Thursday, 17 April 2014

Land Rover takes wraps off Discovery Vision concept

Land Rover’s been dropping hints about its new Discovery Vision concept in the run up to the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Now before 200 VIP guests, the company has taken the lid off what turns out to be a design template for the new Discovery line as well as a showcase for the technologies that may end up in Land Rovers of the future. The debut aboard the USS Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City included a scale model of the Virgin Galactic spacecraft SpaceShipTwo as part of Land Rover’s new partnership with the space tourism company... Continue Reading Land Rover takes wraps off Discovery Vision concept

Section: Automotive

Tags: Concept Cars, Land Rover, New York Auto Show 2014

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Britain's Ministry of Defence using robot soldier for testing protectvie suits





The British Ministry of Defence has a new soldier that costs £1.1 million (US$1.8 million) and goes by the odd name of “Porton Man.” Based at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in Porton Down, Wiltshire, Porton Man isn't your average squaddie. He’s a robotic mannequin designed to test suits and equipment for the British armed forces in order to help protect them against chemical and biological weapons. .. Continue Reading Britain's Ministry of Defence using robot soldier for testing protectvie suits

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Tags: Chemical Weapons, Mannequin, MOD

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OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return spacecraft gets go-ahead



Getting hit by a giant asteroid can ruin your whole day, so the first United States mission to visit an asteroid and return a sample presents a huge challenge. Lockheed Martin has announced that NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has passed a comprehensive technical review, giving the green light for Lockheed to begin building the spacecraft in anticipation of a launch in 2016... Continue Reading OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return spacecraft gets go-ahead

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Bonhams auctioning Mercury space suit and other astro-memorabilia



If you've ever wanted to own a space suit from the NASA Mercury project, or maybe a pack of gum that went to the Moon, here’s your chance. On Tuesday, Bonhams auction house is selling a bumper crop of space exploration artifacts as part of its sixth annual Space History Sale in New York. The auction will see 296 lots of memorabilia from the US and Soviet space programs go on the block, including a Mercury-era space suit... Continue Reading Bonhams auctioning Mercury space suit and other astro-memorabilia

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Tags: Anniversary, Astronauts, Auction, Bonhams, History, Launch Vehicles, NASA,Space Suit, Spacecraft, Spaceflight

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Fujitsu gives speech synthesis a realism boost



Speech synthesis has come a long way from the days when computers sounded like a Dalek with a cleft palate, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement. Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. in Kawasaki, Japan are working to move computers away from sounding monotone or perpetually distracted by developing a new speech synthesis system that can quickly produce high quality voices that can be tailored to suit individual environments and circumstances... Continue Reading Fujitsu gives speech synthesis a realism boost

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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Land Rover teases Discovery Vision concept





Land Rover has released a teaser video and image of its new Discover Vision Concept ahead of the 2014 New York International Auto Show, promising that "pioneering technology from Jaguar Land Rover’s Advanced Research will be previewed for the first time," in the new vehicle, which also showcases the design and technology direction for a new family of SUVs under the Land Rover badge... Continue Reading Land Rover teases Discovery Vision concept

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

NASA cuts ties with Russia



The Ukraine crisis reached into space yesterday as NASA confirmed that it is cutting ties with the Russian space program. With the exception of continued cooperation aimed at keeping the International Space Station (ISS) operating, the agency says that in response to Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, it will no longer participate with its Russian counterparts on projects, bilateral visits or communications... Continue Reading NASA cuts ties with Russia

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