themselves and learn how to drive. Researchers at Georgia Tech have created the car that is autonomously learning how to race and drive extremely fast.
5/27/16, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Lockheed Martin to send humans to Mars in 2028

Lockheed Martin to send humans to Mars in 2028

Lockheed Martin company wants to support NASA's mission for visiting the Mars planet. The plan is to send unmanned aircraft in the near future and the humans should see the planet from Mars Base Camp in 2028.
5/26/16, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
US Navy will release Blackwing drones from underwater

US Navy will release Blackwing drones from underwater

US Navy's submarines will have a new equipment in the near future. The new Blackwing spy drones will be used in these submarines and they can be released from underwater. They are collapsed into very small 3-inch launch tube.
5/25/16, Advanced weapons, Milan Šurkala
Charge your EV wirelessly, new SAE standards approved

Charge your EV wirelessly, new SAE standards approved

Plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles are slowly gaining popularity and the problem of comfortable charging is getting more serious. SAE organization has just approved new WPT standards for wireless charging of these vehicles. No plugs will be necessary.
5/24/16, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
APWorks created 3D printed electric motorbike Light Rider

APWorks created 3D printed electric motorbike Light Rider

3D printing can be used for creating various products. APWorks from Airbus Group created a 3D printed super light electric motorcycle that weighs only 77 pounds (35 kilograms). Metal powder and aircraft-grade aluminium were used to create the frame.
5/23/16, 3D print, Milan Šurkala
Hypersonic travelling closer to reality, Mach 7 achieved

Hypersonic travelling closer to reality, Mach 7 achieved

Air transportation starts to be slow now. We need to travel even faster. Therefore, NASA, Australia and Air Force are developing hypersonic planes. They were able to successfully test the hypersonic rocket that achieved 7.5 times the speed of sound.
5/20/16, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
New Horizons heading to Kuiper Belt, a new mission?

New Horizons heading to Kuiper Belt, a new mission?

New Horizons spacecraft accomplished its Pluto mission and there is a question about the next task. One of the new possible targets is 2014 MU69 in the Kuiper Belt where the spacecraft is already heading to. Will it be its next space mission?
5/19/16, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
Nanosilver pen uses a laser for 3D printing in the air

Nanosilver pen uses a laser for 3D printing in the air

Researchers at Harvard University have created a new 3D printing pen that uses nanosilver particles and special laser for creating a 3D wires in the air without any additional support. These wires can be thinner than a human hair.
5/18/16, 3D print, Milan Šurkala
SeaDrone underwater robot not only for fishermen

SeaDrone underwater robot not only for fishermen

Drones are very popular now but they do not have to fly only. There is a new emerging market for underwater drones. One of them is called SeaDrone that can be useful for underwater inspections or scientific research.
5/17/16, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Star Wars coming to reality, Air Force plans laser weapons

Star Wars coming to reality, Air Force plans laser weapons

The U.S. Air Force plans to use laser weapons in the near future. They want to use laser weapons in both air and ground attacks if they are able to solve today's problems of the technology such as dimensions and small power.
5/16/16, Advanced weapons, Milan Šurkala
Hyperloop One prototype hit 400 MPH in a desert test

Hyperloop One prototype hit 400 MPH in a desert test

Hyperloop One has been successfully tested in Nevada desert. This new type of transportation was able to hit 400 MPH on a testing track. For now, it was only open-air test focused on the propulsion system of the vehicle.
5/13/16, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Silicon nanoparticles to improve fiber optic networks

Silicon nanoparticles to improve fiber optic networks

Telecommunication is never fast and good enough. Although the nanoparticles are already used in telecommunication, researches came with a new solution that will use silicon nanoparticles in order to improve it and shrink the size of devices.
5/12/16, Nanotechnology, Milan Šurkala
Humanoid NASA Valkyrie robots heading for Mars?

Humanoid NASA Valkyrie robots heading for Mars?

Upgraded NASA Valkyrie R5 robots were given to three universities. They will be used for a scientific research and may be used in conditions in which humans cannot survive. Will they be used in space missions like NASA's journey to Mars?
5/11/16, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
First robot perfectly completed autonomous bowel surgery

First robot perfectly completed autonomous bowel surgery

Robots are widely used in medicine in recent years but has not been able to act autonomously yet. That is history now. Autonomous robot STAR was able to perform complete pig bowel surgery and outperformed human surgeons.
5/10/16, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080: for faster virtual reality

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080: for faster virtual reality

A new GPU architecture NVIDIA Pascal is finally here. Because of using a new 16nm FinFET manufacturing process, GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 is three times more efficient than GeForce GTX Titan X and it is better in virtual reality applications.
5/9/16, Computers, Milan Šurkala
IBM brings the quantum computer to the public cloud

IBM brings the quantum computer to the public cloud

You can try to work with the quantum computer for the first time thanks to IBM that provides you a free access to IBM Quantum Experience. Everyone can carry out quantum experiments on this machine.
5/6/16, Computers, Milan Šurkala