21
Jul
2016

Nvidia Titan X is graphics card overkill of the highest order

Nvidia has cranked its Pascal architecture to the max with the new Titan X

With the rise of 4K and graphics-intensive VR, more strain is being placed on graphics cards. Manufacturers like Nvidia have responded with more power, and the GTX1080 proved quality components can immediately improve a gaming experience. Practical benefits aside, there's always going to be people who want more. Thankfully, more has arrived, in the form of the Titan X.

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Category: Computers

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21
Jul
2016

Grass grows as a surprise source of hydrogen fuel

The scientists were able to produce hydrogen using fescue grass with metal-based catalysts and sunlight

The grass is always greener on the other side, as the saying goes, and this may prove especially true if a team of scientists can build on a promising early breakthrough. Researchers from Cardiff University have come up with a way to unlock hydrogen from fescue grass, raising the possibility of using turf to power life on Earth.

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Category: Energy

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21
Jul
2016

New Dry Combat Submersible to carry troops to mission areas scuba-free

A Dry Combat Submersible (DCS) prototype in the water in 2012

US Special Forces are in for a drier time as Lockheed Martin and Submergence Group LLC sign a US$166 million contract to supply the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) with a new class of combat submersibles. Based on the Lockheed S301i and S302 commercial submersibles, the Dry Combat Submersibles (DCS) replaces the current fleet of Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDV) with a new design that allows the soldiers to travel inside the vessel.

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Category: Military

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21
Jul
2016

Nvidia’s eye-tracking system blurs the lines for more immersive VR environments

Nvidia has developed a rendering system that tracks a user's eyes in VR and only renders ...

The human eye can only focus on one surprisingly small area at a time, while our peripheral vision gives us the general gist of what else is nearby. That means a lot of processing power that goes into fully rendering virtual reality environments in focus is wasted when you're only really taking in a small area of the screen at any given time. Nvidia has developed a rendering technique that allows that wasted processing power to be redirected to allow developers to create more immersive VR environments.

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Category: VR

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21
Jul
2016

Facebook’s internet broadcasting drone takes to the skies for the first time

Aquila flew for a total of 96 minutes at low altitude controlled by its autopilot software

Connecting the entire world to the internet by way of solar-powered drones with fricking laser beams attached to their heads sounds more like an Austin Powers plotline than an actual business strategy, but for the folk at Facebook's Connectivity Lab it ain't so far-fetched. In its quest to provide remote regions with affordable internet access, the team recently conducted its first successful full-scale testing of a critical piece of the puzzle, an internet-broadcasting drone called Aquila that will eventually stay airborne for 90 days at a time.

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Category: Telecommunications

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21
Jul
2016

South Pole turned into giant neutrino detector

ASA will help shed light on cosmogenic neutrinos, which are produced by energetic objects, such as ...

Mentioning Antarctica brings many things to mind, such as ice, penguins, and possibly even dead cities built by Lovecraftian horrors, but a gigantic radiation detector for unravelling the secrets of the Universe probably isn't high on the list. But that's just what an international team of scientists and engineers are building at the South Pole. Called the Askaryan Radio Array (ARA), will use the continent's vast expanses of dense transparent ice as an instrument for seeking radio waves thrown off by high-energy neutrinos from the depths of outer space.

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Category: Science

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