From Fukushima in Japan to Sellafield in the UK, the world is home to a number of sites that are contaminated with radioactive waste and require clean-up. The current techniques available to do this are expensive and time consuming – but a new'super hero' robot could help to cut both costs and time. The robot, called Avexis, is designed to fit through a 100mm access port in the flooded reactors at the Fukushima site, to locate and analyse melted fuel. Many areas around Fukushima are still being decontaminated, 58,000 people are still displaced from their homes and the local food industries have been crippled. Its designers hope that the robot will be ready to deploy at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant by February 2018.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has'christened' the company's new wind farm by smashing a bottle of champagne while standing on top of a 300ft (90m) turbine. Footage of the stunt, which appears to have been recorded using a drone, gives a sweeping look of the new Texan wind farm which is currently Amazon's largest renewable energy project. The 53-year-old multi-billionaire flaunted the bottle-smashing video on Twitter - further shaping his new macho appearance which is a far cry from his nerdy look when he started Amazon in the mid-90s. Bezos' macho appearance is a far cry from his nerdy look when he started Amazon in the mid-90s. At the time, he was running it from a garage at a house he had rented in Seattle.
Astronauts went spacewalking Friday to provide some necessary focus to the International Space Station's robot arm. The main job for commander Randy Bresnik and teacher-turned-astronaut Joe Acaba was to replace a blurry camera on the new robotic hand that was installed during a spacewalk two weeks ago. The two men were supposed to go spacewalking earlier this week, but NASA needed extra time to rustle up the repair plan. Astronauts went spacewalking Friday to provide some necessary focus to the International Space Station's robot arm. The Deep Space Gateway will orbit Earth and the moon and will open up opportunities for future exploration of deep space, as well as a return to the moon and missions to Mars.
From robot workers to drone deliveries, Amazon is known for using innovative and futuristic technologies. But the latest patent suggests that the firm wants to take things further, and use technology to track its workers. The patent reveals designs for ultrasonic wristbands that could be used to monitor workers' performance. The latest patent suggests that Amazon wants to take things further, and use technology to track its workers. The patent reveals designs for ultrasonic wristbands that could be used to monitor workers' performance The patent describes'ultrasonic tracking of a worker's hands' that would be used to'monitor performance of assigned tasks.'
Human brains take a lot of energy to run, and keeping our sophisticated grey matter going comes at an evolutionary cost. Researchers found a trade-off occurs when we have to think fast and work hard at the same time - and our'selfish brain' is always prioritised over the rest of our body. Our ability to allocate more glucose to the brain could have helped our species survive and thrive by becoming quick thinkers, researchers found. Researchers found a trade-off occurs when we have to think fast and work hard at the same time - and our'selfish brain' is less affected than our physical capacity (stock image) The rowers performed two separate tasks: one memory, a three minute word recall test; and one physical, a three minute power test on a rowing machine. They then performed both tasks at once, with individual scores compared to those from previous tests.
US ridesharing giant Lyft announced Thursday it has received a $1 billion investment led by the venture arm of Google parent Alphabet, to help ramp up its challenge to market leader Uber. Lyft said the new funding gives it a valuation of $11 billion as it steps up competition against Uber, reeling from a series of missteps and scandals which have forced out its founder and chief executive. A Lyft blog post said the new funding round was led by CapitalG, formerly known as Google Capital, which invests in emerging tech firms. Lyft's latest capital injection of $1 billion led by Google parent Alphabet boosts the valuation of the ridesharing firm to $11 billion Lyft and Alphabet already have a relationship through a partnership Lyft struck with Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car unit, in May. The two companies are collaborating on bringing autonomous vehicle technology to market, but have not provided many details.
Apple's self driving car project has been shrouded in secrecy - but its latest vehicle has been spotted by an arch rival. Dubbed'The Thing', it looks like an ordinary SUV - apart from a giant white'Star Wars' rack of sensors strapped to its roof. The video was captured by MacCallister Higgins, co-founder of self-driving startup Voyage, which is testing its own vehicles in a San Jose retirement community. He refers to it as'The Thing,' due to the bulkiness of its sensor array. He told CNET he took the video at the intersection of De La Cruz and the Central Expressway in Sunnyvale, and he is convinced that it was one of Apple's cars.
Are you considering buying an electric car, but have concerns about how you'll charge it while on the go? A new patent granted to Amazon might have the answer to this problem. The patent details a drone that can dock into electronic vehicles while they're moving to charge them. Pictured is an illustration from the patent file, showing an example of the drone docking system. The system would work by deploying a drone to connect to the docking mechanism, thereby allowing it to charge the vehicle while it's moving or stationary A new patent granted to Amazon details a system that would allow a drone to dock into electronic vehicles while they're moving in order to charge them.
Boeing Co said on Thursday it invested in Near Earth Autonomy, a Pittsburgh-based firm that develops technologies enabling autonomous flight such as drones. In addition to the undisclosed investment, Boeing said the two companies will also explore products and applications for emerging markets such as urban mobility. It was the first investment in autonomous technologies by Boeing's venture capital arm, Boeing HorizonX, since it was established in April of this year, Boeing said. Near Earth Autonomy, a spin-off from the Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, develops technologies including sensor suites, three dimensional mapping and survey, and collision detection and avoidance that enables aircraft to operate autonomously. Near Earth Autonomy, a spin-off from the Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, develops technologies including sensor suites, three dimensional mapping and survey, and collision detection and avoidance that enables aircraft to operate autonomously.
Robots that can disable bombs, perform delicate surgery or nimbly handle cooking ingredients could be just around the corner, thanks to a new wonder material. Experts have created an artificial skin from silicon rubber - the same type found in the straps of swimming goggles - that could give machines a human-like sense of touch. Stretchable membranes containing sensors, connected by channels half the width of a human hair, provide tactile feedback on a par with our own. The biologically inspired breakthrough could also be used to create more advanced prosthetic devices, to let people who have lost limbs feel again. Robots that can disable bombs, perform delicate surgery or nimbly handle cooking ingredients could be just around the corner.