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7 Sci-Fi Features Apple Should Put In Its Car

7 Sci-Fi Features Apple Should Put In Its Car

With Google and Uber racing to perfect the first viable commercial robot car and Apple announcing their own electric minivan (which isn’t driverless…yet), it’s looking like the world of the future will almost certainly wrest our faithful steering wheels from our hands. And though the age of driverless cars might still be decades away, some of the implications are clear: say goodbye to tailgaters and road rage, and hello to orderly, stress-free commutes… until the thing goes haywire and your iCivic careens into a grain silo. Just kidding! They’ll totally be just as safe as airplanes, and you’re not afraid of those… Right? read more…

Are These the Automotive Brains Behind Apple’s Car Project?

Are These the Automotive Brains Behind Apple’s Car Project?

To date, Apple has confirmed nothing about its purported car project—no surprise given how famously secretive the company is—yet the reported scope of the operation certainly suggests something major in the offing: a team of as many as 1000 people working in a secret area removed from company headquarters, site visits to automotive suppliers such as Magna Steyr, full approval by CEO Tim Cook several months ago, and a lawsuit by battery maker A123 Systems alleging Apple gutted its research department. Oh, and there have been those photos of Chrysler minivans with roof-mounted Lidar cameras that purportedly belong to Apple. Given all that activity, there appears to be a good chance we’ll be seeing a four-wheeled MacBook Pro in a few years—or even as soon as 2020, according to a new report from Bloomberg Business. read more…

Is BICEP wrong?

Is BICEP wrong?

The BICEP claim of detecting the primordial B-mode in the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background was a huge news. If confirmed, it would be an evidence of gravity waves produced during cosmic inflation, and open a window on physics at an incredibly high energy scale of order 10^16 GeV. read more…

NASA orbiter discovers new Martian crater

NASA orbiter discovers new Martian crater

There are millions of impact craters all over the Solar System, but direct evidence of the massive collisions that form them is very hard to come by – and therefore very valuable. While carrying out its routine monitoring of the weather on the Red Planet, the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has inadvertently snapped before and after images of the largest fresh meteor impact crater found anywhere in the Solar System. read more…

Gas Stations in Space

Gas Stations in Space

Getting into space is an expensive business where every little bit of extra weight, which includes the fuel powering the spacecraft, can add thousands of dollars to the cost of a mission. A team of researchers at MIT proposes establishing gas stations in space as a possible way to help cut the cost of future missions to the Moon. read more…

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