New all seeing cameras will revolutionise computer vision as we know it
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagine a camera that can see and analyse every part of the visible and non-visible spectrum at the same time, now imagine it’s in a search and rescue drone, or a hunter killer robot…   Hey, I know you like hearing about the grand... Read more
NASA 4D prints new materials and mulls printing self-assembling space stations
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Transporting equipment into space is very, very expensive so NASA has turned to 4D printing to help it create new materials and types of space craft   Space is a harsh unforgiving environment and just getting into orbit is still, despite Elon Musk and... Read more
Plasma jet engines get ready for real world trials
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Plasma engines are the stuff of science fiction, and now it looks like they’re ready to come out of the labs and push new limits   Imagine a jet engine that could propel an aircraft faster than a traditional engine and take it all... Read more
MIT tests the future of cybersecurity, pits AI’s against AI’s
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future cybersecurity will be almost fully automated using AI, and many say we’ve already entered into a new AI fuelled digital arms race   Hot on the heels of DARPA’s Capture the Flag cybersecurity competition that they held last year, where thirteen... Read more
World first as Chinese scientists communicate without sending any data, revolution in computing beckons
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to communicate without sending any data, and without using any particles as intermediaries, sounds impossible but scientists have just demonstrated it working and it could change everything about technology and communications as we know it   Firstly I’m going to get this... Read more
China shows off its revolutionary silent submarine engine
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Submarine engines are noisy, for a hole host of reasons, but China’s latest engine is the quietest in the world and it could revolutionise underwater warfare   In the 1990’s film The Hunt For Red October, by Tom Clancy, Sean Connery plays the role... Read more
China wants to build a 20,000 tonne warship that submerges
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As China continues to build out its military capabilities it’s beginning to put new twists on old ideas, and this latest one is straight from the movies   The Chinese navy is taking the concept of arsenal ships, ships that were first thought of... Read more
Mine hunting drones can now detect mines from the air
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to detect explosives and mines from the air is a game changer that will help save lives and this is just the first in a long line of new developments   A little while ago I wrote an article about an MQ-9... Read more
Boeing teams up with America’s biggest ship builder to build autonomous subs
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of warfare is autonomous, but undersea, autonomous drones and submarines have a lot of civilian capabilities too   A year after DARPA launched its own fully autonomous mine hunter and a few months after they announced they plan on building  American undersea... Read more
US Intelligence director: “AI will replace 75 percent of spies”
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day the world’s best spy could very well be an AI, and that’s bad news for Starbuck’s whose biggest coffee shop is on the NSA campus…   The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and an increasingly connected society has already, according to the... Read more
Lockheed confirms it’s building the unmanned hypersonic SR-72 aircraft
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The next generation of aircraft, and warfare, will be hypersonic and as China and Russia make big advances in the space the US is stepping up its game   The US has been playing around with hypersonic aircraft for decades now, the most public... Read more
Travel to Mars for $200,000 on Elon Musk’s SpaceX Express
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Elon Musk wants you to live on Mars but today’s ticket price of $10 Billion is too high for most individuals so he has a plan to get it down to just $200,000   Last year Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla,... Read more
Maiden flight of SpaceX rocket that will take tourists to the Moon lifts off in three months
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Falcon Heavy will be one of largest rockets ever built and one day it could be the spacecraft that makes Humanity an interplanetary species   Elon Musk has been tweeting again and this time he’s telling everyone that the highly anticipated Falcon Heavy... Read more
Elbit’s persistent surveillance drone can watch entire cities in real time
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age where threats can lurk anywhere authorities are calling out for new surveillance systems that can watch entire areas, or cities, in real time, and industry is answering them   Yesterday at the Paris Airshow Elbit Systems, an Israeli defence company, demonstrated their... Read more
NASA gets ready to trial SEXTANT, its galactic navigation technology
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are no accurate maps of deep space but now NASA are creating their own deep space Galactic Positioning System (GPS) using pulsars as galactic beacons   If you want to travel in deep space, for example, aboard Stephen Hawking’s interstellar spaceship, which admittedly... Read more
Russian researchers have created a ‘Quantum safe’ blockchain
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tomorrow’s quantum computers will be able to crack at least seventy percent of all today’s encryption algorithms within minutes, but now Russia says they’ve created the ultimate, secure blockchain technology   Researchers at the Russian Quantum Center (RQC) announced earlier this week that they’ve... Read more
Watch: SpaceX sticks another great landing
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF SpaceX’s re-useable rockets have helped revolutionise and lower the cost of space exploration, and the Falcon 9 just stuck another landing   SpaceX, whose larger reusable Falcon Heavy rockets will one day take colonists to Mars, successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket for the... Read more
Hackers have found a new way to hack Samsung’s iris security system
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Biometric security systems are awesome, until they’re hacked, and increasingly companies and individuals are finding that their latest and greatest biometric security systems are easier to hack than the password systems they replaced   Criminals know you love taking selfies, and they love your... Read more
Terrorists are using ‘Photo morph’ fraud to circumvent border security
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As companies race to create new biometric security systems, criminals are busy finding new ways to beat them and the Photo Morph is the latest example   Biometric systems, like the ones being rolled out in the airports in Australia,  were supposed to be... Read more
World first as scientists create the first Black Hole on Earth
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It can be said that science fiction writers have a love affair with black holes, and now a team of American scientists have managed to spontaneously create a molecule sized one here on Earth   Black holes are without question the most powerful objects... Read more
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