Sunday, August 16, 2009

Robots at war: will humans stay in the loop?

August 16, 2009

Going off to war has always meant risking your life, but a wave of robotic weaponry may be changing that centuries-old truth. The “pilots” who fly US armed drones over Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan sit with a joystick thousands of kilometres away, able to pull the trigger without being exposed to danger. Other robots under [...]

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Moon, Mars out of reach: US panel

August 16, 2009

The US plan to return astronauts to the moon by 2020 will not happen without a big boost in Nasa’s budget, leaving only the International Space Station as a viable target for the country’s human space program, according to a presidential review panel. The Human Space Flight Plans committee, which presented its preliminary findings to [...]

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Facebook to face off with new web rivals

August 16, 2009

Facebook’s vision of becoming a “utility” that offers activities to keep people online for hours could set it on a collision course with the Web’s giants. In recent days, the No.1 social networking company revamped its search engine and bought a start-up that some call a rival to hot micro-blogging service Twitter. It is also [...]

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E-books to make school bags history

August 16, 2009

Australian students may soon be leaving their school bags behind as the e-book industry claims to include almost all books in light, hand-held portable devices within the next three years. These devices will not only be able to connect to the Internet, but will also store hundreds of e-textbooks loaned from school libraries or purchased [...]

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Now, an AC that needs less energy to cool more

August 16, 2009

Tests have shown that a new air-conditioner developed by a company in the US can cool a typical big-box store with less than half the energy needed by conventional cooling units. The five-tonne commercial rooftop unit, developed by Coolerado Corp. of Denver, US, was also the first certified winner of the UC (University of California) [...]

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Retaining nutrients in astronauts’ food vital

August 16, 2009

A new study has determined that keeping nutrients in astronauts’ food is vital during long space flights. Maintaining the health of the crew aboard a spacecraft is a critical issue especially during extended trips. Because foods may lose their nutrients during extended space missions, food scientists are analyzing ways to increase shelf life of nutrients [...]

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‘Green’ system for generation, distribution of energy proposed

August 16, 2009

A scientist of Indian origin has determined that a highly efficient system for generating and distributing energy is lean, mean and green – and could be as close as the nearest farm. “This solution is truly homegrown, and its successful application can be critical for the U.S. and the world,” said Dr. Prabhakar Singh, director, [...]

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