Descartes Labs new AI visual search tool lets you find everything on Earth
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF People have been using satellites to take photos of the Earth for decades but until now you’ve never been able to search it to find things of interest, or combine it with other data to identify patterns   Recently a company called Planet increased... Read more
The US Army just 3D printed a grenade launcher and grenades
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing will let armies print bespoke weapons and equipment out in the field on demand and change military supply chains, and warfare forever   3D printing has come a long way, companies are using it to print new buildings and sneakers, doctors are... Read more
Jeff Bezos announces plans to create the world’s first Moon delivery service
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As agencies around the world race to begin establishing bases and villages on the Moon we’re going to need a company that can help transport all the equipment and supplies   The cost of going into space has plummeted over the past few years,... Read more
Researchers have created a Dark Matter map of the universe
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dark matter makes up over eighty percent of the universe and holds our galaxies together so being able to map it could help us understand how galaxies and the universe formed   For the first time ever scientists at Yale University have figured out... Read more
US Army to develop artificial human skin and powdered blood
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blood has to be stored carefully, and skin is in short supply but new developments would mean they’re available anywhere, anytime   Researchers, doctors and bio-technicians at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research are working on new, more efficient ways to administer blood... Read more
Elon Musk announced SpaceX is sending two private citizens to the Moon
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Man hasn’t returned to the Moon since first landing on it 45 years ago, and this will be the first time we go back   Yesterday afternoon at 4PM EST SpaceX CEO and polymath Elon Musk, who was recently in Dubai selling 200 self-driving... Read more
NASA’s possible-impossible plasma engine roars into life
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s inevitable that humanity will one day become an interstellar species and engines like these might be the ones to get us there, wherever “there” is   Franklin Chang-Díaz bounds up a handful of stairs and looks through a porthole cut into the side... Read more
Scientists 3D print an Eagle eye camera that’s smaller than a human hair
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are plenty of devices today that are too small, or lack the computing power to accommodate a traditional camera, new micro-cameras overcome all those issues   It seems that you can’t go anywhere nowadays without a camera tracking you but as ubiquitous as... Read more
Researchers hack classified air gapped systems using drones and LED’s
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Air gapped systems are used to hold and protect top secret data, and they’re becoming increasingly vulnerable to hacks   Air gapped computer systems have always held a special fascination for hackers – firstly because of the challenge that surrounds being able to hack... Read more
NASA just discovered seven Earth like planets
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The more Earth like planets we discover the more new homes we find for humanity when we finally become an interstellar species   Not just one, but seven Earth sized planets that could potentially harbour life have been identified orbiting a tiny star not too... Read more
Massive new satellite network can watch everyone on Earth
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new, bolstered, space satellite system to keep watch over the world   Planet, a global satellite company, who recently bought mini-sat company Terra Bella from Google, is used to breaking records. In 2014, a rocket exploded with a payload of 26 of the... Read more
Scientists get ready to take the world’s first photo of a Black Hole
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Taking a photo of a Black Hole was always thought to be impossible, until now and it’s going to be awesome   Scientists believe they are on the verge of obtaining the first ever picture of a black hole, and in order to accomplish... Read more
Dubai heads to Mars, announces 2117 colonisation plans
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai and the UAE aren’t just shining a light on the future, they’re building it, and now their latest ambition is to colonise Mars   Earlier this week Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the leader of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) joined Elon... Read more
DARPA’s TERN drone gives US Marines a new wingman
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most of today’s drones are limited by the distances they can fly and the payloads they can carry, now the US wants an eye in the sky that can help protect, and resupply troops wherever they are   Terns are a family of shorebirds... Read more
Google RAISR sharpens photos and gives you super vision
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sight is one of our most crucial senses, now one technology promises infinite zoom and super crisp images   Let’s face it – the last thing many of us want it to take what we think is a great family photo only to find... Read more
New US military intercept tech lets operators take control of enemy drones
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new technology breakthrough from Department 13 will help the US military take control of enemy drones and turn them against their operators   So, the friend of my enemy is my friend? In the past it was enough for governments to want to... Read more
DARPA’s new P3 program aims to stop all pandemics dead within 60 days
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The increasing threat from bio-terrorism, and the resurgence of new global pandemics such as Ebola, have shown how out dated today’s state of the art vaccine procedures are, DARPA’s new P3 program aims to re-dress the balance   Over the past several years DARPA... Read more
Two world firsts as researchers hack an unhackable quantum network
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A team of Canadian researchers have achieved a world first and hacked a quantum network, then they accomplished another world first and discovered how to identify hacks   As we saw during the recent 2016 US election, protecting traditional computer systems and electoral systems,... Read more
F-35 pilots will team with AI to control swarms of drones in mid flight
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Teams of humans, AI’s and drones take center stage in the future of warfare, until that is AI’s replace humans   In the wake of a recent announcement that the US will stand up it’s first fully autonomous drone squadron later this year earlier... Read more
New nano material gives buildings, energy and stealth a big boost
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new nano material that can selectively tune out specific parts of the electromagnetic spectrum paves the way for cheaper solar power, stealthier fighter aircraft and more energy efficient buildings   A new flexible nano super material that’s been developed by a team at the... Read more
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