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Toyota, Tesla face off in battle over future technologies
The Globe and Mail
The battles lines have been drawn between two "green" alternatives — pure battery cars like the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S and fuel cell rides like Toyota's Mirai and Toyota's fuel cell Tucson. Toyota is taking the boldest stance, which is shocking for the company that made partial battery cars — gasoline-electric hybrids — mainstream and rode them to an earth-friendly image. No, Toyota does not see a brilliant zero-emissions future for the Model S and its ilk.
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Freightliner Inspiration self-driving truck approved to drive on Nevada highways
CBC News
A self-driving tractor-trailer now has approval to drive on some public highways in the U.S. The Freightliner Inspiration, developed by Daimler Trucks North America, has received a licence from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to operate on public roads in the state, the company announced recently. The truck took part in its ceremonial first drive in autonomous mode at a ceremony at the Hoover Dam.
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The Michigan engineer who is revolutionizing touch technology
Forbes
In the early 2000s, engineer David Caldwell might have missed the chance of a lifetime. While developing touch-sensitive switches for home appliances, Caldwell was invited to Cupertino, CA, to demonstrate his patented TouchSensor technology to Apple, which was looking to replace the mechanical scroll wheel in the original iPod. After peppering him with questions about how it worked, an Apple engineer asked, "Can you integrate it into a round wheel?"
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The Air Force is one step closer to a shape-shifting plane
Defense One
It's not quite a Transformer, but it's getting there: NASA and the United States Air Force Research Lab have teamed up to develop a plane with wings that can change shape mid-flight. NASA has flown 22 research flights over the past six months using the technology, and it passed with flying colours. According to FlexSys, the company that designed the morphing wing flaps, the technology can save up to five per cent on fuel costs when retrofitted on existing planes, and up to 12 per cent when implemented on new aircraft.
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NASA's new radar technology helped save 4 lives in Nepal
The Verge
New technology developed by the Department of Homeland Security and NASA was recently used to save the lives of four men buried under rubble in Nepal. Called FINDER (Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response), prototypes were brought to the country after the devastating earthquake, and were able to detect the heartbeats of the trapped men underneath collapsed structures.
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New GPS technology identifies locations within centimetres
Belfast Telegraph
New GPS technology that can identify locations accurate to within centimetres could open the way for huge advances in virtual reality and mobile mapping, scientists believe. Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas said the centimetre-accurate GPS-based positioning system could allow unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver packages to a specific spot on a consumer's back porch.
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Australian researchers to develop gold detection technology
Mining Technology
Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia are developing a new method for mineral exploration companies, which will help them test for gold in ore samples at the spot on the drilling rig. The university's Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing researchers used light in fluorescence and absorption processes to detect gold nanoparticles at detection limits 100 times lower than achievable under existing methods.
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Scientists go high-tech to study fragile cold-water reefs
Phys.org
Coral reefs are generally associated with warm, shallow and crystal-clear waters in the tropics. Other species of coral, however, flourish in the deep cold ocean where they also form large reefs. Now researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have applied a technique to study these important and fragile cold water reefs without affecting them or altering their surrounding physical environment.
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