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A new type of nuclear fusion reactor could provide clean and unlimited energy

Nuclear fusion offers enormous energy potential and does not pollute radioactive. A team of researchers from the University of New South Wales, Australia, says it has everything it takes to build a nuclear fusion reactor that will be able to produce more energy than it consumes. The reactor will work differently from the other fusion reactors designed and promises a real energy revolution, according to Live Science. The secret of this...

Are autonomous cars safe? A new car model illustrates security breaches

A new car model illustrates the security breaches of autonomous vehicles. How safe are they after all? Every new generation of cars comes with technologies that expose new safety risks. But in the case of autonomous cars there is no precedent, the dangers being little studied, experts suggest in a new study. Imagine three different scenarios: The stand-alone car could take you to an isolated place, although the destination is your home. You...

Russian scientists have created a new type of magnet

A team of scientists from the Krasnoyarsk Science Center and the Siberian Federal University has developed a new technique to synthesize a thin-film of ferromagnetic crystal. The processed membranes can be used especially in electronics. The results of the study were published in the Thin Solid Films journal. Magnetic coats are tens of hundreds of nanometers thick. The material is composed of ferro-silicon, which contains silicon and iron, with...

Microsoft will launch laptops having an autonomy of up to 22 hours

Microsoft and Qualcomm are aiming for big things in the near future. They have just introduced the first always-on laptops. The new laptop range uses the Snapdragon 835 platform that is well known in the mobile gaming enthusiasts. By using this mobile processor in a laptop, Microsoft is trying to offer a hybrid product that offers the benefits of a tablet combined with the performance of a PC. The new laptops will bring a whole new list of...

How does the quantum computer work?

Ever since the first recorded computer was invented, back in 1613, humans are trying to perfect it and to make it as faster as possible. These days, our computers have reached the computational power of computers that were presented in Sci-Fi movies back in the '50s and the '60s. A question remains though: Will we ever have the processing power we want? If Moore's law continues to be valid in the next period, by 2030 we will have microchip...

Self-driving bus involved in crash on its first day

Las Vegas authorities have tested the bus driven 100% by autopilot in real traffic and it managed to crash on its very first day. The automated shuttle was first tested in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, after only 2 hours of running in Las Vegas traffic, the bus was involved in a road accident. While being tested, the bus was hit by a truck. However, according to interview, the autonomous system of the bus has performed perfectly. It seems that the...

Google’s AutoML – Artificial Intelligence creates AI

We are entering uncharted territory. In May, Google introduced its new project called AutoML. In short, the project has its focus on Machine Learning for Automated Algorithm Design, where artificial intelligence (AI) helps create other programs that use artificial intelligence. Just recently, Google has announced that AutoML has overtaken engineers at their own task by creating a program that is more efficient and powerful than the best man-made...

Medical breakthrough: Scientists have succeeded in reversing advanced heart failure

A team of scientists has discovered a way to reverse advanced heart failure, one of the leading causes of death resulting from heart problems. The discovery was made at at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. The procedure involves "silencing" the mechanism that controls the size of the organs (Hippo signaling pathway). This may lead to more effective treatments or even the elimination of this condition that is killing a large number of...

The first human head transplant was delayed

The first human head transplant, scheduled for December 2017, was delayed. There is currently no exact date for when the surgery will take place, but researcher Sergio Canavero claims it will probably happen in the first half of 2018. Russian volunteer Valery Spiridonov recently announced he no longer wants to be the subject of the procedure. Sciencr writes that researcher Sergio Canavero spent the last two years preparing this complicated...

7 Things I hate about my mom’s LG G6

Finally, my mom decided to upgrade her old iPhone 6s that she has been using for two years now. She asked me for an advice about buying a new smartphone that should fit her $500 budget. Still, she specified that she would love a smartphone that packs all the features of a high-end device. Let me tell you this, it was not an easy search, I had to go through tons of reviews and balance all the pros and cons of all the flagship smartphones on the...

DYI: How to build a photovoltaic solar panel system

In this article, I will share the basic stuff you need to know in order to build a photovoltaic solar panel system in your own home. As you probably know by now, with the fall of photovoltaic cells price, the demand for solar panels is getting higher. By building a photovoltaic solar panel system, you will save a lot of money on the long run, but you will also help the environment by not using fossil based energy. As the solar panel market goes...

Mankind could disappear in 100 years

Daniel P. Whitmire is a former astrophysicist and professor of mathematics at Arkansas University, and he recently published an article in the International Journal of Astrobiology. According to his conclusions, mankind will disappear in 100-500 years. The article depicts the idea that millions of years of technological evolution are extremely rare. Humanity is right now in this very situation. However, if we are to believe Whitmire's theory,...