7
Sep
2016

Robots taught to move safely, but not too safely

Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed algorithms that allow autonomous robots to loosen up on safety ...

On the road to an increasingly autonomous future, robots and AI systems will need to be programmed to instinctively avoid collisions when they take the wheel. But if bots are designed to be too careful, performance may suffer. A team at Georgia Tech has created new algorithms that aim to strike a balance between the two extremes, allowing robots to move in a swarm safely and efficiently.

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Category: Robotics

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Sep
2016

Line between European and Korean gets blurrier with new Hyundai i30

The Hyundai i30 promises to take the brand even closer to the best European cars

Hyundai and Kia have come a long way from their humble automotive beginnings. The days of dodgy plastics and bargain basement prices are gone, and in their place are vehicles with the tools to take on the world's best small cars. The latest Hyundai i30 is the most impressive example of Korean car design we've seen, melding a handsome exterior with smart powertrain options to create a seriously enticing hatchback.

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Category: Automotive

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7
Sep
2016

Latest Hitachi turbines target light offshore winds

Offshore wind turbines in Denmark - Hitachi is developing a new downwind design to make the ...

Japanese company Hitachi has developed an offshore wind turbine capable
of milking more power from light-wind locations. The 5MW turbine
features a rotor sweep diameter of 136m (446 feet), 15 percent greater
than the previous model from the company, ideally suited for areas with average
annual wind speeds under 7.5 m/sec (16.7 mph).

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Category: Energy

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7
Sep
2016

Cassini reveals Titan’s dunes and Xanadu annex mountains

Artist's concept of Cassini approaching Titan

NASA's Cassini Saturn orbiter may be nearing the end of its 20-year mission, but it's still sending back a few surprises. On July 25, the unmanned probe passed within 607 mi (976 km) of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and sent back highly-detailed radar images showing long, linear, undulating dunes made of hydrocarbon sands that can help shed new light on Titan's winds.

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Category: Space

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7
Sep
2016

Bentley Flying Spur W12 S is simultaneously stately and speedy

Darker trim pieces make the Flying Spur W12 S look more sinister than before

Bentley is on a roll at the moment, having found its mojo with bruising cars capable of crossing continents without breaking a sweat. As more traditional versions of the Continental and Flying Spur have found their feet, the team at Crewe has been given freedom to explore their sporting heritage. Take the new Flying Spur W12 S. It looks reasonably sedate on the outside, but the fire-breathing engine under the hood makes it the first four-door Bentley able to top 200 mph (322 km/h).

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Category: Automotive

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7
Sep
2016

Poll: Will you be upgrading to iPhone 7?

Apple’s newly-unveiled iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are truly stunning in visual appeal and new features, and many of you are undoubtedly going to be either pre-ordering this Friday or lining up at your local stores to try and get one when they’re available.... Read the rest of this post here "Poll: Will you […]

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