Monday, 20 April 2015

Catch Up

The four-door Panamera may not have sat well with purists when it was introduced in 2009, but it's sold well enough, especially in China, to keep the company happy. So following in the footsteps of various iterations, including the Turbo S, the S E-Hybrid and long-wheelbase Exclusive, Porsche is rolling out three new additions, with more standard equipment and tweaked styling aimed at both the Western and Asian markets... Continue Reading Porsche adds three variants to four-door Panamera model series

Section: Automotive

Tags: Cars, Luxury, Panamera, Porsche

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If you hunt unexploded sea mines for a living, then you might not mind losing your job to a robot. That seems to be the reasoning of the British and French governments, as they embark on a joint venture to develop a prototype autonomous system for detecting and neutralizing sea mines and UnderWater Improvised Explosive Devices (UWIED)... Continue Reading Anglo-French project aims at using robots to fight underwater mines

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Tags: Bombs, French Navy, mine detection, Naval Warfare, Robots, Royal Navy, Thales,Underwater

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As the saying goes, you can't keep a good particle accelerator down. In Switzerland, CERN has announced that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is back online after a major overhaul and refit. This power-up of the most powerful particle accelerator in the world marks the culmination of two years of work and months of testing, resulting in a significant boost in performance for the giant collider's "season 2." .. Continue Reading Large Hadron Collider back on line

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Tags: CERN, Large Hadron Collider, Particle accelerator, Particle physics

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Jaguar debuted its 2016 XF at the 2015 New York International Auto Show this week, with the premium automaker using the second generation of the four-door luxury sedan to showcase the marque's emphasis on the use of aluminum. When the car launches at the end of the year, Jaguar says all its current and future models models will feature lightweight aluminum construction. .. Continue Reading Aluminum gives 2016 Jaguar XF a light touch

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Tags: Aluminum, Car, Jaguar, Luxury

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Modern deep space probes may be among the most sophisticated pieces of hardware the 21st century can produce, but that doesn't mean they aren't susceptible to the age-old problem of dust. The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta space probe was thrown into safe mode recently when it was unable to take a simple star fix due to comet dust. .. Continue Reading Comet dust sends Rosetta into safe mode

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Tags: Comets, ESA, Rosetta, Spacecraft

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Porsche drivers tend to have an aversion to change for change's sake, so when the new Porsche Boxster Spyder made its debut at this year's New York International Auto Show, it was with the purists in mind. The first new version of the mid-engine roadster since the 2012 model, the Boxster promises "traditional sports-car driving experience, but with contemporary performance." .. Continue Reading Porsche's new Boxster Spyder is aimed at the purists

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Tags: Boxster, Convertible, Porsche, Roadster, Sports Cars, Spyder

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Blue Origin has taken a step closer to lifting into space by announcing that its BE‑3 rocket engine has completed acceptance testing, opening the door to its first flight. The first new hydrogen engine to be developed in the US in over a decade, the BE-3 is part of Blue Origin's program to develop a completely reusable launch system... Continue Reading Blue Origin's BE-3 engine cleared for flight

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Tags: Blue Origin, Engine, Hydrogen, Rocket, Spacecraft, Testing, United Launch Alliance

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Since the First World War, airplanes have acted as Close Air Support (CAS) for infantry, though it's been a rocky marriage marked by poor communications and difficult teamwork. DARPA's Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) project aims to improve coordination between air and ground forces by means of a digital system that works up to seven times faster than regular paper maps and voice radio instructions, and with greater accuracy. .. Continue Reading DARPA strengthens lines of communication with digital close air support system test

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Tags: Android, Communications, DARPA, US Marines

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For something commonly called a "dummy," the mannequins used in crash tests are surprisingly sophisticated and so specialized that they're not much use out of automotive safety labs. When the US Army went looking for a dummy of its own, it had to go back to square one by awarding a contract to California-based Diversified Technical Systems (DTS) to help develop the first instrumented dummy designed for military vehicle blast testing... Continue Reading World's first military blast test dummy to join the US Army

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Tags: Mannequin, Safety, Sensors, US Army

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One unfortunate fact of modern life is that functional new software becomes non-functional old software with depressing regularity. For most people, this means predictable episodes of frustration, but for the US military, it's a more serious problem. DARPA's new Building Resource Adaptive Software Systems (BRASS) project aims to take a major shot at avoiding this obsolescence by developing software systems that can still operate properly a hundred years from now... Continue Reading DARPA wants to make software obsolescence obsolete

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Tags: Algorithms, Computer, DARPA, Infrastructure, Research, Software

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For many people, tape memory is a dead technology found only on reel-to-reel computers in old 1960s movies. However, it’s still a major storage medium and a new breakthrough by IBM Research and Fuji Film has produced a low-cost particulate magnetic tape with a record density of 123 billion bits of uncompressed data per square inch, which represents 88 times more capacity than 2012's LTO-6 tape cartridge... Continue Reading IBM sets new tape storage record

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Tags: Fuji, IBM, Magnetic, Prototype, Storage, Tape

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A remarkable scientific document went under the hammer today at Bonhams in New York. The rare handwritten manuscript by Alan Turing in which he made notes on symbolic logic and mathematics during the Second World War for sold for US$1,025,000... Continue Reading Alan Turing's notebook sells for $1.025 million

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Tags: Auction, Bonhams, British, History, Mathematics

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Elon Musk's goal of achieving the first powered landing of a reusable booster had a close brush with success today as a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket narrowly failed to survive a touchdown on the deck of a drone barge off the US east coast. The third landing attempt by the company came after the launch of the CRS-6 mission, which sent an unmanned Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station. .. Continue Reading SpaceX Falcon 9 makes landing on drone barge ... then tips over

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These days, it seems like every celebrity comes out with a cookbook at some point, and IBM's Watson supercomputer is no exception. The newly released Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson includes 65 recipes, developed with the help of what's billed as "the world’s first cognitive cooking system", is the result of a three-year collaboration between IBM Research and chefs at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). .. Continue Reading IBM's Watson does some culinary computing for its first cookbook

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According to Dyson, bed mattresses contain anywhere between 10,000 and two million dust mites that churn out around 40 million droppings per day. To deal with the pesky critters and provide relief for allergy sufferers, the company has announced its handheld V6 Mattress cleaner, which packs HEPA filtration and is powered by the Dyson digital motor V6. .. Continue Reading Dyson V6 Mattress cleaner sucks, if you're a dust mite

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Tags: Asthma, Dyson, Handheld, Vacuum cleaner

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The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has entered the reusable launcher race with its Next Generation Launch System (NGLS), also known as the Vulcan rocket. This replacement for the current generation of launch systems will incorporate a rocket engine assembly that jettisons from the first stage and is snared in mid-air by a helicopter after reentering the Earth's atmosphere.. Continue Reading ULA Vulcan launcher will return to Earth by helicopter

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Tags: Blue Origin, Centaur, Launch Vehicles, Rocket, United Launch Alliance

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We've only just begun to see the huge impact 3D-printing technology will have on manufacturing, and the aerospace industry is a prime example. Earlier this year we saw the first example of a 3D-printed jet engine, now GE has announced the first 3D-printed part certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a commercial jet engine. The fist-sized T25 housing for a compressor inlet temperature sensor was fabricated by GE Aviation and will be retrofitted to over 400 GE90-94B jet engines on Boeing 777 aircraft... Continue Reading GE announces first FAA approved 3D-printed engine part

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